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RMS Beauty – Raw Coconut Oil

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Source: RMS Beauty Official Website

I have never been a fan of coconut oil because of its strong scent. I love love love curry that contains coconut milk, but I would walk away from food containing coconut or that gives off a strong coconut scent. Ok, I’m wierd.

 

Well, interestingly, I started using Raw Coconut Oil for my night time regime just about a week ago. I was researching into use of natural oil products (I have bottles of Now Solutions oils from apricot seed oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, etc all sitting in my drawer – in mint state); wanting to find out more about oils for different skin conditions and how I can use them when my skin condition changes – and I came upon RMS Beauty.  I found RMS Beauty through online skincare stores.

You’ll ask me “hang on a minute – didn’t you have combination skin?” Yes, I do! But before you decide to trash this article, you’ll be as amazed as what the coconut oil did to my skin – without further outbreaks.

Anyway, back to RMS Beauty. Yes, the Raw Coconut Oil. On the RMS Beauty website, it said that “The ultimate organic beauty product! This can honestly be called the best makeup remover ever. Removes even the most stubborn mascara with ease. This multitasking product can also be used as a facial cleanser and skin moisturizer.” On the website, it went to explain thatCoconut oil is considered the healthiest oil on earth for its high levels of lauric acid, which is rarely found in nature. Lauric acid is what gives coconut oil its antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties, making this all-in-one product suitable for even the most blemish prone skin. This natural antioxidant is 100% pure, raw and unrefined thereby naturally protecting one’s skin against free radical damage and premature aging. Ideal for all skin types including sensitive and acne-prone skin. Nourishes skin, hair and lashes. Helps soothe sunburns.”  The RMS Beauty’s Raw Coconut Oil is “harvested fresh for [RMS Beauty] using a new and modern processing technique making it superior over store bought coconut oil. Ours is superior over “other cold pressed coconut oil on the market.

How to Use the Product

RMS Beauty recommends using your clean fingers to distribute their products on your skin.

The Raw Coconut Oil will turn very watery in the normal room temperature in Singapore. As it comes in a pot, you can either put the pot into your fridge so that it turns solid and you scoop it out with a metal spatula. OR you can continue to leave the pot on your dressing table but re-bottle the watery oil into a glass dropper bottle for easier dispensing and hygiene. I haven’t found the time to re-bottle the product, so I have been using straight from the pot by lightly dipping the tips of my two fingers in the product (like how a dragonfly would to touch the water) and quickly spread the runny product onto my face. Remember, 2 drops is all you need unless you want to use it as a mask or makeup remover. (Yes, Raw Coconut Oil is multipurpose!) It is perfectly fine to leave your Raw Coconut Oil in room temperature. Just don’t put it under the sun. Simple. 🙂

I started using the Raw Coconut Oil on the day after I had my facial to clear the horrible pus and acne on my face. It had been a very very stressful period at work and my face was breaking out – my chin, my forehead and it was progressing to my cheeks. What pain! My aesthetician did a good job to drain them and to try to calm the redness on the first day. But the redness was still there on day two – and you would know that this can go on for a few more days.

After washing my face with my facial foam and Clarisonic, I pat dry my skin and applied 2 drops of this oil all over my face. I didn’t apply any toner at all. However, I do have to make sure the oil is absorbed into my skin and no residue is left behind.  The product gives off a faint coconut oil scent and the scent was gone after 2 hours or so. I went to bed as is. When I woke up the next morning, my face didn’t feel as oily and the redness seems to have calmed down. I continued using the product for the rest of the week and I did not break out nor did I experience any discomfort. The oil was more hydrating than when I use creams or lotions (I had been using the California baby lotion for a few months now as my moisturizer).  The scabbing from clearing the acne also came off easily and I did not have any scarring.

Do remember though, that you should not use coconut oil in the morning if you are wearing make up. It does not hold the make up in place due to its naturally moisturizing compounds.

Where to Buy the Product

The product can be found on the official website for RMS Beauty and drugstore.com / beauty.com. You can  – and for those of you who are in Singapore – you can go through 65daigou.com to order your items coz drugstore.com / beauty.com do not ship internationally. You can also use MyUS service to bring your goods from MyUS address to Singapore (as stated on the beauty.com website).After searching around for any RMS Beauty product presence in Singapore; I discovered that it can be found at The Naturally Better Company at Millenia Walk. They carry the entire range, including the Un-cover Up foundation that is all natural and give a dewy glow to the skin. I bought Un-cover Up from the same store as well but as I have a few tubes of Bareminerals Complexion Rescue, I think I’ll keep the small pot in my drawer for now.

Other Thoughts

You might wonder – Can I use Coconut oils from other brands or even food grade coconut oils? Sure! However, do take note that there is a difference between pure unrefined coconut oil, pure refined coconut oil and fractionated coconut oil. Fractionated coconut oil is mostly in liquid form and has a much longer shelf life because the compounds that would make the coconut oil rancid after a certain period of time was removed in the process (in simple terms). You can read more about Fractionated coconut oil on OrganicFacts.net). You can also read more about different types of coconut oils at Livestrong.com.

 

Cure – Natural Aqua Gel

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Those of you who’d read my earlier post on exfoliation would have learnt about Cure, a product that I’d recommended for removal of dead skin cell by softening it and not through abrasion (as with scrubs). This, I find, is a safe product to use once to twice a week – though some reviews claim that you can use this more than once on the same day if you feel that your dead skin has not been completely removed (ie your skin still feel rough).

About the Product

Cure is made in Japan by Toyo Net Japan, and it is the company’s star product. You will see from the ingredient list below, that Water is the main ingredient for this peeling gel. There are, in the market, many peeling gels. In Asia, a popular peeling gel by Ginvera is one of the earliest form of peeling gel having dominated the asian market for more than 10 years. However, Cure remains different because it does not react just on any surface; and only turns into milky water when it comes into contact with dead skin. This is the point where one will gently rub to remove the softened dead skin.

Here’s the ingredient list for Cure (taken off Toyo Net website):

WATER-90.66%

Activated hydrogen water from purified water is used.

GLYCERIN-5%

Widely used moisturizing ingredient that contains high hygroscopic nature and has been used for long time.

CROSSPOLYMER (ACRYLARES/C-10-30 ALKY ACRYLATE)

The same liquid as used by ophthalmologists for eye surgery.
We use it for thickener.

DICOCODIMONIUM CHLORIDE・STEARTRIMONIUM BROMIDE

It is to respond to old deadskin. Commonly used for conditioner.

ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT-<1%

An expected ingredient that moisturizes and protects rough and dry skin.

GINKGO BILOBA EXTRACT-<1%

Extract from ginkgo, expected to moisturize, to prevent skin mottle and freckles.

ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT-<1%

It has anti-inflammation and antibacterial effects and is expected to solve skin problems solutions.

BUTYLENE GLYCOL-<1%

Color-free and scent-free moisturizing liquid

ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL-<0.33%

An ingredient contained in fruits, vegetables, and alcoholic drinks.
We use it to blend stearyltrimonium bromide

Using the Product

Some of my friends had used Cure on their unwashed faces (ie. after removing makeup or if they don’t wear makeup, to use use it before washing their face). However, I realised that it is most effective when I use it after I have washed my face, without Clarisonic (note: Clarisonic have some abrasive effects – hence mild exfoliation). An important step thereafter is to dab dry my face (no water!) before I spread 2-3 pumps of Cure onto my face. I’ll leave it to ’emulsify’ (or turn ‘milky’) before I gently and softly run my fingers over my face to lift the softened dead skin. I will find lots of bits coming off my face. I will do this for about 1 minute before I rinse with cool or room temperature water to remove the bits.  Once done, I will apply my usual toner and moisturizer to protect the new skin that was revealed.

Another use for this product, is to remove long standing grim in hard to reach areas or under the necks, back of the knees, elbows, etc. It has been used on children below 12 years of age to remove grime that they did not wash off during shower – effective!

Where to Buy the Product

Cure is widely available in Watsons in Singapore. This Japanese product is also available in Japan drugstores (I read this somewhere). In Singapore, it retail for about S$42 a bottle but one bottle can last you a few months. Users have to remember that once you open the bottle, you should finish it within a year (the effectiveness will weaken since it does not have the usual preservatives as the website claims).

This is a staple in my bathroom. I hope it will become yours too! 🙂

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?

Skincare Tip – Daily Skincare Essentials (Part II)

Cleansing is important, so is exfoliation to remove older or dead skin cells on the surface of our skin. Both the process of removing and the removal of the dead skin cells are beneficial to our skin and health because the former helps to improve circulation (its like massaging your skin and relevant acupuncture points along with it); while the latter improves the absorption of skincare products and enables the skin to breathe more easily.

My Essentials – Exfoliation

Exfoliation is important. It supports the renewal cycle of our skin as the renewal process becomes sluggish as we age. Removing the old skin helps to maintain that renewal process, brightens our skin and enables the skin to perform at its best. You can find out more about exfoliation here.  Most skincare experts and aestheticians will tell you that exfoliations should not be carried out too frequently. Depending on what you use, ranging from acids, to scrubs to dermabrasions, exfoliations can be as infrequent as once every month or twice a week. Exfoliation may be more frequent if very diluted compound is included in your facial wash – hence its important that you read the labels and monitor your skin condition closely before and after each exfoliation.

I know I’ve blogged about Abidis Peeling A recently. It has helped to smoothen my skin and allows me to use it in the day time like a normal cleanser.  However, considering the price, I still prefer to use Dr. Wu Special Treatment Intensive Skin Renewal Serum with Mandelic Acid or Cure from Japan. These two products are mild and they only remove the dead skin cells. I will post a review of Cure soon, but this has been a trusted product that I use when I find my skin to be rough or dry. I do not need to worry about it over exfoliating my skin because the product (which is water based) only reacts when it comes into contact with dead skin cells. I can use this product twice in a day without causing irritation to my already sensitive problem skin.

There are many reasons for my skin outbreak, and I did notice that my skin renewal is not as efficient after I turn 30 and many times the acne will come out red and painful. I counteracted the problem with Clarisonic which provides some form of exfoliation whenever I use it. I also make it a point not to use Clarisonic when I have used or plan to use Cure to help remove the dead skin cells – to ensure I am not over exfoliating due to Clarisonic’s more abrasive tendencies depending on the amount of pressure exerted on the equipment. I will, however, use Dr Wu’s Treatment Intensive Skin Renewal Serum if I find that my skin is still rough after using Clarisonic, to enhance the exfoliation.

As for frequency of exfoliation, I only do it when my skin feels rough despite the use of Clarisonic. However, I will not use the products every day or every alternate day because I do not believe in regular exfoliation even when the skin is in good condition. A bit of an overkill, don’t you think?

In any case, I do not use Mandelic Acid products in the day, but more at night. The next day, my skin will look brighter than before and smoother too. Nope, I do not have pieces of skin falling off like some AHA or BHA peels. :p

About Mandelic Acid (杏仁酸)

In an article published by Mark B. Taylor M.D in 1999 issue of Cosmetic Dermatology, mandelic acid is “an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) named after the German mandel (almond) and derived from the hydrolysis of an extract of bitter almonds has been studied extensively for its possible uses in treating common skin problems such as photoaging, irregular pigmentation, and acne.”  In an open trial investigation, it was “shown that mandelic acid is useful in suppressing pigmentation, treating inflammatory noncystic acne, and rejuvenating photoaged skin. Moreover it has proven useful in preparing the skin for laser peeling and in helping the skin heal after laser surgery.”  I would recommend that you read this article for more information on Mandelic Acid before you go grab a bottle to try.

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

Skincare Tip – Caring for Dry Patches

Hi all, recently I had a little problem with dry patches. As you know, it was a difficult period for my family when my mom was hospitalised. I’m so glad she is discharged and could be treated at home. Now I can find some time to take care of my skin, which strangely, has gone quite dry of late despite the unusually rainy season in sunny Singapore. The dry patches are on the lower sections of my cheeks and I was quite terrified because I thought dry patches should be almost unheard of in a country where humidity is very high. So what did I do?

Cleansing

No excuses for not cleaning your face after a long day at work or outside. Grime will accumulate and we should learn to clean them off our skin with appropriate cleansers. During the period where I had dry patches (no itch), I continued to clean my skin with my foam cleansers and clarisonic. Please don’t be alarmed, I was very gentle with my clarisonic because the other sections of my face is still normal to oily. The dry patches are only cleansed with my foam cleansers. If you are experiencing itch as well, please switch to milder cleansers and stay away from clarisonic for that day and use Foreo instead. I will recommend the use of Bioderma Sensibio to clean your face or mild cleansing lotion that can be wiped away with soft cotton.

Toning

Some of the Japanese products such as Albion and Shiseido adopts different skincare philosophy and would recommend to reverse the wash-tone-moisturize process. If you are following the usual wash-tone-moisturize procedure for skin care, please use non-alcoholic toners to sooth the already sensitive dry patch.

Moisturize

Regardless of whether you are following the 3 step process or you are adopting Albion or Shiseido skincare steps, I suggest you whip out a hydrating mask like the My Beauty Diary Aloe Vera Mask and put on your face for 15 mins. Massage in the lotion from the mask and use a tissue to dab away excess before applying the following:

– For 3 Step > Apply Facial Oil (e.g. Neal’s Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose) and/or Facial Cream that works for your skin

– For those using Albion > Apply Albion Herbal Oil Gold before applying Exage Moist Crystal Milk II and Skin Conditioner respectively

Your skin should feel a lot more hydrated the next day. I use facial oils for the next two days and it helped to keep my dry patches hydrated. In fact, I noticed that some of the dry skin flaked off when I gently massage the facial oil onto my skin. I also choose to use foundations that will increase my skin hydration (e.g. bareMinerals Ready Foundation).My skin is now smoother and more hydrated. Of course, drinking lots of water will complement your efforts to keep your skin hydrated.

Hope the above tip will help address your dry patches esp if you live in humid country like me! 🙂

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! 🙂

Bioderma – Sensibio H2O Solution Micellaire Peux Sensibles

Its been a long while since I last share my review on the products that I have used. I went to Korea for a short shopping trip during the past months and hope to share my reviews on some of the popular Korean cosmetics with you i  my subsequent posts. Here it is, my review on Bioderma Sensibio which I have used for a month.

This fragrance-free cleanser is mild yet effective in removing waterproof makeup. As you can see from the picture, it is clear watery solution that does not sting or gives burning sensation after you have applied in your skin. I said skin because this gentle remover or cleanser can be used on both face, eye and body.

How Do I Use It?
Take a cotton pad and soak it with Sensibio. Wipe the wet cotton pad on your face to remove makeup or sunscreen after a long day. Do it a few times until your cotton pad is clear.

Can Use Clarisonic for Second Cleanse?
Sure you can! But be cautioned that you might be over cleansing your face. I am a dual cleanse freak so I still use Clarisonic with Sensitive Brushhead. I didnt get outbreaks from over cleansing, neither did I end up with super dry skin. That said if you are also into dual cleansing, please make sure you use very gentle cleansers and slather your skin with good paraben or sulfates free toner and moisturizer to reduce potential irritation. Note: i have combination oily skin that clogs easily.

How Much Does It Cost?
Its about S$39.90 for 500ml in Singapore in guardian and Watsons but I managed to find a vendor who sells cheaper online. Have since stocked up about 5 bottles.

How Does This Compare to Sephora Triple Cleansing Water?
Both products are oil-free and cleanses off the makeup really well. Both allows me to have second cleanse but in terms of accessibility, Sensibio is sold in all drug stores in Singapore and easier to get hold off. For amount of use, i am likely to use more of sensibio because of its 500ml bottles. Sephora leaves a layer of moisture lotion on your skin,while Sensibio do too, the lotion feels thinner. Either way, i think both products are good in their own way. I vote for both!

I hope the above helps!