My goal of establishing a skincare routine has snowballed into a full-blown beauty product obsession over the past few weeks. I’ve googled countless product reviews and caught myself perusing beauty counters/skincare aisles on every possible occasion. But being the absolute skincare newbie that I am, I thought I’d first try out the more popular and reliable drugstore brands before venturing into cult favorites for a more distinguished experience. Above are results of hours spent poring over beauty counters, and are my current favorites; just a handful of products to set the bare minimum of a budding skincare regimen so as not to overwhelm myself.
I love how Liquid Neutrogena Pure Mild Facial Cleanser glides so smooth on my skin and leaves it feeling clean without drying it out completely, despite its funny smell that comes from the exclusion of any artificial fragrances. St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Srub on the other hand smells irresistibly yummy, and is a handy once-a-week facial scrub habit to slough off all the impurities and whatnot off my face. After cleansing I moisturize with VMV Smart Moisturizer, and I have to say this recent find is amazing. It feels quite heavy upon application, but magically dissolves into the skin and leaves it feeling nothing but smooth and supple after a few minutes, and doesn’t make my face all greasy the morning after applying! Instead of moisturizer, I use Yadah Oh My Sunblock SPF 35 during the daytime. I like how it makes my skin look sheer and glowing right after I put it, but it tends to make me feel like a grease ball as the day progresses. Shopping around for a better facial sunblock is definitely next on my list.