Grading skincare routines – part 2

It was inevitable that after I published the Grading my friends’ skincare routine entry that my other buddies also wished to have their routines reviewed.  I also had a visitor asked me in the comments to evaluation her skincare – which is extremely trusting of her! below are their self-reported skincare routines.  My comments are in [italics].  Brace yourself, this is a wordy entry.  Again, according to my previous post’s disclaimer: I’m not a dermatologist or trained esthetician, I just play one online.

M’s Skin type: virtually ideal in every way… okay, okay, I guess dry / combination

M’s Skincare routine
Cleanser: No method jose!
Toner: Yes, I just can’t get enough… Winter: Micellar water (right now Vichy but I choose the Yves Rocher Detoxifying Tea) Summer: best now trying to utilize up Clarins but choose Yves Rocher’s micellar water or the Perfecting Toning lotion from the exact same line… so refreshing!)
Serum: Paula’s choice (PC) withstand daily smoothing treatment (5% AHA) + PC withstand very Antioxidant Concentrate serum
Moisturizer: currently utilizing up: Silk’n deal with Dead Sea Mineral cream but choose Olay mature therapy (would like to find an alternative with less/more pleasing scent)
Sunscreen: BB cream (Dr. Jart premium BB SPF 45 in winter season & Guerlain lingerie de Peau SPF30 in summer) when staying out of the sun; If entering possible sun exposure, then anything Clarins/Shiseido SPF 50 & up!

Makeup Remover: yes! Whatever double sample I have on the opt for eye makeup & then much more makeup cleaner (using up Vasanti but choose micellar water from Yves Rocher)
Cleanser: Oils like Boscia, Origins
Toner: Definitely! much more Vichy / Yves Rocher
Moisturizer: trying to find a wetness overnight mask but all of them have as well much fragrance which keeps me from drifting off to sleep
Eye cream: Nope (okay in some cases I utilize the Bobbin brown one :P)
Serum: PC withstand retinol serum

Others (weekly treatments):
PC regular resurfacing treatment (10% AHA)
I switch out the 5% AHA to 2% BHA lotion the week before my period to decrease the possibility of acne
Vasanti scrub when my nose is feeling flaky
Sheet masks whenever I can (& especially after airplane travel)
I utilized to truly like treating myself to Lush’s cupcake masks during the summertime but haven’t in a long time…

My assessment:  A
M’s skincare routine is similar to mine so of course I’d give her a good grade!  And I can assure you all that her skin is lovely.

I do concern why an eye cream isn’t consistently incorporated into your routine?  Do you just utilize your deal with cream as eye cream (which is completely fine as well of course, if it’s adequate enough). as for a suggestion for a non-scented daytime deal with cream (yes, I agree, the Olay stuff is as well heavily fragranced!) for your skin type, here are a few options:
• Olay does offer a few of their line in fragrance-free formats, including overall impacts 7x visible Anti-Aging Moisturizing complex and Total impacts 7-in-1 moisturizer + treatment Duo fragrance Free, and Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream
• Clinique wetness surge intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator
• Consonant Skincare Ultra Moisturizing organic deal with cream or the dry Skin version (they’re truly good at providing samples to try)
• indeed to Carrots fragrance complimentary daily moisturizer SPF 15

As for a less aromatic night cream / overnight sleeping masks, here are some suggestions:
• Clinique wetness surge Overnight Mask
• first aid appeal Facial glow Overnight Mask
• Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque (at least get a sample to test out)

[My friend P sent a extremely in-depth skincare listing and explained that her main skin worry are dry patches and enlarged pores in her t-zone area.] “Both have been diminished considerably because I started to take care of my skin with the following: (funny enough, before this, I utilized anything and everything under the sunlight to pat on my skin lol).”

P’s Skincare routine
Cleansing: double cleansing, because I don’t wear cosmetics (i.e. mascara and eyeliners) I don’t utilize any cosmetics cleaner prior to the oil cleansing step. On the day I wear make-up, I just utilize the sample size Lancome Bi-Facil to eliminate mascara first . My cleansing oil is The deal with shop Deep Firming Cleansing Oil. it’s okay, I plan to change it, I have just a small bit left. What ought to I use? For foaming cleanser, I utilize Cerave, nearly finish my first bottle.
Toner: I utilize St Ives deal with vehicles Pads, exfoliating Pads with moderate AHA interchargeable with the mist you provided me from Reviva Labs Facial Spray Rosewater.
Treatment: I just started introducing 5% AHA Paula choice twice a week. I do have a question: if I utilize this, ought to I avoid the toner step? because in the St Ives pads there’s already some natural fruit extract for exfoliating. if not, what ought to I use? After the AHA, I wait 2 mins and then put on BHA Paula Choice, and wait on 30 mins before next step
Balancing water: Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid lotion Moist
Serum: I tried the Benton Snail Bee High content Essence interchargeable with the Estee Lauder advanced night repair work healing Complex. nothing wow here. I plan to follow your footstep when these two bottles are finished.
Oil/Moisturizer: I utilize pure argan oil from Divine Essence at the health food store (much less expensive than other brands at Sephora or online) or the exact same line Benton Snail Bee High content heavy steam Cream. I am okay with both, though nothing as amazing. I think I will continue with the argan oil, but requirement a moisturizer, what do you believe about the very high-end brand Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream?
Masks/treatment: when a week, on lazy Sunday I would do a small facial, and finish off with a Korean moisturizer mask sheet, any brand would do. any reco? in some cases I would do a deep exfoliating by Skin Food Black Sugar Mask laundry off, or Origins remove improvement Charcoal Mask. Really, anything, I want to experiment.

[P so kindly summarized it in a chart style (nerd alert, can you tell that she works in Finance?!). She compared what she utilized to utilize and her new revised skincare routine:]

My assessment:  A-
I do have to state that I feel as though I had a hand in molding P’s skincare routine!  A gap I see is: no cleansing in the mornings.  I understand you don’t wear a great deal of makeup but I still believe something like a micellar water or a non-foaming cleanser would be a good skin prep step to rid of sebum build-up and residue skincare from the evening.  I suggest the Yves Rocher micellar water or Spectro Cleanser for combination skin.  You requested another type of cleansing oil to try at night – I truly enjoyed Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil which is rather inexpensive.  Regarding the concern about whether to utilize Paula’s choice AHA with the St Ives exfoliating pads – on the nights you utilize PC AHA, avoid the pads and just utilize the Reviva Labs facial spray.

I understand P is really into Asian skincare and pH level is critical to her (I’m guessing you’ve been reading the reddit Asian appeal subforum, thus the slew of Benton products!).  I believe there are diminishing returns on ultra high-end brands like Sulwhasoo. any single skincare product that costs $200+ isn’t going to give you twice, or 4 times as good result as something in the $100 to $50 cost range.  The essential components in the Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing cream – aside from panax ginseng root extract – are: glycerin, squalane, and glycol.  These basic components can be found in many, much less expensive moisturizers.  And, I’m just not persuaded of the skincare benefits of panax ginseng root extract as a topical treatment – there may be some anti-oxidant properties, but not enough to validate the cost tag.

All that said, for an evening deal with cream, I would suggest to try these which have been lauded online:
• HADA LABO Goku-Juyn Moisturizing Cream
• Tosowoong Snail natural Pure Cream
• Dr.Jart Ceramidin Cream
If you’re still curious about trying something with ginseng, give Ole Henriksen reality Crème advanced Hydration a try.

I’m no authority on sheet masks – I primarily utilize ones with hyaluronic acid and they all tend to moisturize and plump my skin – I focus much more on how much serum is in the bundle and if the mask shape fits my deal with well.  I discussed in my sheet mask publish that I truly like the My Melody ones I got from sasa because they’re 3D masks that in shape my deal with snugly.  I’ve also heard truly good things about Leaders Insolution sheet masks.

[And lastly, a reader, Amalia, sent me her skincare routine to review. Amalia lives in Indonesia so I hope that the products I suggest are available locally. I will try my finest to possibly suggest general product types rather than particular brands.  Her routine as explained in her own words below]

Note>> (1) I have combination skin – oilier forehead and nose with routine break outs. I have new zits appearing on my deal with gradually in pre, during, and publish period. (2) I experienced even worse breakouts (like, 5-6 zits appearing in a day) when utilizing products particularly produced oily skin, like Biotherm Purefect variety and Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-free and Blue Herbal range, so now I tend them. Proactiv has also made my deal with slicker. (3) I online in Indonesia, where the weather condition is mainly damp and temperature can reach 30゜C during the day.

Reggeli rutin
Wash >> Juara Skincare Rice Facial Cleanser
Tone >> Clarins White plus tightening Brightening lotion (this acts as the cleansing toner for me) and Juara Skincare Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner (this acts as my day moisturizer, as it is truly hydrating)
Others >> Kiehl’s Blemish manage daily Skin-Clearing treatment and The Body shop Vitamin E Eye Cream
Sunscreen >> Clarins UV plus HP SPF 40

Evening routine
Make up cleaner >> Bioderma Sebium (used as soon as I got home)
Wash >> exact same as morning
Toner>> exact same as morning
Others >> exact same as morning
Moisturizer >> Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Gel (yes I utilize acne treatments and eye cream before moisturizer.. do you believe that’s right?)

My assessment:  B+
You’re utilizing the right products for your skin type, which is fantastic.  Thanks for introducing me to Juara Skincare – their variety looks rather nice!  I believe that the Bioderma Sebium cleanser in the evening may not be enough to clean off your skin of sunscreen and sebum from the day. I’m a huge advocate of oil cleansing for oily skin types. have you ever tried oil cleansers?  A few to try are The Body shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, and L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil – none of these contain mineral oil just in case you’re sensitive to it.

Yes, acne treatment ought to be utilized before moisturizer to ensure that it can be in direct contact with the impacted skin.  Allow the acne treatment to dry and absorb into the skin for about 5 minutes before applying anything else on top. There’s no set guideline about eye cream – I generally apply it after my deal with moisturizer but it ought to be fine prior.  The general guideline is: thinner, much more fluid products first: toner/lotion, serums, gels – and then thicker much more emollient products on top to seal everything in.  Sunscreen goes on last in terms of skincare.

You noted that the morning toner is hydrating enough as your moisturizer – I believe it would still be advantageous to have a serum or a light moisturizer which acts as a barrier / protectant between your skin and your sunscreen / makeup.  I would suggest something light but including hyaluronic acid – possibly something like Derma E Hydrating Serum with Hyaluronic Acid.

The Clarins sunscreen you’re utilizing only contains Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) as its active sunscreen ingredient which does not offer adequate coverage of UVA rays (these are the long term damaging rays that promote aging).  Zinc Oxide (ZnO) the very best mineral suncreen ingredient, and ideally, a sunscreen ought to consist of both TiO2 and ZnO for maximum effectiveness.  ZnO has the added benefit of skin healing properties (it is the main ingredient in diaper rash ointment!).  Since you online in a tropical climate, a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 40 is recommended. Here are some choices that consist of both TiO2 and ZnO and are appropriate for the face: La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Mineral, Avene Mineral Ulta-Light Hydrating Sunscreen deal with SPF 50+, and SkinCeuticals sheer Physical UV defense SPF 50.

You may be allergic to something in those products that broke you out; common skincare components that are irritants include: alcohol, menthol, sodium lauryl sulfate, essential oils like orange oil, etc.  fragrance can also be a major irritant.  Be sure to checked out labels (here’s a useful site) and do a process of elimination – eliminate one item each time to isolate the culprit.  In the exact same vein, only try one new product each time in purchase to reduce the danger of a reaction, so if a reaction does occur, you understand immediately what is triggering it.

I don’t believe the Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Gel is doing your skin any favours, its second ingredient is alcohol.  In addition, fragrance is rather high on the ingredient list, and from experience, I do find that Clarins products are excessively scented.  My suggestion to you is to find something lightweight without alcohol, and if possible, something without fragrance – look for products with these ingredients: glycerin, sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), glycol, squalane, and vitamin E. One to try is Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion.

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