Updated Skin Care Routine (October 2018)

in at October 7, 2018

#SkinCareSunday with my updated routine featuring some holy grails and newfound favorites!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (Watsons, P249)

On my fourth bottle of my favorite make-up remover from the drugstore! This doesn’t remove my waterproof mascara completely, Bifesta Cleansing Lotion does the job better, but this is definitely more affordable.

Banila Co. Clean It Zero in Classic (Althea Korea, P790)

The reformulated Classic Clean It Zero made a comeback in my life. It’s a trustworthy first step cleanser but I wish it lasted longer and was as travel-friendly as my HG Neogen Green Tea Cleansing Stick, which I recently emptied. Full review here.

CosRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser* (BeautyMNL, P540)

I use this at night (Missha Near Skin pH Balancing Cleansing Foam in the morning) when I feel like my skin’s been abused for the day. It doesn’t make my skin feel tight but I also wouldn’t consider this gentle. Because it contains salicylic acid, I use this especially when I’m breaking out.

SKIN&LAB Dr. Pore Tightening Pink Clay Facial Mask (Althea Korea, P550)

A clay mask which doesn’t tighten my skin, groundbreaking. This is made with pink clay – the most gentle of clays – from France and Pink Flower Complex to moisturize and brighten the skin. It leaves me with skin as soft as a baby’s bum. Of course I bought it because it’s pink!

My Skin Mentor Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel* (Soko Glam)

My favorite exfoliator of life is so good; it sheds off dead skin, impurities, and the weight of my sins. I use this 1-2x a week!

HADA LABO Goku-jyun Clear Lotion (Japanese Drugstore)

This is my 3rd bottle in the span of 6 months, I can’t get enough of this hydrating toner. I apply 2 layers day and night. I rue the day people stop asking me what pasalubong I want from Japan. Please God, no.

Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence* (Soko Glam)

Because I am clearly a crazy skin care lady, I have 3 essences in my routine.  This 2018 Soko Glam Best of K-Beauty™ Awards Winner is life-changing. Its fermented ingredients help so well with my texture problems; the pesky bumps on my face have disappeared because of it. This gives me honey “chok chok” skin! I use this day and night.

Seed & Tree Aqua Shining Essence (BeautyMNL, P999)

For daytime, I use what I call my “Unicorn Pee” because of its glorious-almost-holo packaging. It gives me that luminous glow. It also gives me a great base for make-up. This was gifted to me by my friend Tiara a.k.a Siesta Blog.

Nacific Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence (Althea Korea, P580)

For nighttime, I use my holy grail product for fading acne scars. It also contains niacinamide and hyaluronic acid for extra hydration. If I had a $$$ every time someone asked me what I used for my acne scars…

Muji Moisturising Milk in High Moisture (Muji)

I wouldn’t consider this lightweight, it’s quite thick especially for this country but I don’t mind. It keeps my skin so soft and plump! Considering trying other Muji skin care items because of how much I adore this! Of course Gothamista made me buy it.

Nivea Sun Protect Super Water Gel with SPF 50/PA++ (Japanese Drugstore)

My favorite sunscreen (only available in Japan) but currently trying the Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence which may just change my mind.

*Gifted by Soko Glam

Not in photo: My beloved Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream, which will possibly outlive me because I can’t seem to empty it

Elisa Aquino

Elisa Aquino is a portrait photographer, life(style) writer, passion blogger, and beauty rookie from Manila, Philippines. This platform exists to document her daily musings and to showcase the life-changing power of grace to transform women from ashes to beauty.