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On The Topic : Softeners?

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?

147ml

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.

  1. Have your face thoroughly cleansed.  Leave no trace of dirt.
  2. Apply softener (instead of toner) right after.
  3. Proceed on with your serum/essence
  4. Apply your day moisturiser/night cream.
  5. 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.

Summary

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?

FREEBIES!

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!

lookie that, ain’t it huge?

That is all, cheers girls.

 

Biotherm Purefect Skin and Skin Ergetic Series

Sometimes, I just hate it when the counter girls are right.

“Lady, you don’t sleep much, do you?”

No, I don’t, thank you for asking.

I’m fresh as a bird if I can get 4 hrs sleep, with a cuppa coffee in the morning… “sleep?  What’s that?”

But not the face.  It shows, it betrays my purported “I’m awake!  I’m awake!  I can do maths!” facade.

Well, either your sleeping habit follows a timezone on the other side of the world, or, you’re a successful but burnt out corporate rat (may you be successful in all your endeavors), the counter girl was right to let me try this series of Biotherm meant for LETHARGIC and FATIGUE skin (yes, those words are on the adverts).

Whole bundle of Biotherm Purefect Skin sachets were handed to me, “There, take it, use it… you need it,” she said.

Now if you’ve read item 2, on The Purposes We Serve, I particularly distrust cosmetic claims for the solutions to oily skin.  But feeling pretty badass and riding on the whole YOLO wave, (and plus, it’s really a whole lot of samples!) I went ahead and by now, I’ve tried it for 3 days, hence I’m confident enough to do a review now.  Why 3 days?  Cause my face is like a urine test strip, suitable or not, my skin reacts to allergies in 3 days, whatever product it is.  When I upgrade my derma’s OS, there may be a meter to your kidney’s function.  Okay, lame joke.

I was given Purefect Skin Series specifically targeted for combination/oily skin :

1) Purefect Skin Cleanser – It’s gel texture and it’s colourless.  Now, that is hyper-reassuring.  Remember, Sensitive/Oily face, stay away from any form of cleanser no matter what the claims to be, use only GEL FORMULA.  Sorry I haven’t got a picture taken.  But you can find the official information here.  RM95.00

2) Purefect Skin Toner – This toner reminds me of why I don’t use a toner.  I haven’t used a toner for 3 years.  Upon application it’s a strong whiff of alcohol.  I then read the ingredients and alcohol is listed as the 2nd ingredient after Aqua.  It disperses fairly quickly.  I guess that’s one of the downside of Oil-Control products, alcohol always seems to be a preferred ingredient.  No discomfort or tight tingling sensation after application though.  RM98.00

3) Skin Ergetic Concentrate Serum – This serum serves to combat fatigue, and claims to visibly reduce the appearance of tired looking skin.  And it’s whole lot of natural essence packed in 1 serum.  Read official site for more info.  As for me?  Gel form? No problemo.  RM195.00

serum in gel texture

4) Pureskin Hydrating Gel : I like this.  In fact I like the whole series.  I was told to use this as a day moisturiser.  Gel form, no greasy after feel.  Makeup application goes on fine after.  It’s a nice gel, and it’s a nice hydrating gel.  Read Here.  RM135.00

Light textured gel form, non-greasy but hydrating.

5) Aquasource Nuit High Density Hydrating Jelly for Night – OH I love this one!  It is really Jelly!  Like Gel-Jelly!  With cute translucent light blue-ish colour.  It gets absorbed quickly into the skin but leaves your skin really smooth.  Because of it’s high hydrating power, it’s used as a night cream and… suitable to all skin types.  That I can testify to.  This morning, I wished it was winter here so I could use it day and night.  It’s that nice.  Read Here.  RM180.00

Gel-Jelly texture

6) Skin Ergetic Eye Cream : It’s their latest launch if I’m not mistaken.  Anti Fatigue, packed with all the super power-charging nutritions and extracts.  Creamy texture, but gets absorbed quickly.  Patting my eyes half way in my OCD fashion and wham! it’s all absorbed and dried.  Read Here  RM160.00

Yellow Creamy Texture

Summary :

It’s passed my 3 days test.  While trying out this product I was suffering from funny breakouts as I had a trial of 3 days samples from Shiseido.  Biotherm did not add on to the funny allergic reactions, and the allergies went away pretty quickly.  Overall, it is a good line for combo/oily skin.  Specifically Skin Ergetic that targets really tired, really aged out face of mine.  I would recommend this to people who NEED this, cause the price is pretty steep.  But if you’ve tried all moderate range of products and they don’t seem to be working, this could be a good investment.

The cheapest financial option is to ignore all the skin problems, but requires the most expensive mental effort.

CHEERS!