☆NIKO’s Routine/Regular Products☆ PART 2 [1st & 2nd Cleansers]

Ask anybody who truly knows me, and they’ll tell you that, even as a person with severe chronic fatigue– who can fall asleep at the drop of a hat when they don’t intend to– I will go to the ends of the earth to make sure that my face has been washed of any and all makeup, sunscreen, or sweat before I go to sleep. I refuse to initiate rapid eye movement until I have double-cleansed my goddamn skin.

And while that may sound a tad… aggressive… to some, this is really one of the first things you should learn to embrace if you want to get into skincare, or try to improve the condition of your skin, in general: always wash your face before you go to sleep!

When I was a teenager, even if I wore the same makeup for two days, went days without soap so much as touching my face, wore sunscreen and didn’t wash it off for a whole weekend ‘so I didn’t have to put as much on the next day’ (I really hate my past self– so much marching band sun damage….), I always managed somehow to have flawless skin. I was known for it, in some circles.

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author’s note: do not attempt to wash face with bonsai tree.

But now, as an adult, I’m not so lucky– but I am smarter, so I have these products to help me stay clean, and the products I’ll mention in the next post, routine PART 3, to protect me from UV rays!

If there’s one more thing I can add before I list the products, it’s that I personally feel like a lot of the product and cleanser pH hype is a bunch of… well, hype. Try and use products that make your skin feel best– not what rates best on the pH scale (as I did with the CosRX Low pH Cleanser, which was not kind to my skin, but I used because pH, guys! pH!!). My current cleanser sits a bit high, around a 7.5-8, but I’ll explain later how it makes my skin feel, and why it’s right for me in spite of that.

With that said, here we go!

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☆NIKO’s Favorite Sleeping Packs– 2 Reviews☆ Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask + Laneige Water Sleeping Mask [Refill Me! Lavender Ver.]

One of my favorite things about going to sleep at night is putting on my sleep pack/mask– the final step of any devoted nightly skincare ritual! I’ve used countless sleeping packs over the years since I really became ‘hardcore’ into asian skincare, but right now there are two that really stand out to me, to the point where I really don’t use any others but those two– depending on what needs I want to address that night, as they have different ingredients and textures which serve different purposes!

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guest starring my mame-shohin bonsai; his name is “まめまるさま”[Mamemaru-Sama] and he is over 5yo but under 5in tall ♡♡
I thought I might do an in-depth review of both of those masks, given my undying love for both of them, because I feel the world really needs to know about their greatness, hahah!

Let’s get started!

 

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