What Is A Softener?
Hey all, I’m not sure of your level of exposure when it comes to skincare compared to mine. But this whole softener business, is new to me. Herein, I would like to share with you what I’ve learnt and researched for the past few months. (Yes, that’s how long it takes for me to decide on a product, research and google are your friends.)
What does it do?
Well, this we have to refer to the pioneers of softeners, which is (I guess), Shiseido. Lets quote from the official website, and see what they explain :
In a layman’s term, in Shiseido’s claim, it boosts hydration level by 30%, and preps your skin for the next few level of skincare products, enhances and boosts the absorptions of every juicy highly nutritious serum/essence/moisturiser.
I have tried Shiseido’s softener (bout 3 days trial) but sadly, it broke my skin out with funny oil seeds n redness on my skin. Whether or not rescued by BIotherm’s skincare series, luckily, they’re bout 85% gone now.
Have you ever tried Hado Labo’s hydration lotion? The texture of Shiseido Hydration Softener is very similiar to that.
Mary Kay TimeWise Moisture Renewing Softener
And what do you know? Browsing through Mary Kay’s catelogue, and voila, I see this thing again, softener. And FINALLY, it came in the mail couple of days ago. Needless to say, eager as an untrained monkey, I couldn’t wait to mix this softner into all these new sampled regimes.
What are the claims to Mary Kay’s Softener?
Well, How Does It Work?
Okay, Sounds good. What are the ingredients though?
Alright, I’m pretty convinced. Who is it suitable for, though?
Alright, I’m sold. So how do I use it?
This is my personal take on the usage. Especially, most of us, are used to a toner. In this aspect, we refer back to Shiseido’s guideline.
- Have your face thoroughly cleansed. Leave no trace of dirt.
- Apply softener (instead of toner) right after.
- Proceed on with your serum/essence
- Apply your day moisturiser/night cream.
- Lastly, spritz/spray toner/ or pat toner in over your face.
Lastly, what’s the flipping difference?
Softener – It provides hydration, and in a way it softens, relaxes your skin, so your skin is open to the rest of the facial products. Unlike a toner, it tightens your skin, hence the ability to absorb all the goodness of all the products you’ve invested, is minimized.
Toner – The very main purpose of toner, is to get rid of excess oil/dirt which your cleanser is unable to do. While doing that, it also tightens pores, oil-controls, and freshens up your skin. So it only makes sense to spritz toner (not swipe with cotton pad) after your skincare regime, to lock in and close up the pores. and keep the nutritions prisoned.. heh heh heh.
Sounds confusing doesn’t it? No worries, trust me on this and stick to this 5 steps regime and give yourself 2 weeks to 1 month. You will see the difference. I may not have used this product for too long but the academic part of me just had to examine all the ingredients, trials done.
So far that I’ve tried, it just feels like moistening cotton pad with mountain fresh water and I glide it across my face, only that I know this mountain fresh water in pink bottle is packed with all the goodies of nutritions. No densed gel-water texture like Hado Labo or Shiseido softener. It is just, swiss mountain water, no other words for it.
Packaging & Pricing
Bottle is HUGE. RM90 – 147ml. The researchers even break it down to how long the product will last!
Referring to the chart above, too bad the Ang Mohs don’t have a word for Kiasu. LOL.
What’s the good news?
Top 5 commenters who leave a comment on this blog post would stand a chance to try out this awesome softener samples. Comments should entail why you like this blog. While at the same time, don’t stop sharing my page/blog with your beauty friends. Because there are so much so much more goodies to come!
That is all, cheers girls.