Hello, everybody. Welcome back to my channel,
or to my channel. Where we talk about skin care, grooming, sometimes hair care. (laughs).
But if that sounds like your thing, make sure you are subscribed. You know what guys? There’s
nothing worse than um, having spots or acne, finally getting rid of them after like a couple
weeks, but being left with those annoying, dark scars and marks, usually from where you’ve
picked them. We’ve had a little bit of a pick. It’s an
annoying feeling. But you know, there is relief in that because we know we can get rid of
them. Now I’ve already made quite a few videos on um, a few tips and tricks and products
that you can use to remove dark spots. But to do something a little bit different today,
I thought I’d share my personal skin care routine for when I have a few dark spots and
pigmentation. And kind of the morning and evening steps I take to eventually clear those
dark spots, even out my skin tone and get everything back to normal, to before I had
the break out. You can adapt this routine to yourself. You
don’t have to do all these steps either, it may be overkill for some of you.
First thing I’ve got to start with is do not use lemon to get rid of pigmentation on your
skin. Yes, it is a natural way of doing it, but it’s also a natural way or ruining your
skin forever. Basically. (laughs). So let’s start with the AM routine and let’s
start with the cleanser. One thing that we don’t want here whilst we’re doing this routine
is a harsh cleanser. Cleansers that tend to dry you out basically. We want our skin barrier
to be as undisrupted and undisturbed as possible. And for the rest of our routine to work to
its fullest, it’s kind of nice to keep everything balanced, pH wise. So here I will religiously
use the Krave Beauty matcha hemp hydrating cleanser. But this cleanser is an amazing
um, you feel, it gives you a good cleanse without lifting out everything that you need.
So it keeps all your lovely, natural oils whilst getting rid of like surface dirt, um,
excess sebum, like all that nasty stuff that sits on top of your skin.
And no irritation whatsoever after this. You don’t end up with like a dry face, which some
cleansers can do. Which then sometimes makes you a little bit itchy and you get breakouts.
All that kind of stuff. No, this cleanser is just generally lovely to use.
Also, the COSRX low pH morning cleanser. Good morning cleanser is another good one to use.
It actually contains tea tree, so that’s gonna help prevent future breakouts. Usually tea
tree can be a little bit drying. Um, however, in this cleanser it’s not. Again, it’s just
a nice cleanser that cleanses away what it needs to cleanse away and leaves all the good
stuff behind. Next up is toners. Toners have always been
a favorite and a staple in my skin care routine. But especially when it comes to removing dark
spots. You can get some amazing toners that help you remove acne, but they can be a little
bit harsh. Now we’re in the stage where we want to remove the dark spots leftover from
acne. We’re kind of looking for something completely different ingredients wise. So
the buzz word here is a brightening toner. Now, some of the best brightening toners include
ingredients like rice and pearl. But rice is my all time favorite ingredient when it
comes to brightening my skin. A toner I’ve been loving recently, I’ve been
using for about two weeks now, is the I’m From rice toner. Rice is perfect for brightening
your complexion um, and lightening pigmentation. Very gradually though. But this toner in particular
contains gamma oryzanol, I think I pronounced that wrong like everything. But this does
help brighten your dull complexion and gives you a very dewy, kind of clean look to your
face. And just makes your skin, including dark spots, look a lot more even.
Next up is the essence, another step I would never skip. While it’s not really known for
their dark spot removing properties, you can’t ignore the fact that a lot of essences actually
contain an amazing skin brightening ingredient, niacinamide. I think we’re all familiar with
that word by now. So my favorite essence of all time is Missha’s time revolution, the
first treatment essence intensive moist. The very long, long, long name. But this takes
seconds to apply as you can see, when it comes in this handy kind of spray on bottle. The
niacinamide will not only tackle your dark spots, but also fine lines and wrinkles by
deeply hydrating your skin. And I often find that when my skin is nicely hydrated, um,
the less breakouts I have as well. So, we’re thinking long term as well here.
Serum is the next step. And again, I think one of the most important when it comes to
tackling dark spots and pigmentation. So this is kinda like a treatment stage, so we would
have been using a serum specifically for our breakout. Now we’re using a serum specifically
for our dark spots. Serums have super concentrated ingredients and I always like compare them
to like a vitamin tablet for your face. And my all time favorite serum for tackling
dark spots and pigmentation is the COSRX white ampule mela 14, and this is a gel type whitening
ampule. And when we’re talking about white- oh my forehead. When we’re talking about whitening,
we’re not talking about changing your skin tone. Whitening refers to um, evening out
your skin tone by evening out redness and dark spots. So this one actually contains
natural AHA and BHA components and chemicals effective in skin whitening, providing an
even and bright complexion. And you can actually use this kinda like a direct dark spot treatment.
So instead of using all over your face, which I like to do in general, you can apply this
bang on the dark spot, tap it in gently, and kind of leave that on there to do its job.
You can actually use a vitamin C serum at this stage as well. So check out my previous
video to learn more about vitamin C. I just find that this particular COSRX serum is a
lot better at um, removing pigmentation than the vitamin C serum.
And then of course, moisturizer. We all know this is a must do step, but when it comes
to removing dark spots and pigmentation, there are moisturizers with specific ingredients
to help you do this. Again, we’re gonna go back to the rice and we’re gonna look at the
COSRX ultimate nourishing rice overnight spa mask. This is a great moisturizer um, at targeting
dark spots. It’s actually a moisturizer, a daytime moisturizer, and a night mask as well,
depending on how you use it. And I find that if you use a very small amount, it’ll give
you enough moisture throughout the day um, and doesn’t cause havoc on my oily skin. Because
heavy moisturizers can be a bit too much to wear during the day.
But a tiny bit of this goes a very, very long way. This is actually formulated with 65%
of rice extract. It brightens your skin to give you a fresh and even looking complexion.
Again, packed with niacinamide um, so we know that’s perfect at brightening our skin um,
and targeting those dark spots. And as I said, you can use this as a night
mask as well. But we’ll come to that in a bit. Very, very important, all the time, but
also when you’re trying to get rid of your dark spots, is using an SPF. And that’s ’cause
it, it is very, very simple. Sun darkens dark spots. It darkens your skin, it’s gonna make
your dark spots even darker. When you think of a high factor sunscreen, you think of like
you know, [inaudible 00:06:23] (laughs), heavy, white mask on your face. But I found two that
I absolutely love and I have very oily skin um, and I find that these will be great for
all skin types. So, my all time favorite has to be the Aloe
Vera COSRX one, can’t remember the exact name of it. But this kind of really feels more
like a moisturizer than an SPF and gives that look of nice, nourished, moisturized skin.
But my new favorite is the Missha flash-up sun SPF 50 pa++++. What I love about this
one, like the COSRX one, it goes on kind of heavy but then rubs in perfectly. Um, straight
away it does look like a very little bit of a white cast, give it time and it settles
onto your skin a lot better and kinda just looks a bit more natural. But this one gives
you a nice glow, it’s kind of got like these um, uh, prismy particles in that gives your
skin like a nice glow, without feeling greasy. It’s perfect for oily skin. And these kind
of like little prismy bits are gonna kind of, t- very, very temporarily help cover up
those dark spots. So, that’s the morning routine that I do.
Again, you don’t have to do every single step. Um, out of all of them I think the serum and
the SPF are the most important. But yeah, see what works for your skin and then let’s
move into the evening routine. Now, because we’re doing this routine specifically
to remove dark spots, so we’re gonna be doing this until we feel happy with the way they
look. We’re gonna be taking a few extra little steps that you may not be taking already.
I would really encourage you to double cleanse during this time period because we’re gonna
be wearing SPF every day, which you should be anyway. So we’re gonna be double cleansing,
which you should be anyway. So double cleansing is gonna remove not only
the SPF that you’ve got on your skin, that you’ve probably had to reapply during the
day, but things like everyday environmental stuff. Like pollution, dirt, sweatiness ’cause
we all get day sweat, day oils. So double cleansing is really gonna give your next cleanser
a chance to do the deep cleanse that it needs to do. And most double cleansing methods is
like an oil cleanser and then a water cleanser. And then, to be completely honest with you,
when it comes to the oil cleanser, unless you wear heavy makeup we’re not really looking
for anything special. Just a oil cleanser with good reviews. The Heimish renewal all
clean balm is a bit of a cult favorite, so I kind of trust it when it comes to being
my first cleanser. It’s got like this creamy texture that changes
into an oil and that removes all your sunscreen, surface dirt and oils. Rinse or wipe away,
usually wipe away depending on what the instructions say. Um, and then we’re gonna use the cleanser
that we used in the morning. Next, another really important step (laughs). All these
steps I keep saying are important. But this one, with serum and SPF is a really important
step. And that is an AHA. Now, if you’ve watched my last four or five videos, you know I love
AHAs, BHAs, I would marry them if that’s legal. I think it might be. In some countries.
Chemical exfoliators, I’ve got a whole video on it. Again, I’ll link that somewhere. But
AHAs are what we want to use in particular. AHAs actually work on the top surface of your
skin, so they’re perfect at removing pigmentation, acne scarring, uneven skin tone. So, perfect
to get the results that we want. And as you know, I’m of course using Krave’s beauty AHA.
Um, I don’t think I need to tell you about this because I talk about it every time. But
it’s such a nice um, AHA out of all the AHAs I’ve used. It’s one of the least irritating,
so yes, get yourself an AHA. Then we’ll go back in with our essence, again.
And then back in with our serum, but not a vitamin C if you’re using the BHA at the same
time. Again, check out my vitamin C video. Then, finally, we have the overnight mask.
Now I did mention these with the COSRX rice mask. We all know moisturizing’s important,
um, the benefits that it can do for us. But, when it comes to night masks, um, overnight
masks, the benefits can be so much broader and better.
Like serums, you can pick an overnight mask for a very specific need. A very specific
skin care concern. So when it comes to evening out your skin tone and pigmentation here are
two of my favorite moisturizers to use at night. So the first one is a COSRX PHA moisture
renewal power cream. And whilst this isn’t typically a night mask, COSRX actually do
recommend um, using this overnight as well. Now, it does have PHA in it, which is another
chemical exfoliator. But you can use this alongside a BHA and an AHA as well. But what
this means is it’s gonna very, very gently exfoliate your skin overnight, mainly adding
to the glow of your skin, but also helping to remove those dark spots.
And this is perfect for people who find AHAs or BHAs too irritating. So if you find an
AHA too irritating, you can just skip that and use this moisturizer. I also love the
COSRX um, centella blemish cream, again, it’s not necessarily an overnight mask. COSRX do
say you can use it twice a day, morning and night, however it does leave a very white
cast that just looks a little bit strange on my skin. So, centella is known for improving
the appearance of acne um, and relieves any kind of like stressfulness in your skin. Helps
with pigmentation, spots, scarring, all that kind of stuff. And with this cream you do
see a, a very, very quick difference I believe, in your skin tone. So it’s definitely worth
an investment in this one. It also helps prevent future breakouts as
well, so, yeah, could be handy. Um, again you could use a COSRX rice mask, amazing at
brightening up the skin an evening out your skin tone as well. Again, as I mentioned,
that is my evening routine that works for me in the order that I use them. Um, that
I’ve been using probably for like a year. Like the same kind of ingredients and stuff
like that. It’s just kind of the routine and order that
I swear by to help remove any dark spots left over from acne. I don’t get acne, but spots.
Even if I cut my face shaving, and it leaves a little scar, I will do this as well. But
yes, I hope that helped. Any questions, anything you think I might have missed, leave them
down in the comments box for me and I will try and reply as always. But that’s it from
me now guys. I will see you next time.
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