I barely do anything to my face other than washing it regularly and moisturizing. Well, that was before when I really didn’t care for my skin.Since I’m not getting any younger, I had to do my work and research on what’s best for a combination skin type like mine. I’m in the process of finding which products work for me although I know it’s a waste of money and actually risking your okay skin to damage if that product doesn’t work well with you. So ended up with the most-raved products, tried and tested by beauty experts. If you’re just starting to build your arsenal, I hope this will help you skip trial and error process too.
In my previous post, I have set a budget of just a thousand and thought to myself why I am spending more on makeup than skincare. I knew from then that I need to invest in my skin so expect that this skincare routine is averagely kinda pricey.
So if you have a combination skin type, meaning there’s oiliness in the T-zone but feels dry elsewhere, the goal is to lessen the oil activity on our skin but keeping it hydrated. I still don’t have that perfect, pore-less, flawless skin at the moment but with continuous use of these products, it has improved my skin more than ever. Not to mention, I have skipped K-Beauty brands with these routine, I just don’t feel like they’re suitable for my skin.
MICELLAR WATER (PM)
— Garnier Micellar Water for Oily Skin
I don’t usually use micellar water every day since I just wear light daytime makeup to work or even in the weekends. I just use this if I wore foundation or hard to remove mascara.
PHP 149, Watson’s
CLEANSER (AM & PM)
— Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser
— VMV Hypoallergenics Hydra Balance Gentle Cream Cleanser
First, you have to start with a good cleanser. Based on what I’ve read, those with oily skin should go with the one that has low pH level to wash away excess oil and to maintain your skin’s naturally acidic pH. I’ve been previously using Celeteque Hydration Facial Cleanser for a year then switched to VMV Hypoallergenics Hydra Balance Gentle Cream Cleanser which is a pH balancing creamy cleanser. I love that it’s gentle and doesn’t break my skin out. After two weeks of use, my skin noticeable became less oily in the T-zone.
For quite some time now, when I lost my VMV Cleanser during an out of town trip, I’m usingGlossier Milk Jelly Cleanser. I love that it has a pH balanced creamy gel formula as well. It’s like my ole’ reliable VMV Cleanser.
VMV Cleanser PHP 765, Beauty MNL | Glossier PHP 1,250, Paint My Skin
— Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner
I honestly didn’t know what this does before not until I watched Camie Juan’s vlog. Apparently, toners re-stabilize your skin’s pH levels and prepare your skin to absorb the products you’ll apply after this. I read in one article that you don’t need to tone if you have a low pH cleanser but I never skipped it anyway since it also cleanses my skin. I’ve been using Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner for two months now, and it actually works for me. It smells really good because of the Rose Petal scent. This also has Witch Hazel, a natural ingredient with an astringent effect without alcohol. The price is average for a 355 ml bottle, haven’t touched half of it!
PHP 659, Healthy Options
— The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Serums are said to be these beauty elixirs, The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% has been my go-to serum even if I’ve been only using it for a little over a month. It’s used to reduce the look of the blemishes and balance sebum productivity. I immediately noticed that it reduced my acne scars, and my pores seem smaller now. It sort of dried the acne bumps. This is super effective, you can see results in just a week!
I have yet to find another serum to target multiple signs of aging lol. Maybe an advanced night repair serum will do also, currently thinking about Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Serum.
PHP 500, Coolest MNL
— Biore UV Watery Essence
Okay, I’m the worst. I just added this recently like a month ago, when my god sister Ate Isha, told me that this is really important. I didn’t know there are now advanced formulated sunscreens that is super lightweight and leaves no whitecast. She actually recommended me this one and when I searched the reviews, it’s the drugstore sunscreen HG! So I purchased one at Landmark but you can order online also at Beauty MNL.
In the first week, I use this after moisturizer and before make-up but since I have a priming moisturizer, I tried using this first before it. It has this mild citrus scent and leaves a cooling effect when applied leaving a semi-matte finish. I love this so much that I can’t leave the house without it!
PHP 445, Beauty MNL
EYES & LIPS (PM)
— Glossier Balm Dot Com
I’m using this cult-favorite universal beauty balm as this was part of the Glossier Phase I set which my boyfriend got me for my birthday this year. I was surprised to know the price because it’s just a small tube but boy, it works so well for my chapped lips! I apply this at night and in the morning, I can feel my lips are so soft and I can just rub my finger onto it and see that it’s peeling smoothly. It’s eww I know but it softens my lips by removing the dead skin!
— Skin Genie Anti-EYEging Eye Cream
Sorry, I have no photo of this again as this was part of the stash that I brought during an out of town trip. I purchased this at the same time with the VMV Cleanser and Moisturizer and I love it because it’s not sticky and absorbs quickly. I hope with my continuous use of this, my fine lines will just disappear!
Glossier Balm Dot Com PHP 950, Paint My Skin | Skin Genie Anti EYEging PHP 150,Beauty MNL
MOISTURIZER (AM & PM)
— Glossier Priming Moisturizer
— VMV Hypoallergenics Hydra Balance Smart Moisturizer
One of the most important steps in your skincare routine is to moisturize. Previously, I have been using Celeteque Hydration Facial Moisturizer then VMV Hypoallergenics Hydra Balance Smart Moisturizer for Combination Skin. What I love about this is that it has better oil control, it absorbs right into the skin, and leaves a semi-matte finish. Best of all, it has SPF 15! This is my HG moisturizer to date. Like my VMV Cleanser, I left it during my out of town trip.
Currently, I’m using Glossier Priming Moisturizer. *If you noticed, I tried to keep my cleanser and moisturizer under the same brand.* It has a light watery formula and leaves a dewy finish. Since it’s a priming moisturizer, I only use this during daytime as it serves as a good primer. It’s pretty pricey but the 50 ml tube goes a long way.
VMV Moisturizer PHP 905, Beauty MNL | Glossier Priming Moisturizer PHP 1,550, Paint My Skin
FACIAL SPRAY (AM & PM)
— Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater
This is optional but I highly recommend for you to have a facial spray if you have an oily to combination skin. If you add this as your last step of your skincare routine, it actually helps seal all those products to penetrate deeper and absorbs faster. This can also be done during daytime to keep your skin hydrated. Every spritz of Mario Badescu Facial Spray makes me refreshed!
PHP 550, Rustan’s
TWICE A WEEK: FACE OIL
— Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil
Using face oil if you’re oily might seem a bit weird, I almost shrugged this off my list. I found out that some oils help in fighting acne and even doubles as a moisturizer. I’ve been using Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil for four months now and it really does its job! It lightened my acne scars and improved my skin. It gives you that glowing look the next day. I also use this before as a makeup primer as it gives a dewy glow– matte but not flat!
PHP 180, Human Nature
ONCE A WEEK: FACE MASK
— Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask
I read a lot of reviews about this when my best friend Lyka recommended me that this HG clay mask actually works. I freaked out a bit when it says that you’ll feel your face pulsate as it cleanses and sips out sebum and dirt from your pores. The first time I used it with half water, half apple cider. I really felt the pulsate effect and I was tryna be chill knowing it’s normal. After washing, I noticed my face turned red but after it, I felt like my face was glowing. After two weeks of use, I noticed that my face wasn’t that oily. I’ll continue using this as this works well for me! I don’t think I can finish the whole tub!
PHP 495, Healthy Options
There you have it! I hope this gives you ideas and brand options. This routine using the products I’ve mentioned costs roughly about PHP 6,800, it’s averagely pricey since it’s a mix of high-end and drugstore products which can last up to three months at the least. I just also want to remind you that I’m no expert about this, I’ve never visited any dermatologist and just these products based on my research have worked for me. A certain product may work for one person, but it may react differently to another but I still hope it works for you so you may skip the trial and error process.
This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and experience stated in this post are entirely my own.