For somebody who can be fond of cosmetics, I can be really lazy when it comes to putting on makeup. There are times when I refused foundation just because it seems like such a hassle to apply and spread evenly on my face. Haha! While that’s not always the case—I have my arte days of course, I find that there will always be times when I’d rather not put on much makeup or any at all, because I want to be able to rub my eyes freely without smudging anything, and well, because lazy days are simply inevitable. Plus, it’s always nice allowing my skin to breathe every so often.
All that said, I made a decision a couple of weeks ago to invest more in skincare so I can go out barefaced more confidently. Before this decision, my skincare could be comparable to a guy’s actually. My routine only took me about a minute or two. As long as I didn’t have too many pimples at once, that was good enough for me. Hello, mediocrity.
Like any decision, mine had to start somewhere, and while I got tempted to make Step 1 all about purchasing new products—clearly my area of expertise, I knew it wasn’t the wisest direction to go. I still had several unconsumed products at home, and I figured my action plan would need to start with discipline before anything else. Discipline to make time for skincare and not get sloppy about it anymore. That, before skincare shopping. (!) And like a sweet reward, this reminded me that sometimes you already have the solutions you need; you often just neglect them.
So as Part 1 of my #skinvestment series, I’m going to talk about three products I already have at home, which I learned to fall in love with (again). :)
Equate Beauty Exfoliating Wet Cleansing Towelettes
I was able to try this first with my mom. She had it but didn’t really need it, and so I used it. That was the time I finally accepted that washing my face wasn’t enough to get rid of makeup, and that not fully removing my day-long makeup always leads to getting pimples.
These makeup removing towelettes that come in 60’s are available in Walmart, and are priced affordably at $5 a pack. I find it a winner because while it’s a steal, its quality is definitely not compromised. The towelette’s cloth is enduring, and by that, I mean that it isn’t thin and it doesn’t tear. One towelette is also more than enough to rid a whole face of moderate makeup.
I also like that it has cucumber, aloe, and green tea, making it very refreshing when used on a tired face. The wetness also feels light and unsticky on the face, that the lazy side in me could easily do without further cleansing after this.
The only negative thing I could say about it is that it isn’t available here in the Philippines. Hehe.
VMV Fine Finish Pore Minimizing Skin Mattifier
At 150ml, this toner made for oily skin is priced at PHP 715. It’s quite expensive, considering I’ve found a relatively good toner at Healthy Options (not the cheapest store in town) for only half its price and thrice its size. Then again, that wasn’t as effective as this one. :p
I’ve been using this product twice a day everyday—once in the morning and once at night. The bottle says to gradually increase usage from twice a week to twice a day, but I read that fineprint a little too late. Haha. I guess my excessive oilyness saved me from any possible irritation I could’ve experienced from this abrupt usage. Thank you, oils!
To be honest, I’m not so sure what exactly a toner does except for further cleansing. But after using this product regularly for about two weeks, I have noticed my skin to produce less oil throughout the day. Normally, just a few hours after going to work, my face would be noticeably shiny already and by late afternoon, I couldn’t afford not to blot because it’s already gross not to. But thanks to this dear toner, I haven’t been using my blot paper as much and I also haven’t had to retouch my foundation even after a long work day. Amazing!
Differin is a topical retinoid used for acne treatment, produced by Galderma. Adapalene, its active ingredient, works by affecting the growth of cells and decreasing swelling and inflammation.
This product is one of the very few that has stayed with me for ages, dating back to the time I suffered from puberty acne. This was introduced to me by my aunt who was a dermatologist. And that’s when I realized OTC products like this, which aren’t so commercialized are usually much better than, say, Pond’s or Clean & Clear. At least when it comes to treatment.
I know of a friend who applies Differin to her entire face and it would usually bring about pimples, but only as a way of ridding her entire face of bacteria. As for me, however, I only use it as a spot treatment. So everytime I get a pimple, I’d put it only on the small affected area, and it works by drying and flattening it out in about 2-3 days.
The effectiveness of this product made me turn my back on benzoyl peroxide permanently, because that one feels harsh on the skin. It stings, usually leaves darker pimple marks, and sometimes even causes unnecessary peeling. Differin, as compared to that, feels a lot more gentle. Actually, you won’t feel anything when it’s applied. If any, it might even have a cooling effect because it’s gel-type and is light on the skin.
This isn’t the cheapest product in the market but it lasts me a long time. I don’t recall how much it is because it’s been that long since I last purchased one at Mercury Drugstore. At 15g, my most recent tube has stayed with me for over a year and it’s still not running out.
Next up will be about my newfound step-by-step skincare regimen. I’ll also be reviewing a few new products I was able to try out. Hehe. Of course I ended up giving in to buying some! :D