I don’t usually like putting down a ‘regular’ routine, because most of the time I’m hauling or testing new products. That’s an unavoidable trait that all beauty junkies share: even if one product works great, there will be something that works EVEN better out there. I didn’t want to be locked down, even if it’s just here, into a list of products when I’m constantly getting interested and drawn to other stuff.

However, my skin has been recovering from a bad breakout recently (thanks to a certain famous product, grrrr), and a combination of some products that have survived the testing period and acids have helped my poor face bounce back in leaps and bounds. Sure, there are scars, and some post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), but slowly and surely, my skin is getting healthier. And because I can no longer deny that the current routine is to thank for that, I thought I’d put it down here for comparison’s sake in the future.

On actives: I started with Vitamin C, and that didn’t work out so well. I recently patch-tested it again and it seems like OST C20 and I are not to be. The other two acids that I’m currently on – either my skin has gotten used to them or purging has passed, but I use them once every day now without breaking out or reacting negatively.


Asian Beauty Skincare Routine Morning 3 - 1 Tosowoong Missha Biore Mizon LJH

I keep this really short, because hair and makeup takes about an hour and vain as I am, there’s no way I can get my ass up earlier. It is humanely impossible. Fact.

  1. Cleanser: Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash
  2. Essence: Missha FTE
  3. Essence: LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence
  4. Ampoule: Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule
  5. Sunscreen: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Mousse SPF50+ PA++++
  6. Moisturizer: Mizon Hyaluronic Ultra Suboon Cream

Asian Beauty Skincare Routine Morning 2- 1 Tosowoong Missha Biore Mizon LJH

There is little to no waiting time in between steps, though between the essences I try to give 10 – 20 seconds for absorption. During this time I space out, think of what to wear, or do 3 to 5 half-hearted squats. For the Missha First Treatment Essence I’m actually on my second bottle, while the LJH Tea Tree Essence and Mizon Snail Ampoule have joined my non-existent stash of empties. Hurray! I love the LJH, so I’ve just opened a second that’s just arrived with my Avecko haul.

While the Mizon ampoule didn’t break me out or anything, it also didn’t do much for me. Since I’ve loads of other ampoules waiting to be tested, I won’t repurchase this just yet.


Asian Beauty Skincare Routine Night 1-1 Tosowoong CosRX 1028 LJH Mizon

This usually takes about an hour, and I’m really quite surprised that I’ve stuck to it for more than a month. I have already made a habit out of it, so if I skip a single step (not spot treatment) I feel awkward and itchy all over. Doing the whole thing has turned into therapy for me, an hour for myself at the end of the day. It feels so good when I’m done with it.

  1. Cleanser: 1028 Eye Makeup Remover
  2. Cleanser: Institut Esthederm Oil Cleanser (not pictured)
  3. Cleanser: Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash
  4. Toner: Mizon Daily Clean AHA/BHA Toner
  5. Active: CosRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
  6. Active: CosRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
  7. Essence: Sheet Mask
  8. Essence: LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence
  9. Ampoule: Mizon Snail Recovery Intensive Ampoule
  10. Spot Treat: CosRX Natural BHA Returning A-Sol (not pictured)
  11. Moisturizer: Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream (not pictured)

Asian Beauty Skincare Routine Night 3 -1 Tosowoong CosRX 1028 LJH Mizon

I left out the Institut Esthederm oil cleanser because I was simply using it for the sake of using it up – while I didn’t love it, it also didn’t cause any adverse reactions and managed to remove my stubborn makeup and sunscreen effectively. However, I’ve a few AB cleansing oils and balms to try out so it falls into the current-but-not-forever list.

Sheet masks are also not pictured, because I use a different one every day depending on how my skin feels. The CosRX A-Sol and Beauty of Joseon cream are not featured because I’m still trying to figure out if they’re completely useless for me.

I’ve been doing my acids diligently, and this is a far cry from when I just started. Applying a AHA or BHA just once used to cause me to flare up with angry spots, and now I’m at a point where my skin is all cool as a cucumber with all that exfoliation. My favourite part of the day now is when I come home, hop in the shower, and slather all that oil on my face to work the day’s gunk off my skin. I usually get quite a bit of grits as well, and feeling all that clogs come out from your pores with a little light massaging… sigh. So damn satisfying.

For now, I’m still looking for the perfect moisturiser. Everything is either too oily, thick, or not hydrating enough. Why can’t we just have effective moisturisers?!

What’s your routine like?


  1. Nice routine! I have been wanting to try the Joseon cream. I posted my routine a couple of weeks ago (I’m currently using the LJH tea tree essence, too) and realize that my AM routine is longer than yours but my PM routine is shorter. I think they both take 20-30 mins., but it’s quite relaxing to massage things into my face. –Angela

  2. Hi, i’ve got the same skin type as you and am from SG too so your posts have helped me a lot! 🙂 Just curious if you previously had bad clogged and enlarged pores problem? For me, the nose area would be good after a facial/exfoliation for a day and the clogging just comes right back and nothing works. Definitely think my skincare routine is messed up and am eager to try the low-pH cleanser way (read both Cat & SkinandTonics) as well as introducing acids. Do you use the two CosRX on the blackhead areas only or do they also work for enlarged pores area such as cheeks? Sorry for the long comment!

    • Hi Mandy! No worries I like people as long-winded as I am haha. Yes I do. I’m not sure how the low-pH cleanser way is related to this (other than a cause and effect manner), but after using BHA everywhere regularly, I no longer have grits coming out when I oil cleanse and the blackheads on problem areas (like my nose) are pretty much gone. Unfortunately I’m not in the camp where topical products are able to rescue pore size issues. The “minimizing” or tightening of pores, even with AHA, to me is usually temporary and not a permanent solution. That stuff would require lasers 🙁

      • Ah…i see. Ok at least now i wouldn’t expect BHA/AHA to solve the pore woes entirely. Will try and hope it makes the situation better. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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