Trending Beauty: Skincare

Like many of my approaching-thirty-millennial-peers during Covid quarantine, beauty has become synonymous with skincare. Deep into the science of aging skin and skincare products, these are the trending products that I'm using! Yes it takes five-ever to complete my morning & night routines, but what else do I have to do??

Skin Type

The first step to taking care of your skin is apparently knowing your skin type--mine is oily, acne prone. I cursed myself at a young age by saying that I was aiming to "not have acne" by the time I was 30.

The Double-Cleanse

Morning and night, I'm washing my face twice. For me, the oil cleanser serves to dislodge debris from my pores, and the exfoliating (whether chemical or physical) cleanser removes any oily residue left by the oil cleanser. I've been using the DHC Olive Oil-based cleanser and the Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel in the morning and swapping out the cleansing gel for the Tatcha Deep Cleanse Exfoliating Cleanser at night.


Toner is a product I use after cleansing for acne treatment or hydration depending on the time of day. In the mornings I use the Ole Henrikson Balance Force Oil Control toner and in the evenings I use the Purito Centalla Unscented toner. My morning routine focuses on Alpha Hydroxy Acids provided by the exfoliating cleanser and the Ole Henrikson toner, while my evening routine focuses on an alternating Beta Hydroxy Acid or Retinol so I use the the Purito toner hydrating buffer to preface the BHA/retinol products.


For this sebum production controlling treatment step I use the Paula's Choice 20% Niacinamide treatment. Since using Niacinamide products, I've found that my forehead is much less oily and I have far fewer white heads (ew).

Chemical Exfoliant OR Retinol

This step is part of my night-time routine only. I alternate between the Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid Exfoliant and the Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum. I find that using these products has really helped reduce the redness and inflamation on my cheeks.

Serum, Ampoule

At this point of the skincare routine I shift from acne treatment to hydration. I've been using sheet masks instead of a bottled serum/essence for this step. In general I have found that the masks with a volume around 30mL of product last through a morning and night routine. I use the mask for 15 minutes and save the remaining product for my next routine. I've been regularly re-ordering the Abib Gummy sheet masks (more viscous, hydrating) and the Etude House Soonjung (more liquidy, soothing) masks.


This step is part of my morning routine only. I've been using a chemical sunscreen, the Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA ++++.


Last step is locking it all in with moisturizer. In the mornings I've been using the Ole Henrikson C-Rush Vitamin C Gel moisturizer and at night I use the Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme oil free moisturizer. My morning moisturizer is OK, it's a cult favorite. However my evening moisturizer is my tried and true. I've been using this legacy beauty brand product for about 5 years now, and it never fails to repair my hyper-pigmentation.