For years I have followed the same daily routine of cleansing-toning-moisturizing. But ever since moving to Taiwan, I’ve adopted a whole new skin care philosophy and approach. I have noticed Asian woman have an incredible fixation for skin care, more then for makeup, and all include a multi step skin regime, even at the gym, after a workout, they will stick to this regime. Sheet mask and everything.
What I have learned from this, is that I have created a whole new set of rules when it comes to my regime, I now use from time to time face masks as night crèmes, layer serum under my sheet mask, basically, I’ve personalized my skincare towards my needs. Because, it doesn’t just come down to your skin type and age, the climate you live in and your lifestyle are just as important to consider.
Having this said, with an increasingly choice of products available, here are my choices from over the last couple of months:
Remove Eye Makeup
Skin Food : Milk Shake Point Make-up Remover |10€
I’ve always been skeptic about eye makeup removers, they often require a heavy dose of product and leave me with some painful squinting. I can say I have never been this impressed as with Skin’s Food remover, don’t be fooled by its cute-innocent packaging, this one acts like a super dirt magnet, no scrubbing or rubbing required what’s so ever, and it doesn’t sting my rather sensitive eye area.
Oil – Soluble Cleanser
Rituals: Sensational Soft Cleanser |11€
I really find nothing removes better my stubborn makeup as well as an oil based cleanser. I have mentioned this product in a post before, so you see, I am pretty loyal to it; it’s described as a gel but the moment it gets in contact with the skin it transforms into silky oil that glides smooth over the skin removing all traces of makeup.
Water – Soluble Cleanser
Too Cool For School: Egg Mousse Soap |10€
I now live in a sub-tropical climate where air pollutions are very big. This means I need to do at least a triple cleansing step since pollution is major damage and ages the skin.
After I have removed my makeup, I follow up with a foam cleanser. This mousse will not remove makeup on its own, however, it does a great job at cleansing my pores leaving my skin feeling super supple, smooth and clear. The foam comes out like a shaving foam consistency, very thick and dens, and feels sooo soft to the touch! The ingredient list is nicely packed with egg yolk and egg white extracts that help tighten up pores and moisturizes. And of course, since it is a Korean skincare, it also has some brightening properties in it.
Balancing Cleansing Water
Innisfree – Green tea cleansing water | 8€
It feels like plain water but does so much more than that; It will pick up any residue that might have been left behind, moisturizes my skin and feels calming and refreshing. I am guessing this is thanks to the amino acid (water binding agent) that are present in the freshly squeezed Jeju green tea. It also has that subtle fresh fragrance of green tea which I love!
Activating – Booster Essence
Vichy : Aqualia Thermal Boosting Essence Water |13€
Essences have been a long statement in Asian skin care, the way I see them is sort of a hybrid between toner and serum. Vichy’s has a clear milky consistency, when applied it turns into a watery consistency. What I do is pad, not rub, it all over my skin, including my eye area. It acts like a booster to whatever I apply afterwards. A small amount is enough to leave my face feeling plump and dewy.
Paola’s Choice: Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment |45€
The biggest game changer for my skin has been introducing Retinol and Vitamin C in my skincare. The best way to use Retinol is at night, since it makes skin more sensitive to sunlight.
Vitamin C is the only antioxidant that is proven to boost production of collagen. Retinol, is the purest form of vitamin A, and it works where wrinkles form. You have to use it for eight weeks to see results and its totally worth waiting for; sun damage, as discoloration and fine lines disappear slowly but magically and pores diminish slightly.
Paola’s Choice has included these two and other antioxidant agents. After having build up the tolerance, I can use it now every evening and I have noticed my skin tone looks very even and fine lines around my eyes have diminished.
Clinique: Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ |100ml – 29€
The best moment to apply my Moisturizer is after any treatment products. I wait 10-20 minutes before moisturizing so my skin can absorb the Retinol treatment.
This classic lotion from Clinique has been a staple at my home since I can remember. My mom would apply it on our skin all year round and up until recently I forgot how nice this one is. I had been using others but for some reason my skin likes this one best. This is a very lightweight lotion that sinks into my skin very fast, but I do believe it should be used in combination with other products and not on its own. It has no scent, texture is light and you get a good amount for the price!
I am not using any specific eye cream treatment since all the moisturizing products I use I believe are gentle enough for my eye area but I am open to any suggestions! 🙂
Josune, Your Beauty Script