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Skincare Regime Update – December 2016

The last update was April and lots of changed since then. Pretty much everything I’m using is different!

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1. Hadalabo Tamagohada AHA+BHA mild exfoliating face wash foam (160ml)
2. Medicated Sekkisei lotion (360ml) – Made in Japan
3. Hadalabo Gokujyun Medicated Skin Conditioner lotion (170ml) – Made in Japan
4. Melvita Nectar Supreme eye & lip contour cream (0.5fl oz.) [almost 15ml] – Made in France
5. ettusais Premium Amino Caviar Cream (90g) – Made in Japan

1. I left my Muji foam cleanser behind in a hotel but I just want to say that cleanser worked well with my Luna. Bought this as a replacement and I don’t feel anything special towards it. I like that it dispenses ready-made foam so I save some time. I’m only *just* reading now that people have been reporting the cleanser drying their skin … perhaps that’s why my eye area have been itchy the past few days?? I’ve been using it for about two weeks now though only once a day until recently. Tamogohada = more or less the image of your skin will look like as smooth as a peeled hard boiled egg if you use this. I guess.
2. Still loving this and I will continue using this (although I’m tempted to try Albion’s Skin Conditioner). I still have one bottle of P50 left, which I’ll reintroduce when the weather gets warmer.
3. This is my extra hydration step and I’ll probably use a serum when this bottle is done, or one of the many packets and bottles of samples from different brands that I have. This particular formula (green bottle) of the Hadalabo Gokujyun range is supposed to moisturize and prevent pimples from appearing. Hormonal spots are something else so this item doesn’t really help me much there. I’m not sure if it’s sold in Hong Kong? I haven’t seen it anywhere I went (the usual suspects Watson’s/Manning/log-on don’t have it).
4. The formula is nothing special but this is my first experience with these kind of tips. On the days when I have time to slowly tap tap tap gently with the tip I do find a difference to just applying with fingers.
5.I took this with me to Hong Kong, knowing the weather is less dry than Paris. I was almost finished with my It’s Skin Snail Cream anyway and thought it’s a good time to open the next moisturizer in the stash. There are many little beads in the moisturizer (hence ‘caviar’) and you just have to make sure you rub all of them in. Sometimes there are strays and if you miss one they can appear as bizarre looking but perfectly round tiny ball of flesh. I’ve continued using this since I got back and interestingly it still does a decent job of moisturizing my skin in this completely different climate. I honestly didn’t expect it to perform this well. I’ll do a review on this separately.

I no longer have a really different morning/evening routine. Only that I throw in a makeup remover before the regular cleanser at night. That’s usually either of these: (more…)

Skincare Regime Update – April 2016

The last post on my regime was posted in mid-February but to be honest I was using those products for a while before I finally managed to make the post. Since I’ve finished up a bunch of stuff last month I thought I’d do a quick update to reflect what’s in current rotation.

My skin’s been doing great lately, if I do say so myself. It appears a bit smoother and feels softer than before. I still have my problem areas (old scarring) and those aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. But other than that I’m generally happy about state it is in.

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Morning:
1. Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean
2. Biologique Recherche P50
3. Kose Sekkisei Lotion Excellent
4. Hadalabo Shiroshizuku Whitening Serum
5. La Roche-Posay Redermic [C]
6. Nature Republic Snail eye cream
7. IOPE Ultimate Hydro Cream (more…)

Current Skincare Regime

Some time ago I wrote about my old skincare regime and promised to finish it with reviews on the moisturizers and special care items (this was the post that started this series). But I no longer see the point of that because most of the products have been reviewed separately elsewhere and in empties posts (search for Hydraluron, Toleriane, PTR Glycolic Acid moisturizer, Algenist for example). So I thought I’d share instead the current skincare routine instead. Before going to that though, here’s the old list again –

The Day Routine:
– POD Liquid Detox
– La Roche-Posay Serozinc / Darphin Intral Toner
– Hydraluron / Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Antioxidant Serum
– LRP eye cream / Shiseido
– LRP Toleriane moisturizer / Algenist
– some sort of acne treatment if needed (Effaclar Duo or topical treatment)

The Night Routine:
– 1st cleansing: Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil
– POD Liquid Detox
– Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10%
– Hydraluron / Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Antioxidant Serum
– LRP eye cream / Shiseido
– Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid Moisturizer OR Algenist (alternate evenings)
– Adapalene cream

I feel the need to bring that up again because it *is* responsible for kick starting the change in my skin. The most important players in that list are: Adapalene cream (I will write about this), PTR Glycolic Acid (especially the toner) and perhaps the POD cleanser. It’s important to finish with a good moisturizer. Eye creams are mostly the same I’ve found, memorable exception is the one from Astalift, really felt that did something.

Here’s more or less my current skincare:

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Picture taken on vacation, hence decants and rare opportunity to have them all displayed nicely on a glass shelf.

Day:
– (#2) Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Multi Action Cream Cleanser
– (#3) Biologique Recherche P50V
– (#4) Kose Sekkisei Medicated Lotion (decanted)
– (#5) Nature Republic Snail Solution 70 eye cream
– (#7) Nature Republic Snail Solution 80 ampoule
– (#8) belif moisturizing bomb (sample size, see empties post here) (more…)

Previous Skincare Regime: Cleanser & Toners

This is Part 2 to this post, here I’ll be reviewing the core skincare regime I used that I felt helped my skin get back on track. A lot of the products are no longer in my current regime. This is because (1) as usual I started this post a long time ago (February!) and never gotten round to finishing it 😛 (2) I wanted to use up whatever else I have stocked up first before making repurchases, if any.
Because of this, I’m not able to take a nice group picture of the products below. In fact I can only show you 3 of the cleansers/toners mentioned. Not really worth showing, IMO. If you do a search though you should find most of them in empties posts here and there.
I’ll make another post of my current regime hopefully soon enough in the future.

I realised this can get really lengthy so I’ll just review the cleansers and toners in this post and do the moisturizers etc in another. Products with names in bold means I’m still using them/they’re still around.

The Day Routine:
POD Liquid Detox
– La Roche-Posay Serozinc / Darphin Intral Toner
– Hydraluron / Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Antioxidant Serum
– LRP eye cream / Shiseido
– LRP Toleriane moisturizer / Algenist
– some sort of acne treatment if needed (Effaclar Duo or topical treatment)

The Night Routine:
– 1st cleansing: Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil
POD Liquid Detox
– Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10%
– Hydraluron / Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Antioxidant Serum
– LRP eye cream / Shiseido
– Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid Moisturizer OR Algenist (alternate evenings)
– Adapalene cream

POD Liquid Detox
Back story: I first read about this on an Australian blog (logical since POD is an Aussie brand) and the blogger attributed improvements to her skin partly to this cleanser. Upon googling it I found more positive reviews but more importantly, discovered that POD was going out of business and was having a liquidation sale. So I bought 4 (or was it 5?) bottles of this. I’m no longer sure what the status of the company is as there seems to be some activity but the official website is gone.
I’ve reviewed this in the past and it’s in many of my ’empties post’. But just to recap POD claims to ‘cleanse, tone, exfoliate’ the skin thus ‘reducing blackheads, blemishes, sun damage’ so you’ll get ‘an even skin tone’. It achieves this with ‘a triple-enzyme that breaks down dead skin, dirt, make-up and the pollution of the day in a foaming cleanser that does not leave any residue’.
Among the ingredients are quite a few essential oils (fragrance), potential irritant for those with really sensitive skin. (more…)

My Skin Battle and Current Skincare Regime – Part 1

I’ve never really posted about my skincare routine. Up until now you only get glimpses of my skincare products in the monthly empties posts. So I thought I’d put everything in one place and kick it off with this post in case it helps anyone battling the same problems. I’ve broken this into two posts because of how lengthy it was getting and I don’t want to overwhelm you guys.

From my empties posts you might know already that I suffer from hormonal breakouts and the constant presence of La Roche-Posay etc. Here’s the why.

My story:
I was one of those people who sailed through the teenage years without breaking out. I had clear (dare I say perfect) skin up until my early 20s. Clear skin, invisible pores, even skin tone and texture etc etc. And then it all changed.
I began getting these tiny spots that pop up every two days. When one disappeared, two new ones arrived. I didn’t know what to do and started trying all sorts of new cleansers/potions to no avail. Eventually I was introduced to a reputed dermatologist and he got me sorted out. One of the reasons he mentioned was something along the lines that the skin has a certain amount of tolerance but if you abuse it with products that aren’t suitable, eventually (some might take years, others days) it will reach a break point and the spots are the cumulative results and its way of telling you ‘Enough!’.

Apart from the odd spots from time to time I enjoyed clear skin again but the whole spotty experience (albeit milder) returned approximately every other year. I’ve moved across the continent since and couldn’t consult my derm regularly, only on the occasions when I return to visit my family. Since those visits I’ve been using very mild products for sensitive skin (hence all the La Roche-Posay). I had one cleanser and one moisturizer, same products for AM and PM, nothing else. My skin behaved quite well in winter but summer could be a constant battle.

Unfortunately the problem seemed to have evolved last year – I was getting spots that synchronized with my period – they’d pop up just before and they take longer and longer to heal. The seasons no longer matter, winter could be just as bad. Now I’ll get new ones before the old ones have completely faded and my face just look very spotty with old and new spots 😦

I deduced that this has become a hormonal issue and while I can’t change that without taking some kind of pills, I tried supplementing my skincare routine with AHA/salicylic acid and other ingredients that have been touted as ideal for acne-prone skin, hoping at least to minimize the ‘breeding ground’ factor. These help to a certain extent but didn’t ‘cure’ my breakouts.

I’ve never seen my skin in this bad a state (I’m in my 30s now, and I always have one or two angry spots plus old scars that take ages to fade) so a few months ago I finally went to see a dermatologist and she prescribed me Adapalene cream (0.1%). This is akin to a milder version of Differin. She said to apply this after cleansing and then put on my moisturizer afterwards. She approved of my moisturizer (La Roche-Posay Toleriane) but pointed out that’s targeted for really sensitive skin that couldn’t err tolerate anything but if it works for me it’s fine. The interesting thing was she asked if I was using oils on my face and said that she noticed it’s the trend nowadays (argan oil was cited) but in her opinion it’s not for the majority. (more…)

Daily Routine

1. Chanel Purete Mat Shine Control Powder
2. Bobbi Brown eye shadow in Saddle (61)
3. Bobbi Brown long-wear cream shadow in Shore (35)
4. Bobbi Brown long-wear gel eyeliner in Black Ink (1)
5. SANA light yellow undereye concealor
6. Make Up Forever Brow seal
7. Maybelline Colossal waterproof mascara