Vanity in the pandemic: Skincare

I’m really vain. I like looking pretty and feeling pretty.

A few years ago I got really obsessed with skincare, but with the pandemic I’ve gotten really lazy about it. Given that we don’t really go out, and I barely wear any makeup these days, my skin has been pretty okay. Still, I’ve been feeling like my skin is dull and lifeless, so I figured it’s time to shake things up a bit.

Here’s what I’ve been using lately:

Facial cleanser: CosRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser

I generally love CosRX products, and this has been pretty good to me. I use this morning and night. I used to have oily, acne -prone skin, and I’m always worried that my terrible, pimpled skin of years past will come back. I’ve tried cleansers with salicylic acid before, such as the Celeteque Acne Solutions Cleansing Gel. While that stuff is great, it can be harsh if used daily. This CoxRX one is just right.

I wish I could use CosRX for my entire skincare routine, but it’s just so expensive! But I figure the facial cleanser is the cornerstone of the skincare routine, and so if there’s anything I’m going to splurge on, it’s this one.

Facial scrub: Beauty Bakery Witch Hazel Clarifying Facial Scrub

Sometimes my skin needs an extra thorough cleaning, like if I’ve been out walking on the highway, running errands, or if I wore makeup and my skin is feeling greasy. I’ve tried other facial scrubs before, and they can be rough and harsh. This other one I tried did nothing for my skin at all!

I like this one because it feels like sugar, and it smells so yummy. My skin feels so smooth after I use this. I use it maybe every two weeks.

Toner: Skin Genie Apple Cider Vinegar Toner with Vodka and Witch Hazel

I’m always worried about my skin being oily and acne-prone, so I look for products that help with that. A few years ago, ACV became a popular ingredient in skincare, and I decided to give this a try. It was really nice, and I ended up repurchasing it at least three times!

This year though, I noticed that it wasn’t working as well for me, so I switched to something else. I still use this once in a while, when I feel like my skin needs the extra attention.

Photo from BeautyMNL

Toner: Celeteque Hydration Alcohol-Free Toner

This is my regular toner now. It’s simple and straightforward, and gives my skin just enough hydration.

Eye cream: Images Hyaluronic Acid Hand Cream

I remember reading somewhere that dermatologists don’t advocate the use of eye cream, because it doesn’t actually do anything. I remember thinking, “Well I’m not trying to prevent lines or wrinkles. I just want my skin hydrated.”

Hyaluronic acid is supposed to be good for plumping up your skin and helping it retain moisture. I guess, because it’s hand cream, this is a little thick and heavy, so I use it not just around my eyes, but also around my nose and my mouth, where I frequently have dry spots.

Photo from BeautyMNL

Snail cream: Baroness Snail Soothing Gel

I was so skeptical of snail mucin in skincare products before, but I’ve found that products with this ingredient really do a lot for my skin. It really helps with moisturizing and smoothing my skin. I’ve tried CosRX, a Mizon cleanser, and a Mizon snail cream.

I bought this one because it was on sale, and I didn’t realize it would be such a big tub! It isn’t sufficient as a facial moisturizer, so I apply it after toner and before moisturizer. It’s nice and cooling.

Photo from BeautyMNL

Moisturizer: Celeteque Hydration Facial Moisturizer

I’ve tried other moisturizers before, and I have some favorites, like the CosRX Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion, Celeteque Acne Solutions Acne Clearing Facial Moisturizer Gel and Human Nature Day Moisturizer. But when you switch out some products, sometimes even the tried-and-tested ones don’t work as well. When I change my cleanser or my toner, sometimes I have to change my moisturizer too. Like my current toner, this is simple and straightforward, and gives my skin just enough hydration.

Blemish treatment: Pure Bliss Tea Tree Spot Treatment

I am not normally fond of products that sting or hurt when you apply them, but I can’t deny the effectiveness of tea tree oil for blemishes.

I use this for pimples and dark spots, as well as the tiny skin tags that have appeared on my neck. It stings, so I just dab it gently on the blemish.

Photo from BeautyMNL

What does your skincare routine look like now?


  1. Can totally relate to becoming lazier with my skincare routine last year! Like you, I’ve started to go back to it recently and it’s surprising how much better it can make you feel! Same as styling my hair (most days), it really helps lift your mood. Thanks for sharing the products!

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      1. I was thinking I’d not heard of those particular ones before haha! I’m sure I can look for something similar. Ooh I look forward to it!


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