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Current Faves: Skin Care Products (for Acne Prone and Sensitive Skin)

August 3, 2016
The best feeling about getting old is when people thought you are younger than your real age. I like it when people (especially young millennials) would think that I am only 27 and they would be surprised to find out I am already 3x 🙂 
I feel like I got stuck at 27 years old – and that’s probably the age I am projecting. Aging with grace is the goal. I used to take for granted taking care of my skin and my body. That is weird because I tend to even buy different products for morning, evening and “going out” use.  Currently, I try to religiously follow skin care routine. Here are my recent favorite products:
Avene Cleanance Gel Cleanser 
Avene is one of my favorite skin care products because the products are light to my skin. I really love the Thermal Water Spring Spray and the Gentle Milk Cleanser. When I went to Barcelona a few months ago, I spotted Avene products in the Drug Store and they are on sale – I had to buy!
I just need a small amount of Avene Cleanance Gel Cleanser to cleanse my face. It is so light and helps me manage my breakouts.
I also bought Avene Hydrance Serum. 
Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing Toner
Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing Toner Php 849
After cleansing, I love using the Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing Toner. I haven’t really monitored if it does help minimize my pores but I love how light it feels in my skin. It feels like using water – no sting-feeling.  It does absorb excess oil and clears dead cells in my skin. My friends from P&G knows I love this product and they included one in the birthday kit that they sent me. Thank you!
Helix – D Eye Serum
helix d eye serum review philippines
Helix-D Eye Serum Php 3,980
available at SM Stores 
I started using eye cream when I was in my 20s but when life became busier, I tend to forget to apply. Now that I am in my 30s, I make sure that I apply eye cream morning and night. I recently received this Helix – D Eye Serum via bloggermail and I had to try. 
The Helix-D Eye Serum is a bit expensive but we need to invest on good skin care products. 
The packaging looks like that of special chemical/element that you see in movies that gangster would need to rule the world (and James Bond would get it to save human race!). Anyway, Helix – D Eye Serum promises to eliminate lines and wrinkles. It has super nice technology (see those blue particles?). I love that it is easy to apply, very light, fragrance-free and doesn’t irritate my eye. There are eye products that are just painful to use 🙂 
Burt’s Bees Hand Salve
Burt's Bees Hand Salve
Burt’s Bees Hand Salve Php 750
They say this is a farmer’s friend and I would like to think I am a farmer.  I really love this product and it saves my hands and skin whenever I go to cold countries where my skin gets all dry. I use this after doing really heavy hand work (like hand washing – for real!)
Marula Oil 
marula oil philippines
Marula Oil Php 2,980 
available at SM Stores
Marula Oil is my wonder oil. I mainly used this serum alone (I can forget moisturizer). It is light, quickly absorbed and doesn’t give me breakouts. I use this every night and in the morning (if I am not going out). You can read my full review of Marula Oil in this blog. 
Physiogel Daily Moisture Lotion
Physiogel Daily Moisture Lotion Php 750
available at Watson’s 
I use different types of lotion for different parts of my body :p I love using Physiogel Daily Moisture Lotion for upper body part and breast area. I love the fluid texture and how it is easily absorbed. 
Banilla Co Clean it Zero 
banilla co philippines
Banilla Co Clean it Zero Php 875
Available at Althea Korea
My favorite makeup remover is the Banilla Co Clean It Zero. It can remove even waterproof eye makeup. You just need a small amount and apply in your skin. It is like a hard thickened balm that slides smoothly to your skin and you just need to add a small amount of water to dissolve and clean your face. 
Lucas Papaw Ointment
lucas papaw ointment philippines
I got this as a gift from my friend and I super love it! This is a wonder product from Australia. I use it as a moisturizer, ointment and lip balm. It is mainly used to treat cuts, burns and itchiness. I always bring this tube in my bag wherever I go. 🙂
What about you? What are your recent favorite skin care products?
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