My skincare routine reviews: SK-II – Do you have dry, sensitive skin?

If you have super dry and sensitive skin like me I guess your choices of skincare products are much more narrower and tougher!

My skin is dry to the point that in winter, when it gets to midday, my skin will start peeling no matter how much moisturiser I apply in the morning. Situation is worse since I work all day in an air-con environment T__T

Not to mention my poor skin is also allergic to any nice smell/ fragrance :(((

The first line of skincare I tried was Shiseido, when I was 18-19 y/o. My skin started to turn very red, hot, and itchy after applying it on my face. So since then I never dare to try it again…may be it’s not made for me :(

I then tried Clinique Superdefense SPF25+. It was alright, did not irritate me but the moist only last me for a few hours. I used to use it when I was travelling to Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, etc. places where humidity is high enough to maintain my skin

Now that I don’t travel to those countries often anymore, and spending most of my time here sure has made my skin drier than even, even in hot summer days. I tried Hydrationist by Estee Lauder (blue) and Day cream (green). They worked great. However recently I heard from the beauty advisor in Japan that Estee Lauder has changed their formula and some of their stuff are even made in China, making it not as great as previously. And I can tell exactly when I used them. Hydrationist is not that moisturising anymore (and this is their only high moisturising line for dry, sensitive skin) and their eye cream is getting terrible :-S…So I decided to go on a quest to find the right cream for my face!

I gave Shu Uemura a try…but it irritates my skin so badly…I guess it’s because the Depsea line has nice fragrance in it *sad face*

So finally I found my HG products! I used to think SK II is for more matured women but the advisor told me NO! :))) I gave it a try and OMG I fell in love! The texture, the feel, the quality, the results…they’re all sooooo different to what I tried before!

MY CURRENT SKINCARE ROUTINE!

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Facial Treatment Essence

The introduction of the SKII Facial Treatment Essence caught my attention – They claimed that this essence was derived from their observation, of women working in sake (jap alcohol) factory, with their hand being so nice, white, no sign of ageing as compared to their face. They then used that substance to put in the essence so that women can have their facial skin just like these ladies’ hands.

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At first this product irritated me just a little bit. But after 2nd – 3rd use it was all fine. Felt very light like a toner, with nearly no smell (or light/ not-so-pleasant smell).
How to apply? After washing my face, I tone it and then drop a few drops of this into my palms, rub gently between 2 hands to warm it up and then lightly tap on my face

Result? This has visibly brightened my complexion. My mum asked if I used any whitening products, because after 1 week of using, when I stand next to my sister my skin appears to be fairer and brighter ^____^ was happy to hear that!

Stempower

My initial intention was to buy the new Stempower Rich, because it’s so much thicker and more moisturising for my skin. But it’s not in the special Xmas set so ah well, I’ll get it next time when I’m out of this Stempower :)

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How to use? After applying the Essence I normally wait 1-2mins for the goo product to absorb into the skin, then I apply the Stempower. For very dry skin days, I apply the Emulsion first and then this Stempower.

Result? I love the light, non-fragrant texture, and how it effectively cools your face down (my face often gets really hot and red)! Your skin doesn’t get sticky, and doesn’t feel heavy afterwards, but also it doesn’t feel like the product has evaporated somewhere! But I would still prefer the Rich Stempower for my dry skin. This is good enough since it is now summer in Australia :)

Facial Lift Emulsion

Since my skin is too dry the advisor chick told me that applying this emulsion first before the Stempower could help. It certainly did provide me more hydration.

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Result? This sure has increased the hydration to my skin. However applying this together with Stempower irritates my skin a bit. Some sensitive spots on my face got red and stings abit…Not sure if this combo is the best for me :-S
But for people with Normal-Oily Combination, this product works wonder on itself, just applying after the Essence is enough for the day! ^_^

Skin Signature Eye Cream

Best eye cream I’ve ever used.

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How to use? Apply onto your eye bags gently with your ring finger. This products claims to reduce dark circles, puffiness and fine lines.

ResultThis product is soooooo MOISTURISING! I love it so much, it doesn’t feel heavy/greasy/make my eyes itchy. I love it since it makes it easier to apply concealer (your concealer won’t cake up or dry into your fine lines). But you have to wait for it to dry up a bit or all your concealer will flow away :))) This cream is great because you only need a tiny tiny bit to apply on your eyes (half of what I normally uses when I used Estee Lauder) so it will last forever ^o^

My last step for daytime skincare is to apply the sun screen. I love the one from Shiseido, cuz it’s designed for babies, or very sensitive skin so no smell, non greasy, and just perfect protection for my face since SKII doesn’t come with SPF protection

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YSL – Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation in B40

My current FAVORITE foundation that I reckon is better than any BB cream and the Estee Lauder foundation that I used.

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It was a bit pricier than the Estee Lauder one, but so much more hydrating. Glides on smoothly and makes people think it’s your bareskin even from a very close distance B-) Still I don’t use this on the blush on my cheeks, cuz everything will just make my cheeks dry…so no makeup there!

The advisor was nice enough to give me extra masks for my purchase :) Haven’t tried it so but hopefully will do magic since they cost so much! xD

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Thanks for reading everyone and hope this will be helpful for you! Drop your questions below if you have any!

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7 Comments

  1. Dena
    Dena
    January 6, 2015 at Reply

    Hi, I’m 18 years old. I also have very dry skin in winter. I’m currently using Shiseido Ibuki almost a bottle already. My mom noticed that my skin turn red after I apply the cream on my face. I want to change my skincare line. I wonder if people at my age should use SK II, too. I’m looking forward for your reply. Thank you :)

  2. Tracy
    Tracy
    December 28, 2016 at Reply

    Hello, do you have acne on your face? If yes do those products make you acne lesser? I have sensitive, oily and acne skin. I wanted to try some moisturizer but I really scared it will irritates my skin. I tried many types of cream but it doesn’t heal my skin. I heard from many people that sk-ii is nice but I thinks it’s quite expensive to buy one whole set so I could you give me some advices whether I should buy or not?

  3. Rachel
    Rachel
    March 6, 2017 at Reply

    Hello Vicki, I am in my early 20s and have never used any skincare other than Cetaphil cleanser, toner and moisturiser- which works well for me. I am keen to try out SKII but I’ve heard (like you said) that it’s suitable for mature skin. Do you mind me asking how old (a range is fine) you were when you tried out SKII? I’m worried of my skin reacting adversely to SKII since I’ve heard it’s quite ‘strong’, especially when my skin is so naive to skincare.
    Thank you ??

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