Review: CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

My current routine consists of cleansing oil and facial wash only as I’m going through Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW). I must say my skin is getting better when I started using less products. I reviewed CeraVe’s Cleanser Bar before and it worked for my skin’s sensitivity. I wanted to give this brand another shot so I browsed their website. I checked all the ingredients list of their products I’m interested in. After checking, I’m thinking that the Foaming Facial Cleanser would be the best fit for me.

Description:
A foaming facial cleanser is ideal for removing excess oil, dirt and makeup but it’s important to choose a formula that won’t disrupt the skin’s natural protective barrier. It’s also beneficial to choose a gentle cleanser with ingredients that help maintain moisture balance. CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser features ceramides hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to help reinforce the skin’s barrier, attract hydration and soothe the skin.

Ingredients:
Purified Water, Cocamidopropyl Hydrosultaine, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, PEG 150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Niacinamide, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Propylene Glycol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Phytosphingosine, Citric Acid, Edetate Disodium, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum

Pros:
– Affordable
– Little goes a long way
– Gives enough lather
– Easy to rinse
– Leaves no film/oily residue
– Doesn’t dry out my skin
– Helps to push out black/whiteheads
– Left me feeling clean after use
– Doesn’t cause breakouts
– Doesn’t trigger my contact dermatitis

Cons:
– Not yet available in-stores locally.

The texture is a bit liquidy so you’ll only need a small amount. It gives enough lather for me. Enough to remove oil and make me feel clean. This is for normal to oily skin. This works well although I have combination skin. T-zone is oily and cheeks are dry and flakey. It’s not too drying for my cheeks. I’m using this cleanser for two months already. I also noticed that this cleanser helps to push out black/whiteheads easier with a blackhead remover tool. I use less pressure which minimizes the risk of getting hyperpigmentation. Best of all, it doesn’t irritate me even though my skin condition is hypersensitive. It doesn’t interfere with the healing of my TSW.

The only down side is it’s not yet available locally. I ordered mine online. Thank you online shopping! 😉 They have an official Amazon store. I’ll try to order on Amazon and hopefully I can share my shopping experience with you all.

What about you? What’s your favorite face wash right now?

Review: Rashfree Zinc Oxide Ointment

I’ll be reviewing an ointment that I’m currently using and is one of my faves this year. But first, I want to share what I’ve been searching online. It’s about Topical Steroid Withdrawal or TSW. People who suffer from skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis can relate to this. Your skin became so dependent on steroid creams that it flares up when you’re not using it. What is TSW? It’s when you finally decide to stop using steroid cream for good. You can either go cold turkey (completely stop) or gradually reduce it so you wouldn’t be overwhelmed. The discomfort will probably be the same but it helped me to prepare mentally and emotionally. Those few months or years of flare ups and flaking without using steroid will be worth it in the end. I’m going to discuss more about it in another post.

I tried going cold turkey but it was so uncomfortable. So I’m gradually stopping it instead but by areas.. Right now, I stopped using steroid on my T-zone area; forehead, nose and chin. I’m going to deal with the cheeks next year… which is the biggest part of my rashes. I’ve watched Youtube videos on how to reduce discomfort. Some of them used Sudocrem. It’s an antiseptic cream used for itch relief. Zinc oxide is one of the main ingredients. I couldn’t wait to order online so I found an alternative that I can get on that day.

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I found a review on Rashfree Zinc Oxide Ointment and the result was amazing. It’s locally made and can be bought at drugstores. I bought mine for around 170 pesos at Mercury Drugstore. It’s mainly used for diaper rash and minor skin conditions. According to Unilab’s website, zinc oxide is a skin protectant. See the leaflet in the box for instructions and when to stop.

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Pros:
– Affordable, around 170 pesos
– Available locally at drugstores
– 30g is a huge amount for an ointment
– Little goes a long way
– Did not trigger contact dermatitis
– Did not cause breakouts
– Can be used as spot treatment
– Helps to protect skin
– Helps to reduce oozing of rashes

Cons:
– Difficult to wash off
– Can be drying

I was a bit hesitant at first because the ointment is thick. I thought it would clog my pores and cause breakouts but it doesn’t! You’ll only need a small amount since it has thick texture. It did not make my rashes worse. It actually calmed my skin down and helps to stop the oozing of rashes. This can also be used on small areas or spot treatment as you can see in the photo below.

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In my case, it doesn’t remove rashes completely but it protects skin from getting infections. I’m going through TSW so I know the rashes will be on and off for a while. I’m glad there’s a local alternative that’s so affordable. 30 grams of this product can last for a long time. I also love that it’s in an collapsible aluminum tube. I can control how much I just need.

The only downsides that I can think of is it’s difficult to wash off and it can be drying. Sometimes it stays on spaces of dry patches. But even if it happens, there’s no pimple breakouts. It can be drying but that helps to “close” my rashes. Overall, this is my most favorite product this year. It really helps me while I’m going through TSW. It makes this journey not as bad as what I’ve expected.

Review: Leiania House Of Beauty Virgin Argan Facial Beauty Oil

Hello readers! I’m changing my routine and making it more suitable for hypersensitive skin. I’m dealing with rashes, redness and dryness from time to time. Remember the first time I got hooked with argan oil? I wanted to use “liquid gold” again but this time I found a cheaper one. I was browsing BeautyMNL’s website and came across Leiania House Of Beauty. They have 15ml pure argan oil for only 200 pesos. How cheap is that? I added it to my cart and the next day I got my order.

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Description:
Formulated with 100% cold pressed, virgin, unrefined Moroccan argan oil rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and proteins; enhances and improves skin texture and tone; helps boost elasticity and moisture levels; diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and scars; treats acne, eczema, and psoriasis; relieves inflammation and irritation; neutralizes free radicals; softens and smoothens; works to regulate sebum production; plumps up, firms, and tightens; hydrates and enhances hair growth; repairs brittle and damaged tresses; nourishes cuticles; lightweight and easily absorbed; gentle even on hyper-sensitive and allergy-prone skin; handy 12ml roll-on fits your handbag

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Pros:
– Affordable, 15ml for 200 pesos
– Locally available on BeautyMNL
– Glass dropper bottle
– Gives glowing skin
– Gives hydration
– Skin feels soft and smooth in the morning
– Did not cause breakouts
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis

Cons:
– None

It says in the description that’s in a roll-on tube but I’m glad they changed the packaging. I’m going to say it again, I’m very pleased with glass dropper bottle for oils. Brands usually use the one with pump which is messy and not travel friendly. In fact, I dropped this one time and it didn’t break. Another thing that I like is it’s very affordable. This product is also good if you want to start adding oils in your routine. Its comedogenic rating is 0 but we all know anything can block pores. I keep coming back to it because it’s less likely to block pores compared with other kinds of oil.

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It has the same effects with my previous brand. It gives glowing skin from within. It’s not something that you can get with makeup/highlighters. It gives enough hydration. When my skin is still damp, I like to press it on to be absorbed quickly. My skin feels soft and smooth in the morning when I wake up. It doesn’t give me breakouts and doesn’t make my rashes worse.

I’m using this especially when my dermatitis is so dry and itchy. It relieves the itch and softens the look of my desert-like skin. Yes, I’m in drought right now. It doesn’t cure the rashes but it definitely gives relief. I can’t think of any negative experience while I was using this. I can say that it’s safe for my hypersensitive skin.

Review: Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil

I’m back on exploring local brands again. Recently, I had a bad flare up of rashes again so I needed to “protect” those areas. We bought Human Nature’s bestseller last month. I was hoping it could at least lessen the redness and itching caused by rashes. It’s my first sunflower oil so I won’t be able to compare it with other brands.

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Description:
A cult beauty classic rich with moisturizing and nourishing vitamins A, D & E this holy grail oil has earned its place as a well-known and well-loved miracle worker.

Ingredients:
Premium cosmetic-grade sunflower seed oil

Pros:
– Very affordable, 50ml for 199 pesos at Sesou branches
– Can be used as makeup remover
– Can be used as moisturizer
– Gives glow
– Quickly absorbed
– Helps to heal blemishes
– Reduced my itching
– Did not cause breakouts

Cons:
– Pump bottle is not travel friendly
– Clogs my sink

Neutral:
– Might be too heavy for the skin depending on the weather and your activities

I tried using this to remove my makeup first. It really did melt all my heavy makeup. After cleansing, I used it as moisturizer for flaky areas. It smoothened those areas. I like that it gives a subtle glow too! I can definitely see it even under my makeup. I also noticed that my blemishes dry and heal quicker than usual. It did not cause breakouts even on my oily t-zone. While there was no improvement on redness, it did reduce the itch and provided comfort while I had rashes caused by dermatitis.

It’s quickly absorbed if you press it down lightly with your palms or by gently sweeping on the skin. If you’re in a hurry, just dab at tissue and proceed to your makeup routine. Your tissue paper should be organic or at least unbleached if you have hypersensitive skin like me.  Just putting it out there.

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The only down side is the packaging. It’s not travel friendly. From my past experience with other products, oils are easily spilled out from a pump bottle. Spillage will be avoided if oils are in amber glass bottles with droppers. Aside from that, frequent use of this clogged my sink a little bit. But it can be solved by pouring hot water in the sink. It’s a factor for me because I’m lazy to do it all the time. 😛

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I’m neutral about its heaviness. In my opinion it’s ideal as night treatment since we’re living in a country that’s hot and humid (& messed up. lol). But you can also use this during the day if you’re just in an air-conditioned place. Your activities like commuting and exercising should also be factors on your skin care decision-making.

Overall, using this turned out pretty well although it’s not a cure-all for dermatitis. Dermatitis is also linked in the body’s health so don’t just rely on topical treatments. The only thing that I want was to reduce the itch and it delivered. It’s multifunctional and one of the most affordable oils out there. I was a bit hesitant because sunflower oil has high comedogenic rating, meaning it has a high chance of blocking pores. Each skin is unique so trying out products is always a trial and error.

Review: Dove Sensitive Beauty Bar

I was browsing BeautyMNL’s website to find cleansers suitable for sensitive skin. You know that fragrance should be avoided if you have sensitive skin. I’ve read reviews on this Dove variant. Some use it on the face, body and some even use it down there. Their dermatologists recommend this because of its fragrance-free formula. My doctors recommended Cetaphil and Physiogel which did not work for me. I had to look for another cleanser. It’s less than 50 pesos. It wouldn’t hurt to try, right? I’m using this for almost 3 weeks now and I’m ready to share my experience.

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Description from Dove’s website:
This sensitive skin bar brings you the classic Dove cleansers and ¼ moisturising cream in a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic bar that’s gentle enough for sensitive skin. Suitable for daily use, it helps protect skin’s natural moisture and can be used on your hands, body or face. Get the gentle skin care for sensitive skin that you deserve – try Dove Sensitive Beauty Bar.

Ingredients:
Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Palmitate, Aqua, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Oxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Alumina, CI 77891

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Pros:
– Affordable, 47.75 pesos only at Mercury Drugs
– Accessible
– Fragrance-free
– Gives enough lather
– Doesn’t leave a slimy film
– Easy to rinse
– Multifunctional
– Glowing skin every after use
– Did not cause breakouts
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis

Cons:
– Has that waxy feeling
– Not really for heavy cleansing

Neutral:
– Doesn’t prevent breakouts

I’m using this alternately with Althea x Get It Beauty Masks. I really do not like the original Dove because it leaves a film but this sensitive variant doesn’t. I rinse it off with water for 10 seconds. I just don’t like that it gives waxy feeling which has been an issue for me with their bars. But despite that and me having oily skin, I did not experience breakouts. This isn’t intended for heavy cleansing. This won’t remove makeup and won’t prevent breakouts. My main concerns right now are moisture and avoiding contact dermatitis. I prefer to use other cleansers after working out. Make sure your cleanser matches with your activities. I use this when my skin’s irritated and/or I had a day without intense sweating, commuting or cleaning the house.

This is very accessible. Most of the supermarkets, department stores and drugstores have it. Eliminating fragrance whether natural or artificial can really make a difference for sensitive skin. This has the same lather as their other bars. As I said above, it’s multifunctional. You can use it for face, body, “down there” and for moisturizing purposes. I also noticed that my skin’s glowing from the inside when I’m using this. Similar to “glass skin”. Best of all, it did not cause allergic reactions.

It seems like Dove’s releasing new products. Have you tried anything from them lately? By the way, I’ll make a list of cleansers for sensitive skin. Please watch out for that!

Review: Human Nature Nourishing Facial Wash

I went to a department store last month and found Human Heart Nature’s shelf. I heard a lot of good things about this local brand. I’ve also visited their website many times just to see what I will try in the future. I’m looking for a good cleanser that wont cause rashes. I’m not even concerned about blemishes anymore. I read reviews about their Nourishing Facial Wash. Good thing there’s a small size available.

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Description:
100% Natural | Hypoallergenic
Mild & gentle cleansing
Care for your delicate skin without the sting – with tomato extract and mild moisturizers that help soothe skin and keep it soft, supple and healthy inside and out.

Ingredients:
aqua (water), decyl glucoside (coconut-derived), sodium lactate (sugarcane-derived), sodium gluconate (sugarcane-derived), glycerin (vegetable-derived), coco-glucoside, glyceryl oleate (coconut-derived), dicaprylyl ether (vegetable-derived), Solanum lycopersicum (tomato) fruit extract, dehydroxanthan gum, levulinic acid (plant-derived), fragrance (all-natural), farnesol, linalool, phytic acid (rice-derived), p-anisic acid (anise seed-derived), citiric acid

Pros:
– Accessible; available online, in department stores and supermarkets
– Very affordable, 50ml for Php 79.75 and 200ml for Php199.75
– Little goes a long way
– Gives enough lather
– Non sticky and doesn’t leave a film
– Skin feels fresh after rinsing

Cons:
– Has fragrance
– Triggered my contact dermatitis

Neutral:
– Could feel there’s a slight tightness

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It’s very affordable and accessible. I bought it in Landmark Makati. It has a gel consistency. Its lather is enough to clean the skin. It doesn’t foam up unlike other cleansers. I did not notice any film or slimy texture after rinsing. My skin felt really fresh every time. I like to use it especially after my workout. This has a powder scent. I prefer that scent on my clothes instead. I like to add water while lathering it to dilute its concentration. I thought doing that would lessen its strength but after a few days, my whole face was itchy. Fragrance is not the last ingredient so that’s why or it could be the Sodium Lactate, Farnesol and Linalool. These ingredients have a safety rating of 4 on CosDNA. Safety rating should be 1 or 2 to be considered safe/unlikely to cause irritation. If this wasn’t the culprit of my rashes, I’d definitely want to use it again.

I was confident to try it because it’s natural. Lesson learned, natural isn’t always good in skin care and chemical-based ingredients are not always bad.

Review: Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes

Today’s review is for the cleansing step. There’s a Landers store that just opened a few weeks ago near our area. So we stopped by and bought some items. Of course, I had to see the cosmetic brands in there. It’s just the same with S&R. There’s Cetaphil, Dove and Ponds. I bought Simple’s wipes. I heard a lot of good things about it.

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Description:
Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes combining gentle and effective cleansing in one convenient product. These face wipes are made with our clever cleansing bubbles called Micelles which are smart enough to gently lift make-up and impurities out, including waterproof mascara, and unclog pores while instantly hydrating skin with just one wipe. Made with skin-loving ingredients, multi-vitamins and triple purified water Simple Micellar Wipes leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated, perfect when you’re on-the-go.

Ingredients:
Aqua, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Benzoic Acid, Ceteareth-12, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol, Pantolactone, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Citrate, Tocopheryl Acetate

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Pros:
– Affordable, around 199 pesos at Landers for 25 sheets
– Available locally in Landers and department stores
– Oil-free
– Fragrance-free
– Effectively removes full coverage face makeup (foundation, concealer and powder)

Cons:
– Stung a little
– Triggered my contact dermatitis
– Tissue is rough for sensitive skin
– Smells like soda cracker

As you can see from the cons, I’m kind of disappointed that it triggered my contact dermatitis. It removes full coverage makeup just like the other wipes I’ve tried. It smells like soda cracker, just like Etude House’s Baking Powder Pore Cleansing Tissues (Oil Type). It leaves a film but goes away in seconds. Even if it goes away, it’s best to proceed with your facial wash. It stung a little and the tissue was rough for me which caused mild redness for a few minutes. I didn’t see anything special about it except that it’s free from fragrance, oil and color. This is ideal for someone who wants to avoid those and if you do not have hypersensitive skin.