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Currently Using: Moisturisers & Lotions (September edition)


BEAUTY, Beauty Articles, Featured | by — October 5, 2013

Currently Using - Skincare Routine - Moisturisers & Lotions September 2013 Beauty Swatch

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been FIVE MONTHS since my last skincare routine update!  It takes me a while to review skincare because I like to dedicate at least 1 month per skincare range – particularly moisturisers.  If a moisturiser doesn’t seem to be doing much by the end of that trial, I move onto the next.  If it is working wonders on my skin, I’m often reluctant to change until I hit pan and resort to alternating products for day & night to get the most out of the trial period.  This time, my skincare routine was indulged with SK-II and La Mer but also features Clarins – my staple brand that I go to when I need something simple, reliable and affordable.

SK-II Skin Signature Eye Cream

  • What they say: Works like an invisible eye mask to provide all-day nourishment throughout the day for firmer, smoother and more radiant skin.
  • Texture: Similar to Stem Power, a light souffle cream.
  • My skin concern: Fine lines, loss of elasticity, dark circles and loss of moisture
  • My experience: Whilst it didn’t target dark circles, it certainly made up for it in its amazing soft texture that’s unlike any other eye creams I’ve tried before.  Despite it being rich, its airy lightweight texture absorbs instantly, soothed my dry eye area, softened and smoothed skin texture. Fine lines were significantly reduced in appearance, and you only need a tiny amount for it to work its magic. Holy Grail stuff.
  • Price: $145  AUD

SK-II Stem Power Cream

  • What they say: Contains SK-II’s unique Stem Acanax complex naturally derived from Siberian Ginseng and Pitera.  Helps to strengthen the structure of the skin’s epidermis enhancing the skin’s firmness and resilience to wrinkles.
  • Texture: White souffle
  • My skin concern: Dullness, fine lines and loss of elasticity.
  • My experience:  When I tried SK-II Signature Cream a few years ago, I was devastated when I couldn’t see any results.  With Stem Power Cream however, it’s an entirely different story.  By the 3rd or 4th week, my skin improved on so many levels – luminosity, radiance, fine lines softened, more supple, smoother and softer.  It’s not everyday that you see a string of results in one sentence from one product.  The only other thing I wanted to mention is that this cream tends to clash with active serums.  I had a nasty breakout when I combined it with a serum from another brand, so I recommend pairing this with other SK-II products or less active serums.  Despite the amazing results in the first few weeks, my skin started to have enough & started having a reaction so I reluctantly had to stop using it.   Thankfully mum snapped it up & can’t get over how it delivers long lasting hydration on top of the results I experienced.
  • Price: $130 AUD / 50g, $200 / 80g

La Mer Crème de la Mer

  • What they say: An intense moisturising cream for all skin types (including sensitive and dry), that softens, firms and makes skin look virtually creaseless.  Reduces appearance of pores and lines.  The signature ingredient is the Miracle Broth – a nutrient rich broth that is bio-fermented for 3-4 months containing a combination of sea kelp, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, lecithin, vitamins C, E and B12 plus oils of citrus, eucalyptus, wheat germ, alfalfa and sunflower.  The broth is activated & releases its key ingredients when you warm it up between finger tips.
  • Texture: Concentrated butter that emulsifies when you warm it up between your fingertips
  • My skin concern: Dehydration, dullness and skin slowing down in recovery time from acne scars.
  • My experience: The intense moisture that it delivers is unparallelled, and yet it doesn’t leave any residue or shine whatsoever.  It’s the first time my skin felt hydrated without the slick moist finish that I often get with other rich moisturisers. My skin also felt firmer and softer, and the fine lines that crease up on my cheeks when I smile significantly reduced in appearance.  The only thing I can’t really comment is on pores, as they’re in OK condition. The only thing I had hoped it would help (but didn’t) was healing acne scars, but since it didn’t promise any skin renewing properties I can’t complain.
  • Price: $250 AUD / 30ml, or $440 AUD / 60ml

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

  • What they say: SK-II’s cult product known as the “miracle water” launched since 1980 and unchanged since.  Contains 90% Pitera, which is the highest concentration in the whole range. Works to boost the skin’s moisture intake, smooth skin texture and renew dull looking skin.
  • Texture: A clear water with a distinct yeast scent
  • My skin concern: Dullness, dehydration
  • My experience:  My skin looked more luminous  and seemed less prone to dehydration.
  • Price: $100 AUD /75ml,  $185 / 150ml

 La Mer Treatment Lotion

  • What they say: An intense hydrating lotion formulated to renew and soften skin.  Along with the legendary Miracle Broth, it contains the New Revitalizing Ferment which is formulated with scenedesmus and 73 sea minerals that replicate the properties naturally found in seawater to optimise skin’s natural functions. Skin is left feeling soft, awakened and moisturised.
  • Texture: A hybrid of a gel & fluid
  • My skin concern: Dehydration, skin slowing down in recovery from breakouts, dehydrated chapped lips
  • My experience: Most lotions are designed to deliver the skincare more effectively into the skin, but La Mer Treatment Lotion does so much more than that.  It’s not only incredibly hydrating (the most hydrating lotion I’ve tried), but actually heals the skin, even my lips!! You can see the results on my lips in my instagram pic here.  It also helped my skin recover from a horrible episode of breakouts and nursed my skin back to health. 3 drops is enough for my face, but I add another drop to spread it to my decolletage as well.  It doesn’t leave a sticky finish at all. I’m hooked.
  • Price: $130 AUD / 150ml

Clarins HydraQuench Cream – Normal to Dry Skin*

  • What they say: Refreshes dry zones with pure, fresh moisture offering immediate relief from tightness and dryness.  Katafray bark and sorbier tree bud extracts combat dehydration and pollutants to fend off wrinkles and improve radiance.  Available in both SPF15 and standard versions.
  • Texture: Buttery white cream that absorbs quickly & provides long lasting hydration
  • My skin concern: Dehydration
  • My experience: Clarins moisturisers have been my go-to range when I don’t want to take any risks with skin sensitivity, and I especially like that their moisturisers always have a rich comfort cream version for dehydrated skin.  The buttery texture feels soothing when I massage and work it into the skin, and keeps skin hydrated and dewy.  After hitting pan, I’ve since re-purchased the richer version for Very Dry Skin which my skin seems to respond better to &  helps my base makeup stay on fresher.  I can easily see my self re-purchasing the rich version over and over again.
  • Price: $65 AUD / 30ml

Have you tried any of these skincare products?

Did they work for you?


Products marked with an asterisk were purchased by me. All other products were provided for consideration.

5 Responses to “Currently Using: Moisturisers & Lotions (September edition)”

  1. Jia-Min says:

    I’m glad you had a nice experience with the La Mer Creme de La Mer, I hated it. The fragrance was so strong it was nauseating. And the texture was so weird, it never melted for me despite strictly following directions to warm it up, it just stayed lumpy. Also left lots of shine on my face after application. All in all it was an expensive lesson for me that sometimes big brands don’t do it better. Since switching to organic products 18 months ago I have seen a lot more results for a third (or more) of the price.

    • Yishan says:

      Hi Jia-Min, what a shame it didn’t work for you!! I find that it melts easier when your hands are warm straight out of the shower.

    • Yishan says:

      which organic skincare do you recommend?

      • Jia-Min says:

        I love the Antipodes and Suki lines, particularly their toners, as well as Herbfarmacy moisturisers. I also find Etsy a good source of organic cold processed soap and organic lip balms and tints.

        I still use non-organic treatments and serums such as Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM and Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir.

        My next step is to learn to make my own organic soap and skincare products. Nothing too fancy, but from what I’ve read, the basic balms and butters, and even shampoos and conditioners require very little effort.

  2. ponikuta says:

    Looks like you are a convert to my HG SKII Signature Eye Cream and Stempower! I am glad you didn’t paw it to your mom and gave it a go. They are both truly great products and works even during the warmer months for me.

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