Skincare routine update

I’ve used up some stuff and acquired some new stuff, so here’s my updated skincare routine.

I don’t like overly long and complex routines, and in fact overly long and complex anything. Recently, my skin’s going a bit nuts. I think I have some hormonal imbalances because I’ve been getting a crapload of hormonal acne on my chin, while the rest of my face remains as clear and smooth as ever.

AM Routine:


I have 30 minutes every morning to brush my teeth, dress, put on make up, grab my bags and lunch and GTFO of the door. Hence I prefer my morning routine to be as minimal as possible.

Step 1: Wash face with water. I don’t use a cleanser in the mornings because I find it can be quite stripping, so I just wash my face with water and pat dry.

Step 2: COSRX Galactomyces Whitening Power Essence – Soothing, hydrating and brightening. I do notice my makeup doesn’t sit as well when I haven’t been using it awhile, so this is actually a repurchase. Does the galactomyces ferment do anything? Not sure, but this is cheap and good, so.

Step 3: COSRX Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask – a thin, gel-like consistency, absorbs super fast and relatively hydrating. Gives me a nice glow. I think it’s not thick or occlusive enough for my preferences as a night moisturizer, but damn as a day moisturizer it is fab. A tiny dollop is enough for your whole face due to how well it spreads. I wait awhile for it to dry.

Step 4: Sunblock! My favourite, repurchased so many times over. Nice and hydrating, if I’m not in the dry office I tend to just use this as a 1 step morning routine.

Very simple and fuss free, just how I like it in the mornings.

PM routine:


PM routine is a little more complex. Some things are good, some things are just there for me to use up.

From right to left, for some unknown reason.

Step 1: After cleansing, I pat dry and apply my OST C20. This is probably not the best Vit C serum in the market, but it’s $15 SGD and shipping, and is a great entry level serum. I’m happy with it, so I’ll probably repurchase. I keep mine in the fridge and it’s been about 1.5 months and it hasn’t turned.

Step 2: BHA/AHA: I sometimes use both, sometimes just one if I feel like my skin has been a little overexfoliated. BHA keeps the black sebum spots on my nose at bay and makes my pores a lot smaller. It’s very obvious when I’ve skipped it for awhile. The AHA keeps flakies at bay and smooths out any small whiteheads.

Step 3: Water spray. Right now I’m on that Laneige one that I got for free, but honestly it could be plain water for all I care. When it’s gone I’ll experiment with DIY. The only purpose of this is actually to neutralize the acids before the next step.

Step 4: COSRX Galactomyces essence again. No wonder it runs out so fast!

Step 5: Since Step 4 is a ‘first essence’, I will probably have a more substantial essence addressing concerns in this step. Currently, I am using an Alcina Hyaluron Acid because it’s just what I have on hand and I want to use it up. Will probably try out a few things to fill up t his step.

Step 6: Daiso Hyaluronic Acid Sleeping Pack. It’s nearing the end of its life as you can see. It’s actually decently hydrating for $2, and it’s a hugeeee pack. I recommend it if you’re desperate for something or on a shoestring budget. I’ll skip this step when I’m done with it.

Step 7: GNC Vitamin C cream: slightly heavier and more occlusive. For a housebrand cream, it’s surprisingly nice. I have maybe 1/4 left, and I’ll be replacing with another COSRX cream when it runs out.


This is my ideal line up – with the missing serum in the middle 😉

This skincare routine has been good for me. My skin’s been clear (props to the Vit C!!!) and best of all, my old chin acne scarring have really been clearing up. Now just to manage all the current breakouts…

How’s your skincare routine looking? Any new items?


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