Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

Over the past several months, Deciem has come under fire over its never-ending string of missteps. Right now, I have decided not to dwell on the negative, but to focus on the positive: the Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%!

Name: The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%
Price: US$ 7.90 for 30 ml
Made in: Canada

I apply this antioxidant solution in the AM, because I read somewhere that antioxidants should be applied before the skin would be most vulnerable to environmental sources of oxidative stress; examples would be UV rays, air pollution and cigarette smoke.

I use three drops for my face and neck after my serum, and before my moisturiser. Sometimes (fine, most of the time, heh), I skip my moisturiser and reach for my sunscreen straight away. The fluid and silky texture is somewhat silicone-like, and will leave a film on my face no matter how long I massage it in or let it sit.

If you can look past the initial warming sensation and the scent (I am not bothered by it whereas some say it is off-putting), it has the potential to work wonders; well, more so on drier skins, and I think it would help too if you are based in a temperate climate. Do note that I have combination skin and I live where it is sunny all year long.

I haven't noticed anything extraordinary happening, but I figured that I am getting ahead by using it preventively. In years to come, I will hopefully reap the payoff for my perseverance with a healthy complexion that is free from textural irregularities!

There is a chance that it will cause irritation, so I would recommend patch testing first to see whether it works for your skin. Find it at theordinary.com for US$ 7.90.

The full ingredient list for Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%:
Propanediol, Resveratrol, Ferulic Acid.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Hada Labo Blemish & Oil Control Hydrating Lotion

Take a stand against overactive oil production and restore balance to the skin with this anti-inflammatory and astringent blend of hatomugi, houttuynia cordata and chamomile flower extracts.

Name: Hada Labo Blemish & Oil Control Hydrating Lotion
Price: RM 64.90 for 170 ml
Made in: China

I use this easily absorbed lotion morning and night by patting over skin with clean fingers, or a cotton pad if I am in a hurry. I try not to make a habit out of it because it is wasteful, but sometimes I just can't help it, haha! I love how effectively this lotion deals with my oily skin yet leaves it looking dewy.

The plants give it a subtle herbal fragrance, while the menthol content invigorates. I pair it with the matching foaming wash (RM 42.90 for 160 ml) and together they make quite a difference. This range is pH balanced, free of colourant and mineral oil.

Find them at all leading pharmacies nationwide.

The full ingredient list for Blemish & Oil Control Hydrating Lotion:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Squalane, Triethylhexanoin, Methylparaben, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tranexamic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Menthol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Camphor, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen Seed Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract.

Disclosure: Press sample.