To be honest I felt that my The Body Shop Haul in October last year was a waste of money because instead of seeing improvements to my then-already-okay skin it actually got worse. Top it off with the Moisture White Shiso 2 in 1 stuff that I received. I love the company and what they’re doing, I did love the products when I used them on my then-okay- skin but I believe they’re the ones that caused my skin to breakout.
- The Body Shop Haul (11.2)
- BFF: Subclinical Acne (7.2)
- Amazing Loneliness Confession and Exclusive Popped Face (6.6)
- Pimples Zomg (5.2)
It took me about twelve months to stabilise my skin back, with trips to a facial and stopping the usage of The Body Shop products. A couple times I wanted to test if it really was a reaction to The Body Shop products – when my skin has sorta stabilised I’d wear TBS stuff again andddddddd getttttttttt breakouts allllllllll over again. Which means I am not just pinpointing, it really is TBS products I may be allergic to.
I stopped blogging about my skin because I was really depressed over it. I had perfect skin until this year. Or is it being the whole 21-year-old thing?
Never mind, thank goodness through trial-and-error I have developed my own skincare routine. My skin doesn’t look nearly as “perfect” as it did before, but I think it’s OK/getting better.
Also I stopped wearing makeup. Okay maybe I still use a bit of powder from TBS and a bit of their lipstick – that’s not considered makeup is it?
Before I start, I apologise for my bad photography skills.
For the Face Wash, with the exception of Katalyst Water and Organi Cleanser & Toner, I only use them at night because: What’s The Point?
I’ve been using the face washes for about a few weeks/months therefore I can come up with these good/bad conclusions.
1) Mist face with Katalyst Water.
What Is Katalyst Water: It’s Colloidal Silver.
Colloidal silver is found still in medicine today, especially in medications that are used to combat fungus in the body. It also has a very powerful potential when used to kill disease, viruses and other harmful bacteria. Specifically, many people claim that when they take colloidal silver, it helps to improve their immune system’s ability to fight against colds and flu viruses.
People often claim to use colloidal silver to soothe burns, repair skin and tissue damage, and to treat scars. Other skin issues that might be helped by colloidal silver include rashes, sties and acne.
I’ve been using this Katalyst Water since I was 11. An old friend confessed that she thought my skin had always been clear and little did I know it was because of Katalyst Water. Why did I stop using them and moved on to skincare? I thought my skin needed moisture, but bought the wrong products. Katalyst Water doesn’t moisturise your skin, it just engulfs and transports the bacteria to the dump. Price is RM50. For the spray mist you take about ten drops of Katalyst Water and dilute it with plain water. For the concentrated one you just take a drop and dab it wherever you want it.
2) Daily Light Face Wash: Organi Cleanser & Toner
What it is: a Cleanser and Toner altogether!
My brother had two of these, and I thought they were cheap stuff because he left them lying on the bathroom floor with no cap. After seeing the sad condition of his face wash I told myself to not use this bottle. Anyway, I think this is his new bottle. It’s almost empty too. Sad he didn’t care for it enough and probably used the whole bottle unsparingly because I found out one bottle is SGD140.
How do I use it: After going out for a while but not ready for bedtime yet, I wash my face with this because it’s light. Just gets rid of the impurities while I do other work at home. I don’t like walking around the house or doing work with the dirt accumulated from outside.
Organi Cleanser & Toner is designed to gently cleanse your skin, washing away dirt and impurities whiles refining your skin and reducing pore size in preparation for moisturising. Organi Cleanser & Toner will not dry the skin, and it will leave your skin soft and supple without using any of the harsh chemicals you usually find in the supermarket brands.
3) Every Other Day Spot-Washing Face with Oxy Deep Cleansing Wash
What it is: Oxy Deep Cleansing Wash “Fights Pimples, Deep Clean Pores for ACNE PRONE SKIN”
- 2 Anti-Acne Ingredients
- Salicylic Acid – Unclog pores and remove dead skin cell to prevent blemishes.
- Isopropyl Methylphenol – Penetrate deep into pores to fight pimples.
- Deep Cleanse
- Effectively remove impurities, dirt and oil trapped in pores.
- Help to soothe blemishes skin and prevent blemishes from flaring up.
- With Vitamin C and E as effective anti-oxidant to keep skin healthy and free from blemishes.
How do I use it: I use it just on the areas that need help, like this:
Serious skincare question. I am so fed up with my face. This. My skin is dry AND sensitive. What to do?!!!!!!!!!!1111 pic.twitter.com/RYhQDStLDl
— Salamahafifi (@Salamahafifi) August 5, 2014
4) Only When I Feel Really Icky Full Face Wash with Vaseline Men Face Antispot Whitening
What it is: A Face Wash for men! LOL. I like how squeaky-clean my face feels. It’s really really good. I recommend this to my sister who came back from Indonesia with lots of spots on her face. She hasn’t used it though because she didn’t know where it was at, lol.
5) Every Other Two Days Exfoliate My T-Zone with Nano White Polishing Renewal Exfoliator
I bought this as a trial set to try their sunscreen which my skin didn’t like. It’s fine with this Exfoliator.
I don’t really fancy all these “snowy” items because why would I want to be fair if I wasn’t born fair? Okay fine I was born fair but I don’t see what’s wrong with having tan skin. I got this in a trial pack, so instead of wasting it I use it as a light facial wash. Last Tuesday (23/9) I left the house at 5 AM to catch a plane at 8 AM and when I reached the place at about 2 PM I washed and dried my skin with this. Freeeeeeeshhhhhhhhh Faced Feeeeeefeeeeeeee.
7) Weekly Full-Faced Exfoliator with Himalaya Herbals Gentle Exfoliating Walnut Scrub
What it is: An Exfoliator!
Himalaya’s Gentle Exfoliating Walnut Scrub exfoliates dead skin cells to remove impurities that routine cleansing cannot tackle.
It contains Crab Apple, a soothing antiseptic and keratolytic agent that helps loosen dead skin fragments. Walnut shell granules scrub away dirt, blackheads and dead cells, and Wheatgerm Oil is a rich source of natural vitamin E. These natural ingredients cleanse, nourish and moisturize your skin to make it soft, fresh and radiant.
How do I use it: On my face, leave it for one minute and then scrub my face. Loooooooove it.
HURRAY! I’M DONE.
With the face wash segment.
Wish I had listened to my brother earlier when he told me sarcastically that what I need is The Face Shop. Because it turns out their products are of wayyyyyy better quality and wayyyyyyyyyy cheaper. They’re also from Korea. I admire Korean skin – they must be doing something right!
Anyway after all that meticulous cleansing of face, I don’t want to waste my moolah so I use what I have that still works:
1) TONE with Dr Schrammek Herbal Care Lotion
Selected herbal extracts and panthenol calm, refresh and hydrate the skin after cleansing. This lotion is excellently suited for very sensitive skin leaving it feeling soft. Free of parabens.
How do I use it: I alternate this with the Organi Cleanser & Toner. These stuff cost a bomb yknow.
2) Dab My Face Every Other Night and Morning With The Face Shop Arsainte Eco Therapy Serum With Essential
What it is: I don’t know what this is, okay. It was on sale so I bought it (lol).
*Contains baby bamboo extract instead of water
*Formula without 7 additives. A mild toner that contains baby bamboo water delivers pure moisture into the skin while double the amount of golden palm oil creates a moisture protection barrier for optimal balance for long lasting moisturized skin
*More than 94% natural derived ingredients
*Formula without 7 additives for sensitive skin
7 free formula: Paraben, ethanol, mineral oil, artificial pigment, raw animal ingredients, benzophenone, TEA
Contains 91.6% baby bamboo water
So far: So far, so good?????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s my description. I figured I am allergic to paraben and silicone and stuff and this works! It gave me a slight breakout on my right side of cheek, but I figured that it was because of me not washing my face the whole day that day. I continued using and the naughty, persistent moist pimples are actually drying up now. I’m left with the scar which will leave over time.
I actually stepped into The Face Shop because I find Suzy’s commercial really really cute. I don’t particularly like her whatsoever I just find her super pretty and I like her face shape, lol.
They don’t have the product she was promoting in the video (it turns out to be the best moisturiser according to a blind test in Korea) because it’s more suited for their weather and not ours.
3) Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! with The Face Shop Chia Seed Watery Lotion
I first described my skincare issues to the sales assistant in Malaysia and she recommended me this. I didn’t buy it because it was RM80 and I thought that was a bit too pricey, so I bought the serum (top) and sleeping mask (below) which were on sale at RM99.90 for both :D. I’m super glad I bought them.
Anyway I went to Singapore on Monday (29/9) and visited The Face Shop to find this stuff at only $22!!! I wanted to get a face wash and other stuff too, so tempted but I was like NO NO NO. Oh, forgot to mention that the sales assistant in Singapore greeted me with a very happy annyeonghaeseyo! and recommended me the same thing. Singapore has better customer service.
Like I said, I feel that my face is moisturised now. It’s in a heavy glass bottle which is not convenient but it does feel exclusive.
What it is:
- A moisturizing lotion that improves suppleness and moisturizes the skin a degree higher with nutrients in organic chia seeds
- A moisturizing lotion that restores the skin’s innate clear luster
- Spreads onto the skin smoothly without stickiness and is absorbed quickly to prevent skin dryness.
- Soft suppleness both inside and outside the skin
- Organically germinated chia seeds, which draw and absorb moisture, not only hydrate but also nourish the skin to effectively restore suppleness.
- Contains 100% chia seeds water instead of water
- Chia seeds water is extracted within 24 hours via the Fresh method, instead of water delivers the vitality of the highly pure chia seeds.
I became a member at The Face Shop Malaysia and I wish someone could give me moneyyyyyyyyyyyyyy because on my birthday month at one time members get discount on all items. I feel like I want their eye cream and other stuff too!
4) Go To Sleep Three Times A Week with The Face Shop Raspberry Roots Sleeping Mask
Not going to say anything more about this except that I love it.
What it is:
- Only a few easy steps “Apply, sleep and wash”, and you can instantly tighten pores and re-contour the skin that lack of resilience.
- In gel texture form and yet it is not greasy
- Must-have item for busy cosmopolitans
I wake up and face feels moisturised because duh it is. I wanted to get their eye pack but I think $8.90 for something to throw away is not worth it.
Conclusion: I have a new found love for The Face Shop, and now you find out how meticulous I am at face washing and you probably don’t care. My face FEELS better. My mom said she thinks my face is still the same, but that’s because she didn’t see that my pores are smaller now. I thought about it for a while now how if I was in Mean Girls, I’d be Regina George with her quote “My pores are huge.”
Also, since I don’t use sunscreen, I started using a hat.
It’s awkward and funny, but I think if people can walk around with a cap why can’t I walk with a hat, right?
Shield your face from the sun!