Sunday, December 20, 2015

Updated Night Routine & One-Year Blog Anniversary

Hello~

It's been quite a while since I've posted and been able to read everyone's posts >_< I've been feeling more sluggish than usual. Winter depression. I've been really wanting to post this for the longest time, but never could finish. But without further ado....

A little skin background:
When I was in 4th grade, I was hit with puberty and got my first visit from AF *the horror* By 9 years old, I got braces, glasses, and my first set of pimples located right on my forehead. It was a nightmare. By the time I was 12, my mom had already taken me to 4 different dermatologists with no results from any of the prescription medicine. My last dermatologist told me that the only option left was to go on Accutane. My mother (a nurse) refused due to potential side effects, and that was that. At a young age, especially when the Internet was basically still in AOL phase, there wasn't much guidance from anywhere. To hide myself, I would try caking on makeup in middle school and my oily skin would just make it worse, resulting in clogged pores and more breakouts. I never really washed my face at night (too lazy), and instead would apply topical acne cream on top of my dirty uncleaned face. I had zero confidence and would constantly avoid making eye contact with anyone talking to me so I couldn't seem them eyeing my horrible skin.

Fast forward to a few years ago, out of college, I was left with horrendous ice pick acne scars and large clogged pores (got the large part from my dad's genes).  To make matters worse, I was still constantly picking on my face and couldn't stop. Directly after college, I went to grad school, where stress was my skin's worst enemy. I would constantly try out new things, but to no avail. My hormones were out of control and they were winning. As soon as school finished for me a couple of months ago, I went hard with researching and trying out products. Though I'm not where I want to be in terms of my skin, my progress these past months has given me a lot of motivation to keep trying new things. I'm dealing with mostly redness and discoloration on my cheeks, and depending how stress I am, I do breakout on my chin every once in a while. Thankfully, it's been okay lately.

I hope in a couple of years, I can keep breakouts away and finally get rid of all my acne scars.
Probably the best section so far since I wasn't getting much acne on my forehead in the first place. 
I'm actually working on the intense redness and dryness on my chin (NOT PERFECT), which wasn't captured by the camera.
My skin routine consists of  quite a few products and and months of trial and error. Even then, I'm still constantly switching and trying out new things. I don't recommend using so many new products at a short period of time until you've properly tested it on yourself. Always introduce new products one at a time slowly, as well as patch testing. 

I alternate some of my products every other day and constantly trying out new items, so I'll be listing them in categories.

Cleansing Oil:

     
Foaming Cleanser:

Peeling Gel:
Read my review here. 

           
Astringent/Toner:

Facial Treatment Essence:
Skin/Serums/Ampoules:


      ~Scinic Honey All in One Ampoule

For acne:
~Curology Acne Prescription

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AcneFree Terminator 10 (10% benzoyl peroxide)
When my skin is crying for help (aka Cosrx products): 
~Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch (my favorite patches are from SkinFood)

Masks:


     ~A ton of random sheet masks from SkinFood, Innisfree, Pure Smile, etc.
     ~1.0mm Titanium Micro Needle Roller (Not recommended; squeaks while you roll it on your face)


     ~Etude House My Beauty Tool Soft Silky Cotton (Very inexpensive at RRS, so I stock up on this, not shown)


I wasn't sure if anyone was interested in reading paragraphs regarding how I feel about every single product, so I left it out. If you're curious about anything, please leave a comment below and I'll do the best I can to answer ^_^ The biggest difference I saw in my skin was when I started doing microneedling on myself. I had done it with a professional for over a year, but I felt like she was destroying my skin on purpose so I can keep going back to get treatment so I opted to begin doing it myself. It's best to begin slowly with smaller needles, which first helps absorb your products better. The longer needles (more painful) are the ones that will help with collagen regeneration and acne scars.

Most of my acne is hormonal, so I'm on my way to start eating healthier and just being less stressed in general.......eventually...someday.

My skin tends to get used to products easily and typically stop working after extended use, so that's the main reason I'm always alternating. I also purchased quite a few more items during Black Friday/Cyber Monday that I'm excited to add to my routine!

1 Year Blog Anniversary + Giveaway:
My first post was December 14th of last year, and it's been an incredible blogging journey so far (and no, I'm not over exaggerating). This post was actually planned to go out last month, but distractions. Sorry for the long post, but I really wanted to thank those who have been reading my blog since the beginning, as well as the new readers I've received these couple of months. You all are amazing individuals, and I enjoy reading all your comments and feedback.

On to the giveaway! I'm giving away some items included in my routine:
Sorry for the crappy photo, but giving these away!

  • Scinic Honey All In One Ampoule
  • Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
  • IOPE Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning Trial Kit
  • TonyMoly Egg Pore Deep Cleansing Foam
  • Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil Moist
  • belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb 10 ml
  • Zymogen Houttuynia Cordata Ferment Serum
  • OST Pure Vitamin C21.5 Serum
  • Holika Holika Smooth Egg Skin Peeling Gel
  • Some samples or sheet masks (not shown)
You can begin entering now (open internationally), with the cutoff for entries being on January 7 (12:00 am CST).
a Rafflecopter giveaway
*Disclaimer to the winner: If products are new to you, please DO NOT introduce to your skin all at once. I cannot stress that enough. Please make sure to do patch tests to make sure you do not have any adverse reaction to products. Once again, PATCH TEST PATCH TEST PATCH TEST. If irritation occurs, stop using immediately. 

[EDIT: I woke up this morning with two of my accounts hacked. My Instagram had random pictures uploaded on it and my Reddit account was completely deleted? I'm in the process of trying to see what I can do about it. I've been changing passwords and user names, along with my site under construction! Please let me know if there's any problems anywhere]

Good luck to all, and I'm excited for a new year of blogging~