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The calendar summer is coming to an end, which can’t be said about our real summer. But it’s time to gather products to fight pigmentation. For this purpose, I will go over my last winter and my experiences in that matter. So, winter came and brought with her the cold and the heating units. The main problem became overdried combination skin, suffering from dehydration. After 4 months of symbiosis with certain products, I had to completely re-think my multistep skin care.
I had to give up almost all of my summer favorites. Winter got added to my usual problems. As a reminder, I have sensitive, combination, prone to oily t-zone skin with occasional breakouts. I have slight pigmentation. I used to, before summer regimen, have blackheads. And winter is the perfect time to attack pigmentation! So, what we have: very low hydration and pigmentation. What we got rid of during summer and fall: breakouts and blackheads.
Aqua, Lauric Acid, Methylglucamine, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Olivoyl Pca, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Egg Shell Membrane Extract, Trehalose, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Citric Acid, Hydroxypopyl Methylcullulose, Allantoin, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharium Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Gypsophila Paniculata Root Extract, Dmdmhydantoin, Disodium Edta, Fragrance.
Rght after cleansing, I apply a vitamin C starter, which I use as a toner. I chose a heavily PR’ed starter by Holika Holika 3 Second Starter Vita Complex with vitamin C, niacine and portolac extract. It improves blood circulation, enriches the skin with vitamins and reduces pigmentation. Suitable for normal, dry, combination and sensitive skin.
Water, Ethanol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, PEG-240/HDI Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Carbomer, Methylparaben, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Trehalose, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.
The next stop of my routine is a vitamin C serum OST C20 Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum. It’s a serum with 20% vitamin C in the form of L-Ascorbic acid. To me personally, this step is important because the serum completes the effects of my miraculous cream. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and combats age-related changes, provides a light surface exfoliation and stimulates collagen synthesis, strengthens capillary walls and evens out skin tone, and also works as an anti-inflammatory while increasing skin’s defenses against the UV. It’s best when used before bed, because it works better on the skin at night, but this is winter care and in the evening I have certain additions. Keep reading, and you will understand everything for yourself. The main thing is – it works.
Water, Ascorbic Acid, Alcohol, Sodium Lactate, Butylene Glycol, Glucose, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Xanthan Gum, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Glycerin, Zinc PCA, Panthenol, Niacinamide, t-Butyl Alcohol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Beta-Glucan, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ubiquinone, Diisopropyl Adipate
An important step before face cream is eye cream. I have It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VC Eye Cream. With vitamin C, green tea and polyglutamic acid. A very big, economical package. Has light, gel texture, white color, smells like mandarins. Lightens eyelid skin color, lessens dark circles by strengthening small capillaries due to the green tea in the ingredients. Suitable for all skin types.
WATER, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, IRIS VERSICOLOR EXTRACT, LITCHI CHINENSIS FRUIT EXTRACT, HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE,DIMETHICONE, GLYCERIN, PEG-20 METHYL GLUCOSE SESQUISTEARATE, METHYL GLUCOSE SESQUISTEARATE, POLYACRYLATE-13, CETYL ALCOHOL, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, POLYGLUTAMIC ACID, SEA WATER, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, POLYISOBUTENE, STEARIC ACID, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, XANTHAN GUM, PORPHYRA YEZOENSIS EXTRACT, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, POLYSORBATE 20, FRAGRANCE, ASCORBYL TETRAISOPALMITATE, DISODIUM EDTA
Then, I follow with my favorite niacinamide and snail filtrate cream Mizon Snail Repair Perfect Cream. I’ve heard about the necessity of this cream as the last step of brown snail line many times, but was afraid of its nourishing structure and breakouts. And too bad! It’s super! Now, it’s my winter favorite. Actually, at the time of writing this article, I have finished 3 jars of this cream (using it intermittently) and even used it in the summer. It works wonderfully with the first phase of my makeup routine, which I will describe below. Absorbs quickly and doesn’t make my skin greasy. Be careful, it might not work for people who react to mineral oils. Although I’ve read results of many studies that mineral oils do not oxidize and shouldn’t be comedogenic, do not cause allergic reactions, even though they have been heavily criticized lately, but that’s likely mostly when it comes to using them in foods. To buy or not to buy is always your personal choice. Suitable for normal, dry, oily, troubled, combination and sensitive skin.
SNAIL SECRETION FILTRATE, AQUA, MINERAL OIL, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, NIACINAMIDE, 1,2- HEXANEDIOL, METHYL GLUCOSE SESQUISTEARATE, LACTOBACILLUS/ SOYBEAN FERMENT EXTRACT, SALIX ALBA (WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT, CINNAMOMUM CASSIA BARK EXTRACT, ORIGANUM VULGARE LEAF EXTRACT, CHAMAECYPARIS OBTUSA LEAF EXTRACT, ILLICIUM VERUM (ANISE) FRUIT EXTRACT, DIOSCOREA JAPONICA ROOT EXTRACT, BETA-GLUCAN, HYDROLYZED CORN STARCH, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM CHONDROITIN SULFATE, SUCROSE, POLYACRYLATE-13, POLYISOBUTENE, POLYSORBATE 20, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, SORBITAN STEARATE, STEARIC ACID, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CHLORPHENESIN, SODIUM HYALURONATE, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, PEG-90M, FRAGRANCE
Then, I always use a gel sunscreen Missha gel sun block 35 spf. This sunscreen goes great with this particular skincare set. In the summer, I used a different one and used this one for the body. It’s huge plus is the huge bottle, and the product itself doesn’t make the skin white at all – it’s clear.
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Alcohol Denat., Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Behenyl Alcohol, Silica, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance(Parfum), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Myristyl Myristate, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sprout Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth-12, Rosa Davurica Bud Extract, Juniperus Communis Sprout Extract, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Limonia Acidissima Extract.
Aside from mattifying, extra hydration is important to me. For both of these needs, I chose Missha Cho Bo Yang Oriental Herb Gold Care BB Cream 21. The cream has a high spf of 30. You might be asking why I use extra sun protection under the cream. First of all, korean women do the same, and I am a fan of Korean multi-step system. Second of all, it works! Yes, I have compared using sunscreen under bb cream and not using it, and using it is much more effective, trust me. This bb cream rejuvenates and lightens the skin. It contains red ginseng, snow lotus flowers, reishi mushrooms, asparagus root and a multitude of other plant extracts. Based on the description, it is suitable for normal skin. It matches my combination skin well. The recommended age is 35 plus, although I have been using it since I was much younger.
Water, Titanium Dioxide, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Arbutin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Stearate, Talc, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Diisostearyl Malate, Iron Oxides, Tocopheryl Acetate, Beeswax, Iron Oxides, Iron Oxides, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Fragrance, 1,2-Hexanediol, Alcohol, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Silica, Sodium Hyaluronate, Gold,Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract, Asparagus Lucidus Root Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Bletilla Striata Root Extract, Bacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Velvet Extract, Leonurus Sibiricus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Poria cocos extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Lycium Chinense Root Extract, Cynanchum Wilfordii Root Extract, Asparagus Cochinchinensis Root Extract
My evening routine starts with a cleansing oil, which is necessary to fully dissolve the bb cream and to partially dissolve sebum in the pores. I use Missha M Perfect BB Deep Cleansing Oil (105ml). My choice wasn’t by accident. Missha brand is famous for its bb creams, and I have several of them. I also love them tenderly and use them in my daily care. The oil removes any of my makeup excellently and also aids in the fight against blackheads. It has antiseptic and anti inflammatory effect on the skin thanks to tea tree oil. Contains seaweed and asparagus extracts, which soften the skin. Suitable for normal, oily, combination and problem skin.
Isopropyl Myristate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Mineral Oil,PEG-8 Isostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Husk Oil, Alcohol Denat, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil,Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Jojoba Esters, Asparagus Lucidus Root Extract, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance
Then, I use the aforementioned mousse.
After that, I massage my clean face with a konjac sponge from Missha. It cleanses and polishes the skin without traumatizing it. I was surprised how much this procedure could improve the quality of my skin in just one week. This stage doesn’t last long and gives me joy. It promotes circulation, which is also important. You can do this step while taking a shower. The main point is to do it on a face cleansed from makeup and impurities.
After cleansing, I use a whitening, vein-strengthening Japanese mask that comes in a 30 pack Kose Clear Turn Face Mask 30 sheets in 1 Box, which can be used daily. This mask surprised me by its effectiveness. I can forgive everything: it’s uncomfortable shape, wrinkled material, bad contact with skin and saturation that’s too liquid. Only 20 mins a day and the results are amazing.
Active Ingredient) Tranexamic Acid (Other Ingredients) Purified Water, 1.3-Butanediol, L-Theanine, Mixed Solution of Glycosyl Trehalose and Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Seaweed Extract (1), Disodium Edetate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Dihydrogen Phosphate, Water, Concentrated rine, Methylparaben
Afterwards, I use a cleansing toner Mizon AHA and BHA Daily Clean Toner with acids. It improves circulation, provides a light peeling, which controls the functions of oil glands and reduces pigmentation. Suitable for normal, oily, combination, and troubled skin.
AQUA, GLYCERIN, SODIUM LACTATE, ALCOHOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCOLIC ACID, LACTIC ACID, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, PORTULACA OLERACEA EXTRACT, CARICA PAPAYA (PAPAYA) FRUIT EXTRACT, ARNICA MONTANA FLOWER EXTRACT, ARTEMISIA ABSINTHIUM EXTRACT, ACHILLEA MILLEFOLIUM EXTRACT, GENTIANA LUTEA ROOT EXTRACT, SALICYLIC ACID, DISODIUM
Over the toner, I use a serum from the same line Mizon AHA 8% Peeling Serum. Just like the toner, it has a light peeling effect on the dead skin cells. Improves regeneration, rejuvenates and lightens the skin. I let it do its thing for about 40 minutes, the apply cream. Suitable for normal, oily, combination, and troubled skin.
AQUA, GLYCOLIC ACID, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM LACTATE, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, PANTHENOL, ALLANTOIN, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, PORTULACA OLERACEA EXTRACT, CARICA PAPAYA (PAPAYA) FRUIT EXTRACT, ARNICA MONTANA FLOWER EXTRACT, ARTEMISIA ABSINTHIUM EXTRACT, ACHILLEA MILLEFOLIUM EXTRACT, GENTIANA LUTEA ROOT EXTRACT, ALCOHOL, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, DISODIUM EDTA, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, FRAGRANCE
Forty minutes after the peeling serum, I apply the aforementioned vitamin C eye cream. And I apply the mizon perfect cream I talked about above to the face.
Twice a week I do an intensive face cleansing and twice a week – intensive hydration. Because it is an important part of my fight against pigmentation, I will describe these steps here.
On those days when I do intensive cleansing (for example, Tuesday and Saturday), I start with the usual cleansing products from my daily routine. And after cleansing oil and mizon egg foam, I apply an oxygen peeling gel Missha Super Aqua Oxygen Micro Essence Peeling. For 15 minutes, the peel bubbles on my face and neck, then I carefully roll it off with my fingers and wash it off with water. It’s the most gentle peeling out of all the ones I have tried, which is very important when using other treatments, otherwise you could burn your skin. Contains hyaluronic acid, pineapple extract and cellulose, which provide moisturizing and cleansing at the same time, leading to lightening and rejuvenation of the skin, due to the accelerated regeneration.
Water, Glycerin,PEG-8, Ethanol, Ethyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Butylene Glycol, Ethyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Arginine, Trehalose, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cellulose, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract.
After the peeling, once a week, I cleanse the nose area with Ciracle Blackhead Off Sheet. I don’t use them according to the official instructions, but a way that a blogger recommended. I apply them for 15 minutes, covered with plastic food wrap to avoid quick drying. Then I wash off the remaining product.
Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Extract, Arctium Majus Root Extract, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Soapwort Extract, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ascorbic Acid, Fragrance
Then I use the Japanese whitening sheet mask by Kose. After the mask, I use the mizon toner and serum. After 40 minutes, instead of cream, I use whitening pineapple mask SKINFOOD Freshmade Pineapple Mask with pha acids. It’s a night mask, which is applied at minimum 2 hours before bed. It whitens the skin very well thanks to the fruit acids. My recommendation is to keep this mask in the fridge. It’s basically an acid peel with delayed effect.
Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hizikia Fusiforme Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract (0.2ppm), Cucumis Melo Fruit Extract, Mangifera Indica Fruit Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon Fruit Extract, Lactobionic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Gaultheria Procumbens Leaf Extract, Diisostearyl Malate, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Carbomer, Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat, Cyclopenasiloxane, Tromethamine, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Xantham Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Oleate, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Malic Acid, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Pyruvic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Benzophenone-5, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1, 2-Hexanediol, CI 19140, Fragrance
Sometimes I replace the pineapple mask step with OST Vitamin Sleep 9 to 5 Crema Sleeping Cream 50ml with high content of vitamin C. It can appear too heavy, but it’s not so; the main thing is to use it at least an hour before bed, like any other sleeping pack. And I get to use it only a couple of times a week.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Arbutin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cyclomethicone, Beta-Glucan, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Extract, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Fragrance
The next day (for example, Wednesday and Sunday) after such deep cleansing and the pineapple mask or vitamin C cream, the skin needs extra hydration. After the basic skin care, 40 minutes after mizon serum, I apply an overnight mask Tony Moly Pure Farm Pig Collagen Sleeping Pack. It’s my favorite when it comes to overnight hydrating masks. It hydrates and smoothes the skin. It’s the only thing that eliminates the wrinkle between my eyebrows by morning.
Water Dipropylene Glycol Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride PEG-240/HDI Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether Glyceryl Stearate PEG-100 Stearate Glycerin Hydrolyzed collagen Water Butylene Glycol Ethyl Hexanediol 1,2- Hexanediol Macadamia Terni folia Seed oil Cetearyl Alcohol Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter Trehalose Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water Melaleuca Alterni folia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water Chamaecyparis obtusa Water Water 1.2 Hexanediol Caprylyl Glycol Niacinamide calcium Pantothenate Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate Tocopheryl Acetate Maltodextrin Sodium Starch octenylsuccinate Silica Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract Primula Veris Extract Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract Veronica officinalis Extract Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract Achillea Millefolium Extract Glycerin Water Glycereth 26 Betain Adenosine Panthenol sodium Hyaluronate Sorbitan Sesquioleate Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract Dextrin Dimethicone Disodium EDTA Allantoin Eth phenoxyethanol Fragrance
After 3 months of this type of care, my skin became visibly lighter, freckles became barely visible. The pigmentation is weakening and retreating. Bb cream became a bit too dark for me.
Thank you for reading. Stay beautiful and loved!