Mar 9, 2010

My Skin Care Regimen

My Skin Care Regimen

Everyone has a different skincare routine that depends on their skin type, lifestyle and specific least they should... : )

Here's mine:

First let me explain my skin type, lifestyle and specific needs.

My skin is combination/oily meaning I get oily during the day but after washing my face I do have some dry spots. My skin is pretty resilient and can take quite a beating.

I am also a mutt...ethnically I'm a mix of Indian and Black. So I don't get sunburns but I do have freckles on my nose...yep..check the photos : ). I do not tan (by choice) or stay in the sun for long periods. I'm 27 and do not have signs of aging yet.

I live in NY so we go through the four seasons. My skin gets oily in the summer but stays relatively the same throughout the entire year.I do darken in the summer months just from moderate sun exposure.

I am not acne prone (anymore...I had moderate acne in my teen years) because I use...dare I say it??!!...birth control pills (TMI??). These definitely help to keep acne away.

I don't drink water as much as I should. I barely get 4 glasses in per week much less per day. I drink a lot of coca-cola...I do mean A LOT.

Summary...after all that personal info...we arrive at...oily/combo skin, not acne prone, not sensitive, no need for anti aging products (I would like to think), rarely uses SPF.

No skin is really 100% comparable to another so this post covers what works for me based on my needs:

I wash my face twice a day, in the morning and at night, usually at the same time I shower (yep...I shower twice a day even if my skin doesn't like it!). I wash in the morning to prep my skin for makeup (or just to wash the sleep off) and at night to remove all my makeup (or just to wash the day off).

I use Shiseido Skincare (click link for review) as the base of my skincare. I use Shiseido Pureness Foaming Cleansing Fluid each time I wash my face. I use circular motions all over my face and eyes for about 30 seconds and then rinse clean.

I use a plethora of makeup removers...but my go-to are MAC Makeup Remover Wipes. These are good for removing stubborn, waterproof makeup or just general makeup removal. I only use these to remove traces of makeup left behind after washing my face or for cleaning up eyeshadow fallout.

I exfoliate up to 3 times a week depending on how my skin is behaving.

If I notice dry spots or dullness, I will do a quick exfoliation. For this I use Philosophy's The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash. This is a cleanser with tiny exfoliating particles. It's quick, about 30 seconds, and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth.

At least once a week I use Petrika Sonic Dermabrasion Facial Brush (from QVC) for deep exfoliation. This is a cheap alternative to the Clarisonic System. I use this brush in circular upward motions for about 1 minute with my usual facial cleanser. I must warn though, the brushes are not the softest but I don't have super sensitive skin so it works just fine for me.

In the mornings, after cleansing I use Shiseido Pureness Balancing Softener Alcohol-Free (toner) on a cotton pad. I follow up with Make Up For Ever HD Elixir to moisturize and prep my skin for makeup (or not). Just two drops of this serum massaged into my skin and left to dry for a couple of minutes.
At night, when I need it the most, I use Shiseido The Skincare Hydro Nourishing Softener (toner) on a cotton pad, right after cleansing. Followed Shiseido The Skincare Multi-Energizing Cream (click link for review). Just a dime sized amount massaged over my entire face including around my eyes.

That's it. That's what I do to keep my skin refreshed and looking like it does now...if curious minds ever wanted to know.


  1. Thank u
    I have oily but sensitive skin. I am trying to figure out a regimine. I have a few hyperpigmentation spots from acne also so I am trying to get rid of them also

  2. This was a good post, I think I will try some of the Shiseido products, are you from Trinidad if so my parents are too.

  3. I would say Shiseido is great for sensitive skin. The MAC wipes and the Petrika can be a little bit harsh tho so I would stay clear from those. Shiseido also has a cleansing brush and super soft wipes (I have tried these) that may work out for you.
    Not sure about any hyper-pigmentation...I prayed for my dark spots to disappear and they eventually did fade (except for the freckles) : )

  4. Hey Tysh my love! I think Shiseido is def. worth a try. The products I use are relatively inexpensive and last forever so you get your money's worth.
    :) I'm Jamaican but I get the Trini thing alot too.

  5. That is quite an extensive skin cleansing/ skin care regime you have but it works for you which is great!! I have super sensitive skin and it's a combination of oily/ dry. It's another reason why I don't wear makeup as I'd like to. I HATE breakouts. I wish I could find an line of products that work for me but EVERYTHING gives me some type of reaction....

  6. Hello. I just wanted to tell you that you needn't wait ageing signs to use anti wrinkles creams. Before the wrinkles apprear, they are already here ... And we all start decaying after 25, wrinkles or not, your cells are getting lazier... That's why you should use an anti-ageing cream or a natural oil that prevents from skin ageing (i personnaly use, borage and argan oils each night before going to bed). I know i won't have any wrinkles around my eyes before a long time but i do use an eye contour cream for the first signs of ageing.(It's prevention and this will help you to postpone even more the moment when you'll have wrinkles)
    Take care!!! and keep on making great looks!! :D


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