I'm not getting any younger so skipping skin care is no longer an option. I do go to clinics for treatments but I don't follow a good skin care routine religiously. Having combination skin and a very oily T - zone, I would simply wash my face with Cetaphil followed by Eskinol Cleanser in the morning and I'm good to go. At night, I only add moisturizer in my morning routine.
A month ago, I decided to change that after observing dry patches in my face. I searched online and found Soko glam's 10 - Step Korean Skin Care Routine Set being sold for $199. Instead of buying that, I searched for product alternatives that would suit my skin and budget the most while following their directions as to which to apply first and what to look for in other products.
Here's the product combination I came up with:
Step 1 - Oil Cleansing
The first step is to cleanse with an oil base product to dissolve makeup specially at night. I'm using Biore Cleansing Oil. I do the same in the morning to get rid of the dirt that build up in my oily T - zone the night before.
Step 2 - Second Cleanse
Originally, the guide I'm following mentioned a foaming wash but instead I'm using Cetaphil Face Cleanser. I've been using Cetaphil for a long time and it's doing a great job for my skin. Besides, the goal is the same whether you use a different foaming wash or Cetaphil, to cleanse.
Step 3 - Toner
The third step is to use a toner but unfortunately, it doesn't work well for me. So instead, I'm using Eskinol Cleanser with Cucumber Extract, an astringent, to control the oil in my T - zone. This has alcohol so I make sure to use only a little. Just enough to get rid of excess oil and deep seated dirt particularly in my nose area.
Step - 4 Essence
The role of the essence is to condition and hydrate the skin in preparation for the next step. It wasn't easy to find so as an alternative, I'm using Collagen Water Firming Moisture Mist from THEFACESHOP. As the label claims, it provides moisture and elastacity to the skin.
Step 5 - Serum
Choosing your serum is a matter of preference and skin condition. Personally, I picked The Signature Skin Conditioning Serum from THEFACESHOP because it enhances the firmness of the skin as well as its clarity.
Since serums are quickly absorbed by the skin, you may use it along side other serums of your choice. It does take time though.
Step 6 - Moisturize
Hydrate your skin further and seal in moisture. For five years now, I'm using St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer. It doesn't feel heavy nor does it make my skin oily, but since I have combination skin, I make it a point that I only apply a small amount in my T - zone area.
Step 7 - Sunscreen
In addition to the six steps I mentioned, in the morning, I apply Biore UV Perfect Bright Face Milk. It has SPF 50 for longer sun protection.
It's suppose to be a 10 - step routine but the other parts are not to be done on a daily basis. Currently, my daily skin care routine in the morning includes Step 1 to 7 and Step 1 to 6 at night.
Is it worth the money and the time I spend on it?
Yes. I have mentioned I've been having dry patches on some parts of my face and following this routine has helped me a great deal. It has minimized the visibility of some of the small sun spots I have and also kept my face moisturized throughout the day.
However, this combination of products I have didn't brighten my dull skin at all so I'm planning to add a brightening serum to address it.
Are there some products you love so much on your skin care routine you want to share? Please write it on the comment section below so I could check it out.