Temperature is hovering in the upper 20s C so I’ve been keeping layering minimal in the morning to keep skin feeling fresh and comfortable.
Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioner (with a trigger spray nozzle attachment from Muji): It costs less than ¥500 for a big half-litre bottle in Japan so I spritz this generously on my face and body as a skin refresher in the summer.
Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturiser: This moisturiser is an all-round powerhouse — it’s packed full of scientifically proven ingredients, including several types of vitamin C and ceramides. I like it on mornings when I want to keep layering at the most minimal.
Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster (on nights I’m not using Azclear & Retin-A)
Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturiser (on nights I’m not using Azclear & Retin-A)
Azclear Action 20% Azelaic Acid Medicated Lotion (every other night): I don’t have blemishes nor rosacea to treat (what azelaic acid is often used to treat), so I’m interested in its other benefits — Paula’s Choice has a good informative article on it.
Retin-A 0.025% Gel (every other night after Azclear): I apply this after the Azclear since it pills if I do the reverse.
Curel Intensive Moisture Cream (on nights I’m using Azclear & Retin-A): The moisturiser equivalent of a plain Uniqlo t-shirt. I prefer a very basic but well-formulated moisturiser when I’m using potent serums and treatments. This one from Curel is a cult-favourite in Japan and also one of my favourites.