My priorities in spending have changed. From spending so much on art materials, I am now splurging on skincare products. I’m a changed woman. Haha. But!! It’s not as impulsive as buying a 12 x 18″ rubber and a set of chisels (na inaalikabok na sa shelf sa kwarto ngayon huhu) because I do my research before selecting what to buy. So here’s what I learned plus my first-impression reviews on my recent BeautyMNL haul.
Our skin is our largest organ. It gets exposed to a lot of things—sun, smoke, dust, etc. Acne starts when pores get clogged with too much sebum and dead skin cells. So it’s important to remove all the dirt our skin gets exposed to. Using Bioré’s cleansing oil is a good start. It has an apple-y scent that I really like. It becomes milky when you wash it off, making sure that all impurities get washed off with it.
I did a bit of reading on what works best on skin with acne marks (which I have a lot of). I found the 2 key ingredients to look out for when you want to bid bye-bye to blemishes:
First one’s vitamin C
Also known as ascorbic acid, this was our go-to vitamin growing up. Turns out it’s good for you—inside, and out! This ingredient has antioxidant properties that play a vital role in the production and maintenance of collagen (the main structural protein that gives the skin strength and structure). When used on skin, it helps brighten and prevent UV damage.
I wanted to buy Freshly Juiced Vitamin C from Dear Klairs but it’s still out of stock and I already bought Innisfree’s Green Tea Seed Serum (which I will also review in another post haha yes, ang daming aaralin!)
And then there’s snail mucin
Can you imagine putting snail slime on your skin? Read on before turning away in disgust, because it’s an ingredient that packed with all the right nutrients for clearer skin. It contains hyaluronic acid that will keep your skin glowing, and anti-aging properties that help soothe skin, repair damage, and lock in moisture.
Products with snail mucin from my haul:
Mizon Snail Repairing foam cleanser: It has a mild scent and a soft cream-like texture that easily works into a lather. My skin doesn’t feel so tight after using this which is good because it means it’s not stripping off needed moisture.
Mizon All in One snail cream: BeautyMNL said this cream is good for supercharging your skincare routine. It stings a bit on some parts of my face when I apply this. I’m guessing that those areas are a bit problematic.
Wait, did I say 2 ingredients? Because I’m adding this one: aloe vera
Just as the plant is a staple in our lolas’ gardens, this ingredient can be found in almost every type of beauty product—from shampoos to lotions to makeup removers. Its healing properties is good for treating acne marks, and reducing redness and inflammation. My tub of Nature Republic’s aloe vera gel that’s almost empty says a lot on how good this ingredient is.
The only product from my beauty loot with this ingredient is Benton’s Aloe BHA toner: the aloe x BHA combo is perfect for removing dead skin cells without dehydrating the skin. The snail cream that I use after easily gets absorbed, thanks to a few pats from this toner.
Lastly, more than the ingredients or products I mentioned, it’s important to have a better lifestyle for your skin to clear up. Sleep better, eat better, look better!
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.(1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV)
This is my face (with natural lighting from the window) looks like as of April 25, 2017:
I started using the products on April 27, so I will update this post after 2 weeks to see results. See you then!
May 11 edit:
There’s almost no noticeable brightening on my blemishes. I also broke out a few days ago, (most likely because I tried a different toner the days before) hence the big acne spot on my left cheek (see leftmost photo). I’ll keep using the products though! I’m still hopeful! I also added the Innisfree Green Tea Seed serum to my night routine just this week.
Stay tuned for updates!