It's been a while since I talked about my everyday skincare routine. It's changed a lot since the last time I talked about my routine.
A little bit of background info about my skin:
Combination to oily skin, oily around T-zone, visible and easily clogged pores around T-zone, redness around nose and cheek sometimes, dark circles and bothersome laugh lines under eyes, occasional breakouts, hyper-pigmentation from breakouts that take a long time to disappear.
Want to concentrate on:
Reduce visible pores, reduce shine, more radiant and flawless skin, relief dark circles & fine lines under eyes.
Today I will talk about my morning routine:
I start off with washing my face with the Clarisonic Mia and Clinique Liquid Facial Soap (Oily Skin Formula). It is still quite cold in the morning in the Bay Area even though it's the beginning of May already. I warm up the Clarisonic brush with warm water, shake off the excess and then pump only about half a pump of the facial soap onto the brush, then turn on the brush and let it cleanse my face for the full one minute duration. Then I'd rinse off the soap, take a wash towel, dampen it up and rinse in cold water to make sure all the excess soap is rinsed off, and the cold water helps to close up my pores.
Then I'd move to my vanity area, apply Clinique Clarifying Toner (in #3 for oily/combination skin) to prep my skin. Then I use one pump of The Face Shop Control Brightening Essence, apply it all over my face, but concentrate more on the areas where I have acne scars in hope to help lighten them quickly.
First layer of eye protection is the Clinique All About Eyes Serum. It comes in a metal roller ball packaging. To be honest, I haven't seen any visible benefits of this eye serum. But I do like the coolness of the roller ball when it rolls against my skin. It helps to depuff and wake me up.
Then I use a pearl sized drop of the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Clear Skin Cream.
Zirh Herbal Under Eye Cream is my new love. It helps to de-puff and reduce my dark circles pretty well. I think it's because of the caffeine in it, it's like coffee for my eyes in the morning.
For moisturizer, I use Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. I prefer the gel consistency much more than the lotion. Gel is really easy to spread and apply.
For sun protection, first I use Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Eye Contour Care SPF 30 around my eye area, and Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 55 PA+++ for face.