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Before I write about cosplay makeup, I figured I should discuss some skincare basics. I feel it's important to know how to take care of your skin before you start putting gunk on it! This is really very basic so I think those of you with your own regimens already might be bored by it! But here it goes!

I'm not an awesome guru wizard thing, but I'll just share some general concepts and products that work for me. It's different for everybody, but I hope this will be helpful! For your sreference, my skin type is combination: normal to dry with an oily nose. Hahah! Not my T-zone, just my nose!

Recently, my male friends had gotten very interested in makeup for cosplay and asked me for tips on how to go about it. (I think this was fueled by Kaname's visit to our country for Cosplay Mania '12, and they saw how beautiful he looks. :lol:) I decided to ask them about their skincare regimen to figure out what products might work for their skin type.

When I asked what they wash their face with, a lot of my friends (especially guy friends) gave some answers that made me give them a look of horror.

"Just water"

"Soap? The... same soap I shower with"

And I'm like


NO NO NO NO NO NO :ohnoes: Especially since these are guys who are often exposed to polluted air in the city, using public transportation, and doing intense physical training outdoors. And also who have a habit of touching their faces. :laughing:

This brings us to the first item I cannot be without!


:bulletblue: Essential Product #1: Facial cleanser

Facial cleansers come in many forms, and are made to clean off impurities from your face without damaging the skin. Soaps that are meant for washing the body are usually too harsh for the more tender skin on your face. Body soaps could leave your face dry or even cause irritations. (Except for Dove, which does not contain lye. I hear it's actually nice for the face. But maybe still keep a separate bar for your face, because do you really want something that has cleaned the rest of your body to go on your face?)

The one in the photo is what I'm currently using — It's a green tea facial bar soap with a small percentage of glycolic acid. (The dried-up bubbles look cool! It's like frost, hahah!) I first started using this type of soap after my dermatologist recommended it for my skin type. This green tea variation was a gift from a friend, though. All I know is that she got it from Thailand.

Wash your face only twice a day: right after you wake up, and before you go to bed! More than that could strip your skin of its good natural oils too much, which will later make it produce too much oil to compensate! And when you dry your face, pat gently; don't pull at it and rub vigorously! That's bad for you!

Also, my facial bar is sitting on the greatest soap dish ever, from MUJI. That bubble-like bed is made of plastic and prevents the gross residue wetness puddles that usually happens with other soap dishes.

A bit of info about glycolic acid:
"Glycolic acid is used to improve the skin's appearance and texture. It may reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and improve many other skin conditions. Once applied, glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis, weakening the binding properties of the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together. This allows the stratum corneum to be exfoliated, exposing live skin cells." (Source)

I also have other cleansers with more specific functions. I use St. Ives Apricot Scrub which helps exfoliate. So when I have dry, flaky patches on my face, I use it to scrub them off gently. Also, when my pores feel clogged with excess oil or makeup, it seems to help push the gunk out and my pores are left feeling cleaner. Just be careful not to be too rough on your skin with this! And only use it 2-3 days a week.

Other brand recommendations for newbies: Cetaphil, Neutrogena


:bulletblue:  Essential Product #2: Moisturizer

The one in the photo is one of my favorites — a moisturizing toner/lotion from a Japanese brand, Hada Labo. We don't have this in Manila so this pack was brought back by my friend who visited Singapore. (Thank you!)

Common question from guy friends: "Why do I need to use moisturizer? Won't it make my face sticky?" or "My face is already oily, I don't need to put moisturizer" NO NO NO NO.



They made me very sad. Hahaha! I always enjoy using moisturizers because they make me feel refreshed. Again, I have several kinds because I enjoy switching them up depending on how my skin feels for the day and trying new products. Skincare is like a hobby for me. =p

I like getting refill packs of the Hada Labo lotion I mentioned earlier, and transferring them to small bottles like this:

That water-like substance in the bottle is the moisturizing lotion. It's unusual to call such a watery liquid a lotion, but it does do an excellent job of refreshing my skin and locking in the moisture so it feels soft and supple.

It's best to use moisturizer right after you wash with facial cleanser! That way, your face is nice and clean and ready to absorb the good moisture. If your skin is properly hydrated, it is less likely to produce unnecessary oil. (I think some people have the impression that moisturizer is sticky because they imagine putting in on their faces during midday when it tends to be oily. NO NO NO NO THAT'S NOT HOW IT WORKS)

So what is the importance of moisturizer?

Dry skin is more likely to wrinkle or sag. It's not very flattering for a person's face to appear cracked or flaky. It could even itch, and scratching could lead to breaking the skin which means openings for infection.

When your skin is too dry, your face tries to make up for the missing moisture by producing oil. (This is why some people's skin get oily!) Too much oil on your face is generally uncomfortable, and it can also lead to more acne. And acne is never fun, because it's itchy or painful, prone to infection, and takes a toll on a person's looks and consequently, their self-confidence.

Our bodies are 80% water and our largest organ is our skin. Doesn't it sound like it could help to reinforce the moisture on our face, which is usually most exposed to the sun?

Brand recommendations for newbies: Celeteque has nice, no-frills, affordable moisturizers. They're hypoallergenic, water-based, oil-free, and fragrance-free. You can get them at Watson's. They even have moisturizers with SPF, which brings us to the next essential product—


:bulletblue: Essential Product #3: Products for sun protection

My bros kept making me weep. I ask, "Do you have a daily sunblock?" And I get answers like, "I thought sunblock was just for the beach."



Our country is near the equator and it's always hot around here, so I'm never very comfortable going out without sun protection. I think we all know that it's bad to soak up too much of our dear sun's rays.

Sometimes I use a normal non-tinted moisturizer with SPF, but I've developed a habit of using BB creams for everyday sun protection. I enjoy the fact that BB creams are multi-purpose: Apart from the SPF, they also moisturize, certain types help with oil control, and they have just enough coverage to even out my skintone.

I have more than one BB cream because I use different kinds for different days. I pick according to consistency, level of coverage, and SPF level to suit the day's activities. Or just use whatever isn't buried in my room which I need to clean up


:bulletblue: Essential Product #4: Lip balm

I alwaysssssss have lip balm. (This isn't my whole collection. OTL) Maybe I have fussy lips but I'm not comfortable without a stick of lip balm on me. My lips don't really get dry or chapped otherwise but I suppose it's a quirk of mine to want to pamper them, hahah.

My favorite one is the Palmer's Cocoa Butter lip balm because the consistency is unlike any other that I've encountered, and it has SPF 15. Most balms feel waxy and just feel like they're sitting on my lips and not doing anything so I just want to wipe them off after a while. The Palmer's one melts in an almost buttery way, and leaves my lips feeling moisturized and happy without the feeling that it's coated in something thick. And it smells like marshmallows!

Lip balm isn't just for girls!!

This is usually met with a resounding, "WHAAAAAT??"

And WETTING YOUR LIPS WITH SALIVA IS BAD. Here's why:

"At this point, you might be asking yourself whether you really need a lip moisturizer at all. The answer to that question has to do with the unique nature of lips. For one thing, the skin on your lips is very thin. The blood supply is very close to the surface, which is why lips appear pink or red. In addition, your lips don't contain any oil glands, so they don't produce any natural oils like the rest of your skin does. As a result, lips tend to become dehydrated and chapped more quickly than the rest of your skin would.

To make matters worse, you might think you're adding moisture when you lick your dry lips, but the relief is only temporary. Once the saliva dries, it takes with it any natural moisture on your lips, leaving them even drier than before -- so the more you lick your lips, the drier they become. An effective lip moisturizer needs to do what sebum, your skin's natural oil, does for the rest of your skin: Keep moisture in and protect lips from any drying environmental conditions." (Source)


:bulletblue: Essential Product #5: Makeup remover

How many of you have friends who just use soap and water (or worse, just water) to take makeup off after cons?

If you plan to use makeup, it's important to invest in makeup removers as well! Makeup can clog your pores and cause acne, and really, who wants that? Makeup is made to adhere to skin, so they won't easily wash off with soap and water. And you really shouldn't scrub too hard to clean up your face because that much pressure and pulling on your skin will cause wrinkles and make it more prone to sagging. Makeup removers exist to loosen up the makeup and help you get the job done with as little stress to your skin as possible.

Yet again, this type of product comes in many forms and you can try them out to see what works best for you. The two in the above photo are items I normally use after cosplay makeup.

The one in the jar is Happy Teatime Aloe Tea Cleansing Cream from Etude House. It's a cream-type makeup remover that does a good job of melting off foundation-type products like BB cream. I suppose it's kind of like cold cream, but less oily than other cold creams I've encountered. You can actually wash it off with water, and it doesn't leave the face feeling oily and gross. Other cold creams which would resist water because of the oil content. (I still like to use tissue to wipe it off then use a facial cleanser after this, just to be thorough.) It's also got a very nice scent and leaves my skin feeling nourished. The price is very reasonable, at Php120+ for this jar that lasts for quite a while. So don't skimp on it! Your skin will thank you. It will grow mouths and speak to you


Look at this lovely sparkly pink bottle of unicorn tears.

This two-part concoction in the bottle is just called Mascara Remover, and is also from Etude House. Funny thing is, I don't even use mascara. I use it to clean off eye makeup. Eyeliner can be particularly tricky to take off, but this makes it a lot easier. Its removal power is stronger than the cleansing cream.


You use it by shaking the bottle up to combine the pink oil and clear water-like liquid, then using it to dampen a cotton pad which you clean up your eyes with. Again, avoid excessively pulling on the skin! The eye area is particularly sensitive and has a greater tendency to sag. Also, try not to let it seep into your eyes because while it doesn't hurt, your vision can get weird and cloudy for a bit because of the oil. That can't be good for you.


Another makeup removal product that is handy to keep in stock is this pack of cleansing facial wipes. Again from the Happy Teatime line of Etude House. They're not like regular wet wipes, some of which are soaked in cleansers with alcohol and other strong chemicals in them because they're meant to clean your hands, not your face. These tissues are soaked in makeup remover, which leaves the skin feeling fresh and moisturized. They also smell really nice! My friends and I often use these to let our skin breathe the moment we leave a con.

Strongly avoid going to bed with makeup on because your sleeping time should also be time your skin can heal and repair itself. It can't do that very well when you've got all this junk all over your face. So if you're ever too tired to wash your face properly, at least try to use these wipes. However, I still insist on using my facial cleanser after using this!

One time, a friend (whose name I will not mention because he has learned since then and will now be ashamed of what he did) tried some theatrical makeup on his face and since that stuff was made to stick to skin well, normal soap couldn't wash it all off. What he did was scrub his face with a pumice stone.


scrub his face with a pumice stone
his FACE with a PUMICE STONE
PUMICE STONE

[sound echoes through the ages]

I told him never to subject his face to that kind of torture again and if a makeup removal emergency ever presents itself again, that he can use baby oil or extra virgin olive oil instead. Lesson learned.

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Quick rundown:
:bulletblue: Use a facial cleanser to wash your face everyday, twice a day. Once when you wake up, and another time before you go to bed.
:bulletblue: Use a moisturizer after washing your face. Get some on your neck as well.
:bulletblue: Make sure to apply products with sun protection before going out. Again, spread a bit down your neck.
:bulletblue: Keep a lip balm handy. Lip balms that contain SPF are especially great!
:bulletblue: Use proper makeup removers to gently but thoroughly clean your face on days you wear makeup.

Order of products when washing your face:
1. makeup remover / cleansing cream
2. facial wash
3. moisturizer

It's really not very complicated when you get used to it! Don't be too lazy to care for the part of your body that you regularly present to people, and that you greatly rely on to convey emotion! It'll only take up a few minutes of your day, and it'll be worth it.

And also...
:iconimbishieplz: LISTEN UP, MEN! There is no shame in wanting to take care of what you have! If other guys will poke fun at you for wanting to keep your skin healthy, let them laugh! One day you'll laugh at their saggy skin and bad complexions! Go shop for your skincare products with your heads held high! Hahahahahah

I guess that's it for now! Oh, and of course also drink lots of water, get sufficient hours of sleep, and eat stuff that's good for you! If you're having some major problems, you could try consulting with a proper dermatologist.

I often get questions about my skin (it's far from perfect, but I appreciate your interest) so I hope this provides sufficient answers! I'll post the long overdue updated version of our cosplay makeup tutorial sometime after this! :)

I JUST REALLY LIKE SKINCARE OKAY

:heart:
Jin!

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:iconjohneybrooks:
johneybrooks Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  New Deviant
Cosplay Makeup did a great job with my skin and help to enhance my beauty. Thanks a lot!  Dermatology Ireland
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sasukelover2 Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I LAUGHED SO HARD AT PUMICE STONE
rereading this again after the first time a few years ago just for the pumice stone.
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Carlabells Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
GAH that was a lot of info but I liked it Nod 

I use celetique as well and it's really good for the skin especially when yours is easily irritated. :) (Smile)   It's mild but at the same time cleans my face just right.

Thank yow! hihi
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TaoShaman Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow, this was super helpful!
I'd never thought about a lot of this.
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nejiHolic Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just thought of this today. We're having a smoking hot dance production, under the sun and we're dancing samba with these high heels. My pale artistic  friend had to cover her lower face with a hanky and I used sunblock as well as a hanky to protect myself. I am a little particular with my skin, but I used to use St. Ives apricot scrub. It's pretty good but now my skin is sensitive, it makes my skin go read.
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SakuraTenshi101 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is great! I love how you explained everything here. I do most everything you listed, minus the use of a few products. 

I use witch hazel to wash my face and make up off. It works as both a facial wash and make up remover, and it's the ONLY thing I can use without my face drying out completely afterwards, aside from gentle facial wipes, such as the "Simple" brand. I've used Cetaphil, but it would never keep my face moisturized and my face would dry out quickly, so I switched to Eucerin, which helps keeps my face and neck from drying out. I don't use a lot of make up; mostly because my skin has a tendency to be sensitive or get very dry. As for lip balm, I have to say I'm on the same boat with you. I carry mine everywhere with me. XD I use Burt's Bees lip balm, and it's the only balm that works for me. Seriously. My skin is just ridiculous. Took years to figure out what I could use that was gentle enough but strong enough to keep my face clean and moisturized without it breaking out or drying.

But I'm going to be a little brave and try out some other things, such as BB cream. (Should I use BB cream as soon as I buy it or should I save it for cosplay only?) I want to be able to do my cosplay make up properly, starting this year. =) However, I'm going to have to show your article to my husband... He says he's given up on washing his face because nothing can get rid of his acne (which is minimal now, but still)! I keep thinking how gross that is that he at least won't do it to wash off the dirt and oils! I think if he washes his face at all, it's with water when he's in the shower. >_<;;; So I'm definitely going to show this to him. I've already talked him into letting me do minimal make up on him for his cosplay, so maybe I can use your article to talk him into washing his face. Thank you for the advice!
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RagingBubblez Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Heya, thanks for making this journal. It's incredibly helpful. :icon8dplz: 
I've got fairly the same skin type as you with the nose but I do almost nothing in terms of skincare...OTL 
You would be pretty disgusted with me, haha.

 I was wondering if you have ever had troubles with blackheads on your nose before? There are so many things Google says but I'm not sure what method to trust...

Thanks again for such an informative journal! :)
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pandamonium-123 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH
I JUST got my license in Estheticis, and I love learning even more about my skin. I feel happy theres someone else out there who yells at their friends to take better care of their faces and skin. I loved reading this!! It just made me smile
Thank you for posting this and spreading knowledge of skin-care to you fellow friends!!! =D  lol and thank you for posting this up as well, it was very refreshing
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abc-human Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My skin 'routine's even worse than your guy friends. :D
I barely even bother with my face... OTL I'm pretty sure I didn't even hear of half the things on there... I probably should, since I am female...
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NejixTenTenForever Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Jin-sempai! Thank you so much for the tips! But I have oily skin and is going through that acne-filled puberty phase TTATT Is there a way to reduce acne/ prevent scaring/ help fix already appearing scars? I wanna look pretty just like you >o<
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Shiningjapan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A Full Helpful Tips!!!!!! Thank you!!!!! TT^TT
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luinelle Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
lol i'm a girl yet i only wash my face with water and shower soap :>
maybe i should try these. i don't really care for how i look but now that i have an interest in cosplay, i should take care of it...
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Lulu-ichigo Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're probably gonna cringe, but I have been using the soap I use on my body on my face for years. I'll admit I haven't really given an ounce of fuck on how my face looks. I get acne every now and then, and there are a couple of pimple scars on my cheeks. But now that I'm kinda taking cosplay as a serious kind of hobby, I'm gonna try out all the tips you gave us! Thanks a bunch girl. : )
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ThePracticalFist Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Very helpful :))
Can't have a pimply Law.
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kageshoujo Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is a late response to this post! OTL But I just thought I'd say, if you're loving the Palmer's Cocoa Butter, you might want to check out Lip Butters in general. They're a different product line on their own; you use them like Lip Balm, but they have a buttery consistency like you described. I really like them too and put them on before applying lipstick. I have a set from Mark and Spencer's, but other shops like Body Shop may have them too, if you're interested in expanding your collection~
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CieLouiSePhantomHive Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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Nay, actually: :iconfacepalmplz: I have no idea if I'll ever get things like what you have :icontt-ttplz:
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saber-kite Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You should also remember that people should do a skin/patch test before using the product. They might be allergic and that really would suck.

I don't wear much make-up but I've gotten into the habit of having a good skincare regimen. I think it helps because I rarely break-out aaaaaand best of all, I always get mistaken to be much younger than I actually am mwahahaha.
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Otome7258 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Thanks a lot!!!!
I understand a little more.... now.

I'm so clueless about makeups.. and when I talk to people..
They ask me back.
That didn't help.

say, what about neck?
some articles say it's important to care for them too.. do you just did the same thing you did for face? :x
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aliceXmauve Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're so Generous Jin!!! :tears:
Thank you very much :heart:
I learned a lot because of you...
i'm really lazy when it comes to taking care of my skin although
I'm a bit conscious about it...
but I'm not that girly and all... So...
Thank you :hug:
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xx-Cappuccino Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tears of a newborn babe streaming down my face at the thought of using a pumice stone to remove makeup. aghhhh. but moving on from that, I have the exact same problem as you! Only my nose gets oily, not my forehead. ; - ; It's especially horrible because I wear glasses and they always slip off my nose and (this part is gross) I constantly have to wipe the oil off the nose pads. I think I need to invest in some better facial cleansing products, so thank you for introducing me to yours!

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CooWings Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, this is quite an interesting topic! I have similar skin combination to yours, so this should come in very handy when I go shopping later on. *nods*

Also, thanks for making it fun and enjoyable while educational, I am mostly ignorant about facial products by nature since I don't wear makeup plus the fact that my skin has never given me any problems before, so trying to read stuff about such products can be a challenge for me. XD

Thanks for the awesome tips and may pumice stone never again haunt you. Cheers!
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ika-siyam Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
This really educational! :9

I don't really wear make-up...or cosplay.... But I might try out using lip balm (aaaand I probably need to consult a dermatologist soon). Great tips! :D
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GreenRain22 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Tea scented things are my favorite, but unfortunately in the States we rarely have anything tea scented. :<

As far as horror stories go, I once scrubbed my entire body [and face] with steel wool and Dawn dish detergent in order to get rid of a nasty case of poison oak.

... :D
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yummyphud Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
It's good to stay in the sun, just not too long. I'm taking a nutrition class and my professor says everyone needs at least 10 minutes of summer intensity sun (more for darker skinned people) to get the vitamin D (which helps with bones) they need a day. Putting on sunblock actually prevents getting that. But yeah haha, good post!
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KhA3L Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I had NO i dea... I'm as ignorant as all my other guy friends regarding skincare :/ I rub my face with a rough towel. As long as it dries from the water. I had no idea you had to PAT it.

Thank you for the tips, Jin. This'll help me improve my girliness eventually :)
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shadowzabimaru Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Seriously. Boys.
PUMICE STONE. OH MY GOODNESS. WHY.
But that's interesting about the makeup remover- i didn't know it was so important! On the contrary, i was always afraid that makeup remover was oily and would make me break out so i used it as little as possible. (I used to have VERY VERY bad acne. Like the type i hope no one else has to suffer and now my face is still covered in scars and i'm super paranoid about what i put on my face...). Guess i'll definitely change that now!
Sadly, i don't think they have most of those brands in the United States or Europe...

Ooooh, a makeup tutorial, i'm so excited! I've been hoping you would do one for ages! Yay, i can't wait! ^^
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hainrihi Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I love this post of yours. I use different products, but I make sure to cleanse, tone, moisturize and exfoliate in order to keep my face healthy---especially when I have skin asthma and it changes every once in awhile. Like when the weather changes. :-/

The products I am using now are also great. They are from a brand called Human Nature and they use natural ingredients so the body is healthy and refreshed.

I'm a actually a late bloomer in skin care and learned more about it when I started cosplaying. But I'm glad I did because it helped in improving my skin and look great wherever I go. :D

Great job on these tips. They are really very helpful :D
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eva-guy01 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
scrub his face with a pumice stone
his FACE with a PUMICE STONE
PUMICE STONE

I had to wiki that one. Even as a guy, I cringed at the thought of scrubbing your face with volcanic rock. Normally I dip a piece of cloth and used kerosene.

normally I used kerosene.
I used kerosene.
KEROSENE








Seriously I did that once. It did work, but Im probably thankful I didnt get any lasting effects. XD
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012   General Artist
KEROSENE
KEROSENE
KEROSENE

I THINK THAT WAS WORSE THAN THE PUMICE STONE

And yes, you were very lucky :ohnoes:
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eva-guy01 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And in case anyone stumbles into this comment of mine, just to make things clear its not a good idea to use kerosene. I may have been lucky. The fumes itself could have been fatal to my lungs and my eyes.
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ika-siyam Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Pumice stones are used for the feet (those with really hard soles)....man, its not even recommended to use everyday...

*must remember to use Jergens again...*
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pinkhairedsasuke Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yay! though we have the same skin care regime, you inspired me to do better... I'm going to try the products that use too, i'm not very satisfied with the ones I use right now... (i've really wanted to try products by Etude)

I suggest Baby Lips by Maybelline.. the mint one.. it leaves your lips moisturized with a refreshing minty feeling that lasts long~ <3
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BotanofSpiritWorld Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012   Digital Artist
These are very useful tips :) It's time to improve my skin for the better. Now I know what products to get and thanks for all the info explaining about causes of oil buidldup and the glycolic acid.
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Tsukiryu-no-koe Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you it's very useful !
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imaginary07-sunao Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i couldn't agree more to your advice!!! they're all very helpful!!!
and great choices of products!!! :3
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Aeki Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've started to take better care of my skin recently (using facial cleanser everyday and so), but this is really helpful! Think I'll try to get my hand on some of the products you recommended OwO
Though I think I'll skip the sun protection, as I live in Norway- where it snows 9 months of the year and hails the other 3! =P
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BluebellDreamer Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
thank you :)
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sasukelover2 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Simple's a good drugstore brand too (cheaper than Etude House Hahahahahah). While I don't cosplay or apply cosplay make up, Simple's very gentle to the skin and is quite effective and light. (not to mention scentless) Though I would love to try Etude House's other stuff :3 they look so pretty!
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012   General Artist
I've gotten several messages raving about Simple! I have yet to see it around here, but it does sound nice! :) Ahahah yes, Etude House has great products that are packaged nicely :lol: I appreciate packaging!
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sasukelover2 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yes yes i am absolutely smitten by how pretty the packaging looks all the time! If i'm not mistaken, Simple is a UK brand. Oh and I love your cosplay gallery. you should post on how you do your make up for male characters. they look effortless!
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mk17design Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol hadalabo yay XD do you use anything from skinfood or bodyshop? :3
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012   General Artist
My BB creams used to be from Skin Food! It's a good brand (I appreciate the packaging hahah) but a bit expensive here compared to other Korean brands whose products I am happier with. ^^; Something I keep repurchasing from Body Shop is the Tea Tree Oil! It helps so much with blemishes, and I used it to disinfect my knees when they got awfully scraped.
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mk17design Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it issss! not everything they have in korea are sold in here either - -" but their lip essence is so good :3
body shop's tea tree didn't work on me, but nice to hear it works for you XDDD thanks for the tips!
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meteorguppy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you've convinced me to change my skincare routine! I'm a girl but I've only ever used soap and water to clean off makeup. For some reason I thought using as few products as possible was better. XD

Thanks for the suggestions... I'll go buy some makeup remover! :heart:
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012   General Artist
I think there's no harm in minimizing what you use! Like if you feel your skin isn't dry and doesn't need moisturizer, you don't have to use it. But yeah, if you wear makeup then I think it's good to at least invest in a proper remover just so it really cleans thoroughly! :)
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EnsuMas Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing this! I kinda know some of the stuff already, but its always interesting to learn about others opinion and experience when it comes to facial care and makeup. Especially makeup. :nod:

One question: what do you think about using baby oil / olive oil to remove eye makeups? I heard that most eye makeup removers are acidic and not healthy for the skin in the long run, and the same people who said that (mostly youtubers) recommends olive oil or cold creams instead.

For some reason this journal didnt appear in my inbox. Thanks for sharing it on fb. :D
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012   General Artist
I've seen people demo using household oils to remove makeup too. I choose not to use them though because I prefer water-based products over oil-based ones, so I'd rather not put pure oil on my face :lol: I just don't enjoy the sensation very much, it's a little tough to wash off, and I really don't want to get it in my eyes. They weren't made specifically with the purpose of say, removing eye makeup, so they were not tested and formulated to not be harmful to the eyes. So yeah, I just prefer to use proper makeup removers that are water-based, or at least not so oily.

You're very welcome! :)
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JesterHikaru Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
truuuuuuuuuuuuuth! thank u for sharing, now there are lotsa new products to try :D
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