Ready for Summer?

On this *hot* Sunday morning, I decided to clear out my make-up and skincare bags to do an inventory check.

You’ll find that I’m a Clinique and Body Shop fan – Guerlain were gifts, Lancome was a promotional buy and Benefit was an impulse buy!

In my 30s, I had combination skin with an oily T-zone and dry cheeks but now that I’m in 40s, I find that my skin needs more hydration.

While I’m doing OK with the Clinique range of skincare, I’m interested to try other brands that may be better for my skin, especially in terms of ingredients.

Hubby always remarks: “You’re so particular about your food but look at all the chemicals you’re applying on your skin!” -_- He has a good point though.

One of the first things I did was to read back my blog posts on skin care and make-up I’ve bought and used:

  1. Skin care and make-up haul in 2006
  2. shu uemura’s cleansing oil in 2009
  3. A recent make-up update in 2016 (10 years later…)

To be honest, I hardly wear make-up but I do pay premium prices for skin care essentials. After all, you’re applying this on your face and body every day – how can you apply cheap chemicals? You don’t drink poison, do you?

I’ve also been recording my daily usage of skin care products because I paid RM1,500+ for a facial package and never had time to finish it. The facial therapist did not even bother to follow up with me coz she’s got her $$$, right?

That’s why I  started reading up on essential oils:

Bergamot essential oil (BEO) is obtained from bergamot (Citrus bergamia Risso), a roughly pear-shaped citrus fruit. BEO is widely used in aromatherapy to alleviate symptoms of stress-induced anxiety, mild mood disorders, and cancer pain [1] and it has anxiolytic [2] and analgesic [1, 3, 4] effects in rodents.

A total of 20 constituents representing 98.1% of the oil were identified: α-pinene (48.6%), δ-3-carene (22.1%), limonene (4.6%) and α-terpinolene (4.5%) were the main components comprising 79.8% of the oil. The antimicrobial test results showed that the methanol extract of C. sempervirens strongly inhibited the growth of the test bacteria studied, except for yeast species while the Eo had moderate antibacterial, but no anti-candida activity. Klebsiella pneumoniae was proven to be the most susceptible against methanol extract. The exposure time of Eo and methanol extract for complete inhibition of cell viability of K. pneumoniae was found to be 250 μg at 30 min and 500 μg at 120 min, respectively.

Juniperus and Cupressus genera are mainly used as diuretic, stimulant, and antiseptic, for common cold and wound healing in Turkish folk medicine. In the present study, essential oils obtained from cones of Cupressus and berries of Juniperus were evaluated for their wound healing and anti-inflammatory effects.

Skin care regime with Clinique

My skin has been doing very well on Clinique especially with the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap (Mild) instead of the soap bars (drying).

It’s gentle and non-drying to the skin but perhaps it’s too mild because I find that the nose area is a bit clogged. I may look out for another brand especially as I also have problems with the pump!

My basic skincare is the Clinique 3 step Set: 1) Liquid Facial Soap 2) Clarifying Lotion (#2) and 3) DDML (moisturizer) for Very Dry to Dry Combination Skins.

Since I only get a tiny bottle of the DDML in these sets, I bought sets of 3 of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ 4.2 fl oz with Pump from duty-free shops at airports.

I’ll also slap on the Clinique Super City Block Ultra Protection (SPF 40) since I’m always rushing out at lunch hour to pick up the kids from school.

For nights (I have skipped a lot of nights!!!) and also for trips to colder and drier climates, I’ll use the Clinique Clinique Superdefense SPF 25 Moisturizer (Very Dry To Dry). Keeps my skin nice and moisturized with no breakouts.

Since I barely have time to use the night cream, I’ve not even opened the box of Hydra Zen Neurocalm Soothing Recharging Night Cream 50ml/1.7oz. I may give it a try tonight!

I *really* like Clinique’s “Take The Day Off” Cleansing Milk because it’s fragrance-free and it leaves my skin soft and smooth.

However, the ingredient list is kinda long:

Water, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Triethylhexanoin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sucrose Cocoate, PEG-100 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), PEG-5 Soy Sterol, Panthenol, Jojoba Wax PEG-120 Esters, Caffeine, Sucrose, Cholesterol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Linoleic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-150 Distearate, Carbomer, Potassium Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide

I also like Clinique’s “Take The Day Off” Make-Up Remover but find it quite greasy and pricey. Thus, I’ll just use my good old VCO.

Finally, I tried the Clinique Turnaround Instant Facial Masque 75ml/2.5oz, which is a pretty good mask, except for the “chemical” smell.

One product I really miss from Clinique is the Clinique – Derma White Bright C Stick Make Up (SPF15) – # 01 Ivory, which is so handy, so moisturizing and so comfortable on the my skin. Too bad it’s discontinued.

Phew, that was quite a long review of Clinique’s skin care system!

Anyway, I know now what my beauty essentials are for my next shopping trip 🙂