Yayyy finally have the time to write out a skincare post!
I’ve only started to take care of my skin recently, so that’s many years worth of catching up. Before this, I don’t remove my make up regularly before I sleep, never used toner because it was an extra fussy step and exfoliation wasn’t even in my skincare dictionary. What I was left with was remnants of teenage ache, blemishes, oversized pores, oily skin and occasionally dry patches. So I forced myself to step up, even more so especially with the wedding coming up (just checked, is it really 7 months away??). What I wanted was for clear, radiant skin, and also to keep the breakouts at bay. Barulah boleh jadi pengantin jambu cheyyy hahaha.
First thing I got myself was the Clarisonic Mia 2 (wanted to get the predecessor but it was sold out at Sephora, but the difference is merely the speed settings) because I heard rave reviews on how it;
- promotes deep cleansing
- controls oil secretion and prevents constant breakouts
- exfoliates for radiant and youthful skin
Basically the Clarisonic is a cleansing tool that goes a step further than your average facial cleanser and scrub. My initial thoughts about it was how soft the brush was on my skin, and how no matter how hard I cleansed off my makeup before that, there was still some residual makeup caught on the brush, which showed how deeply it cleansed my face.
I also noticed how my complexion slowly evened out and became really smooth! Not baby smooth, but less blemishes and bumps definitely. I loved how make up glided more smoothly on my face! Previously, foundation used to sink into my pores and crack in between my laugh lines which was so unflattering really. I have been using it once a day with my daily cleanser, for the past few months now, and I have to say that I’m loving the results!
Working together with the Clarisonic to clear blemishes and prevent breakouts, I apply the Himalaya Neem Face Pack as a weekly mask. Since Neem is known to be beneficial for oily and acne prone skin because of its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, it was a good weekly fix to keep the pimples from coming back.
Since Neem and using the Clarisonic can dry out the skin, it is important to moisturise regularly in order to help the skin regain its natural oils and remain supple. I am currently in love with Philosophy products, and have been experimenting with their cult products like Purity and Hope In A Jar (i sangat suka nama-nama product dia). I finally found my favourite moisturiser, Miracle Worker because one, it is so moisturising and two, it is good prevention for pre-aging purposes (a.k.a takut tua).
As for beauty supplements (not just on the surface, must make sure beauty comes from within pulak wei), I did try El Marino Blanc after hearing success stories from fellow bloggers like Shahera but it had little effect on my skin and even made me itch a little (it claims to contain marine constituents) so I stopped drinking it right away. On the other hand, I have been taking Bird’s Nest Drink for its natural collagen, though T’ve even heard of other benefits like joint mobility and ensuring healthy lungs. I currently am taking the Brands one (because my mom bought a whole trunk full of them in JB), but there are many other brands that carry bird’s nest drink.
Like Blanc, bird’s nest can be expensive (6 bottles can be about $25sgd or more in you buy in Singapore), but it’s always a good investment if it’s for your skin, no? Because at the end of the day, it’s always about choosing the right product that is suitable for you, and sticking to it.
So what are your favourite skincare products? 🙂