Out of all the skincare categories, nothing quite gets me like a new cleanser does. Firstly it’s so easy and fast to gauge how a cleanser is working for you, secondly I love seeing a fresh clean face right after I finish cleansing. I’m not sure why but my skin never look as good as when I’ve just washed my face. I have easily 6 to 7 different cleansers in rotation and that’s just the cleanser that I use to wash my skin itself. I’ve got another 4 to 5 makeup removers which I also rotate around.
Anyway, I would like to share with you 2 cleansers which are always in my skincare rotation. They are relatively inexpensive and I love them since my face feels clean and soft after using them. These 2 cleaners have quite different textures and ingredients but the results are the same: bright, smooth clean face without any residue left behind on your skin.
Naruko Tea Tree Purifying Clay Mask & Cleanser in 1
The first cleanser which I would like to recommend is the Naruko Tea Tree Purifying Clay Mask & Cleanser in 1. Now technically this is more of a clay mask than a cleanser. However, I really like to use this when my face is feeling “gunky” after wearing makeup the whole day or the week before my period when my skin gets extra problematic with hormones acting up and all. I can use this either as my morning cleanse or in the evening as my second cleanse after removing my makeup. Sometimes I’ll leave it on for 5 minutes as a flash mask before washing it off and it works well that way too. It has soft jojoba micro beads in it which helps to buff away dead skin cells. My face always looks fresh and glowing after I used it. However, I can’t use this as my only cleanser everyday as I do find it a little drying for daily use. If you have oily skin, you might be able to get away with using it everyday. Ingredients are as below for your reference.
Naruko Tea Tree Purifying Clay Mask & Cleanser in 1 Ingredients:
Niks Professional Vitamin A Cleansing Lotion
The next cleanser which I love is the Niks Professional Vitamin A Cleansing Lotion. This is in a soft lotion form which doesn’t lather at all. Lovers of foaming cleansers might not be used to this kind of texture in their cleanser but I can assure you that it cleans beautifully and doesn’t leave any residue. I can use this cleansing lotion to remove very light makeup and it rinses off easily with warm water. I normally reach for this cleanser when I find that my face feels a little dry from my acid toners or retinol treatments. It’s such a gentle non-drying cleanser that doesn’t aggravate the dryness. As usual, ingredients are as below for your reference.
Niks Professional Vitamin A Cleansing Lotion Ingredients:
Aqua, milk amino acids, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, glycerin, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, stearic acid, cetyl alcohol, polysorbate-60, retinyl palmitate, panthenol, tocopheryl acetate, sodium PCA, methylparaben, propylparaben, tetrasodium EDTA, diazolidinyl urea
Where can you find it?
The Naruko Tea Tree Purifying Clay Mask & Cleanser in 1 can be found in all Watsons store. You can also purchase it from their online website. It retails at S$11.90 (120ml sized).
The Niks Professional Vitamin A Cleansing Lotion can be found at all Niks Shop Salons. You can click here for all the available locations. You can also purchase it from their online website. It retails at S$21.00 (120ml sized) and S$30.00 (200ml sized).
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Hi guys! As promised in my previous post, today I’ll be sharing with you my facial oil collection and how I actually incorporate them into my skincare regime. The thing about facial oils is that they are really versatile and you can literally use them in many different ways. I’m going to share with you some of my favourite ways of using them.
1) Mixing face oil into my moisturiser
I believe that this method is perhaps the most common way of using facial oils. I just mix 2 to 3 drops of facial oil into my moisturiser, swipe them over my palms and apply all over my face. Easy peasy!
2) Mixing face oil into my serum
Ok, this is a super lazy method which I use when I’m really not in the mood for long complicated routines (which are sadly more common nowadays!*sigh*). I mix 5 drops of facial oil into my hydrating serum to form an emulsion and just apply that to go to sleep. That’s it, done! I get both my hydrating needs and my lipid needs all in one. I don’t even bother putting another cream on top and my skin still feels alright, not fantastic but still bearable.
3) Apply face oil before applying sheet mask
This is a method which I found out recently after watching the Taiwanese beauty show Women (女人我最大). Basically after you have cleansed and toned, you apply a thin layer of face oil and then you apply a sheet mask on top. When you remove your sheet mask after around 20 minutes, you might just be blinded by the luminosity of your skin! Haha.. Ok, I’m not really kidding.. I was quite blown away by the results when I tried that tip for the first time. It might take a bit longer to massage in the residual serum + oil into your skin after you are done masking but your skin will look so much brighter, softer and really really supple.
4) Mixing face oil into your clay mask
This tip is for those of you with dry skin who would like the clarifying effects of a clay mask but cannot tolerate the somewhat drying effects of it as well. The oil will actually keep your clay mask from drying up. When you rinse it away after around 20 minutes, your skin will feel the cleansing effects of the mask minus the unbearable tightness. Pretty nice!
5) On its own
Ok, this is pretty self-explanatory. So sometimes I would just spray a ton of hydrating mist on my face and put about 5 drops of facial oil on my palms, swipe it and press it on my face. Nice and easy and fast!
Side Note: By the way, would any of you want full reviews of the face oils which are in my collection? Let me know!
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Hi All! Just to let you guys know that I’ve just gone for a minor surgery and won’t be posting as frequently to focus my efforts on getting better. I’ve scheduled posting for every Monday and Friday from now on till mid June 2017 since I really don’t have the energy or the mood to post more frequently than that! Thanks for reading! Hope that I can come back stronger soon!