Beauty Talk, Face

A Guide to a Good Skincare Routine

There’s a lot of facial skincare products in the market nowadays — ranging from cleansers up to emulsions/moisturizers, it’s hard to choose which ones are the right items to buy. Some may choose the more popular brands, or the expensive ones, and some may opt to try the cheaper alternative.

To help you lessen the confusion, you must first understand the types of skincare products, how they work and why they are necessary. It also helps to know the type of skin you have. Is it oily? Dry? Normal? Combination of oily and dry? Sensitive? Consider this, too, when choosing the right product.

ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS

STEP 1: Cleanser
Removes dirt, oil and makeup. You need this because water is not enough to clean your face. To be used twice a day — day and night.

STEP 2: Exfoliant
Removes dead skin cells build up. Some exfoliant only cleans the skin’s surface, while others also cleans the pores. This product is needed to eliminate clogged pores which cause pimples. To be used 2-3 times a week.

STEP 3: Toner
Makes your face soft and smooth, and removes the remaining dirt or makeup. To be used twice a day — day and night.

STEP 4: Moisturizer
Hydrates the skin and reinforces the natural skin barrier. To be used twice a day — day and night. You may use different moisturizers for your morning and evening routine depending on your needs and preferences. The best moisturizer to use in the morning is the one with SPF to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays.

OPTIONAL PRODUCTS

  • Anti-aging serum/moisturizer
    It’s filled with anti-oxidants and other anti-aging ingredients which helps prevent wrinkles and achieve that youthful glow. To be used once or twice a day. It’s great to start using this in your late 20’s or early 30’s before wrinkles become visible.
  • Acne treatment
    Helps reduce redness and kills acne-causing bacteria. Use if you have pimples or acne.
  • Face Sheet Mask / Overnight Mask
    This hydrates the skin, removes excess oil and helps improve the pores. Using facial masks also relaxes the skin and helps absorb all the other facial skin care products you applied.
  • Face Mask
    This hydrates the skin, removes excess oil and helps improve the pores. To be used after cleansing the face.
  • Makeup Remover
    Removes makeup prior to cleansing. It’s a must product for makeup users.
  • Targeted treatments
    Other optional products depending on your concerns, such as whitening.

Now that you know the purpose of each essential and optional skincare products, it’s time to choose what specific item and brand you should add to your routine. It’s  a trial and error thing before you know what’s right for you. I suggest buying the items in small bottles first and try it out for a few days or weeks. Or maybe you can get sample boxes from sites like Sample Room (Philippines), Sample Store (Singapore) or The Black Box (Singapore).

Just stick with the basics and you won’t be overwhelmed with all the products you see :) Let me list it down again:

 ESSENTIAL  OPTIONAL
  • Cleanser
  • Exfoliant
  • Toner
  • Moisturizer
  • Anti-aging serum/moisturizer
  • Acne treatment
  • Face Sheet Mask/Overnight Mask
  • Face Mask
  • Makeup Remover
  • Targeted Treatments

If you wish to add more products in your routine, that won’t be a problem as long as you have the basic skincare :)

My Skincare Routine

I have an oily/dry type of skin and it wasn’t easy at first to find the right product. Thankfully, my skin doesn’t break out every time I try something new. So now, I’m going to share my skincare routine and hope it can be of any help to you. I have jumped from product to product and here are my favorites:

STEP 1: CLEANSERS

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Human Nature Nourishing Facial Wash
Php199.75 (200ml)

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The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam
Php300

philosophy purity 3-in-1 cleanser
Philosophy Purity 3-in-1 Cleanser
Php1195 (240ml)
Can also work as a toner and moisturizer
STEP 2: EXFOLIANT

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Human Nature Purifying Facial Scrub
Php99.75

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Human Nature Detoxifying Mask+Scrub
Php249.75
Works as a facial mask and scrub

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Cure Natural Aqua Gel
Php1,500
STEP 3: TONERS

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Human Nature Balancing Face Toner
Php174.75 (200ml)

hada labo SHA hydrating light lotion
Hada Labo SHA Light Hydrating Lotion
SGD 22.90
Check out my review here.

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Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum
SGD56.90 (120ml)
Can also work as a moisturizer.
Check out my review here
STEP 4: ANTI-AGING SERUM

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Human Nature Overnight Elixir
Php1,295

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Bio-essence Radiant Youth Essence
SGD 38.90 (40ml)
STEP 5: MOISTURIZER

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Human Nature Day Moisturizer
Php274.75 (100ml)

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Human Nature Night Moisturizer
Php274.75 (100ml)

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Bio-essence Hydra Tri-Action
SGD 33.90 (80g)
STEP 6: ANTI-ACNE TREATMENT

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Human Nature Acne Defense Solution Gel
Php199.75
STEP 7: FACE OVERNIGHT MASK

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Hada Labo Perfect Gel
SGD 35.90

Notice that most products I use are from the same brand — Human Nature. Aside from having affordable prices, these products work amazingly well :)

So there you have it! If you’re still confused what to buy, you can buy the same skincare products I use/used.


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