Now that you know your skin type and the basic order to follow when building your skincare routine, it’s only right that we recommend some result-driven skincare products which you can incorporate into your routine. These skincare recommendations are based on the product claims, ingredient list, research, trials, and reviews. Some of them have been tested by me; some I have recommended to people of different skin types, and have yielded positive results.
Please note that this is a sample routine for basic skin maintenance. A guide, especially for beginners who are just starting out and are clueless on what products to purchase. If you have serious skin conditions such as eczema, moderate to severe acne, please consult with a proffessional. Preferably your dermatologist or esthetician. Feel free to do your own research before trying out these products, and share your Holy Grail skincare products with us in the comments. All products mentioned can be ordered/pre-ordered from EVE Beautique.
Normal Balanced Skin
The kind of skin we all wish we had! The focus of your routine should be centered on preventive skincare products that keep the skin nourished, blemish–free, strengthen the skin from inside out, and protect it from environmental damage.
*Please Note: comma (,) indicates ‘or’
Cleanse: COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, MISSHA Super Aqua Ultra Hyalon Foaming Cleanser
Tone: KLAIRS Supple Preparation Toner, COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
Exfoliate: The Ordinary Glycolic acid 7% Toning Solution (Holy Grail!), The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA, Krave Beauty Kale-lalu-YAHA (5.25% glycolic acid + other yummy antioxidants)
Treat: TONY MOLY The Black Tea London Classic Serum (antioxidant), Radha Beauty Vitamin C serum (or any other trusted Vitamin C serum), Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Lotion (hydration)
Nourish (Moisturize): The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors, ETUDE HOUSE Moistfull Collagen Cream, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream, MISSHA Near Skin Total Ceramide Cream
Protect (Sunscreen): Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion SPF 30/SPF 50, Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++, Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen SPF 50
Dry skin types have a compromised moisture barrier and are usually tight, may be flaky. Moisturizers should be your best friend! Skincare products that prevent loss of moisture from the skin surface should be the go-to for dry skin. Gentle exfoliation with AHAs would also shed dry, flaky dead skin cells away and allow hydrating products perform better. Look for products with essential fatty acids and ceramides, as they mimic your skin’s natural moisturizing factors and help to repair moisture barrier. Avoid ingredients like alcohol denat. that could further dry out the skin.
Cleanse: MISSHA Super Aqua Ultra Hyalon Foaming Cleanser, Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser
Toner: KLAIRS Supple Preparation Toner
Exfoliate: The Ordinary Lactic acid 10% + HA, Isntree 8% AHA essence
Treat: Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief, COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence
Nourish: MISSHA Near Skin Total Ceramide Cream, ETUDE HOUSE Moistfull Collagen Cream, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-cream Extra-Dry Skin, COSRX PHA Moisture Renewal Power Cream
Protect: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion SPF 30/SPF 50, Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen SPF 50
The slick and shiny one!The goal for oily skin is to reduce/control excess oil production, sebum, decongest the pores, and prevent breakouts. Look for ingredients like salicylic acid and niacinamide. Avoid harsh and excessively drying products like cleansers that make your skin feel squeaky clean, as your skin can get oilier while trying to compensate for dehydration. Rather, opt for oil-free, gel, lightweight hydrating formulas. Humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid will do your skin some good as they’ll help retain moisture.
Cleanse: COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser
Tone: COSRX Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner, Etude House SoonJung pH 5.5 Relief Toner, Benton Aloe BHA Toner, COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
Exfoliate: COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid, The Ordinary Glycolic acid 7% Toning Solution, SOMEBYMI AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner
Treat: ORIGINS Spot Remover Anti-Blemish Treatment, The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% (tackles pimples & hyperpigmentation. Holy Grail!), The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (sebum regulation), Neutrogena On-the-spot Acne treatment (for acne)
Nourish: The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane or Hemi-squalane, THE FACE SHOP Dr. Belmeur Clarifying Moisturizer
Protect: Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++
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Hello, skin type! Combination skin type is all of the above; dry/normal here, oily there. The goal is to balance out the skin. The struggle gets real here as you have to find products that are kinda 2-in-1 (i.e. lightly moisturize the dry parts of the face without getting the T-zone any oilier). Don’t fret! with the right products, this is achievable. Liquid and gel formulas should be your go-to.
Cleanse: COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
Tone: COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner,
Exfoliate: The Ordinary Glycolic acid 7% Toning Solution, The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA, Paula’s CHoice 2% BHA Perfecting Liquid, COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid , SOMEBYMI AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner
Treat: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% , TIAM Vita B3 source (contains 10% niacinamide + 2% alpha arbutin), Radha Beauty Vitamin C Serum (or any other trusted Vitamin C serum), Hada Labo Gojukyun Premium Lotion (hydration)
Nourish: The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
Protect: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion SPFSPF 50, Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++, Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen SPF 50
All products mentioned are available to pre-order at Eve Beautique
Great! Thanks for sharing. Thankful for my normal skin