Skincare on my own

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Fun fact: I’ve never purchased skincare product on my own.  I always rely on my mom when it comes to skincare, whatever she gets is what I’ll use, no questions asked.  But since I live so far away from her and doesn’t get to visit home as often as I used to in my college days, I don’t get to restock my skincare item via mom anymore and I’m seriously devastated, she’s my skincare idol.

I’m super excited we’re transitioning into Spring, but seasonal change usually make my skin freak out. When this happens my “need to update my skincare routine” mentality goes into full swing, and usually I would just go find an item my mom had stored away for me and everything will be okay, but since I don’t have that option this time around, I started looking diligently through all the beauty blogs and YouTube videos trying to find something that I think will help my skin problems – small breakouts which used to never happened when I was younger, more visible pores, oily or dry skin type.  Self help at it’s finest.

My 3 step skincare consist of toner, serum and moisturizer.  I’ve been getting by with just toner and moisturizer for the past few months because I ran out of the serum I have and didn’t really see the need to replace it especially when the bottle cost more than 2 student loan payment…  But recently my skin started to get dry quicker, I can feel that it’s not absorbing the moisturizer as well as it used to and I know it’s time to get some serum action back in my skincare routine.

I’m really picky when it comes to the texture of serum and lotion I put on my face, I like it light, creamy, and not sticky.  I’ve tried some brands before that as soon as I put on my face, I want to wash it off because it felt so thick and suffocating, or that even though it was a face cream it left my skin extremely dry, so I was having a really hard time deciding what brand to even look deeper into.  After doing some research and talking to my mom, I decided to go with the Estee Lauder Perfectionist CP+R Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum as it’s a brand she used before and really liked.

So far I’ve noticed that my skin definitely absorb the lotion a lot better, it doesn’t feel dry after a few hours and the consistency of the serum is exactly what I like.  But since I just started using it I haven’t really noticed the “wrinkle lifting” effect, and granted I don’t have any super noticeable wrinkles and have never paid that close of an attention to the wrinkles on my face, so even if it’s already improved I wouldn’t really know.  I will definitely keep an eye on this serum and it’s effect on my skin in the long run, and I’m also thinking about trying some more affordable brands in the near future when I need to replace my moisturizer.  I already have a brand in mind so stay tune for another skincare post in the near future!

Skincare on my own

5 thoughts on “Skincare on my own

  1. I love talking about skincare! I use a cheaper dupe for the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum (from the Korean company Missha), and I really enjoy that product. I have dry skin and I’ve found that heaping on the products is helpful for my skin, though it does get a bit expensive. Because I use so many products, it is pretty difficult to identify any particular item that makes an especially big difference by itself.

    1. I’ve heard of Missha! Some of my friends are big fans of that brand. I tend to stick with US/Europe brands because it’s easier to get my hands on them in the states, but when I go home to visit I usually look around for all the Korean and Japanese brands as they’re designed more for my skin type and the packaging are always so cute. I try to keep my skincare simple mainly because I get really lazy at applying (sometimes I just want to get outta the shower and go to bed), so I only have 3 steps – toner, serum and moisturizer. It definitely makes it easier for me to figure out if a product is actually helping my skin or not!

    1. Yea I always thought it’s an older brand, but I actually really love the product and it leaves my skin feeling silky which is nice (though some people might not like it). Definitely worth a try!

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