Cos RX- AHA BHA Toner – Breakout Killer!

As I have probably mentioned and cribbed about here, I have intensely sensitive, acne-prone – oily skin. And if you add hormonal acne to the mix – my skin is a mountainous paradise. Or was, actually! Ever since I went on the pill – it became better. But now that I am off the pill, I started to get a pimple or two around the time of the month. And I was scared that this would turn into a catastrophe!

But it did not.

Infact, my other pimple-type spots reduced and went away! And I realized that I only had these problems when I missed the most critical step (to me now!!) in my skincare routine. The toner – to be specific, the COS RX AHA BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner.

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It was an impulse purchase – on Cult Beauty. What sealed the deal was that it was reasonably priced and had both AHA and BHA to treat acne prone skin. And it came in a spray- which I like over the ones you have to spill onto a cotton pad. Mostly its not that effective because the pad soaks it all up!

Now, a bit on AHA and BHA. AHA is what you need to exfoliate the dead skin on top. This will help in reducing texture and marks of previous pimples. BHA is what you need to clean the inside of the skin – pores and gunk and this reduces your chances of breakouts in the first place. AHA just cleans and rejuvenates the op layer to reveal glowing skin.

This product is not only cheap and a good bang for your buck, it is actually beautiful. The packaging is very nice – plastic bottle with a spray. And the spray is good, not that misty that most of it gets lost in the air. I just spray it on my face after I have cleansed it and mostly around my jawline and cheeks because that is where I breakout the most. Then with clean hands I spread it and pat it into my face where I have pores, pimple prone areas. Patting is key. Follow it up with SKII Essence and my Mizon Repair Cream (which you should use when your face is a bit wet – so you use less and it is not heavy and actually works).

My skin is clear as of now. Pores have reduced and there are no new pimples coming out. Highly recommend for people sharing my skin type. You cannot beat the price and the benefits of this!

-xo

 

My Fave Caudalie Serum

You know you love a product when you finish the bottle and throw it away (not remembering to blog about it) and hunt down the teeny sample you got the other week, just to tide you over! That is exactly what happened with my Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti Wrinkle Defense Serum.

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Long name, but this is so good!! I ordered it on a whim from Cult Beauty, because even though it is in Boots, it’s a hyped up price which I am not willing to pay. My oily acne prone sensitive skin loves it, and it never makes me breakout. Also, my skin texture has improved a lot since I have been using it. If I give it a break, I actually miss using it.

I flicked the image from Lookfantastic.com, because I don’t have the bottle, but here’s what this looks like.

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The bottle is a dark green glass with a dropper to dispense the product. I needed only about 3 to 4 drops for my entire face and neck. This serum is milky white and has a slight scent, native to Caudalie in it. It is definitely not overpowering.

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The texture is slightly viscous and tacky. Once you rub it into your facial skin, it spreads nicely and sinks in without leaving a trace. I feel it does have a little mattifying effect. You can feel the hydration it provides without making you feel like an oil slick.

In the morning and at night, regardless of whether I do wear makeup or not, after I wash my face and tone, I either go for this or my SKII Serum. I find I do not have to use a lot of moisturizer as it is a very hydrating serum and often I even skip that part. It does not clog my pores or cause irritation or bumps.

I will say that it makes my facial skin plump and healthy looking after continued use. My skin loses that dull sallow look and feels refreshed. My under-eye fine lines do not appear so deep and my skin looks firmer. If you use it diligently, I am sure you will see the results too.

A definite repurchase for me, always. And an even more definite recommendation.

-xo

Nip+Fab Daily Glycolic Pads are A+ !

I may not have having a breakout currently. But I have evidences of their historical, unwanted presence in the form of scars and bumps on my face. That is not cute. I have to use a BB Cream to even my skintone out, but still, I would rather be makeup free!!!

I have read about the benefits of Glycolic acid and have recently purchased Alpha-H but till that comes, I have been using the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Cleansing pads that I ordered from ASOS when they had a sale. They were pretty affordable and were delivered within a week to UAE which is fast!

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The container is a plastic which houses the 60 exfoliating cleansing pads, pre-soaked in their broth which as per package contains a number of good things for the skin. Quite good for travel and less messy for me.

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I have been enjoying using them as a toner after my morning face wash or after I have done my makeup removal to get off any residue. I do avoid the eye area as per usual. They do not sting, just slightly tingle and leave the face hydrated as opposed to dry and tight. It may be because of the hyaluronic component. Because I have oily skin, it does tend to feel heavy after a while – so as soon as that happens I just splash water on my face and then pat dry and follow up with a serum.

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This is a good product. I have not reacted from it and it has been keeping things in balance. It also effectivly removes residual makeup and dirt which is so handly on the go. The pads that are presoaked are just the right degree of soaked – not dripping and not dry as well. Their texture is plain on one side and bumped on the other to exfoliate as you rub it on the skin.

As a budget buy, very good. Dry skinned people will not feel their skin is stripped but if you are oily – maybe you will need to do a post water-splashing.

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Jeju Wipes- Face Shop

My  adult acne battle is still continuing at full force. The thing is, I have noticed that recently I have had no more new “friends” pop up. What I had also has gone down and well, the only thing that remains on my face now are the remanents. I couldn’t be more pleased about it, and more scared to jinx myself.

The only things I changed was adding the Wei Detoxifying Masks and replaced my Pixi toner with The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Pore Cleansing wipes. I purchased them at the The Face Shop in Al Wahda Mall for 60 AED a pack (roughly more than 1 AED a wipe if you want to break down the cost). wip1.jpg

I read really good things about this range and I thought, well it would not hurt to try at this point. And it worked!

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The way I have been using it is as my last step in skin care. I wash my face before sleeping and then wipe it all over my face – going over the areas where I am prone to breaking out couple times over and then letting it absorb into the skin. If I feel too dry, I might use a bit of SKII Essence or Clarins Lotus Oil and go to sleep. If I don’t use it the wipes the night, I will just use either one of the Lotus Oil or the SKII Essence. In the morning I will clean my face and again go over with the wipe on my face. I haven’t used sunscreen in ages because that also I think causes me to erupt like a volcano. The wipes are well soaked but they don’t sting at all even on raw pimples. They also don’t dry out your skin like a prune. I have used them around my eyes carefully and they have not agitated the skin. If you aren’t careful, I am sure they would sting.

If you have not tried them before, try them. They might just work for you too!

-xo

SK(II)N Care for Me!

I was never much into skin care – baby lotion, calamine for breakouts and baby soap had me covered. But as I crossed 25, I realized it was not enough. I started reacting to things I would not react to, my skin became oilier and more sensitive and acne prone and I was a mess.

I heard a lot of good things about SKII products – they are a premium skin care line, but did not invest right away. The star product raved about is the Facial Treatment Essence but that was 700 AED for the bottle! One time, when my skin was at its worst, I decided enough was enough, and with my points and a discount code, managed to get the 500 ml Essence bottle and a kit with a 250 ml essence, a trial size Clear Treatment Lotion and a Mask to go with it for 650 AED.IMG_0010.JPG

I still haven’t tried the sheet mask till now. I have so many from Leader’s that I want to go through them first, before using this. The facial clear lotion came in a small plastic bottle, it felt just like water but when I rubbed it into my skin, it provided intense hydration. I could feel the texture change as I rubbed it in – no drastic change, just that it did not feel like water anymore, but like a watered lotion – which made it so easy for it to absorb into my skin.

The star for me was the raved about Facial Treatment Essence, which has their patented Pitera complex – God knows what that is, but it works. I usually cleanse my face with any facewash I have using my Foreo Luna, and after patting my face dry, take a tea spoon full of the Facial Essence between my palms and then pat it into the face and neck. It’s an expensive prouct, so I don’t want to use cotton pads with it – they soak up 70 percent of this and I want 100% of it on my skin, not being wasted! It has a peculiar scent, nothing intense and it does not linger. But it feels cooling and absorbs so fast, leaving the skin feeling hydrated and balanced and somehow “satisfied”.

My skin gradually cleared up and was not as oily as before. It feels cooled, hydrated but not tight or sticky. Absorbs fast in to the skin. I use it fairly regularly now (3-4 time a week) and everytime I do, I fall in love with this again. It does not aggravate my skin what so ever. When I have a bad breakout, I usually simplify my skincare and just use this and nothing else except maybe a light moisturizer for the day.

You can buy SKII from Glambox and use your Glampoints. I will repurchase as soon as I run out, that’s how staple this product is for me.

I recommend this highly, if you have the budget, or even if you want quality skincare.

-xo