Shiseido Ibuki

Arsenal of Toners

P1000862I’ve been a huge fan of toners since its terrible astringent & alcoholic days. They sure have come a long way since we’ve known them to strip our sensitive skins. I’ve been stashing and using various types of toners such as exfoliating, calming, hydrating, brightening, and clarifying! I’ve also tried them from all different geographic regions….USA, France, Canada, Japan, Korea, Australia and home turf (DIY – homemade).

A quick spritz of toners on skin, straight from shower is not only refreshing but also great for skin. It immediately calms down any redness and starts communicating with my open pores (from hot shower) and balances pH levels in skin. The fascinating part of toners are not only its properties but in its application and benefits its ingredients provides. These are some of my favourite toners from over the years:

Andalou Naturals Clementine Vitamin C Brightening Toner

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner

Rohto Hadalabo Gokujyun Hylauronic Lotion

Shiseido Ibuki Toner

Acure Rose and Red Tea Toner

Pixi Glow Tonic

Neostrata Oily Skin Solution

Alpha H Liquid Gold Toner

Forest Essentials Facial Tonic Panchpushp (distilled flower water)

L’occitane Rose Et Reines Toner

Thayers Witch Hazel with Tea Tree Oil (Oil is my addition)

DIY – Green Tea and Glycerin

A lot of these are on a rotation. My skin’s needs are assessed and then I determine which toner will be my best choice. Sometimes, I choose a toner purely based on its fragrance and how it makes me feel. Sometimes I think even if my skin needs something specifically but I choose a fragrance pleasing toner, I feel I’m psychologically toning my skin. May be this concept is valid only in my slightly delusional head (very likely possibility). So what works for you? Which toners are your go to?

xx

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I’ve Been Everywhere Man! Travel Skincare Edition

P1000796Over the last week I have been traveling 4 states in 4 days. Whilst I don’t have any exciting or glamorous pics to share with you of my travels, I have to say I’m pretty impressed with the skincare I packed. Now you would wonder what’s the big deal?! So allow me to give you a snap shot of my situation and places.

I was travelling Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas in August summer. HOT & HUMID is a very mild way of expressing the harsh weather conditions. To make matters worse, I had to be in Fire Resistant Clothing which was full sleeves, hard hat and eye protection glasses which translates to sweaty ickiness galore.

P1000797An extreme combination of all these factors (which personally I’m not use to) I thought by the time I return home my skin will be angry, red, burnt and breaking out all over. However in saying so, I have come back with near perfect, calm skin. Which brings me to share with you my skincare which comprised of only 8 products!

Super Facialist By Una Brennan – Neroli Firming Lift & Hydrate Oil – OK the name does not suggest pre-cleanse but I do use it as my pre-cleanse and does a bang up job at it.

Shiseido Ibuki Cleanser – Makeup Remover and general cleansing, did fab job. Generally I avoid foaming cleanser like a plague however this did not strip my skin at all (possibly because it does not contain SLS).

Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate – aka Toner in western skincare terms. Instantly hydration boost and skin looked happy, calm and cooperative with the conditions.

Shiseido Ibuki Moisturizer – this product was used only at night, as I feared using it during day would be disastrous (hot, humid, sweaty, blocked pores…you know the drill!). As a night moisturizer is replenished and restored the state of my skin.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – specifically used on spots, or places “where I felt there is one coming….

Indeed Labs – Hydraluron – day time hydration weapon!

Biore Sunscreen – goes without saying in these weather conditions I needed and kept reapplying subcreen every 2 hours. Due to its water based content, my skin did not suffer at all and did not leave it in a gloopy mess.

Minimal makeup was the key. Very light foundation, spot concealing, eyebrows framed, mascara and spf lip balm!

xx

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