Welcome to the Part 3 of my Skin Care Routine Series!!! This routine is all about moisturizing and hydrating your skin. After the overwhelming routine last week, this week I am decided to go something simpler (Lesser products) and a necessity but a scientific harder.
Myths and Truths on Moisturizing
Routine for both Morning and Night
I am not a skin care specialist, dermatologist or any of those sort. I am a just a female who is really interested and love skin care. Also, whatever works for me may not work for you. For those who have sensitive acne-prone skin or people who really cannot use Comedogenic ingredients, please double-check the ingredient list. As you might know, some ingredients can either be Comedogenic or Non-Comedogenic. So please test on a small part of your face, to see if you will have any break off or anything like that. You can check on this website. Cosdna
Myths and Truth on Moisturizing:
There are some misunderstandings on moisturizing and I will talk about the 2 most misunderstood myths.
Myth 1: Moisturizing and Hydrating are the same
Truth: Moisturizing and hydrating are different! Generally, moisturizing products are meant to prevent decreasing of water content and all the nutrients that you have put on your face before from leaving your skin. It is like a barrier on your skin. Preventing anything from leaving your skin and entering your skin. However, hydrating products are meant to increase water content and add in nutrients into your skin. It completely has different kind of purpose.
However, there are some overlaps between the two! Like Humectants can theoretically improve hydration on your skin due to the natural of attracting water to your skin. However, the type of water that is being attracted is different compare to hydration kind of water. I will not explain further as it will become too scientific complicated to understand or your brain will explode with too much information! *BOOM* Hahaha!!
Myth 2: All Moisturizer are the same
Truth: Most people think that all moisturizer are the same but that is not true. There are a different type of moisturizers for different type of skin needs. Mainly there are 3 different types which are humectants, emollients and occlusive.
I have put it into a table just for you all so that you are able to easily refer to when you need help choosing your moisturizer. It takes some time before you memorize all the names of the ingredients and so on. It’s hard to keeping going to different websites to read on the ingredients again. You would be like me standing at the shelf there staring at my phone with a frown face. Hahaha!!! This table helped me a lot. Hope it help you too!
WARNING: For those who have sensitive acne-prone skin, some of these ingredients can be/are Comedogenic. Please check whether your skin will react to them or not.
§ Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s)
§ Lactic Acid
§ Hyaluronic Acid
§ Propylene Glycol
§ Butylene Glycol
§ Colloidal Oatmeal
||§ Fatty Acids
§ Mineral Oil
§ Plant Oil
|Occlusive (Also known as “Barrier Creams”)||
§ Mineral Oil
§ Zinc Oxide
These days, moisturizers have all 3 or at least 2 types in their product. So Lydia, how do I know whether a certain product is better for softening your skin, retaining or sealing in moisture if it has all 3 types? You just need to check the ingredient list and see which type has the higher concentrate in the product! As simple as that! Your very much welcome! 😀
Question: How do you know which ingredient has the higher concentrate?
Answer: The most top or first ingredient of the ingredient list have the highest concentrate. As it goes down, the concentration decreases.
Routine for Morning and Night:
For this routine, you can do this routine for both morning or night. For the morning, I will take away products that I have put an # on it.
For the night, I will just add in my makeup remover products that I have talked about in the Part 1 of this series. I like to use this product when I go overboard with my Vitamin A’s the previous nights, my skin itchiness was quite bad during the day or simple lack of sleep. It really helps my skin a lot.
There are some products that I have introduce before and I will not explain much about it. If you want to know more or ask any questions, leave a comment! I will try to reply back to you! Let’s get started!
Step 1: Paula’s Choice Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser
Even though this is a cleanser, it is a humectants which is perfect for a cleanser. You might think that how much of a hydration can it be when you are going to wash it off. Well… Like I say earlier humectants attracts water to your skin. To wash your face you need water right? When you are massaging the cleanser on your water face, the cleanser is helping your skin increase in hydration and takes away all the dirt at the same time! How cool is that?! It would not give as much hydration as a product that stays on your face but it would level up your skin care routine! If you want to know more about this product, go to Part 2 of this series. I have explain/review on this product before.
Step 2: Paula’s Choice Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner
This is a pH balance and humectants toner. It is a milky kind of toner that frankly feels more like an essence then a toner. At first, it is slightly sticky but it absorbs into your skin right away. Even though the direction says that to use a cotton pad and stroke it over your face; I would sometimes pour it into my hands and tap it directly into my skin after using a cotton pad. It is just so moisturizing and hydration due to the glycerin in the product. Not only that, there are proteins inside the product which helps to build collagen in your skin! How awesome is this product right?!!
Step 3: Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA
Yes, I added another humectants into the routine. The reason is that I wanted to have a slightly higher concentrate of humectants to my skin due to the next step. It allows the skin to absorb the next product even more. Also, AHA’s help to increase cohesion of the skin cells and this reduces flaking and roughness of skin!
Step 4: Tony Moly Goat Milk Moisture Essence
This is an all in 1 moisturizing product. If you do not have money to buy a lot of products or simply like to keep your skin care simple, BUY THIS!!!! Not only this product has all 3 types of moisture but all 3 types of moisture are at the top of the ingredient list! The concentration is pretty high and the overall of the ingredients are very moisturizing! Also, people who have sensitive acne-prone skin, you can use this!!! The only acne trigger is Ethylhexyl Palmitate. If you want to know more about this product, I have talk about it in Part 2 of this series. Trust me really! It is really good!
Step 5: Extras (Link with the type of Moisturizer I use next)
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate #
I love this oil! This is 1 of my favourite products and it never fails me down! Whenever I do not have enough sleep or lazy to do a full routine, I would just use this. My skin would still be moisturized and hydrated. This is can be emollient or occlusive type of moisturizing products due to number of mineral oils in it. There are a few plant oils in this product too and it does not make me break out at all! Not only that, I know people who have oily skin who swear by this product but this does not mean this works for all oily or dry skin people. What may works for my friends or me, may not work for you.
Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Acids
This is a product dedicated to hyaluronic acid that holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water. It is a humectants moisturizing product. As you realize by now that I use a lot of humectants. This is because my skin is usually dehydrated and low on water content.
Alternative product: Habo Labo Hydrating Lotion
You can use this product as it focus on hyaluronic acid also and this is much easier to get compare to Indeed Laboratories. I was using this before the Indeed Laboratories. Frankly, I prefer this over the Indeed Lab. Will be buying again if I cannot find any new products to try.
Step 6: Moisturizer
Renew Antioxidant Moisturising Cream #
This emollient product is good for people who are have very sensitive skin. Here are the list of ingredients that they do not have…
- Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
- Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Animal Derivatives
- Harsh Detergents
- Propylene Glycol (It is a humectants ingredient but it increases the effect of preservatives)
- Artificial Colours
- Silicone Oils
I would use this only at night as I find this a bit too oily and creamy for the morning- If you want to know more about this product, go to my previous post (Skin Care Routine Series Part 2)-
Do not be shock from what I am going to say next. This is a horse oil. Yes, horse oil and I am not kidding. This product has been on a hype in Korea these days. It is known for high quality of Ceramide 3. The things I put on my face for beauty healthy skin amaze me sometimes. Is that a good or bad thing? Anyway! I finally manage to get my hands on this real product as there are fake ones out there. So please make sure the distributor is well-known and trustable as some of the distributor does not even know that they are selling fakes! BE VERY CAREFUL!
I am in love with this emollient moisturizer! This might become 1 of my favorite moisturizer! Ahahah!!! It was completely different from my expectation. I expect it to be very thick, creamy and heavy but it was not at all!! At first when you look at it, you would think it is hard until you scoop it. My exact thought was like “Wait! It is soft?! Did I buy the real product?”. Hahaha!!! 😀
When you apply the product into your skin, it just melts into your skin! Your skin just absorbs the product really quickly! Do not be amaze by it yet! The product is a very light weighted, non-sticky, creamy and oily. HUH?! How can a product be all of that at the same time?! But it is! Let me try to explain this. When you apply it, it is creamy and then turns slightly more oily when it melts into your skin. Something like solid coconut oil does when it comes in contact with heat. It just melts. The product is very light weighted from the moment you scoop it till you apply it to your face unlike coconut oil. It has this very fluffy feeling. I do not know whether this is the right description for it. When you try it, you will know what I mean!
This makes my skin really smooth and soft! Besides moisturizing of course. Not only that, it improve my skin elasticity too after using it a few times. It is not obvious for my case but it is there!
Belif Creamy Moisturizer Deep Moist
I would generally use this only in the morning. Unless, I used a lot of rich and oily product at night. Than I would use this to decrease the oiliness and balance my routine. I have talked about this before in part 1 of this series. Like I say before, if you want to know more, click the link (Skin Care Routine Series Part 1).
I like to use this in the morning as this is formulates to provide hydration into the skin while controlling the oil-water balance. Which is prefect for the morning of a humid country. I do not know what kind of moisturizer is this as I do not have nor the internet have the ingredient list.
Step 7: Innisfree Jeju Sparkling Mineral Mist
I am someone who cannot leave without my facial mist. I have tried almost all of the different brands of thermal water and I wanted to try something slightly different. This is a sparkling thermal water product. This is a gentle spray facial mist that you cannot really feel it. Thus, this is good for people who are new to facial spray. Frankly, to me it is a bit too gentle and the water drops are slight too far apart from one another. However, I feel that this really does give moisture to my skin and prevent itchiness during the day for me.
The reason for adding this to the routine as like what I have said earlier. My skin is generally low on water content. The humectants products that I have put on my face would be able to attract water into my skin. By using a facial mist, this allows the product to attract even more water to my skin! This would increase my water content of my face!
Woah! That was quite a scientific post! I tried not to go too scientific and use more layman terms. Hopefully, this does not scare you away! Hahaha!!! Sorry I could not upload on time! As you realize from my Instagram, I was overseas and did not really have much time to do a post. I could have given you a post on Thursday but it would not be a proper structured post and I cannot take that. Also, could you all give me some feedback on how to improve my blog posts? Or is there anything that you want me to post? Let me know! I really would love to hear it from you! Hope to see you next week!! 😀 Share this blog post to any of your friend who you might think might benefit from it! Love you all!! Muacks!