What I’ve Learned About Skin Care… SO FAR!

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My woman senses are tingling with excitement as I type this entry. I’ve been itching to share some skin care bits and pieces I’ve picked up ever since I’ve cooled things off with my boyfriend a.k.a makeup and decided to focus on myself, a.k.a my skin. What hindered me from writing up a storm and barraging you with my recent skincare acquisitions, is that I’ve realized skin care is much more of a challenge to write about. I just can’t describe, swatch and show you a FOTD with them skincare products unlike with lipsticks, blushes and the like.

Some things I’ve learned:
1. The fact that skin care is a science makes it more intriguing, albeit technical. I realized that the chemistry junkie in me materializes when it comes to purchasing skin care. I enjoy reading ingredients in different skin care products that you my husband sometimes just leaves me out there in the beauty section and come back to find me still perusing through ingredient list upon ingredient list.

2. There are already proven ingredients that cater to each skin concern (lightening, anti-aging, etc.). They key is finding a product that formulates it in the right amount/percentage that makes those key ingredients effective.

3. Organic or all-natural does not mean non-irritating. However, presence of irritants do not mean that the product is already to be dismissed. The key is knowing which irritant your skin can not tolerate and avoiding it as much as possible. Some known natural irritants: limonene (citrus extracts), lavender, tea tree oil, nut oils (peanut, etc.), menthol, chamomile.

4. Luxury skin care is not superior to drugstore skin care products. Some luxury skincare products use innovative ingredients that are so innovative they’re not proven to be effective yet. And according to a book I’ve read (The Skin Regime), they’re specifically formulated to cater to a mass of people that the percentage of ingredients are at minimum so as not to be accountable for sensitivity complaints.

5. In connection to number 4 — Most of the time, for a product to take effect, the skin needs to adjust to certain ingredients it comes in contact with which means redness, purging and other issues flare up. Others take this stage as a negative sign and deem the product ineffective or something their skin is allergic to. The key is knowing when you’re already breaking out or when you’re just purging from a certain product and the steps to take in both situations.

So what does this all mean?
My skin care posts may sometimes be a bit technical because I’ll elaborate on ingredients. However, even if ingredients are at optimum levels, their efficacy still need to be visibly seen. I mean, you can look good in your resume with all your achievements and straight As but you still need to be evaluated on your actual job performance right?

I’ll try to keep everything as concise and understandable because I’m NO chemistry major nor a doctor/dermatologist to actually be able to expound on matters. And remember, we all have different skin types so what may work for me may not work on you and vice-versa.

What skin care problems / misconceptions do you want to share with me?
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  1. May 5, 2013 / 7:22 am

    Amen to this. Esp 2, 3, and 4. When it comes to skin care. I choose those that have actives that consistently work for me and have been tested to work time and time again.

    My skin care routine always include stuff with: retinol/ tretinoin, salicylic acid, niacinamide, and sunscreen ingredients.

    • May 7, 2013 / 8:10 am

      YES to those ingredients! Add glycolic acid to that! 🙂

  2. May 5, 2013 / 8:51 am

    great post, i am not that into skincare even though i should be :S xxxxx

    • May 7, 2013 / 8:10 am

      Prevention is better than cure – especially when that first sunspot or wrinkle shows!

  3. May 5, 2013 / 10:29 am

    I’d like to ask something related to the 5. point: Rash is always a bad sign, right? If you get rash from using a product for couple of weeks and it just stays there, that doesn’t mean that your skin is trying to adjust or does it? :s

    I seem to have really sensitive skin and usually it reacts with a rash to new products. Especially when we’re talking about skincare products. So far in my life, I’ve only been able to use Clinique and Vichy without any problems :/ It’s annoying when someone gives you really expensive luxury products as a gift -> I try them -> get rash -> basically throw them away :c
    So I just want to verify if rash is always a bad sign?

    • May 7, 2013 / 9:04 am

      I would say, consult a dermatologist if the rash persists more than 3 days. To be honest, if I broke out with a rash (particularly itchy and plenty), I would stop using immediately.

      Purging usually happens when you use exfoliants or any products that slough off layers of skin making the unclogged pores from deep within surface. This could mean your skin will be more oily, tiny bumps may form, pimples, acne and redness galore. it can last for a few days to a month, with three months as maximum. If it persists more than 3 months, you’re probably already breaking out/allergic/etc. That’s a long time, I know. But for rashes, I would stop immediately. Maybe you’re allergic to some ingredients, which I suggest you need to find out. So you can avoid those products containing your allergen 🙂

    • May 7, 2013 / 9:05 am

      Thanks Milky. Checking your site out now 🙂

  4. May 5, 2013 / 5:54 pm

    Real informative post! I’ve learnt from my mum that the best skincare is actually drinking lots of water and avoiding the sun! :))

    • May 7, 2013 / 9:06 am

      Avoiding the sun is NUMBER 1! And yes, plenty of H20!

    • May 7, 2013 / 9:08 am

      It’s pretty easy to learn about the ingredients. Will save you time and money on products that promise a lot yet you’ll see upon the ingredients list pa lang, don’t contain effective substances at all 🙂

  5. May 6, 2013 / 5:01 am

    Youre so lucky you know and understand these stuff. I do not usually focus on the ingredients when i buy a certain product. Lol. Always an informative entry, Shari!

    • May 7, 2013 / 9:09 am

      I usually don’t too! But it’ll save us time, money and our skin from breaking out if we have a general knowledge of what ingredients skin care products we buy contain 🙂 Thanks Ish!

  6. May 6, 2013 / 12:36 pm

    You have a very practical approach to looking at skincare and I agree with you on all your points! I think one misconception that is very prevalent is that luxury products are always more superior, e.g. La Mer. I tried it and I was sadly underwhelmed. I think if it were priced lower, like below $100, it would be justified to spend on it, but $300 is just too much for what it is. I mean, it has mineral oil in it….yuck 🙁

    • May 7, 2013 / 9:12 am

      La Mer is one example of a very hyped product that contains simple ingredients that have been proven to be effective so yes, it works (as a moisturizer!) but not so much as it is marketed out to be (A MIRACLE BROTH!). There are def. other moisturizers that work as effective as La Mer, without the $300 price tag!
      Thanks Yu Ming!

  7. May 6, 2013 / 1:04 pm

    i definitely agree with number 4… My mom insists that the more expensive the product, the better. My skin survived on just beauty soap for a nuimber of years and I’m panning to continue

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    • May 7, 2013 / 9:16 am

      True! For luxury products, we pay more for advertising and brand name 🙂

  8. May 6, 2013 / 3:01 pm

    I totally agree on the number 3! people kept saying that organic and natural is good and this but weird thing is my skin got irritated whenever I tried those so-called “organic” stuff! I guess my skin loved chemicals rather than those natural ingredients! lolz =)

    • May 7, 2013 / 9:18 am

      Chemicals are not at all bad! It’s their concentration and what you use in conjunction with it that makes them react badly in our skin (or our allergic reaction to them). Organic is not at all bad either, but sometimes we’re more sensitive to essential oils and natural ingredients. It’s a matter of knowing your skin and what it loves!

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  10. May 8, 2013 / 8:55 am

    Great insights. I guess what I have learned about skin care, is that it’s not just about what you put on your skin on the outside. It’s also what you take in through food and supplements.

  11. May 8, 2013 / 9:19 pm

    Hello, I appreciate your blog. I’m an skin care expert and providing skin care solution. I’d like to add a little bit. You should protect yourself from the sun. One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer. You can use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. When you’re outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring. thanks all 🙂

  12. May 10, 2013 / 2:00 pm

    i do believe that we have the same, oily to combination skin type, especially around our T-Zone. It is interesting for people to think that avoiding creams can help solve oily skin. But its wrong. and if you have natural beauty then you will look beautiful in sober clothing.


  13. May 18, 2013 / 3:30 pm

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