Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Current Skincare Regimen

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Skincare regime kit - click for larger image.
My skincare regimen tends to change from time to time, as my hormonal acne fluctuates. The above picture is what I'm currently using in my morning and night routines.

Kit contains (L-R):
  • Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Faces SPF 50+
  • CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser
  • CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
  • St. Ives Scrub Free Exfoliating Pads
  • Stridex Maximum Strength Pads
  • Clarisonic Mia2 with Deep Pore Cleansing Brush
  • Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner + 5% Vitamin C in elf spray bottle
  • Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner in spray bottle
Morning routine things -- minus the sunscreen. Oops! Click for larger image.
My morning routine consists of washing my face with the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser and my Clarisonic, and then spraying on the Paula's Choice Skin Balancing toner. When the toner dries, I put on the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, and wait for it to absorb while having breakfast. After the cream sinks in, I put on sunscreen, SPF is very important, especially for skin that is trying to heal, and start my beauty routine.

Night routine items - click for larger image.
My nightly routine is a little more complicated than my morning routine, but it starts off basically the same way. I use coconut oil and some cotton pads to take off my eye stubborn eye makeup, before washing my face with the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser and the Clarisonic. Then, I make my green (mung) bean mask, and wait for it to dry before washing it off. Following the mask, I wipe my face with either the Stridex or St. Ives pads, depending on what I used the previous night. I alternate the pads, so that my face doesn't get too much AHA/BHA exfoliation. After the pads dry on my face, I use the Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner + 5% Vitamin C. When the toner dries, I use CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, and tada, I am finally ready for bed. 

My routines may sound long and complicated, but I feel like it has helped my skin become more acne-free and happy, and I would recommend the CeraVe Cream to anyone, it feels like it absorbs really easily into the skin, much faster than the Cetaphil Cream, and I reaally like it. You might have noticed that my Paula's Choice Toner isn't in it's original container, I poured it into two spay bottles so that I can differentiate between the one with the Vitamin C and the one that doesn't have it.

I know I'm supposed to try to incorporate the Asian skincare I bought into my current regimen, but it's working so well that I don't really want to.. I guess I will start by replacing the Paula's Choice Toner, because as you can see, it's basically on it's last limb. What's your skincare routine like? Would you recommend trying anything else?

Thanks for joining me!


  1. Do you use an eye cream? That's the only thing that really seems missing from this routine (though maybe you don't need one, depending on your age/level of wrinkliness). Personally I don't use coconut oil on my face because I find it clogs my pores, but if it's not causing problems for you then I guess go for it! I use eye makeup remover (Neutrogena oil-free) followed by an oil cleanser (currently one by Innisfree) because I can't get all my BB cream/foundation off with just a foam cleanser and wipes. :/

    1. I don't use an eye cream; I don't get eye bags or anything, so I find it to be kind of not necessary. I haven't found that coconut oil clogs my pores yet, but I'll keep watch and find something else to remove makeup if it starts. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Does the Clarisonic Mia help with blocked pores? I have these little bumps all over my cheeks - they aren't red, itchy or obvious in anyway but they bother me a lot! I've been using an exfoliating scrub once a night for about a month now but there hasn't been a big improvement =[

    1. Which exfoliating scrub are you using, if you don't mind me asking? I think I would recommend using something like AHA or BHA exfoliation for the little bumps. I used to have milia from oil cleansing with DHC deep cleansing oil, and AHA exfoliation, ie using my St. Ives Scrub Free Pads, really helped with it.

      The St. Ives & Stridex Pads aren't very expensive, I think I got them for ~$5 each, and I alternate between them nightly; it has helped me a lot with my face. I would suggest trying those pads first before dropping ~$120 on a Clarisonic.