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Pampering & skincare routine

Pampering & skincare routine

Hi friends,

One of my goals for 2018 was to prioritize taking care of myself- to make myself feel good about myself. After a long week of work, errands, personal projects and socializing, it's always nice to take time to care for yourself. My favorite time for a pamper session is a Saturday afternoon. This means doing things like sleeping in without the dreaded alarm waking me, exercising when the gym is nice and empty, enjoying a delicious protein smoothie thereafter, and treating myself to a delicious and healthy meals with friends. This also means a skin-care & pampering routine that makes me feel like a goddess. Here are the luxurious products that I indulge in that leave my skin feeling soft, smooth and smelling fantastic:

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Body wash and soap

I have extremely sensitive skin so I stick to Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar soap. Its creamy consistency doesn't dry your skin but instead leaves it soft and supple. Once I'm done, I use Bath & Body Works aromatherapy body washes. If there's anything that's sensational and awakens your bodily senses, it's these body washes. Currently, I'm using their Stress Relief - Eucalyptus & Spearmint wash that leaves my skin with the slightest tingling sensation.  I am in love!

Body scrub

Once a week, I use Ritual of Sakura Body Scrub, which takes off dead skin to reveal bright, smooth skin. I cannot explain how wonderful this scrub is. Its small, salty crystals are simultaneously exfoliating and moisturizing to the skin while its light cherry-blossom scent is reminiscent of an outdoor spa somewhere in Japan. Goddess vibes for sure!

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Body oil

Lately, I've been  using lighter oils on my skin. Winter is over and the air is getting hot and humid. I'm currently using with Bath & Bodyworks Cocoshea Coconut Moisturizing Oil. This stuff seeps into your skin so wonderfully and leaves you glowing and radiant. On my dryer skin areas (legs, feet and elbows), I go over with some good old-fashioned Vaseline. Gotta seal in that moisture!

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Facial routine

At 26 years of age,I have finally nailed a decent facial cleansing and moisturizing routine. I make sure to include my neck in this routine- it is said that the first signs of aging appear on the neck, so ladies, don't forget your neck! My philosophy with skincare- the simpler and milder, the better. That's because even though I have normal skin, it's also extremely sensitive, so harsher products always irritate my skin.

Cleansing

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I've been using  Lancôme CRÈME Radiance Clarifying Cream-to-Foam Cleanser for about four years now. This cleanser is so gentle and creamy, you'd think it was a moisturizing lotion! Perfect for sensitive skin.

Toner & essence water

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I've lately gotten into Korean beauty and skincare. I noticed that as compared to Western skincare products, these are extremely gentle, light and great for sensitive/ easily irritable skin. Did I mention that they're also cheaper- win-win!! Once I'm done cleansing my skin, I use a cotton sheet to swab over with my Son & Park Beauty Water (toner), which gets rid of excess oils and dirt as well as restores my skin's natural PH balance after cleansing. I then drizzle a few drops of the Cremorlab Essence Tonic on my fingers and pat it over my skin. This is powerful for hydration- my face and neck really drink in the moisture!

Face Masks

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I've been using Korean face masks lately. These masks come in a single packet, that contains a sheet in the shape of a face, drenched in oils and serums. I try and use them twice a week- they're moisturizing, cooling, refreshing and have you feeling relaxed and pampered. They take about 20 minutes to dry so definitely do these when you have time to relax with a book or a TV show. Once they dry, you rub the remaining oils into your face (and neck), before moisturizing. They're also relatively inexpensive at about 50 cents (USD) per mask! Here's a link to my favorite brand so far, DERMAL Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheets.

Moisturizer

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I've been using Lancôme's Bienfait Multi-Vital for about four years now. This product is light yet extremely moisturizing, great for sensitive and normal skin, and most of all it contains SPF 30 protection. I therefore don't have to worry about using sunscreen if I know that I'll be in the sun for long. This product definitely fares on the expensive side, but I only use it during the day. At night, after going through the steps detailed above, I use a light coat of Vaseline as my night cream. Somehow, my skin likes the thicker night-time protection and I wake up with smooth, relatively poreless skin.

I am way too excited here!

I am way too excited here!

So there's my pampering and skincare routine friends! Let me end by saying that I truly believe good skin starts from within- no skincare product is going to fix issues that may be happening internally. Refer to my last blog post On eating for beauty for more of this discussion.

 

Thank you

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