Category Archives: Skincare

Cetaphil UVA/UVB Suncreen SPF 30+

Cetaphil UVA/UVB Sunscreen SPF30+

Cetaphil is known to be good for sensitive skin. I have used their cleanser and love it even though it does not create enough bubbles for my liking (I like bubbles…). Anyway, when they released their sun protection range a few (or more) months back, I jumped at it. I have not been wearing sun protection at all times during the day as you should be doing. Here is why you wear sun protections: protection against the sun’s UV rays which could cause skin cancer and early aging. UV rays can be pretty damaging. Have you ever left a newspaper in direct sunlight for a week or more? It changes colour! (Try it out at home). Imagine what it can do to your skin cells, especially the weaker cells on your face and especially around your eyes… might regret it 30-40 years from now! So, start when you’re young! One handy tip, make sure to be generous when applying it or you will not be getting the required sun protection.

This product is a creamy-based product. It does have a slight “sunblock” smell but it fades fairly quickly (usually 10-15 minutes). I feel that this product absorbs fairly quickly into the skin as well, leaving my skin non-greasy. This is what I enjoy most about this product. Most sunblocks leave a fairly oily residue and leaves the skin quite shiny! I personally do not enjoy the oily/shiny feeling because at the end of the day, it just makes me feel weighed down with more natural oils from my own skin. One thing I noticed about this is, when applying make up over this sunblock, make sure the sunblock has been completely absorbed into the skin (roughly 10-15 minutes) or it will cause you to be quite oily at the end of the day.

Conclusion:
I will definitely buy this product again because it does not smell bad and it absorbs very quickly. The fact that it is for sensitive skin also makes it more likely for me to buy the product. The price is also a good factor in my decision to repurchase (I’ve been using this for a few months every day and it has not run out).

Where to buy:
Any pharmacy (advisable to shop around as price varies from pharmacy to pharmacy)

Price:
50ml for AUD$19.49

Stay Beautiful!

xx Sam

Other face wash I used for my Acne (3rd post in the Acne Series)

This post will be about the other random products that I have tried to help manage my acne.

Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Cleanser

Kiehl's Blue Herbal Cleanser

This product contains 1.5% salicylic acid for the treatment for acne.  The product is fairly liquid as opposed to a thick gel and it is bright blue.  The product smells slightly herbal/minty and froths up very well.  I personally did not find that this product did anything for my acne as I did not see any difference in the amount of pimples I had ( I still had the same amount of acne come and go).  It is, however, a pretty good cleanser as after the wash, the face feels fresh.  I do like the slightly tingly minty feeling when I am washing my face.

Conclusion:

I would not buy this product again just because it did not do what it was meant to do, reduce the acne.  However, I do like their concept where the more people whom buy their products, the more they will lower their prices.

Where to buy:

Myer, David Jones, online

Price:

250ml at $36

St-Ives Green Tea Scrub

St.Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub

This cleanser is marketed to clear breakout & Soothe skin.  I absolutely love the smell of this cleanser.  I usually use this cleanser when I feel that my skin needs an absolute scrubbing, usually about once a week.  NO, you’re not supposed to scrub the skin off your face but YES, you are supposed to take dirt off your face.  When using this product, the granules are fairly big and rough as compared to other brands.  The particulates are slightly smoother than the St.Ives Apricot Scrub – Blemish Fighting.  I have had instances when the granules went into my eye whilst I was rinsing the product off my face.  It is difficult to get the granule out of the eye!!  This product did not make any difference to the amount of pimples on my face but I did feel that my skin was much smoother, especially since I sometimes have flaking skin from the pimple treatment.  It does have 1% salicylic acid meant for treatment of acne. I have been using this product for the past 6 months and I still have more than half of the product left.

Conclusion:

For the price, it makes a pretty good exfoliator (be careful on how hard you exfoliate as it can make you breakout more).  As it did not make any difference for the acne, I would possibly buy this product again because of its exfoliating purpose.

Where to buy:

Coles, Woolworths, pharmacies (Priceline, Amcal, Cincottas, Chemist Warehouse etc)

Price:

150ml for AUD$9.99

Origins Perfect World Antioxidant Cleanser with White Tea

Origins (A Perfect World) Antioxidant Cleanser with White Tea

This cleanser has a very nice flowery/tea smell.  It has a creamy texture and when lathered up, very creamy and smooth feeling.  I love this cleanser because it leaves my face feeling fresh and clean.  This cleanser is not specifically for acne skin but the Origins salesperson had recommended it just to soothe the irritated skin.  It has definitely left my skin much more relaxed.  After washing my face, the skin does not feel stretched as though it’s been completely stripped of all oils.  (natural oils are good for your skin so it is a good idea not to take all of it off.)

Conclusion:

This cleanser is very soothing for me and I love the thick creamy texture.  I also love the smell of this cleanser.  I would buy this cleanser again.

Where to buy:

Myer, David Jones, Online

Price:

150ml for AUD$43.00

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

The first product I used for my acne (2nd post of the acne series)

Clinique 3 step system
Clinique-3-steps

I had read reviews that this had worked for people. The salesperson was giving me a lot of information on how my skin was oily after going through the fancy little skin definition tool on their counter. She also said that Clinique only made products for sensitive skin and I do have sensitive skin. After giving me her sales pitch for half an hour, I was sold.

On the first 2-3 days, my skin did not react to the wash and moisturizer, although the toner stung my skin every time it was used. In day 4-5, my skin started to dry out rapidly. I thought that this was a good thing because it was starting to dry out the pimples. On day 6, my skin was shedding and the skin was so sensitized that it hurt every time I touch it or put any product on it. This was when I finally had the brains to stop using the product! My skin took roughly about a month or 2 to heal after that. I could not use any other product on my face, not even a simple moisturizer.

I took the products back to the counter and was pleasantly surprised when the lady said I could return it even after using it for 7 days (probably because she saw my red face with skin falling off my face). Sorry, unfortunately I do not have any pictures here.

Conclusion:
This 3-step program was not suitable for me. There are other reviews which states that it had worked wonders for them. It all depends on your skin and it is advisable to know what is in the product as well as what you are sensitive to. In Australia, you can go to the doctors and request for a skin prick test. I have not personally done it.

Where to get this:

Myer, David Jones, Amcal Pharmacy (selected few), online

Price (as at 27May2012):

AUD $139 for the 200ml Toner

AUD$155 for the 400ml Toner

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam