My longer pamper time routine

In my previous post, I talked about my daily skincare routine, but there are times when my skin needs deeper cleaning. I like to do a longer routine every week or at least every two weeks. I do this to make sure no grime will inhibit my face from absorbing the products I use. Plus, I feel pampered afterwards. It’s like going to the facial clinic but without tears running down my eyes as they remove my pimples. I also included some other non-routine products I use every now and again.

1) I exfoliate my face using Cure’s Natural Aqua Gel, a water-based exfoliant that’s so gentle on the skin. You’ll really see the dirt being removed. I feel so clean afterwards without any stinging because it doesn’t contain any beads. It costs Php 1,500 from Beauty Bar. I use it all over my body so I use this up quickly. However, if you’re only going to use it on your face, it might last you a couple of months. I use this on my face every week, even if I’m not doing my full pampering routine.

Cure's Natural Aqua Gel
Cure’s Natural Aqua Gel is a great physical exfoliant.

Some recommend using this after washing one’s face, but I prefer to do it before cleansing with soap. I just pat water on my face then dry it before applying this. Since this is expensive, I’m on the lookout for a more cost-effective natural water-based scrub.

2) I apply a wash-off mask, using either Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask or Skin Food’s Black Sugar Mask Wash off. The Innisfree clay mask is best for attracting the dirt in our pores to go to the surface to be washed off. It’s my favorite mask because my skin comes out brighter and my sister’s acne tend to be smaller afterwards. I will probably repurchase this product for skin maintenance. Tip: You can buy samples of this and their other variants if you want to test which one works best for you. A small tub lasts for about three uses.

Innisfree's Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask and Skin Food's Black Sugar Mask Wash off
Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask and Skin Food’s Black Sugar Mask Wash off are two popular wash off masks.

The black sugar mask is for energizing the skin; however, I barely notice any difference when using it. It’s just one of my impulse buys and I will probably not repurchase. These are available in BeautyMNL and Althea.

Steps 3, 4, and 5 are steps 1 (cleansing), 2 (toning), and 3 (BHA application) of my daily routine. If I have milia, I apply Human Nature’s Tea Tree Oil around my eyes, which I also talked about in my daily routine.

6) Use a sheet mask. My favorite masks are Holika Holika’s Juicy sheet masks and Dermal’s (not pictured) masks. My skin looks brighter whenever I use any of these, especially the pomegranate variant. This is actually one of my “luxurious” steps because I feel so guilty using too many sheet masks. I hope there’s a way these can be recycled.

I love to buy different sheet masks, though, especially if there’s a sale. I think this is one of the more exciting parts of skincare because there are just so many choices! I bought the Holika Holika Juicy masks from Shopee although I usually buy my sheet masks from BeautyMNL, Beauty Bar, and Althea.

7) After removing the mask, I apply Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair. I also talked about this in my daily routine. Pricey but Holy Grail status and lasts me for several months.

8) I finish my routine with Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask, which is an occlusive moisturizer that will help our skin retain moisture. I only use this if I’m sleeping in an air conditioned room because it makes my skin oily and my pores are more visible in the morning if I only use an electric fan at night. When I do use this, my face isn’t oily in the morning and looks plump and bright.

Laneige's Water Sleeping Mask
Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask to moisturize my skin overnight.

This does have a bit of a smell, which my sister dislikes. It stays on the skin for a several minutes before being absorbed. It feels sticky but it doesn’t leave traces on my pillow case. This is available in BeautyMNL and Althea.

Other non-routine products I use

1) Human Heart Nature’s Sunflower Oil has been on my repurchase list since 2013. This product changed my mind about not using oil on oily skin. It’s said to have 23 uses, although I haven’t seen that many uses for it. This is one of my Holy Grails because it’s so affordable and it just works.

Human Heart Nature's Sunflower Beauty Oil
Human Heart Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil is definitely Holy Grail status.

I started using it as a moisturizer to clear up my skin but I was using too much or maybe it just wouldn’t absorb on my skin enough and I’d wake up with really oily skin so I stopped using it for that purpose. However, I noticed that my skin did get a bit lighter and softer so I tried it on the hardest patch of my skin, down in my ankle, where my skin had turned black from chafing against my school shoes. I’ve tried scrubs on it and even loofah but my skin was still black. I thought it was going to stay that way forever, until I decided to apply the Sunflower Beauty Oil on it. On the second day, I was just rubbing it on the same spot when I started feeling like my skin was being scrubbed off. When I looked down, I saw that my skin had softened so much that I was able to just scrub the dark, rough skin away. That was the moment I really fell in love with this product.

Throughout the years, I’ve used this for:

  • Face and hand moisturizer when I go to the beach — My skin gets super dry after a whole day out in the sun and this brings my skin back to normal the next day.
  • Softens the calluses on my feet — My heels get cracked and bleed when they get too dry. When I feel like my feet are getting too dry, I slather on the Sunflower Beauty Oil before I go to sleep. My feet are definitely softer in the morning.
  • Lip balm — Whenever my lips get too dry, I quickly dab this on before I sleep or at the start of the day if I’m going somewhere. No more chapping and my lips look so luscious.
  • Lighten any dark spots on my body — I see results after a few days.
  • Eases the itchiness from sun or wind burn — Tried and tested so many times. It absorbs into my skin so I’m not a walking greasy mess.

I would recommend the Pure Rosehip Oil as a replacement for the Sunflower Beauty Oil if you have more budget. It also lightens my skin and it softens my heels faster, but I quickly use up one bottle in a month and in terms of price to quantity ratio, it’s less cost-effective than the Sunflower Beauty Oil. However, when I have problem areas that I think I’d need a stronger product for, HHN’s Pure Rosehip Oil is my go-to product. I haven’t repurchased it at the moment; I’m still deciding if I need it right now.

Human Heart Nature's Pure Rosehip Oil
Human Heart Nature’s Pure Rosehip Oil lightens and softens skin so quickly.

2) Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Serum

I bought this for my sister because she needed an affordable moisturizing serum. I’m not sure if this has been working on her because she didn’t have fine lines, but her skin’s more moisturized now. I then tried this on my neck, which I had been neglecting in terms of anti-wrinkling, and I’m so happy to say that it seems to work.

Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Serum
Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Serum for fine lines and wrinkles.

My sister hates products with fragrances, and this does have a bit of fragrance, but thankfully she doesn’t find it offensive. This is available in supermarkets, Watsons, and Lazada.

3) I’ve been using Cosrx’s Centella Blemish Ampule on my sister’s pimples. My sister positively shudders at the idea of using snail on her skin, so I had to look for an alternative product that will work on further eradicating acne and making her skin barrier stronger. This is available in BeautyMNL and Althea.

Cosrx Centella Blemish Ampule
Centella extract is said to be very good for treating breakouts.

While my sister’s acne has lessened considerably, and her dark spots are fading, we will probably not repurchase this. I’m hoping that once her skin clears up, the BHA will be sufficient for her maintaining an acne-free skin.

Last beauty product tip:

This isn’t skin-related but applies to hair, and it’s one of my Holy Grails. I use it every time I go to the beach. It’s proven so effective that my family and friends borrow this from me whenever we go swimming.

Human Heart Nature's Smoothing Hair Serum
My should-never-be-gone from my beach/pool bag ever.

Human Heart Nature’s 100% Natural Smoothing Hair Serum is my hair saver whenever I go swimming. I have curly hair and it tends to get frizzy and very dry after swimming, but since I started using this, my hair is still soft and manageable even after a whole day out in the sun and in the water. I slather it all over my hair, from root to tips. I only need to reapply once to retain my hair’s moisture, especially when out in the sea. Several of my friends have borrowed this from me, and agreed that their hair was still soft after using it.

However, I don’t use it everyday because I don’t like the feeling of oil in my hair, and my conditioner is enough to keep my hair manageable. It has a slight scent but nothing offensive.

My routine is in no way recommended to everyone. You have to research each product and make sure you aren’t sensitive to anything. Remember, ymmv!

Skincare can be expensive…if you don’t know to look for alternatives. If a product is a particular Holy Grail of mine, I wait for sales from online stores. I mention Althea and BeautyMNL a lot because that’s where I am able to buy the Korean brands I use. I also buy from Shopee (choosing the sellers with high ratings) when the products I want are unavailable elsewhere (such as the Holika Holika Juicy sheet masks).

Whenever I buy from Althea, I make sure to use Shopback, which gives me back a percentage of my purchases. Get P200 off your purchases in Althea, Lazada, and many other stores when you sign up using my referral link here (full disclosure: I will also get P100 from Shopback when you purchase at least P500 at no cost to you except for what you purchase).

Happy pampering! 🙂


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