Updated Skincare Routine

A lot of people have been complimenting my skin lately, and you know what? I’d be proud to say that I totally worked hard for it. If you’re someone like me who’s very prone to acne, it takes a lot of energy, control, and discipline to really take care of your facial skin, no less. My skin is at its best now and that just makes me a happy camper.

cleanse, double cleanse, exfoliate, tone, moisturize, treat. That’s the secret! πŸ™‚ 

Here’s the current state of my skin with zero face makeup (I only did my brows). If you’ve seen my skin two years ago, then you’ll know that I have a lot of scars all over my face (no thanks to hormonal acne). My derma recommended skincare set worked wonders for my skin, but after more than a year of religious use, it just stopped working.

Read about my current skincare routine after the cut

Long story short, I resorted to finding alternatives and was pleased to stumble upon products that are cheap and works really well for my oily and sensitive skin.


Purederm Collagen Makeup Remover – This my current makeup remover. It changes every now and then though, but this is just what I’ve been trying out as of the moment. It does a great job in removing makeup except waterproof eyeliner and mascara (but I don’t really wear those on normal days). On days when I have full makeup on, I use an oil-based makeup remover from Loreal.


Belo Essentials AcnePro Pimple-Fighting Gel Face Wash – I use this in the shower when I’m taking a bath. Nothing too fancy, but I like how it’s so gentle on the skin. The Belo AcnePro line is oil-free, non-comedogenic, and hypoallergenic – perfect for my skin.

St. Ives Timeless Skin Apricot Scrub – I know daily exfoliation is not recommended as it can dry up the skin, but being the stubborn girl that I am, I do exfoliate everyday. Unlike the other St. Ives variants, this one has finer beads, so they’re not as abrasive.  Also, this helps firm and tone the skin and minimize the pores. This has been my nightly facial wash since July and I’ve seen some major improvements on my skin.


Oatmeal – Yes, oatmeal! Food for my tummy and for my skin. I use this once or twice a week and I tell you, it’s a life saver. I’ve been deeply exfoliating my skin with this since March (because I was preparing my skin for my wedding then ^_^) and my pores have never looked this clean before.

ZOOOOOM pa more! 

Here’s a closer look at my pores. The combination of St. Ives Timeless Skin definitely shrunk my pores. Also, I no longer get as oily as I did before.


Belo Essentials AcnePro Treatment Toner – I picked this up randomly when I ran out of my favorite Acne Perfecting Toner from MySkin Origins. Fortunately, this worked out really well for my skin. I don’t get that much pimples these days, and it’s probably because this toner helps prevent them from popping out. It also works well in removing the last traces of makeup and dirt on my face.


MySkin Origins Vitamin A Acne Perfecting Cream – My favorite! I’ve been using this since April. Together with the Acne Perfecting Toner, these two got rid of all the zits that I had back then. This cream smoothened out my skin and got rid of the flakiness right around my nose area.It also keeps my skin firm and supple.

It also helped lighten my scars. Some of my scars are already gone, but I still have one on my right cheek that’s taking forever to vanish. Although, it’s way lighter than what it used to. .

Facial Masks – To further hydrate my skin, I do pamper myself with facial masks twice a week. I use almost any mask that I can find at Watsons, but my favorites are the Beauty Buffet and Montagne Jeunesse (Strawberry Souffle).

Garnier Light Complete Multi-Action Whitening Cream 8hr Shine-Free Look – I forgot to include this in the photo, but this is my daytime moisturizer. I’ve also been a longtime user of this and I love how it keeps my face matte and shine-free for a good number of hours. It’s a great base for my concealer and powder (I no longer use bb cream or foundation if I don’t need to).


Belo Essentials AcnePro Pimple Gel – Yep, another one from this line, because seriously, this thing works like a charm for me. I don’t really get that much pimples anymore, but whenever I see tiny bumps on face, I spot treat them immediately with this and they vanish overnight. 
Watsons Nose Pore Strips – I basically use any variant. The one I have here is the Charcoal variant. It’s not really the best one out there, but since I practically exfoliate daily, this is already good enough for me. My husband also use this and he loves it! We like putting this on while having notable conversations. LOL! Talk about making huge life decisions over nose strips! 


Of course, drinking plenty of water and having 8 hours of sleep are given already. Sometimes, I’d pamper myself with a diamond peel, but it’s been, I don’t know, 3 months maybe since I’ve had my last facial session.

Being happy helps a lot, too. Being married to Yuan and having our two, cute albeit sometimes crazy dogs make me very happy and that happiness radiates through my skin. As they say, happiest girls are the prettiest. So ladies, always put that smile on your face, regardless of what your skin looks like. It’s your smile that makes you beautiful.

Our adorable furry friends at home. Every morning, they would climb up to me (they sleep in our room) and wake me up from my slumber. Coco (black and white, male) would slather me with his sloppy kisses and Sakura (Cream, female) would go up to my head and play with my hair or sometimes she would just put her bum on my forehead. =)

And that’s that. Do remember that what works for me might not work the same way for you. If you’re suffering from acne or your skin is in pretty bad shape, I suggest consulting your dermatologist for you to know the best remedy for your skin problems. 
What about you? What are your current skincare gems? 
Oh by the way, I am in the search of an affordable eye cream ( I badly need one!). If you have any suggestions, please comment them down below. Thank you! πŸ™‚ 
Julie Alontaga is the Beauty Content Creator and Editor of As Told By Julz. She works as a VA-SEO Specialist for a Web Development Company based in Australia. When she's not at work, she spends her free time binge watching movies and TV series, reading books, cooking/baking, or playing SIMS 4.


  1. Rae
    November 6, 2014

    I'm pretty sure I found your blog through your skin care posts back then. We've taken different routes to fix our skin but I'm glad medyo over na tayo sa acne phase.

    Love your holloween looks!

  2. Judy Ann Chio
    November 6, 2014

    do you have a review on MySkin Origins Vitamin A Acne Perfecting Cream? πŸ™‚

  3. Judy Ann Chio
    November 6, 2014

    hello miss julz! how do you use the oatmeal? πŸ™‚

  4. Julie Ann Tolentino
    November 6, 2014

    Thank you! πŸ™‚

    I remember reading about your Acne journey before and how much I could relate to it. Grabe at that time, I thought my world is going to end already.

  5. Julie Ann Tolentino
    November 6, 2014

    Hi Judy, just use it as a regular facial wash. πŸ™‚

  6. Julie Ann Tolentino
    November 6, 2014

    Hi, none at the moment. I'll review once I've repurchased πŸ™‚

  7. Judy Ann Chio
    November 6, 2014

    san po maka purchase niyan? πŸ˜€

  8. Julie Ann Tolentino
    November 6, 2014

    If you're in Davao, you can visit their store in Jacinto (right beside Dvo Central Convenience store, sa may rotonda).

    Check their facebook page for more info:


  9. cris estacio
    December 11, 2014

    How much ung PureDerm Collagen Facial Wipes or Makeup remover? Where did you buy it? Thanks!!

  10. cris estacio
    December 11, 2014

    Nice you're a dog lover like me… My dog Bubbles is my stress reliever whenever I got home from work it's like she hasn't seen me in years kung makasalubong saken.. I'm using din ung Belo Pimple Wash but not the toner yet siguro pag ubos na yung Kojie San Toner ko, I will. I'm also using Nu Derm's AHA Facial Soap, and quite impressed by this soap kc nglighten tlga yung mga pimple blemishes ko….I agree with you na need tlga mgexfoliate, I use Himalaya Herbals Gentle Exfoliating Wash. Thanks for this post!!

  11. Julie Ann Tolentino
    December 11, 2014

    Bought it from Watsons. It's around 70+, I think πŸ™‚

  12. Julie Ann Tolentino
    December 11, 2014

    My dogs, too. They're so cute when start jumping and wiggling their tails whenever I get home. πŸ™‚

  13. Roxell Mendoza
    October 6, 2017

    Looks like Belo products are perfect for your skin. I am using them too. πŸ™‚


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