BEAUTY NOTE: SKINCARE

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Let’s get down to the nitty gritty of my skincare routine. I’m not one to put heaps and heaps of gunk on my face because I believe that less is always more but mostly because I’m pretty lazy and forgetful. Believe me when I say that I barely do anything to my face other than washing regularly, moisturizing, and slabbing on some sunscreen when I go out. I take 5 minutes or less to go through my whole routine. It’s THAT simple.

Throughout my pubescent years, I never struggled with keeping my skin clear because it often was.  I was and still am fortunate enough that pimples and the like steer clear from my face with the exception of me getting stressed out due to school work or staying up ’till the wee hours of the morning. I’ve come to a realization that those weren’t good for my skin at all.

I’ve also got genes to thank for my good skin. They play a pretty big role as to how they are which makes the upkeep a breeze but of course, I can’t rely on genes alone to make my skin be at its best eternally which is why I bust out these bad boys to ward off impurities:

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Complete UV Moisture SPF50Living in a tropical country means being constantly exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays which is bad for you and your skin. This Neutrogena sunscreen does the job and it does it well. I can never leave the house without slathering this on. It is a must. And well, because mum tells me to.

Human Nature 100% Natural Daily Moisturizer: To keep my skin soft and supple, I make it a point to moisturize twice a day – morning and evening. Nothing feels better than having cheeks that feels smooth like a baby’s butt. I guess. I pair this with a facial massage and trust me, you should too. They go together like bread and butter.

Botany Works Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil: Before I purchased the Human Nature Moisturizer, I used coconut oil as my moisturizer after reading its numerous benefits but now I just use it as my make-up remover. It makes removing waterproof mascara such a breeze. You know how Mulan instantly removed all of her make-up with just one wipe? It does exactly that. I know your secret, Mulan.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming CleanserGoing out means exposing my skin to pollution and all that other nasty and unwanted particles leaving my skin with dirt and grime. Blech. Fortunately, my holy grail product is boss in cleaning my skin – it even manages to take most of my make-up off. Adios impurities!

St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot ScrubWhen it comes to sloughing off dead skin, I turn to St. Ives. If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a sucker for natural/organic products. This scrub is composed of 100% natural exfoliants. Not only that, it smells fragrant and feels good on the skin. After usage, your skin is noticeably smoother and softer. You done good, St. Ives. So good you only need to use it once or twice a week. As if there aren’t any more reasons why I should love this scrub even more.

  • Comments ( 41 )

  • Natalia Bosch

    Lovely post.

    Lots of love.
    http://www.NataliaBosch.com

  • Vivian Yuen

    Love the St Ives apricot scrub, has been part of my skincare for years!

    LIVE . IN . LOVE

    ~

  • Miel Laquindanum

    OMG! I use St. Ives Apricot Scrub too. I don’t know about you but I dig the smell of it. Haha! P.S. Your skin is glowing girl 🙂

    • Ahh yes! I love how it smells too. Mmm.
      The power of good lighting LOL.

  • Try St. Ives Oatmeal Scrub! It doubles as a mask too.

    • Never seen that on the shelves before. Will definitely be on the lookout. It sounds awesome! Thanks for the recommendation. X

  • Nicole Angeles

    Where’d you get the Neutrogena products? 🙂

  • yasmin

    If buying this stuff means that my skin will be as good as yours, then I want it all! The apricot scrub sounds especially good (delicious). X
    http://noise-and-confusionn.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Give ’em a try and let me know what you think. It really is! X

  • Katy Ferenczy

    I love the St Ives scrubs as I find they are exfoliating but not too abrasive.

    fashionablyunknown.com

    • Totally! Main reason why it’s awesome as heck.

  • NoOvernightGuests

    Ha ha!

  • Natalie Suarez

    SO SO gorgeous! you have such incredible skin x

    natalieoffduty.com

    Natalie Off Duty

    • Ahh thank you, Natalie! And thanks for visiting my blog. I’m in love with yours. <3

  • Love how smooth and soft-looking your skin is! 🙂

    Janella

  • leah

    Love love love your blog!! Your posts are all so lovely and you layout is perfect! I really enjoyed reading about your skincare routine because like you, I have been blessed with clear skin and actually don’t have a skin routine (ops). It was nice to know what you do, so hopefully if I don’t get lazy or forge,t I will buy these products and put them to the test!

    xox

    Leah

    http://www.flowerthewall.blogspot.com

    • Ahh thank you, Lea! You’re so sweet. Do definitely try them out! <3

  • Jeline, your skin is seriously SO GOOD!!

    xo

    http://www.freshfizzle.com

  • Ama Poku

    your skin is amazing :)) I’m recently thinking about trying out some Neutrogena products.
    xx Ama

    http://phuckitfashion.blogspot.de

    • Thanks Ama! They’re definitely worth giving a try. 😉

  • Ana Vieira

    always like to see this kind of posts. your skin is so soft!

    xx run-your-world.blogspot.pt

  • Camie Juan

    Love this post! I was getting ready to make the same post for the Candy feature. HAHA Btw that’s such a lovely photo of you. I’m missing my brown hair because of your photo haha

    • Thanks girl. I love the posts you’ve been making for Candy! And thank you, believe it or not I was so sweaty here from running back and forth to set the timer HAHAH. Such a struggle

  • Camie Juan

    Also, it’s like you have no pores. WTF

    • ~*ILLUSION*~ HAHA
      My problem area is my nose. Bleh

  • I used to be a believer of St. Ives scrub. Kaya lang ever since I’ve compulsively read up on skin care, I’ve been obsessed with using products that contain chemical exfoliants because they penetrate the skin and slough off dead skin cells without irritating the skin rather than from the physical exfoliants such as St. Ives Apricot Scrub. I’m so impressed by your makinis face though and I agree with you on your moisturizing feat! Ganda mo gurl! Neutrogena is what I recommend my readers too!:-)

    • Ooh interesting. Might give those with chemical exfoliants a try (although they sound a bit scary because it’s chemical LOL). Any recommendations? 🙂 And thank you haha! Neutrogena is the bomb. 😉

      • Guest

        Haha, itz okay. That’s my initial reaction also, but I consulted my derma before trying any chemical exfoliants. She prescribed me a drugstore soap branded as “Teranex” Soap. I am literally magnetized this soap. It contains glycolic acid which is an alpha hydroxy acid. It’s great in evening the skin tone and fighting blemishes. It’s safe in your 17 year old skin, my derma recommends it too to her adolescent clients esp those prone to breakouts.:)

      • Haha, itz okay. That’s my initial reaction also, but I consulted my derma before trying any chemical exfoliants. She prescribed me a drugstore soap branded as “Teranex” Soap. I am literally magnetized by this soap. JK! It contains glycolic acid which is an alpha hydroxy acid. It’s great in evening the skin tone and fighting blemishes. It’s also safe for your 17 year old skin, my derma recommends it to her adolescent clients esp those who are prone to breakouts.:)

  • libys11

    the st ives apricot scrub never fails me!!! so affordable too!! 😀

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  • Your skin looks so soft and smooth and your cheeks are rosy! How I wish I could have at least a soft skin too! Haha

    I would love to try St. Ives and Neutrogena products too! They look really promising. I haven’t found my HG facial cleanser yet so I am giving Neutrogena a try. I am currently using Human Nature 100% Natural Daily Moisturizer though I don’t think something’s changed with my face. I even use the Night Moisturizer too. I don’t know, I just feel like the Day And Night Moisturizes are made for a reason. Haha so weird of me.

    By the way, may I ask where did you buy the Botany Works Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil? I looked into one website though I am not sure if it’s a legit one since no Facebook or Twitter links were posted on the site. Thanks! 🙂

    • Do give Neutrogena a try! I love it to bits and I hope you do too. I’m also thinking of changing my moisturizer. The Human Nature isn’t really working well for me anymore. :/

      My dad got the coconut oil from Tagaytay! Not sure where exactly though but I do think any type/brand of coconut oil is fine as long as it’s unrefined and 100% coconut oil. Much better if organic. x

      • Thanks, I’ll see what coconut oil I can find. 🙂 And I hope you could blog once you find an alternative moisturizer! 🙂

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  • I just adore St. Ives! I’ve been using their Apricot Scrub for like 2 years now but for these past few months, I’ve noticed that my skin tends to get pimples every time I use it. I don’t know what’s wrong – am I overly moisturizing my skin? should I use a new product? Oh and, do you recommend any other scrubs? Thank you!

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