Hello everyone, hope you had a great weekend! I’m back with another monthly update on my skin’s condition. Embarking on this skin journey with Annabelle Skin is the best decision i have made for my skin as there has been nothing but improvements (YAY!). With only 4 sessions, there’s so much improvements in terms of redness, more controlled breakouts and better texture! I’m feeling better, happier and more confident nowadays due to better skin. I met up with someone from a PR firm during an event (i have not seen her for half a year) and she commented that my skin condition improved so much. Thank you Annabelle Skin!
#MY SKIN JOURNEY WITH ANNABELLE SKIN |PART THREE
Mandy (My Beautician) will always access the current condition of my skin before the start of every treatment.. This time round, my skin has improved in terms of congestion and also hydration (She though that i have applied base makeup on but i didn’t). hehe! She would be focusing on repairing, nourishing and hydration this time as it will help my skin better.
The facial treatment started off with Cleansing. As i did not have any makeup on, Mandy went straight into normal skin cleansing with the use of Sensi-Bel Delicate Cleanser followed by Sensi-Bel Delicate Tonic to remove remaining residues. Next step is to exfoliate to get rid of impurities and dead skin cell. As the condition of my skin is much better, Mandy used a gentle scrub this time to exfoliate before applying a thin layer of mask (which i have forgotten what mask! oops!). After which, it was left under cold steam for 15 mins to calm and hydrate my skin further.
After cleansing the mask off, it is time for extraction! Over at Annabelle Skin, they do not promote squeezing to decongest pores. Extraction is done using a special extraction tool from Switzerland together with special technique to remove blackheads & clogged sebum. As a result, it is not as painful and red as compared to conventional extraction. During the extraction, Mandy commented that my skin congestion has reduced significantly and she did not have to do so much ‘clearing’ work.
After extraction, Mandy sterilized my skin with a high frequency machine to kill bacteria on the skin’s surface.. During the process, you will experience a mild slight ting-ing sensation. Next, Mandy applied 2 different Intensa Ampoules on my skin – No 9 & No 12:
[AMPOULE No. 9 ADSTRINGENT]
Damaged capillaries and oily skin with large pores benefit particularly from treatment with this special ampoule, containing plant tannin extract.
[AMPOULE No. 12 ANTI-STRESS]
The physical and psychological stress of everyday life coupled with environmental influences lead increasingly to unpleasant skin irritation and disturbance. The skin is the largest human sensory organ and must be strengthened and protected against these attacks. This ampoule serum encompasses special plant complexes and key milk properties as a powerful shield, on guard to protect you.
To end the facial, Solid-bio-Matrix Ginkgo Biloba, a single application mask is left on my skin for 20 mins. This mask is infused with bioMatrix (pure, insoluble collagen fibres) and gingko biloba extract. This mask is recommended for mature and demanding skin has it is highly soothing, hydrating and nourishing. The mask comes in a slighter smaller than A4 size sheet and Mandy had to cut an opening (if not i cannot breathe. LOL!). The mask does not contain perfume, preservatives or bonding agents thus making it very suitable for sensitive / delicate skin. Upon application, there was an instant soothing and cooling sensation. So relaxing!
This picture was taken after the facial and you can see how healthy, smooth and supple my skin was! There wasn’t much redness and skin blotchy-ness so i can walk out of the salon with ease~
Immediately after facial, there’s an after facial glow which i love!!! As mentioned, skin wasn’t red and blotchy-looking after extraction. Skin felt so much ‘lighter’ and less tight. Skin also feels softer, more supple and smoother. Overall Skin Tone has improved in terms of brightness and clarity.
Like every facial, there will be mild purging (small pimples with pus) which is common as the facial + extraction will ‘push’ skin impurities embedded within pores to the surface. During these 2 days, i took extra care in applying pimple gel to dry it up (Will be talking about the products that i’m using below. Despite the mild purging, skin still feels smooth to the touch and sensitivity has reduced. Skin tone has improved significantly in radiance / evenness and skin does not feel as oily.
From 3rd day onwards, The breakouts from purging will start to heal. I always like it that oil secretion will reduce after facial so i just have to use more hydrating products to maintain it. Skin is also less bumpy, more radiant and healthy with reduced breakouts and clogged pores (due to the reduction in oil secretion). In between facial, i will also have to take good care of my skin too and i will be talking more about my current skincare routine which targets my sensitive acne prone and dehydrated skin issues.
My Current Skincare Routine
Step 1: Skin Cleansing
This is a really important step and it is a must to use an effective product that will remove all dust, excessive sebum, impurities and make-up which contributes to skin problems. In addition, you will need a perfectly cleanse skin in order to prep it for your other skincare products (So that whatever you applied on will be fully absorbed and penetrated by the skin).. As my skin is sensitive, i’m using a gentle cleansing skin cleanser. In the Mornings, i’m using Nature Republic Green Derma Mild Foam Cleaner and at Night, i’m using Sulwahasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam EX. For sensitive skin, try not to leave facial cleanser on for more than 15 seconds and don’t exert too much force while washing as this will trigger off irritation. As the sunblock i’m using doesn’t requires a makeup remover to remove it directly, i’m not double cleansing my skin.
The Nature Republic Green Derma Mild Foam Cleanser was recommended to me by a SA while i was shopping in Korea’s Nature Republic. She told me that this cleanser will help me balance the PH level of my skin and is gentle on skin. This low acidity foam cleanser is mild and it balances skin while protecting with moisture shield. 90% of nature derived ingredient giving clear inner and moisture protection on surface. Pea size amount suffices to cleanse the whole face effective and it doesn’t make skin feels tight after cleansing. The facial cleanser has a soothing lavender scent and i’m already currently on my 2nd tube~
Just bought the Sulwahasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam EX last week and i’m already falling in love with is cleansing foam. Like what its name suggested, this clear cleansing gel is gentle on skin and it foams slightly to cleanse skin effectively. The cleanser has a strong herbal smell so if you don’t like herbal smell, it can get overwhelming. After cleansing, skin feels refreshed, clean and ‘light’ without tightness~
As the use of toner is also part of the cleansing process to remove leftover residues after using a cleanser… This will help achieve a better cleanse skin to prep it for your other skincare products so that nutrients be able to penetrate into the skin optimally. I’m currently using Dr Belter’s Sensi-Bel Delicate Tonic and Sensi-Be is a special care line for hypersensitive skin. The Delicate Tonic reduces skin irritations and makes the skin surface less susceptible to attack by irritants. It will also normalize the skin’s PH level while protecting it. The tonic is very mild and it does not sting my skin. It makes my skin refreshed while it calms it down as it is enriched with soothing / hydrating ingredients such as oak bark, natural moisturiser and aloe vera. Mandy told me to pat it directly on skin but i prefer using a cotton pad to apply it. The texture of the toner is slightly soapy but it doesn’t leave any sticky sensation once it dries up.
Bought the Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum as the SA told me it is their best-selling product which will give me soft and smooth skin when i use it daily. Black Sugar Perfect First Serum is a serum that provides exfoliating, brightening, wrinkle-smoothing and hydrating benefits in a single formula. I’m already on my 2nd bottle as it is really as good as described! I’m using this after toner (Although SA said that i should use before toner) and texture wise is like a regular toner (Although it is on the thicker side). The toner smells like melted brown sugar and it gives me instant brightening effect after the first use. With regular use, skin stays soft, smoother and more radiant. I love that it contains Sugar which is a natural and gentle exfoliator which helps prevent dead skin built up which contributes the congested pores!
To keep skin hydrated, I’m using Sothys Hydra3Ha Intensive Hydrating Serum. To be frank, i’m not using moisturizer regularly as i’m worried that it will be too rich for my sensitive / easily clogged skin. Hence, i was told to use serum instead as texture will be lighter so there’s nothing much for me to worry about. You can read more about my review for this Serum Here
For the occasional spots and blemishes, i’m using the CentelLaca A-Clear Eraser, Beyond Acnature Spot Healer and Mentholatum Ointment. These 3 different cream / gel fulfilled all my requirements – No stinging sensation when applied on, gentle on skin yet effective, good healing and drying power and doesn’t leave an obvious brown mark when the pimple / acne healed.
CentelLaca A-Clear Eraser is from a brand called W.Lab which has received premium brand awards and 2015 Korea Satisfaction Consumer Index. This Korean Skin Care brand is very
popular in Korea and now all these different Korean cosmetics and skincare products are easily available on Korean cosmetics / skincare online shop like Q-Depot.
CentelLaca A-Clear Eraser heals irritated acne ranging from Pimple, Millet Seed Acne and Cystic Acne. It doesn’t contains Antibiotic and Steroid Ingredients so it is suitable for all skin types. While it heals acne, it also helps to treat acne scars. The CentelLaca A-Clear Eraser has a white cream texture which gets absorbed without a trace~ Personally, i find the A-Clear Eraser good in healing those big Cystic acne and it also reduced the inflammation and redness within a week.
Beyond Acnature Spot Healer is also from Korea and i love the texture for this most. It has a gel texture which gets absorbed fast without any stickiness. There’s no stinging sensation after application and i find this good for drying up those small pimples filled with pus. It was useful when i had mild purging after facial and these breakouts will banish within 2 days.
Mentholatum Ointment is an Ointment i bought for my blister while in Taiwan. Hahaha! I tried applying it to red, angry-looking acne or those acne that i attempted to pick/squeeze and it work wonders in calming it down. Only thing is i can apply it only at night as the texture is waxy and it will leave behind a glossy finish. There’s also a minty sensation after application which is really soothing.
I was complaining to Mandy that many sunblocks in the market tend to be really heavy). So she applied the Dr Belter latest sunblock on my face and i was sold. What’s so interesting is that the sunblock actually has a serum-like texture and there’s no need to use a makeup remover to remove! Known as the Dr Belter Sun Protection (SPF 30) Face Elixir, this newly launched sunblock consists of protective concentrate for the face protects the sensitive skin from sunburn and other harmful effects of the sun. The formula uses biological cell protection complexes, such as Ectoin®, a special DNA shield from the plant cassia alata to prevent sun-induced skin aging and the formation of hyperpigmentation. The sunblock has a fluid serum like texture and it feels so light on skin. It does not leave behind any stickiness, white cast and greasiness after applying. Moreover, it can be easily washed away with your regular cleanser (No need makeup remover) so i need not worry about it being too heavy and clogging my pores. 🙂
If you are interested in trying out Annabelle Skin, they are offering my readers 1st facial trial at 50% off, plus free skin analysis and tester set! Just have to quote my name ‘Jermaine Liang‘ when you are booking your appointment.
Thanks for reading and have a great working week!! 🙂
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