An Obsession with Asian Skincare Products

Exploring Skincare Products for Asian Skin

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Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream

I was very surprised to see a full range of Laneige products at my local Target store! I picked up this Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream by impulse. I was sad that they did not carry my favorite Yogurt Peeling Gel

I am happy that Asian skincare products are gaining prominence in America! That means, it would be much easier for us US buyers to purchase our favorites!

This cream has a light texture and absorbs easily into my skin. When I use this at night, I only use a pea-size to less than a nickel-size amount and spread it on my face. Then I press my palms onto my face to help the cream absorb. In the morning, my skin is glowing. This is a great hydration treatment for the skin. I like this much better than Laneige’s sleeping mask. I purchased this from my local target store for $32USD. You can probably find this product cheaper online, like from Sasa. However, I’ve had horrible experiences with Sasa’s customer service, and probably won’t shop there again.

Info from Laneige’s website:

Water Bank Moisture Cream

Strengthens and retains moisture 24 hours.
Infused with skin-perfecting Optimal Mineral Water.

  • 50 ML / 1.6 FL. OZ.
  • For Normal to Dry Skin

Product Benefits

Richly-texturized moisturizing cream


Optimal Mineral Water
• Delivers 6 moisture-maximizing minerals deep into skin
• Strengthens skins’s moisture barrier
• Circulates and retains moisture all day
• Absorbs easily for smooth, supple skin

How to Use

• Gently spread from center of the face outward after serum

(Source: laneige-water-bank-moisture-cream)

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Renewing my feet with Baby Foot

I want to quickly share with  you about a miracle product for your feet. Introducing the Baby Foot Original Deep Skin Exfoliation… A popular product all throughout Asia.

A few days ago, I tried Baby Foot for the first time. I have heard about its wonders even years ago, however, I never picked up a box. I purchased mine for $20USD from a local japanese store. $20 is somewhat pricy for a one-time use foot mask. But let me assure you that is worth every penny!

This foot mask is like a foot peel for your skin. It will make the top dead layer of foot skin peel off like a snake or reptile changing its skin. It is like a foot facial. After the peeling process is done, which takes a few days, you are left with skin on your feet like that of a baby’s.

I cleaned my feet with mild soap and water prior to using this foot mask. I left on this foot mask for exactly one hour. I did not feel any tingling feeling. It is recommended to put on a pair of socks on top of this mask, but I did not do so. After an hour, I rinsed my feet with soap and water again.

After a few days.. the Peeling begins.. (WARNING: PICTURE IS DISTURBING!)

Slowly, skin from the feet will peel off in layers or chunks to reveal skin like that of a baby’s foot.

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PREMIER CRU LA CRÈME RICHE

Recently, my friend sent me a postpartum beauty care package which included this cream. I was able to snap a few pictures prior to use. This is a deluxe sample size, 0.5 fl oz. The regular size is 1.7 fl oz. 

Caudalie Premier Cru La Creme Riche is an excellent treatment for my postpartum skin. I haven’t had breakouts in over half a year since after my first trimester. After giving birth, my skin started to get drier and I also grew my first post-pregnancy pimple! I guess my second and third trimester hormones that prevented my regular breakouts had left my body.

After using this cream at night, my skin glows in the morning. This cream layers on perfectly on top of my lotion and serum. It absorbs quickly, does not leave an oil residue, and feels light on skin. 

The price tag is not exactly affordable, at $158USD a jar. But a little goes a long way. Even though I have a deluxe sample size, I can see it last me almost a month.

Info from Caudalie’s website:

PREMIER CRU LA CRÈME RICHE

100% Luxurious. O% Parabens.

Now, experience the ultimate in luxury and effectiveness with new La Crème Riche.
 This exceptionally decadent cream delivers ultimate anti-aging action for visibly younger skin. Deeply nourishing with the addition of jojoba, sunflower and mimosa plant waxes,
 skin is regenerated and density is restored. Wrinkles are smoothed, facial contours are firmer and more defined, and the complexion is radiant
 and even.


Contains Caudalie’s three signature patents: Resveratrol to lift and firm, Viniferine to correct dark spots and brighten, and anti-oxidant rich grape-seed Polyphenols.

Also includes a casting of the 10 best anti-aging molecules at their highest concentration: Hyaluronic acid, Cassia Angustifolia, Tetrapeptides, Ceramides 2 and peptides duo, Adenospheres…

Apply morning and evening to face and neck.

Ideal for dry to very dry skin types.

INGREDIENTS: AQUA(WATER), GLYCERIN*, GLYCERYLSTEARATESE*, COCO-CAPRYLATE*, PENTAERYTHRITYLDISTEARATE*, CETEARYLGLUCOSIDE*, CETEARYLALCOHOL*, OCTYLDODECYL MYRISTATE*, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL*, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE*, JOJOBA ESTERS*, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, HYDROLYZED YEAST PROTEIN*, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE*, IMPERATA CYLINDRICA ROOT EXTRACT*, POLYGLYCERIN-3*, CAPRYLOYL GLYCERIN/SEBACIC ACID COPOLYMER*, PALMITOYL GRAPE SEED EXTRACT*, HYDROGENATED APRICOT KERNEL OIL*, DIHEPTYL SUCCINATE*, PROPYL GRAPEVINE SHOOT EXTRACT OLIVATE*, TRIBEHENIN*, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, BENZYL ALCOHOL, TOCOPHEROL*, PALMITOYL GRAPEVINE SHOOT EXTRACT*, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, CITRIC ACID*, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), XANTHAN GUM, ACACIA DECURRENS FLOWER WAX*, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED WAX*, CARBOMER, CERAMIDE 2, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, SODIUM CARBOXYMETHYLBETA-GLUCAN, SODIUMPHYTATE*, POLYSORBATE20, DEHYDROACETICACID, SODIUMHYALURONATE, SODIUMCITRATE, CI 77491(IRONOXIDES), CI 77492(IRON OXIDES), ACRYLATES/C10-30ALKYLACRYLATECROSSPOLYMER, PALMITOYLOLIGOPEPTIDE, PALMITOYLTETRAPEPTIDE-7, GERANIOL, LINALOOL, CITRONELLOL, COUMARIN. (135/046) * Origine végétale - Origen vegetal - Plant origin.

(Source: us.caudalie.com)

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Bio-Oil - An Oil For Scar Treatment

Bio-Oil has been around forever. I always see it in magazines, on blogs, and just about any where. However, I only recently started using Bio-Oil as I was desperate to get rid of some spots and scarring.

Bio-Oil is my new magic potion for my face and body. I use this for dark spots on my belly and also for acne scars on my face. Since pregnancy, I grew a few mysterious dark spots on my belly. Using this oil helps lighten the color of the spots. I also dab on this oil if I have a breakout on my face. Basically, I use this oil for any areas where I do not want to get scars and on areas where I want to lighten my scars. A lot of new moms and mom-to-bes also use this for their stretch marks.

This can be found at major drugstores and online retailers. I purchased my 2 oz bottle from my local Babies R’ Us for $12USD.  

About Bio Oil:

Bio‐Oil is a specialist moisturizing oil that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, aging and dehydrated skin. Bio‐Oil has won 167 skincare awards since its global launch in 2002. It is America’s #1 selling multiuse skincare oil.

The Bio‐Oil formulation is a combination of plant extracts and vitamins suspended in an oil base. It contains the breakthrough ingredient PurCellin Oil™, which changes the formulation’s overall consistency, making it light and non‐greasy, ensuring that the goodness contained in the vitamins and plant extracts is easily absorbed.

Bio‐Oil has undergone safety assessments in accordance with the Council on Cosmetic Products. The toxicological profile, chemical structure, level of inclusion and total level of daily exposure of each ingredient used has been assessed and deemed safe for use (including for use by pregnant women).

Bio‐Oil is a member of Beauty Without Cruelty International.

Ingredients:

Botanicals

Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula Oil)
Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender Oil)
Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary Oil)
Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Chamomile Oil)

Vitamins

Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A) 
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)

Oil base

Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum) 
Triisononanoin
Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate 
Isopropyl Myristate
Glycine Soja Oil
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil
BHT
Bisabolol

Fragrance (Rose)

Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone 
Amyl Cinnamal 
Benzyl Salicylate 
Citronellol
Coumarin
Eugenol
Farnesol
Geraniol
Hydroxycitronellal
Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde
Limonene
Linalool

Color (Orange)

D&C Red No.17 (CI 2610

(Source: bio-oilusa.com)

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Exicata Biomes of Brazil: Brazilian Skincare Products

I recently connected with Adriane Semmer, the Creator and Founder of Exicata Skincare from Brazil. We both attended the same undergraduate university, UC Davis! 

Exicata products are designed from organic and sustainable raw materials, which help activate the natural beauty of our skin. Biomes of Brazil is a tribute to the richness of the Brazilian ecosystem. This brand was internationally launched in Hong Kong in 2012. In September 2013, Exsicata won the prize Beauty Challenger Awards for Best Skin Care at the Beyond Beauty-Paris 2013 event.

I love how its products are formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, and Phthalates derivatives. I am almost 9 months pregnant and I feel absolutely safe using these products! 

Let me introduce the Exicata Biomes Products that I’ve tried. My favorite is the Exfoliating Facial Mask! It smells absolutely heavenly! My skin glows after using it.

Foaming Facial Cleanser- 150 ml • 5 fl. oz.

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Exclusive formula with active derivatives of native plants Biomes of Brazil, deeply cleanses the skin while respecting its natural moisture. Formulated with botanical extracts Jabuticaba (Myrciaria cauliflora), Dragon’s Blood (Croton lechleri), Cucumber and European grass Agropyron repeus associated with basil essential oil, contributes to the maintenance of normal skin conditions.

Formulated without:

Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals derivatives.

Care for a clean, protected and balanced skin.

A clean skin breathes playfulness and glows with vitality. Removal of excess oil, makeup residue and other dirt, is a key to maintaining a healthy skin and uniform texture step. A voucher specimen Foaming Facial Cleanser will leave your skin clean, protected and balanced.

The bioactive naturally act in our formulation:

 

1. Extract Jabuticaba (Myrciaria cauliflora): Vitamin B3 and Their Role in the Function of Enzymes NADH and NADPH.

 

Vitamin B3, also known as Niacinamide is involved in over fifty metabolic processes of our body and is responsible for the activation of many enzymes of these processes. Studies and clinical tests have shown that when applied topically, Niacinamide may contribute to the function of two important enzymes (NADH and NADPH) responsible for cellular energy production and growth of cells. As we age, the level of these enzymes significantly decreases and the skin becomes vulnerable to detrimental external factors that can accelerate skin aging.

 

These studies demonstrated that Niacinamide is able to maintain the level of NADH and NADPH, thereby contributing to a better support of dermal cells against pollutants, chemicals and other toxins that can irritate skin.

 

The white pulp of Jabuticaba imporante is a source of Niacinamide and has detoxifying properties. Due to its detox action, Jaboticaba pulp has been used in traditional medicine as an important Brazilian combined for the treatment of acne.

 

The Jabuticaba is a native fruit of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest and is commonly found in the backyards of homes in the South of Brazil. His fleshy pulp is highly appreciated in the South and Southeast Brasilieiro, and, after a long and inconspicua existence, it has become a “hit” on gourmet culinary productions.

 

Besides its detoxication functions, the bark of the purple Jabuticaba is rich in polyphenols, antioxidant and antimicrobial activity which have been proven. In niacinamide, polyphenols, jabuticaba has a high concentration of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), tannins and glycosides. Concentration of vitamin C confers a mild bleaching action Jabuticaba skin.

 

* The Foaming Facial Cleanser voucher specimen may show slight purple precipitates. This does not compromise the quality of the product and only certifies the purity and presence of bioactive compounds that are part of sencundários metabolites peeling Jabuticaba. Extract Jabuticaba used in our formulation is highly concentrated and pure where the extraction process does not use solvents and uses water from the fruit itself for the extraction of bioactive compounds from the skin and pulp.

 

2. Croton resin lechleri ​​and its antioxidant power.

 

The resin Croton lechleri ​​tree has been used by traditional communities of the Brazilian Amazon as an astringent, antibacterial and as a healing agent in the treatment of various skin disorders. The rich composition of proanthocyanidins, polyphenols and catechins are responsible for anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and healing Croton lechleri ​​action.

 

3. Cucumber Extract (Curcumis sativus): Wetting, Re-mineralizing and Skin Softener.

 

Cucumber has important bioactive compounds that offer several beneficial cosmetic properties. It is an important source of mucilage, pectin and minerals that give a re-mineralising, moisturizing, softening and moisturizing action. Cucumber is also a good source of Vitamin C and B, which cleanses the skin and gently clarifying agent.

 

Extract Agropyron repeus (European Grass). Homeostasis Cell, epithelialization and Skin Firming Activity.

 

The carbohydrates present in this grass are hygroscopic and have good capacity to absorb and retain water, which makes its humectant effect. This grass is of European origin source of potassium and sodium, which are important for cell homeostasis and the elimination of toxins from the cells trace elements.

 

The silicones found in Agropyron repeus play an important role in the formation and strengthening of connective tissue, strengthening the support structure of the dermis giving it firmness and elasticity. The natural silicones also have the ability to promote epithelialization and have been used medicinally in the treatment of skin burns.

Aqua (Water) Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Croton lechleri ​​Resin Extract, Disodium EDTA, Plinia trunciflora Fruit Extract (Myrciaria cauliflora), Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Glycerin, Agropyron repens Root Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Propylene Glycol, Ocimum basilicum Leaf, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside.

Directions for use:

Apply on the face skin gently spreading. Remove with cold or warm water in abundance.

Consumer Guidance:

This product contains natural ingredients, do not expose to excessive heat. Variations in color may occur, but their performance remains unchanged. Keep out of the reach of children and away from light. Avoid contact with eyes. If this happens, rinse with plenty of water.

Balancing Tonic Lotion- 200 ml 6.7 fl. oz

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Exclusive formula with bioactive native plant Biomes of Brazil, completes the cleansing while balancing the pH of the skin, preparing it for the next steps of care moisturizer and anti-aging. Enabled with botanical extracts and Barbatimão Croton lechleri, soothes, tones and restores skin’s natural balance.

Formulated without:

Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals and Phthalates derivatives.

Care for a clean, protected and balanced skin.

The toning is the final step in a routine of healthy skin cleansing. In addition to removing dirt and residual impurities, it also helps to protect the acid mantle of the skin.

Our skin has a pH between 4.5% and 5.5%. This slightly acidic environment protects the skin against penetration of bacteria that can lead to the appearance of blackheads and pimples and worsen the condition of skin affected by acne.

Knowing the importance of pH balance of the skin developed a voucher specimen Balancing Cleanser to remove stubborn marks, decongest pores, visibly reduce the size of enlarged pores and bring balance and tone the skin.

After applying the Balancing Tonic Lotion voucher specimen you will feel your skin pleasantly firm, fresh and ready to receive the voucher specimen bioactive anti-aging and moisturizing regime.

The bioactive naturally act in our formulation:

 

1. Extract of the Bark Barbatimão (Striphnodendron barbatiman): Tannins for firming, toning and balance.

 

The Barbatimão is a tree from the Brazilian Cerrado. Its bark has tannin with antiseptic and healing properties. The decoction of skins Barbatimão has been used in traditional medicine for treatment and Brazilian cleaning wounds and wound healing.

 

Studies conducted at research centers in Brazil showed that the tannins found in the bark of this tree can reduce inflammation and stimulate cell regeneration in affected tissues.

 

Besides its regenerative and healing ability, the tannins Barbatimão balance the natural acid mantle of the skin, bringing its pH to its natural condition and slightly acidic. A equlibrada skin is a healthy skin and resistance.

 

2. Pulp Extract Aloe Vera: Important polysaccharides Mucilaginous for Hydration and Skin Protection.

 

Extract of Aloe Vera pulp is composed of mucilaginous polysaccharides responsible for the high capacity of this plant to absorb water. In addition to its moisturizing property, Aloe Vera has a stimulating effect of epithelialization and subsequent epidermal renewal.

 

3. Apple Extract: visible Down enlarged pores, hydration and epidermal renewal.

 

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) found in Apple Extract work in the stratum corneum of the skin by stimulating the shedding of corneocytes (dead cells) of his innermost layer.This is accomplished through the softening and loss of cohesion of these cells in the stratum. With built adelgamento and desquamation of these dead cells of the epidermis, regeneration and cell division are stimulated by renewing the skin and tapering.

 

4. Croton resin lechleri ​​and its antioxidant power.

 

The resin Croton lechleri ​​tree has been used by traditional communities of the Brazilian Amazon as an astringent, antibacterial and as a healing agent in the treatment of various skin disorders. The rich composition of proanthocyanidins, polyphenols and catechins are responsible for anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and healing Croton lechleri ​​action.

 

Aqua (Water), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Croton lechleri ​​Resin Extract, Disodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Stryphnodendron barbatiman Extract, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium PCA, Benzyl Salicylate , Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, D-Limonene, Linalool.

 

* The Balancing Tonic Lotion voucher specimen can be used for after-shave care. The routine of shaving can cause damage to the skin of man. Thinking about the health of your skin, the voucher specimen developed Balancing Tonic Lotion thus offering a solution to balance and natural protection for male skin.

Directions for use: Apply on the skin of the face, using sterile cotton, pressing gently.

Purifying Facial Mask and Exfoliating Facial Mask- 100 g • 3.5 oz. each

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Purifying Facial Mask:

The Bioactive That Affect Our Formulation in:

1. Amazon White Clay: The Geo-therapy to detoxify, purify and nourish the skin.

The White Clay Amazon is a rare type of clay found in the soil of the Amazon River Basin. This clay, present in our Purifying Mask, shows the highest concentrations of natural silicon. Silicon is a major component of the protein amino acids found in human skin. With a well near the skin pH, Amazon White Clay is a bleaching agent with revitalizing, healing and detoxifying effects.

Rich in mineral salts and nutrients, it has antioxidant and a potential high hydration being able to remove toxins and other impurities from the skin. It stimulates cell regeneration and have healing properties, which gives positive cosmetic effect on the tone and elasticity of the skin.

2. Essential oil verbenacea: anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant and Healing

Known as “whaling grass”, the verbenacea Cordia is a plant native to the coastal regions of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. It has been traditionally used by the fishing communities of Santa Catarina São Paulo in the treatment of wounds and other skin disorders.

The essential oil extracted from the leaves has been extensively studied in research centers in Brazil where its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and healing properties were confirmed, demonstrating the relevance of the traditional use of the plant as a powerful healing agent.

Among the various fatty acids found in the essential oil of verbenacea, there is a high concentration of gamma-linolenic acid (Omega-6) acid confirmed in studies in Brazil, showing the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity of the essential oil of this plant.

3. Oil Pequi: An important source of Omega-3-6-9 and Vitamin A that confer high antioxidant power and nourishing to the skin properties.

The Pequi is a fruit native to the Brazilian Cerrado being an important food for the traditional communities of these regions. A rich source of Vitamin A and fatty acids, oil Pequi offers high antioxidant power, especially against ultraviolet rays while helping to maintain the integrity of hydrolipidic mantle and skin hydration.

Pequi oil is an important source of palmitic and myristic, important for skin nutrition fatty acids, oleic, linoleic, linolenic, stearic.

4. Natural silicon, Tannins and Flavonoids from Horsetail Extract: Balance and Replacement Minerals.

The Horsetail Extract is an important source of natural silicon, saponins, flavonoids, carotenoids, minerals and amino acids. The fraction of silicon Horsetail extract is responsible for its stimulating action of promoting cell metabolism and regenerating effects Tonics dermis. The presence of flavonoids and tannins gives this extract its astringent and homeostatic property while providing antioxidant action. The Horsetail Extract remineralizes, tones and gives skin a smooth, well moisturized texture.

Aqua (Water), Allantoin, Argilla, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Candelilla / Jojoba / Rice Bran POLYGLYCERYL-3 Esters / Glyceryl Stearate / Cetearyl Alcohol / Sodium Stearoyl lactylate, Parfum (Fragrance), Ceteareth-20, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phospholipids, Polyglycceryl-10 Stearate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Shea Butter Oleyl Ester, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Propylene Glycol, verbenacea Extract, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, Sodium PCA, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate.

Directions for use: Apply to clean, dry skin in circular and upward movements. Neck, use upward strokes.Wait 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm or cold water in abundance.

Exfoliating Facial Mask:

The bioactive naturally act in our formulation:

 

1. Extract Açai (Euterpe oleracea): Flavonoids for antioxidant protection and minerals for re-mineralizing action

 

The Acai is a palm native Amazonian forest which produces very nutritious fruit of an intense purple color. Considered as a Superfruit, açaí pulp is internationally appreciated due to its high antioxidant action and its nutritional and energizing values.

 

On the international scene, the Acai became known in 2005, when its ORAC value (Oxygen Reactive Activity), ie, its ability to capture free radicals was tested and demonstrated a high antioxidant power. For the Amazonian communities, the acai berry has been an important source of nutrition.

 

Rich in bioactive compounds such as vitamins, flanonóides, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids and proteins Extract Açai offers several beneficial effects to the skin. He is re-mineralizing, emollient and softener. Its strong antioxidant activity protects the cells against oxidative damage, preventing premature aging of cells.

 

2. Croton resin lechleri: Skin Protection and Repair.

 

The resin of Croton lechleri ​​tree has been used by traditional communities in the Brazilian Amazon as an astringent, antibacterial and healing agent for the treatment of various disorders and skin disorders. The rich composition of proanthocyanidins, polyphenols and catechins from Croton lechleri ​​resin are responsible for their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and healing properties.

 

The extract of Croton Resin lechleri ​​has a mild exfoliating action, helping to adelgar the stratum corneum of the epidermis and stimulate epithelial regeneration. It helps to decrease the size of enlarged pores, standardizing the skin texture.

 

3. Buriti oil rich in Vitamin A and Fatty Acids Quality: antioxidant power and spare fatty acids for skin nutrition.

 

Buriti is a fruit of the Brazilian Cerrado and is an important part of the diet of traditional communities around this. Source of Vitamin A and polyphenols, the oil of this fruit has high antioxidant protection.

 

It is also an important source of fatty acids, which are essential for maintaining hydration and hydrolipidic mantle of the skin.

 

4. Vegetable Waxes: Rice, Jojoba and Candelilla: Cellular Regeneration and hydration.

 

The rice plant waxes, Candelilla Jojoba and have the ability to hold six times its weight in water. The entumecida skin becomes soft and moisturized and without excess oil. The presence of lactic acid, a major hydroxy acids found in “Natural Skin Protection Factor” improves the skin barrier function by stimulating the production of ceramides in the skin.

 

The combination of vegetable waxes Rice, Jojoba and Candelilla increment the moisturizing power of our formulation. These vegetable waxes have the ability to hold six times its weight in water being great allies against skin dryness.

 

5. Exfoliating Peel Powder Coconut: Rounded particles and that Provide Natural Light Physical exfoliation without damaging your skin or the Environment.

 

The particles used for voucher specimen in your shade “Exfoliating Facial Mask-” comes from coconut shell powder. Its rounded and soft shapes allow a smooth exfoliation that does not harm the skin or the environment.

 

Amber Powder, Cocos Nucifera Fruit Powder, Tocopherol, Croton lechleri ​​Resin Extract, Disodium EDTA, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Candelilla / Jojoba / Rice Bran Polyglycereyl-3 Esters / Glyceryl Stearate / Cetearyl Alcohol / Sodium Stearoyl lactylate, Parfum (Fragrance), Ceteareth -20, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phospholipids, POLYGLYCERYL-10 Stearate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Shea Butter Oleyl Ester, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Propylene Glycol, Mauritia flexuosa Fruit Oil, Glycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool.

Directions for use:

Apply on the skin, spreading gently ascendetes circular motions. Allow 10-15 minutes to greater penetration of the assets. Rinse thoroughly with cold water. Use 2 to 3 times a week to soften the skin and to remove impurities and dirt.

This is how the Exfoliating Facial Mask looks like. It is my absolute favorite from this brand! 

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Anonymous asked: Hi Ceci, I tend to have oily skin and especially my t zone (mosty like my forehead) and I tend to break out in like little whiteheads on my forehead. I don't know if it's from lack of exfoliation or what because I do it every 3 days. This never happens to me when the weather is warmer. Do you have any advice :(

It could be due to a variety of factors. Have u gotten a professional facial before? It’s good to go for seasonal cleaning!

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I am very excited to try out Reviva Labs Under-eye Dark Circle Serum and RevitalEyes Eyelid Serum!
I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately and my dark circles are killing me. I will be using the Dark Circle Serum first, and will probably use the eyelid serum later on, as I do not have droopy eyelids. My current concerns are dark circles.
Reviva Labs products are cruelty free, as they do not do animal testing! It is a small 40-year old company that provides high quality skincare products, especially skincare products for the delicate eye area. Their products are sold at many retailers such as Ulta and natural health markets like Whole Foods. The dark circle serum retails for $29USD, and the Eyelid Serum retails for $23USD.
Info on the Under-Eye Dark Circle Serum:

Under-Eye Dark Circle Serum
Hemoglobin leakage, newly discovered as a major cause of severe dark circles, is now treated with our breakthrough formula. Under-eye area can now look lighter, brighter and clearer.
Ingredients: 
Demineralized Spring Water, DMAE Bitartrate, Glycerin (Veg.), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Hydroxysuccinamide, Chrysin, Polysorbate-20, Mulberry Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Steareth-20, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Simethicone, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid.
Info on the Eyelid Serum:

RevitalEYES Eyelid Serum
An exceptional treatment for eyelids!Without proper treatment, eyelids and undereye areas are especially vulnerable to sagging and drooping.
Now RevivaLabs has created a concentrated serum specifically for the eyelid areas both upper eyelid (under brow), and lower eyelid (over eye).Non-oily, non irritating, it has the ideal texture for eyelid care the area often mistreated with creams. Eyelids can look smoother, firmer, brighter.
Ingredients: 
Deminalized spring water, Mulberry Extract, DMAE Bitartrate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-3, Lime Extract, Bitter Orange Extract, Hesperidin compound, extract complex (Hops, Rosemary, Horsetail, Pine and Lemon), Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin (veg.), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate,CitricAcid.

I am very excited to try out Reviva Labs Under-eye Dark Circle Serum and RevitalEyes Eyelid Serum!

I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately and my dark circles are killing me. I will be using the Dark Circle Serum first, and will probably use the eyelid serum later on, as I do not have droopy eyelids. My current concerns are dark circles.

Reviva Labs products are cruelty free, as they do not do animal testing! It is a small 40-year old company that provides high quality skincare products, especially skincare products for the delicate eye area. Their products are sold at many retailers such as Ulta and natural health markets like Whole Foods. The dark circle serum retails for $29USD, and the Eyelid Serum retails for $23USD.

Info on the Under-Eye Dark Circle Serum:

Under-Eye Dark Circle Serum

Hemoglobin leakage, newly discovered as a major cause of severe dark circles, is now treated with our breakthrough formula. Under-eye area can now look lighter, brighter and clearer.

Ingredients: 

Demineralized Spring Water, DMAE Bitartrate, Glycerin (Veg.), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Hydroxysuccinamide, Chrysin, Polysorbate-20, Mulberry Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Steareth-20, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Simethicone, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid.

Info on the Eyelid Serum:

RevitalEYES Eyelid Serum

An exceptional treatment for eyelids!
Without proper treatment, eyelids and undereye areas are especially vulnerable to sagging and drooping.

Now RevivaLabs has created a concentrated serum specifically for the eyelid areas both upper eyelid (under brow), and lower eyelid (over eye).
Non-oily, non irritating, it has the ideal texture for eyelid care the area often mistreated with creams. Eyelids can look smoother, firmer, brighter.

Ingredients: 

Deminalized spring water, Mulberry Extract, DMAE Bitartrate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-3, Lime Extract, Bitter Orange Extract, Hesperidin compound, extract complex (Hops, Rosemary, Horsetail, Pine and Lemon), Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin (veg.), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate,CitricAcid.

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TATCHA Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream and Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm

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TATCHA is a luxury skincare line influenced by the beauty secrets of geishas, and is made in Japan. You all must know that I love Japanese skincare products! I first learnt of Tatcha from reading other beauty blogs one night. TATCHA’s headquarters is based in San Francisco. Their products are available for purchase on their website and is also sold at Barneys New York stores. 

TATCHA products make great gifts, because each box is beautifully packaged, with a special note from the founder, background information of the company, and detailed usage instructions.

Recently, I received a package from TATCHA and was thrilled to try out two of their new products- Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream and Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm

To learn more about TATCHA, please read one of my older reviews here.

Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream

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After using this eye cream religiously day and night for two weeks, I felt that my under eye area was more supple. Because of water retention in my face during pregnancy, my eyes are puffy at times. While sampling this cream for two weeks, I did not experience puffy eyes even once.

Retail price: $135USD

Info on the eye cream from TATCHA’s website:

AGELESS Revitalizing Eye Cream

15ml / 0.5 fl. oz.

WHAT IT IS:
An intensive eye cream with deep anti-aging properties. Our Revitalizing Eye Cream nourishes and purifies skin, resulting in a decreased appearance of puffiness, dark circles and eye spots. 

WHY IT’S DIFFERENT:
The effective formula harnesses proven ingredients that work in harmony to promote microcirculation, preventing and reversing the signs of premature aging.

WHO IT’S FOR:
Ideal for all skin types.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Petrolatum, Propanediol, Xylitol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cyclopentasiloxane, Behenyl Alcohol, Silica, Microcrystalline Wax, Ceteth-20, Isostearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Fragrance (Natural), Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Alcohol, Iron Oxdies(CI 77491) Squalane(Olive Origin), Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Inositol (Rice Extract), Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Polysorbate 60, Aluminum Hydroxide, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Paeonia Albiflora Root (Peony) Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Leaf Extract, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-yuen Seed Extract, Phenoxyethanol.

FORMULATED WITHOUT:
Mineral Oil, Synthetic fragrances, Sulfate Detergents, Parabens, PEGs, PPGs, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates.

To use, gently smooth around eyes.

Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm

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The Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm is a luxurious lip treatment. There is just something very special about applying 24K Gold Leaf to my lips. I made sure to take a picture of this product prior to using it. With each usage, the gold leaf is crushed along with the balm.

My lips are baby soft after using this lip balm for two weeks. I apply a thick layer of this balm on my lips prior to bed, and I wake up with hydrated lips. This balm also leaves my lips with a touch of sparkle. My lips gets dry very easily, and this balm was the perfect treatment.

The first ingredient listed is Squalene from Olives, which is the perfect ingredient for keeping my lips hydrated.

Retail price: $36USD 

Info on this lip balm from TATCHA’s website:

GOLD Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm

8g / 0.28 oz.

WHAT IT IS:
This intensely hydrating lip balm absorbs quickly and smoothly, leaving lips soft and touchable. The 24-karat gold leaf crushes upon application.

WHY IT’S DIFFERENT:
Hand-laid 24-karat gold leaf adds a touch of sensual shimmer. 

WHO IT’S FOR:
Ideal for all skin types.

Ingredients:

Squalane (Olive Origin), Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Dextrin Palmitate, Fragrance (Natural), Dextrin Palmitate/Ethylhexanoate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaisostearate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Water, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (Licorice Extract), Oryzanol (Rice Bran Oil Extract), Hydrogenated Lecithin (Soy Origin), Inositol (Rice Extract), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Alcohol, Glycerin, Algae Extract, Gold.

FORMULATED WITHOUT:
Mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, parabens, PEGs, PPGs, DEA, TEA, urea or phthalates.

Scoop a small amount of the lip balm, tearing part of the gold leaf. Gently dab onto lips, allowing the gold to crush and create a subtle gleam.

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The Japanese Konjac Sponge

The Japanese Konjac Sponge is a 100% natural and biodegradable cleansing sponge for the face and body. It is so gentle that you can even use it on babies. The Konjac sponge has a soft texture, and I love using it when I am not using my Clarisonic. It pairs perfectly with a foaming facial cleanser for a rich lather. Konjac is naturally rich in vitamins and minerals, and is the perfect accessory for both facial and body cleansing. 

Honestly, I think the Konjac Puff is a more ecofriendly and cheaper alternative to the Clarisonic!

Using a konjac sponge will help mildly exfoliate skin, gently remove blackheads plus dirt and oil. It also helps to hydrate skin, while maintaining skin’s natural pH level.

I’ve had the honor to try out several Konjac Sponges from The Japanese Konjac Sponge, a company based in San Mateo, California. Shipping is free within the US. I tried the Green Tea Konjac Puff, Bamboo Charcoal Puff, Citrus Fruit Puff, and Cherry Blossom Sponge.

My favorite is the Green Tea Konjac Puff! I will post pictures of the other products, and then demonstrate how I used my Green Tea Konjac Puff.

Bamboo Charcoal Puff- Perfect for removing blackheads and excess oil

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Citrus Fruit Puff- Perfect for dry skin

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White Konjac Puff - Gentle enough to use on babies

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Cherry Blossom Konjac Sponge Perfect for smoothing and whitening skin

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And now on to my favorite.. the Green Tea Puff!

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1. For the first usage, soak in warm water for 15 minutes to soften the sponge.

2. Apply your favorite foaming cleanser to the sponge. I am using Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam.

3. Work up a nice lather and cleanse your face.

Update: I’ve been trying out the various Konjac sponges for the past few days. I find my skin to be softer and more radiant. My BB cream absorbs easier on my skin. Will try using Konjac sponges on my body!

And now on to a Giveaway! 

Enter to win one of these 3 wonderful Konjac puffs! image

You can enter starting from now until 11:59PM Pacific Time on Friday, January 24, 2014. Giveaway is open to residents of the United States only.

To enter:

1. Like this post.

2. Reblog this post. 

3. Follow my blog! :)

4. Send me an email with your name, Tumblr User ID to asianskincareobsession (at) gmail (dot) com.

The 3 winners will be contacted by email on January 25, 2014.

Good luck! 

Update: Thank you to all of those who participated in this giveaway! congrats to the three winners, Jenny C., Mabel X., and Jon L.!

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Growing my Missing Eye Lashes with SmartFX SmartLash Eyelash Enhancer

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Since the beginning of my pregnancy, I’ve been losing my eyelashes! I lost a big chunk of my bottom eyelashes, which never grew back! 

I’ve been using SmartLash for the past week, twice daily. It is still too early to tell any definite results. My bottom lashes did not grow any new lashes. However, I noticed that my top lashes seems a bit longer than usual.

I will wait a few more weeks to see the full results. I’ve used Jan Marini eyelash serum in the past for my then over-waxed eyebrows, and it worked like magic.

I purchased my SmartLash at a discount for $29.99 USD from Dermstore. Dermstore will have such promos at times, but the usual price for this lash serum is $125USD. Honestly, I don’t think I would purchase any lash serums at that price! 

Info from Dermstore:

SmartLash Eyelash Enhancer (0.16oz.)

What it is:
A lash enhancement formula for a longer, fuller looking lash line.

What it’s used for:
This non-irritating lash enhancement gem completely transforms the appearance of your lashes. If you desire a lash line that looks thick, long and full, SmartLash is the formula for you. The prostaglandin-free blend frees you from the harsh side effects of other lash enhancement products. Results may be seen in as little as seven days! Also beneficial for brow enhancement.

In clinical studies, participants experienced:

  • 100% saw an increase in the appearance of eyelash length, fullness and thickness after 30 days.
  • 100% indicated a superior performance of this product when compared to previously used eyelash enhancement products.
  • 100% said they feel like they need less mascara.
  • 100% would recommend SMARTLASH to a friend.

*Results based on a 60-day independent clinical study with product application twice a day. 

Ingredients:

Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Pterocarpus Marsupium Bark Extract, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, Apigenin, Glutamic Acid, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Octapeptide-2, Panthenol, Mannitol, Biotin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Oleanolic Acid, Disodium Succinate, Sodium Oleate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cellulose Gum, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlor Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA.


Directions:

Shake before use. Apply twice a day (morning and evening) to the eyelid skin at the base of the lashes (do not apply directly to the lashes). Can be applied to the eyelid skin at the base or both the upper and lower lashes and must be allowed to dry fully before application of eyeliner or mascara. One tube of SmartLash will last approximately 30 days with twice-daily use.

 

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APIVITA Express Beauty Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Mask with Grape

After falling in love with APIVITA’s Royal Jelly Mask, I decided to pick this up from Sephora. This mask is similar to the Royal Jelly version, and comes in convenient and sanitary packets. 

A bonus of this product is that it is made of 99% natural ingredients! Since I am pregnant, I feel safe using this product. 

I love to slather this on right after the shower and leave it on for ten minutes while I carefully blowdry my hair. This mask doesn’t dry up into a paste, so it is very easy to remove with warm water. 

I love how these masks come in packets, which makes it convenient to bring for travel. I even bring one with me if I go to the sauna, and apply it there. 

My skin is always hydrated and my pores are minimized after using this mask. Great product! Comes in a box of 12 packets for $30USD from Sephora.

From APIVITA’s website:

99% natural ingredients
  • Grape and the combination of A and E vitamins help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines while offer skin unique softness and revitalization
  • Olive and sunflower natural plant oils have moisturizing properties and enhance skin’s elasticity and firmness

Exclusive innovation: APIVITA replaces water in the express beauty line with green tea infusion to enhance the antioxidant action.

Excludes synthetic ingredients that may pose harmful effects to your health and the environment.
Free of: Parabens, Silicones and Propylene Glycol.

Apply an even, rich layer on a cleansed face avoiding the eye area. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes and thoroughly rinse off with water.

Use 1-2 times weekly or as often as needed.

For external use only.

Express Beauty Anti-wrinkle and Firming Mask has a rich formula and contains 99% natural ingredients

WITHWITHOUTGrapeParabensVitamins A & ESiliconesOlive oilPropylene glycolSunflower oil Natural lipoaminoacid Q10 enzyme Patchouli essential oil Green tea* infusion instead of water 

*certified organic cultivations

Aqua**, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil*, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Panthenol, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf*, Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Aqua, Mannitol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Cellulose, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Tocopherol, Phospholipids, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Retinyl Palmitate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Ubiquinone, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol, Parfum, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492

gross weight (g)=108

** Camelia Sinensis* Leaf Aqueous Infusion = Green tea water

* Certified organic cultivation

(Source: apivita.com)

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I purchased this toner not long ago, and mainly use it to wipe away my stubborn mascara after cleansing. I pour a generous amount onto a soft cotton pad, and then gently dab and wipe away my panda eyes.

I use waterproof Japanese branded fiber mascaras, and some are very hard to remove even after double cleansing.

This toner from Lancôme is extremely gentle on my skin, and is especially perfect for the skin around my eye area. It is also hydrating and hydrates my skin well. The consistency of this toner is thick, and is perfect for those with dry skin.

This toner contains honey and cottonseed extract for ultimate hydration. The price of this toner is only $25USD, and is a much lower price than my regular Shiseido softeners and SK-II facial essence.

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I have reviewed My Beauty Diary masks in the past. I purchased these two boxes of My Beauty Diary masks to use while I am blow drying my hair. 

I love the price of this mask. Of course the product does not compare to SK-II or Shiseido sheet masks. Overall, it is a great product for a quick pick-me-up.

I love how the serum from this brand of mask is not sticky at all, so when I am blow drying my hair, I do not have to worry about my hair sticking to the mask. 

Love! Also, the Bulgarian white rose mask smells heavenly, while the ginseng mask does not have a heavy annoying ginseng smell.

I have reviewed My Beauty Diary masks in the past. I purchased these two boxes of My Beauty Diary masks to use while I am blow drying my hair.

I love the price of this mask. Of course the product does not compare to SK-II or Shiseido sheet masks. Overall, it is a great product for a quick pick-me-up.

I love how the serum from this brand of mask is not sticky at all, so when I am blow drying my hair, I do not have to worry about my hair sticking to the mask.

Love! Also, the Bulgarian white rose mask smells heavenly, while the ginseng mask does not have a heavy annoying ginseng smell.

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