one way to clear skin

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Every year, without fail, from when the leaves turn and until spring, my usually clear face sports a smattering of pimples. I do appreciate that I am lucky in that it isn’t full blown adult acne. But it is persistent enough to be annoying.The zits are omnipresent as if sharing some secret pact to not disappear without another taking their place.

Over time, I’ve worked out that the dry winter air is the causing factor – as in, my skin becomes dry! This bewildered me at first because I’ve never had dry skin and I drink plenty of water. But it made sense. Air conditioning, the outside air, heating . . . .

Following purchase of numerous cleansers, moisturisers and sunscreens, I now have a routine down pat which has kept my skin clear for the past two months. Don’t worry, I won’t be suggesting you drink more water. You should be doing that already!


Clarisonic Mia with the Sensitive Brush Head + Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser each morning (taking a break every 3-4 days).

The Mia was a present to myself last Christmas. I really enjoy using it. This isn’t a review so I will only say that it is great for deep cleansing. The Mario Badescu cleanser sat in my stash, neglected until I basically got a little desperate with trying to fix my skin. You only need a tiny bit.

I find my skin needs the exfoliation otherwise my pores get congested and voila, pimples appear. This cleansing method ensures both physical (Mia) and chemical (MB glycolic acid) exfoliation.

Lush Angels on Bare Skin fresh facial cleanser every 3-4 days (when taking a break from the Mia).

I adore this little tub of goodness. I had read so much about it and admittedly, when I first got it, I didn’t get the hype. But I can now tell the difference AOBS makes.

I simply pinch off a raspberry-sized chunk and squish it in my palm with fingers. I don’t add water because that makes it runny and useless. I just use wet fingers, and massage it until it turns into a paste and then rub it all over the face in small circular motions.
I get a gentle exfoliation without drying (it contains essential oils) or leaving a residue. My skin always feels super smooth and soft after use. The best bit is that my skin also feels soothed and calm. I think the plentiful lavender has something to do with it.


Kose Cosmeport Hyalocharge water has become indispensable in my routine. You may have read about it in my Moistmaker Post. 

This liquid is an excellent prep for the skin as it softens it and lets my moisturiser soak in deeper. All I need are a few drops in my palm which I pat onto the face. 

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo I think of this like a treatment/ protector for my skin. It is HG material for many bloggers which is the reason I bought it. Initially, I thought I had made a dud purchase because I couldn’t notice any change. But patience is not one of my virtues. . . . . After using LRPED for two weeks, I was so convinced by its effectiveness, I went and bought some more to have on standby in case this tube runs out!

I apply a pea-sized amount all over the face with my fingers after the hyaluron has dried. It is lightweight, has a mild pleasant fragrance and is absorbed rapidly.

Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture for Sensitive Skin – Being a combination skinned girl, I steer clear of oil-based moisturisers. There is a Combination Skin version of this moisturiser available, as is one with SPF but I found the Sensitive Skin version didn’t irritate my skin.

1-2 pumps is all I need to cover my whole face and neck.

Before you wonder where my sensibilities about sun care went, I’ll have you know, I do mix some UV milk into the Neutrogena moisturiser. I just didn’t include it in the picture as I didn’t like the one I was using at the time. I found a bottle of Biore’s UV Perfect Face Milk at my local Japanese store and have been using it for a week now and am very happy with it. It has SPF 50, no fragrance, no oil and leaves no white-cast. It is simple and clean.

I haven’t talked about my makeup removal/ cleansing methods because I don’t feel like they have changed or have any impact on the occurrence of pimples.

So there you go. That’s my present formula for keeping my skin clear. My face doesn’t feel heavy or sticky when I use these products and they don’t interfere with any makeup I may apply after.
No doubt now that it is warming up, I will be able to change my routine slightly as the weather is more forgiving to my skin.

If there is one thing I swear by and will not be changing, it is La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Duo. Love it!

What are your tips for keeping your skin clear?

one way to clear skin

6 thoughts on “one way to clear skin

    1. Yay! Glad to be of help. Do come back and let me know how you went with it. I hope it works just as great for you.
      The Effaclar range also has a foaming cleanser and a new Duo[+] which I imagine is higher potency but I haven’t tried (yet).

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  1. Boi says:

    I’ve used a simlar micro-sonic brush head to help with the cleansing, but I find that it’s too harsh. So I went to get a manual one from The Body Shop as I thought I would have more control on the pressure applied. It still hurts my face eventhough I gently sweep it in circular motions? Anyway, I’ve come across the Blue Plasma by Dr Perricone. It’s a non-acidic daily peel. Absolutely love it, for me it like a exfoliator and peel all in one. 🙂 You should try it, I can give you some of mine.

    Biore’s UV Perfect Face Milk, please tell me where I can get one. 🙂
    The Neutrogena moisturiser + SPF I’ve been using, makes my eyes red in the afternoon. As in, by 2-3pm, my eyes are tired, red and watery. It feels like the mosituriser has gradually seeped/ran into my eyes??? by 5pm, I need to wash my face. How that is possible I don’t know, but it’s not a nice feeling. I love using SPF but I need to find another alternative.


    1. Yeah, mechanical exfoliation is not for everyone and if your skin type prefers a gentler peel, you should avoid scrubs, sonic brushes and acid peels. My skin needs a little more help with cell turnover hence the aggressive regimen. Having said that, I’m not averse to trying new things. Blue Plasma sounds interesting . . . . I will give it a go.

      You can find Biore at FujiMart in Prahran, Japanese beauty product stores in the city/Chinatown and on Sasa.

      That’s weird that the moisturiser irritates your eyes. How is it getting in there??? Might be best to keep it away from the eyes or discontinue use 😦


    1. Mmm difficult to say V. I haven’t tried other sonic brushes so I can’t compare. But it is certainly better than manual exfoliation. The two things I have noticed since using it are my skin doesn’t get as greasy during the day and my moisturiser seeps in better.

      I did have my eye on the Foreo but because (1) I am not completely sure how the ‘nubs’ would be as effective, and (2) It wasn’t easily available here in Australia and (3) I was acting on impulse, I ended up with the Mia 2 🙂

      For what it’s worth, I am glad I got the Clarisonic. The replacement heads are a pain in the ass and wallet to buy though.
      Hope that helps 🙂


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