Hello again everyone!
Wow how long has it been since my last skincare mention? Too long definitely.
It seems like it’s been too long since a lot of stuff on here, firstly foundation reviews and now skincare mentions.
While this entry isn’t going to be a full-out lowdown on what I’m using throughout my entire routine, it is going to show you the YSL inclusions that I have slotted in and those consist of a large part of it too. In fact, after slotting in these skincare pieces that I have received from YSL, I think some aspects of my routine increased in the number of steps I typically do but I don’t mind that because my skin has been facing some erratic days.
Much like my schedule apparently. Everything in my life is erratic these days, hurhur.
But anyway, back to the skincare talk.
Previously I had put up a post summing up the skincare ranges available in YSL as well as spotlighting on what each range does and which range addresses the concerns you may be having.
In this post, I’m keeping it largely rambly, personal and casual so I’ll be talking about the products that I am using, sharing a little bit about how it feels and my opinions of how it goes on and the process of applying it as well as maybe a little insight about how I feel it’s working for my skin. Though for the last point I feel that I can never be too sure what to share when skincare is concerned.
For this particular YSL routine, I’ve been using it for a little under 2 months so it’s still relatively premature but yet enough of a skin cycle for me to be able to have proper thoughts about it.
Side-tracking a little, a typical skin cycle is 28 days so skincare claims under that amount of days are usually largely superficial. It’s not that the product doesn’t work, because given time I’m sure they have some credibility to them but our very hurried lifestyle and need to see results immediately seems to have pushed the skincare industry into making such claims. While the results you see in 10 days may be evident, it’s usually not skin-deep – not the deepest of epidermis at least, and will likely be results that go away almost as instantaneously as they have appeared.
So… yes, pardon my side-track on that but I feel with every and anyone reviewing skincare these days and attesting to claims of skincare ranges, a little bit of knowledge and information as such as to be thrown out there. Basically where skincare is concerned, there are a lot of choices and most might be good but don’t always believe everything right off the bat. Some research, ingredient understanding and of course review-reading is always good.
Which is why I hope this ramble of an entry is going to be informative and useful for you all!
With so many words already in play, let’s add more shall we?
The Night Routine
Starting it off, I typically wash my face with a foam cleanser and I think to date YSL probably only has one which is from the Youth Liberator range?
I can’t speak on how that performs because I haven’t tried it for myself but I use micellar waters (YSL has one too from their Top Secrets range and it comes in a retro bottle) first followed by a cleansing oil to remove my makeup and then finishing it all off with a foam cleanser in the shower.
After that step, I use this:
Youth Liberator Essence-In-Lotion (S$119)
This step is somewhat like the Japanese version of toners. Though even then it’s quite a grey area because there are people who use toning waters, followed by skin softeners / lotions so… it really depends on your skincare preference and how much you want to load your routine up.
For me, I’m glad that this comes with both an Essence as well as a Lotion, mixed into one product that I can easily slap and smear on.
The duality aside, this product is also a joy to use because it’s very aqueous in formula and blends easily onto and into the skin. It feels like it’s being absorbed right away and I kid you not, my skin does feel instantly softened and plumped up.
While I have addressed instant results from above, this is more of a step within the routine whereby Lotions (or skin softeners) typically help to soften and hydrate the skin, prepping it for better absorption of everything else that you’re going to lay down after it and I truly feel this does that extremely well.
It does come in the signature Youth Liberator scent which is a little soft, powdery and musky. A scent quite unique to skincare lines.
Youth Liberator Eye Zone Serum (S$119)
After smoothing out the layer of Essence-in-Lotion, I proceed to do my eyes and at night I reach for this Youth Liberator Eye Zone Serum for the hydration and nourishment of my eye area through the night, especially because I sleep in air-conditioning.
As most know, the skin around your eye area is the thinnest of your face and also where you should be gentlest with (so eye rubbing is a no-no) as well as an area you can’t forget to hydrate.
Though the product featured here is an eye serum, which means YSL recommends for you to follow up with an eye cream after using this, I find the thick and gloopy (but gel-like) formula hydrating enough for my eye concerns right now.
I haven’t noticed anymore dry and fine lines appearing and if anything my eye area seems suitably hydrated in the morning.
I don’t notice any change to the dark circles or ridding of the stubborn and present lines around my eyes (I feel those are genetic and wouldn’t vanish no matter) but with continual use this is suppose to help make your eye area look more supple, lifted and radiant.
Youth Liberator Serum (S$149 for 30ml)
This bugger embodies the entirety of the Youth Liberator range in terms of its capaibilities and benefits, so if you’ve read this entry over here, I doubt you need me to explain much of what it does.
Simply said, it’s a potent mix of Glycanactif™ and helps to hydrate, nourish and pamper your skin through the night.
Apart from the skin-science benefits that it provides, it is also comforting to wear but at the same time I can say it’s not going to be a formula everyone will enjoy or agree to.
While relatively gel-like and lighter than the gloop that the Eye Zone Serum is, it’s still quite a bit of a blob and does blend to leave some tact and a veil of hydration on the skin after blending out.
It gives your skin this feel of supple-ness and makes it seem as if it’s forming a moisture barrier around it, protecting your skin from losing moisture through the night and also locking in all the skincare benefits so they are sheltered and protected to perform their tasks of nourishing your skin.
I sleep in air-conditioning so the heavier feel of this (yet it’s not a dense cream sort of heavy either, it’s more tact than ‘heaviness’) doesn’t pose to be a problem for me and in fact, I enjoy it right now because my skin is facing drier days and to be able to slather on something more nourishing and pampering at night feels quite comforting but in hotter days for oilier skintypes, I can imagine this feeling a little ‘much’ on.
Of course after all that I round it up with a moisturizer and YSL offers quite a few moisturizing options from the creams to the gels. I don’t use one that is from YSL but the one I use is also a more gel-like texture.
Even though I’m facing drier skin days, I think I can afford to still reach for gels for now since I may not need that rich of a cream at night, given everything that I have already slathered on.
I do wake up with skin that is fresh, soft and supple, never oily and sticky or tight-feeling so I would like to think that while going to bed, my face may have a slight tack (not the kind that makes me worried for my pillow or hair either, thankfully), it all works out to be properly and adequately nourishing for the night.
The Day Routine
Moving on from the night routine, here we have the quick run down of what I slap on during the day!
Frankly, my day routine is usually simple. It is only after being introduced to a couple more YSL products that are befitting for day routine use that I decided to add to it and at the same time give my skin its deserving pamper before I put on my daily slap as well.
After all, if we’re going to do so much for the night, then we might as well continue the love for the day, right?
YSL Light Creator Serum (S$149 for 30ml)
Of course the day starts with a cleanser but after cleansing, I’ll go straight to using the YSL Light Creator Serum.
For the day, I’m not fond of loading up too much on skincare before my makeup so I try to skip out the products that I don’t feel would be necessary and only use the ones I think I truly need.
What I really like about the Light Creator Serum is that it is way more watery in consistency and fresher in application as compared to the Youth Liberator, which makes it that much more perfect for the day. It’s almost like slathering on a toning water of some sort, given how light the consistency of it is.
It does leave a very slight tack to the skin after applying but it’s akin to that ‘bouncy’ skin effect that Hada Labo toners lend, which is very tolerable and appropriate for day. I feel.
Plus it has a softer scent than the Youth Liberator range. I can’t quite place my hand on it and the waft is light but it’s definitely a fresh experience starting my routine with this.
YSL Light Creator Eye Fluid (S$99)
Following that is a step that I usually tend to skip, which is giving my eye area a little bit of hydration. These days though, as I’m slowly getting older and also as my skin sways into slightly dry territories (grr), I’ve noticed that I can’t afford to skip eye-love in the morning because plumping and hydrating that area truly does make makeup go on a lot nicer, smoother and more lasting through the day.
Given how bad and annoying my dark cricles are, if my concealer can last that much longer, that’s a good thing.
What’s more this product is also loaded with all the good stuff to help you de-puff and also freshen your eye area up. There’s even a light dose of sheen and shine within in (from mother of pearl) to brighten your eye area that tiny bit. Though it’s still largely a skincare product so I’m going to say don’t bank on that for eye contour brightening.
It’s a nice-to-have more than actual performance.
YSL Light Creator UV Protection SPF50 PA++++ (S$72)
Yes you saw that right, that’s four pluses right there. I’ve seen 3 pluses, but I’ve never noticed anything with 4. Though just for information sake, the PA rating is indicative of the UVA protection found within a product, unlike pricings (in Singapore) where there’s a ++ after and each plus signifies a different thing, the more pluses here simply means a higher UVA rating. The pluses don’t stand for anything otherwise though I know there have been people going around saying that one plus means ultraviolet, two means UVA and UVB or whatever.
But no, to my understanding and research, that’s not the case.
Though while a representative system it is also not a rating system put forth by FDA so it is more marketing than actual protection but of course to put more pluses on you should be able to prove your product’s worth so… in a way the more plus the merrier but it’s good to still know what you’re getting in your product.
So back to this suncreen, this is one that I absolutely love. I’ve loved it before its reincarnation and rebirth into the Light Creator range (previously it was in Top Secrets but was reformulated and reintroduced under Light Creator) and if anything, it feels even better than before.
It’s lightweight and non-greasy but at the same time feels almost like a skincare in hydration and skin nourishment when you put it on.
So after slathering this, you do feel like your skin gets more supple, with that tact of hydration and bounce but it’s not the icky heavy and greasy feel of sunscreen on your face. In fact, it doesn’t even come with that metallic scent some sunscreens carry.
It really is almost as if you’re applying a moisturizer to your skin, but with a moisturizer with an incredibly high amount of sun protection.
It’s not one I would keep in my purse to re-apply through the day because I think it may disrupt makeup and also because it’s a little moisturizing for me to re-apply but it’s definitely the perfect step before I put my foundation on. So much so that some days I don’t bother with moisturizer followed by sunscreen and just use this instead.
Anddddd, that’s mostly it!
The routines at least because there is still that one product that I use from time to time and it doesn’t quite fall within the Night or Day routine, and that is the Youth Liberator Intensive Mask (S$119).
I feel like I need to write a separate posting for this guy and if I can’t manage to within this 30 Days stint I still would some time down the road because it’s an interesting product such that it feels immediate and nice but also plays a great complement to the rest of the YSL skincare range.
It’s like taking vitamins on top of already eating your fruits and vegetables. It gives you an added boost of radiance you can see but yet after that superficial boost, there is also some added skin hydration and benefits that get amplified as you eat your usual stuff.
Summing It Up…
Of course if you ask me, I would advice for you to check out each and every product within the YSL Skincare line up and consult the Beauty Advisors while you’re down at the store because this mishmash that I am showing you is what I feel works for my skin both in terms of addressing my concerns and also providing for what my skin needs.
You may have a different concern or different needs when it comes to your skin so it’s best to consult the professionals (YSL BAs) about it because they’ll be able to assess your situation best.
Though if I were to recommend… I would highly urge you to check out:
- Youth Liberator Essence-in-Lotion – because it’s just such a perfect product to add-on to your range concerns or not, I feel
- Light Creator Eye Fluid – for its nice creaminess and also lightweight texture, great for both hydrating and refreshing the eye area
- Light Creator UV Protection – because this sunscreen is really da bomb in terms of how nice it feels, how lovely it goes on and how pampering it feels.
So… I hope that all makes sense and that you guys didn’t mind the length of this entry!
As always, thank you so much for reading and I hope you found what you wanted to know! If you have any questions about any of the products, feel free to drop a note below!