Like a lot of people out there, I had issues with acne when I was a teenager, but luckily I grew out of it and aside from an occasional break-out here and there, it's no longer a significant issue. I still have super oily skin though, and I'm also getting to the age where fine lines and age spots are becoming concerns as well.
My go-to cleanser is the Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash ($18):
I've been using this for years, and one tube literally lasts me for over a year, so it's pretty economical. You only need to use a teeny amount and it lathers up really nicely. I really like that it rinses fast and clean and my skin feels super comfortable afterwards. The smell may be surprising if you're new to Origins, but not unpleasant and I've gotten so used to it that it kind of wakes me up in the morning.
I used to follow up with the Origins United State Balancing Tonic ($19), but have been skipping it for the last 6 months and I haven't really noticed a difference, so it's one less step I have to do in the morning!
I also used to use moisturizer as well, but also have been skipping it for the last couple of years. Instead, I go straight for the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 55 ($35):
I've become such a nut for sun protection over the years. It's really the single best thing you can do to prevent wrinkles, especially when you're younger, to save yourself hundreds of dollars on anti-wrinkle creams that don't even work later on in life. I particularly like this one because it's a higher SPF but is lightweight and non-greasy and doesn't smell like sunscreen. It also actually evens out my skin tone and has a mattifying effect that keeps me shine-free for a whole work-day! I also used to get a lot of sunspots and ever since I started using this, I've only gotten one or two in the past few years. I can't say enough good things about this and it's one of the few products that I keep re-buying.
I've been using the Shiseido Sun Protection Eye Cream SPF 32 ($32) as well:
It's just a more gentle version for the delicate eye area, and it seems to work okay, and one tube has lasted me for almost 2 years! But I wonder if I should be using a stronger eye cream to combat my dark circles and fine lines. I'm not sure what to try yet though, and any suggestions would be welcome!
After sunscreen, I usually fill out my brows a little, throw on some lip balm and I'm ready for work! I have a lot of issues with chapped and peeling lips, so I've tried every lip balm under the sun. My current favorite is the Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil ($3). It goes on smoothly, isn't too waxy, smells good, and gives my lips a hint of color.
I also sometimes use the Laura Geller Matte Maker ($22) for some extra shine control if I'm on call and working overnight. It works okay but honestly, since I started using the Shiseido SPF 55 cream, a lot of my shine issues are controlled as well as they could be, and I use blotting sheets as needed.
When I get home from work, I use the Shiseido Ultimate Cleansing Oil ($24) in the shower to remove the very water-resistant sunscreen:
And that's it! No additional cleansing or moisturizing at night. I know the usual advice is that even oily skin needs moisturizer too, and I used to follow that advice. But my current regimen seems to be working for me and it's convenient so I haven't really tried to change it.
As for make-up, I like reading beauty blogs, but it's just not feasible for me. However, I am looking into trying BareMinerals or the like, or adding eyeliner and mascara to my daily routine to look more polished. Being Asian and petite, I already look young for my age. I skipped a year in school and went straight through into medicine, so I actually am younger than most of my colleagues. As I get farther into my training, it's probably to my benefit to look more professional and put-together, even though it seems a little counter-intuitive to try to look older!