current skincare routine winter 2016

Hi Lovelies,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. In today’s blogpost I am going to share with you guys all the skincare products that I have been using in the winter time.

About my skin: I think I had terribly oily and acne-prone skin in middle school and my skin type somehow changed to dry combination skin when I got older. I did not use any skincare products until I came to Germany, when my skin reached its worst state: red, dry, sensitive, flaky and chapped (I swear it cracked when I smiled). Then my cousin let me try her neutrogena cream, which made me realise how magical skincare products were. Mind blown!

It’s almost 2 years now since I started a proper skincare routine and I’m so thankful that I did it because I’m much happier with my skin now (although it’s absolutely not something good for my bank account).

Okay I should write about my routine now or this post will be way to long !

Step 1: Double Cleansing

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DHC Deep Cleansing OilThis is already my second bottle. It removes all of my makeup easily and gently and doesn’t irritate my skin at all. I find this product is rather pricey but I had to purchase it again. I tried some cheaper alternatives  but the one from The Face Shop clogged my pores and broke me out while The Body Shop Camomile silky cleansing oil has an unpleasant scent and it’s not so effectively when it comes to waterproof mascara.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial CleanserI’ve been using this cleanser only for a few weeks. I like it but I don’t love it. It’s a foaming cleanser containing alcohol so it more or less strips my natural oils and makes it a little bit dry afterwards. Probably not going to buy it again.

Step 2: Toner

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Hada Labo Hydrating LotionThis product is my skin’s best friend. It contains no alcohol, fragrance, colorants,… and moistures my skin without any irritation. Nothing, but love.

Step 3: Exfoliating

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Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid: It was a little bit scary putting acid on my face for the first time but this chemical exfoliant changed my life 2 years ago (when I had like 2kg blemishes on my face). I use this 2 – 3 times/ week before bed. It helps unclogging my pores and making my skin smoother. I hate the scent though, it smells like nail polish remover.

Step 4: Serum

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InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum: I have only used this Vitamin C Serum for a couple of weeks but I think my skin is getting brighter and it also lightens my acne scars. This serum absorbs super quickly on my skin, doesn’t break me out and I also don’t feel tingling at all like when I used the OST C21.5.  One more plus point for this serum is it doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge since it’s a different form of Vitamin C.

Step 5: Essence

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Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence: I personally think that this product is a little bit overhyped. Although it does a good job hydrating my skin and improving newly damaged skin area, redness around my nose area is not noticeably reduced and I’m also not sure about the skin-lifting and whitening functions as written on the product. Anyway, for all these natural ingredients with such a low price, I couldn’t ask for more.

Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel: Another product from Benton. This gel helps soothing my active breakouts and also helps them heal. It’s really relaxing applying this product because of the cooling effect and it also absorbs really quickly.

Step 6: Moisturizer

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Claire’s Guerisson 9 Complex Horse Oil Cream: I bought this when I was in South Korea and this product has saved my flaky skin in winter time. It absorbs really quickly, doesn’t greasy at all and has a nice scent. Plus, it looks fancy and comes with a spoon so that I don’t have to use my finger and let all the cream goes onto my nail (gross). Anyway, I highly recommend this cream for people who have super dry skin like me. It really helps.

Step 7: Spot treatment

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil: I have a love – hate relationship with this product. As soon as I find a pimple popping on my skin, I have to grab this product immediately. I apply the oil directly on my pimple with a q-tip and it really calms the pimple, reduces its size and also redness. What I hate about this product is it dries my skin out when my skin absolutely doesn’t need anymore dryness. And I hate this stupid packaging.

Step 8: Sunscreen (Daytime)

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Shiseido WetForce Expert Sun Aging Protection Lotion Plus SPF 50+: This is expensive as hell but it’s really worth it. Best sunscreen I’ve ever used. It’s not sticky, chalky or greasy at all, it’s matte, smells super nice and absorbs super quickly. It makes my skin a little bit white after applying but then it blends into my skin after about 10 minutes. Again, the stupid packaging makes it really hard to control the amount of product that I want to pour out and it gets really messy.

So yeah that’s it. I actually don’t use all these products twice a day. In the morning I would like to keep it simple (or I’ll be late for school) by using only toner, sometimes Vitamin C serum, moisturizer and sunscreen. I hope you guys enjoyed reading my routine as well as my quick reviews about these products. Please tell me if you have any better products to recommend, I would love to try it out.

Thank you very much and stay beautiful,

dgnaxoxo