Friday, April 23, 2010

Updated Summer Skincare for Combination Skin

Please note: From now on, I will not able able to address each and every comment. I thank all of my wonderful subscribers and supporters but I cannot invest more time than I already do to my YouTube channel and this blog. Take the time to watch the entire length of my videos and do not ignore all the information I post in the videos and the sidebars. I will not reply to comments and questions if the information you are requesting is readily available.
Also, please refer to my responses to other viewers' comments if you see that I have not answered your question[s]. My academic and personal schedule is incredibly hectic as of late and though I apologize for the convenience, I can't possibly respond to everyone anymore. The amount of time it took for me to reply to each comment thus far will be unfathomable to all of you; I really don't know how I was able to manage it! Nonetheless, thank you for understanding =)

Here is a reader-friendly breakdown, starting with the night-time ritual:

Night Facial Wash:
Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil - Fresh [cleanses off heavy make-up]
or Clinique Liquid Facial Soap - Oily [cleanses off moderate make-up]

Then, follow with alternating Night Treatments for the Face:
A. Treatment 1 [Tu, Thurs, Sat]: Decleor Aroma Cleanse Tonifying Lotion & Decleor Aroma Night Ylang Ylang Purifying Night Balm
B. Treatment 2 [M, W, F, Sun]: Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads & PTR AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel with the Ole Henricksen Truth Serum & Sheer Transformation, & the OH Invigorating Night Gel as a spot treatment [for large, cystic acne/pimples].
*The flat side of the PTR Pad is used for cleansing. The textured side is used for pore refinement.
*I only apply the PTF AHA/BHA gel where I use the PTR Pad: on my T-Zone!

Don't forget your Daily Eye Night Treatments:
Caudalie Vinexpert Anti-Aging Serum for Eyes and Lips
& Shiseido The Skincare Eye Moisture Recharge Gel-Cream

Morning Facial Wash:
w/Treatment 1, use the Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
w/Treatment 2, use the Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser

Morning Pre-Makeup Prep:
Decleor Aromessence Ylang Ylang Purifying Serum [1 Drop]
Decleor Aroma Purete Matt Finish Skin Fluid [Moisturizer - 1 Pump]
Dior HydrAction Visible Defense Hyra-Protective Eye Cream SPF 20
*This product has been discontinued but it can still be found at select Dior counters with left-over
stock. Lancome's Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30 Cream is a comparable alternative.

Mask & Exfoliator - Weekly Use Only:
Decleor Aroma Purete Instant Purifying Mask [Clay Mask]
ExfoliKate by Kate Somerville [I now only use this once a week because I use my Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Wash 3x a week]
*P.S. Cho327, ExfoliKate is gentle enough for teenage acne-prone skin ;)


Ineffective Products:
Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiaging & Antiwrinkle Oil-Control Treatment [aka, a waste of $50 + tax]
*Korres is the most over-rated skincare brand. This is just my opinion but none of their products work for me, though their shower gels do smell nice. Save your money and avoid the hype. I warned you already! =)
Peter Thomas Roth Acne Spot and Area Treatment
*In the summer, I do get an occasional pimple so a spot treatment is nice to have on hand. Sadly, this gentle sulfur acne treatment does not work for me. I will stick to my little sample of the Murad Acne Spot Treatment, which will last me the rest of this year at least, and the OH Invigorating Night Gel.


What happened to my Dior Rituel Nuit and other key products in my last skincare video?
The answer is simple. I use different products during different seasons. I haven't stopped using them because they are no longer effective. I will bring them back out when winter rolls around!

Phew. This took forever. Goodnight, everybody!


  1. Heyy Rae, just a quiet watcher of your videos here ^^
    I was just wondering how you managed to afford all these high end products as a student? I'm around your age but I don't think i could buy so much chanel make up t this age! lol

  2. thanks for the details on your skincare regime!!! going to have to look back at this post and youtube clip for the products <3

  3. thanks for the blog post....I've been looking forward to read and watch your post :)

  4. Belleism, that is exactly why I posted this entry =)

    And Nora, I support myself financially, if that's what you're getting at. Hence, I work a lot more than most students my age!

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  6. Kadaj, thank you for the offer and I will definitely check out your blog when I have a spare minute. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Hi!! I was wondering if u wud recommend the PTR pads and Decler matt moisturizer the most for someone who has blackheads and combo skin like you!?! I know you have so many ppl to answer to but I thought I'd try to ask as I am using those blackhead strips and they hurt like crazy! And I need a moisturizer perfect for under my foundation to prevent oiliness and dryness! Thanks! Love ur blog and youtube! Ur sooo informative and helpful!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY~!!! SOon! Have tons of fun!!

  8. Cass: I would absolutely recommend the PTR Pads and the Decleor Skin Fluid! Pick them up if you can =) And thank you; I will. The festivities have already begun! hehe

  9. Wow! That's awesome that you work so hard and can support yourself! <3
    I love your blog and videos. Thanks for your skincare routine video!

  10. Wishing you a very happy 21st birthday!!! Thank you again for all of the time and effort you've devoted to making your channel a truly educational and enjoyable experience. I especially appreciate how you give personal attention to all of your subscribers--always maintaing a positive and humble spirit. Keep up all of the great work.

    Michelle (mitchminx on YouTube)

  11. LOVED this post, thanks for the great skincare shopping ideas! Would you consider possibly doing a makeup collection/organization YT video?

  12. Minky: Thank you for appreciating everything I do =)

    Michelle: Thank you for the birthday wishes and for such a sweet comment! I'm glad you notice I always give it my all. Subscribers like you really make my day ;)

    Nhi: I won't be filming a collection/organization video until the end of this year!

  13. First off happy 21st birthday! And I hope you have an awesome day!
    Anywho I was just wondering what you use as a night moisturizer? I think you forgot to add it in or I may have just missed it. Or what you'd recommend.
    Thanks =)

  14. Jenn: Thank you! The Decleor Night Balm is my treatment and my moisturizer in one. If you apply a moisturizer after the balm, it will clog your pores. And on nights I don't use my Decelor Night Balm, Ole Henricksen Sheer Transformation is my moisturizer =)

  15. I purchased the OH Truth Serum and the OH gel after watching your video. These products are amazing!!! Thank you so much for your recommendations. I will most likely be buying more items from your list. You have beautiful skin.

  16. Thanks for this! I was wondering where you purchase your Decleor products? You mentioned a site online?

  17. C: I'm glad the OH products are working out for you! They really are amazing and have done wonder for me =)

    Anonymous: I purchase all my Decleor products from!

  18. Hi Rae~ My name is emma :)I really enjoy watching all your videos, they are very informative and you are by far the sweetest girl on youtube, no seriously.
    I watched your summer skincare video and, I ordered the Declor Ylang Ylang blam since you were recommending it:) I received it today and am kinda skeptical about it.. I mean I have oily skin and a lot of breakouts on my forehead and chin, will the oil make it worse?! I figured I'd just ask for your opinion before trying it out |0| Otherwise I'm a little scared. TIA!!

  19. Hi Rae! I'm deciding between Darphin and Decleor for my new skincare line. I have a oily combination skin but very sensitive - extremely acne-prone therefore. Perhaps worst skin type one can ever have. Any suggestions?

  20. Hi Rae. My sister, who lives in LA, sent me a link of your videos and we are both big fans. Thank you for this post. Will you ever be visiting New York!?

  21. Hi Rae! I currently have post acne scarring and cannot use oil based products as I tend to break out. Any suggestions?


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