Back in October 2015, I had begun my skincare and haircare journey. That was when I became serious about taking care of my skin and my hair. In 14 months, I have tried out a grand total of 63 products, but not all of them were my favourites. This post is a compilation of the products that have worked the best for me. I’ve chosen one for each category (oil cleanser, moisturiser, soap, and et cetera), so read on to see what products have made this list. Quick shout out to Nancy for helping me come up with a title for this post!
Banila CO Clean It Zero oil cleanser — It took me a while to try this product, and I do admit to being sceptical of its hype, but it really does live up to it! This oil cleanser leaves my skin silky soft, and its scent is quite lovely without being so overpowering like the Nature Republic one I’ve tried. While I cannot judge on its make-up removing capability, for someone who only wears sunblock, this cleans my face nicely.
NEOGEN Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser — After the oil cleanser, I follow it up with a water-based cleanser, and this one from Neogen is amazing. I love its soothing and relaxing texture and scent, and the foam isn’t harsh on my skin at all. If anything, I can’t use any other water-based cleanser because I love this one so much!
Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off — Of the few exfoliators I’ve tried, this proves to be the most compatible for my face. This really leaves my skin feeling super soft. My skin feels so refreshed whenever I use this scrub. When I’m in a rush, I use a chemical exfoliator, but when I want something to pamper myself with, this is my go-to product.
Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner — As much as I love the Son & Park Beauty Water, I feel that this toner works the best for me. This one leaves my skin softer, and I like that it has BHA to help keep my pimples in check. I use the Beauty Water in the evening to give my skin extra cleansing, but in the morning, I use this toner. Oh, I also like the fact that this one has no crazy scents, so that’s a plus!
Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence — Although I am currently using this Missha essence, when I am done with this bottle, I am returning to the Benton one. The Snail Bee High Content Essence works better for me, and it leaves my skin feeling a lot softer. I think my face likes snail and bee goos, haha!
Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Borabit Ampoule — This is the category I don’t really use much, but of the two I’ve tried, I like this one a lot. I only use this at night because I find that if I layer on too many things, my face feels super icky. Using this at night also ensures my skin receives the full benefits of the ampoule while I sleep.
Benton Fermentation Eye Cream — Not only do I like this eye cream because of its tube application, but this cream fascinates me. It comes out super thick, but when I start applying it, it glides on my skin smoothly. Right now I use this in the morning with the Enchanted Eye Cream from Lush in the evening, but when I finish up the latter, I will stick to the Benton eye cream.
Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel and Missha Near Skin Repairing Snail Cream — I put two for the day-time moisturiser because I use them based on the season. The Benton one is perfect for the warmer months; the Missha one is better for the colder months. If my face wasn’t so oily, I’d use the Missha cream all-year long because it leaves my face smooth. However, the Benton one works for me when it’s hot, and it’s good that it has no scent.
Missha Super Aqua Ultra Nutritious Cream — I’ve only recently discovered this cream, but compared to this one by Nature Republic, this cream works really well for me. This is a richer cream, so I apply it at night. This one does have a scent, but I find it to be really pleasing. Another thing about this cream? A little goes a long way!
TonyMoly Panda’s Dream White Sleeping Pack — Seriously, of all the products on this list, this is probably my ultimate favourite. I love this sleeping pack! It absorbs quickly into my skin, and it has a wonderful soothing scent that doesn’t leave me gagging (unlike some unmentionable products). This focuses on brightening and evening out my skin tone, but I also find it to be really hydrating. Plus, the panda packaging is soooo cute! I give kudos to Shayne for influencing me to trying this.
Missha All Around Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel — For the longest time, I’d been using the pink bottle, the essence one, but I didn’t like how that left my face looking oily! Then a friend said this one didn’t leave her face oily, so I gave this a shot, and she was right! This doesn’t leave my face looking so greasy, so this sunblock goes on my awesome list!
Innisfree No-sebum Mineral Powder — Because of the greasy sunblock, I’ve been using this facial powder to make my skin matte. I may not be using this as much now that I’ve found the other sunblock, but I think I’ll still use this in the summer to help my face be less oilier. This powder has a minty scent to it, and a little goes a long way for a full coverage.
Lush Sandstone — This soap is a godsend. It’s so lemony and refreshing, and it’s great for when I need to exfoliate because this soap has real sand in them! I don’t recommend this to those who have super sensitive skin, but for those like me who don’t mind a good scrub here and there, this soap is worth the investment. Plus, unlike sugar or salt scrubs, this doesn’t leave your shower or bathtub slippery, as I’ve discovered was a major con with the oil-based scrubs.
Lush Jersey Bounce — I never thought I’d be using a shampoo with salt, but this really works well with my hair. I alternate this with my sulphate-free shampoo, but when I need to give my hair and scalp a good scrub once a week, this is the shampoo I use. This has a great lemony scent, and I love how the salt also helps exfoliate my scalp. It’s a bit pricey for a shampoo, I feel, but it’s lasting me a while since I use this weekly.
Lush Veganese — I wanted to try a silicone-free conditioner, and this is the one I adore. I use this when I use Jersey Bounce, and the two complement each other well, and using both gives my hair extra volume. I bought the small bottle of this, and it’s been lasting me quite a while.
Lush Sleepy Lotion — Honestly, I am not a body lotion type of girl, but after discovering this lotion, I think I’ve changed my mind. I swear, this lotion’s magical. It’s super moisturising and the smell relaxes me a lot. Unfortunately, this is only available around the holidays, so I better stock up on this! It’d be great if this was available all-year long.
Nature Republic Fresh Deodorant Stick in Floral — Last, but not least, I have found an aluminium-free deodorant that works for me! I’ve tried the baking soda and cornstarch concoction a couple of years ago, but this deo works a lot better than the home-made ones. It’s also nice that this has a nice, floral scent. Sorry, Lady Speed Stick, but I’m not returning to you!
What’d you think of this list? Have you tried any of these products? What are some of the best ones you’ve tried this year? Share with me in the comments!