Beautyknot ~ My Skin Care Diary

Archive for July 2010

 

This is my “first” body scrub.

 

When come to body scrub, I always DIY with natural material such as oat, mostly the soybean residue after making the soy milk at home. This DHC Olive-Corn Body Scrub & Polish launched in Thailand at the end of Dec 2009, selling at THB650/200g. I tried the sample and loved the scent of essential oil, so I got one for conveniency, in case I’m too lazy making soymilk.

 

 

Containing small size of corn powder to slough off dead skin cell while olive oil moisturizes and formed a water-film on skin surface. The aromatic lavender scent impressed me when I testing the sample, somehow the scent of the full-size product didn’t smell alike to what I remembered before, hence I wasn’t enthusiastic about using it later. Using 1~2 times per month for more than 7 months, I’ve not finished it yet.

 

 

The corn powder is quite coarse but it didn’t irritate as long as I massage the skin lightly and gently. It foams up slightly, and it leaves a sheer, hydrating, smooth, little slippery film on skin once rinse off with water. The temporary soft and smooth feeling didn’t prevent the dryness in dry weather anyhow, body lotion is still necessary. Also, the scent of essential oil dissipated quickly after cleansing.

 

–: Testing  :–

content

 

Applying to skin

 

Massage until foaming

 

Frankly speaking, I didn’t really notice any difference by using this body scrub, neither skin is smoother or brighter. Personally I prefer my simple DIY scrub  recipe- soybean residue that I utilize the waste as body scrub; it is extremely gentle, truly 100% natural, the hydrating smooth film is more long-lasting and it soothes and calms my sensitive skin. I can feel my skin is juicier with my DIY natural scrub. I admit the soybean residue is a tad messy to apply, nevertheless the messy can be cleaned up in seconds, basically I’ve no complaint otherwise I won’t do that for more than two years. That’s why I didn’t bother to get a commercial body scrub. DHC Olive-Corn Body Scrub & Polish is fine, just not what I want.

 

Rating: ….)))    Good. Will not buy again.

 

Ingredients:

Water, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Cob Powder, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Cocamide MEA, Sodium Chloride, Butylene Glycol Laurate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Ceteareth-60 Myristyl Glycol, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA.

 

 

 

From Vichy website, Vichy Thermal Spa Water is naturally rich in 17 mineral salts and 13 trace elements, it holds one of the strongest concentrations in mineral salts and trace elements in France (5.1g/l), recognised for their soothing, anti-oxidising and anti free radical qualities.

 

Direction for use: After spraying, allow a little while to settle then dry off by gently patting with a tissue or clean face cloth. It can be used in every morning and evening to complete cleansing process of sensitive skin.

 

 

The bulky size had told us it should be sitting at home, since I have smaller size of  Uriage Mineral Spa Water for traveling. The spritz is fine like most mineral water spray on the market, I can’t  differentiate among them if I guess without open my eyes to see the actual product. I think Evian, Caudalie, DHC and Uriage soothe the skin as well as it. Perhaps a filtered drinking water is good too. I mean, clean water itself is already a soothing agent.

 

 

Once I tried this as lotion mask for my sensitive skin condition. I saturated cotton pad with this Thermal Spa Water and splited the cotton pad into several pieces, placed on skin for approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Result? The very sensitive skin did calm down a bit but nothing impressed me. Moreover the water drops were unlikely to be absorbed by skin that stayed on skin surface only and my skin still looked dry. I might be asking too much from a pure mineral water technically, especially it has large molecules and contains no penetration enhancer. Therefore for me, mineral spray water is always a convenient (anytime & anywhere) and temporary (<an hour) skin salve but would never truly hydrate skin without help from other skin care. I had mentioned what I usually use facial spray for in my previous post, so today I gonna to share a new tip of using it.

 

Recently I read from an article of Japan beauty expert Chizu Saeki that wiping tissue on our face (this frequently happens when sweating) might be causing fine lines! She recommends the better way is to use damp cotton and gently dab onto skin. I think her advice is reasonable since our sweat contains sodium (it’s salty) and would further dehydrate our skin, using something soothing to cleanse without skin pulling sounds savvy. 

 
 
 

cotton pad -dry

after spraying the Vichy spa water

 

Vichy Thermal Spa Water costs THB523/150g in major pharmacies in Bangkok. I am not an expert to compare the mineral content with other mineral water spray, but as far as the minerals are beneficial to skin, I believe it helps.

 

Mineral Content:

Bicarbonates    4776,3

Sodium    1860,0

Chlorure/chloride   357,0

Calcium   150,6

Potassium    99,6

Magnesium     12,3

Fluor/fluorine     8,8

Fer/iron     1,0

 

 

I’ve few samples of Uriage Extreme Cream (chemical sunscreen) and Mineral Cream (mineral sunscreen), both provide SPF50+ and UVA protection, at the same time they are also water-resistant, fragrance-free and paraben-free. According to Uriage, Extreme Cream is an oil-free sunscreen that suitable for sun sensitive skin, whereas Mineral Cream is pure mineral sunscreen with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, and it’s ideal for sensitive skin that allergic to chemical filters.

 

SPF50+ Extreme Cream

The moisturizing texture smoothes on easily, imparts slight oily shine for my combination-normal skin. I tried one teaspoon for face and neck, it left no white residue even multi layered, just heavy-feel because I used that much. Best of all, it didn’t cause dryness for my eye area. Although the texture is oil-free, I recommend this to combination to dry skin types as it could be feeling greasy for oily to normal skin types in hot & humid weather.

 

 
 

content of Extreme Cream

It includes Tinosorb M (Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol),  Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Triazone and Avobenzone (Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane) as chemical filters. Despite my skin normally suffers negative reaction from chemical sunscreen, I like to give different chemical sunscreens a try to identify which chemical filters/formula that I actually allergic to. 

 
 

Left: bare ; Right: with Uriage Extreme Cream on

I also tried this for a week in different weathers, I’ve to say it was rather comfortable-wearing compared to many other chemical sunscreens that I’ve tried. Still, it caused slight discomfort feeling when the skin exposed to direct sunlight in sunny day or after spending more than 5 hours indoor. I couldn’t describe the discomfort feeling exactly in word but that was something like tiny burning sensation without visible irritation signs. Overall I think this Uriage SPF50+ Extreme Cream is gentler than Vichy’s eventhough I don’t think that is gentle enough for my very sensitive skin. Neverthless, it worked well for my body skin.

 

Ingredients of SPF50+ Extreme Cream:

Aqua (Water), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Uriage Thermal Spring Water, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Tricontanyl PVP, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Butylene Glycol, Decyl Glucose, C20-22 Alkyl Phosphate, C20-22 Alcohols, Glucose, Chlorphenesin, Xanthan Gum, Benzoic Acid, Tretasodium EDTA, O-Cymen-5-OL, Tocopherol Acetate, Trehalose, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyquaternium-51, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate.

 

 

SPF50+ Mineral Cream

This has thicker texture compared to Uriage Extreme Cream, it leaves heavy white residue with slight oily shine. This probably the heaviest mineral sunscreen that I ever used. Good point is, it minimizes the dryness issue of most mineral sunscreen but, leaving skin sticky touch and I won’t say it’s exactly suitable for dry skin because the sunscreen highlighted the under eye-expression-lines, which Uriage SPF50+ Extreme Cream didn’t.

 

 
 

content of Mineral cream

It’s lightly beige-tinted and I’ve to blend it carefully on skin. Use a small pearl-size amount and dot it all over the face, pat gently with fingers and spread it evenly. Sounds like applying a thick cream foundation? Yes it’s. I couldn’t apply this more than one layer, else the white residue would make me look like “Luminous-Geisha-face”. I doubt if I apply enough amount  (2mg/cm2 required amount) to protect against UVs. 

 
 

Left: bare ; Right: with Uriage Mineral Cream on

Furthermore, I had tried to apply a Chanel powder foundation and then blot the excess shine with Lavshuca loose powder again, still I was terrified by my streaky makeup after spending several hours in shopping mall. In other word, it didn’t control oiliness for my combination skin. Overall it’s gentle for sensitive skin, unfortunately the texture isn’t feeling nice in summer.

 

Ingredients of SPF50+ Mineral Cream:

Titanium Dioxide, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Aqua (Water), Uriage Thermal Spring Water, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Zinc Oxide, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Alumina, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Polydecene, PEG-45/Dodecyl Glycol Copolymer, Magnesium Stearate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Magnesium Sulfate, Glucose, Diphenyl Dimethicone, Propylene Carbonate, Ricinus Communis (Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil), CI77492 (Iron Oxides), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trehalose, CI77491 (Iron Oxides), Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, CI77499 (Iron Oxides).

 

 

 

 

From left to right: Extra Rich, Whitening, Elasticity

 

Since my Kracie Black mask and Eye mask review, here come my second part of Kracie mask experience. I spotted the complete mask range in Watson’s MY and I decided to give the others a try since Watson’s TH did not carry the complete range. I grabbed Moisturizing (red), Whitening (blue) and Elasticity (orange), the only one that I ignored was the anti-acne mask in green packaging. Each of them costs MYR9.80/sheet if I remember well.

 

 

  • Moisturizing Extra Rich (25ml/sheet) is infused with Hyaluronic acid and Royal jelly for severe dry skin.
  • Moisturizing Whitening (20ml/sheet) is medicated treatment with concentration of Vitamin C derivative and botanical extracts to hydrating and brightening.
  • Moisturizing Elasticity (25ml/sheet) is enriched with coenzyme Q10 and soybean essence for skin moisturizing and firmness.

 

About the ingredient lists: Well, the translated ingredient that listed on the mask packaging does not belong to the correct mask. Following the product’s claim, the ingredient list Moisturizing Extra Rich’s and Moisturizing Whitening‘s are wrongly swapped and I finally searched a correct ingredient list of Moisturizing Elasticitys that matches with its original Japanese ingredient list. Some of the Japanese products that sold in Thailand are also not having correct and matched ingredient list with the Japanese translation, obviously only minority concerns about ingredient list.

 

mask time of Extra Rich and Elasticity

mask time of Whitening

 

About the direction: Best use on night time so you can see the good result in next morning. Use it after toning/lotion, leave on for 10-15 minutes, massage the remaining essence into skin, follow by moisturizer. Personally I misted a mineral spa water prior to placing on the mask and left it for 20~30 minutes! Even after 30 minutes honestly, the mask sheet was still very juicy! I feel guilty to waste.

 

About the mask essences: All three contain hydrating factors, so moisturizing effect can be expected. The mask essences of these three are almost scentless, non-sticky, non-irritating eventhough accidentally contacted with eyes and it can be easily massaged into skin. Probably slightly heavy for oily skin but for me, they worked very fine in humid weather. In fact, Kracie mask is one of those very few that I do not mind to leave on the mask essence without rinsing it off after the application. Interestingly, the mask essence of Elasticity was in the form of emulsion, unlike the clear gel-fluid consistencies of Extra Rich and Whitening.

 

mask sheet texture of Extra Rich and Elasticity

mask sheet texture of Whitening

About the mask sheet textures. I love they were very well-adhered to skin good through the 20~30 minutes mask time. Only thing was that the cutting did not fit my smaller face perfectly, hence I need a little time to adjust the placement.

 

About the results. In fact my skin looked rather red right after mask applications due to increased skin temperature (suffocated by mask) as my sensitive skin was easily flushed with heat/warm temperature, but that was only temporary for few minutes.

 

With the Moisturizing Extra Rich, my face was very well-moisturized, temporary only. I tried this in the morning and I actually rinsed off the mask essence because I wanted to use my antioxidant serum on latter time, thus the moisturizing factor of the mask had been voided. However when I smeared the little remaining mask essence over the face again (after sunblock), the dry lines and pore size were immediately refined again. This is good.

 

With the Moisturizing Whitening, I saw immediate moisturizing effect but no brightening result, nor even skin tone. I did not rinse off the essence this time so I just applied sunblock on top of the mask essence. It provided moisture as good as a moisturizer but failed to deliver as a whitening mask in my opinion.

 

With the Moisturizing Elasticity, the noticeable effect was only limited to subtle moisturizing (my skin was well-balanced at that time), nothing more. I applied sunblock over the mask essence, it kept the skin non-drying in humid weather but nothing impressive to be honest.

 

mask sheet of Extra Rich and Elasticity

mask sheet of Whitening

Conclusionally, these three Kracie masks have shown justifiable, lovely moisturizing results but not much in other aspect. They are very nice in term of application as well as comfortable wearing, provided you are not result-oriented of what they claim (Extra Rich, Whitening and Elasticity).

 

 

Hadabisei Moisturizing (Extra Rich) Mask

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Methylgluceth-20, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Alcohol, Royal Jelly Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum Fruit Extract.

 

Hadabisei Moisturizing (Whitening) Mask

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Potassium Hydroxide, Carbomer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol,  Methylparaben, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Polysorbate 20,  Xanthan Gum, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum), Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum) Extract, Soluble Collagen, Alcohol, Job’s Tears (Coix Lacryma-jobi) Extract.

 

Hadabisei Moisturizing (Elasticity) Mask

Ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Squalane, Peg-60 Glyceryl Isostearate, Dimethicone, Peg-5 Glyceryl Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, EDTA-2Na, Phenoxyethanol, Paraben.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After having good result with Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, I was excited to try more product of the Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solution. This eye concentrate is part of the series, with 10.5% pure Vitamin C and Haloxyl.

 

Haloxyl is a synthetic ingredient to reduce dark circles, which are caused by small fragments of blood that leak from the capillaries underneath the eyes. It works together with Matrixyl for cell rejuvenation, strengthen the blood capillaries, loosen pigmented blood fragment in order to destroy and then fade them. According to Keihl’s, clinically-demonstrated to noticeably decrease the appearance of crows feet and sub-orbital wrinkles, visibly brightens the eye area and minimizes dark circles.

 

Directions: Cleanse skin thoroughly prior to application. Pat gently with fingertip along the orbital bone and on the upper eyelid, without pulling skin.

 

content

spreading

absorbing

 

This eye concentrate is not exactly in white color, it appears white with a hint of yellow, I think that is its original color. It imparts warm feeling upon patting on and the warmth sensation will soon disperse in a minute. This silicone-textured lotion quickly fills up the fine lines, hiding them temporary and leaving a smooth film on skin. I then sealed the eye area with facial moisturizer or eye cream depending on skin condition at the time. Mind you, whatever you wanted to apply over the silicone-film, gently patting only else it pills as shown in below pictures.

 

pilling

 Rinsing with water and rub a second

 

streaky

Causing streaky BB cream application

 

settled

The mess can be addressed by using a damp cotton bud to clean the area and blend it carefully

 

So if you want to use this under makeup, remember pat gently only. Besides, since I used Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate with 10.5% Vitamin C successfully under eyes, I supposed this Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate was something tolerable for my eye area as well. The first week everything was running fine with every morning application until I started applying this both morning and evening. My under eyes skin patches were still feeling okay but my upper eyelids were slightly aching and burning persistently right after application and that was not comfortable at all! I could not and unwillingly to continue with the irritation on third night, then I solely used it under eyes. In fact I noticed my upper eye lids were a little bit swelling that my double-eyelid looked more apparent than usual but returned to normal on second day after I avoided using this on upper eye lids. I tried it again on upper eyelids after stopping for some time, everything seemed fine however.

 

The formulation sounds very promising for dark-circles, as my eyes do not have typical dark-circles hence I was unable to judge its brightening effect. However, based on clinical-proven evidence of pure Vitamin C and Haloxyl, I rather believe it helped, particularly it is highly concentrated. Meantime I think the irritation was due to the high concentration in regard the acidic nature of Vitamin C, partly also because I used too much amount of it at one time.

 

After sampling for a month (Thanks to the generous 5ml sample pack), besides I was unable to tell how it helps dark-circles, it did not improve my fine lines and puffiness in real. Anyhow, there must be a good reason behind this top-selling product of Kiehl’s TH. The bottom line is, please ask and try a sample before you actually get one in hand. Kiehl’s Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate is retailing at THB1900/15ml.

 

Ingredients:

Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aqua/Water, Lauroyl Lysine, Acrylates Copolymer, Escin, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Adenosine, Citrus Amara/Bitter Orange Flower Extract, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Hydroxysuccinimide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7.

 

 

  

According to Kiehl’s, with continuous delivery of 10.5% pure vitamin C, the Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate is to decrease the appearance of Marionette lines (the line from the corner of the mouth down to the chin or jaw bone), crow feet, and sub-orbital wrinkles, while improving skin texture and radiance. In short, this is anti-aging cum brightening.

 

I get very worried with the mild melasma on my cheek bones. Help… a new skin issue kept coming unwelcomely. I first started with DHC Vitamin C powder (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate), but I actually wanted pure Vitamin C that was clinically-proven as an antioxidant, whitening agent and able to stimulate new collagen production at one time. So I decided to try this, best of all it is not steep-priced as many other potent cosmeceutical Vitamin C serums.

 

I have so much about this C concentrate to share with you, so please do bear with me this unusually long post.

 

Directions: Cleanse skin thoroughly prior to application. Apply over entire face twice daily (avoiding the eye area). Can be used alone or layered under your usual moisturizer. In case of contact with eyes, rinse them immediately. As the formula blends into the skin, you may experience a feeling of warmth. This sensation is normal.

 

 

The original color of this concentrate should be white. The sample that I tested at the Kiehl’s store on the day was in yellow like the color of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, obviously the vitamin C had been oxidized. Many of us have known that pure vitamin C product should be stored away from heat and light, most probably the heat of the shelves spotlights in the Kiehl’s store are responsible for the oxidization. I stored this inside refrigerator and the C concentrate is still remained in original white color after more than 7 months.

 

The packaging is excellent. Dark browny color to inhibit direct light exposure; plastic bottle is light and easy to handle; the pump-design reduces contamination risk to prolong its potency and it dispenses accurate amount; the pump stopper is helpful to avoid spillage in case it packed along with other stuff during a trip but I rather keep this in fridge when I went for trip, I certainly do not want to take the risk of getting oxidization.

 

 

It has very faint scent, basically scentless, which a big plus to me. The moisturizing consistency is feeling warm while spreading it onto skin, leaving a silicone-liked smooth feeling, together with few minutes mild redness. On the other hand, I think this concentrate works as an immediate cosmetical-wrinkle-filler too. While I was hesitant should I splurge on Shiseido Revital neck serum, this Vitamin C concentrate was able to deliver the same. Moreover, although the product direction had warned to avoid it on eye area, but it never irritated the eye and I actually used it directly under eye. It makes the undereye-expression-fine-lines simply visibly vanish and become less visible when laughing, of course for few hours only.

 

One thing to note, due to its silicone texture, it does not get along with certain texture such as fluidy gel. When I applied product like Estee Lauder ANR Synchronized Complex or Hada Labo Moist Essence together with this concentrate, it pilled if I did not spread the serum lightly (refer to below attached picture). So, avoid rubbing the skin after using this C concentrate.

 

 

I used 3~4 squirts for each application (face and neck) in the first month, after toning and before moisturizer/sunscreen. Later I realized using it liberally was too costly as it would not last more than 2 months then.  While using this generously, the highest compliment I can give to this product is, I hate makeup stealing the even-toned and healthy glowing complexion. Unfortunately my skin did not tolerated well (skin is prone to sensitivity) to highly concentrated Vitamin C in such frequent usage, together with the comedogenic issue (1~2 clog pores sometimes) because of the high-silicone texture.

 

I used 1~2 squirts on following months, mainly for targeted areas such as neck lines. After applied this day and night for the last 5 months……, honestly I am not certain if the neck line is really improved because it looked like it has been improved. Meanwhile, I also suspect the lighter and clearer skin tone affects the visual verdict. Perhaps answer will get clear up in long-term usage, perhaps I should have faith in the scientific research of Vitamin C, still, personally I believe the line will only become less visible at best by using topical-applied product.

 

 

It is too bad when I have to choose between this and my peptides serum which contains copper. I used them together in the beginning until I read excessive iron or copper can deactivate anti-oxidizing function of Vitamin C and may be, turn Vitamin C become potential pro-oxidant (source). Some advised 12 hours apart in between using Vitamin C and Copper-peptide, some disagreed because Vitamin C can stay in skin for more than 12 hours, some suffered adverse effect from Copper-peptide……, for peace of mind anyhow, I chose only one of them and that was the gentler peptides serum because I wanted something that can be used at anytime, including very fickle sensitive skin moment. This C concentrate could be irritating to unstable and inflamed skin due to the acidic nature of Vitamin C.

 

Besides all of above, Kiehl’s claims this is stabilized Vitamin C and can last for 12 months once opened. I performed a simple experiment (as stated below) to answer my doubt.

 

oöÖ Testing Ööo

(Jan – Jun 2010, approximately 22 – 38oC, Bangkok)

 

Capped the jar tightly all the times, it stored inside drawer, never exposed to sunlight, room temperature. After 80 days, it had turned to orange.

 

Opaque jar, capped tightly, room temperature, exposed to sunlight and heat in day time only, it turned to be slightly yellowish after 60 days, dark yellow after 80 days as shown in the picture.

 

Transparent jar, capped tightly, room temperature, exposed to sunlight in day time. The content started becoming a little yellowish after nearly a month. Darker yellow after 80 days as shown in the picture.

 

Covered the jar but never screwed the lid, it stored inside refrigerator. After 80 days, the original color remained.

 

 

From left to right: Exp1, Exp2, Exp4, Exp3

Comparing the intensity of oxidization of above observations on 80th day

 

Comparing the intensity of oxidization of above observations on 147th day

 

Conclusion

Needless to say, discard the product immediately when the color changed. I knew temperature and packaging will affect the stability of Vitamin C but Exp1 truly astonished me, which stored dark inside my dressing drawer with my other skincare items. That implied all my skincare items inside the drawer were not “safe” enough! Luckily I stored some skincare products (such as those amino-acid-based, natural oil, vitamin C) in fridge. Nonetheless, do note not every product is suitable to store in fridge, that depends on product formulation. Whereas Exp2 and Exp3 were placed in living room, with indirect sun exposure, yet they were oxidized slower than Exp1. The only reason I could think of, the better air ventilation of Exp2 & Exp3 and the sultry environment of Exp1 (both my room and living room are facing to West). Generally, comparing with my another Vitamin C experiment, personally I do agree Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate is more stable formulated.

 

Relatively gentle, simple formulated, enough Vitamin C concentration to be effective, imparts clearer skin tone, potentially improves wrinkle, an effective antioxidant, I am happy overall. Although it costs more for THB2900/50ml in Thailand, however Vitamin C product is not recommended to stock up, hence always get the fresh stock for best result. Mine is 3 months from the manufacturing date since it is second best-seller of Kiehl’s Thailand.

 

Rating:….)))      Excellent. Willing to buy again.

 

Ingredients:

Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lauroyl Lysine, Acrylates Copolymer, Adenosine.

 

Update on 18/8/2010:

When the content reached the bottom, I disassembled the pump and wanted to get the last bit of this concentrate, no waste ya.

It can be re-assembled later

Save the 0.01% of the concentrate

 

 

 

Ever since the word “natural” becomes prevalent, more and more cosmetic manufacturers have developed  a sub-line of “natural” series to cater the demand. This is great phenomenon when people are getting more alert of what they putting on skin, which would encourage cosmetic companies to develope safer and  better product, particularly cosmetics are market-driven.

 

 

Kose launched their Nature & Co series in 2009. At the time of writing, the full range of Nature & Co included Pure white soap, cleansing milk, facial foam, lotion light, milky lotion, cream, mask, essence, day essence SPF30PA++, hand cream, lip balm and 2-way foundation. I bought this Three Butters Lip Balm in Hong Kong at the price of THB176/5.8g after the currency conversion. Mind you, the Nature & Co series is not 100% natural.

 

 

This Nature & Co Three Butters Lip Balm can be used for lips and body, wherever and whenever are necessary. The texture is smooth, very nourishing and can be easily picked up by finger. When applying it onto lips, it tastes like herbal mint (” !)( thankfully just for a minute). Well, the herbal scent has reminded me of Chinese Tiger Balm ointment, which used for insect bite, headache, stomachache…etc. So that is weird to have the feeling of putting “non-eatable ointment” on lips. Fortunately it turned to be tasteless after using it over a month. For unknown reason, there was once it caused uncomfortable pungent feeling on my newly exfoliated lips that the irritation consistently persisted until it had been washed off, as such I  would not say this is gentle, otherwise I would love to think this is a beautiful lip balm.

 

 

I called it beautiful because it moisturized the lips effectively. I love my lips more and more by using this and I truly love how it felt on lips.

 

Applying a thin layer is already sufficient to ease and prevent dryness, though it did not smooth up the dry lip lines.

 

Applying a thick layer before bedtime, the lips were smooth and lineless in next morning. The protective and moisturizing film has been dried out overnight, hence it flakes slightly when rubbing or wiping the film. This picture was taken before the morning cleansing routine.

 

Strictly speaking, I was not always having the “lineless” lips every morning by using this. When it did not, I would have to layer an extra moisture stuff prior to using this Nature & Co Three Butters Lip Balm, either eatable coconut oil or a shea butter balm in order to boost the moisture up. Sometimes the method worked, sometimes the method failed. Anyway, I do think this Three Butters Lip Balm is more capable on moisturizing than many natural lip balms I have tried. The lip’s condition went back to dryness-prone once I stopped using it. That means, I still have to rely on external stuff to moisture the lips in less humid weather.

 

 

After using it for nearly four months, this is pretty nice in general, if you are fine with the herbal scent. We have the basic range of Kose Nature & Co over here in selected Watson’s pharmacies.  

Rating: ….)))      Good. May buy again.

 

Ingredients:

Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Mineral oil, Dextrin palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower oil), Olea Europaea (Olive oil), Theobroma Cacao (Cacao Butter), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phytosteryl Macadamiate (Macadamiaseed oil), Simethicone, Fragrance.

 


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Sensitive, combination skin type, visible blood vessels, freckles, easily dehydrated, dry and having fine line undereye, occasional breakout, visible aging pores.

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