Current A.M. & P.M Skincare Routine – August 2018
My current morning skincare routine.
Step 1 – Cleanse/Exfoliate
Dr. Lancer The Method Polish – I still love an invigorating scrub in the morning to get the blood flowing and slough off any dead skin when I’ve got Retin A in my rotation. Dr. Lancer is for exfoliation warriors. If you’ve got the skin of a rhinoceros (not really), this is for you. Available at Sephora.
Step 2 – Toner/Hydrate
TATCHA Luminous Dewy Skin Mist – I’m finally going to finish up this hydrating mist. I doubt I will repurchase this only because there are other “luminous” sprays on the market that are more affordable. I found this to be hydrating but it didn’t blow me away. At Sephora.
Step 3 – Serum
Q10 Booster by Indeed Labs – I’m absolutely loving this Q10 serum and will definitely buy another next time I place an order. Indeed Labs is one of my favorite affordable skincare brands and I’ve yet to be disappointed. Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that fights free radicals, protects the skin against photo-aging due to sun exposure, and helps collagen and elastin production. It’s a high-quality ingredient that yields visible results. Available in some drugstores and online.
Step 4 – Eye Cream
CAUDALIE Premier Cru Eye Cream – The French skincare brand, CAUDALIE, used to be a winery turned skincare company. Many of their products contain resveratrol (from wine-producing grapes) in addition to other quality ingredients and botanicals. This eye cream has a lot of peptides. I find it to be super hydrating and works great under makeup. Available at Sephora.
Step 5 – Moisturize
Skinmedica TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream – I’ve been using the Skinmedica TNS range off and on since 2010 and will always keep it in my rotation. This moisturizer is recommended by dermatologists to be used after skincare treatments or cosmetic procedures to help heal the skin. It’s comprised of peptides and ceramides to soothe and repair. Even if you haven’t had any treatments, your face will thank you. I buy from Premier Look.
Step 6 – Protect
THANK YOU FARMER Sun Project Water Sun Cream SPF50+ PA+++ – I picked up this sunscreen from a new Korean beauty brand, Thank You Farmer. This is lightweight for an SPF50 and it’s working well for me so far. It’s cruelty-free and affordable in the mid-range. Available online.
My current night-time skincare routine.
Step 1 – Cleanse
Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water – I’m using this micellar water make-up remover at the moment. It’s non-irritating and removes most of my mascara but not all. Bioderma is still my all-time favorite make-up remover but this is a good option. Dr. Jart+ is one of my favorite brands and I love the range. Available at Sephora.
Somang Danahan Black Yeast Cleansing Foam – This cleanser is hardcore. You need very little as it foams up A LOT thus this tube will last for months. I would recommend it more for someone with an oily skin. It leaves my dry skin feeling a bit tight but it’s effective and removes all traces of make-up. Available online.
Step 2 – Exfoliate
African Botanics Enzyme Polish – I like this physical exfoliator quite a lot. It gives me Kate Somerville ExfoliKate vibes. It has the same green, algae texture and smell. Great exfoliator. Available online.
Bliss That’s Incredible-Peel Glycolic Pads – I alternate days between the physical exfoliator by African Botanics and these glycolic peel pads. They’re potent and you don’t rinse it off so I would only recommend them for night-time. Glycolic acid exfoliates dead skin, reduces fine lines and dark spots. The individual packets are perfect for travel. Available online.
Step 3 – Hydrate
Guerisson 9 Complex Essence – This Korean essence is described as a “nourishing and moisturizing water serum,” and that’s pretty spot on. I was apprehensive about trying this because the base ingredient is horse oil which comes from horse fat. While horses aren’t killed for horse oil or beauty, it is a by-product of the horse meat industry from countries that eat a lot of horse meat, and there are a lot. Horse oil is becoming a popular ingredient in Korean skincare, of which I’m a huge fan.
Horse oil contains an essential fatty acid called linolenic acid and is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties as well as working to repair the barrier of the skin.
I’m not keen on the horse oil but what sold me was the rest of the ingredient list including Ceramide, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate (Pitera), Sage Extract, Rosemary leaf extracts, chamomile leaf extracts, peppermint leaf extracts, Apple Mint leaf extracts, Bergamot leaf extracts, Lavender flower extracts, rose flower extracts, lemon balm leaf extracts. Available online or at Korean beauty stores. Buy from a reputable source.
Step 4 – Eye Cream
DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum – I’m still on this eye serum at night. Contains wonderful ingredients and I would buy again. Available at Sephora.
Step 5 – Moisturizer
Zelens 3t Complex Essential Anti-Aging Cream – This rich and luxurious moisturizer feels like medicine in a jar. It’s rich and creamy and has the texture of a balm. It’s intensely hydrating, chocked full of marine algae, botanical extracts, and Hyaluronic Acid. Available online.