My Skincare Routine – Updated Minimalist Version

I’ve actually posted a blogpost on my skincare routine and the products that I used before (click here to read). However, that post was posted long time ago (I think like 2-3 years ago). And that was when I was in Korean skincare frenzy!

And quite recently, there were a few friends commented on how good my skin looks, the glow and all. They even asked me about my skincare routine and the products that I am currently using. Hence, this post!

Comparing my old and current skincare routine, I haven’t been using many Korean skincare products except for Korean sheet mask. I still love Korean skincare products, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that my preference has become more mature as I’ve become more knowledgeable in the active ingredients that my skin needs. Even my current skincare routine has become even more simpler and minimal. My old routine have a total of 8 steps! Although I have a more simplified skincare routine now but I have incorporated products with stronger ingredients. Skincare products that I am going to mention in this post are good quality, from well known brands but most importantly AFFORDABLE!

So without further a due, let’s get into my updated minimal skincare routine and the products!

Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser

I’m currently using this product as cleanser and I honestly feel just meh okay about it. I mean it does what it supposed to with the whole cleansing thing but it doesn’t spark joy. I’m not thoroughly impressed by this cleanser. Once it finishes, hasta la vista baby and on to a different product. Thank you, next! I am still in the search for my holy grail cleanser so maybe if you have any recommendation, do comment down below!
I’m still using my Biore Oil Cleanser for removing makeup and I still have like half a bottle of it! Totally worth of my money.

Bioderma Hydrabio Essence Lotion

Ever since Sis Pah of @beautybypapot raved on how much she LOVES this product, I gotta have it! So I bought it when it was on sale at Watson for RM62.90. As of now, I have been using it for almost a month. Words cannot describe on how much I love it and I really feel that I love this even more than the Hada Labo ones!

One of the reasons I love the Bioderma Essence Lotion is the consistency. It is a lot thinner compared to the Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion. Because of that, I feel that the product could penetrate easily into my skin. And for this Bioderma Hydrabio Essence Lotion, I only splash twice unto my palm and apply it to my whole my face. I love how hydrating, totally fresh and bouncy my skin feels after applying this toner. However, it has a little fragrance in it but nothing bad happened to my skin. Instead, my skin feels awesome!

If your skin couldn’t tolerate Hyaluronic Acid, you can definitely give this toner a go as this is a very hydrating toner! I LOVE IT SO MUCH!

Retistar Retinol Serum from Garden of Wisdom

I have incorporated Retinol into my skincare routine, like finally! I always wanted to fight wrinkles, especially now that I’m turning 30 this year. So, hello Retinol! Retinol is referred to the only proven ingredient for anti-ageing that you can even bet your money on! This ingredient exfoliates, aid in the production of collagen and fighting the environment radicals. Really is an ah-may-zing ingredient to be applied to your skin!

The price for this product is RM52 for 30ml and I know the price is a little steep for such a small amount. But let me tell you, this serum is not to be applied daily. So it can definitely last you for a very long time!

So I applied this every Monday and Thursday and I mix it with my facial oil. I don’t apply it neat to avoid Retinol irritation as I’m still trying to make my skin to get used to it. It has only been for 3 weeks (total 6 times) that I’ve used it and so far so good. Only apply it at night and never had any discomfort nor irritation! However, Retinol don’t work as equally with everyone. You should definitely avoid it if you have rosacea, eczema or psoriasis on your face or it can make them even more inflamed.

Lactic Acid 5% Serum from Garden of Wisdom

I’ve always love my The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% and now that I’ve moved on from the brand, I need to find a substitute. So I decided that I’d try one from the Garden of Wisdom cos the price is almost similar. Also because I just can’t live without AHA. I’ve been using this almost everyday for the last 3 weeks.

I still prefer The Ordinary’s because of the fresh face feeling after applying it. Whereas the GOW’s one doesn’t have the same after-effect. Probably because I have downgraded the lactic acid’s percentage that I’ve used to. Same with Retistar, I only use this at night!

I think I will try a stronger AHA next time, which is the Glycolic acid and I think my skin is ready for it.

Bio-Essence Bio-Hydra Jeju Marine Algae Aqua Moisturizing Gel

I’m always drawn to skincare products that has the word ‘Hydra’ on it! I just loveeee to hydrate my skin because of my oily skin. It contains Niacinamide too and I’m sold! Bought it as Watson for RM34.90, which I think is affordable.

Been using this for almost 2 months and I don’t think I would repurchase this again because of the same reason as the Cetaphil cleanser. So if you have any recommendation on gel moisturizer for oily skin, do comment down below!

Tamanu Oil

Another thing that I love to apply on my skin, facial oils! Got this also from @beautybypapot and she uses this every day, AM and PM. This oil has a funky smell and even funkier color too. I can’t explain what the smell is like but the color is very dark grey-ish! It looks like drain water, LOL! After applying it, I just love how glowy my skin is and it’s extra bouncy! Just like sis Papot, I also apply this daily, AM & PM.

If I were to choose my fave products among all, I would have to choose the Bioderma Hydrabio Essence Lotion cos it’s just the best! Like seriously, you all really need to try that product out!

That’s all for today’s long ass post. If you have any questions on incorporating stronger skincare product, just comment down below and I will try to give you recommendations.

See you next post and au revoir,


Disclaimer: All of the products that I’ve mentioned above are NOT sponsored. Hence, these are all my honest review.

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  • Reply Fay

    Great post! The Tamanu oil seems very good, I really like oil that boosts glowing skin without looking too oily.

    13th May 2019 at 8:19 AM
    • Reply Jessica Justine

      It’s very good bebeh! Namun the smell is a little funky la ?

      13th May 2019 at 8:16 PM

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