I know that the Shiseido White Lucent Challenge, which began with this post here, was supposed to be a 7-Day one, but I really personally wanted to see what the dynamic duo could do over a longer period. I used the White Lucent Spot Targeting Serum with the aid of the Brightening Mask for a more realistic 2 weeks ++, a time period in which for me promising skincare products truly begin to kick in. In case you didn’t read my previous post, the serum is meant to “crush” the unwanted melanin beneath the skin surface and the mask is meant to “eject” it.
I used up both brightening masks in the first week and then continued with the serum once to twice daily (more often twice). Here are the results, see for yourself. Sorry about the slight difference in angle and lighting (there were a few more clouds on Feb 10). I made sure both shots were taken between 8 and 9am in the morning with the same camera shutter speed and I did my best to color balance just so the lighting was even and results are as close to reality as possible.
First off, I have to point out that the top little dark spot and the ones near my nose and jaw are moles, not freckles or blemish marks so the serum would certainly not fade them out. What is completely obvious when you first view these images is the overall improvement of my skin’s health seen in the supple skin surface and less oiliness along the T-zone. You will also see a slight increase in fairness that isn’t unnatural, less patchiness and redness over my sensitive areas, and my pores have diminished not just in appearance but in actual physical size. I actually don’t feel my pores on my nose now. If you look closer the pigmentation marks between the moles I mentioned may not have disappeared completely but they’ve faded noticeably. I’m actually excited to see what happens after 4 weeks, a whole month.
What I love about the serum is it didn’t have any side effects and didn’t irritate my skin at all. No sting, just whopping good skincare that sinks in so quickly. The serum at this 30ml size costs about Php5650 from your local Shiseido counter. It’s available from local counters here. So what do you think, having seen the results for yourselves do you want to try this and see for yourselves? Like Shiseido PH on Facebook to get more updates and information regarding the launch of Shiseido White Lucent skincare! By the way if you haven’t joined my special Shiseido giveaway that ends tomorrow, go to this link here!
The last feature I did on my facial routine was 6 months ago and that was reviewed here, so I guess a quick update is in order because my skincare has quite grown up in a sense but there is one item that hasn’t changed as you’ll notice below. I’ve become more conscious of ingredients and I recognized some sensitivity and an increase in dryness skin-wise and I’m sure that has to do with 30 being just around the corner. I’ve retreated from toners, even organic ones like Dickinsons because December brought in dryness. I’m not the sort of person who stays completely loyal to products for years. Naturally, my sensitive skin gets bored then at a certain saturation point begins to subtly reject skincare products I use for weeks or months on end. I just wait for it to tell me when it’s due for a switch. So far for the past 1-2 months these products have been my facial friends, some have been reviewed, some are waiting in line. It’s a split down the middle on availability…3 are locally available and 3 are imported if I’m not mistaken. Ignore the toothbrush. Reviewed items are posted as links. The funny thing is I noticed how great my skin was after using this team for a week before I was confined for dengue fever at the end of November. The significant difference in my routine now is the added factor of deliberate nourishment and intense moisturizing after cleansing, aka steps to stay young longer with good organic stuff LOL (I refuse to say anti-aging…”doh!”).
CLOCKWISE: Pevonia Botanica Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, ORIGINS Drink-up Intensive Overnight moisturizer/mask, St. Ives Moisturizing Olive Cleanser, (underneath St. Ives) depotted Nivea Baby Smoothy Cream Moisturizer, Pai (UK) Rosehip Bioregenerate facial oil, Shiseido Extra Gentle Cleansing foam.
The moisturizers have become a vehicle for the active weapon. My new favorite thing is my Harper’s Bazaar Awarded “Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Facial Oil” which carries vitamins like Pro-Vitamin A, non-irritating active botanicals, carotenoids, and anti-oxidants that penetrate the skin surface with the help of a quick absorbing moisturizer. Pai is an organic skincare brand based in the UK known for its multiple type ranges suitable for sensitive skin.
My friend Trixie in Singapore ordered it for me and since they only ship as far as SG and not to the Philippines she brought it home for me when she visited a few weeks ago. I just use the cap dropper to add 1 drop of the Pai facial oil to my moisturizer (the smell is a bit foodie since it’s organic, it may not appeal to some) and massage it into skin before bed. My Nivea Baby Smoothy Cream is my day moisturizer (mostly but sometimes I will use it at night) and right now I alternate it with the tropical fruity smelling Origins Drink Up Intensive as my night moisturizer…it’s not really a mask like it says it is. Both those moisturizers do the job of making sure that while I sleep good things are happening in the facial department and I wake up super hydrated on the surface anyway. With this new “step” added into my routine before bed I was burning up at the hospital but I was there with even better, more supple, rosy skin with no tiny bumps or rashes.
I’ve not been one of those people who without fail night after night performs the same skin ceremony, but I’ve been more consistent this month especially at night before bed. I now see why it’s important to have a regimen, so that the benefits compound and give you a completely unmistakeable result…just like exercise which…huhu…after dengue I desperately need to get back to. Friends might mock these remarks and say “Julia…duh…you were born with great skin”. Yes, I was born with soft, clear skin…that unfortunately reacts to almost anything new or sub-standard I might happen to put on it, so 7 times out of 10 there’ll be a set of whiteheads/rashes as a result camped in unnoticeable patches/groups on irritated areas that only I can feel (and pick at, TSK!) and only my Mom notices visually. With this skincare team though, I’ve not been getting those little things. Some spots have only resurfaced because of the late nights and rich food the past Christmas holiday week. I recently organized my products with this acrylic container which was a gift so they wouldn’t clutter my bathroom counter. I will take the time later on to review the remaining things I haven’t individually, but at least this gives you a glimpse of my skincare arsenal of the moment.
I’ve only been doing this regimen for 2 nights so far, and it’s my mother’s bottle which was a gift, so I won’t be pretentious and say “You need this in your life…”, I’ll just say for now since I am able to share (1 drop a night), that I need it in mine.
I’ve kind of been the “iffy” bird about serums (I’ve never tried any because of my relatively OKAY skin), but if the formulation is composed of mildly processed botanicals and essential oils there’s less hesitation on my part and you have nothing to fear really when it comes to Kiehl’s. One thing I kept my eye was my personal set of easily irritated whiteheads that would stay in place no matter what I did and would worsen if my skin reacted (they’re spread across my right cheek). The way I’ve applied this is applying one drop each evening to a small dollop of my favorite moisturizer (currently Nivea Baby Smoothy cream), in my hand though…don’t mind the staged tiny spatula I have set before you for blogging purposes LOL. Then I simply massage evenly and gently all over my face. My moisturizer is a great vehicle for delivering this serum to my face because it absorbs very quickly. I did it this way so it could curb the potency or intensity of the concentrate for my sensitive skin while still allowing the formula to be absorbed.
“This lightweight, readily-absorbed elixir effectively restores skin’s healthy appearance overnight, resulting in smoother, more radiant complexion by morning. Enriched with Squalane, a botanical lipid similar in molecular structure to natural skin lipids, Evening Primrose Oil, rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids and Essential moisture to depleted skin. These naturally derived oils instantly penetrate the skin surface to help replenish it. Our recovery concentrate works at night when skin is most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors. With skin hydrated, supple and soft, rest assured you can say goodnight to tired-looking skin. Paraben Free, Fragrance Free, Mineral Oil Free”
What I’ve noticed is waking up to non greasy, supple skin each morning for the last two days. The bumps, enlarged pores and whiteheads have receded and red patches on the usual reactive areas of my face have subsided. This is my mom’s so I’ll only use this for a week or two (7-14 drops) and leave the rest for her. I’ve actually just put in good money for a bioregenerate organic facial oil similar to this (but milder in formulation) and it’ll be on its way when my friend gets here from Singapore in November. If you’re wondering what that in-transit facial oil is, keep reading the blog a few hours from now or tomorrow (sorry, it depends, I’ll tweet niweiz) because I’ll be posting my current mini wishlist for the ‘Ber season and it includes that. Follow Kiehl’s Manila on FB for the latest local boutique updates on this brand. This costs US $50 abroad, so I’m guessing locally this might cost Php2800-Php3000, so it’s lovely that mom got it as a gift from my Ninang, her sister.
When I first read about Skinjoy Professional Skincare I thought the range visually represented what a younger sub-brand by Laneige might look like, but it apparently has no relation to Laneige. It looks and sounds young and oh, so very Asian but it isn’t. This caught my interest because it is said to be a carefully formulated Ph-balanced range that is free of sulfates and methylparaben. It was developed after Enjoy Haircare, a professional range started by hairstylist, Patrick Dockry, in California.
I once had a favorite ph-balanced skin cleanser that utterly changed the way my agitated skin felt in my teens, it became super baby smooth and it FELT better, like the skincare was in tune with my skin or something like that. Back then it was Johnson’s Ph 5.5 range, anybody remember that? I was frustrated when it got phased out sooner than expected locally. I extremely appreciated the facial cleanser and the body wash, then suddenly, after a year or two, they were gone and I could not repurchase. I just spotted Skinjoy online as it seems to have just been made available on StrawberryNET under the mother brand, Enjoy. In my experience, Ph-balanced products do deliver and you feel the harmonious effect tremendously on your skin. I’m very keen to try this range out and am particularly interested in the Skinjoy Foaming Cleanser and the Skinjoy Face Finisher which is a mild ph-balanced youth serum that brightens, seals, and protects the natural lipids in the skin. Prices are of a premium mark but not unreasonable as can be expected from a professionally developed salon brand. In my experience, although more expensive, less mainstream professionally developed products more often than not deliver the most impressive results.