All About Cleansers

I cleanse every night. If I don’t cleanse and am about to drop dead, makeup wipes/ makeup remover will do the cleansing but this isn’t habitual. Since about five years ago, I’ve gone soap free and as paraben-less as possible. Changes in weather conditions do that to the skin, some make it more dry and sensitive which is my case. Since living in Singapore, humidity, motherhood, all changed my skin. And the skincare had to be adjusted accordingly, less harsh chemicals, no soap, more moisture, SPF daily, brighteners, etc.

My three current cleansers are (from most expensive to cheapest).

REN Ultra Moisture Cleansing Milk – I looked for an alternative to Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser and found a comparable one [similar texture and quality]. This product is formulated for dry skin, it is paraben, sulfate, fragrance, silicone FREE, basically the most gentle cleanser you will find, very cream like and zero foam. I like REN lots, it leaves the skin feeling fresh and moist, removes makeup well and though a bit pricey (I paid 22 GBP for 150ml), it is worth the dosh.

Hada Labo AHA/BHA Exfoliating Face Wash
– This is a Japanese product. Lately and because I am in Asia, I’ve been using more brands from Japan, (SK II skincare is another favorite). This is a lovely cleanser, it has a polishing element where your skin will feel smooth and radiant and if you have dry skin, definitely moisturize right after. The combination of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid and BHA (Salicylic Acid) gently exfoliates – and exfoliate you must at least a couple times a week. This formula is fragrance free, mineral oil, and alcohol. Good product, paid SG $13.50 at Sasa.

Bio-Essence Deep Cleanser With ATP
Another Asian product that is huge in Singapore, there are ads and promotions everywhere. While in the aisles of Giant supermarket, I saw a soap free, gentle cleansing formula on sale for SG $11 – why not? It is formulated as a daily cleanser. I like the natural herbal ingredients and ATP claim (ATP is an anti-aging agent). A little of this product goes a long way, it definitely foams up fast and gets the job done.

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A Beauty-fied Box


Today a box of goodies arrived from Vanity Trove! Several products in sample size came in this super elegant package. Vanity Trove is a new service launched in Singapore offering high end skincare and makeup to your doorstep, customers will receive a beauty box every month for a a fee of $25 SG. A personalised beauty profile can be created when you join so that samples can be catered to specific wants and needs.

Now the moment of suspense, what was in the box? First of all, coffee beans from a place called Danns Daily – I live for my cuppa of Joe and will definitely try this place in Bedok (fairtrade, organic and all brewed with alkaline water).

Since it is few days away from NYE and naturally I plan to kill it with my makeup/ beauty regime pre and post game, tonight I have a beauty assignment cut out for me. It will include trying the SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser (really looking forward to this!), SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion followed by Snail Street AC Trouble Mask, a product that promises pore, oil and trouble care for the face. Finally, I shall put on the Lancome Genifique Youth Activator before retiring to bed.

I should also mention there is also a Virtuose mascara sample by Lancome and Skinc Reinforce Ceramide (plus a $50 voucher). Thank you Vanity Trove!!!!