Anti-Aging

No Fillers! – Review : Paula’s Choice RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum All Skin Types

Oh my fair maidens, would you accept my apologies for the lack of updates?

But no point to dwell on whiny sentiments of what could or couldn’t have, lets focus on what’s essential of key knowledge and exploration in your skincare and all the products in the market.

I have a slutty appetite when it comes to skincare.  My eyes are like a dominant predator that wouldn’t stop scanning for the next best thing, even though to the best of my knowledge, I am using what’s best.  And I’m pretty proud to say the products I use have been carefully screened through and are of quality products.  That said I’m also really lucky that the counter products just don’t gel with me.  I have tried and yes I have, but my skin protested against Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex and it’s CyberWhite Brilliant Cells in such unhealthy fashion, I just look like a kid with bad diets.  Now I really don’t agree with the jives about “if your skin gets pimplish, that means it’s working…” Bullshit.

A truly holistic product that passes all bench wouldn’t need to summon pimples, be it the phase does pass or not, a few hundred dollars products shouldn’t have triggered nasty side effects.  But that’s nothing to what I have a problem with, many products across the market have unwanted fillers, and endless combinations of silicones that’s just uncalled for in boosting your skin’s health.  I hate having a sugarcoated illusion of how smooth my skin is.  And a silicone smoothed out product that feels good on your fingertips may just mislead you into thinking “wow this product is so smooth it makes my face smooth too!”  I’m not too  much of an organic skincare fascist that bans all things unnatural, I accept the existence of parabens, glycols, silicones in the formulas.  But if a look across the ingredient lists just read endless versions of cancer causing ingredients, ingredients with no profound effects in caring your skin, well, buckle up and do better than that, and pete’s sake, be honest, it’s so sickening to have consumers thinking “this product is sooooo…. gooooood!!!”

With this notion it led me to this product a few months back, by Paula’s Choice.  It is a serum from it’s RESIST line, that boasts the package of Super Antioxidant ingredients.  Also I chose it for my combi/oily skin, cause very often rich and skin saving serums are always more suitable for dry skin.  Without further ado, lets have a quick look at the official product description :

“What makes this product unique? RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum utilizes an innovative blend of ingredients that research has proven aging skin needs to look younger and feel its healthy best. Stabilized Vitamin C plus potent antioxidants in a silky base join ingredients that repair damaged cells and rebuild skin’s protective barrier so it functions optimally. This state-of-the-art serum efficiently addresses multiple issues that cause skin to look wrinkled while reducing inflammation and the visible effects of sun damage. This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free. Who is this product for? RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum works great on all skin types concerned with reducing signs of aging. It is especially suitable for normal to dry or combination skin types. How should this product be used? RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum can be used once or twice daily, as desired. For best results, apply before or after Paula’s Choice RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer. At night, smooth a few drops onto skin after cleansing, toning (optional), and exfoliating. May be applied under or over moisturizer. For daytime, wear under a product with SPF 15 or greater. Works beautifully under makeup and is suitable for use around the eyes.”

The Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone (silicone slip agents/suspending agents), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 (cell-communicating ingredient), Ceramide 3 (skin-repairing ingredient), Tocotrienols, Tocopherols (vitamin E/antioxidants), Ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10/antioxidant), Thioctic Acid (alpha lipoic acid/antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Ferulic Acid, Caffeic Acid (antioxidants), Beta-Glucan (anti-irritant), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant), ), Epigallocatechin Gallate (green tea-derived antioxidant), Ergothioneine (mushroom-derived antioxidant), Glutathione (fruit-derived antioxidant), Xanthophyll (antioxidant pigment), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract (anti-inflammatory agent), Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract (antioxidants), Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil (emollient), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

The Decision

Now I said silicones are uncalled for.  And it was not reassuring seeing silicone as the 2nd top ingredient, but as long as it’s not a long list of combination of silicones that feed illusions to consumers, I’m okay with that.  Also with a bit of reading up on articles and up until a clinical data states Dimethicone is non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores, produce white/black heads) and is hypoallergenic.  Well that moment it had me sold.

You see for yourself how this serum is a powerhouse of all the goodies in skincare la-la land.  And it was priced at RM87.++ after 20% discount!  How could you say no to that?

Clicked, and it’s done.

The Experience 

Well you can definitely feel the dimethicone as it is smooth, and a lil sticky too.  Like when you have the product in between your fingers and you break apart you’ll see silky strands getting separated.

I have been a good church boy saying my prayers using this product without substituting for any.  Yet again it is really the sole belief in the product claims, its listed ingredients that I count my faith on.  Because honestly, with serum packed with Super Antioxidants, which would be more suited for the defense against first sign of aging.  That means aging prevention in symptoms.  That means you use this knowing there are a bit of tell tale signs of aging, yet you are and don’t look old.  You consume powerhouse of antioxidants topically or orally to combat the first sign of aging, delaying the onset.

So there really isn’t any before/after drastic effect I can show you.  Unless there is a skin graft test that tests the level of active anti-oxidants and measure the active free radicals in epidermis.  Only then we can truly know, if these antioxidants have been absorbed and been functioning in my skin.

And that is why I use this vigorously because as it is more a long maintenance battle, hopefully these anti-oxidants keep the signs of aging at bay, for eternity.

Few things that I can point out are :

  • The texture is smooth yet sticky, it gets quickly absorbed into your skin.
  • It does not leave any grease feeling at all.
  • Does not provide any hydration.  If you’re looking for hydrating serum, keep hunting.
  • Ingredients are genuinely antioxidants.  Especially good for people with high level free radicals, eg. smokers.
  • It’s a genuine product at such a humble price!
  • 30ml only, but can go on for quite a while if you dispense the product appropriately.
  • okay lastly, again, it does not provide hydration.  Your skin doesn’t get extra hydration from it in winter.  It doesn’t sooth you down, charm you silly with hydration.

I”m very sleepy now.  So will do a lazy thing and steal pic.

Paula Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum

Paula Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum

All Information are sourced from here.

So much more topic on NO FILLERS! coming out soon.  Stay tuned and lets learn!

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Review : Bio-Essence ATP V Face Series

Hello guys,

Hope by now you are used to my inconsistent updates.  This product series have been parked in my to-do-list for ages and I have never seemed to get about doing it.  Well, here it is.  Calling out to Guardian and Watsons shoppers, I hope you read this cause this will be a very good heads-up.

Bio-Essence ATP V Face Series

Bio-Essence ATP V Face Series

To make this review really straight forward, I’mma review the products one by one and tell you where your money is worth, cutting out the sentimental crap.  I know, it’s crazy, it seems like I am adopting the full series as my main facial regime but I can tell you, it is not.  So I will now set myself a goal to post up a youtube video on my facial regime.  Now that it’s said, I need to keep my promises.  So keep watching this space, there’s much to come!

Bio-Essence Deep Cleansing Milk With ATP

Bio-Essence Deep Cleansing Milk With ATP

Bio-Essence Deep Cleansing Milk With ATP

By normal consensus milk cleansers serve as a makeup remover, and yet I truly believe, and always stress on the importance of using milk cleanser before washing your face, to get rid of your make-up, and dirt/dust accumulated over a day of fieldwork.  Now this Bio-Essence Deep Cleansing Milk has been my choice of cleanser for the past 1 year because, no. 1) it is economical compared to other milk cleansers from Eucerin, Loreal etc.  It is about RM20++.  And it lasts for a decent long time.  Related Post Here.

Now, the efficacy and the experience :

In terms of efficacy, defined as how much dirt is gotten rid of by how much stain is shown on the cotton pad.  With my previous Body Shop Seaweed Cleansing Milk, Bio-Essence Cleansing Milk fares at best as average in terms of dirt/dust removal, I have already made comparisons between the two in the related post.  First of all, the texture has a cream like thickness.  So when you dispense the product onto your cotton pad and start swiping away on your face, by 1st count you will see stains on your cotton pad.  But it may not mean that your face is totally cleansed, because the viscosity is so cream-thick, sometimes I wonder am I actually rubbing the creamy product into my pores n what not.

Conclusion

It is worth a buy because it’s economical.  And because you will be washing your face afterwards with a proper cleanser (Double Cleansing) so you can let that flaw mentioned above skipped.

So my verdict is : BUY.

Bio-Essence Radiant Youth Essence With ATP

Bio-Essence Radiant Youth Essence With ATP

Bio-Essence Radiant Youth Essence With ATP

I actually, love this product.  It is so practical.  But my usage for this product is completely different than it is intended.  I first was exposed to this product when I was in GZ with my sis and I saw a bottle on her shelf.  Curious, I used it and the substance is oily, but it was the turn of winter at that point so it actually felt really good after the oily-residue dries up.  However, when I come back to Malaysia, I knew in my guts that this would not work on my face.  So, what do I do with it?  I use it on my neck!  I do neck lifting massage every day and night so this serves just right for my purpose.  Just half a pump is literally more than enough for half of your neck, and this provides the lubrication needed in lifting massage.  Anything less you are dragging and tugging the skin which may cause the opposite effect of lifting.

Bio-Essence Radiant Youth Essence With ATP - The texture, oily and lubricating.

Bio-Essence Radiant Youth Essence With ATP – The texture, oily and lubricating.

The Verdict

If you do neck lifting massage and you need an oily product for lubrication, this is it.  It is not too expensive, probably priced between RM50++ to RM80++.  I can’t remember.  Half a pump is more than enough for half of your neck, and lubrication goes on long enough for the repetition needed in neck lifting massage.

Use it for Face? – Don’t Buy.  Unless you have super dry skin in winter.

Use it for Massage?  BUY.  A little goes a long way, so practical so beautiful.

Bio-Cell Repair Rejuvenating Serum

Bio-Cell Repair Rejuvenating Serum

Bio-Cell Repair Rejuvenating Serum

I bought this product because I was slowly getting sucked into Bio-Essence.  And I was also running out of a hydrating serum/essence before my moisturiser.  So, owning already the essence, and they are paired in Bio-Essence Skincare Program, it only made sense this would be my choice of hydrating essence, before moisturiser.

The Experience

Bio-Cell Repair Rejuvenating Serum - The Texture

Bio-Cell Repair Rejuvenating Serum – The Texture

I’m telling you, this product, it never runs out!  It’s bizarre.  Everyday, half a pump it’s enough to spread across the whole face.  It’s so easily spreadable.  But this product is practically useless.  It does nothing, there’s no improvement in hydration, not to even mention any of its cell repairing benefits so it claims, or any rejuvenation in my skin.  And since no benefits are seen after 5 mths use, I wonder if it’s just butylene glycol and some petroleum based ingredient in it.  I bought it in early November, and until this day, it’s not finished yet!  And I was using it day and night.  I didn’t like the product so I just wanted to quickly finish it, get over it, so I can buy my next obsession.  But it just never finishes.  Finally fed up, now I use this on my neck too.  Haha, man, pampered neck.

The Verdict 

DON’T.BUY.

Bio-Cell Repair Rejuvenating Serum

Bio-Essence Face Lifting Cream with Pine Pollen

The Experience

I initially bought it for, really, my neck.  Since my neck is not prone to any break outs, I was looking for a moisturising cream, to keep my neck lines in check.  It wasn’t too expensive.  So I guess it serves to purpose, minimizing and diminishing fine lines.  The cream is really heavy, really really heavy, reminds me of the older facial creams in the early 90s.  And the cream doesn’t spread too well.  The cream is so heavy, acne-break outs are pretty inevitable.

Bio-Essence Face Lifting Cream - The Texture.  The Spatula is not provided in the package.

Bio-Essence Face Lifting Cream – The Texture. The Spatula is not provided in the package.

The Verdict

Super Dry Skin and you want a slim face – BUY.

Need a heavy cream for your neck creases – BUY.

And last but not least, my most neglected product on the shelf :

Bio-Essence Complete Nourishing Sleeping Mask

Bio-Essence Complete Nourishing Sleeping Mask

Bio-Essence Complete Nourishing Sleeping Mask

The Experience

I got this as a hand-me-down from my sister.  As a sleeping mask, I don’t particularly like it.  It the feel of a layer of wax across the face.  Given time the sensation would go away.  And the next morning you do wake up with a hydrated and brightened face.  So, it’s a nice product, minus the waxy feeling on your face.

The Verdict

And if you can look past that flaw, and you just want the hydration and supple skin the next morning, you can definitely try this.  BUY.  But after trying for few days and you feel like you can’t get past that waxy feel, well my friend, that’s a huge jar to go.

*** Foot Note : Another promise out to y’all, since now you know I use 3 products on my neck alone, I will post up a video on how to achieve V Shaped Face.  Keep this space watched!

Review : Garden of Eden Age Defense Serum

Oh boy Oh boy!  I am so excited about this serum!  And I told myself, If i don’t do it now and postpone the review on this blog.  I will set my hair on fire, not.

But truly truly I so very excite!  First of all, what pegged my interest in this is … wait for it… wait for it…  It’s a Malaysian made product!!  Sold in Guardians, pharmacies and I believe Watsons too.

Garden of Eden - Age Defense Serum

Garden of Eden – Age Defense Serum

The Reason is I get super excited when I see a Malaysian Made Product that is truly genuine.  It is manufactured in Malaysia, by Maxwell Pharmacy Sdn Bhd.

So having way too much available time, I study every single product there is on the shelf.  I do this weekly, twice a week sometimes.  Depending on where I am.  So I chanced upon this product and it pegged my curiousity.

Without much babbling..

The Claims

TRIPLE BENEFITS

– Fights Skin aging

– Promotes Youthful & Healthy Skin

– Moisturizes and firms skin

The Description

An elixir of 100% pure Grape Seed Oil and natural vitamin E in a powerful anti-aging formulation specially blended to fight permature aging and to promote & maintain youthful skin.  These poten antioxidants effectively neutralize free radicals & are valuable sources of skin nutrients.  Combined they make Grape E a great anti-aging serum effectively protecting the skin, firming it and slowing down signs of aging.  Thanks to its natural affinity to the skin, it penetrates quickly into the skin with non-greasy after feel.  Suitable for sensitive skin.

Expected Results

  • Immediately, skin’s texture is refined and softer to the touch. 
  • Day after day, skin is smoother, more youthful and healthy looking.

Now, The Ingredients :

Grape Seed Oil, Natural Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol), Grapefruit Essential oil and Medium-chain Triglycerides.

Note : Natural Vitamin E is 36% more potent and better absorbed than Synthetic Vitamin E.

My Thoughts

Garden of Eden - Age Defense Serum

Garden of Eden – Age Defense Serum

This is what I”m so impressed with, it’s very simple.  The marketing message tallies with the right group of audience, which are people like me, late 20s-early 30s, who want to defy the first sign of aging.  That is why hardcore products from Estee Lauder or Lancome may not work for us, cause they are for matured skin type, these products hype up the cells.  We don’t need that.  We need good proven anti oxidants, massacre ’em free radicals.  That’s what is really appropriate for us in our late 20s-early 30s.

And the formula’s so simple, Grapde Seed Oil, Natural Vit E, not synthetic ones! Grapefruit Essential Oil and Triglycerides! Triglycerides!  a form of fatty acid, better lipid absorption!

No chemical fillers, no paraben, no funny mumbo jumbo I don’t understand.  Oh yeah, because it’s free from everything, it’s suitable for sensitive skin too.

Even though it calls itself a serum, but it is actually the same as the new skincare fad, beauty oil.

Pump Application, now where's my lab coat?

Pump Application, now where’s my lab coat?

The Experience

Oh man, I use it so ever sparsely.  I watched a youtube video somewhere that deals with oil based serum like this, so the trick is to use only 3-5 drops (not pumps), dispense it on your fingers and rub til it’s warm, and glide them across your face.  I suggest maybe 3 drops across your face, and another 2 drops across your forehead.  Well, maybe I just have a huge forehead…. 

The Texture

The Texture – That’s 2 drops of the product.

2 droplets of product when rubbed.

2 droplets of product when rubbed.

The Conclusion

I’ve only used this product for the 2nd day, lets pray it doesn’t break me out.  I am fearful of oily substance like that.  But I think when used correctly and sparsely, it will be alright.  Do look it up, if you’re looking for the next product to step up on your usual 3 steps regime,  give this a go.  It’s priced at RM33.++ at 5ml.  If it fails, meh, I’ll just use it on my hands and see if my hands sparkle after the bottle.

Recommended : Dry-Combi, Normal Skin – Yes.  Combi-oily, Oily, Acne Prone – Nah, you have better priorities in your skincare treatment goals.

The Late Band Wagon – Review : Hada Labo ES Lotion (Sensitive Skin)

Hello, if I ever have a reader out there, I apologize for the posts are getting sparse in between.  I am simply… internet-less.  You wouldn’t have thought that, in this day and age, right?

Alas, it’s true… it’s true.  Having stable internet access is 2nd to having my slavery-salary in my bank account, almost that.

Yet, I shall not dread on the things irrelevant, focus, is the name of the game.

Sudden HARLEM SHAKE

oh my god… i actually went off to browse memes pages.  I thought adults outgrow ADD!!!

Seriously, back to business.  Sigh…

I am sooooooo late for this Hada Labo band wagon, so late like you just don’t bother to get up anymore and sleep through it, call your boss again when you’re up.  I do that so often.  Ignore all calls, sleep at all costs!

I wanna rant about this whole silicone based serum business perpetuating all over our skincare.  I wanna rant about having Retinol-A based lotion/serum but never caution consumers that they are not suitable for day use.  I wanna rant about serums/essence/potions that have glycolic acid or other forms of AHA in their “renewing serum” or some other fancy terms but never caution the users about increased photo sensitivity.  Seriously, I frown upon these and it maddens me now as I’m laying it out in my head.  Thankfully I know enough to avoid them.  I am far from an expert, just an amateur enthusiast.

But recently as I’ve been hopping around products, I really like my softener and I think it’s a keeper, but I thought I needed a serum/essence that is stronger, day or night use.  Well, Estee Lauder n Lancome failed.  And I was left with no where to turn.  Checked out Origins Planscription Anti Aging Serum and no offence, the key ingredients make me puke.  No way am I gonna be paying that amount of money for something so mundane, it’s daylight robbery!  The website lists Glycerin, Dimethicone and African Anoegeissus Tree Bark Extract as Key Ingredients?  Come on, you gotta be kidding me.  What Extract is that?  Dubious at best!  Glycerin?  DIMETHICONE?  You call them KEY moisturizing agents?  And your only anti-aging anti-oxidant is a tree bark extract, unheard of but seen in some women in ulu village, without sufficient studies?  Don’t get me wrong, Gycerin is crucial in every single product, in every single formula.  Dimethicone is a good binding agent that is noncomedogenic, frequently found in many products, no effects in anti-aging but, harmless stuff.  My problem is with listing these 2 as the main ingredients and you call it an ANTI-AGING SERUM.  How does that suffice?  How does that qualify?

Too much’s been said, I raised my case.  Please prove me wrong, cause if you can come back with enough evidence to counter my boiled up self righteous rants, you are actually teaching me something, and my judgment may have been missed due to my ignorance.  But for now, Court shall proceed.

Another product that sparked my whole awareness with these fake claims, is Melaleuca Timeless Anti Aging Serum.  Again, this is a direct selling brand that harps on, lives and breathes on the claims that they are 100% organic, non toxic and all that jambo, words more pure than the virgin’s hole.  Sounds so flipping awesome right?  I placed an order for 2 immediately.

Wait, before that, lemme just show you how it’s PHRASED.  I’ll just do a cut-n-paste here :

“The cutting-edge ingredients in Timeless target tell-tale sun spots, discoloration, and uneven skin tone while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Stable antioxidant vitamins C and E and patented AHCare® replenish skin and encourage rapid cell turnover, decreasing the number, size, and intensity of dark spots for a luminous, even complexion.”

Well, sounds good right?  You can see where the claims r coming from, since it’s their unique AHCare Patent, you would associate AH with AHA, which is an exfoliant, kill the dead cells, with antioxidants like Vit C n E, they replenish skin, and the AHA (supposed) encourages rapid cell turnover.

There, I”m pretty much sold.  Guess they have the whole concept worked out.  Well again, if it’s true AHA containing serum, they failed to mention… or at least whisper in your ears… “hey… hey girl… don’t.. don’t use it in the morning”

But by the next page, the ingredients list…. W.O.F-FIN.A.H

Checkkit,

quoted.right.from.the.page.  I don’t know 70% of what they are, but look look, within the first 3 lines, how many Dimethicone, or silicone based substance appeared, in just 3 F-FIN lines???  If it’s truly an AHA based anti-aging serum, I can only identify Lactic Acid here!  The rest of the things, all mumbo jumbos to me, I seriously don’t know what they are.  The au-naturale plant extracts, oh yeah, they do have, but all at the bottom of the lists.  Maybe I’m too ignorant to judge as I cannot factually identify the everything else that I don’t know.

REFERENCE be found here.

So if there’s ever a formulator/biochem engineer that would like to educate my half baked internet knowledge?  Please please come and educate me.

So much babbling as if I”m protesting on Occupy Wall Street, wait, is it still happening?  I just detest the fact that these companies put in so much silicone based deriatives which are basically fillers.  They fill out your pores, they fill out wrinkles.  And the texture of silicones feel good on your hands.  So when you apply it, of course you get an instant smoothen face, pores look smaller and all.  But that is all an illusion, and these big cosmeceutical companies harp and prey on the less exposed, consumers that go by brands/smell/feel/and advertising claims.  I think in the consumer demographic, an unworthy ingredient obsessed stalker like me are probably <10%, which is not enough for the tip of the critical mass.

These dimethicones n silicones fillers are great!  I hunt down products with their contents, but, as COSMETICS!!  Filling out wrinkles and pores temporarily is what COSMETICS do, not SKINCARE!  They are what I’d pay for a high price, which by the end of the day I triple cleanse them off my face!  Not what I go to bed with thinking, OH MY FACE IS SO SUPERCHARGED WITH AWESOMENESS RIGHT NOW.

THat’s it man… that’s it.  I’m f-fin sore from this verbal diarrhea.  Oh wait, I was supposed to do a revIEW on WHAT again???

Review : Hada Labo Retional Lifting + Firming Mask

Oh boy, it’s not gonna sound good.  I am gravely disappointed.  You could almost bet that it was a sure win.  So much so I had a legit plan laid out and this was gonna be a crucial part of my weekly treatment.

But it’s okay, I digress.

Hada Labo Retinol Lifting + Firming Mask

Hada Labo Retinol Lifting + Firming Mask

The Experience

Sorry, I’m gonna be downright harsh and say that this is disappointing!  This box comes in 4 pcs which is the most expensive set of masks amongst all the HADA LABO ranges, at RM49.90.  After much daunting my temptation and playing with my weakness for the curious, I thought of a brilliant plan, change my facial routine completely upside down, and incorporate this into this master plan of mine.

I will write about my seemingly brilliant plan in coming posts.

The Packaging : Hada Labo Retinol Lifting + Firming Mask

The Packaging : Hada Labo Retinol Lifting + Firming Mask

Hada Labo Retinol range hosts a series of genuine age fighting ingredients that strongly encouraged and gave me the ultimate confidence that this will definitely work.  I mean, retinol? SUPER HA???  COLLAGEN AND HYDROLYZED???  Come on!  If common sense isn’t enough proof, this is the official claim from their website :

  • Helps to rejuvenate skin cells to significantly improve skin’s elasticity and firmness.
  • Instantly smoothes skin’s surface to reveal healthy and youthful looking skin.
  • Skin PH balanced.  Low irritation.
  • Free of fragrances, mineral oil and colorant.

So, lets check on each of these claims.  But remember how I said Skinfood mask gave a sense of melted kitchen wrap over your face?  That’s it guys.  It was soooo sticky!  I laid in an air con room, had the mask on the 30 minutes.  Upon removal, both my hands were sticky and my face is so sticky.  I patted, patted and patted, hopefully this would go away, cause I really wanted it to work.  In the end, I gave up, I didn’t follow up with any of my serum because there was simply no way there could be anymore room for absorption.  Instead, I even had to use my day moisturiser (which has mattifying effect) to take away the stickiness.

Did my skin appear glowy, refreshed, brightened like other masks?  No.

So did I look younger instantaneously?  I didn’t expect it to and yeah, it didn’t.

Irritation?  Matter of fact, a lil bit!  My skin had it’s usual redness as a way of protesting against my experiments.

Was my skin smooth?  HOW CAN IT BE SMOOTH?  It’s so sticky!!  Ants would get themselves trapped if they crawled over my face in my sleep.  So, NO!

So seriously guys, I hope I don’t put you off with my two cents.  In any case I”m wrong, do let me know!  As for now, I stand… disappointed.

*pfft*

Dry Skin – To The Rescue (Part 3) – Kinerase

Finally, the epic trilogy to my Dry Skin condition has come to an end… or has it?

Again, that very week when I was held hostage in the hotel room, and my stupid idea of “packing light” meant I had no additional products to help me relieve of the ugly coarse dry skin.

But at The Lord’s mercy, a sweet lady, Ms. Susan, gave me some samples of Kinerase, which I kid you not, it’s been so raved about by other friends.

Kinerase Sample Set

Kinerase Sample Set

This Kinerase sample set comprises of 4 key components to their skincare regime, which are :

1) Kinerase Daily Gentle Cleanser

Kinerase Gentle Daily Cleanser

Kinerase Gentle Daily Cleanser

This Kinerase Gentle Daily Cleanser is enriched with Green Tea Extract, Foaming Formula, and it’s PARABEN, FRAGRANCE AND DYE-FREE.

2) Kinerase C6 Peptide Intensive Treatment :

Kinerase C6 Peptide Intensive Treatment

Kinerase C6 Peptide Intensive Treatment

It visibly helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin texture and tone. This intensive treatment contains:

  • Kinetin
  • Argireline – an advanced hexapeptide (six amino acids) that demonstrates Botulinum toxin-like effects to improve the appearance of aging skin. This ingredient helps reduce the depth of wrinkles by up to 30% in 30 days1.
  • L-Ascorbic Acid – delivers more Vitamin C for radiant skin.
  • Green Tea Extract and Vitamin E – powerful antioxidants to protect against free radical damage to skin.
  • Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, fragrance-free and dye-free.

3) Kinerase Cream – This contains 0.1% Kinetin to give you a better overall complexion and improved fine wrinkles, especially in the crow’s feet area. Both the Kinerase® Cream and Lotion can improve the skin’s ability to retain moisture.

Kinerase Cream

Kinerase C

Kinerase Eye Cream

Kinerase Eye Cream

It is a light and moisturising formula that targets fine lines and wrinkles. This unique cream pampers the delicate skin around the eyes with its soothing and hydrating benefits. This eye cream contains:

  • 0.125% Kinetin – the highest concentration level in the Kinerase®
  • Core Collection.
  • Coix Seed Extract and Sodium Hyaluronate – hydrate skin around the contours of the eye area.
  • Aloe Vera – reduces irritation and helps to soothe skin.
  • Grape Seed Extract – boost antioxidant benefits and fight redness
  • Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, paraben-free and dye-free

The Experience

Truly, THANK GOD, this came at the best timing when I was going through the whole acute dry skin crisis.  When usually I avoid at all cost to use additional product that’s in the form of cream texture, but I embraced Kinerase C6 Peptide Intensive Treatment in conjunction with it’s Kinerase Cream.  Heck, I even used Kinerase C6 Peptide Intensive Treatment in the morning, bear in mind that it’s cream textured, and I would be heading out in the sun and all.  I love serum, essence and all those because it provides additional nutritions and benefits and penetrates beyond dermis.  But with this C6 Peptide, I didn’t care, cause I know I am totally at the mercy of it to salvage my beautiful face. *ahem*

But honestly, I am not using them long enough to see all the claims and benefits as stated in their clinical studies.  Although, it did rescue my face that very instant.  The Daily Gentle Cleanser was even more gentle than Biotherm Aquasource gel-mousse cleanser.  The Kinerase Eye Cream is nice, but it’s in light cream formula.  My personal preference is heavy eye creams, but if you wanna avoid oil seeds building around your eyes, light cream formula is the way to go.

The Conclusion

What’s so special about Kinerase though?  First off, again it is a medical grade skincare which is only available through prescriptions, clinics and specialists.  C6 Peptide, in short, creates a botox effect (most layman’s term possible).  Hence this is extremely suitable for post-cosmetic surgery skincare regime.  Also possibly one of the best anti-aging product in the market.

I would advice that you go ahead and try it out if you think you wanna step up your skincare game play.  They certainly don’t come cheap, but when it really works, it’s really worth it.

I’m gonna wait til I finish up my current loads of skincare and probably switch to Kinerase series, provided I don’t get astray and buy every online product I bump across online.

Dang, these things, draw me like a cat to katnip.

Oh!  For more information on Kinetin (just what the fluff is that?)  Do check out this website for a thorough understanding.  Cheers Y’all!

BEST MASK! – COLLAGEN CRYSTAL FACIAL MASK

Hello Beauties,

It’s about time that I bring you this post on THE BEST MASK!

Having missed the whole hype during its initial launch (many years ago), I only finally tried this Collagen Crystal Facial Mask sometime this year.  I was traveling when I bought this, after a customer commented on how old I’ve looked after a year.

And that incidence, it shone a light on the journey of masks, and emergency facial rescue.

This mask has truly stood out, in the pool of non-saloon masks.

So What Is A Collagen Crystal Facial Mask?

Collagen Crystal Facial Mask

Collagen Crystal Facial Mask

If you’re not familiar with what a crystal mask is, it is unlike a sheet mask, it has a jelly/gel like texture.  Instead of drying up like a sheet mask, crystal mask melts its essence into your skin from your natural body heat.  This crystal mask, makes some hefty claims to its benefits, and  the best thing is, it does deliver.

How Collagen Crystal Mask looks upon application.

How Collagen Crystal Mask looks upon application.

 

After 30 minutes of application.

After 30 minutes of application.

You can see the mask has melted to your body heat, and your skin is moist and hydrated with the essence melted off the collagen crystal mask.

What Are The Benefits of A Collagen Crystal Facial Mask?

The back of the packaging lists down fine details of benefits, instructions and ingredients.

The back of the packaging lists down fine details of benefits, instructions and ingredients.

Based on the label, it claims to have effects on:

  • Whitening
  • Moisturising
  • Anti-Wrinkle
  • Oil-Control
  • Pore Reducing
  • Hydration

Ingredients Of A Collagen Crystal Facial Mask

This mask comes compact with some impressive ingredients.  Not a lot of preservatives like common sheet masks.  Here are the ingredients:

Aqua, Glycerin, Polyinyl Alcohol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tartaricacid, Grape Seed Oil (vitis vinfera), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocophbryl Acetate (Vitamin E), BHT, Methylparaben, Fragaben, Fragrance, Phyto-Collagen, Aloe Vera, Green Tea Extract, Plum Extract

So How Good is The Crystal Collagen Facial Mask Really???

You can use this mask for 30 minutes long, or some choose to leave this overnight, for not more than 12 hours.  Whilst I’m not too used to sleeping with masks on, yet because the mask is so nutritious, I leave it on for 1 hour.

After 1 hour of application, freshly removed.

After 1 hour of application, freshly removed.

Here is the result of collagen crystal facial mask after 1 hour, freshly removed.  You can obviously tell the skin is so much more brightened, supple, and so hydrated!  Even when compared to a good sheet mask, the effect of brightening this collagen crystal mask achieves is much more capturing.  And you know what’s the REAL KEY BENEFIT?  The effects, they last for at least another day or two!  With sheet masks, the effects don’t carry forward to the next day, but this does!

Just last night I did it and this morning I woke up to a fantastic fair and even face, brightened up, all my fatigues washed away.

Collagen Crystal Facial Mask is also suitable for all skin types!

I have let a couple of friends try it and all come back with news of superior results.  Because of it’s formula, your skin is able to breathe as it doesn’t have any waxy substance suffocating your faces and masking your pores, all it does is just juicy substance slowly absorbed by your skin, hence it’s suitable for any skin type, even for acne prone skin.  Unless you are specifically allergic to the ingredients listed.

Conclusion

This is literally my Holy Grail of masks.  When I’m late for my facial appointment, this suffices to delay my appointments for another week.  Also with this mask, my skin just glows the next day, I tend to skip any foundation and just let the natural glowing face be beautiful on it’s own.

I like it so much, not only I bought just 1 but all the variations for specific purposes!

Different Types of Collagen Crystal Facial Masks

Crystal Collagen Mask with Deep Sea Black Mud - for detox and acne prone skin

Crystal Collagen Mask with Deep Sea Black Mud – for detox and acne prone skin

Gold Bio Collagen Facial Mask - Gold is a strong anti-aging agent.

Gold Bio Collagen Facial Mask – Gold is a strong anti-aging agent.

 

Collagen Crystal Facial Mask - Most Hydrating of all.

Collagen Crystal Facial Mask – Most Hydrating of all.

If you would like to know more about this, feel free to drop a message.  Cheers, and keep your skin healthy y’all!