July 17, 2017

KIEHL'S Ultra Facial Cleanser

A mild facial cleanser formulated for all skin types. Thoroughly cleanses skin without over-drying or stripping skin of its natural oils. Dissolves excess oil, dirt, and debris

PH-balanced to maintain skin’s natural balance

Just a little key ingredient knowledge

Apricot Kernel Oil is extracted from apricot kernels and has a very high Vitamin E content. It is found to be highly compatible with the skin. Apricot Kernel Oil moisturizes and softens skin while helping retain clarity and suppleness.

Avocado Oil, derived from the fruit of a tropical American tree, is a rich, fatty-acid emollient. Avocado Oil is known to be the most moisturizing of any fruit oil. It is also a natural source of Amino Acid proteins, Vitamins A, D, E, and potassium. Helps to restore the natural moisture of the skin.

Squalane, a signature Kiehl’s ingredient, Squalane is a botanical lipid that is similar in molecular structure to natural skin lipids. It has an exceptional affinity to skin, and because it’s easily absorbed, Squalane helps restore skin’s natural moisture balance to keep it extra soft and supple.

Kiehl's are usually generous with their deluxe samples. Every time I place my order, I end up getting a tube of this Ultra Facial Cleanser. These make such great travel buddies for me. Even though it is a non exciting, humble cleanser, I thought it should be mentioned and reviewed.

Color: Clear

Texture and Consistency: Soft, silky, non sticky lotion like consistency

Scent: Nothing specific 

Application: I use dime size product and apply it by gently massaging into damp face in circular motions using clean fingertips. It forms a good foamy lather. Then I rinse it thoroughly with water.

Feel and Effect on the skin: I use it as a second cleanse, to get rid of all the oils and residues left from my makeup removing products.  Even though, the company claims that it removes makeup, it did not perform well for me in that department. Honestly, the layers of budge proof makeup we use, I doubt any basic face wash would be able to get rid of it. It cleans my face, without leaving it super dry or stretchy. I use a moisturizer later. 

Packaging: Soft squeeze tube with a flip top cap. Mine are deluxe sample tubes, so that have no flip top cap.

Verdict: This is such a gentle cleanser! It is very affordable and would work well if you have sensitive skin or skin that is going through repair of any kind. It reminds me of Cetaphil gentle cleanser, Fresh Soy Cleanser (sans fragrance), Philosophy Purity made simple. If you are looking for something that would get rid of heavy, waterproof  makeup, this won't work. It didn't for me. As an everyday, daily cleanser this is awesome!

Few other cleanser that I have used and liked

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July 6, 2017

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Dermalogica Microfoliant is a unique, rice-based enzyme powder that activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes to smooth the skin and accelerate cell renewal. Their unique Skin Brightening Complex of Bearberry, Aspergillus, Grapefruit and Licorice helps to balance uneven skin pigmentation. Active agents derived from Rice Bran and Rice Extract help to regulate melanin production while micro-exfoliating dead cells. A super-soothing blend of Green Tea, Ginkgo and Colloidal Oatmeal calms inflammation, leaving the skin extraordinarily clear and refreshed.

Color, Texture and Consistency: 
It is a white powder, not finely milled, medium grainy but not very gritty in texture. Just like wheat flour. There are no beads, no granules.

Scent: It has a mild scent, not perfume but earthy, natural scent, nothing that would cause trouble to a sensitive nose.

Application, Feel and Effect on skin:
Less than 1/2 a teaspoon is all I need to clean my entire face. It turns into delicate, creamy foam when comes in contact with water. It is very gentle and not abrasive like the traditional exfoliators (Laura Mercier Skin Face Polish is my favorite) and can be used daily, hence the name I guess.
Cleans effectively and makes the skin super soft, radiant and silky smooth. It did not sting nor did it leave my face crazy dry, red, raw or itchy.

Packaging: I have in travel size and it comes in a plastic bottle, that has a dispenser. I wish the dispenser had a cover or something to prevent water from accidentally entering the bottle and making it a clumpy mess. Reminds me of those spice bottles.

Verdict: These kind of rice based enzyme cleansers are very good, because they are multi tasking. They cleanse, exfoliate and helps in clearing out the clogged pores. Very gentle and easy to use, the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant contains some impressive ingredients. The product would work great for oily and combination skin, because of its ability to absorb the oil. I have dry skin and for me moisturizing becomes mandatory after using this product. I have used similar products in the past and of all the ones that I have used, I find this one the best. Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder 
(review) comes close second.

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July 3, 2017

CLINIQUE Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

A creamy, oil-free facial mask that helps skin drink deep overnight for a soft, dewy glow by morning. This rich cream is recommended for all skin types, it soothes and nourishes to help skin stay hydrated all night.

Color: Pale Salmon Pink

Texture and Consistency: Thick, not too dense, non-sticky creamy and light weight

Scent: None

Application: I apply it at night on clean, toned face. I use Pixi Glow Tonic as my toner. This is a pretty moisturizing mask all by itself, so I don't use it on top of any other night cream. I do apply serum occasionally. Just a little more than dime size is enough to cover the whole face with a thin layer of the mask, but I use a little extra and smooth it out using my fingers.

Feel and Effect on the skin: Most of the mask is absorbed by the skin, though little bit of it just sits on top. I use it in liberal amount to begin with, so the extra stays on top of the skin. It stays tacky for first few minutes, then later settles, but never dries. The mask is not uncomfortable. It moisturizes well leaving behind super soft, smooth, supple and plump skin. It helped me get rid of dry areas and patches that I usually get in winters. There is no stretchy skin the next morning. It does not leaves behind any greasy residue.

Packaging: It comes in a soft squeeze tube, with a screw top cap.

Verdict: I love this overnight mask. It is basically a heavy duty, light weight moisturizer. I remember having high hopes from the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst relief, but was left underwhelmed. This did not clog my pores nor broke me out. It moisturizes, hydrates and plumps the skin. If you are someone with dry and super dry skin, this would work for you. This totally got rid of my dry patches on the face. If you have oily or combination skin, this can be used sparingly, just like hydrating cream. I love using it on long flights, where the air inside gets dry and ruins the skin. This helps prevent that by providing the skin with extra boost of moisture.

Few other Overnight masks that I have used

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