2017 Skincare Routine

As I mentioned in my previous post, I've come to fully embrace the lazy girl attitude that was always in me, and my updated skincare routine reflects that. Looking back at my routine from last year was a bit shocking - I'd forgotten how extensive the routine I followed was. My skin has become less oily and less acne prone, so that helps with simplification of my routine as well. I've been following iterations of my current one for a while now, and it's definitely more pared down than before. For one thing, my AM and PM routines are almost the same.


Daily Steps

  1. Wash face: Fresh's Soy Face Cleanser (1.7 fl oz, $15) in the AM, and Kiehl's Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser (8.4 fl oz, $21), which is still a holy grail face wash to me, in the PM. The Fresh face wash is great - it's very gentle but still makes my face feel clean. I wouldn't repurchase it, however, since it's too pricey in my eyes.

  2. Tone: Pixi's Glow Tonic (3.4 fl oz, $15) in the AM, and Paula's Choice 2% Salicylic Acid BHA Liquid Exfoliant (4 fl oz, $28) in the PM. I quite like the Glow Tonic and will probably repurchase it, but will probably not be repurchasing the Paula's Choice because I think my skin doesn't really need it anymore. It's done me much good, but it's time to part ways.

  3. Apply serum/facial oil: I alternate between Caudalie's Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum (1 fl oz, $49) and Julep's Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil (0.85 fl oz, $36), and for both morning and night. The Caudalie is very light and absorbs into the skin quickly. The Julep has changed my mind about facial oils. I never liked them because they always felt too oily, but this one doesn't, and absorbs well into the skin. Both give a good boost of moisture. I love both of them, though I'm not sure I would repurchase either of them because they're so pricey. I purchased the Caudalie when it was on sale, and I received the Julep as part of a complimentary Influenster VoxBox (look out for a review on that).

  4. Apply lotion: Currently using Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (4.2 fl oz, $27), and used Tatcha's Enriching Renewal Cream (1.86 fl oz, $185) in the drier winter months. The Clinique isn't bad, but I don't love it, so I probably won't repurchase. It definitely has a good value for its price though, especially if you get the size with the pump (which I did). The Tatcha cream is amazing, but I can't see myself purchasing this at full price (I had gotten it as part of the Byrdie Holiday Box, $80 for a $330 value and now sold out).

  5. Apply eye cream: Dermalogica's Stress Positive Eye Lift (0.85 fl oz, $65) in the AM, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye (0.5 fl oz, $37) in the PM. Both of these are awesome. I received the Dermalogica as part of the Influenster VoxBox, but I definitely think it's worth the price, and will probably repurchase it if I don't find another eye cream to try before I run out. It has a metal applicator that is so cooling on the skin, which is great for depuffing the eye area. The product claims to help with eye circles and eye fatigue, and while visibly I can't see any changes after using it for two weeks, it does feel great every time I apply it. The Kiehl's is great as well, and probably one of my top favorite eye creams. It is tremendously moisturizing, but doesn't just sit on top of the skin at all.

  6. Apply sunscreen (in the AM): Honestly, I don't apply this every day like I should... But when I do remember, I use Lancome's UV Expert XL-Shield Fresh UV Aqua Gel (50 ml, $88 SGD or ~$63.99), which has SPF 50 PA++++. I've been using this a long time, and I do enjoy its extreme sun protection, lack of grease, and lack of a strong sunscreen scent, but it's ridiculously expensive and hard to get. It's only sold in Asia, and I've only been using it for so long because a family friend used to get it at the duty free stores in Asia. Occasionally I'll bust out Peter Thomas Roth's Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion (1.7 fl oz, $42), which is SPF 30. This one is oil-free, very light, and fast absorbing. The two cons for me are the sunscreen smell and the lower SPF.

Makeup Removal

This is a separate section now because now I put on makeup maybe once a week. I actually went a whole month in June without any makeup too. The me of last year would be horrified...

  • Eyes: I put Garnier's SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Waterproof Makeup Remover (13.5 fl oz, $8.99). I soak a cotton pad in this, place it on one eye, let it sit, and wipe off my makeup. I use the other side of the cotton pad for the other eye. This is an amazing eye makeup remover that really does what it says, isn't too greasy, and, and best of all, it's affordable. Please don't get this at full price - there are always sales at the drugstore and Ulta.

  • Face: If I have on light makeup, I just use the Garnier on another cotton pad. If I have on a heavier face of makeup, I go in with Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser (6 fl oz, $18), massage it all over my face, into my eyelids too to remove any remaining excess eye makeup, and rinse. The Milky Jelly Cleanser does a great job of removing makeup while still being gentle and even moisturizing. I had started off ambivalent about this product, but as I used it more I've grown to really like it. I'll definitely be including this in my makeup remover rotation.

  • Makeup remover wipes: I use these when I'm traveling or staying overnight somewhere. I have two that I alternate between - Burt's Bee's in Pink Grapefruit (30 count, $5.19) and Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes (25 count, $3.99), and I'm pretty happy with both. Like I mentioned with the Garnier, it's really easy to get these for even cheaper with the frequent deals and sales at the drugstore.


These are steps I do once or twice a week. Sometimes I'll only do one of these during the week, sometimes I'll end up doing all of them. It depends :)

  • Exfoliate: I've been using Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (0.5 fl oz, $24). As the title says, it's pretty intensive, but my skin always feels smooth after I use it. I had received this as a sample with purchase, but I don't think I like it enough to shell out that much money myself.

  • Apply a sheet mask: I tend to go for the cheaper ones, since I don't feel like more expensive sheet masks do much better. My go-to's are the TONYMOLY I'm Real Mask Sheets ($3 per sheet on Amazon), which you can always find for cheaper (I've found them at Marshall's for $1.50 before) or on sale.

  • Apply a wash off mask: I've still been using Origins' Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay (3.4 fl oz, $27), and my friends also gifted me Josie Maran's Whipped Mud Mask Collection (5 x 0.5 fl oz, $48) for my birthday last year, which I've been slowly going through and love. Honestly, I don't really feel the difference between each mask, but they all have pleasant scents and make my skin feel amazing.


So, that's my updated skincare routine, with some extras thrown in. If you're interested in the drastic differences between my current routine and last year's, I'll provide a link here (x)

beautyCathy Liu