My weekly pampering routine

Once in a while I like to treat my skin to something extra special. Being a working mom, raising a toddler and keeping with all of the household chores takes it’s toll on my skin because I don’t have much free time on my hands during the week. My weekend is my special time for me and that is the time when I treat my skin with my favorite skin products. Hereby I present you with, ta-daaaaa,  my weekly pampering routine!

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Today’s pampering routine

So what does my pampering ritual consist of? To me one of the core products for this purpose is a two-step peel. I usually rotate between 3 sets of peels, one is from PHILOSOPHY and two are from NEOGEN (with rice and with vinegar). This time I was in the mood fore some vitamin C and brightening of my skin so I opted for the Microdelivery Resurfacing Vitamin C/Peptide peel from PHILOSOPHY.

Of course I start with the two-step cleansing. As with every product mentioned today I also indulge myself with more luxurious and most aromatherapeutic cleansers for this purpose.  For the first step I use the MISSHA Time Revolution White Cure Oil Cleansing Balm. It removes all of the dirt and grime from my skin as well as all traces of the SPF and waterproof make-up. It is bright yellow and smells like bouquet from jasmine and lillies-of-the-valley. For the Second step I grab my most favorite heavy duty foam cleanser ever – the WHAMISA Organic Flowers Foam Cleansing Cream. It also smells like flowers but the scent is more sweet than from the cleansing balm.

After my skin is as clean as it can get, I proceed with the peeling kit. All of my two-step peels have the same idea behind them. First you apply the cream step containing abrasive crystals and scrub your face with it for around 60 seconds. Then you take the peel liquid containing some kind of acid (AHA, BHA, PHA or combination of several acids) and apply it over the scrub on your face.

PHILOSOPHY Peeling Kit
textures of both peeling steps

 

 

 

 

 

 

You feel a light warming up sensation when acid liquid comes in contact with the crystals. Once the warmth subsides, gently rub your face for another minute or two. You will notice that when both products are in contact on the skin, the mixture not only gets warm but also bubbly. Don’t be scared, that is what supposed to happen. After you are done with buffing your skin, rinse everything off and be careful not to get any of the mixture in your eyes.

chemical reaction of 2-step peel
Peeling in action

After the peel I always feel that my skin has lost a lot of moisture so I proceed with 3 – 5 layers of the MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Mist. This product is wonderful to use after the peels as it soaks into the skin in no time. I always go for the mist type of toners because I don’t want to tap my sensitized skin straight after peel as it is not always pain-free. If your skin is dry, you may opt for something more heavy duty and use more viscous toning agent. Yet again be careful with tapping or applying the product with your hands because it may sting your skin.

wonderful for calming and hydrating the sensitized skin without

After my skin is hydrated it’s time to focus on the large blackheads that thrive on my nose. I use the Lioele pore cleansing liquid and apply it on two 1/3 Cotton Pads from Pyunkang Yul that are perfect for doing at home DIY patch treatments. Once my blaackheads are loosened I proceed tot he nose strip set. Today I’ve used the nose strip from The Face Shop but to be honest any will do.

Pore cleansing trio: Lioele Blackhead Clear; The Face Shop JEJU Volcanic Ash Nose Strips; Pyunkang Yul 1/3 Cotton Pads

Lioele Blackhead Clear liquid is quite effective at lifting the blackheads to the surface so that even the mediocre-performance nose strips improve their action due to this product.  If you want a suggestion on which is the best nose strip for that purpose, I’d say that MISSHA multipack of 8 has a good price=quality ratio. If you don’t own anything like LIOELE nose liquid, then you can go for the 2 or 3-step nose patches that contain similar products in their first step. Holika Holika Pig Clear Blackhead 3-Step Kit ones are pretty good alternative.

1/3 Cotton pads soaked in Lioele Blackhead Clear solution
The Face Shop JEJU Volcanic Ash Nose Strips

After my nose is squeaky clean I proceed to the  next step which is  balancing my skin. For that purpose I use a moisturizing lotion and a first treatment oil. I apply couple of drops of the MISSHA’s MISA Cho Gong Jin First Oil. It smells like lavender and herbs and has a very light pleasant texture that sinks into my skin in seconds. Afterwards I seal it off with my  WHAMISA Organic Flowers Lotion. Yet again, this product is nicely fragranced and highly moisturizing on the skin. It takes about a minute for it to completely absorb and it makes my skin super soft and glowy afterwards.

WHAMISA Organic Flowers Lotion Original; MISA Cho Gong Jin First Oil
Textures of the oil and lotion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next step is not going to be a surprise to anyone. It is a sheet mask.  After chemical peels I go for more nourishing sheet masks. Nearly every time I choose something that is rich in oils or has a thick essence in order to nourish my skin. A lot of lifting and anti-ageing masks are good for that purpose. Today I wanted to try something new and got the  Isoflavone/Deep Moisture Phytochemical Sheet Mask by MISSHA. I was super happy with my choice  as my skin felt that it got the necessary boost of nutrition and at the same time it toned don the redness after the harsh peel. If you look for a good alternative to that for a more affordable price, try the JM solution Water Luminous Golden Cocoon Mask. It is one of my go-to’s for the days I want to give that extra “OOMPH” to my skin.

MISSHA Phyto-Chemical Isoflavone Skin Supplement Sheet Mask

After the sheet mask is off I walk around for about 20 minutes to see what my skin still needs and depending whether it still feels tight or not I apply something like an oil serum/essence. I usually use the NEOGEN Serum in Oil Drop (with white truffle) but since my HUXLEY miniature essence and oil set arrived in the mail I decided to test out the Essence-like Oil-like Secret of Sahara Oil essence. It felt very rich and a bit too oily but my skin liked it a lot.

HUXLEY Oil Essence “Essence-Like, Oil-Like”
MISSHA Near Skin Madecanol Cream is optional if skin is still visibly red

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My skin is always super hydrated, nourished and relaxed after such routine. If it still shows some signs of redness I use the Madecanol cream but this step is entirely optional today. This cream is made for irritated red and acne prone skin and calms it down in no time. If your skin is dry, go for Madecanol balm as it is more suited for that purpose.

I appreciate skin care products with relaxing scents and don’t mind highly fragranced products once in a while. If I would use those on a daily basis I would probably get sick from the scents in a short period of time. Hence, using them once a week makes those items extra special for my face and senses as I achieve the feel of being in a  spa and my “ZEN” state even when my toddler is running around me 🙂 I hope you like this post and try out some of my favorite products mentioned here. Let me know how it goes!

For now, thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

Morning skin care routine

To continue with fullfilling my promises in terms of sharing my skin care routines with you, today I will talk about my morning skin care routine. I will go more into detail into the products that I use, how I use them and in what order. Let’s start with the simplest task – the order:

Foaming cleanser:

This step ensures that all the residue from the night packs and creams is removed from my face. My go 3 products are the Vichy Normaderm gel cleanser, Nature Republic Hawaiian deep sea mild scrub foam cleanser and the IT’s True Premium Real Honey Deep cleansing foam.

Acid-based peeling:

This step is removing the dead skin cells and makes sure that make-up applies more evenly.  I use the pads and the spray for the convenience in the because this is just the fastest way of application. I do own the acid peel kits and face washes but I tend to pamper my skin with these once about every 2 weeks.

Nourishing wash-off mask and every 2-3 days a clay mask instead:

I tend to apply the nourishing mask for giving my skin quick moisture boost after acids which tend to be drying on my skin. My face immediately appreciates it and looks more rejuvenated after such treatment. My ultimate go-to products from this category are the British rose and the Amazonian acai masks from The body shop.

Every 2 to 3 days I skip the acid step and do the clay mask instead to keep my pores clean and blackheads under control. For that I typically use the Biotherm wonder mud and The Body Shop Himalayan charcoal mask.

Last 3 steps I use are always the same:

Super Aqua Oil Clear toner
Super Aqua Oil Clear Emulsion
Super Aqua Oil Clear Gel Cream

I always try to use the same skin care line because that way each products benefits the next one. Same with the night skin care routine. I did try mixing up the brands in the past. Unfortunately some of the products I used back then counteracted with each other which gave me a skin rash.

I would strongly recommend to invest into  the thin cotton pads for applying the toner and emulsion. That way you don’t waste your liquid products such as toner, emulsion, lotion, make-up remover e.t.c. These pads are my life-savers for making my products last longer!

 

 

That is it! Afterwards I just do some simple make-up and I am good to go.  Don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you have more questions about any of the mentioned products.

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂