Hello, Heroes and Heroines!
I've been meaning to do this post for quite awhile now, but as it doesn't really pertain to anime and manga, I hesitated a bit. During my younger years, I spoke a lot about beauty. My Mom was always particular about skin care as she always taught me to invest in my skin. I even considered becoming a Dermatologist (but decided against it because I realised that I would rather be out of a clinic 99% of the time).
Ever since I was 15 years old, I've been particular to Clinique. I loved their Clarifying Toner, and it's my go-to toner every time I break out. However, after much research, I learned that Western type skin care focuses on treating from the outside in as opposed to the Eastern type which prioritises treating beneath. (Hence the popularity of abrasive scrubs and alcoholic toners in the former...)
My skin age is a mere 15 years old which is great considering I'm already 22. My Dermatologist tested my skin and thankfully, it's still as great as ever. I intend on learning more and living well so that this keeps up! And, well, I guess having childish facial features help as well. Heh.
Moving on, before anything... please know that what works for me may not work for you! I have fairly good skin and I only get a pimple during THAT TIME of the month so it doesn't require much upkeep nor any correctional products. My main skin concern are my freckles, and I know for some of you guys, that's not even an issue.
Let's get started!
I know, "MIKA. WHAT THE. 4 PRODUCTS, REALLY?!"
Biore is always a staple in my arsenal. This is the reformulated version (just this 2016). This version is the Scrub-In version supposedly for 'rough pores' which I don't have. I have extremely fine pores. I use this once a week to remove all the gunk from my face. They market this for women in their 30s and claim that they remove excess sebum and dirt without damaging the skin with SPT or Skin Purifying Technology. I find that it's very gentle on my skin and would recommend it to anyone but perhaps getting a different type if they intend on using it daily.
Next is Shiseido's Whip Premium. I purchased this in Tokyo at the clearance section and thought, 'Hey, why not?'. A lady purchased over 10 of these so I just hoped she liked it and got one for myself. I am a huge fan of Shiseido's Perfect Whip. It was cheap and did the job well. This is a similar product and honestly I couldn't tell the difference. I use this on days wherein I just stay at home and laze around. It cleanses well without harming my skin~
Lastly, I team up Hada Labo's Gokujyun Cleansing Foam and Make-Up Remover Oil. On normal days, I don't even wear foundation as I don't want to bother with reapplying. I walk a lot and don't really care for what I look like outside. However, I do pile-up on the sunscreen. I first use the oil on dry skin to dissolve any remaining residue, wash it off, pat dry with a tissue and proceed with the foam. In my experience, it's when I don't cleanse properly that I end up getting a blemish so I make sure I remove dirt well even if it's just sunscreen residue. If I've just gone out, I never skip on cleansing because if I did... a pimple would definitely be on my face the next day. *shrugs*
Also, I don't get how some people could just plop on their bed without cleansing properly? The dirt would go all over the pillows and sheets. *projectile vomits* I've gone to concerts and have gotten back home at 4 AM, and I'll still be sitting on my vanity to remove all that gunk by sunrise.
Main Event! Skincare!
I use a total of 8 products within the day.
Bioderma's Hydrabio H2O is a gift from God! I chose this over the Crealine Sensibio / pink one as this is for dehydrated, dull, uneven and flaky skin. When I purchased this at Tomod's in Tokyo, my skin was flaking from the cold that even my foundation was wiping off! It was really horrible. When I began to use this, my skin began to ease up with the weather. It's not as moisturizing as people claim it to be in my opinion. However, I do love how it literally removes every dirt on your skin! I would never just use this by itself though.
I follow-up with the beloved Hada Labo Gokyujun lotion and Shirosuzuku toner. I've been using the lotion for 3 years now, and it has never failed me. With that said, I also believe it's time to try something new. If you're in your teens, this is what I would recommend the most out of their entire line. It moisturises well. The serum has Vitamin C and helps fade spots. At first I was a bit skeptical as the packaging is a bit flimsy for a serum... but I was wrong! My skin is radiant and has aided in fading my old acne marks. I'd advise to you this as well!
Now this may seem overkill to some of you guys but I use 2 moisturizers. I'm often somewhere with AC so it dries up my skin! After patting my serum, I add a layer of Hada Labo's Arbutin Perfect Gel. It's a 3 in 1 product that includes the power of essence, moisturizer and a mask! It isn't heavy at all. After, I slather on Meishoku's Organic Rose Skin Conditioning Gel. Meishoku claims that it's an all in one perfect gel that that ~conditions skin troubles~. I've only used it fairly recently so I can't say much about it yet. I do love the rose or should I say lychee-esque scent?
Next, I use Biore's Perfect Bright Milk. It's pink! The product looks slightly greasy on the skin but dries up well.
Sana Nameraka Eye Cream is really moisturising! This is a wrinkle-focued product so I also add some at the corner of my eyes, at the sides of my mouth and nose. I don't have wrinkles yet so I wouldn't really be able to tell its efficacy but it does moisturise, and I'm hoping it'll prevent any possible lines.
Within the day, if I feel that my skin is getting a bit dry, I spray on Hada Labo's Gokyujun Hyaluronic Acid Face Mist. It feels like I'm just spraying on water! It doesn't smell like anything in particular and is handy whenever I exercise / run around the campus. This item dries up quickly.
I use masks every other day to take care of my skin! Here are some that I use! I usually purchase in bulk at Don Quixote at Akihabara~ I'm actually finishing up my remaining items so I can buy new ones when I return in a few weeks! I'll be honest. I don't have a particular favourite when it comes to masks. I just use them... and, yeah. That's it! They all work similarly to me... if I were to be upfront about it.
Perhaps it's because I use Japanese masks and they all work well?
I hope this post helps, and I'll try to do a new one whenever I switch up products!