Thought I'd give you guys an update on my latest skincare routine since the last time I did one was nearly a decade ago haha.
I'm not so much of a health-freak so I don't eat my greens regularly nor take the extra effort to hydrate myself with 7 glasses of water a day - Hence, this is why I'd rather spend more money on products and popping acne prevention pills (which I don't anymore and I'll explain why later).
Before I begin, I just wanna make it clear that I definitely don't have perfectly flawless skin but I'm still working towards it - So this post is mainly to share with you how my daily regime is. I can't guarantee that it may work for everyone but this works best for me. :D
To start off with, I guess the most important thing is getting to know what type of skin do you have - Oily? Dry? Combination?
You wouldn't wanna find products that add more grease to the oily skin you already have and neither do you want to find products that over-strip your skin as they'd suck all the natural oils and minerals from your skin.
I've combination skin and it's slightly trickier because I've to find products that caters to both.
I mentioned this once or twice before, but just to refresh your memory I used to have terrible acnes when I was around 13-15. It started subsiding by the time I turned 16. Those years were terrible because I remember having to cover my affected areas with my hair or just spamming products (that didn't work) so that I don't have to feel insecure when I'm in school.
I was one of the minority that had bad breakouts at that time and boys in my school would make fun of me. Also, I could hardly meet new people without fearing that they might judge.
Finally, after pleading my mom for months, she decided to bring me to the dermatologist and I finally saw a significant change in my skin condition after surviving on isotretinoin (you can read more about it on a random website I found here) for years.
Of course, the I decreased the dosage as I got older and I hardly take them now because we all know that it's never good to depend on such oral pills for too long - After all they pretty much mess with your hormones and I heard that over consumption might cause problems with conceiving in future.
WHICH became a huge problem for me when I completely stopped taking them early last year - Breakouts came back not long after I stopped consuming them and I didn't know what to do.
I've always been very skeptical (or lazy) about skincare products because of my sensitive skin and I was also afraid to return to my younger days - So as much as I could, I would avoid using anything besides face wash.
Then came the day I was introduced to IDS Skincare - Anyway before I continue, please note that this isn't a paid ad, I wasn't paid a single cent to write this and I'm sharing it only because I've seen genuine results.
I met up with Dr Tan early last year and Chester (as some of you might have already known from my Instagram) who took the time and patience to understand my issues and prescribed me with products to overcome them. Over the past 1.5 years, I must admit that I haven't been using these products religiously because I get lazy after a couple of days, but I would start panicking every time a part of my face turns into a slice pepperoni pizza. IT'S CRAZY.
I don't know if any of you could relate to my behaviour, but I'm the kind who wants beautiful skin but is just too lazy to stick to a proper regime and I'd get complacent every time I see slight results. Which is also why I kinda never run out of products. LOL.
Anyway, it wasn't until this year when I started to put in a little more effort into having a better complexion because of how often I appear on screen (like in videos and stuff).
The following are some of the products I've been using since the beginning.
(Find out more about each product by clicking on the photos.)
The real problem started after I came back from Melbourne about 2 weeks ago - My skin changed drastically and it was either due to the climate change or because of my sugar intake, but I was so worried!
Sorry I don't have a clearer photo on how bad my skin was cos it was literally me freaking out when I was out half way, so I sent this to Chester to check it out before he arranged for an appointment with Dr Tan on my behalf and I was prescribed two new products to use as seen below.
I've added in those two and used them with the rest of the products every day and night for about a week now and here are the results!
Even with the bad quality, I'm pretty sure anyone could see the difference and after this, I'm probably gonna stick with this for as long as I could because it works!!!
If you've always thought I've perfect skin, YOU'RE SO WRONGGGGG. Lighting and filters can be a huge ass liar behind that photo.
Once my pimples are cleared, I'll perhaps work on maintaining my skin and getting other products that could clear up my old acne scars - And till then I'll do an updated post if I see further improvements! As for now, I hope I helped answer some of your burning questions on my skincare routine.
Do leave a comment below if you've any other questions and I'll try my best to help in whichever ways I could! <3
**Note that different products are prescribed to their individuals according to their skin issues, so what works for me might not work for you, it'll be best if you could book an appointment at +65 6568 3555 to have the doctor review your skin first or visit IDS Skincare to find out more!