If it ain't broke, don't fix it - which is basically what I live by when it comes to skincare. After Kiehl's stopped working for me, I turned to Dermalogica from Andrea's raves and well, it's almost been six years now.
Recently however, while researching for an article I wrote for Refinery29, I found myself epidermis-deep in concoctions from Skin Inc, a brand that is headquartered and born in Singapore, researched and developed in Japan and is, as you read this post, currently taking over the world.
While I definitely try all the products I've received (the facial wash and mask from this skincare brand I received recently, for example, broke me out), I tend not to finish them because I know that Dermalogica works best for me. After trying Skin Inc, however, I had to alter my regimen a little to fit both brands.
Here's how my skincare regimen works daily now, in order:
1. Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser - the cleanser I use on a daily basis, without fail, that my partner has succumbed to using as well.
2. Skin Inc's My Daily Dose - I've given you the low down about what the product does here. My special concoction tackles dehydration, dullness and uneven skin tone, which are three of my biggest skin concerns. I use two to three drops twice daily - a bottle lasts you slightly more than two months if you use it as diligently as I do. And I only use it diligently because my skin has improved.
3. Dermalogica Active Moist - I alternate between this, and their Skin Smoothing Cream, which is also a moisturiser, but of medium weight. Dermalogica's Active Moist is perfect for incredibly hot months, like the ones we're suffering through right now, where you can't escape sheen and sweat on the surface of your skin. The moisturiser is lightweight, and oil-free, which is very much welcomed.
4. Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50 - Because I never ever leave home without sunscreen.
1. Dermalogica Precleanse - I am the asshole who will recommend you the double cleansing system. That is, you start with a precleanse, like Dermalogica's. With dry hands and face, massage the precleanse oil all over your face. This helps break down cosmetics, environmental particles and all the grime you've managed to collect on the surface of your skin over the course of the day. Concentrate on areas where you tend to get zits, too. Then, wet your hands and continue massaging to form a light, milky emulsion. Wash off with water.
2. Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser - Depending on how my skin feels that day, and how much makeup I have on, I will choose whether or not to use the Clarisonic on my face that day.
3. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant - I use the Daily Microfoliant (which is a hoax of a name, because you probably shouldn't be using it daily!) two - three times a week, again, depending on how my skin feels. I will only use the Microfoliant on a day that I have not used my Clarisonic on my face because even though Dermalogica's is the gentler of the facial scrubs I've used, too much abrasion on your face is not good, especially when you suffer from eczema, like me.
4. Dermalogica Multi Active Toner (not pictured) - I love this toner - it doesn't smell weird, it doesn't dry out my skin and actually helps product absorption.
5. Skin Inc's My Daily Dose
6. Skin Inc's Pure Repair + Dew - This product works while you sleep, and in my opinion, it's the best kind of product. It repairs skin with Pycnogenol as anti-oxidant to slow down signs of ageing. Instantly replenish moisture with the ultimate skin hydrator Hyaluronic Acid and Algin. Clarity of skin is achieved with our renowned Placenta, Soybean and Pearl extract. You actually wake up with plumped up, fresher skin.
7. Dermalogica's Skin Smoothing Cream - I tend to moisturise like crazy because I spend a lot of time in the AC, which dries my skin. This is my other favourite moisturiser from Dermalogica. This one, is however, of a thicker consistency, so it's best used in the evenings.
8. Dermalogica's Age Reversal Eye Complex - Eye cream, because duh.
9. Skin Inc's Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask - I've never liked sleeping mask packs until I got acquainted with this one. It's hydrating, brightening and clarifying, all in a single jar of clear, light gel formula that won't stain your pillow sheets if you decide to sleep it in. (You can use it for an hour and wash off, or just wash off in the morning because let's face it - who wants to get out of bed after you've been lounging around on it for an hour for a mask. Too much damn work.) I don't use this mask every day, but you can if you want to. I suspect it'll be a lifesaver on long haul journeys too.
Do you think a nine-step nightly regimen is too much, or do you have more up your sleeve? Pray tell!