What’s your Skincare Regimen?

Dry skin. Blemishes. Age spots. Wrinkles. Growing old. Stuff that nibbles at the edge of my consciousness. Is it vanity? Perhaps. “It’s something that I can’t stop,” I uttered with a sigh. Wheels of time will continue turning and it truly is something that’s not within my power to control. Yea, I will age, shrivel up, and die. That’s how things work.

It used to be that I worried about my dark skin not being fair enough to be called pretty. I was anxious about the scars from childhood left on my skin; or that my feet are too awkward and ghastly for sandals. Now, most apprehensions surface whenever I look at my reflection and are focused on the tired-looking eyes, deeper lines — yes, I can see that I am growing older each day. Rightly so since that’s how things work.

As much as I appreciate that people I encounter would claim that I look like I’m in my mid-20s, I simply thank them and laugh it off. I really won’t exert any effort to hide the truth. I don’t see the logic why I should that’s why I would simply tell them to take better care of their skin if they wish to their skin to look healthier and stop finding ways to “look young.” Know the difference. So, should we trust anti-aging products? I reckon one should be sensible about it. Aging isn’t really a disease you should cure. Instead of going against aging, we should view it as aging gracefully.

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What is your skincare regimen? Oddly, folks would go out of their way to ask me this question. Never mind pleasantries, just this brazen encroachment of my personal space, and that thick air of expectation that I should disclose these things freely. Oh, what manner of creature is this?

Yielding to good nature, I shared that I’ve been an OLAY user for a few years now. It used to be a lot of skincare products from the Regenerist line, such as:

OLAY Regenerist Regenerating Serum (Micro-Sculpting Serum)
Olay Regenerist Regenerating Cream (Perfecting Cream)
OLAY Regenerist Eye-Lifting Serum

But, now, I’m using more of them from the Total Effects line.

OLAY Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Ageing Serum
OLAY Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Ageing Cream
OLAY Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Ageing Night Cream
OLAY Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Ageing Eye Cream
OLAY Total Effects Advanced Daily Moisturiser with Cooling Essence

Reason for the switch? More economical that way since I noticed that either can do the job fine. Age doesn’t really matter.

In addition, I also use the Tea Tree Oil line from The Body Shop. They play a big part in my nightly skincare regimen.

Tea Tree Oil, The Body Shop - Skincare, Toner, Cover Stick, Exfoliating Face Wash, Anti-blemish, cream | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style, Lifestyle

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner
Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash
Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion
Tea Tree Blemish Gel
(included in the photo is the Tea Tree Concealer)

Blemish — what blemish? I’m one of those folks who don’t get them frequently but, that’s the thing, I still do. This reminded me of the conversation with a colleague — when the subject of vanity skincare came up, in essence, why cure when you can prevent? Choose to be fussy about it now than regret not doing so later on. Remember: Murphy’s Law. You can’t help it, that’s just how things work.

Brings me back to the source of my distress, although vanity pushes me to maintain a certain regimen, I know the water runs deeper. It is when you’ve come to realise that you’re looking at certain hints mnemonically sequential telling you that you’re running out of time, reminding you of your own delicate corporeality. Make the most of what you have, after all, that’s just how things work.

Now, what’s your skincare regimen?

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  1. Happy with Garnier for cleansing and toning and i love the Truly Matte Pore Minimizing Serum from Clarins! :)

  2. Does the tea tree blemish gel work? I’m having acne problems right now :-(

    • Daphne: Good to know! Thanks for sharing :)

      Frances: Relatively. I haven’t used it on a grave blemish issues. Sorry to hear about your acne problems. Maybe it’s worth a try? Let me know if it works out for you.


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