Sunday, November 15, 2015

S/S 15 Skincare

After using the same skincare products for the past 10 months, I decided it was time to shake things up. My skin was going through some odd breakouts and I realised switching out a couple of products at a time did wonders. I've tried most of these products at some point and decided to recollect and have another dig at them to help my poor skin out.

Antipodes Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser
This is my third bottle of Juliet and I think it's a great cleanser that cleanses thoroughly, leaves the skin feeling refreshed but not taut or 'squeaky' and doesn't froth up like mad. This might be due to its largely natural ethos, which I think works very well. It claims to brighten and lighten the skin on a long term basis- while I'm not sure about the lightening, I can say that the last time I used it in 2013 my skin did look a lot clearer and brighter but it might have been the culmination of products that I was using, including the Apostle Skin-Brightening Tone-Correcting Serum from the same brand. I also bought a Models Prefer facial cleansing scrubbing pad- stuck on the tile using its suction cup base- because I've been using konjac sponges and mine's getting old and needs to retire. I don't think it's as good as the silicone one I found in Singapore because it's not as soft- the stiffer material isn't as good at gently lathering the cleanser but it's good for getting rid of the build-up in larger pores around the nose.

Lush Angels On Bare Skin
I've also tried this before, but in a sample and I loved it so much I used it all up and put it in a monthly favourites in 2014. I think it's great at gently cleansing and giving a good exfoliating scrub with the almond meal content but I don't think it's a cleanser to use morning and night, everyday. It's better suited to evenings because the way it needs to be mixed with water to form a paste and then applied to the face is a bit too messy for the mornings when I'm hastily getting ready. I love the lavender scent and the gentle, calming effect on the skin and I'm loving alternating between the Juliet gel cleanser and this one. In the evenings I use either of these cleansers after removing my makeup with the Sanctuary Spa Ultimate Facial Cleansing Oil, which I mentioned in a recent monthly favourites.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
This is an oldie-but-a-goodie in some snazzy revamped packaging that I've spoken about many times. Whenever I want to tackle congested skin or angry breakouts, this goes onto the skin before anything else. It's green, it's minty and I leave it on my face for 10-15 minutes before taking it off with a face washcloth. I buy mine from iHerb and I have yet to find a mask that is as effective for the price. Most clarifying clay masks I try don't match up to this because they dry the skin out while the mask is on and feel extremely uncomfortable, or they don't wash off cleanly because they contain oils (Sanctuary Spa Thermal Detox Mask...) but this one doesn't feel tight at all and the damp flannel takes the mask off neatly.

V 10 Plus Water Based Peeling gel*
This chemical exfoliant works in a strange instantaneous way because once the clear gel is applied to the skin, it exfoliates and causes the dead skin cells to pill up on the surface. Once this nasty step is complete, I can rinse it off and get on with the rest of my skincare. While I don't know how it works, I think it's an effective way of exfoliating and I'm enjoying using it on particularly congested areas.

Braggs' Apple Cider Vinegar with The Mother toner
I mix water and apple cider vinegar in this pump bottle from Daiso and sweep it over my face with a Daiso cotton pad onto a dry face after cleansing and I find it restores the pH balance of my skin and helps to clear up breakouts extremely quickly. I'm considering trying a proper acidic toner like a glycolic acid but for the moment this is excellent at keeping major acne at bay.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo +
I've used about six tubes of the original Effaclar Duo and while I did love at the time, when I needed something more potent I turned to five percent benzoyl peroxide acne gel and that took care of my acne (and stained some bath towels, so watch out). Now that my flare-ups are more manageable thanks to the apple cider vinegar toner, I bought the Effaclar Duo + to try it out and use it in a preventative way. The '+' version supposedly does the corrective unclogging care, but has the added benefit of anti-marks for any pigmentation which a breakout might leave behind on the surface of the skin. I'm hoping it works because my biggest issues are breakouts and scarring, and this claims to tackle both.

Jeunesse Luminsce Cellular Rejuvenation Serum
I spoke about this in my recent monthly favourites post- I cannot emphasise how good this is at speeding up skin cell renewal. I have hyperpigmentation from cystic acne on my cheeks and this serum goes on like a gel, and although it doesn't absorb like some serums I've tried, it works overnight to help the skin's texture and brightness and while my scars aren't completely gone, they're at least 50% better than they were before I started using this. I was using the La Roche-Posay Sensi White Cream but since I picked this up I've been using it instead!

*Product provided for consideration

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