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I’ve been getting tons of questions about my skin recently—mainly on my YouTube videos because I guess people have been noticing the difference in my skin especially when I am vlogging with no makeup on. It’s true that in the past couple of years, my skincare has changed drastically.  But that’s also because my skin has changed significantly in the last couple of years as well.

One of the biggest changes that I’ve noticed is has definitely got to be my overall skin type. I used to have really dry skin and I’ve also used products that are made for dry skin. This means a lot of thick creams, oils, and other heavier moisturizing products. My skin has since become normal/combination skin. There was a period where I couldn’t figure out, for the life of me, why my pores were getting clogged and I was getting so many sebum spots and whiteheads. I tried switching up my makeup, stopped wearing liquid foundation, washed my brushes more often—nothing seemed to help. 

It wasn’t until I tried changing my skincare, and paying attention to the changes in my skin that I really started to regain control of my situation. 

Now I feel like I’ve reached this stage where I am happy with where my skin is (minus the hormonal breakouts here and there) and the skincare that I’m using is working for me. Obviously whatever products I use may not necessarily work for your skin in the same way, I still wanted to share the products in my current skincare line up with you, in case it does. 

You can watch the video above, or read below for my in-depth skincare lineup list. 

1. Kiehls Calendula Toner

This toner was recommended to me by the Kiehls specialist when I asked for something that would soothe my skin, and wouldn’t feel harsh, but still would help with acne prone skin. 

Although I didn’t necessarily ever have heavy acne problems, I still wanted something that was going to give my skin the extra clean that it needed after my facewash, without stripping my skin of too much. 

I’ve loved how this feels on my skin, and would definitely purchase it again after I finish the bottle. 

2. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 

The Ordinary products have been kind of that magical thing that I’ve discovered and that has really worked for me. Not to mention the products are SO. AFFORDABLE.

I use the Hyaluronic Acid for moisture, and found that it works great in combination with a light moisturizer to bring my skin the quench that it needs without being too heavy and clogging up my pores. 

3. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Another epic The Ordinary product that has worked wonders for my skin. Niacinamide is known for being kind of that “all-encompassing magic ingredient” that is in a lot of expensive and high-end skincare products. 

It’s known for it’s properties that help with aging, dark spots, hyper-pigmentation, texture…The list goes on.

For me personally, I found that it has really helped me with texture, hyper-pigmentation from previous acne breakouts, and just overall look of my skin. It’s not a product that I swear by and that I will repurchase again and again and again until it stops working for me. 

4. The Ordinary Lactic Acid

Lactic Acid is a chemical peel that helps your skin with texture, unevenness, and can even aid with your clogged pores. And that’s exactly what I’ve used this product for. There is a 5% option and a 10% option. I started with the 5% as it was my first time trying any chemical exfoliants, and have still been making my way through the bottle. I will definitely move on to the 10% option once I’m done though, just to see if it makes a huge difference. 

But even with the milder version of this product, I’ve noticed overnight results every time I use it. I like to apply it after my serums, before my moisturizers, and I find that in the morning my skin always feel instantly smoother. 

5. Kiehls Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum

By now, you’ve probably noticed a trend in my products and their effects. A huge common denominator is definitely the “re-texturizing” properties that’s found in most of the products in my current skincare. My main concern was definitely the unevenness in my skin as well as all the clogged pores and sebum blockages that was appear all over my cheeks, forehead, and chin. 

This product, I haven’t necessarily found noticeably helped my texture, but it has been the perfect, light-weight moisturizer to use in the day time. 

6. Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer

Another wonder product in my books—this is the moisturizer that I now use after my serums at night time. This, in congruence with my The Ordinary products, are what I think are the main pieces of the puzzle when it came to bettering my skin. This is definitely a heavier moisturizer than the Kiehls one but is light enough that it didn’t mess with my pores whatsoever. I purchased this product at my spa, when it was recommended to me by my facial specialist. 

I’m so happy to find that you can purchase it online, which means I can share it with all of you!

7. Emani Perfect 10 Moisturizing Primer Serum

The last two items aren’t necessarily “skincare” products but are products I use on my face every single day so I thought I would share. 

Whenever I use makeup, I like to apply a primer on top of my Kiehls moisturizer. For one, I like that it gives my skin a smoother texture to work with. But on the other hand, this product also gives my skin an additional layer of moisture (without being too thick) that ensures I don’t have any flakiness or unevenness when my makeup goes on top. 

8. Heimish Artless Glow Base SPF 50

Whenever I use my lactic acid, I make sure to use this product the next day—whether or not I’m planning to get direct sun exposure. Chemical exfoliants increase the risks of sunburn and I really would rather not risk my face getting burnt! It also really gives you skin an even surface to apply make up on, and helps your makeup glide over your skin effortlessly. It’s also been my go-to sun protection for my face just in general. Definitely been a saviour this summer for all the times I went to the beach to tan. 

Hope you found this article helpful! Definitely try some of these items out if you’re dealing with some of the same issues that I was having. 

More soon. 

Angel Zheng