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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Q&A: Skincare/Makeup Basics - Where to Start? (Part 3)

Assalamualaikum and hello my beautiful people!

Well, I know I promised this series to be once in 2 weeks but like I said in my previous posts, I wasn't that inspirational. LOL.

This week we're gonna talk about moisturizers and sunblocks/sunscreens. Yes only those 2 items. LOL. It's not gonna be a long one... So yeah.

Asik letak gambar mat saleh je letak gambar sendiri pulak

First of all. Must put disclaimer. I copy pasted from the Part 1.
(Please read Part 1 & Part 2 first if you haven't!)

So for your information, I have oily combination skin. Oily in the T-zone, dry around my mouth/jaw area. I used to stick to products for oily skin but now campoq-campoq je. I think I also have acne-prone skin, kalau salah makan ke salah pakai product ke mesti breakout and mesti dapat cystic acne, the most annoying acne. Dalam bahasa Melayu, jerawat batu. Annoying kan? Dah la besar pastu takde mata nak picit macam mana. LOL.

Disclaimer: Whatever products that I recommend to you, that does not mean the product is suitable for your skin. You have to really use them for more than 10 days and if after 2 weeks you still get breakouts, it could mean you are allergic to one of the ingredients or your skin just do not want to cooperate with the skincare. I suggest you guys to go to any skin clinic or beauty salon just to see what your skin analysis. I honestly think going there helps a lot because you can't really self-diagnose stuff right? Haha.


So my must-haves are cleanser, scrub (chemical/physical), moisturizer, sunblock, night cream/serum. Now we talk talk about moisturizers and sunblocks. Both can be one item or can be two separate items. I'm not saying both of these are the same thing but well okay let me story story down below okay?

What Are Moisturizers?

Interestingly, standard textbooks of dermatology devote very little space or discussion to this subject, and no standard definition exists yet dermatologists use and recommend moisturizers many times daily. They are bland oleaginous substances that are applied to the skin by rubbing. They are used to replace natural skin oils, to cover tiny fissures in the skin, and to provide a soothing protective film. They may, thus, slow evaporation of the skin’s moisture, thereby maintaining hydration, and improving the appearance and tactile properties of dry and aging skin.

Moisturizers are widely used in various dermatologic and cosmetic skin therapies. Different classes of moisturizers are based on their mechanism of action, including occlusives, humectants, emollients and protein rejuvenators. Commercially available moisturizers often utilize components of each of these classes to provide their beneficial effect. Dry skin (xerosis) is the major indication of use. Others include atopic dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis, ichthyosis, and dermatoheliosis. Although generally efficacious, moisturizers can cause a number of unwanted side effects, including occlusive folliculitis, irritation, allergic contact dermatitis and contact urticaria.

(Source: Skin Therapy Letter)

So basically moisturizers are for your skin, like all over. Girl, the largest human organ is the skin so you need to moisturize, top to toe. Does not matter if you have normal skin or oily skin. You still need to moisturize!

Before I started using moisturizers, I was like, ohhh I have oily skin I don't need moisturizers. Clearly I was soooo damn wrong. There was so many people (way before I went to see Dr Riza) telling me that my skin produce excess oil because it thinks it has not enough moisture.

Why should you moisturize your face? What if you already blessed with normal plumped skin? Even if you were blessed with beautiful skin, you should never skip moisturizing them! If you're always out of the house, it's like compulsory for you to use moisturizer/sunblock. Your skin will be exposed to lots of stuff outside so you would need a good skin barrier that can help prevent weird stuff stuck on your face and whatnot. You know what I mean right? LOL

Some people claimed they have sensitive skin which brings back to what I have mentioned in my previous part 1 & 2. You should consult with a dermatologist before starting using any skincare. Yes, can be pricey but prevention is better than cure. Would you rather spend on skincare or spend lots of money and time to repair your skin after using cheap dodgy products? You don't actually need to go to dermatologist but just go to beauty salons that has the skin analysis machine stuff. Of course I would recommend Ariana Ming Beauty but I know not everyone is staying near KL. I'm sure there are any other beauty salons that has the machine. You just have to look for it or maybe just ask around.

There are 2 types of moisturizers, humectants and emollients. Well, let me copy paste some stuff here because I'm just bad at explaining stuff.

Emollients are used to soften and smooth the scales of the skin, which help reduce rough, flaky skin.  They are also occlusive agents: substances that provide a layer of protection that helps prevent moisture (water) loss from the skin.

A few places where emollients can be found are in silicone (dimethicone, cyclomethicone), vegetable oils (grape seed, sesame seed, jojoba, etc.), butters (cocoa butter, shea butter), alcohols (stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol), and petrolatum derivatives (petroleum jelly, mineral oil).

A humectant is a substance that actually bonds with water molecules to increase the water content in the skin itself. Glycerin is one of the more typical and effective water binding agents.  Other humectants include sugars (glucose, fructose, sucrose, honey), proteins, amino acids, elastin, and collagen. Humectants typically draw water to the skin from two different places; they can draw water from a humid environment, and they enhance water absorption from the outer layer of skin.

Many humectant’s also have emollient properties, while not all emollients are humectants.
The best moisturizers have a combination of emollients and humectants.

(Source: Dermcast TV - Understanding The Difference Between an Emollient Moisturizer and a Humectant)

I can say the Olay Regenerist Revitalizing Night Cream is an emollient moisturizer because it is a silicone-based moisturizer which reacts badly on my skin and it's not super moisturizing but it felt good on the skin tho.

Every different skintypes need different kinds of moisturizing agents. Again, not a fricking beautician. I know what's best for my skin, but not for other skin types. This is why you need to consult with dermatologist. They would help you from A to Z on what's good for your skin and whatnot.

Mostly for every day, I use gel-based cream just to make the oils calm the f down a bit because if I use any cream-based product, all hell breaks loose. I used The Body Shop Green Tea Clearing Lotion, that is my favourite day moisturizer. It's not too oily, it's just the perfect moisturizer for my skin type at least. Since I have drier chin area, I always use a creamier moisturizer on that area. I also like using The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream, it does mattify your skin through out the day. But my latest fave day moisturizer is the Paula's Choice Resist Super Light Wrinkle Defense SPF30. As I have mentioned in the PC's review, I read somewhere I cannot remember for the life of me from which article but it said that find an *SPF with moisturizing agent, not a moisturizer with SPF because most moisturizers with sunblock has quite low SPF so you might need to reapply so many times if you're out and about. But then who the f has the time to reapply stuff on their faces kan? Hahaha so yeah. That is why you need sunblock with moisturizing stuff okay???

*SPF = Sun Protection Factor

I have posted lots of reviews on moisturizers that I have tried and you guys can check em out here.

I personally hate using sunblocks on my face because it is just super freaking oily and sticky blerghhhh hate it. But the Paula's Choice one is really good and it is great under makeup, IF, IF you use a great primer. I have been using the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (Original) and these two together are just super fricking awesome?!?!?! Oooo lord I need to purchase the full size!

I wouldn't want to recommend products for different skintypes but as far as I know all kinds of humectants are good for all skintypes. Glycerin, lactic acid, hyaluronic acid and so much more. My personal favourite in moisturizers would be hyaluronic acid and glycerin. They are quite moisturizing so they can be a bit too oily for daytime but for when I'm at home it's the perfect moisturizer. If I use what I normally use, my skin will get drier in the chin area so I tend to moisturize heavier on that region. I use the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Light Hydrating Cream and it kept my face moisturized through out the day. It has like a gel consistency so you won't feel it on the skin.

To be honest, I have never tried any "hypo-allergenic" moisturizers so I can't really give any opinions on that but I think most people know that hypo-allergenic means shit. Sooo... Yeah.

Oh before I end this post, just watch out with any comedogenic ingredients. Here's the list that I found on the Internet. Okay, comedogenics are ingredients that can clog your pores. Yea of course you can still use them but you need to cleanse your face thoroughly. For acne prone skintypes, I suggest you stay away from high comedogenic ingredients because obviously it can cause breakouts and whatnot. I do not have acne prone skin, my skin just reacted to some weird ingredients. That's all. But like I said, if you wanna know more, please refer to a dermatologist okay?

Wow, yeah this is a shorter version. But I hope I cover all of them. LOL.

So yeah. Please do share what are your favourite/holy grail sunblock and moisturizer! I would really love to try em out!

I hope you guys find this helpful in any way.

Thank you for reading.

Stay gorgeous. <3


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  1. Weeeee nak sgt beli from paulas choice T-T but nanti nanti jelah hihihi thank u again kak pah :p <3333

    1. hehe camew2... tp tula nk beli kena konfiden la... dah la mahal... hahaha kalau x jadi nnt menangis