Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Skin Care Regime

Cleanser

I'm originally from the countryside, so when I moved to the city for university my skin was not use to the harsh pollutants in the air causing my skin to break out. I've been using the Clarisonic for 3 years now and have come to adopt it into my daily skincare regime. I have sensitive/combination skin and found that using the 'deep pore' cleansing brush was too harsh on for everyday morning use. I now use the cashmere cleanse facial brush in the morning and the deep pore cleansing brush in the evening for a deeper cleanse. 


If I've been wearing make-up during the day I'll remove with these 'in transit no traces' facial pads from thisworks before using my Clarisonic. These have been perfect with my recent frequent flying, it doesn't count as a liquid so falls in compliance with the under 100ml regulation, and i don't need to carry separate cotton pads! They are rosewater and mint infused pads and have been perfect for my sensitive skin. Rose properties are gentle and moisturising, but generally will not over-stimulate the skin to result a break out. The mint isn't very noticeable in terms of scent, but leaves a gently  refreshing tingle after use.  


My current favourite cleanser is this 'soy face cleanser' from fresh. It's a gel consistency and has no fragrance. I really like this product because it's gentle on my skin, but I can feel it doing a thorough job of removing all the impurities build up hand in hand with the Clarisonic. After cleansing, my skin feels soft and nourished and most importantly clean! I really like the fresh line and I'm eager to try out more of their products, especially the Rose Face Mask

Exfoliator

Once a week I will exfoliate to get rid of the dead skin build-up to prevent any pores from clogging up. I've never liked using the exfoliants that has grains or sand particles because it feels like I'm using sand paper, whats more is I don't find it effective in the least. Chemical exfoliants are great, they are typically a gel-like consistency, but as you massage into your skin, you will feel and see little specks forming, this is your dead skin! The best way to describe the texture is when you played with PVA glue as a child and you pick it off and roll it up and it's a little tacky ball?! I'm currently using the Pure Revival Peel from SkinInc. In the past I've tried Cure's Aqua Gel which is equally good.   

Treatment

This Nature Republic Bamboo Charcoal Nose Pack is a 2-stage process designed to extract and clear up blackheads. The first stage is a toner which is designed to loosen up the 'dirt' in your pores to make the 2nd stage easier. The next step is a charcoal clay like 'mask' which dries up, you can then peel it off like a normal nose strip. It's gross and satisfying at the same time to see your blackheads stuck to the strip. If you've extracted blackheads before you know that the roots are white, and against the dark grey nose strip it's so mesmerising to see how many blackheads are stuck to the strip. 

Moisturisers

As my current environment is relatively humid and is only going to get increasingly so I've been using this Blue Herbal Moisturiser from Kiehl's
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Oil-free
Inspired by Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion®
Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment with Extracts of Cinnamon Bark and Ginger Root
Reduces appearance of pores
Helps prevent new acne blemishes from forming
Not tested on animals
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I don't have acne, but like everyone else I do get blemishes from time to time. This moisturiser is light-weight and refreshing. In comparison to 'mattifying'  products I've used in the past I don't find that my pores feel 'clogged-up' after application. Salicylic acid is a well-known ingredient to fight blemishes, and I have definitely noticed a general improvement and will continue to use this as my daily morning moisturiser. 


I use sunscreen religiously now that I'm in Hong Kong. UVA rays aren't visible, so even when it looks gloomy and cloudy outside the sun is still causing damage to your skin. I love this sunscreen from Kiehls, one of my biggest skin concerns is looking greasy or shiny. I find that sunscreen's are normally thick in consistency and leave a 'hi-shine' finish on the skin. However this sunscreen from Kiehl's is true to it's word - lightweight! It does leave a nice dewy glow, but nothing to cause concern. 

Masks

One of the best ways to maintain healthy skin is through moisture; regardless of your skin type, be it oily, sensitive, combination or dry. The cause of oily skin is dry skin, I know it doesn't make sense. People with oily skin have over-active oil glands, and these glands are over-active because they're over compensating for the dry condition of the skin. Using products use as facial oils and hydration masks are great methods to balance out your skin. If you are concerned with looking shiny or greasy, you can try these treatments in the evening before sleep. This way you can fully hydrate your skin without being concerned of your appearance. Moisture packs are also great to reduce the appearance of pores, I was taught this tip by a professional beautician, so I give this advice with 100% confidence. Normally after using the pore pack I will use a moisturising mask or serum to 'close-up' my pores. I personally like using rice or oat infused products, these ingredients are effective but doesn't aggravate my sensitive skin. I've been using this Rice Mask from Skin Food for years, it's an oldie, but a goody! 

I hope you've enjoyed this in-sight into my skin regime, I hope it's been helpful and interesting for you guys to read! What are your favourite products to use? I'd love to know! 
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  1. I was surprised to find out that you have sensitive/combination skin. I've always though you had normal skin. you have done a good job with your skin regime ;)

    I'm still experimenting, since I have a sensitive skin, I have to use my products, like the clarisonic and cure every 2 days or I'll get a break out :( - dry spot skin. my favorite product would be Hydramax + Active nutrion from Chanel, expensive but it works really well for my skin. For exfoliate it would be Cure, it's not harsh on my skin. :)


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