Beauty • My current skincare routine SS15 + BUDGETPROOF

Last time I have posted you on my Acne Story part 2, and showed you my proces in clearing up my skin. In this post I want to share my skincare routine with you, which has helped me a lot in getting rid of acne (scarring)! I have been using this skincare routine for over 5 months now and I'm really happy with it! 

This is my current skincare routine incorporated with natural products: 

1. De Tuinen Avocado Oil • €10,99

This avocado oil from De Tuinen, which is a Dutch drugstore what sells natural products, is for skin & massage. It's a nourishing, oily and moisturising oil that absorbs fast and easy to spread. It claims to make the skin supple and smooth. Doesn't contain colourant, perfume and preservative and is 100% natural. 

I use this as a oil cleansing for removing makeup and to cleanse my face. This is how I use it: I put about one tablespoon of product in the palm of my hand, divide it between two hands and apply it onto my dry face. I gently massage it into my skin for 2 minutes to melt all of my makeup and focussing on my eye area(read: works amazing for waterproof makeup!). At the same time I give myself a good facial massage. After I'm done I would soak a clean face towel with warm to hot water and use it to sweep all the oils on my face. I repeat this 2 times more and sometimes I also let the towel sit on my face to let it steam a bit (good for black/white heads). After I have washed up, my skin feels really clean! I change my face towel after 2 usages.

The reason why I chose avocado oil, is because I saw Kassie on CloudyApples using it. She explained in her videos that avocado oil suits the best to her PH's level. I don't know how to test mine, but I just went for it and I'm really liking it. 

 2. Erica Rose Water €4,95 (500ml)

Rose water can bring benefits to all skin types, it can help sooth and cool sensitive and irritated skin, balance and cleanse oily skin, rejuvenate, soften and tone mature skin, revitalise and add beautiful glow to the normal skin. Rose water is filled with anti-oxidants and various vitamins, therefore, it can help prevent the signs of ageing and nourish the skin. Rose water also has natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. (Source:

How can only 2 natural ingredients (Aqua & Rosa Damascena Mill) bring so many benefits! I use this rosewater from Erica (also a Dutch natural drugstore) as a daily toner, cleanser and hydrating mist. I soak my cotton pad and remove the very last residues from my face after my cleanser or I use it as water cleanser in the mornings. I like to use rose water because it's a natural, light hydrating product with so many benefits! 

3. Etude House Wonder Pore €14 (500ml)

Sometimes whenever I feel like I need a more heavier toner, I would use the Wonder Pore of Etude House. When I was in Korea, this was a very populair product for clearing up your pores from black heads etc. It claims that it has 10 benefits in 1 toner (see pictures). Especially on days where I used a lot of make up or I didn't do an oil cleanse on my no-makeup-days  I would use this toner, containing alcohol to cleanse my face without using a cleanser. It would leave my skin so fresh and a super clean feeling! 

4. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence €112 (215ml)

SK-II is a VERY populair Japanese skincare brand in Asia and this Facial Treatment Essence is their much-loved, most awarded bestseller signature product, also known as 'miracle water'. I admit that I have this bottle for ages because I am using it SO sparingly due to the price. But this does wonders for my skin in moderating the skin's surface renewal cycle, helps clearing up my skin, spots & acne scarring, my skin's texture is more refined and soft. I pour 2 to 3 drops into my palms and apply it directly on my face with a patting motion. This baby is super pricey and sells for around €112 for 215ml at 

5. Filorga Optim Eyes €40

No skincare routine without an eye cream! I am not an eye cream junkie, so any eye cream is allright for me, but I must say that I really like this eye cream because of it's texture and consistency: very lightweight and absorbs quickly. I don't really see difference in dark circles and wrinkles, but I do feel that this eye cream gives me less puffy eyes. 

6. Erica Calendula day&night cream  55ml €5,95 each

These are the most important products on how I cleared up my skin. When I went to the natural drugstore I picked the night cream out because it said it was for the sensitive skin. I didn't even know how much it helped clearing up my acne scarring back then. 
Calendula is a flower which is known for its medicinal purposes, such as prevention of muscle spasms, start menstrual periods and reduce fever. It's applied to the skin to reduce burn marks, cuts, inflammation and minor wounds. Is it also known for its ability to brighten skin and protect blemishes and not only that but it also soothes tired skin, restores dry or flaky skin and prevents dehydration. After a while my acne scars were less visible, left my skin hydrated, moisturised, smooth, firm and plump. And that for less than 6 euros... PERFECTION IN A JAR! 

The texture is creamy and the night cream feels lighter than the day cream. Personally I prefer the night cream more because it absorbs directly into the skin. If I can describe the difference between the two is that the day cream feels more oily and night cream more dry. I find that odd, because normally is the night cream more creamy and heavier than the day cream? 

Ingredients Erica Calendula Day Cream
"Aqua, Glycerin, Alcohol, Distarch Phosphate, Helianthus Annuus Hybrid Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Squalane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax/Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Cetyl Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extrakt, Tocopherol Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bisabolol, Leuconostoc/ Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Lonicera Caprifolium Flower Extract, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Gluconolactone, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Oryzanol, Xanthan Gum, Parfum*,Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool * Alle geuren bij Erica zijn opgebouwd uit natuurlijke etherische oliën en extracten. "

Ingredients Erica Calendula Night Cream 
Aqua, Glycerin, Alcohol, Distarch Phosphate, Helianthus Annuus Hybrid Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil*, Squalane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax/Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Cetyl Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter*, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil*, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium Flower Extract, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Santalum Album Oil, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Gluconolactone, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Parfum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol Acetate, Tocopherol, Oryzanol, Xanthan Gum, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

7. EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 ~€25
Not leaving the house without applying sunscreen, especially when it's sunny! I got this sunscreen from my mother's dermatologist in Hong Kong and I am really enjoying this product. Not only it protects my skin from UVA/UVB sun rays, it calms and protect acne-pro skin. It also has antioxidants to help absorb free radicals, vitamin B3, hyaluronic acid and lactic acid that promote skin health. It's a very lightweight and silky sunscreen, which absorbs very quickly and can be worn under makeup. And to finish it off: it's also fragrance-free, oil-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free and noncomedogenic which won't clog pores. 

8. Dermatologist (~€40/50)
Skincare products are important, but going to a dermatologist too. I go to mine frequently every 7 weeks to have a deep cleanse facial session. I never knew I have them - because I don't see them, but I do have a lot of gunk in my pores, such as whiteheads, black heads, clogged up pores, milia and any other impurities. And that's something a professional can see and remove them. By doing removing impurities by a professional, it makes the healing process of my skin so much faster. I had notice a HUGE difference. 

The most important things..
of my skincare routine are the natural products: avocado oil cleanse with a face towel, rose water as toner and mist, calendula day & night cream, sunscreen AND my facials.  I don't follow these steps daily, but I rather do what I think it's the best: I only do an oil cleansing whenever I wear makeup and on the days I don't, I would just wash my face with water and use rose water or Etude House Wonder Pore as my toner. Also don't forget to let your skin breath too, so wear as minimum makeup as possible, or none it's the best! Don't pack your skin with make up only to cover, whereas it will probably makes it worse. I had a hard time not covering my scars, but I realised I didn't give it the chance to heal. 

This is how I cleared up most of my acne scarring. I can not live without them anymore, they do wonders for me and are BUDGET-PROOF (except for the facial). <3
If you have a sensitive skin too and tried several skincare products but it doesn't work for you: try natural products & ask a dermatologist for a facial - not only good for your skin, but good for some relaxing me-time. 

Any skincare products that you swear by? X