Monday, March 28, 2011

Skincare Routine

Yes, I am a beauty junkie, I admit it! I like to try new products and find what works best for me. The same applies to skincare. I try to keep around the products that really make a big difference in my skin, but in general, I change my routine from time to time. Before I start describing what I'm currently using, I just wanted to tell you that I am not an expert on skincare. I am simply very passionate about taking care of my skin, and I have tried many products in the last 15 years or so. But, what works for me may not work for you. So, if I could give you an advice to you, it would be to research a product before you buy it and ask for samples to try at home, that way you know if your skin has a reaction to a product before you purchase it.

I have normal to combination skin. In the summer my t-zone is a little bit more oily than the rest of the year. I'm 32 years old and I would say I have relatively good skin except for my hyperpigmentation spots and occasional breakouts. But basically, I based my routine on preventing any other sun spots because they are my main issue. This is what I'm using at the moment to keep my skin balanced and as healthy-looking as possible:

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam - it's very gentle and a little goes a long way.
Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Balancing Softener - this toner is not drying at all. Not a holly grail product but it's good
Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Protective Emulsion SPF 15- it gives me enough moisture and leaves my skin feeling very soft. It works great under my foundation. I use the white lucent line because it is the most effective in preventing/fighting my hyperpigmentation spots.
Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado -- I had this for almost a year and I still have more than half of the product. It's very moisturizing.
Victoria's Secret Pro Smooth FX Lip Scrub & Balm - All I can say is I love this product!
Neutrogena Drytouch Sunscreen SPF 100+ - this is my holy grail sunscreen, the name is exactly right because it feels dry and non greasy after it settles in. I have tried many sunscreens in the past but this one is by far the best.

MAC Cleanse Off Makeup Remover Oil - I massage this into my skin and it removes all my makeup without leaving any residue or a greasy feeling.
Kirkland Wipes (if I'm wearing little or no makeup)
Shiseido White Lucent Foam Cleanser
Clarisonic MIA (twice a week) - This product completely changed the texture of my skin. I just don't use it every day because I feel it works better when used every other day or so.
Victoria's Secret Pro Smooth FX Lip Scrub & Balm (just the balm at night)
Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel - I use this once or twice a week. It tightnens my pores, it makes my skin feel smooth and refresh.
Kiehl's Abyssine Cream + (I use this only when my skin feels dehydrated because it can be too heavy for every day use)
Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum - this is a fabulous serum, I just wish it wasn't so expensive.  Right now I only have a deluxe sample bottle that came with a gift with purchase. I don't know if I would purchase it again because my wallet needs a brake. Any suggestions about a good dupe for a nice serum? Please, let me know.

Until next time,




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