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Skincare Tip – Daily Skincare Essentials (Part III)

Hi all, I’m back after a long hiatus. Been really busy at work so here I am sharing with you the 3rd instalment of my daily skincare essentials. This time, its on Moisturizing.

Whether you are living in tropical country like Singapore, or in a temperate country with four seasons, Moisturizing remains an important part of our basic 3-step skincare regime. Each day, our skin, being the largest organ, is exposed to many different contaminants and impurities. Our health constitution from lifestyle and daily stresses adds on to the our skincare condition. So how do we choose our moisturizer?

From my personal experience, selection of moisturizer depends on:

1) Your skin condition – is it normal, combination, oily or dry. Normal skin usually would not have problems with over or under production of natural facial oils in tropical and humid country like in Singapore. However, light moisturizer that helps to retain good skin health remains essential. Oily skin is sometimes what I experience when my hormones are running amok or when I am under severe stress. It felt like an oil field that has no tap on it. 😀 Dry skin folks will know that good moisturizers go a long way. Takes away the dry and painful flakes, and prevents further infections on the skin.

2) The environment that you live and work in – the environment introduces external stresses to our skin, so its important that we use products that work on our skin yet at the same time protects our skin from external stresses. Warm weather increase perspiration, opens our pores but also creates adhesive for dirt and grime to stick on our face and clog our pores. Cold weather dries up the surface of our skin, and forcing more oil to the surface to maintain skin health.

So what do I use to protect my facial skin?

I have combination normal-oily skin, and my skin’s inner layers tend to be oily while the surface is dry. Hence I tend to choose moisturizers that are hydrating yet seals in moisture. The Label Young’s Shocking Mist is a decent product that I’ve been using in the day where I need to put on make up before going to work. The texture of the product seals in moisture for about 4 hours yet at the same time allow the skin to breathe and the perspiration to surface. It holds my bareMinerals Ready Foundation rather well (pseudo primer) and does not clog my pores. Another product that I use is the Albion’s Exage Moist Crystal Milk II and Herbal Oil Gold together with the Albion’s Skin Conditioner to hydrate my skin, depending on my skin condition that day.

As I work in air-conditioned office, my skin will be dry by the time I reach afternoon. This will call for additional step after I cleanse my face at night. Typically I will either apply sheet mask once a week (I use My Beauty Diary series) for more intense hydration, or to apply Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil and seal with NYR’s Comfrey and Yarrow Moisturizer at night.

I have subscribed to a website that gave tips on how to treat acne skin recently to learn more from those who had experienced horrible acne outbreaks. Those of you with acne problem may also want to check this site out: The Love Vitamin. Here, she’s recommended to use jojoba oil as moisturizer because it has similar texture as our facial oil, and would help to “tell” our skin not to produce anymore oil. Of course, she has many other tips to share so do check it out and learn from her amazing journey!

Let me know what has been working for you!

Label Young – Sonyu Oil (Multi Skincare Cream and Oil)

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I finally opened up one of the items that I’ve purchased in my last Koreadepart haul! This time, its the Sonyu Oil by handmader which I have been itching to try because its OIL! If you recall, I love to use oil, and have been a proponent for oil on oily skin. This time round, I am on the road again to try out his cream-oil, that remains to be a rave on social media.

About the Product

The Sonyu Oil is a cream & oil product, intended to deliver non-lasting, long lasting moisture to dry skin. It is light and has a light pink shade (see inset). There is a second version that was released (and yes I bought that one too!) but this was the first of the series to be released.  The key ingredients of this oil are honey extract, propolis, aloe vera leaf, shea butter, pomegranate oil, argan oil and jaguen oil. The product does not contain parabens, ethanol, artificial colors, mineral oil, benzophenone, steroids, phenoxyethanol, triclosan, paraffins, imidazolidinyl urea, triethanolamine, petrolatum, formaldehyde, methylchloroisothiazol inone, sulfate, chloride nesin page, talc, BHA, isopropyl alcohol.

Using the Product

The recommendation is to shake the content 3-5 times lightly until the white hydration cream mix with the red face oil to form pink cream-oil. Normal skin users are recommend to apply this product as last step of skin care.  Those with dry skin are recommended to apply on skin after the wash and tone, but for oily and combination skin, it is recommended to apply this product directly on the face without toning or serums.  Users can also mix a small pea size of this product to bb creams or foundations to create glowing make up.  I have combination skin, but I feel that my skin absorbs the product better when I prep my washed face with a mist of Albion Skin Conditioner before I apply this product. To apply, I will take out a 20c coin size onto my palms. then I will spread and warm the product in my hands before I apply it onto the face. The hydration is more effective than the Shocking Pore series and I do not experience outbreaks. I also do not feel tightness when I am working in an air-conditioned room. This is not a good primer for skin with larger pores so I recommend primer to be use before makeup. My skin also do not feel as tight after washing at the end of the day.

Where to Buy the Product

The usual places of course! Koreadepart and Label Young official website.

Do let me know how you find this product by dropping me a message! 🙂

Label Young – Shocking Oil

Label Young Shocking Oil
Oil that does not feel like oil

My Label Young Shocking Oil only has a third of the bottle left so I think I should provide my review on this product to those of you who are still thinking whether to grab this product or not.

About the Product
The uniqueness of the Label Young Shocking Oil is that this product does not feel like the oils you see in the market. Yup you heard me! It does not feel like oil but more like dense gel that becomes watery when it comes into contact with your hands. However, it delivers similar levels of moisture just as how other oils would. The product is light yellow clear liquid with tiny red, blue and yellow beads that breaks open to deliver vitamin A (moisture and nutrients), vitamin C (tighten pores and increase pore resilience) and vitamin E (keratin and ringworm CARE) respectively. Its always a surprise what colour beads are discharged from the bottle each time I pour out the contents from the bottle.

According to the product publicity, the product can be used to moisturize your hair ends, and to moisturize dry patches of skin on the body, and mixed with your bb creams to create a dewy effect.

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, 1.2 Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronatte, Beta-glucan, Lemon Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Argan Oil, Avocado Oil, Magnolia Liliflora Bud Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Lactose, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Jojobar Ester, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Carbomer, Spice, Disodium EDTA (source: Q-trading @ Qoo10)

Free from 20 Additives : Parabens, Ethanol, Benzophenone, Steroids, Artificial Colours, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Sulphate, Acid Sikrik Saline, Triclosan, Benzyl Alcohol, DM Hydantoin, Methyl Isobutyl non Jolly Teeth, Mineral Oil, Quaternium-15, Phenyl Salicylate, Dia Jolie Attend Urea, Inorganic Sulfate, Chlorobutanol, Propionic Acid. (Source: Koreadepart)

How to Use the Product
I have combination skin that is oily inside but mildly dry on the surface. I have also mentioned in my earlier post that I am a proponent for use of facial oils.

With Label Young Shocking Oil, I usually pour a bean size (size of 10c coin, or abt 1cm in diameter), spread it between my palms to break the beads and to warm before I apply it directly on my skin with light massaging strokes. The skin does not feel sticky after application, and I also did not experience any outbreaks after a few days of use.  There will be days when I get a little lazy and decide to apply the oil directly on my face instead of applying it after toner. Both methods worked for me. On using the product with other toners, I have used Albion Skin Conditioner in place of Label Young Shocking Toner with no side effects or outbreaks. Overall, I continue to receive the hydration from this product for 3 to 4 hours in humid environment. However, if you are working in dry, low humidity or airconditioned environment, I would recommend to follow on with one of the Label Young Shocking Creams or a light hydrating moisturizer for added layer of hydration.

I have not tried this on my hair ends but I did try to use it to hydrate dry patches on my body. No irritations experience. I must say this is quite a good product if you need a quick surge of moisture, especially on days where you feel the skin is dry or flaky.

According to the sites selling this product, you can mix the Label Young Shocking Oil with your BB Creams to create a dewy effect.

Where to Buy the Product
In my earlier posts, I have recommended a few places where you can purchase this product – online. They are:

1) Koreadepart – this online shop carries multiple brands of korean skin care products. I have had a recent Label Young haul from here.

2) Qoo10 – Search for “label young” or “labelyoung” and you should find a few vendors carrying their product range. This is not a new product so it should not be difficult to find it on Qoo10.

3) Label Young Official Online Shop (Korean) – If you can understand Korean, this is the site for you regardless of where you are. They have the most up to date Label Young product ranges on this site.

Have you tried this product? If so, do share with me what you think of this oil! 🙂

Update: Label Young has recently released Shocking Oil ver 2. I would love to try and give my review after I have gone through my recent Label Young Haul from Koreadepart! 😉

Senka – Hoshitsu Lotion (Moisturizing)

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This is my new acquisiton after searching high and low for a lotion that could restore hydration to my skin. I may be living in a tropical country, but working in an airconditioned office environment is drying my skin. My skin condition suffers even more when I am overly busy with work and forgot to drink water!

Senka (专科) is one of the off the shelves skincare product by Shiseido catered to return hydration to the skin. Packed with double hyaluronic acid and Royal Jelly extract, this lotion is watery and does not give a sticky feeling after applying on the skin. Having tried Hada Labo myself, I definitely prefer this over Hada Labo for the after use feel and texture. Lotion absorbs quickly into skin and I even tried using it like a massage mask!

Using as Massage Mask
Put about a 50 cent coin size worth of lotion onto your hand after washing and drying your skin. Apply the lotion onto your skin generously and massage your face starting from your forehead (gently in circular motion) before gliding your fingers from your temples over the top of your cheeks to reach the bridge of your nose between your eyes. Gently run your fingers above your eye brows, down to your temples, over the top of the cheeks and end at the bridge of your nose. Glide your fingers on both sides of your nose to press a finger on each side of your nostrils for 3 seconds. Glide up between your eyes and press gently both side of the bridge between ur eyes for 3 seconds. Then move your fingers to press gently under the peaks of both the cheekbones for 3 seconds. Move the fingers to about 1 cm away from both corners of your mouth and press gently for 3 seconds before moving a finger to press under the center of the lower lip for the last 3 seconds. You can do this as many times as you like. Once u are done, gently pat the remaining lotion on your face avoiding the eyes. Tissue off lightly to remove any remnants of the lotion and go to sleep.

As I am using the Perfect Whip Foam (same product family) to cleanse my face, I can jump to use this lotion thereafter with or without toner. I have tried using this lotion with my Albion Skin Conditioner and I notice that my skin absorbs better than when it is without toner.