Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Best Skincare of 2009

These are the skincare products I have been using this past year that I feel work for me. I have oily and acne prone skin. Thankfully for Diane 35, it has controlled my oily skin and has stopped my acne from resurfacing.

Clinique's Take The Day Off Make Up Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips All Skin Types

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Makeup remover for lids, lashes and lips. Unique, two-way formula that loosens the grip, then speeds the departure of the most persistent, eye makeups, mascaras and lipsticks. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for contact lens wearers.Superior, fast acting cleansing and makeup removal for the delicate eye and lip areas. Removes eye makeup thoroughly, without pulling or tugging eye area skin, even waterproof formulations. Suitable for contact lens wearers. Ophthalmologist tested.

Still the most effective mascara remover for me. I just need to soak a cotton pad and hold it to my lids. Everything comes right off after 30 seconds.

Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil

(Taken from the website)

PRODUCT INFORMATION Makeup removal is now blissfully easy with FANCL MILD CLEANSING OIL. This powerful formulation now comes enriched with Meadow Foam Oil which aids the removal of keratin plugs over time for a clearer, smoother complexion.

Meadow Foam Oil, Green Tea Catechin Oil, Rosehip Oil

It is preservative free and comes in convenient sizes of 60ml or 120 ml. Very effective and cheaper than other brands such as Shu Uemura.

Kiehl's Yerba Maté Tea Cleanser

(Taken from the website)

This gentle herbal gel cleanser, suitable for all skin types, is formulated with an extract derived from Yerba Maté, an extraordinary South American herb, to help maintain a healthy-looking, youthful vivacity. Enriched with this uncommon herbal tea extract, our lightweight, foaming cleanser gently, yet effectively removes excess oil and residue to help reveal skin's natural radiance.

I moved from the tea tree cleanser to this partly because of the changes in my skin. I no longer needed something to control acne. This helps me have brighter skin.

Kiehl's Yerba Maté Tea Toner

(Taken from the website)

This gentle herbal toner, suitable for all skin types, is formulated with an extract derived from Yerba Maté, an extraordinary South American herb, to help skin maintain a healthy-looking, youthful vivacity. Enriched with this uncommon herbal extract, our toning formula soothes and balances skin after cleansing, leaving complexion fresh and clear.

Kiehl's products aren't tested on animals. We got to do our part and be socially responsible when we are indulging on our favourite things right?

Murad's Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15

(Taken from the website)

Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 reduces shine on contact and keeps skin free of excess oil by up to 78% for 8 hours. Oil-Control Complex helps regulate oil production while preserving moisture to provide a long-lasting matte finish.

Additional features and ingredients:
Willow Bark Extract helps manage breakouts and clears skin of impurities
Argan Extract reveals smoother, softer skin
Provides UVA/UVB protection

This is my go to day moisturiser. It really provides a matt finish that stays that way the whole day. I don't have to blot my face at all.

Chanel's UV Essentiel
(Taken from the website)
UV ESSENTIEL is the essential weapon for women who are aware of the damage inflicted by the sun and concerned about preventing the appearance of pigmentation marks.This product gives a translucent, non-oily, non-shiny finish and leaves skin feeling incredibly soft.UV rays and harsh environmental elements attack our skin's youthfulness every day and are responsible for premature skin aging, a dull complexion and the appearance of dark spots. An ultra-effective formula captured in a silky texture.Enriched with moisturizing agents, UV ESSENTIEL protects your skin and leaves it soft, supple and silky. The fluid texture contains a combination of two powders, so that it glides easily and perfectly over the entire face. Tested on Asian skin under dermatological supervision.Comedogenicity tested.Shake bottle then apply to entire face and neck.The high-protection formula can be used in conjunction with the day emulsion and as the final step in your daytime skincare routine with PRÉCISION Whitening, Anti-Aging or Specialist Skincare products.
I have been using this for two years now. It is easily absorbed that doesn't leave a greasy film on my face.

Eye creams and serums

The few I used have not being really effective. I just switches to Lancome's Genifique so will let you know how effective they are.

Special treatment

Kiehl's Over-Night Biological Peel

(Taken from the website)

This potent, effective peel for overnight use stimulates the desquamation process - the biological means by which skin restores itself. Our treatment is formulated with naturally-derived ingredients to enhance formula efficacy while performing a safe and gentle peeling action. Urea, an enzyme activator naturally present in the surface layer of the epidermis, performs the vital function of dissolving and loosening the horny layer of skin, stimulating cell renewal and the exfoliation of dead surface skin cells. Blended with HEPES (Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid) and a high concentration of Sodium Hyaluronate, known for its powerful hydrating properties, our peeling treatment helps to gently renew skin, leaving texture softer, more even, and vibrant after first use. With continued use, the formula helps reduce the look of pore size and ameliorate the effects of free-radical and photo-damage. Non-comedogenic, oil-free, and dermatologist tested for safety and efficacy. May be used by all skin types.

I use this twice every fortnightly. I can't tell how effective this is except that overall with all the products I'm using, my skin seems much clearer and brighter.

Kiehl's Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion

(Taken from the website)

Our epidermal skin-texturizing treatment is an advanced formulation that has a highly effective abrading quality on skin’s surface. This formula affords an immediate skin-smoothing effect and with regular, tri-weekly use, helps to visibly minimize discolorations and small marks on face, hands, and décolleté. Over time, the look of facial lines is reduced and skin texture is significantly smoother and clearer, while the appearance of pore size is diminished. As skin is re-texturized, our formula helps to facilitate the absorption of topical skin treatments to maximize their efficacy. This polishing cream is formulated with "diatomatious earth"– crushed microshells derived from ocean sand – as well as a powerful ingredient used by dermatologists to perform micro-dermabrasion procedures. The formula further helps to soothe skin with a blend of Willow Herb and nurturing sea algaenates. Use a sunscreen after this treatment to protect skin from even limited exposure to the sun. We invite you to consider Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 or Water-Based Sunscreen SPF 25.

I used this twice every fortnightly. It leaves my skin super soft and helps makeup apply better too.

Neutrogena's Fine Fairness and Deep Hydrating Masks

New Neutrogena Fine Fairness Deep Whitening Mask, contains new NEUTROGENA HealthyWhite Complex made of essential vitamins and active protein from natural plants, combining with the new SMART-FIT fabric that comfortably fits the skin, ensures more essence can infuse deeply into skin to deliver immediate whitening effect.

Clinical data proves:

NEUTROGENA HealthyWhite Complex penetrates deeply into base of skin, suppressing dark melanin production to reduce skin dullness and improve uneven skin tone for fair translucent skin.
New SMART-FIT fabric with 14,000 Micro-holes comfortably fits the skin and ensures more essence can infuse deeply into skin to help lighten freckles/spots and deliver immediate whitening effect.

Dermatologist Safety-Tested.

Neutrogena Deep Hydrating Mask is an intensive facial treatment mask that replenishes and restores moisture for deeply hydrated and bouncy skin. Shaped to fit the face, each mask instantly boosts skin's moisture level 12 times with a penetrating Vitamin C formula, leaving skin soft and dewy with a healthy glow.

Provides instant and long-lasting moisturization. Deeply hydrates skin cells to leave skin bouncy.
Improves skin texture to leave it soft and smooth with a healthy glow

I use this once a week when I have a little time. I put this on and have a soothing afternoon nap. My skin glows and is very soft and supple after using these masks.
Well these are my favourite skincare products, I hope it is useful for you too.

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