I have always believed in investing in good skincare. Being a victim to acne, the long and ardous process of searching for complementary skincare products has not been easy. During certain stages of my life, even the expensive products didn't work well for me. I had to stop everything that I was using and resort to gentle Cetaphil and generic aqueous cream while on my Roaccutane treatment. Believe me, Roaccuatane has been a miracle for me in calming my incredibly sensitive skin. But since this is a harsh prescription medicine, it is best to consult with your dermatologist on other available options. I would only resort to Roaccutane when all other treatments have been unsuccessful. It has many contraindications so it has to be used cautiously under medical attention.
Seemingly, my skin tolerates most skincare products in the market now. Although still plaqued with old acne scars, I have started to use whitening and retexturising skincare products to improve my skin. It has definitely improved from what I see. People has commented that I'm so fair that I could burn easily under the sun, almost like the Norwegians. Fair statement but no. I do tan relatively easily.
Although our skin is a complex organ and plays a protective role, it's important to consider that our skin adapts very well to the external environment. Overloading our skin with a million and one products and a complicated day and night regimen is not the point here. We should only be evaluating what our skin needs at the time. I was once a victim to beauty advertisements that promise the 'Nicole Kidman' translucent porcelein skin. So now and then, do step back and think about whether this product is absolutely necessary. So with that, I choose to not include descriptions from beauty companies on their products. Please go ahead to search on our good friend, Google, if you want to read their descriptions.
My current skincare regimen is pretty simple really. I always have an eye makeup remover, cleanser, toner, serum, moisturiser, sunscreen and eye cream (which I didn't include here because I ran out!). I use the clarisonic now and then to exfoliate. Oh yes, and my Shu Uemura Cleaning Oil (pink bottle) which I forgot to include here too!
Lancome Bifacils Non-oily Instant Cleanser for Sensitive Eyes 125 mls is a cult favorite by many. It is worth the S$48 I spend on every 3-4 months. Lancome being the originator in the dual-phase makeup remover, works on stubborn waterproof mascara. You do not need to tug, pull or reswipe to get any residue off. Shake the bottle to mix the 2 phases, apply to a cotton pad and remove your eye makeup by pressing gently and holding it for a few seconds.
Tip: There are now ALOT of dual-phased makeup removers out there in the market. Check for their quality by observing the fluidity of the 2 phases. The better the fluidity, the better the quality. :-)
My current cleanser is the Diorsnow White Reveal Gentle Purifying Foam (asia exclusive) 110 mls, which I bought recently to test out. If you follow my blog, I am a long-time devotee to the IPSA Smooth Cleansing Foam. It is true that the Diorsnow White Reveal Gentle Purifying Foam is gentle, but it doesn't lather to the extent of the IPSA Smooth Cleansing Foam. It does clean well, and leaves your skin feeling fresh but let me admit that cleansing after a whole day of grease and dirt is an experience - the thicker the lather, the better it is, for me anyway.
Diorsnow White Reveal Lotion (asia exclusive) 200 mls in the rich formulation is my 'first' step to achieving brighter skin. My skin loves this. I use this without a cotton pad, and gently press the lotion into my skin with both palms. The lotion soaks in easily into my skin and over the 3 weeks of usage I have noticed that my skin looks a little fairer with this lotion. I choose not to purchase the serum and moisturiser in this product line. I have heard that if you want to achieve maximum benefits of a whitening range, you should purchase the entire range. I can see their point, but I really didn't like the stickiness from the serum and moisturiser. Plus, it is incredibly expensive for what it is.