New hydrating skincare – Aveeno, Atopalm

As most people with acne – prone, sensitive, oily skin who lives in hot and humid South East Asia, hydration really isn’t much of a concern. I was also one of those youngsters, trying to combat occasional hormonal acne with salicylic acid or tea tree oil. Having introduce new products into my skincare such as CosRX  Salicylic Acid cleanser in Singapore, as well as having The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash in Indonesia, my skin got much dryer.

My perspective is that as i got older, my skin is more sensitive to products that i use on my face and my body.  Since i came back to South East Asia from Switzerland, i showered more often due to the heat. Therefor my arms and legs are also dryer. Here are some hydrating products that i’ve just started including into my skincare.

Aveeno Skin Relief 24 Hours

Moisturising Body Lotion & Intense Hydration Hand Cream
Untitled Claims from Aveeno Official website:

Exclusive oat oil-infused formula enriched with natural shea butter helps relieve and soften extra-dry skin.

Fragrance Free

Although both products oat and shea butter are in the list of ingredients, the scent is similar to almonds instead. The consistency are extremely similar as well. While looking at both of their ingredients list, there are alcohol and dimethicone in it. If you are allergic to silicones, just be aware.

Compared to my favourite L’Occitane hand cream, the Aveeno hand cream is definitely lighter in consistency. It drys down faster, making it easier to touch things after.

Atopalm Real Barrier Extreme Cream

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Claims from official Atopalm website:

The MLE® skin barrier formula recreates the Maltese cross structure found inside healthy skin
Patented ceramide complex is applied and the MLE® skin barrier formula, which recreates skin compounds and structure that is the most similar to real skin, strengthens weakened skin barrier and keeps skin moist from deep inside, creating a 72-hour moisturizing effect.

Tight texture full of elasticity forms a real skin barrier protecting membrane
It contains Idealift, a skin firmness-boosting compound, which firms up sagging skin. It penetrates deep inside skin, thereby moisturizing and smoothening it without leaving a sticky or greasy feel.

Three-calming Complex soothes and protects skin.
The complex blend of panthenol, madecassoside, and allantoin protects skin from the harmful external environment.

The texture of this cream i s pretty thick at first, but extremely easy to spread onto the skin. I’ve started using this for a few days during both during night time and day time, and having them during the night time would be more suitable as it might cause foundation to not stay as long.

Ingredients:

WATER, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, PROPANEDIOL, PANTHENOL, STEARIC ACID, GLYCERYL STEARATE, POLYGLYCERYL-10 DISTEARATE, ACETYL DIPEPTIDE-1 CETYL ESTER, BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1, SORBITAN STEARATE, OLEA EUROPAEA FRUIT OIL, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, VISCUM ALBUM FRUIT EXTRACT, DIMETHICONE, MADECASSOSIDE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, MYRISTOYL/PALMITOYL OXOSTEARAMIDE/ARACHAMIDE MEA, DIHYDROXYISOPROPYL PALMOYLPALMAMIDE, PHYTOSTEROLS, ALLANTOIN, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, CARBOMER, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA OIL, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS OIL, VETIVERIA ZIZANOIDES ROOT OIL.

I’ve only started out all three products recently, but my initial response to them are great although not extremely fantastic. As someone of sensitive skin, i really appreciate that it is free of fragrance. I’ll come up with an update soon enough for them 😀

Skin care routine – as of August 2012

This is my current skin care routine which I have tried for 2 months and really worked. It’s mainly Asian cosmetics, and it’s all on my personal point of view. I have to clarify my skin condition – I have oily combination and acne prone skin, and it’s extremely sensitive as well.

Face wash
Daily – morning
Clinic liquid facial soap mild – oily combination

Every 2 weeks, I will switch between these two for my nightly skin care

Wonder Pore Whipping Foaming (Etude House)

This really helped me control my sebum level. i can use sunblock and such but not feel oily through out the day. but I can’t use this too often or my face’s natural sebum will be gone in 2 months. It helps to make the pores smaller after trying it out for a week.

AC Clinic Daily Acne Foam Cleanser (Etude house)

It really helped with my pimple, and relatively helped control my sebum level on the 2 week nights when I’m not using the wonder pore foam.

I have recently changed back to the Arsainte line after trying the Suhwang snow, a really nice smelling toner and moisturiser, but for me the moisturiser does not work. It dries out my skin. This is what I’m using currently.

toner
Arsainte Eco – therapy extreme – moisture Tonic with essential (Face shop)

This is something I have repurchased, and I love it even more! It’s a toner with a little bit of essence in it so there is no need to have additional step of essence in any skin care

Moisturizer
Arsainte Eco -Therapy Crystal Water Super Gel (Face shop)

It’s a new product in the line Arsainte Eco. Although its suppose to be a product for dry skin, it works for my oily skin. It does not become oily after applying. I’m not sure if its because its a gel, it gives my face a non oily feel even though i put sunblock after it for at least 10 hours, the after feel when the skin absorbs it is like a natural skin. It doesn’t feel dry nor oily.

Sun block
Natural Sun AG SPF 45 PA++

My favourite sun block of all times! It doesn’t feel oily on the skin nor does it leave a heavy feel on your skin when applied. It can work as a base if you want to use make up.