Skincare routine for managing eczema

Filed Under (cleanser, mask, moisturiser, scrub, serum, skincare, toner, treatment) by rinnah on 23-09-2013

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Ah eczema. It’s the bane of my life and has been around for 17 odd years now – more than half my lifespan! It only became a huge issue for me over the past three or so years when various stresses in my life combined to push me over the edge and eczema started to affect my face. Naturally, I panicked and started running all over like a headless chicken, throwing money at any product that even remotely claimed to be for sensitive and eczema affected skin.

So I tried stuff from Dior, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Lancome, Kiehl’s, Dermalogica, drugstore brands and even to the extent of buying many expensive natural/organic products from overseas to try and manage my skin. Sometimes it worked for a while and then it would stop working. Other times it just greatly aggravated my skin to the point where I started thinking I would never look ‘human’ again.

Dry skin
Waiting out a flare-up in December 2012

Anyway, the point of this blogpost is not to moan about how horrible eczema can be and how it affects me but to note down the following skincare routine – I’ve been following various permutations of this routine for the past 5 months and I think I’ve found the right combo that helps me in managing my eczema.

Back to Basics
Eczema flare-ups can last anywhere between a week to a month for me, depending on the severity of the flare-up and whether or not I’m on doctor’s prescribed medication. Symptoms of an ongoing flare-up include itching, swelling, redness, inflammation, weeping, crusting and even bleeding when the skin splits.

Whenever I have a flare-up, I stop ALL skincare to keep from aggravating my skin. I only wash my face with water in the mornings. Occasionally at night, I will use Pai Skincare Camellia & Rose gentle hydrating cleanser. I can get away with this very basic cleansing routine because I don’t use any makeup at all during a flare-up.

pai skincare camellia & rose cleanser
Image credit to Pai Skincare

After cleansing, I will apply calendulis cream from The Eczema Company on the patches of eczema. Calendulis cream is made from the calendula flower and is almost as effective as a cortisone / steroid cream and better in the long run as it is natural. This is so gentle I can even use it around and all over my eyelids, because the eczema tends to breakout there.

Healing and Treating
Once my skin has passed the swelling/weeping stage and starts drying out, it will start to peel. I will vaguely resemble either a bad sunburn victim or a reptilian creature, depending on how you want to look at it. There will still be itching, redness, inflammation, crusting, flaking/peeling and also bleeding when the new skin tears or splits.

No change to the cleansing and moisturizing routine from the basics above. I add on one extra step to aid with the healing process by using Leaders Insolution aloe vera sheet mask nightly, after cleansing with the Pai cleanser and before the Eczema Company calendulis cream. Once a week I will switch from using the Pai cleanser to Mario Badescu enzyme cleansing gel for some gentle exfoliation to aid in removing the flakes and dead skin cells.

Maintenance
After all of the skin flakes have dropped/peeled off, my skin will still have red/discoloured patches where the eczema outbreaks were. Sometimes the dryness and flaking will continue on these patches for a period of time even after the rest of my face is back to normal.

Sulwhasoo first care activating serum
Image credit to Sulwhasoo

As my skin gradually regains normality, oil production returns. Hello shiny nose! When this occurs, I will cleanse my skin with Sulwhasoo gentle cleansing foam in the night and use the Pai cleanser in the mornings if needed. I continue to use the Mario Badescu gel once a week for exfoliation and mild brightening effects. After cleansing I will use Sulwhasoo first care activating serum all over my face, followed by the Eczema Company calendulis cream on dry patches. At night I continue to use either the Leaders Insolution AC-dressing sheet mask or the Hyaluronic sheet mask after cleansing and before the Sulwhasoo first care serum. Which mask I use depends on whether I want to address redness (AC-dressing) or hydration (Hyaluronic) issues, but most of the time I will use the AC-dressing one as I find it is more effective for me.

Leaders Insolution AC-Dressing Skin Clinic Mask

Adding the step of a nightly sheet mask was when I really started to see major improvement in my skin in terms of healing time and also in spacing out the downtime between flare-ups. I must note though that my skin only seems to work with Leaders Insolution sheet masks as I attempted to use My Beauty Diary once and had a mild flare-up on the following day.

Adding the Extras
Once I’ve gotten my skin to the stage where I’m pleased with it, I usually start to add on what I term as ‘extras’ to my skincare routine. So far I’ve found that my skin seems to adore the Sulwhasoo TimeTreasure perfecting water and the TimeTreasure perfecting emulsion in addition to the first care serum at night. In the day time I use Sulwhasoo Renodigm Ex dual care cream for mild UV protection.

Sulwhasoo renodigm ex dual care cream
Image credit to Sulwhasoo

So that’s it – what I’m currently using to manage my skin. While each individual has unique peculiarities and what works for me might not work for someone else, I hope that this post may be of use at the very least to give hope to anyone suffering from eczema.

September 2013
Present-day in September 2013

Mary Kay TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanser

Filed Under (cleanser, skincare) by rinnah on 25-04-2013

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I’d heard about Mary Kay before, and to be perfectly honest, it really wasn’t a brand on my radar. Somehow, in my youthful mind a long time ago, I’d equated Mary Kay to be the overseas version of Avon. If I’m writing about the brand now, naturally something happened to change my mind. Heh.

Last year, I was Beetrice’s plus one at a Mary Kay event in Singapore to launch their TimeWise Plus new serum and eye cream, where the very nice lady (whose name I forgot because I didn’t get her card) persuaded me to test some of the sensitive skin range products during the event. My first time washing face in public yo! :P I was mildly impressed that my usually uber sensitive skin didn’t really act up, and that was that.

Fast-forward to this year and I recently received a TimeWise trial Miracle set for editorial consideration. I’m still on the fence about the serum, moisturizer and sunscreen that came in the set, but I am totally SOLD on the cleanser.

And now we get to the real review (after beating around the bush).

Mary Kay TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanser

The Mary Kay TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanser is one of those products that I didn’t have any expectations of and it just leap-frogged its way to the top of my list, dislodging my previous staple of Lush Angels on Bare Skin (which I have also yet to review).

This cleanser is a cream based cleanser with minute microbeads for exfoliating action. It comes out of the tube as a thick-ish white cream and it does not foam up at all so it feels like I’m massaging cream into my face. I like that it’s totally non-drying to my skin and non-fragranced so my nose is happy. There is mention of bentonite in the ingredients, so I assume that it enhances the deep cleaning action of this cleanser.

I wasn’t expecting anything but apparently my skin loves it. I had some dry, flaking problems from a recent eczema flare-up around my mouth and chin area. My skin totally calmed down (less redness) and after just a few days of use, the flakies have reduced tremendously. I attribute that to the mild exfoliating action and also maybe the bentonite. Skin feels soft and moisturized even before layering on any other skincare and I feel as if my skin looks brighter in the mirror. My skin is relaxed, comfortable and happy after each wash and that makes for a happy me because I am so much closer to having skin that actually looks normal. When I find myself reaching out for this cleanser automatically without having to stop and think about which cleanser to use, that’s when I know I’ve got myself a keeper.

My only gripe is that the trial size cleanser (2 oz.) which I got comes in a tube with a screw top cover. I would have much preferred a flip-top cover for easier one handed use. The full size cleanser (4.5 oz.) apparently comes with a flip-top cover so it’s just the trial size packaging that could be improved.

Reviews on the web for this cleanser are mixed, so your mileage may vary. I would say that if you’re looking for a cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin and does some very mild, gentle exfoliation, then you could try this out. If you’re used to foaming cleansers and stronger exfoliation as well as oil-control, then this product may not be for you.

A full-sized Mary Kay TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanser (4.5 oz.) retails for USD 18.00 on the international website. Please refer to the Mary Kay website to locate an Independent Beauty Consultant near you.

Description : Fragrance-free. Non-comedogenic (won’t block pores). Combination-to-oily-skin formula is oil-free. TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanser combines age-fighting benefits with three essential functions in one product – cleansing, exfoliating and freshening – to reveal younger-looking skin.

Directions : Apply TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanser to wet face and neck. Rinse or remove with a warm, wet cloth. Follow with TimeWise Age-Fighting Moisturizer. To remove eye makeup, use Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover before 3-in-1 Cleanser.

Note : The product/service in this post was provided for consideration by the brand itself or a PR firm. This does not affect my review in any way and do refer to my disclosure policy for further details.

What I bought from Macau

Filed Under (cleanser, cosmetics, lip balm, moisturiser, serum, skincare, toner) by rinnah on 16-11-2012

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Happy Friday all! :D

It’s been a rather packed November for me so far and there’s still more to come as November ain’t finished yet!

I started the month off with a company trip to Macau and took some time off the following week to return to Malaysia over the Diwali public holiday. All that travelling meant that I didn’t spend more than 5 days in any one country over the past 2 weeks and yes, my skin did act up a bit. :( Hopefully with a little bit of downtime in the next week or so I’ll be refreshed and ready for my next travelling stint!

While I was in Macau for a whirlwind 3 days at the beginning of the month, I managed to squeeze in a fair bit of shopping even though I visited only 2 shopping spots – the Sasa in the Venetian Macau and a small Bonjour at Senado Square (I saw a second, larger Bonjour also at Senado Square but ran out of time!).

Dior Macau haul

First up is my Dior haul – I’m very into the Capture Totale range right now after incorporating the One Essential super serum into my night routine. What better time to stock up on mini sample/travel sizes of the Capture Totale range than when you’re at a Bonjour store? Heheheh.

Ever since I returned from Macau, I switched over to using the Capture Totale range exclusively together with L’Oreal’s Youth Code range and so far, my skin’s loving it! (My purse may not love it so much though…) Now if only I could score a sample of the One Essential mask somewhere… :P

Sasa Macau haul

This is the rest of the stuff I managed to get my hands on – the Shu Uemura eyelash curler also came from Bonjour, the L’Oreal Youth Code Luminize from Nuance-Watson (because it’s not available in Singapore or Malaysia), Lush’s Angels on Bare Skin (I blame this impulse purchase on Paris B’s review – on hindsight I should have just gotten it from Lush Singapore), Revlon Just Bitten lip balm stains (this one I blame on Kahani’s review – I picked up four more for Toughcookee by proxy! #evurl shopping FTW! and cleared the racks at Sasa) and a Clarins gommage that intrigued me.

I should be all shopped out for November but… my company is sending me to Hong Kong for a seminar at the end of the month, which means MORE SHOPPING! :P

I promise I’ll be good for the rest of the year after this month (only one more month left in the year anyway). Heh.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Revitalising Ultra Foam Cleanser in Pink Grapefruit

Filed Under (cleanser, skincare) by rinnah on 04-10-2012

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(Goodness me! I’ve been a tardy blogger. No updates lately and even this is going to be a really brief/uninformative post.)

DC GRAPEFRUIT

I’d been eyeing this foam cleanser for some time now ever since it was launched (I think earlier this year?) because:

a) I like foam
b) I previously had good results with Neutrogena’s Deep Clean range in its original formulation
c) The bottle is pink (yeah, I’m a sucker for pink)

Unfortunately, I had forgotten that:

a) Foam is drying
b) My skin is no longer the same as it was back then
c) I’m supposed to be on a hydrating regime

So when I saw a bottle of this in Beetrice’s bathroom recently, I pounced on the opportunity to try it out.

Uh oh. Bad call.

It was nice to use and I quite liked the foam and scent but the moment I finished rinsing my face I had alarm bells ringing in my head. My skin felt very clean and very taut. I felt a bit like a dried up mummy with skin that was too tight. For a dry-skinned girl with sensitive skin to boot, that was not a good feeling to have.

I quickly topped up with my usual routine of L’Oreal Youth Code Pre-essence and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate followed with Dermalogica Barrier Repair on the spots where I knew my skin was prone to be drier.

No dice.

The next morning, my dry flaky skin was like, majorly emphasized. To add to my woe, the recent Singapore F1 Grand Prix weekend plus business related travel the following week meant that I had no time to really rectify the aggravated dry spots. Boo.

So to all you dry-skinned ladies out there, please steer clear of this foam cleanser. Oily-skinned ladies may like this foam cleanser though as it really does clean well!

Pai Skincare Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser

Filed Under (cleanser, skincare) by rinnah on 18-07-2012

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I think I’m in love with this brand. :P

pai skincare logo

I was randomly browsing beauty blogs when I read fellow blogger Gaby’s post where she said that a combination of Pai Skincare Rosehip BioRegenerate oil and Comfrey & Calendula Calming Body Cream worked well to help her keep her eczema under control. I am a veritable sucker for all things – whether it be products or services – that claim to help eczema sufferers and have little hesitancy to try out the next ‘miracle’ cure. So off I toddled to the Pai website and popped their sample kit for sensitive skin into my shopping cart together with a bottle of the Rosehip BioRegenerate oil.

If you follow me on Twitter, you’d have seen my tweets on how amazed I was at the quickness of Pai’s customer service in sending my products. I placed my order on a Friday afternoon and it was shipped out on the same day itself and in my hands by Tuesday morning all the way from UK! I was already impressed at the speedy delivery and I hadn’t even started using the products at that point in time.

pai skincare samples

When I opened up my package, I was absolutely delighted to find these cute wee sample tubs of Pai’s Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser (2 tubs), Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator and Chamomile & Rosehip Sensitive Moisturizer. A perhaps irrelevant point, but I really liked how sturdy the tubs were – much better than the Daiso kits I use for travelling at the moment.

pai skincare camellia & rose cleanser
Image credit to Pai Skincare

And after that lengthy introduction, I’m finally going to cut to the chase. I was blown away by Pai’s Camellia & Rose cleanser from the first use. The cleanser is soft and creamy and the texture of it seems to invisibly melt into your skin to cleanse. Naturally, no foam or bubbles or even white milky streaks on your face. Just a wonderfully soft feeling when I massage a dollop of the cream into my face. Much like the touted Eve Lom cleanser (which I have not tried before), Pai recommends using warm water and a muslin cloth (provided in the full size version of the cleanser) to gently wipe and rinse away any residue from your skin. Having no muslin cloth at hand, I used a soft face towel and that worked just fine too. Amazingly, this simple and gentle method of cleansing my face worked more wonders in removing the dry flaking skin on my face from a recent eczema flare-up than any of my other gentle exfoliation methods previously. And have I mentioned the scent? It’s soft and delicate, and made me feel like I was having a spa session in my home.

The end result was soft, soothed, non-irritated, calmer looking skin. I have not felt my skin feel this comfortable on its own for a long while now, and needless to say, I’m delighted.

I can confidently say that I vastly prefer Pai’s Camellia & Rose cleanser over my previous standby Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser for Intolerant Skin. I was never really able to put my finger on it before, but now I can – Avene feels a bit like it sits on top of my skin because I feel there’s filmy layer is left behind whereas Pai sinks into your skin, leaving it soft and hydrated to the look and touch. This baby’s a keeper for me!

Pai Skincare Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser retails for USD 50.00 (100ml) on their international website here.

Description : Our Camellia & Rose gentle hydrating cleanser easily removes dirt, make-up and other impurities that build up on your skin throughout the day. Suitable for all skin types, including allergy prone skin, the Pai cleansing system is gentle but effective. Unlike detergent or alcohol based cleansers, it won’t dry out or irritate your skin. Bursting with omega 3 and vitamins A, B, C & E, this cleanser works to hydrate your skin, leaving it soft and supple.

Directions : For eyes – Pump one dose of cleansing cream on to a cotton wool pad and gently pull the pad across the eye lid to gently lift away make-up. For face – Gently massage 2-3 pumps of cleansing cream onto damp skin. Remove with a warm damp muslin cloth using a circular motion. Rinse the cloth and repeat the exercise until all the cream has been removed. Finish with a splash of cold water to the face.

And finally, a related but yet unrelated postscript : In the course of writing this blogpost, I did some Googling and lo and behold, apparently Paris B reviewed their hand cream before. (But the brand didn’t strike my fancy then. Ahahahaha.)

Introducing Fabulous Finds – Malaysia’s first Beauty Box subscription service

Filed Under (beauty, bodycare, cleanser, cosmetics, events, lotions, moisturiser, online shopping, powders, services, skincare) by rinnah on 27-06-2012

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If you’ve ever enviously looked on while our beauty blogging sisters in UK, US, Australia and Singapore talked about the beauty box subscriptions available to them, fret no more! Starting from now, Malaysia has its first beauty box in Fabulous Finds.

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For just RM35 a month, you’ll get 4 – 5 deluxe beauty samples from high-end and niche brands in a pretty box and delivered to your doorstep via courier.

I was invited to the launch of Fabulous Finds last Saturday and had a preview of the July box. What’s in the box?

As a nail polish hoarder, my first thought on seeing the pretty melon-pink box was, ‘Yes! I can keep more polishes in that box!’ :P because that’s how I’m storing my ever-expanding collection of polishes.

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Inside the box we find:

  • Beaubelle Clarity Brightening Cleansing Exfoliator
  • Beaubelle Gorgeous Multi Defence Protection Cream
  • Burt’s Bees Cranberry & Pomegranate Scrub
  • Burt’s Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion
  • Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturising Cream
  • Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional
  • Crabtree & Evelyn Iris Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy
  • Lunasol Skin Fusing Powder Foundation
  • Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil

I was quite pleased with the brands represented in the first ever Fabulous Finds box – well known brands do a lot in reassuring me and I like that they were not your average drugstore brand but yet not so high-end so as to make them inaccessbile.

The deluxe beauty samples in the box were pretty decent too, and there was one full sized product in the Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy tube which if you buy retail is about RM25. Also, the Beaubelle products, Benefit’s POREfessional and Lunasol powder were travel-sized.

The subscription point of RM35 is reasonable in my opinion, and not likely to break the bank for a boxful of pretty surprises. I personally like to think of my beauty box subscriptions as little monthly presents to myself for being a good girl. *cough* :P

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But you know what really made me like Fabulous Finds? I like that the founder, Hui Ling (that’s her in the picture above), really believes in giving back to the community. Did you know that each box is packed with care by women from disadvantaged backgrounds? This gives them the opportunity to gain employment and supplement their income even though it may not be able to provide them with a full-time income.

I’m really looking forward to see how Fabulous Finds progresses with their subsequent boxes and am more than happy to support a homegrown, local business.

You can subscribe to Fabulous Finds’ July box for just RM35 before 14 July 2012 as the boxes will be mailed out by courier starting 15 July 2012. There are only 180 boxes for July so you’ll need to be quick to reserve your box! Subscribe at the Fabulous Finds website here. Only available to residents of Malaysia.

My current skincare favorites

Filed Under (cleanser, moisturiser, serum, skincare) by rinnah on 12-04-2012

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Since I got back from my Hong Kong holidays two and a half weeks ago, I’ve been experiencing a period of relatively good skin condition. I’m not sure if it’s attributed to the slightly cooler, rainy weather we’ve been having (less inflammation) or the recent changes I’ve made to my skincare routine.

You see, I was worried that the colder weather in Hong Kong might dry out my already irritated and dehydrated skin even more, so I added a heavier moisturizer/serum combination and continued it even when I returned. So far (touch wood) my skin seems to be loving it.

My skincare routine (April 2012)

Here’s what I’ve been using in the morning and evening:

Morning
- Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser
- Estee Lauder Hydrationist Moisture Barrier Fortifier serum
- Estee Lauder Hydrationist Moisture Creme

and

Evening
- Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
- Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum or Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum

That’s it! I know, it’s an extremely simplified skincare routine, but so far my skin seems to be thriving on it.

What makes my skin happy, makes me happy. :D

For a bird’s eye view of what type of products others incorporate in their beauty routine, do check out the reader comments at Paris B’s post here.

Back To Basics “Flower Power” 3-in-1 Facial Cleansing Powder

Filed Under (cleanser, online shopping, skincare) by rinnah on 07-12-2011

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Is it a cleanser? A scrub? Or a mask? How about all three? An intriguing concept no?

The “Flower Power” 3-in-1 Facial Cleansing Powder was the very first product I gravitated to when the good folks at Back To Basics Naturals sent me some samples of their products for testing and review.

Back To Basics Flower Power Facial Cleansing Powder
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A description of the product on the website says :

Free of synthetic ingredients, your skin will show remarkable improvement within a few days. The skin is left refined, toned and purified. The gentle action when applying and removing the cleansing powder helps to remove any dead cells from the skin, thereby promoting a younger and clearer looking skin.

A product in powder form, all you need to do is add water to it and apply the paste-like mixture to your face. Keep it thick and let it dry naturally to use as a mask. Make it less thick and use it as a scrub. Add more water and use it as a cleanser. It’s up to you how you feel like using the cleansing powder.

The Flower Power cleansing powder comes in a small glass bottle that has a nice heft to it and fits comfortably in your palm. It also adds a touch of luxe feel to the brand. Although the instructions say to measure out approximately half a teaspoon of powder per use, I found I could get by with tapping the powder gently out of the bottle and estimating the amount needed each time.

The powder doesn’t look all that awesome as its natural shade is a bit grey-ish. It smells a wee bit herbal-ly, being a natural product and all, but nothing so strong that you’ll take a step back. In fact, I had to sniff closely to detect the scent. Having said that, once I got to the mixing stage it was a bit messier than what I’m used to so I would recommend that you use this over a sink. It’s not exactly pump and go so I had to take my time to get the paste to the right consistency that I wanted before applying it to my face and neck.

The first time I used it I was skeptical, but I’m not a skeptic anymore. I recently had another round of my facial eczema breakouts around my eye and mouth area so I had a number of red patches all over my face. I was really surprised that using the facial cleansing powder didn’t sting and it really did calm the red patches on my face. I could still feel the itch but when I looked in the mirror, the redness was gone by more than half. This wasn’t a fluke reaction because consistently over a week, I would go home at the end of the day with a slightly inflamed face, wash and have redness calmed and halved after. I believe this is due to all the anti-inflammatory busting ingredients in the powder. My skin also looked a tad brighter after use as compared to my regular scrub/exfoliator so I was quite pleased with its effects.

The only drawback for this product would be that because its completely natural, it won’t last forever like all the other manufactured products out there. If kept in the fridge, it will last up to a year. If kept at normal room temperatures, it will stay fresh for 5 months.

Yes factors : Calms irritated skin down a treat, works well as a scrub
No factors : A bit messy in application, shorter shelf life, only available online at the Back To Basics Naturals website

Ingredients : Lavender powder, rose hip powder, calendula powder, hibiscus powder, pink rose powder, white kaolin clay, dead sea black clay, rice flour, organic oats, sandalwood powder and tea tree powder

Packaging : 50g / 15g

Recommended retail price : MYR 68.00 / MYR 25.00

Note : This product was provided to me for consideration. This does not affect my review in anyway and do refer to my disclosure policy for further details.

Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel

Filed Under (cleanser, skincare) by rinnah on 21-11-2011

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When I was first growing out of my teenage years about a decade or so back, Simple was the very second skincare brand that I used (the distinction of being the first goes to Shiseido). Even back then I already knew that I had sensitive skin because of the way my skin used to turn red and irritated if it came into contact with stuff that didn’t suit me. My aunt recommended Clinique, but it was way too pricey for the student I was at the time so I looked for a drugstore alternative. I chose Simple simply because (yes, I know, bad pun there) it claimed to have less harmful ingredients and was manufactured in UK. (The ones you see in the store today are now manufactured in Thailand, I believe.) I used up nearly the whole range available back then – from their cleanser, toner, mask, scrub, etc. Then I started to stray simply because I grew up, started working and had money to be unfaithful. Hahaha.

This past year or so I’ve been battling bad bouts of eczema on my face (which was not a problem I’d had before) and even switching up my skincare regime didn’t seem to help. On one of those particularly bad days, I was trawling the aisles of my local Guardian when I saw a cute travel sized bottle of my former love – Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. I remembered how good Simple used to be on my skin (granted that my skin condition then and now is in rather different circumstances) and I thought why not give it a go again?

Simple Facial Wash Gel

I approached my night time cleansing ritual with trepidation that first night. Who knew what had changed in the years since and would Simple work its charms on me again?

Now, if the story had gone badly, I would still blog about it. But luckily, all went well and I’m now wondering why did I ever stray from Simple in the first place. Either my skin has changed somewhat or they’ve reformulated this facial wash gel, but it seems to be even gentler on skin than before. I like how fresh and clean my skin feels after using this – no more oily feeling but yet I feel comfortable and not dried out. If you’re looking for foam, you’ll need a different type of cleanser because this baby does its work quietly and efficiently without fanfare. Also, there is no scent in this cleanser – after all, we’re keeping things simple here. :P

I’m now quite partial to reaching out for it on days that my face is less oily and when I don’t need to think if I need to calm or scrub. I would say that it’s one of those products in your arsenal that’s reliably there when you need it but doesn’t necessarily wow. So yup, Simple and I are back together again, but it isn’t *that* kind of love this time around. Hello old friend, it’s good to have you back.

Yes factors : Gentle on skin, not drying, no scent, decently priced drugstore brand
No factors : Nothing I can think of

Read other blogger reviews here :
Shirleen
Tine

Packaging : 50ml, 150ml

Ingredients : Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Chloride, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Sodium Hydroxide

Great Deals : Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser

Filed Under (cleanser, sales, skincare) by rinnah on 02-02-2011

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If you’re an Avène user in Malaysia, you would know that the brand very rarely goes on sale, and even then the discounts are only around 10% – 15% off.

avene extremely gentle cleanser

I happened to be at my local Guardian drugstore today and noticed that they had a special offer for Avène’s Extremely Gentle Cleanser (which I use but have not yet reviewed) – the 200ml size bottle was on offer at MYR 48.88 compared to the normal retail price of MYR 64.90. Needless to say, I snapped it up immediately, since it also came with a free travel size (50ml) Avène Thermal Spring Water spray which normally retails on its own for MYR 18.90. Is this a great deal or what? :)

I’m not sure how long this promotion will be on, but if you use Avène, I’d say get going to your nearest Guardian and grab this bargain while you can.

Review on Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser will be out soon. :P

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