Skincare update: What worked, what didn't and new favourites

My skincare routine has changed, some products didn't work for me anymore. It has been a windy past few months in SF and my skin was in dire need of more hydration. I have also found a few new things that work with healing some breakouts caused by reaction to products, the extreme change of weather when I travelled across the globe a few months ago... twice (and the long haul flights certainly didn't help)

I want to write a quick update on the  skincare products unfortunately that didn't work for me, the ones that I still use and some exciting new favourites products.


Let me start with things that didn't work and I won't repurchase (you can read detailed review from my last post):

Missha Clear TonerMissha First Treatment Essence and SkinFood Royal Honey Propolis Essence: Ferments are beneficial to the skin (contain amino acids, organic acids and antioxidants to help hydrate and nourish the skin) but unfortunately broke me out. However I highly recommend The Skinfood Royal Propolis Honey for anyone who can tolerate ferments because this product gives that serious glow to your skin.

Products that I still keep in my routine and will continue using:

PyunkangYul Essence Toner is ever so soothing, I use this after exfoliating.

COSRX Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is a soothing and hydrating serum I usually use this at night due to the tacky texture.

Old favourites that I have tried and and now back in my routine:

Biologique Recheche P50 is the best exfoliating toner to decongest my skin. This is a pricey toner but worth the investment.

Dr Jart Liquid Ceramidin is a holy grail for me when it comes to repairing my moisture barrier. I layer this after my toner to boost hydration in my skin. I recommend this for someone with dry/sensitive skin.

New favourites that are working really well for me:

Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb is super hydrating non-greasy eye cream. Sinks in well and my concealer sits well on top.

Drunk Elephant Sukari Baby Facial lives up to the hype, my skin feels baby smooth and brighter after using this. This product really delivers the results.

Melano CC Essence is a Japanse cult product. I finished up my Drunk Elephant C-Firma and on the market for something cheaper. I did see fast results with Melano CC, my dark spots and PIE seem to lighten and heal much faster compared to C-Firma. And the best thing is, this product is very affordable.

GlamGlow Supermud mask is expensive but is an excellent clarifying mask or spot treatment. I like how easy it is the mask washes off even after 20-30mins.

Dr Jart Water Drop Moisturiser Dr. Jart is such an excellent skincare line and I am glad that this has permanently become my new day moisturiser. Very lightweight with long lasting hydration.