Getting engaged has pushed me to reevaluate my lifestyle and actually take better care of myself. That includes skincare. I’ve always been lazy with regards to skincare. I am lazy about moisturization, toning, and masks. The most I used to do would be just to wash my face with Dove soap and collapse on my bed when I get home. Now, if you’ve seen the pollution in Metro Manila, you’ll realize how insufficient that is.
When I was a teenager, I used to suffer from awful breakouts. Yep, I was one of those teens. I lived in a state of envy towards those who soared through adolescence with perfect, unmarred skin. I remember going to dreaded dermatologist appointments, which would help curb my acne. However, they’d come back if I so much missed an appointment.
Fast forward into adulthood, my skin is much better compared to a decade back. Still, there are those moments when my jawline just won’t cooperate. When I’m especially hormonal and PMSing, I start feeling a few bumps on my chin. It’s the worst part of my month.
Now I’ve adopted a routine of double cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. First, I use micellar water (I have no brand preference. I’ve used Maybelline, Simple, and Garnier) with a cotton pad on my face and neck area. Then I use a facial foam (I prefer the Nivea Pure Mild Cleanser because it’s mild – duh – and fragrance free!), and then use Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner (because everyone wants nice pores). I finish up with 95% aloe vera gel – because my oily skin can’t stand cream moisturizers – and a facial sunblock.
Once or twice a week, depending on the state of my skin, I use a bentonite clay mask. I also use a black charcoal peel-off mask once a week, but I make sure to space it properly. If I’m feeling especially stressed, I’ll pop a sheet mask in the fridge and use that.
My skincare routine takes up only five minutes, but it works. Now, I know it’s hardly lazy, but it’s the bare minimum since I can’t be bothered to work on a 10-step regimen, yet still want to look reasonably attractive on my wedding day.
I’m just waiting for my BeautyMNL packages to arrive, but an eye cream is going to be added to my current routine.
What’s your skincare regimen?