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Sarah's Skincare2019.02.28


Sarah's Skincare

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Dear readers,
 
How’re you doing? I hope everything is okay for you! Recently I’ve heard from a lot of students that they’re very busy. When you’re busy, it’s important to remember to eat delicious food to keep your spirits up! After a long day, have a really good, nutritious meal.
 
Today I’ve chosen quite a girly topic to write about, I want to talk to you about skincare! Actually this is one of my hobbies, and since moving across the world to East Asia I’ve discovered a lot of amazing techniques and products to use. Skincare is also a nice way to relax and feel pampered after working hard, so it’s great for busy times.
 
Before I came to Japan to study abroad, I didn’t really take care of my skin. I used moisturiser, but that’s pretty much it! Then, half way through the year, I was hit with the reality of dry Japanese winter! In the UK, the air outside is rarely dry, and we don’t use air conditioners. As such, external conditions don’t pose a big problem to people’s skin. But in Japan, I was forced to react, because my skin was in such a bad condition! I consulted my friend about it, and she told me that its important for your skin to cleanse properly, use lotions and moisturisers, and use masks on occasion especially in dry conditions. After that, I started searching.
 
I was quite overwhelmed with the number of skincare products in Japan, and a lot of new terms like ‘toner’, ‘essence’ and ‘lotion’ that I’d never heard of before. I was also perplexed by some of the properties of the products. In the UK, a lot of moisturisers contain tan, and make your skin darker. But in Japan, it was the opposite! So many products make your skin lighter and brighter. Additionally, I found out that different types of product are suited to different types of skin (dry skin, combination skin, and oily skin). I settled on a few products suited to combination skin (my type) and started using them as part of a skincare routine every day. I also used some Japanese facemasks like the Lululun range regularly. My skin got so much better after that!
 
That same year while studying at university, I went to visit Korea for a long weekend. When I went to Korea a whole new world of skincare opened up for me! Skincare is a ridiculously large industry there, and the products are really cheap but high quality. Me and my friend bought so many products to try and had a great time in the hotel at night using different creams and masks!
 
To this day, I use a lot of Korean and Japanese products. After a few years of trying different things, I’m now very knowledgeable about skincare! Here’s my current routine:
 
At night, I take off my makeup using a simple Biore makeup wipe. After that, I wash my face using a face brush and Perfect Whip! I love perfect whip because it’s so cheap but the quality is decent and it’s kind to your skin and leaves you with a nice complexion. I use the 'collagen in' version. Once my skin is cleaned, I use SKII lotion and then essence. I heard SKII is one of the best brands in all of Asia, and helps you fight the aging process well! Since my European skin is more prone to wrinkling than Japanese people’s skin, this is important! After SKII, I use an interesting product by the brand The Ordinary (which I think is from Canada). It contains niacinamide and zinc which help keep spots away. Finally, I moisturise! For moisturising, in the winter I use the very thick Etude House deep collagen cream which helps my skin beat the dry air. I often use Etude House sheet masks too – it’s convenient, as even though it’s a Korean brand they have several stores in Tokyo.
 
In the morning, I cleanse again and use SKII again. But it’s inappropriate to use a really thick cream under makeup, so I use a really nice light gel with soy, which is nourishing for the skin. It's called Namerakahonpo extra moist gel.
 
Some people (like my mum!) say that all of this takes too much time. But if you enjoy doing it as your hobby, then that’s no problem! I feel really nice when I take care of my skin, and it helps me relax. Moreover, of course, it gives you good results – moist, bright skin instead of dry, irritated skin!
 
If you have any items you use that you’d like to recommend, please tell me! I’d love to get more skincare advice! Similarly, if you’re interested in what I use, I’d love to chat about it any time.
 
Thank you for reading as always!
Stay moisturised!
 
Sarah
 

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