When I cared about my skin

May is my skin-and-face month.

So this is the month I actually started giving a sh*t about my skincare. To be honest, I’ve been pretty lax these past few years. I’d wanted to simplify and natural-ise, so I stripped down my routine. I just washed my face + argan oil + eye cream (night) + moisturiser (night)/CC cream (day). My face was okay. It was passable. I didn’t get pimples, but it wasn’t particularly awesome. My skin was dry but oily. There was this redness that didn’t seem to go away, but I attributed it to my skin just being the way it was. (I guess this is one of those things where “minimalism” doesn’t really work, haha!)

Anyway, I decided this month I was finally going to really care about my skin. It started when I heard about Deciem, specifically, their The Ordinary line. I was intrigued by their concept of separating out formulations so people could tailor it to what their skin needed. I realised that I didn’t have to settle with my skin’s imperfections and yes, I could do something about them.

I already had some items I’d bought sporadically to fix my skin, so I started incorporating them into my routine more regularly:

  • Hyaluronic acid + B5. I’m currently using Skinceuticals. I bought a bottle when I was in Europe and my skin went crazy. But stopped using it when I went back to Sydney, so I dug it out of my cupboard and started using it again. When I run out, I’m planning to switch to The Ordinary‘s version as it’s 1/10th of the price!
  • Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm. I read someone describing this before as “lip balm for your entire face” and I’d have to say I agree. This was another thing I bought in Europe, but now I’ve started using it every night. It makes my skin super soft when I wake up!
  • Face mask. I bought a large tub of Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and use it once a week now.
  • Body scrub. I never used to do this, but I bought a coffee scrub from Toby and Rosie and it made my skin really soft (so I’ve been told 😉 ) I’ve since run out… I’m going to use another brand that someone has gifted me with for now. I really liked the coffee scrub, it was just a bit messy washing it all out in the shower!

I started using body lotion and foot cream regularly. I never got used to body lotion growing up. The Philippines is so hot and humid, putting on lotion just felt icky. I have to remind myself, though, that places with seasons are different. My feet, in particular, got super dry and gross one winter — the heels had started cracking and it hurt. I have to remind myself to frequently moisturise them. I’ve started doing that more often, so they look decent now, at least.

There’s been a definite improvement since fixing my skincare routine. My face is a lot less dry and the redness has lessened too — other people have noticed! And the moisturising everywhere else has helped as well. Some parts of my body are still a bit dry, but at least it’s no longer as rough and flaky as it used to be.

I’ve ordered a few more products from The Ordinary. I can’t wait for them to arrive so I can try them out!

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