Thursday, October 18, 2012

New Skincare Additions

I've had a pretty mundane skincare routine for the past six months, so I decided to shake it up a bit. Seeing as a I couldn't splash out on makeup (which was strangely relaxing, mostly) I decided to try some new skincare things. Because if you've got good skin, you don't need makeup... easier said than done, surely.



I don't think my skincare routine is exciting enough to post about separately so I'll write about it here. I use Dove's Cleanser and Toner in One morning and night, double cleansing if I'd bothered with makeup that day. To moisturise, Dove's Essential Nutrients Protective Day Cream SPF 15. I was using Aveeno's Daily Moisturising Lotion but I stopped because it contained Isopropyl Palmitate, which can cause acne. :S That's about it- I occasionally use Dove Essential Nutrients Alcohol Free Clarifying Toner but since the cleanser supposedly did some toning action, I found the additional toner left my skin dehydrated in winter so I don't use it much anymore. The routine's very Dove, I just noticed. Well, it works. :)




After using the new products for a couple of weeks, I'll say that Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair serum has done the most for my skin, refining its texture and making it noticeably less oily. After applying it the night before, when I wake up my skin looks even, especially where I usually have slight redness on my cheeks. The sample size is surprisingly decent- I've gotten about 10 uses and I'm about halfway through it.

I bought Origins Super Spot Remover more recently but I have high praise for it and I'll save that for a separate post. (Rather than packing one post with random chatter like I usually do :P) Sadly I don't think Avene Cleanance K cream-gel is working out too well- I broke out in odd places like between my brows and the dry patches on my cheeks. I read some people get what they call 'purging' stages using it but I don't see why it should cause that as an exfoliant. I didn't see any difference after using it for a week and I didn't expect to, but breaking out puts me off from persisting with it. I purchased Cleanance K hoping it would act in the same way Alpha-H Liquid Gold does as a chemical exfoliant because, like Liquid Gold, the active ingredient is glycolic acid but I think I should have bought the real deal to begin with. :( 

I'd like to buy a Clarisonic Mia but seeing as China holiday may be back on I'm saving up for that instead of saving for a pricey electric facial toothbrush. Definitely something for next year though. :)

9 comments:

  1. great additions of products ^_~ can't wait for your review on the origins Super Spot Remover =) I wanted a clarisonic too!! but the price is just too expensive! T___T

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  2. Haha my skincare routine has been the same for almost a year or more now, not really exciting but I like how it's simple but works - that's what counts the most right? :P The Estee Lauder advanced night repair looks like something I should try to reduce my oiliness, I feeling and look of greasyness just irritates me. I look forward to the separate post on the Origins Spot remover!! Though I've controlled my acne quite well, I still get nasties here and there when I'm stressed out or when hormones are going crazy on me lol.

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    1. I just had a look at your skincare routine post- you seem to have it down pat! I wish I had something similar but I'm afraid of branching out and experimenting with too much for fear of making my skin worse! Night Repair's really working for me- investing in the full size will take some effort though! :)

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  3. I didn't know Aveeno's moisturiser could cause breakouts!

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    1. Isopropyl Palmitate is an ingredient in a lot of skincare products and it can clog the pores. So I've tried to stay away from products which have it.

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  4. So after reading your post I went back to Cosmo Cosmetics and bought the dodgy "Not for Individual Sale" 15mL bottle of ANR. I've only used it for two nights but I await to see if it does anything. I'm hopeful since you say that you've noticed results after a couple weeks of using it :) I've not tried any Avene skin care other than their Thermal Spray - that's too bad that the cream gel didn't work too well! I bought 3 tubs of my Dove day cream when Priceline had a promotion (I believe it was buy 2 get 1 free), unfortunately I can't locate where the other 2 are now I've used up my first tub! :p

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    1. Dodgy indeed! Though 15mL is pretty generous- the smallest full size is 30mL and that costs $108, I believe? So 15mL for $25 is a pretty good deal... or not. I guess we'll see. And when I bought the day cream a couple of months back it was 20% off and mine was the last one on the shelf! I'll be sad if they ever discontinue it- the hassle of finding a new one will be irksome. I had such high hopes for the Avene Cleanance K since it was somewhat respectable and I wanted to avoid ordering Liquid Gold online. Hahaha I hope you find the day creams! That's so funny. :P

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  5. I love Avene although I need to try more of their products! It's a shame that the Cleanance K made you break out though! The Estee Lauder serum sounds good, if only I had a sample... :P

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