Hi everyone, I’m finally back with a new post! Sorry for disappearing from my blog for so long but now that I’m back, let’s start with a review of a product that I’ve been using for the past 6 months. Yes, 6 months! As always, when I test a product for a much longer period of time, there’s a reason for it. Read on to find out more!
As always, the ingredients list is as below for your reference:
The ingredients list is very interesting to me because unlike a normal oil, you would find that this product actually has both Linoleic Acid (omega-6) as well as Linolenic Acid (Omega-3) listed. Now why is that special? Typically, oils have a composition that consists of a mixture of Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Lauric Acid and Oleic Acid. These acids, also known as free fatty acids, are the reason why applying facial oils to your skin might have greater benefits to your skin than just preventing transepidermal water loss (TEWL). For example, lauric acid is strongly antibacterial and is useful for treating acne. Oleic acid is a barrier disruptor (meaning it can help to restore skin moisture barrier), while linoleic acid can fade pigment. By and large however, most facial oils in the market would not have ingredients list that consists of the free fatty acids listed as such. Additionally, there’s this concern that facial oils do not breakdown efficiently enough onto the skin itself for the skin to reap such benefits (read here for more info!). Therefore, when you have a facial oil with free fatty acids already broken down for you, you know that it’s quite special indeed! Enough with the ingredients analysis, so how did it fare for me?
How did the Zelens Provitamin D Treatment Drops fare?
Zelens Provitamin D Treatment Drops is a light facial oil enriched with Provitamin D and bio-mimetic lipids similar to those found naturally in the skin that helps to restore the skin’s natural barrier and build skin’s resilience. It also claims to help protect against microbial attack (helping to keep blemishes at bay and control skin conditions such as dermatitis), wards against environmental stresses and helps to fortify skin’s fragile fabric.
So, did it work for me? Well, my answer to that would be both yes and no. To be honest, I could only use this product whenever I feel that my skin’s moisture barrier is compromised or when it’s feeling a bit drier or more sensitive than usual. Using this product at night over 2 or 3 days would help to restore my skin to a healthier state without fail. It’s kinda like a fail-safe skin repair and restoring oil for me.
However, when I try to use this product while my skin feel quite healthy, I would discover that it causes me to breakout a little. I’m not quite sure why this situation occurs for me though. This situation frustrated me and I was on the fence for this product for some time. I wanted to test it over a much longer period of time and it wasn’t until 6 months later that I feel confident enough to sum up my thoughts in this post.
I think that if you have ultra-sensitive skin with a compromised skin barrier, you should find this oil to be quite life-changing. However, if you already have relatively healthy skin, you might not see much benefits from it. Nowadays, I would use this product on a weekly basis after using the aha/bha mask as an excellent skin-restoring oil to repair my skin and protect it while it’s in a slightly weaken state.
If you have been reading my blog for some time, you might realise that I’ve been trying my best to use low pH cleansers for some time (If you are interested to find out why low pH cleansers are much better for your skin, click here). Today I have another sexy low pH cleanser to introduce to you guys – Make P:rem’s Safe Relief Cleansing Foam. This product is a SLS-free cleanser with a pH of 5.5. It claims to gently work on sensitive & irritated skin to cleanse and remove makeup without stripping the skin. I was alerted to this product when I saw it in the skincare routine of @snowwhiteandtheasianpear on Instagram. Coincidentally, I’ve been browsing the Korean Beauty app HwaHae a lot recently just to check out new launches in Korean beauty as well as to look out for products which are receiving much love amongst the Korean consumers. This product has been consistently getting very high ratings and my interest was piqued. So how did it fare for my combination dry skin? Read on to find out more!
It’s ranked No. 1 amongst all the cleansers!
As usual, ingredients for the product are as below for your reference.
How does the Make P:rem Safe Relief Cleansing Foam fare?
The Make P:rem’s Safe Relief Cleansing Foam is a creamy foaming cleanser that is formulated with less than 20 low-hazard ingredients to provide soothing relief to dry, sensitive, and irritated skin. Ingredients such as Glycerin are mixed with extracts like hydrating Coconut, anti-aging Sage, and even healing Artic Raspberry to completely cleanse and soothe your skin.
Although it claims that it could help to remove makeup, I wouldn’t recommend using it to remove waterproof or heavy makeup as it’s actually quite gentle to the skin. Otherwise I find that it works very well as a 2nd cleanse to gently remove all remains of my makeup remover such as cleansing oils/ balms, as well as my skin itself. Another property of this cleanser which makes me rather happy is that although it doesn’t foam a lot, it does foam and somehow, my skin seems to like foaming cleansers better than milk cleansers. The only thing which I need to maybe caution you is that the cleanser does have a musky smell due to the inclusion of sage oil and bergamot oil. It doesn’t really bother me much but I’m just putting it out there cause I know that some people are sensitive to smells. Otherwise, I’m actually really happy with this cleanser overall. It’s low-pH, cleanses well without dehydrating my skin and it’s very reasonably priced for its size (150g). Highly recommended!
Where can you find it?
I bought this product from Qoo10.sg. Although the price seems to vary amongst sellers, I bought it at S$24.90 (150g sized).
This picture has no relation whatsoever to my post.. I just really love Big Bang’s T.O.P.. Lol..
Double cleansing is a phenomenon that has blown up over the past few years in the western beauty world. This was very surprising to me since I have been doing the act of double cleansing since I was 19 years old (FYI, I’m going to be 33 years old this year!). Essentially I have been following this routine for 14 years and had also, perhaps naively, thought that everybody was more or else doing the same thing as me.
So what is double cleansing? Well, it is exactly as its name implies – you cleanse your face twice! I worked part-time for a beauty brand during my university days and vividly remembered an encounter with the beauty counter manager who tried to explain the concept of double cleansing to me. She asked me whether I have the habit of showering everyday. At that time, I was mortified and thought that she was hinting that I smelt kinda funky. However, she carried on to ask me another question. She asked if I wore my clothes while showering. I replied “Of course not!”. Then she started to explain that double cleansing is akin to the act of removing your clothes before you shower. Just as removing your clothes before showering/ bathing is essential to washing yourself clean, using a makeup remover to remove your makeup/ sunscreen before you wash your skin itself is important for your skin to be thoroughly cleansed. This concept has stayed with me ever since.
T.O.P agrees that you should remove your clothes before you shower!
Double cleansing is the foundation of a proper skincare routine. If your skin is not thoroughly cleansed of all the dirt and makeup or sunscreen that accumulates throughout the day, all other skincare products layered on top would not be absorbed properly. If I’m going to be very harsh, I could even say that it’s useless applying all your expensive serums or moisturisers if you are not going to wash your face thoroughly.
By now, if you are convinced that you want to start double cleansing, I have a few tips to get you on the way. The first cleanse would usually be used to remove your makeup or sunscreen. My first cleanse typically consists of either cleansing oils or balms to remove my super waterproof Japanese sunscreen as well as my makeup. Sometimes I would use micellar water as my first cleanse if I’m wearing a non-waterproof sunscreen or light makeup.
Here’s a bunch that I’d used before and really loved.
First Cleanse (Cleansing Oils/ Balms/ Micellar Water)
Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser => I didn’t really like this cleanser much at first but after I’d gone through one whole tube of it, I find that I kinda missed using it. It’s actually a very nice cleanser. (Read full review here)
I hope that if you are reading this and had not incorporated double cleansing into your skincare routine yet, this post will inspire you to start. Join us in our glorious world of double cleansing, won’t you?
NIOD’s Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex (MMHC) was one of the first few products that I had reviewed back in May 2017 when I just started my blog (Read full review here). I knew at that time that Deciem was in the midst of revamping the formula for MMHC and was about to release MMHC2 in a few months time. I’ve always wanted to try MMHC2 for the longest time but got distracted by some other hydrating serums along the way that I never got to it.
Well, as luck would have it, during the Chinese New Year period in February this year, I received a discount code from ASOS for 15% off. When I saw that the NIOD MMHC2 was listed on their website, I went for it and grabbed 3 bottles in one go. Heh! Now that I’ve been using it for around one month plus (and already more than halfway through one bottle), I think that it’s time for me to reveal my thoughts on this product. Will it live up to its predecessor? Will it exceed it? Or will it be a disaster? Read on!
How does the NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex 2 (MMHC 2) fare?
NIOD’s Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex 2 is the second generation of MMHC, combining 15 forms of hyaluronic compounds to visibly hydrate skin. The formula offers a multi-dimensional approach to topical hyaluronic supplementation by combining 15 forms (vs the 12 forms of HA in the original MMHC) of hyaluronic compounds, hyaluronic precursors and a hyaluronic support technology in a peptide-charged delivery system. It offers water-based hydration and helps skin surface look plump, elastic, comfortable and uniform.
So what’s so special about MMHC2? Well, Deciem had included an extremely rare direct form of hyaluronic acid amongst the 15 hyaluronic compounds. In the world of beauty, the term “hyaluronic acid” is used loosely to refer to “sodium hyaluronate” which is the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid. When brands refer to “hyaluronic acid” in their information and marketing materials, in almost every case the reference is to forms of “sodium hyaluronate” which appears in the ingredient listing of the products. In fact, I had only encountered hyaluronic acid in its direct form before in Jordan Samuel Skin’s Hydrate serum (Full review here). While several sodium salt forms of hyaluronic acid are included in MMHC2, the formula also includes 1.0% direct hyaluronic acid which appears as “hyaluronic acid” in the ingredient listing. Direct hyaluronic acid offers pro-repair support far beyond basic water hydration that sodium hyaluronate offers, resulting in improvements to the elastic appearance and the general healthy look of skin.
Below is a table of comparison between the ingredients in the original version of MMHC and MMHC2. You can definitely see the inclusion of hyaluronic acid as well as a rise in the position of the various hyaluronic sodium salts (which translates to higher levels of hyaluronic sodium salts added in the revised formula).
However, I’m sure that if you are reading this review, you would be more interested to know whether the MMHC2 is as hydrating as MMHC or even more so. Well, I can definitely confirm that this version is indeed a far superior formula than the original one. How could I tell, you may ask? It’s simple. I find that on days that I use this serum, the fine dehydration lines on my forehead are very much lessened and my cheek area looks more lifted and plump. Most importantly, the hydration actually lasts throughout the day. This serum, like its predecessor, also comes in a watery formula which sinks into my skin nicely without interfering with the rest of my other skincare products. Since hydration serums are a non-negotiable part of my skincare routine (that is, I must use a hydrating serum in both my day and night routines), it is imperative that there’s no “rolling” or “flaking” even when I layer other products over it.
If you are looking for an excellent hydrating serum which does exactly what it claims to do, I would highly recommend that you give this product a try. Because this serum has such a light watery texture, it would also be suitable for all skin types.