Glossier Futuredew Is Glass Skin In A Bottle

I think it’s pretty obvious that I’m really really vain. I wouldn’t pay actual human money to keep this website alive otherwise, you know? There is, however, one thing that drives my psychotic obsession with skin care up to 11.

I’m talking about Korean television.

I don’t know if there’s something in the water over there, or maybe God just loves the peninsula a tiny bit more. Whatever the reason, I think you all understand me when I say goddamn, Koreans have crazy good skin.

I know, I know. It’s not realistic. Korean celebrities spend a lot of time and money getting facial treatments to maintain their glowing faces. We all know no one is getting glass skin from Etude House toners, right?

But logic doesn’t really matter after 6 straight hours of Suzy’s close-ups.

Seriously, though, it’s not like they all have perfect and unblemished skin. I think what really fascinates me is how healthy and glowy they look, like they all took Lizzo’s advice to heart and started guzzling water at every opportunity.

I’m sure it’s a combination of skin care and makeup to get that glass skin look on tv, but I live in a humid country and my skin is finicky. I’m not about to drown myself in five essences and six serums daily.

Which brings me to Glossier Futuredew, aka glass skin in a bottle.

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I’m not kidding when I say it’s everything to me right now. There’s nothing quite like it, and even Glossier is hard pressed to describe what it actually is.

Is it skin care? Is it makeup?

Honestly, who gives a fuck?

It’s magic, as far as I’m concerned.

Glossier says Futuredew should be the last step in your skin care routine and honestly I kind of get it. It’s like saran wrap for your face, if saran wrap was actually good for you and had actual long-term skin care benefits.

The product starts out thick and tacky — you can almost feel the oils in the formula when you rub it between your fingers — so patting is the most efficient method of application. Glossier recommends using two pumps but I find that one is more than enough for my entire mug.

And just like that I’ve got glass skin for days, honey.

The result is immediate. You get that glossy finish the minute Futuredew hits your skin and your face just looks healthy and hydrated for the entire day. 3 PM slump? Never met her. I look well-rested even though I’m operating on two hours of sleep after binge-watching Master in the House all night.

The best part is that my face actually feels… good. It’s like putting on a nice light cardigan on a chilly day; you just feel cozy and protected somehow.

I’ve never felt this loved and comforted by skin care, is what I’m saying.

I love Glossier Futuredew so much that I’ve taken to using it twice a day as my main moisturizer. It absorbs stupid fast and my dry skin has seriously never been happier.

It’s perfect for lazy no-makeup days, but I’m extra so I like to use it with my Laneige Layering Cover Cushion for the ultimate glass skin experience. Honestly, the finish is so good that I don’t even feel compelled to use concealer on my remaining pimple scars and hyperpigmentation.

If any of this sounds good to you, now is actually the best time to give Futuredew a shot because Glossier is currently on sale! (You can use my referral code if you’re feeling generous.)

If you’re very much done with the matte life, I suggest you stop second-guessing yourself and just dew it. Buy Futuredew.

(Sorry.)


Featured image from Refinery29

Colourette’s Colourtints Are Worth Hoarding This 11.11

It’s been a difficult couple of months, but my one true constant in life is that I must look good no matter what. (Maybe not on very bad depression days, but even then I make sure to shower and look presentable when I leave the house.)

If anything, I cannot handle looking like stress is eating me alive, even when it actually is. Bad enough that I’m dealing with bullshit, right? I’m not going to let it dictate how I look, too.

The goal is to look fresh and unbothered, which can be pretty easy to fake with the right products.

There’s my tried and tested Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Peach to cover up my dark circles; it makes me look like I sleep at least 8 hours a day and never met a problem I couldn’t solve. I pat that shit on and pretend I have everything under control.

My latest discovery, however, has been a real game-changer.

Sure, lip-and-cheek tints aren’t groundbreaking, but the right combination of color and formula has made this one of the best additions to my makeup arsenal.

I’m talking about the Colourtints by Colourette Cosmetics, those wonderful little bottles that now line my desk like dutiful soldiers.

Yes, bottles.

Colourette wasn’t even on my radar until a friend mentioned the brand’s birthday sale last month. She looked so cute wearing one of the Colourtints (Bambi) that I simply couldn’t resist and ended up with 6 different shades (plus a Shimmertint).

It’s safe to say I got a little carried away.

That said, the good news is that everything I bought from Colourette is fucking fantastic. My face has been subjected to a conga line of Colourtints every day since the tiny bottles arrived and I just… I need more.

Please. I’m absolutely obsessed with these things! (Send help. Or, if you own Colourette Cosmetics, send more Colourtints huhu.)

I’m so in love with these that it’s getting a little hard to organize my thoughts. I’ll pretend I’m not scatterbrained, though, by adding sections to this post. That should do it.

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

No, seriously. Shake it like you mean it.

I was trying to do my makeup while half-asleep this morning and forgot to shake my Shimmertint so it looked like blobs of gold when I opened the bottle up.

(I have also, on different days, washed my body with shampoo and tried to apply liquid foundation with a fluffy powder brush. It’s a problem.)

It’s all because of the weird formula. I’m not going to pretend that I understand these things, but basically if you leave a Colourtint undisturbed, the pigment separates from the oil and settles at the bottom of the bottle. A good strong shake brings the pigment right back into the mix, like Michael Corleone in Godfather III.

Matte versus Fresh

It’s really not so much “versus” as it is “and”. You need both, is what I’m saying.

The Fresh variant is slightly more watery/runny in formula, but not so runny that you have to deal with dripping. Fair warning: when you use Fresh on your cheeks, make sure to give it a minute to settle before adding more.

Because it’s “watery”, it can take a little time for the actual pigment to become visible after blending. Let it set before going ham, because Colourette takes its pigments way too seriously.

Matte is a bit thicker and it reminds me of my beloved BLK Cosmetics Creamy Cheek Paint. I prefer it on cheeks than lips because of the texture, but that’s just me.

Both Matte and Fresh Colourtints are easy to use, have good color payoff, and never look dry or crackly because of the oil-based formula. It all boils down to preference, but I suggest you try out both variants to know which one better suits you.

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Don’t sleep on the Shimmertints.

I was never into liquid highlighters, at least until I got my meaty hooks on a bottle of Colourette’s Shimmertint in Yellow Diamond. (Doesn’t that name just sound like the most fabulous Super Sentai soldier? Yelloooooooow Diamond!)

See liquid highlighters are runny and uncooperative — terrible traits when you want precision. Cream or powder highlighters are a lot easier and are super good for targeted application.

It took me a couple tries to work out how to use the Shimmertint but it’s all been smooth sailing ever since. It’s not glittery, it’s not chunky, and it’s super good at creating that “lit from within” look with just two tiny drops on each cheek.

(Pro-tip: always start out with just one drop. You can always add more after if you think you need a bit more.)

So what I do, since I have a flat-ish East Asian face with no prominent cheekbones, is put a tiny dot of the Shimmertint on the apple of each cheek and blend. The highlighter is buildable, but I find that two drops per cheek is enough for me to achieve that K-drama glow in real life.

Bonus lighting round!

Some more thoughts on the Colourtints:

  • They smell like freaking donuts. I love it.
  • The applicator is weird and ticklish. Would love a different one, to be honest.
  • There are so many shades to choose from! Some work better on the cheeks than the lips (as is the case with the shade Kelsey, for me), but that will definitely depend on your skin tone.
  • Despite the formula being oil-based, I never get that oily feeling with these.
  • Use sparingly, because Colourette has bomb pigment. They’re not shy with their colors, is what I’m saying.
  • I like all the shades I got, but my one true love is Bella. It’s the perfect faded pink red and I can see myself using this till the end of time (which can be anywhere between next week and 2035.)

They’re on sale!

Not yet, of course, but 11.11 is right around the corner. I’m a little jaded now because we just had 9.9 and 10.10 and will likely get 12.12, too.

But!

If you’re looking to try Colourette’s lovely Colourtints, 11.11 is the best time to get your hands on them for much less. They’re affordable as is, but who doesn’t love sales and bargains, right?

You can add the stuff you want to your cart now so you can just checkout when the sale starts. Don’t have to get ready if you stay ready, you know.

Of course if you bitches put Zola out of stock again, I just want you to know that my father will hear about this and I am suing ALL OF YOU for unjust vexation. You’ve been warned.


All images from Colourette Cosmetics

How To Look Good For The End Of The World

I’m just gonna come right out and say it: everything’s fucked.

The mass transportation system in this country is in a death spiral, the earth is burning to a cinder as we speak, and I’m going through personal bullshit that (a) I’m not sure I’m allowed to talk about; and (b) I don’t really have the energy to get into right now.

There’s a lot more that I’ve not mentioned in the cliff notes of horror above, but that’s just because I’m constantly tired thanks to the 5 to 6 hours I spend commuting daily.

But I am nothing if not vain, so in the midst of all this chaos and instability I still cannot abide outwardly looking like the abject despair that I feel inside. I will not step out of the house looking like the inner eldritch abomination that has consumed my capacity for hope and joy.

And so here we are, with a foundation review.

MAKE UP FOR EVER is one of my all-time favorite beauty brands. Their Ultra HD (Fluid) Foundation is one of the best I’ve ever tried, covering up blemishes and evening out the skin tone without ever looking cake-y or fake. It’s an incredibly photogenic foundation and I never have to worry about how I look in photos as long as I have it on.

This year MUFE came out with a new foundation called Reboot, promising to wipe every last sign of fatigue off your haggard face. It supposedly combines skin care and makeup to combat dullness, fine lines, skin dehydration, and unevenness, giving you a much healthier visage overall.

Now I’m clearly no scientist, and the daily grind has reduced my brain to about 50% capacity, so you’ll forgive me if I don’t go looking into the skin care science behind this foundation.

Instead I will offer you something no scientist ever will: anecdotal evidence.

Finish: luminous soft matte. It certainly isn’t glowy in the same way Korean base makeup is glowy, but it leaves you with skin that looks healthy and hydrated minus any unwanted oiliness.

It reminds me of Bourjois Healthy Mix, but with a more natural finish. Skin looks like skin, except better.

Coverage: light to medium, and very buildable. I find that if you apply a thin and even layer with a dense brush, it creates a sort of “film” so you get flexible coverage. It doesn’t look fake or spackled on, is what I’m saying.

I use Y245, which is just a hair warmer than my actual skin tone, so I can get away with not using a concealer for my dark circles and blemishes. If you’re a little more particular about not letting these imperfections show, though, get a concealer.

Wear: I have combination skin (dry cheeks + very oily nose) and stay in an air-conditioned office all day. MUFE Reboot doesn’t make my face feel dry or tight and it stays looking good from 6AM to 8PM. Yes. That’s time spent working AND commuting. Wonderful.

It gets a little oily on my nose and temples by 3 in the afternoon, which I don’t mind. It doesn’t break down, though, so no need to retouch the area under your eyes or the sides of your nose.

My main gripe is that it smells like someone tried to make it smell healthy. I can’t explain it; I just think it smells like traditional Chinese medicine and raw vegetables. I don’t like it and it stays noticeable for about 30 minutes before dissipating. I have other, more annoying concerns  in life, though, so I mostly try and get over the smell.

It doesn’t have the blurring effect that you get from Ultra HD, but I do think MUFE Reboot is the better everyday choice. It’s very lightweight and you barely feel it on your face once it sets. Plus the finish is very natural and almost completely unclockable (as long as you blend, of course) so you don’t look like you’re wearing makeup at all. You just look like you haven’t given up on life yet, you know?

MUFE Reboot makes me look like I actually slept, like I’d actually known what it was to be at peace for at least a few hours. It makes me look unbothered, which is all I can ask for given the swirl of never-ending nightmares engulfing the world we live in right now.

This march towards death’s cold embrace is inevitable. Might as well look good doing it.


Featured image from MUFE Singapore Youtube

You’re Not Ready For This Jelly

Lip tints are weird. I think they’re great if you’re lazy and you don’t want to keep re-applying, but most of them smell gross and tend to get patchy after a couple of hours. I’ve also had the misfortune of trying out a couple that tasted straight up like chemical waste, so you’ll forgive me if I’m not a major fan of the genre.

All that changed with the Peripera Colorfit Tint Water Gel. I bought it on a whim thanks to the Freyja sale and I’ve been using it non-stop ever since.

Texture

It’s exactly as it says on the tin: a watery gel. It’s definitely not a thick product — it just feels like water with a bit more body to it. Like jelly that didn’t set? I’m bad at this texture description thing.

Anyway, my point is that it may feel quite liquid but it isn’t straight up water, so there’s no awkward dripping or the usual messiness that comes with lip tints. You have a bit of time to apply without worrying about getting the product everywhere.

Scent

It smells wonderful! It smells like fruit juice, to be perfectly honest, and I never feel like I’m smearing my lips with byproduct from Chernobyl. I’m pretty dramatic about scents and fragrances, so trust me when I say that this doesn’t feel intrusive. It’s not sickly sweet or cloying.

It just smells fresh and really is a joy to apply.

Flavor

Yes, darling: flavor. Honestly, I’d much prefer not having flavors in my makeup, but I think this Peripera gel tint might have just won me over.

It tastes exactly like Jellyace.

Jellyace, if you don’t know, is a popular fruit-flavored jelly snack. It’s a staple for every Filipino kid — comes in a variety of colors and flavors that I honestly could never tell apart. They’re just “fruit-juice-flavored” in the most generic sense, you know?

Nostalgia aside, the flavor can be quite distracting because the gel tint makes my lips super sweet and delicious and I think I forgot where I was going with this.

Anyway.

Color

I chose shade #3 Raspberrypress because it’s a nice, reliable fuchsia — definitely my most reliable lip color. Corals and peach shades don’t always work for me, but a nice blue-based pink or red? Makes me look cute every single time.

The color is bright and vibrant, not entirely opaque but definitely strong enough to cover up my natural lip color.

Longevity

It stays on all day, so lazy bitches like me don’t have to keep re-applying. There’s some fading, of course, especially after a couple of meals, but it stays on for the most part.

In fact, I had a challenging time getting it off at the end of the day, even with the help of my trusty old makeup remover from Heimish. This gel tint commits, is what I’m saying. I could still see some traces of it on my lips the next day.

Do you need this?

Yes. It applies like a dream, has serious color payoff, stays on for days, and tastes like Jellyace. What more could you ever want in a lip product? It’s still on sale on Freyja, my Philippine-based friends, but even without the sale it’s a pretty affordable little product that definitely warrants a place in your lip makeup arsenal.

You’ll be licking your lips all day, though. Fair warning.


Featured image from Freyja

My Skin Care Routine: 2019 Edition

A year ago, I had really bad skin.

My face was irritated and inflamed, with red pulsing cystic acne all over my cheeks. I could barely leave the house and my self-esteem took a serious hit.

To fix my skin, I did three things:

  • Drop chemical exfoliants and other potential irritants like retinol
  • Switch to a thick, reparative balm like La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5
  • Get regular laser treatments and facials to speed up skin decongestion and acne mark reduction

Without these three steps, I never could have gotten my skin back to a healthy default, and I most definitely would not be getting away with the minimal skin care routine I have right now.

I’m telling you this because I want to be realistic. I don’t want to be that bitch who credits her good skin to just 8 glasses of water and a moisturizer, because that would be a straight up lie.

I can’t drop this 4-step skin care routine without context, you know? It just wouldn’t be right.

With that lengthy introduction out of the way, let’s get to it.

Heimish All Clean Balm

If you still don’t know by now, let me tell you: double-cleansing is a game changer.

Your facial wash isn’t enough, especially if you’re coming home with a full face of grimy makeup. An entire day of oils, dirt, pollution, etc and you expect your cleanser to get that all off with one wash? Delusional.

There are many options to choose from for your first cleanse. You’ve got wipes, micellar water, oils, and more. I prefer oils and balms because I find them a lot gentler (no tugging) and easier to use.

Heimish All Clean Balm is a boring little thing, but boring can be good when it comes to skin care. It gets the job done, and that’s all there is to it.

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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

I don’t care what people say: Cetaphil works great and I will use it till the end of time. It’s cheap, it’s gentle, and it’s effective — I have nothing else to ask for.

I know people don’t like Cetaphil’s cleansers for a myriad reasons, but it works for me and I’m not about to mess up a good thing.

(Besides, I’m a serious Cetaphil groupie.)

Weleda Calendula Face Cream

As with most beauty-related things in my life, I discovered Weleda through Into the Gloss.

I started out with the infamous Skin Food but it was just a tad bit too thick for me. I use a tiny bit on my arms if I’m feeling a little extra dry and I can still use it as a sleeping mask if I want to, but it just isn’t the everyday moisturizer I was looking for.

So I switched to the Calendula Face Cream. Yes, the one from the baby line.

Let me start off by saying that yes, it contains alcohol, and yes, it has fragrance — two things that I’ve always been wary of. The good news is that this moisturizer doesn’t irritate my skin at all, and I have to concede that the calendula scent is at least nice and calming.

Weleda Calendula Face Cream spreads easily and absorbs quickly, isn’t sticky, and doesn’t leave me looking weirdly shiny. It makes me look all healthy and glowy, which is all I really want in a moisturizer.

Wink Laser Studio SPF50 Sunscreen

I spent a long time without sunscreen because I simply couldn’t find one that agreed with my skin. Most of the sunscreens I’ve come across are either too oily or too white, and more often than not they straight up refused to play ball with makeup.

When I went in for laser treatments at Wink Laser Studio, they made it clear that sunscreen was a non-negotiable. You could seriously mess up your skin if you go in for laser treatments then spend the next day under the sun with zero protection.

So I picked up their store-brand sunscreen (the same one they use on all clients) and it was fine. It wasn’t anything spectacular and smelled a little weird, but it didn’t clog my pores or break me out, so I stuck with it.

But then. This month they came out with a new version — one with SPF50 coverage. It goes on super smooth, has no weird smell, and dries down to a semi-matte powder finish. On really good days I can get away with just this and no base makeup.

I swear, this sunscreen is so good I simply cannot imagine anything better. I use a lot all the time (all the way down my neck, of course) and my greatest fear is that Wink will run out or discontinue it and I’ll never find anything as good ever again.

Maybe I should head out and get a couple of backups, just in case.

And that’s pretty much how I feel about all of the products in my current skin care routine. I don’t want to run out, I don’t want to switch, and I can see myself sticking to them for a long time.

I guess that’s when you know it’s real, right?

The best part is that all of these things are relatively affordable, especially when compared to the stuff I used to buy. SK-II, anyone?

I’m gonna try and keep this happy equilibrium going for as long as I can, but it would be super fun to check in about 6 months from now to see if I still have the same routine. Stay tuned.

Yes, You Need A Facial

The first time I got a facial was maybe 15 years ago. I had just started working, I had a bit of money, and I figured, why not spend it on my face?

It was some random facial center; I can’t even remember the actual name now. They had a few treatments on offer, but the attendants at the time had no training in performing extractions, so we skipped the manual pricking and just went with some hokey oxygen-based treatments that I didn’t fully understand.

(By hokey I mean they actually hooked me up to an oxygen tank with that nose tube thing — I don’t know why or what for. And a small cockroach scuttled past while I was waiting for the oxygen treatment to end.)

My skin definitely felt cleaner, but all in all — nothing happened. I decided that facials were a bunch of bull and I was better off trying to figure things out on my own.

Until last Monday, that is.

See, I’ve been doing these laser facial treatments at Wink Laser Studio, and I am beyond happy with the results. The treatments got rid of my blemishes and acne scars, taking me from full coverage foundation to just a bit of concealer in ten sessions. Worth it.

I did, however, still have some congestion around my nose and on my cheeks. My nurse at Wink recommended getting a facial just to eliminate these clogged pores and further improve my skin condition.

It took a lot of research before I finally settled on Glow Skin Clinic. I have to admit it was their Instagram account that first caught my eye. Pretty visuals work, what can I say?

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It did bother me that they didn’t have their own website, though. (Edit: their website is now up and running. Hooray!) I had to go through their IG highlights to find the services they offer. There’s also the confusion with their prices. The HydraFacial, for example, is listed as Php3,500 on their IG and Facebook, but that’s only if you get the package (so Php3,500*5). A solo session costs Php4,500.

At first I just wanted to get the regular facial, but I saw the HydraFacial and figured my face could use a hydration boost. All the services offered by Glow Skin Clinic include the regular facial plus a specific treatment like Clear + Brilliant, Oxylight, etc.

We started with cleansing and a facial massage — a great start to any facial, as you probably know. I don’t enjoy massages that much and I know the aesthetician could feel just how tense I was, but I did like having my face cleansed thoroughly. It’s so relaxing, having someone else remove every inch of dirt and grime after a long day at work.

And then the steam machine appeared. I knew the extraction was imminent, and I briefly wondered if I should ask her to skip the manual pricking. Glow Skin Clinic has the BT-Micro wand to gently exfoliate, which is great if you have sensitive skin or if you just want to keep your session relaxing and chill. (Because, as you know, pricking is decidedly not chill.)

I figured I’d be brave for once, though, since the entire point of me going to get a facial was to clean out my pores properly this time. I did tell the aesthetician that I had sensitive skin and could turn red at the drop of a hat, just to warn her in advance.

Of course it was painful. That’s the entire thing with extractions. The good news is that the aesthetician was able to cleanse thoroughly without getting too aggressive, and I managed to leave the place with minimal redness. Magic. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

With the extraction part out of the way, we could finally get to the actual star of the show: the HydraFacial. According to Allure:

It’s a medical-grade hydra-dermabrasion device that carries out a patented three-part regimen — cleansing, exfoliating, and then infusing skin with intensive serums.

The machine uses several different tips, depending on what it wants to do. There’s one for exfoliating and suctioning out congestion, and there’s another for infusing the skin with customized boosters that target specific concerns.

I didn’t get to choose my boosters, but that’s perfectly fine with me. I wouldn’t really know what to get anyway.

We began with GlySal — a combination of glycolic acid and salicylic acid. It scared me, to be honest. I had just gotten an extraction, and now chemical exfoliants? But the aesthetician didn’t keep it on my skin for long and the concoction was neutralized with water after less than a minute.

Next she used the wand to gently exfoliate and cleanse my skin further. I think it sucked up whatever congested stuff didn’t get cleared out during the extraction.

Finally, the boosters. I got Britenol: a mix of arbutin and vitamin C to target dark spots and brighten (duh) the skin. I also got HydraFacial CTGF to fight fine lines and wrinkles.

The aesthetician ended the session with a nice, soothing layer of anti-inflammatory cream followed by a thick helping of their moisturizer. The entire experience was just… wonderful.

I felt relaxed (despite my general aversion to massages) and cleansed and fresh and despite the initial pain of pricking, I still found the facial very soothing and calming. I was asked not to wash my face for 6 to 8 hours, which I did rather grudgingly. I didn’t want to mess up the effects of the facial, you know.

I woke up with no redness (okay, maybe a few spots) and very clean skin. For the first time in a long time, I could touch my face and not feel any bumps. It’s been five days and my skin still looks really good.

I do have a couple of small bumps on my forehead and on my right cheek today. Nothing too awful or obvious, though. I had been worried about purging, but that didn’t happen so I’m super chuffed.

All in all, my experience at Glow Skin Clinic was A+. To sum up: here’s everything I love about them (in no particular order):

  • The aesthetician was thorough but not aggressive in doing the extraction.
  • The aesthetician listened and took my warning seriously when I said I had sensitive skin and wanted to avoid redness. (She added red light therapy to help with skin healing and to tone down redness, specifically because it was one of my concerns.)
  • The place is clean and bright but not clinical or intimidating.
  • The price seems expensive at first, but it’s super worth it given the level of service
  • They have iced tea so you can chill while waiting and it is super delicious. (There are two other flavors to try on my next visit!)

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Will I be back? Of course. Do you know how magical it is to find an aesthetician who knows how to treat your skin the way it needs to be treated? I might not go for the HydraFacial next time, though. I’d like to try something else like their Signature Facial or the famous Clean + Brilliant.

Their juice, too, of course. I’ll be back for the juice.


All images from Glow Skin Clinic

I Found The Best Body Wash For Sensitive Skin

I’ve tried a few dozen different body cleansers over the years, but I never liked any of them.

It’s not that I have impossibly high standards. All I’ve ever really wanted was to smell like a delicious pastry after showering.

Unfortunately, my skin is so dramatic it can’t handle anything with fragrance. Even good old harmless vanilla can leave my skin red and scaly, especially during eczema season.

I’ve tried a few cleansers made specifically for sensitive skin, but none of them really worked for me. Dove bar soap is a classic, for example, but it leaves a layer of “grease”, I feel, so I never feel truly clean after using it.

I’ve dabbled in shower oils, too, which are great at first but never quite hit the mark. L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil comes closest to perfection because it smells wonderful and isn’t straight up drying. Even so, I can only use it for a few days before my arms and legs start getting scaly again.

(At this point I should address the elephant in the room: lotion. Obviously, things would be a lot easier if I just used lotion, but that’s a whole other thing to address. I’ll need something fragrance-free and very, very moisturizing, which is a burden in this weather. Besides, I feel like getting a body wash that doesn’t aggravate my skin is an important task in and of itself. So here we are.)

The good news is that I’ve finally found something that works for me. I feel like I’ve been singing the gospel of this body wash to people who don’t really care, but that hasn’t stopped me.

Anyone who’s ever dealt with the nightmare that is eczema knows that getting the right body care products can be a challenge. Listen, fellow eczema sufferer: this entire post is for you.

Without any more chit-chat, I present to you: Cetaphil Ultra Gentle Body Wash.

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Not the baby wash, to be clear. Don’t get it twisted. I tried that one and it didn’t wow me at all.

This is a new body wash (new to the Philippines, at least) and it’s the answer to all my sensitive skin prayers.

  • It’s fragrance-free. Fragrance additives can be really bad for sensitive skin, so it’s absolutely wonderful that this cleanser is fragrance-free. Even so, it has a sort of clean non-scent that I really like.
  • It’s very thick but lathers up easily. The texture of this body wash is wonderful! It almost feels like you’re applying lotion all over your body, which is obviously incredibly soothing. Then you add a little water to lather up.
  • It leaves no weird film after showering. The cleanser washes off easily in the shower, and you never feel like there’s a layer of grease left behind. We’re not looking for squeaky clean, of course, but actual clean is a good start.
  • It doesn’t leave skin dry. Okay, here’s the testimonial part of this program. I’m by no means an expert, so all I can really tell you is what it has done for my skin. See, I normally have very dry and scaly upper arms. Same thing goes for my lower legs. Ever since I started using this body wash, though? Gone. My skin isn’t baby smooth like it would be if I actually used lotion, but it isn’t dry and scaly anymore, either.

It’s a little more expensive at Php668, but I don’t mind because it’s a huge bottle and obviously my skin adores it. The one major con is that it’s hard to find. I had to go to three different supermarkets before I finally found it.

Next up: finding the best fragrance-free, eczema-friendly body lotion. Any suggestions?


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