Lately I have spent a decent amount of time doing research and developed a grave attention towards a healthy, flawless skin. I’m blessed with porcelain skin, however due to a certain lifestyle I’m not proud of, it falls short of perfection. The nice thing to know is – perfection is always within reach, and so with some dedication I have found a beauty routine that works.
Step 1: Cleansing
Needless to say, cleansing is probably one of the most important things to do onto your skin. With or without products, always make sure you spend time to wash your face in order to get rid of impurities and unclog your pores. I have tried endless cleansers: drugstore brands, organic products, expensive lines like La Mer, Chanel, and even products that are only available elsewhere in the world… Not many cleansers got me excited. However, in a recent splurge at Shu Uemura in Hong Kong, I have found a cleanser that addressed my needs.
You heard what they say – if you have acne prone skin you should never use oil base cleansers. However this Shu Uemura Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil has cleared my skin like none others. It is so gentle which is perfect for my sensitive skin, yet it removes all of my make up – including waterproof mascara just like advertised. I was skeptical at first, but now I’m totally in love with this one step cleanser. I’m done wasting my Shiseido cotton pads on make up remover.
Prior to using this oil cleanser, there is another product that I was really excited about – and at a much cheaper price: Purity by Philosophy.
I tried it at my friend’s house on a girls’ sleepover night. I was in shock when she presented me with this massive cleanser bottled in 1l size. However, I enjoyed using it so much that the next day, I headed to Sephora to attain my own bottle. Due to my travel schedules, I only got the tiny $10 size one even though it’s probably much less economical. I admire the fact that they make it in that size because up until now it’s still the size that works best for me. This product is very gentle, and it leaves the skin refreshed. Recently, I have been a bit bothered by the smell so I might try Kiehl’s cleanser instead for the same effect, or invest in SK-II cleanser because after all this is the product you use most often on your skin.
Step 2: Toning
Toning is often considered the final step to cleansing. It rids your skin of any stubborn impurities, removes dead skin, and preps the canvas for any subsequent products. I have a few favorites:
– Blue Flame Purifying Toning Mist: I got addicted to this product because of Exhale Spa. I love how refreshing and herbal it is. I usually spray abundantly on a cotton pad and apply on my skin for a nice cool treat. After some time outdoor, there is nothing I enjoy more than cleansing my skin with this product.
– Chanel Pureté Toner: The make up artist at Chanel suggested that I buy this one day after I complained to her about my recent breakouts. I don’t think I should thank this toner for a clearer skin, but as a toner it does its job and the beautiful smell – signature of any Chanel cosmetics – is a huge plus. I’m finishing my bottle, and will switch to SK-II Clear Lotion soon, so more reviews on that later.
– Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist – this is the only toner I spray on instead of applying with cotton pad. The smell is quite unique – very true to Jurlique products. I know this is a staple for many celebrities; perhaps that’s why I was aspired to purchase it in the first place. I’m really glad I did because it connected me to more Jurlique products – which I will go into details later.
Step 3: Prepping
If you have spent enough time at the beauty counters, you will learn that there is a step prior to applying moisturizer, and it often involves a gel base product. I think the texture helps penetrate the skin faster and it’s so lightweight that you can layer on with other products. In the case of Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel, it makes my skin feel firm and perky – I think this is quickly becoming a staple. I have to admit that on most days when I feel like my skin does not need more moisture or, god forbid, when I travel without the appropriate moisturizer, my skin depends upon this product and it always delivers great results. I use this product for both morning and night, pat it on my face with fingers and let it absorb.
Step 4: Moisturizing
For day time moisturizing, I used to love La Mer Oil Absorbing Lotion. It creates a smooth canvas finish and absorbs oil on the skin, making it perfect as a base for make up.
Currently, at night I’m using the Jurlique Herbal Recovery Night Cream, accompanied by its eye cream. There is no fancy ways to use moisturizer, you just have to remember to apply it. However, I recommend finding a moisturizer that addresses your skin care needs – for example acne prone skin, smaller pores, better complexion, etc… This is time for some trials.
Also, there is another product you must always have and cherish – Creme de la Mer. I only use this for emergencies now but if you haven’t used La Mer already I strongly suggest that you try at least one product. It is indeed very expensive, but I would much rather spend money on La Mer than Chanel. This comes with a small applicator that you use to scoop a bean size of the product out of the jar, put it in the palm of your hands, warm it up to “activate the ingredients” – or so they claimed – and then apply it on your face and neck. La Mer does everything for your skin!
I hope you have found this post useful, and have fun trying the products! Skin care is all about finding what works for you, and it may take years to find your staples, but don’t give up – because perfection is always within reach.