Skincare Routine Update: Summer~Fall 2016

Aloha! It’s been a while since you’ve seen one of these posts, eh? As the weather has gotten slightly rainier, more humid, and more dreadfully hot this past summer, I’ve switched out quite a lot of my products since you last saw my routine.

As always, you are welcome to ask about how I deal with my oily skin in this climate that’s just awful to walk around in, especially at noon.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Reminder: Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV). My skincare routine is not a cut-and-dry guide. The beauty of an east-Asian-inspired skincare routine is its adaptability to individual circumstances: to your skin type, to the weather and seasons, and simply to the daily moods of your skin. The number of products and steps my skin needs will be different from yours. Even AM and PM skincare routine steps can vary daily.

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Skin Type, Concerns, and Climate

  • Combo/oily
  • Occasional clogged pores, acne (mostly hormonal)
  • Sebacious filaments (SFs)
  • Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)
  • Tropical climate; breezy but hot and humid

Daily AM Routine

I really, reeaally pared in my routine this summer.

Asian beauty, Kbeauty, Korean beauty, Jbeauty, Japanese beauty, skincare - hyaluronic acid body lotion, Cosrx Galactomyces 95 White Whitening Power Essence, Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel, sunglasses sunnies Forever 21
Prop sunnies from Forever 21.
  1. Cleansing: Rinse with cool water only. Since I don’t wear makeup or sunscreen when I sleep, I don’t actually have anything to wash off except for a little sebum. Any cleanser is just a bit excessive for even that.
  2. Essence: Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence (Amazon, WishtrendJolse, TesterKorea [where I got mine]
  3. Sunscreen: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel
  4. Foundation (not pictured): Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream No. 27 (MisshaUS, Amazon; my Holy Grail BB cream for like the past five years); Laneige BB Cushion in medium (Target)
  5. Lotion/Hydrating toner: 1,000-mL bottle of this thing… Are you thinking, holy cow, what the hell is Lily doing with this liter of Japanese lotion? Well, I’ve actually been using this in lieu of a typical “western” lotion since around spring when I first got it. It’s light, non-sticky, and hella cheap at $10 a bottle on sale.

Daily PM Routine

Asian beauty, Kbeauty, Korean beauty, Jbeauty, Japanese beauty, skincare - Su:m37 SUM37 Skin Saver Melting Cleansing Balm, Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash, Stratia Skin AHA 10% Mandelic Acid Gel, OST C20 Original Pure Vitamin C Serum, Daiso silicone serial killer mask, Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, Galactomyces 95 White Whitening Power Essence, Burt's Bees Radiance Eye Cream with Royal Jelly, Mizon Black Snail All-in-One Cream, Nature Republic Honey and Herb Sleeping Pack, Naisture Tea Tree Sheet Mask, Leaders Insolution Teatree Relaxing Renewal, PM routine
Granny glasses!

Hey! Remember those three cleansers I was testing as of my last routine update? Well, I didn’t care for the Beauty Water as a long-term first cleanser (although it’s great for other uses), and the ginseng one from Doori Cosmetics was too high-pH (pending pH test results). If you’ve been following my Instagram, though, you’ll notice I’ve replaced it—and my trusty ol’ Hada Labo foaming cleanser!—with a brand-new double-cleansing routine I’m coming to really love.

Like my AM routine, this one has been changed and pared down a bit since my last update:

  1. Balm cleanser: SU:M37 Skin Saver Melting Cleansing Balm
  2. Enzyme powder cleanser: Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash
  3. Vitamin C: OST C20 Original Pure Vitamin C Serum (Apologies for photographing my “actives” out of order! Check out Snow White and the Asian Pear’s post for info about stacking actives in your routine.)
  4. BHA: Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
  5. AHA: Stratia Skin 10% Mandelic Acid tester
  6. Sheet mask: Whatever I feel like that day! Pictured: Naisture Tea Tree Mask and Leaders Insolution Teatree Relaxing Renewal Mask, plus serial killer mask Daiso Silicone Mask Cover
  7. Essence: Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence (Amazon, WishtrendJolse, TesterKorea [where I got mine]
  8. Eye cream: Burt’s Bees Radiance Eye Cream
  9. Medium moisturizer: Mizon Black Snail All-in-One Cream
  10. Sleeping pack: Nature Republic Honey and Herb Sleeping Pack

By the way…I am completely in love with this beautiful packaging (along with the contents!).

Asian beauty, Kbeauty, Korean beauty, Jbeauty, Japanese beauty, skincare - Su:m37 SUM37 Skin Saver Melting Cleansing Balm face cleanser PM routine

Bonus: Routine Tools!

Asian beauty, Kbeauty, Korean beauty, Jbeauty, Japanese beauty, skincare - epilator spring, lil scrubbies face scrubber, Ishiharashoutenn Ishihara Awa Foaming Bubble Bubbling Net

Coming Soon to a Routine Near Me…

Asian beauty, Kbeauty, Korean beauty, Jbeauty, Japanese beauty, skincare - SainTFengel wash off gel mask masks masque Galaxy

  • Various wash-off SainTFengel Gel Masques, kindly sent to me for honest feedback (also available on YesStyle). I am attempting to try these 2-3 times weekly in lieu of my old Body Shop masks.
    As you know, I am an advocate for patience when incorporating new products into your routine. This up-and-coming company sent their entire skincare line(!!!) so please excuse my careful testing schedule!
  • Also, new sheet masks are always coming and going in my routine! More, and more constant, updates on my Instagram. Examples galore:

Has anyone tried these masks? I found a bunch of these at #TJMaxx's freshly restocked skincare section (so much #Naisture, y'all… so much). I'm all about trying new things in AB, so I figured why not? They're only $5.99 for a box of 10, too! They're from a Korean company called Welcos. The ingredients lists look alright, and my oily self is especially looking forward to the volcanic ash mask this summer. There was also an aloe soothing version. Will post reviews/insta-reviews as I test these within the next few weeks! 🌱🍵🌋🍷. #TJMasks #sheetmask #sheetmasks #sheetmaskaddict #rAsianBeauty #abcommunity #bblogger #bbloggers #abbloggers #skincareblogger #blogger #beautyblogger #instablogger #skincare #asianskincare #kbeauty #korean #koreanskincare #koreanbeauty #Hawaii

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Oh mai snail. I thought @vanity.rex was only sending me some #ATrue Spring Green Tea Watery Calming Cream that didn't work for her. So I seriously procrastinated on opening her package (for like…a month…for real) because I thought, hey, I'll wait until my current creams run out. I didn't realize she'd actually sent me a freakin' care package. AHHH! These look like so much fun! 😻😄🐌🐙 And thanks for that #EileenGrace sample; I've never tried it before and am intrigued by the snail+hyaluronic acid! I so love the #abcommunity. I've never met a more fun, generous, and helpful bunch of random folks on the interwebs. It's gonna be fun to think of a thank-you package for ya, Rex. And I can't thank y'all enough for making skincare, and my physical and mental health, this skincare-taining and enlightening. #rAsianBeauty #wediditreddit

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Past Skincare Routine Updates

Do tell! How has your routine been changing through these seasons?

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