Step 1: Cleansing
It's important we cleanse our face daily to remove any impurities and makeup which can clog pores (especially so for those in their mid-20s and above where the pores on the face are double in size as advice from beauty experts). Usually we will only need to cleanse our face at night after a long day activities to remove oil, dirt and makeup or sunscreen. If you have eye makeup on, make sure to remove it with proper eye makeup remover. Do not rub too hard while cleansing the eyes area, as those areas has the most delicate skin. The next morning when we wake up, a splash of lukewarm water is all we need just so to remove any excess oils during our sleep. =)
I am currently using Biore Marshmallow Whip Extra Moist Facial Wash. With a foamy texture, it has Skin Purifying
Technology that re-balances & improves skin. It also contains 40% Beauty Serum for extra moisture which is suitable for dry skin (just like mine). With 800% more micro-bubbles and 8x denser foam, Biore Marshmallow Whip Extra Moist Facial Wash can penetrate into pores to remove all dirt, oil and impurities. I have been sticking to this ever since the first Biore Marshmallow Whip Facial Wash (Pink Cap). Really love this product as skin becomes moist and supple with no dryness after use.
I would say is worth for money because 150ml per bottle can use for a long period of time with just one pump for each session.
Step 2: Toner
A toner helps to remove any excess oil on our skin, an extra cleansing for those with heavy makeup on or heavy skincare product like sunscreen.
Using soft cotton pad and gently blot and wipe face with a toner after facial cleansing helps to skrink the pores by remove any excess oil; it helps to restore our skin pH balance as cleansing our face will disturbed the skin pH balance; it helps to adds a layer of protection by closing up pores and tighten cell gaps, thus reducing the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin (even those chlorines and mineral present in tap water); with toners that are humectants, they help to bind moisture to the skin; it also refreshes our skin and aids to our grooming by preventing ingrown hairs because of the glycolic or other alpha hydroxy acids found in a toner.
I like to put on Uriage Tolederm Soothing Cleansing Water. It is suitable for very sensitive and intolerant skin. I don't have really sensitive skin but dry skin will eventually cause skin to be a little sensitive. This product gently cleanses and soothes skin. The water guarantees an instant feeling of freshness and can be left on or rinsed off without damaging or drying out the skin.
In addition, it contains 10percent Uriage thermal water. Also, its fragrance free, alcohol free, paraben free, and hypoallergenic.
Step 3: Moisturiser
A moisturiser is important to keep skin feeling soft and helps to prevent and treat dry skin. On the most basic level, moisturisers hold water in the outermost layer of our skin. They act like a temporary barrier that prevent moisture loss. When skin becomes dry, surface cells are shed too fast and come off in
clumps of white flakes. Repeated use of moisturiser increases the
skin’s water content and helps to normalize cell turnover.
My all-time favourite moisturiser is the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion. Milky texture that doesn't feels sticky, with 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid to deeply moisturize skin and help to preserve its optimum moisture balance. It Replenishes and locks-in moisture for complete hydration. Skin feels significantly soft and supple after application, improve on dry and dehydrated skin, leaving it silky smooth, radiant and crystal-clear skin. On top of that, it is skin pH balanced, low irritation on skin and free from fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol, and colorant!
Step 4: Night mask
I will mask once or twice a week and make it a habit to apply sleeping mask before i sleep every night. You can refer to my recent Laneige post about the sleeping mask here http://meryl-lpy.blogspot.sg/2013/05/laneige-product-reviews.html
I think it is also okay to spend some time and money once in a while going to facial to achieve a cleaner, brighter skin. Just the other day, i went to Proasis for their Ultrasonic brightening facial, and i thought it was good! With my blackheads and pimples cleared and had my skin tone brightens up, my face instantly feels so much brighter and softer!! They are currently having their basic facial promotion at only $38 (Duration: 60 min)! Other than facial, they have a wide range of beauty service too - from face, eyes, hair to nails and makeup! Do check their websites at http://www.proasis.com.sg/face.html for more details!
I hereby sincerely thank Belumni @ http://belumni.com/ for giving me the chance to win the Babe of the Month in January 2013, as well as Proasis for the sweet sponsor! =D