My Skincare Routine

All right ladies, today I’m going to blog about my skincare. I’m going to put a disclaimer out there, skincare is a very personal issue. This isn’t a sales pitch where I tell ya’ll to go buy everything I have because what works for me maybe won’t work for you. I’m not going to tell you ‘Oh, all I do is wash my face and go to bed’ because honestly it’s a very rigorous process I put myself through every night. I would also like to thank genetics.  Some things in life are just simply genetic…and if I look at my mom, I must recognize genetics’ role in my skin. Over the last 26 years, I have tried and perfected this routine to the best of my skincare needs.

So a little info. about my skin…I have dry skin with a few oily patches on my forehead and around my nose area. I didn’t even realize this till I went to my dermatologist and she told me that I have  dry skin. Before this, I thought I had oily skin; I would scrub my skin off with all sorts of acne scrubs and wash. So moral of the story: go see your dermatologist. Befriend them, become their best patient forever because they will save you a lot of money in the long run and give you beautiful skin. I’ve learned over the years that I need to take diligent care of my skin, you’re only given one chance at this. Pamper it, love it, and it’ll love you back.

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From top to bottom and left to right…let’s go!:)

1. Clarisonic MIA: Nordstrom ($100)- I think by now, everyone and their grandma has heard about this wonderful cleansing device. I first bought mine back in 2011 when it first came out and after 4 memorable years together we had to say goodbye. The battery gave up last month on me and wouldn’t turn on anymore so I had to beg my husband about getting me another one (because they’re quite expensive). I thought I could go without it but my skin just went crazy so I had to go and get another one. If you don’t want to shell out $200 bucks for the original Clarisonic, just do what I did and get the MIA. It’s travel friendly, small, half the cost and performs just as well as the original one. You won’t regret it, my dermatologist even praised my skin for being so smooth (besides my minor rosacea) and I think it is because of this device. It is worth its weight in gold.

2. Josie Maran Cleansing Oil: Sephora ($32)- I don’t use makeup wipes, unless I have heavy makeup on…you know when you paint your face like a clown. Everybody does it from time to time, no shame;) I think makeup wipes are the root of all evil when it comes to cleansing because it is loaded with alcohol. Alcohol dries your skin out like nobody’s business. It is bad, bad, bad! Since I have dry skin, I use this cleansing oil when I get in the shower to remove my makeup. You squirt a quarter size amount into dry hands and massage it all over your face and add water to it to emulsify it into a milky cleanser. It’s a gem and if you have acneic skin, you should be using this also because it throughly removes all makeup and doesn’t clog your pores.

3. Neutrogena Clear Pore: Drugstore.com ($8)-  After I cleanse my face with the oil, I squirt a dollop size of this into my Clarisonic MIA and wash my face.  It has the highest concentration of benzoyl peroxide (for a drugstore cleanser), so I like using this to control my pimples and keep oil production at bay. I’ve used it since I was in the 8th grade and don’t really see myself straying from this product unless they discontinue it. So please don’t Neutrogena, my heart will  break for a day then I’ll probably have to resort to the money-grubbing Sephora.

4. Philsophy Purity Cleanser: Nordstrom ($32) not mentioned in the picture above- I usually find these on sale on QVC.com (the liter size) or I’ll just go to Dermstore.com and buy them. I love love this cleanser because when I’m lazy and don’t want to use my cleansing oil, I will resort to this. I put a dollop onto my Clarisonic and cleanse all my makeup off. It gets rid of everything, except my eye makeup but it’s a great makeup remover cleanser. I keep mine in the shower to use on my ‘too lazy to do anything day’.

5. Yonka Paris Lotion: Amazon ($35)- This isn’t a lotion, it’s actually a toner. I’ve used this for a couple of years now and it’s my favorite toner. No alcohol and no burning sensation. It’s formulated for dry or mature skin…haha. I don’t have mature skin but it keeps my skin dewy and fresh. I use this in the morning after washing my face, after the shower and setting my makeup. Martha Stewart was the one that hyped this product up and I was the crazy customer who fell for it and loved it.

6. Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover: Neiman Marcus ($30)- Another cult following product but it really does it job in removing ALL of your eye makeup. I’ve tried and wasted money on many eye makeup removers and keep going back to this one. It doesn’t tug at your eyes and the leftover oil on your lids can be massage into your skin to prevent it from drying out. It’s a wonderful product…quite expensive but a whole bottle will last me for 6 months.

7. Olay Microdermabrasion Peel Kit: Amazon ($30)- I try to go to the dermatologist and get the microdermabrasion peel every two months. If ya’ll don’t know, going to the dermatologist for this is actually cheaper than getting it done in the spa. Any kind of peel is great for the skin because it helps skin turnover. My dermatologist told me that when you’re a baby, your skin does this naturally every week and as adults this process slows down tremendously..sooo as adults everyone needs to do some kind of peel to help this process along. I like this Olay kit for days when I feel my skin needs the ‘help’ but I can’t get to my dermatologist.  I’ll take a shower to ‘soften’ up my skin and before I scrub my body, I’ll use this peel to slough off all the dead skin cells.

8. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair: Ulta ($22)- I don’t actually use this for wrinkles! Although you can use it though because it helps slough off the dead skin cells from fine lines and such. I use this at night before going to bed because it has retinol in it (it isn’t strong as the prescription one but still does the job). I love retinol, I wish I can rub it everywhere on my body because it helps renews and turn over fresh new skin. Be careful though, because if you’ve never used retinol before, it may cause your skin to become flush/red or sometimes cause chemical burn.

9. Josie Maran Argan Oil: Sephora ($48)- I use this for multiple purposes. On my face, eyes, hair, nails, and body. For skincare though, I have three eye creams in rotation and this one of them. I’ll use it as a eye cream and as a light moisturizer for my face. I only do this at night because it gives off a ‘greasy’ look on your face and that’s not an attractive look to go out in public in.

10. Josie Maran SPF 47: Sephora ($47)- As you can already tell, I love Josie Maran! Her skincare is on point and it’s really gentle on sensitive skin. I use it under my foundation before going out for the day, it has a high SPF, not greasy and doesn’t leave that white cast on your face when you wear sunscreen.

11. Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Eye Cream: Saks Fifth Avenue ($55)- I usually use this eye cream when my under eyes are feeling especially dry, usually from wearing makeup from the day and taking it all off. It is a very heavy eye cream but I love that feeling because I feel like it’s actually working. I started using eye creams after college because I just thought I should be taking better care of skin now since I don’t have a bazillion things to do like study, study, and study. I don’t have any fine lines or wrinkles around my eyes, so I feel like it’s working. This doesn’t get rid of dark circles or anything so if you’re looking for that, I don’t think this is it.

12. Lush Enchanted Eye Cream: Lush ($27)- I use this eye cream in the morning under my makeup. It is very light and absorbs quickly into your skin. It has very gentle and natural ingredients so it doesn’t cause any allergic reactions. It’s also great under concealers because it helps my concealer from creasing, a major plus!

13. Rosadan (Doctor prescribed only): I started noticing little red bumps around my nose and forehead region in the last six months and realized that my skincare products wasn’t doing the job. I decided to go see my dermatologist and explained to her what was going on. To my realization, she told me that I had rosacea…aka adult acne. It’s different from teenage acne because there is no pustules or red pus filled pimples. They’re just annoying micro mini red dots that makes a patch of your skin red like you’re blushing all the time. She prescribed me this cream that I apply every night to my forehead and around my nose (to suppress the redness). So far it’s been working great!

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 In addition to all my skincare products, I try to up my water intake. I try to stay away from sodas or anything that will contribute to a higher sodium intake into my diet. When I eat a lot of salt, it drives my skin and body crazy. My skin breaks out and it makes my ankle swell (hello cankles!). When I get tired of drinking water, I will substitute it for green tea or add some water enhancer to the water to make it taste good.

I also take two type of vitamins which I think is essential to the health of your body and skin. I take 3 prenatal pills daily and 1 Biotin pill (I keep my bottles next to ink pens so that’s why there’s a black stain on the bottle!) for my hair at the suggestion of my doctor. The Biotin pills really helps maintain my skin health (I feel like I don’t struggle with acne anymore) and keeps my hair growing healthy and lush! I take the highest dosage of 5000 mg, so if you plan on taking these…work your way up slowly because if you attack your body with the 5000 mg right away your skin is going to break out full force (that’s what happened to me).

Final thought…

I’m never trying to make myself look younger …I just want to look the best I can for the age I am.  I also want to protect my skin because this is it…the only skin I get…I need to take care of it.

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Susan Ho

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