Monday, May 25, 2015

A/W Skincare Solution II

This is the second part of my skincare routine as the follow-up for my first post on my daily skincare routine! This one's about masks, makeup removers and blemish treatments for my combination acne-prone skin in the cooler seasons as it's autumn/winter in Australia now.

In addition to the twice-daily cleanse-and-treat routine, when I do choose to paint my face, these are the products I use to take it off. The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water has lasted me a full year now using it on and off and I think it's a good alternative to the pricier micellar cleansing waters from Bioderma, Caudalie and the like, but it's not something to be used on its own as an answer to cleansing completely. I use the cleansing water on cotton pads to remove light makeup, but when I've done the works, I don't want to use 4 cotton pads to remove a full face of foundation so the The Face Shop Herb Day Green Tea Cleansing Cream comes in handy. I use it with a damp flannel and it helps to gently take it all off. I follow up with the daily skincare routine's 5 products that I detailed in the first post.

I like to use extras to treat my skin once or twice a week, such as clarifying face masks like the ever-repurchased Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque and the Sanctuary Spa Thermal Detox Mask. At the height of winter I like using the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask and the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask to Quench Skin's Thirst because they are rich and moisturising, concentrating it on my cheeks where it's driest.

When I have problematic skin I love using rosehip oil but since I've run out I've been using the Antipodes Joyous Protein-Rich Night Replenish Serum on my cheeks to soothe dry areas. On really bad spots I use A'PIEU NonCo Tea Tree Spot Patches, which help suck out the gunk from real nasties and help level the skin and inflammation of the blemish, and a few drops of Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion, which helps to speed up the process.

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