SYSTEMATIC BEGINNINGS
SYSTEMATIC BEGINNINGS
by margaret park
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if sephora, sokoglam + innisfree had a baby, the result would be my personal skincare inventory.

below are my tried and true skincare holy grails that i would recommend for most skin types, especially those with combination, sensitive, acne-prone skin as that's my skin in a nutshell.

my intention is to update the below as new products i'm playing with become faves, and even replace some of the below if i find that their efficacy has dwindled in comparison to others.

Oil-based Cleansers

nightly: to remove makeup, sunscreen, waterproof eye makeup,
and other oil-based gunk in the pores


regular cleansers

morning and night: to remove dirt, sweat, and other water-based gunk in the skin


Exfoliators

scrubs to physically remove dead skin cells + chemical peels to remove impurities on a deeper level. *be careful when mixing with vitamin C, retinol, AHA/BHA acne products.


Toners

prep skin for treatments + moisturizers


Essences + Mists

mini hydration boosters + targeted treatments


Serums

hard-hitting benefit step


eye creams

specific formulations for eye area where skin is super thin


Moisturizer

seal in all of the above efforts, balance moisture barrier function

Sleeping Masks + oils

for extra dry days / days after acid treatments


daily SPF

spf 30 minimum, rain or shine. mineral formulas + pollution / blue light protection a plus.


Masks + acne solutions