‘Revisiting’ my Skincare Routine. Let’s go!!

It has been about 6 months since i last blogged about my skincare routine and because there are new additions in my skincare routine, i’ll like to share more about it.. 🙂

After going for regular facial (once every month) and religiously applying my skincare products, I’m happy with the condition of my skin.. It doesn’t clog so easily, is less oily and it is less sensitive.. I’m still suffering from jawline breakouts when approaching the time of the month but despite of this, I’m pretty contented with the improvements.. Currently still thinking of ways to remove the post-acne / pimples marks, recommendations anyone? 🙂

The photo below is taken in January with minimal make-up on (Tinted pimple cream, Mineral loose powder, blusher, eyeliner , eye-shadow and lip-gloss).. I don’t have to conceal much nowadays with my trusty MAC concealer as my skin looks so much clearer.. At a recent event, Joyce told me that my skin has shown a lot of improvements and I’m really pleased to hear that! 🙂

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Step One: Cleansing

I’m still using the Babor Bi-Phase cleansing set which consists of HY-Ol and Phytoactive… I love the texture of the cleansing oil (not heavy nor oily) and together with Phytoactive, it cleanse my skin well and removes all make-up without drying my skin.. It also doesn’t sting my eyes when i use the cleansing oil + Phytoactive on my eyes! You can read more about the 2 products here

Step Two: Calming my skin with Cool Massage Roller

I have creased the use of the massage roller daily due to laziness.. haha! I’ll only use it when i have jawline breakouts as it will help to calm the ‘angry-ness’ down (My beautician also told me that acne will ‘soften’ heal faster if you massage it regularly).. You can read more about the roller here

Step Three: Cleansing and Toning of Skin

Babor’s Rose Toning Lotion has to be the best toner ever and i cannot live without it.. Not only it doesn’t contains alcohol, it smells heavenly as well! The toner is gentle on skin but yet it helps to remove remaining residues on my skin after cleansing.. After applying the toner, skin feels clean, soft and looks more supple!

You can read more about the toner here

Step Four: Serum on T-Zone and Problematic areas (NEW)

As part of my anti-aging routine, i have included the use of L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser Renewing Anti-Aging Serum to refine pores, wrinkles and to firm my skin… After using this, i realised that the skin on my T-zone (Especially my nose) seems more refined (lesser blackheads) and smoother…

On my jawline, i will apply a thin layer of Neogence’s Extremely Off-Heads Serum to purify my skin, remove dead skin cells and draw out impurities and white head.. With this product, it helps to sooth my skin and my pimples will heal faster.

You can read more L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser Renewing Anti-Aging Serum here and Neogence’s Extremely Off-Heads Serum here

** Do note that these 2 items are sponsored

Step Five: Moisturize and Hydrates! (NEW)

I have replaced Babor Pure Daily Purifying Cream with Babor Pure Select Purifying Anti-Aging Lotion as i want to incorporate more anti-aging products into my skincare regime. This lotion has anti-aging formula while it also helps to combat impurities at the same time.. Suitable for all skin type, this lotion will work around the clock to hydrate skin, reduce sebum production while improving elasticity and firming the skin tissue. It contains zinc salt, aloe vera, magnolia extract, rich starch and Enantia Chlorantha Bark extract to give radiant and youthful-looking complexion..

 
The lotion has a light and watery texture which gets absorbed into the skin fast without any sticky aftermath… Like the pump bottle as it makes application more hygiene… When compared to the purifying cream,  i find that it hydrates my skin better and it keeps my skin matt longer.. Like the purifying cream, it helps to treat my pimple and reduces sensitivity boils…
 

Step Six: Zap those spots away and cover up!

During the day, i will use Babor Tinted Pimple Cream on those occasional spots to conceal and to treat it! At night, i will use LMS Spotlights 24 to speed up the healing process of my pimples and to reduce the inflammation. You can read more about the LMS spotslights and Tinted Pimple Cream here

Step Seven: Sunblock to protect your skin during the day (NEW)

Previously, i was sponsored with Hada labo’s UV moist emulsion which i have finished using… Recommended it to one of my gf and we both agreed that texture is light and non-greasy.. However, i did not repurchase it as i have always love to explore other sunblock… Currently using Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence which is the top-selling sunscreen in Japan.. Thanks to Biore and EK Media for sending me this gem!

Decided to review the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence because the product looks very promising as it stated to have high SPF protection coverage and yet it feels nothing on skin after application.

The secret behind lies with the Biore breakthrough technology whereby the UV ingredients are contained within the Aqua Micro Capsule to provide SPF50/PA+++ protection while keeping skin cool and refreshed. As such, this water rich UV essence stays light and weightless on skin when applied on.. Unlike regular sunscreens, it won’t leave behind a heavy and greasy after feel and it gets absorbed instantly…

You can say that this UV essence has 2-in-1 benefits as it provide protection against harmful UV rays and at the same time it hydrates the skin..

Benefit 1: It has good and long-lasting High SPF and PA+++ protection against skin-aging UVA rays and skin-burning UVB rays..

Benefit 2: It contains hyaluronic acid and Citrus extract (Extract of orange, grapefruit and lemon) to keep skin hydrated, soft and healthy.

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Despite being a sunscreen with high SPF, texture is light and refreshing (like water). Upon skin contact, the unique aqua micro capsule will release moisture, leaving your skin protected, refreshed and hydrated. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive ones as formula is gentle and allergy tested.

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The ingredient list if anyone is interested in it.. Because it contains fruit extract, the UV essence has a mild citrus fruity scent!

The UV essence has white gel-based texture and upon spreading it, the UV essence turns watery.. If you look at the picture below carefully, you can actually see tiny water droplets.. It gets absorbed into my skin very fast without any form of stickiness  / oiliness.

No shiny screen / white cast after application!

Purposely applied the UV essence on only one side of my face so that you can see whether if any white cast is left behind..

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Boo! I hate my post pimple marks!

But NO! You cannot see any! Because of the watery texture upon skin’s contact, it just feels as if i am applying moisturizer instead of sun-screen.. Although this UV essence is hydrating, do remember to guard your skin with moisturizer before applying sunscreen… I am able to spread the UV essence easily and it gets absorbed into my skin very fast without leaving behind a heavy feeling (which many of the regular sunscreens will).. Another plus point will be that it leaves my skin matt and refreshed without weighting it down.. The UV essence has a slight citrus scent and a cooling sensation when applying it which serves as a quick perk me up in the morning, i like!! 🙂

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Will recommend this if you are looking for a sunscreen with high SPF but yet feels like nothing on skin… The UV essence is only available in one size (50ml) and retailing @ $18.90 at selected supermarkets, hypermarkets and pharmacies.

That’s all about my daily skincare routine and hope you have enjoy reading it.. Will be sharing more on my twice weekly ‘masking’ routine  so do stay tune!

Have a great Thursday everyone!

(Sponsored Review) Biore’s Skin Caring Cleanser – Facial Foam and Scrub Facial foam Mild

One week ago, i have received Biore’s Skin Caring Cleanser Series for review. Decided to give this a try as this cleanser will support and boost skin’s natural ability to self-renew!  In order to achieve flawless and well-balanced skin, skin renewal is crucial and i will explain to you why…

The new Biore Facial Foams will cleanse and improves the skin in just 1 min! The all new Skin Caring Cleanser Series is proven to have higher cleansing ability vs. competitors.. The facial foams are also low in irritation as the cleansing chemical will not penetrate skin while cleansing. It is also the first cleanser that will re-balance skin – reduce oil at T-zone (forehead and nose) and replenish moisture at U-zone (cheek and chin).

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Biore believes that skin problems occur due to inefficient cleansing when remnant dirt, make-up residues and chemical traces are left on skin.. It can be also due to harsh cleansing agents that penetrate skin and disturb the skin natural balance. All these will disrupt the skin’s 28 days natural renewal process and lead to skin problems like dryness, clogged pores and pimples.

Biore’s Skin Caring Cleanser Series works to support skin’s natural renewal process  to reveal well-balanced and healthy skin. While it works to remove all dust, excessive sebum, impurities and make-up which contributes to skin problems (like acne and sensitivity)..It will provide you with perfectly cleanse skin in order to prep it for other skincare products that further support skin renewal.

The effective cleansing is due to the fact that the cleaners contains SPT: Skin Purifying Technology which has high cleansing efficacy without damaging the skin (as it doesn’t penetrate into the skin)..

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Non residue, Non irritating, Vitalize Skin!

It has been proven that in just 14 days, skin will be rejuvenate, becomes more balanced and improvements as such can be seen!

More hydrated skin, lesser clogged pores, decrease in sebum secretion, lighten marks and blemishes

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Biore has sent me 2 cleansers for review and the first one i will be touching on will be the Biore Facial Foam Scrub.. As accumulated sebum, impurities and dead skin cell will clog pores, it is essential to include the exfoliation routine into your skincare regime to reveal smoother, brighter and radiant skin..

Suitable for all skin-types, Biore Facial Foam Scrub will reveal clean, smooth and refined skin with its Skin purifying technology.. The scrub contains Ultra fine beads that is smaller than pores so it is gentle enough for daily use…

As it is formulated with skin purifying technology, the Biore Facial Foam Scrub will care for the specific needs of different facial area!

T-zone – it removes dead skin cell and dirt to keep pores clean! The ultra fine beads will remove impurities and unclog pores.

U-Zone– it retains moisture and increase skin’s hydration level.

Biore’s facial foam scrub contains very fine beads and it doesn’t feels harsh on skin.. Once the foam comes into contact with water, the fine beads will gradually disappear and become foamy.. The scrub contains a mild sweet fragrance and no stinging sensation is experienced while cleansing… After cleansing, skin feels smoother, brighter and it doesn’t feels tight… Because my dead-skin cells are being scrubbed off, my skin feels really clean and I love this refreshed feeling… But if you have sensitive skin like me, I will recommend you to use it once on a weekly basis to prevent over-scrubbing your delicate skin… Also, try not to use this scrub on dry skin as it might cause more friction which might increase irritation..

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The next cleanser that i will touch on will be the Biore Facial foam (Mild) – for Normal to combination skin… This cleanser will be good for combination skin which is usually oily on the T-zone and Dry on the cheeks / chin area, the mild cleanser will stay gentle on skin while it cleanses the oily T-zone without drying the U Zone (normally on cheeks and chin).. When overall skin is more balanced, softer and smoother skin will emerged.

Contains Skin Purifying technology with mild formula, it will protect skin’s natural pH balance.. With every use, skin will be naturally balanced, well cleanse and stay hydrated as it cares for the different facial area.. It removes oil and dirt + control excess oil from the T-zone while it retains moisture on the U-zone.

The  foam is gel-like and upon contact with water, it will lather into a pearly texture.. Will prefer that the cleanser has a more foamy texture as I always believe that more bubbles have better ability to remove dirt and impurities. After cleansing, skin doesn’t feels tight so i can rest-assure that it doesn’t dries out my skin… Despite being mild, it cleanse effectively as I don’t see any residue left behind when I ‘tone’ my skin…

One plus point will be that the facial foam is really mild on my skin as it doesn’t result in much red patches after cleansing.. Instead, skin feels soft and clean! Have been using this mild facial foam for a week every morning and i have to say that I’m pretty happy with it… It is able to reduce redness of my existing pimples  (refer to pictures below) and control the amount of new pimples from popping out… However, I did not observe any significant change in the amount of sebum secretion from my pores… Overall, I’m pleased with this product and it will be a nice affordable alternative to replace my Babor mild foaming wash..

Before – Some clogged pores and pimples on forehead and temple area

After – Calmer skin with lesser clogged pores

Beside the mild facial foam and scrub, the facial foam is also available in Extra Moist (Dry & Dehydrated skin) and Acne (Blemish prone skin) versions..

Thanks for reading and happy Saturday to everyone! 🙂

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