How to Protect Your Sensitive Skin

Most of the time, the appearance of my skin worsens due to my surroundings. Especially since I live near a construction site, the dust pollutes the air and inevitably worsens the condition of my skin- pimples and whiteheads oh god…
Usually, our skin gets affected by the environment around us since it is in direct contact with air/pollutants. And not surprisingly, a new range of skincare has been on the rise aimed to protect our skin against pollutants.

So what exactly are we protecting our skin against?

Pollutants such as the sun, dust, haze and smoke which causes the outer layer of the skin (lipids) to be damaged, bringing about issues such as irritation! This is especially so for people who suffer from sensitive skin! A quick easy method to combat this would be applying sunblock! However, the bigger issue at hand is to deal with dehydrated skin due to a damaged moisture barrier.

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Starting with a good range of skincare is obviously the best solution, I mean DUH? I tend to focus on dermatologically tested products such as Physiogel Daily Defence Facial Care range. Physiogel moisturising creams and lotions contain an advanced formulation called Physiogel BioMimic Technology, which contains lipids similar to those found naturally in skin. The ingredients in Physiogel BioMimic Technology mimic the skin’s natural structure to repair the moisture barrier, restoring the hydration your skin needs to stay strong and visibly healthy. YASSSSSSS

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Starting with a good cleanser should be your utmost priority, since you want to cleanse all that dirt off your face and yet u want to keep all your natural oils on?! Tough life of a skincare product. This cleanser works perfectly for those suffering from sensitive skin, or users who just don’t like the “dry” feeling after washing your face. Personally for me, the product reminds me of those milk/gel cleansers on the market which are delicate on the skin. The great thing about DD Facial Cleanser is that it’s rinse free, all you have to do is massage face and wipe off with cotton pad.

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Daily Defence is a facial moisturizer range made specially for people with sensitive skin, to protect them from environmental triggers (Eg. Sun, Pollution, Dust, Haze, Smoke) which may trigger their sensitivity – great for us chicks living in the city especially with the haze and all! The range includes:

  1. Gentle Facial Cleanser
  2.  Day Cream Light
  3.  Day Cream Rich (heavier texture than Day Cream Light)
  4.  Replenishing Night Cream

Daily Defence range contains Triple Action Formula:

  1.  SPF 15 UVA/UVB Protection
  2.  Advanced Physiogel BioMimic Technology
  3.  Antioxidant complex (which is awesome since they neutralize free radicals– causes aging- and prevent them from damaging skin)

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After 2 weeks of using the product, my skin appears less dull where it has more of that ideal youthful vibrancy that everyone wants to achieve. Besides that, my skin is less oily due to new range of moisturizers. Overall, I am pleased to say that the Physiogel Daily Defence facial care range is great for women of all ages

You guys can get some free samples here

For more information on the products, click here.

 

Origins #quaterlifecrisis

I’ve always been a big fan of Origins who specializes in producing skin care that is certified organic and free of chemicals, which is great for every skin type especially if you have sensitive skin!

So, let me introduce to you the two products that they have gifted me:
1. Rose Clay Mask
2. Renewal Serum with Willowherb
from the Origins Original Skin line!

School has been pretty stressful lately with test after test and the countdown to As, resulting in my skin not being so great… the usual problems such as dullness, break outs and roughness, like where you get those irritating bumps on your skin? I’m sure you guys can relate!

Now that I’m done with the usual A level rant, I really want to share with you how the products have helped with my skin tremendously! After one application of the mask, I really noticed that my skin has become more translucent and brighter.

Here is a before pic:
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And next, me using the product! The texture of the mask is rough to touch as it has small beads to help exfoliate the skin as you wash it off. The smell is pleasant, very aromatic and it reminds me of an English garden (not that I’ve been to one, it is just how I would imagine it to be).

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A selfie with the product of course, as all narcissistic girls do ☺

I edited it on the Origins #QuarterLifeCrisis app, available on both Android and iOS! Use these links to download it.

Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.origins.quarterlifecrisis&hl=en
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quarterlifecrisis-by-origins/id960385003?mt=8

I left the mask on for 10min as per the instructions, but you can leave on till it dries as I usually do for other products. One thing I noticed is that the mask washes off very easily, no need for scrubbing unlike other masks yay!! After the mask, I applied the serum for immediate hydration. Most tend to leave out this step, which leaves the skin very dry.
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The serum is very light and absorbs easily into the skin, great for everyday use! It smells a bit citrusy which is nice. If you want to have and maintain healthy, glowing skin it’s not enough to only use a moisturizer because it just doesn’t have the ingredients inside to tackle your skin problems, unlike a serum! Serums come in a variety of formulas, packed with the ingredients needed to tackle specific skin problems. They are also more easily absorbed into your skin than moisturizer. You shouldn’t miss this step in your skin care routine!

The best part about this serum is that it tackles all five of the common annoying skin problems in your twenties! Sometimes we get so busy and stressed and don’t have time to take proper care of ourselves or get enough sleep and it shows in our skin. It becomes so dull and you end up looking so tired…. But the Origins serum contains Persian Silk Tree that helps skin rebound and Willowherb that restores glow to combat stress and dull skin. Other than combating stress and dullness it is also good for dealing with roughness as it has Chestnut Seed Extract to make my skin smooth! And it has algae that makes my pores appear to vanish.

Just one product to fight all of those problems, so you save time too! Which is great for girls in school or those embarking on a new job to help avoid the problems of quarter life skin. No more flawed skin!

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Apply it to the 4 main areas of the face as shown above and you are done!

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Say hello to beautiful fresh young skin ❤

You can have it too! Follow this link to get samples at the Origins Facebook page: https://bit.ly/OrignalSkinSaffronBlog !

And an exclusive promo for you! Use the code “ORIGINS SAFFRON” to purchase the Origins Original Skin™ Set at only $128 (original price $166!). The set includes the Original Skin™ Serum (30ml), Original Skin™ Mask (100ml) and the Ginzing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser (150ml)!

My Skincare Routine

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My everyday skin care routine:

Products I use everyday- Face Shop Rice Water Bright cleansing foam/ Shu Uemura cleansing oil

The fantastic thing about the Shu Uemura cleansing oil is that it also acts as an make up remover. Ur face needs not to be wet went applying the oil. It’s really gentle on the skin as well. I’ve pretty normal skin so I dont recommend it for people with oily/sensitive skin.

This is followed by Face Shop Chai Seed moisturizer

There’s an oil free version as well.

I always apply sunblock before leaving the house keeping my skin super fair. All that brightening/whitening nonsense u see on the market is pure money making bullshit, sunblock is the only thing that will keep ur skin fair and radiant. I use Clarins SPF 40 UV High protection. Another tip is to use a tinted sunscreen/ BB cream with UV protection as a foundation. It would servec a double purpose and help formulate the habit of applying sunscreen.

However, I exfoliate my skin fortnightly with Dermalogica daily microfoliant. It feels like white grains of sand against your skin, so it’s nothing too rough. It leaves my skin brighter and smoother, removing debris and dead skin accumulated during the span of two weeks.

I drink SMT complexion me tea to detox my skin whenever it feels dull or just tired in general, applying any type of mask helps as well! I use most Face Shop packeted masks as well as the O2 hydration mask which is from Face Shop as well. i keep to this regime quite regularly, consider it my “me” time.