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Skincare Tip – Daily Skin Care Essentials (Part I)

Hello lovelies, I am going to share with you my personal list of skincare essentials that I must have these days. I will break the post into a few parts so that its not too long to read. The weather in Singapore has been hot and humid, as well as rather unpredictable these couple of weeks with heavy rain in one moment, and scorching heat the next. Methinks the temperature can go as high at 34 or 35 degrees celsius? Anyway, not the best time to bathe in the sun these days.

My Essentials – Cleansing

Everyone who wants to have good skin knows that cleansing our facial skin is very important step of our daily skincare regime.  If I am wearing makeup, I will first use a mild makeup remover to remove the cosmetics (ie Sephora’s Triple Action Cleansing Water or Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water). The makeup remover will take away the facial oils that has surfaced as well as the compounds of our foundation etc that is left after a long day.  Once that is done, I will wash my face with my favourite amino acid based cleanser, Shiseido’s Senka Perfect Whip Foam which foams up into such fine bubbles that could clean the pores more effectively, together with my trusty Clarisonic. Rinse off after 1 min on Clarisonic, and you’ll have that smooth skin that feels so clean!

About Amino Acid

Those who have been following my blog for a while will know that I have problem skin. I have chosen amino acid based cleansers because they work best with problem skin and causes less irritation. From Love to Know,”Amino acids, at their essence, are peptides. These are proteins, which can have a positive effect upon cells. They can help improve skin that has been scarred or has stretch marks. When used correctly, amino acids seem to be more powerful than an alpha-hydroxy system of skin care in terms of filling lines, smoothing skin and improving tone and color. Even better, they can achieve this with less irritation and photosensitivity.”  From Ping of Health, “Amino acids are today recognized by the skin-care fraternity as the cleansing agent that boasts a pH value that is closest to that of the human skin. Amino acids behave very much like our skin cells; they get a “fever” if temperature exceeds 37 degree Celsius and they will “shrink” if the temperature drops. The enzymes in our epidermis or outer skin thrives best in a mildly acidic environment, as this enables normal metabolism of the horny layer. Such an environment causes only minimal agitation to the keratin protein in the skin, hence will not trigger any concern of skin allergy. It also discourages the production of acne.

Some may find such cleansers to be drying but for combination skin (normal to oily), it worked wonderfully and I have been using it for the last 3 years!

What about your cleansing routine? Did it help you address your skincare concerns?

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Shiseido – Multi-Defense UV Protector SPF 50 PA+++ Water Resistant

Sunscreen that can be washed off with normal cleanser
Sunscreen that can be washed off with normal cleanser

Shiseido is one of the forerunners in the development of whitening products. They have also been pushing out sunscreen that works well with their whitening products.  I bought the Multi-Defense UV Protector when I was looking for a sunscreen that does not require me to wash off with makeup remover. After a long day at work, all I wanted was to have a simple skincare regime that will not remove too much of my skin’s natural moisture (I was using oil based make up removers at that time). Then I received a Shiseido advertisement in my mailbox talking about this revolutionary sunscreen that can be washed off with normal facial cleanser, and immediately I jumped into it.

About the Product

From the Singapore Shiseido website, the product was described as:

Feather-light to the touch, this highly effective lotion-type UV protector is resistant to perspiration and sebum, providing ample protection against external aggressors such as UV rays, for the maintenance of beautiful, healthy-looking skin.

The ingredients of this product are:
・Exclusive OptiVeil-UV technology provides advanced protection from UVA/UVB rays that may cause photo-aging.
・Scutellaria Baicalensis* helps prevent UV damage to essential fibroblasts which produce collagen and elastin, the key elements to resilient, youthful-looking skin.
・Rose Apple Leaf Extract* helps prevent DNA damage caused by harmful UV rays.
・Hydro-Restoring Complex contains moisturizing amino acids that naturally exist in skin. Provides sufficient moisture for skin that is smooth to the touch.
・Thiotaurine combined with Rose Apple Leaf Extract* counteracts oxidation, the damaging process which accelerates skin aging.
・Free of any sticky residue, doubles as the ideal base for a long-lasting, beautiful foundation finish. Is easily removed with a daily cleanser.
・Water-resistant.
*in vitro test

*NON-COMEDOGENIC.
*DERMATOLOGIST AND OPHTHALMOLOGIST-TESTED.

The texture of the sunscreen is milky (if you had used sunscreens from Aqualabel or Anessa (drugstore products by Shiseido) or even Mentholatum, you will notice that the japanese sunscreen is usually milky and the texture varies based on the density of the milk). As with similar Japanese sunscreen, you are required to shake the bottle to mix the product before use. This product does not give a white powdery sheen on your skin compared to some of the other Japanese sunscreens, that tends to make your face look a shade whiter.

Using the Product

In case you don’t already know, the Multi-Defense UV Protector also acts as a makeup base. After your daily moisturizer, apply the Multi-Defense UV Protector on your skin before your foundation. I have used this together with my mineral powder foundation, and the results has been satisfactory. It held the powder well and presents a relatively smooth complexion on my combination skin. However, I have to also point out that I am in air-conditioned environment most of my time hence the review is only if you are in cooler and less humid environment. If I were to use the Multi-Defense UV Protector on its own without foundation or make up, I will use my clarisonic and my trusty facial foam to wash my face. No outbreaks on the next day!

Where to Buy the Product

I had bought my Shiseido products from their counters or from Duty Free Shop (its cheaper!) – including this Multi-Defense UV Protector. The small 30ml bottle is handy and fits into my handbag as I move around in the day. I could not find this product on the Shiseido’s Australian Website but I did find it on their Singapore Website. Please let me know if you can find this product in your home country so that I can share it with the readers of this blog!

Senka – Perfect Whip Foam

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I have written about Senka Cleaning Oil the last round. Now I am going to share my experience on the use of Senka’s Perfect Whip Foam, which comes from the same Senka product family, under Shiseido.

The Product
Visually, this product is like any other facial foam. Comes in a light blue tube, the product dispensed is white and creamy. The uniqueness of this product is that once you rub the product with cold water, it will create lots of foam, which looks like a well beaten egg white. Take some practice actually. If you like to use warm water to wash your face, take note that the product may not fluff up as much. According to the product explanation, the foams created are finer and could clean the pores more thoroughly. It was also mentioned on the product that Amino Acid is one of the ingredients included. Those who have acne or problem skin will appreciate that Amino Acid cleansers are good for problem skin.

Using the Product

I use the Perfect Whip Foam twice a day, Day and Night. Personally, I find the Perfect Whip Foam not too drying (though I have found out from others who find it a bit drying after wash), and give a little bit of hydrating effect. At night, after removing my foundation or sunscreen with Sephora Triple Cleansing Water or Bioderma Sensibio, I will use the Perfect Whip Foam with my Clarisonic Aria on normal speed. This helps to cleanse my skin once and for all to prevent clogging. This method has worked well for me thus far.

How to use with Clarisonic

Squeeze your usual amount of foam cleanser (it should not be more than 2cm long product as it will be too much), and foam it up using cool or room temperature water. Once that is done, spread the foam on your face with light rubbing motion. Then give your Clarisonic a quick rinse, flick off the water and turn it on and place the brush starting from the center of your forehead and move in circular motion. The entire brushing time should only take a minute. Then rinse your face with warm water (esp if your face is very oily) followed by cool water. Some people will rinse with cold water to immediately close the pores. I don’t particularly find this making much of difference for me, but I usually would prefer to use warm water only.  You will find that your skin is smooth and clean.

Do remember to keep your Clarisonic brush head clean by detaching it from the handheld, and run it under warm water to remove suds, followed by flicking off remain water and leave it to dry.

Where to Buy

If you live in Singapore, you should be able to purchase Senka Perfect Whip Foam from Watsons, its retailing at around $12 per tube (I think). Frequent users can always purchase them when there is a sale at Watsons at a cheaper price. Like many skin care and food products, Senka is a Japanese product, but they do let regional partners help them manufacture the products using the same formula. So, not all Senka sold in the market are made in Japan.

1) From Qoo10, you will find many sellers carrying this product. I like to visit the vendor Kenko.com who claimed that they import directly from Japan. There are of course other sellers who could prove that their products have gone through checks by Health Sciences Authority of Singapore. These are reliable products too. Just take note of the expiry dates before you buy. You will notice that products imported from Taiwan comes with chinese labels at the top of the tube. Those from Japan or Korea comes with Japanese labels at the top of the tube.

2) From Rakuten, you can also find Kenko.com to make your purchase. But of course, from Rakuten Japan website, you can find the Japanese locals carrying the same products but it could be pricier to import from there.

3) If you are shopping from Japan and you are able to read Japanese, you can visit Kenko to place your online order too.

Hope the above information helps! Do let me know if you have any other experiences using this product, and where we can find Senka Perfect Whip in your country! 🙂