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First Aid Beauty – Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery

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I bought this product when i was looking for products that can help relieve dry patches.

About the Product
First Aid Beauty aims to create luxurious yet highly effective product for those with problem skin. I bought the product because the ingredients did not contain anything that I know I will be sensitive to or will lead to outbreak on my face. In my recent trip to Bali, i brought this little bottle along to test the effectiveness of the product. Before I go on, here is the ingredient list:

INGREDIENTS
-Avena Sativa Oat Kernel Extract: Relieves itching and soothes dehydrated skin.
-Sodium Hyaluronate: Draws moisture into the skin, plumping the skin and supporting natural collagen levels.
-Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract: Relieves redness and aids in skin recovery.
-Propolis Extract: Repairs UV and other environmental damage, enhancing the skin’s own natural collagen production.

Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propolis Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Bisulfite.

Using the Product
I will wash my face and apply a teaspoon of this product on my face before applying anything else. I had used this together with my Albion Herbal Oil Gold and Albion Skin Conditioner. When the watery liquid is dispensed, i will distribute it on both my palms and spread it quickly all over my face. My skin did feel plumped up and somewhat hydrated forbthat few minutes. The redness on my face did seem to calm down slightly but I maintain that SKII Facial Treatment Essence (which I had used for about 2 to 3 years before switching to cheaper pharmacy brands) is much more effective in that department.

I observed that the hydration did not last very long and after using it for a week, I didn’t think it is worth the price. The watery texture does tend to make me feel that I may be wasting the product especially when it drips down my hand.

My verdict? Unlikely to repurchase coz its pricy and did not seem to be as effective as I hope it would be in truly improving the moisture level in my skin.

Where to Buy the Product
Well, I bought it at Sephora in Singapore. Due to my disappointment I didn’t bother to check if its sold online – i believe it would be elsewhere or on its official website.

Have you used any FAB products and worked?

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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! 🙂

Sephora -Triple Action Cleansing Water

If you ask me what do I think is the winner for makeup removers for normal, oily, combination, and problem skin, I will tell you that its the Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water. This is like the 4th big bottle that I have bought and rebottled into its regular bottle for easier dispensing, and I still think its the best without a doubt and the most value for money make up remover.

Why? Because this is firstly, a water based cleanser which for those who are afraid of oils or milks, or have acne prone skin, this is light and watery and does not clog pores. I have used other water based cleansers (which I will give their reviews later) and some of them are either not as hydrating, or that your skin feels very clean but slightly taut. Second, it comes in a pump dispenser ( like those nail polish removers where you place the cotton pad on top to pump up the remover). I have used this on eye shadows and eye liners it cleans off very well. Third, it has moisturizing content, meaning for those who just wanna clean up and hit the sack right after removing makeup, it is for u. No moisturizers needed. The product instruction will tell you that there is no need to wash your face with soap after using this. However my test with washing with mild facial foam is that the outcome is not as drying as other water based makeup removers. A plus point for those who follows the two step rule closely! Just remember that you do need to layer on your usual moisturizer if you do continue with facial foam. Again, no clarisonic!

This cleanser is only available in Sephora (its their house brand). They come in standard bottles with dispenser (as shown) or the large ones. There are smaller bottles for yiu to carry around or to test out the product.

Senka – Perfect Watery Oil

This facial cleansing oil is one not to be missed if you are looking for a lightweight facial cleansing oil that can be used on wet or dry skin. According to english speaking sites, this is a makeup remover that is free of paraben and can be used for normal, oily or combination skin. I do not put on heavy makeup usually so I cannot attest to the claim that it removes heavy makeup when applied on dry skin using dry hands. This product is not too difficult to emulsify when get in touch with water. The texture of this cleanser is clear and very watery, and it comes with a scent that reminds you of fresh green apples!  My skin is sensitive and acne prone but it did not cause me any breakouts after I had used it (ie does not leave residue that clogs my pores). My skin also feels hydrated after cleansing (ie before using facial foam).

One reminder for using this, is if you are using facial foam to wash your face as a two-step cleansing (I don’t think its really necessary to do a two-step cleanse), please do not use clarisonic with your facial foam because you may find your skin feeling taut or dry after wash (ie over cleansing). For those who are sensitive to mineral oils, you might want to give this a miss because it is one of the ingredients.

This product is part of the Shiseido Senka family so if you like to try a facial oil that is lightweight cleansing oil and can take away light makeup or sunscreen thats left on your face, this is the one! You can get it from any Watsons in Singapore.