My Skincare Routine Part 2 – Minimizing pores and congestion

September 7, 2011

If Part 1 of my skincare routine is all about keeping my skin soft and hydrated, then part 2 is all for a smooth and congestion free complexion. Congestion is probably  my biggest skin concern – I have been battling with it  (mainly the nose area and some pores on the cheeks and chin)  for years! I used to go for facials (for extractions) at least once a month – although it really helped to keep the pores clear, it was just a temporary fix as my pores would be blocked again within weeks. I also noticed that my pores were enlarged over time. For years I have been seeking every possible way to keep my skin congestion free as well as have my pores minimized. This is the routine I have been following and I have noticed a significant improvement in my skin.

The best thing I have ever done for my skin was to stop using the products that are designed for oily skin. I had oily skin so I was told to use the oil controlling products at every cosmetics counter I visited.  These products were so harsh to my skin that they completely stripped the natural oil, and as a result my skin became even more oily. The day I switched from these products, my skin completely went back to normal – I didn’t have to blot my face throughout the day anymore!

Other than taking care of my skin in the right way on a daily basis, these are the products I use probably once a week to keep my complexion smooth, radiant as well as helping the prevention of  blackheads and whiteheads from occurring.

EXFOLIATORS – twice a week

I am quite addicted to using exfoliators as I love the smooth feel of the my skin afterwards. I am currently using the Cosmedicine Self Adjusting Exfoliator – my all time favorite..sad that this brand has been discontinued…Glad that I have recently found Elemis Skin Buff which is just as good, love the extra fine granules. The Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-texturizing Micro Dermabrasion is not a bad product, but I find it doesn’t make the skin as smooth as the other two exfoliators.

PEELS – once every 2 weeks

My recent obsession. Peels keep my skin staying radiant and fresh for days. I have already reviewed the Philosophy Microdelivery Peel, it does what it claims to but I was on a hunt for a better product. Absolutely love my recent purchase of the Decleor Experience De L’Age Resurfacing Gel-peeling –  it is easier to use and it makes my skin silky smooth and luminous for days.

DEEP CLEANSING MASK – once or twice a week

At the moment I am using REN Multi-Mineral Pore Minimising Detox Mask. It is a gentle deep cleansing mask designed to reduce the pore size, combat blackheads and leave the skin decongested. It comes in a soft clay texture and it can be removed by rubbing it off with fingertips.

AHA and BHA – I use it whenever I see blackheads/whiteheads forming

I don’t have congested skin on my cheeks and chins anymore. But when everything else fails to keep the pores clear on my nose, I like to apply AHA and BHA on the affected area. I used to use Neo Strata AHA 15 in conjunction with Paula’s Choice 2% BHA – they work great but might be irritating for sensitive skin. The Avene Cleanance K with AHA and BHA is a more gentle version and can be used daily to help eliminate blackheads and other blemishes.


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astrorainfall @ beauty box September 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Love your skincare series…Always curious to know what is working for others. My biggest concern for my skin is congestion too! Will try to get some of the products you mentioned in this post…


Reika September 8, 2011 at 1:10 am

Glad you like it 🙂


Eileen September 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Does the Cleanance K really work for you? I had used up a tube but find no significant difference and it was quite disappointing because everyone raved about it. Is PC or Neostrata a better choice in your opinion?


Jamilla September 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I’m with you on the glycolics – they’re the best for decongesting pores!


Georgina September 8, 2011 at 2:57 am

Wow, look at all those bottles of skin pampering goods! I love reading about fellow bloggers’ skin care routines. I’m glad you finally found the regimen that works for your skin type. <3


onlyfr33b33 September 8, 2011 at 4:34 am

WOW! I have issues with congestion too…but Clarisonic and Ole Henricksen night gel is awesome.


LibertyRose October 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

This is a really thorough (and greatly enjoyable) series. I’ve never tried anything cosmeceutical, but this post inspired me to look for an AHA + BHA cleanser. Should’ve paid more attention to congestion issues, ugh. I was about to get the Avene, but the SA actually down-sold me and directed me to the much more affordable Hada Labo. Is this line on your radar? Seems like it would be of your interest. 🙂 It’s an open-shelf/drugstore brand though.


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