Friday, August 7, 2015

Arcona Gentle Solution

Arcona Gentle Solution is an exfoliating serum meant for night use. It costs USD 53 for 35ml and is best used within 6 months, but my bottle has lasted me way longer than that. The instructions say to use 2 - 4 times a week. I use this once every 2/3 days. If your skin is more sensitive, you can use it once every 4 days. Sometimes, it stings a little bit if I use it every 2 days, so I adjust the frequency accordingly. That said, Gentle Solution is definitely one of the most gentle exfoliating serums I've used, but despite the gentleness, I can see a definite improvement in the texture of my skin the next morning.   
When I'm having a breakout, I use this all over my face without an additional spot treatment and immediately my skin is smoother and calmer the next morning. It has a slightly sticky texture so I apply it while my skin is still damp with toner, which makes the serum glide on more easily. A little goes a long way - no need to over-apply! After applying Gentle Solution, I just follow up with my regular night cream or facial oil. The next day, I wake up with noticeably smaller pores, a more even skin-tone, and a calmer complexion. 

In conclusion - I love this serum and will definitely repurchase.

Rating: Love it!

Ingredients: Agua (Distilled Water), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Hydrolized Soy Extract, Glycerine, Glycolic Acid Polymer, Lactic Acid Polymer, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernal Oil, Glycogen, Beta-fructan, Glucosamine HCI, Chlorophyll, Guava (Psidium Guajava) Extract, Grapefruit (Citrus Gandis) Seed Extract

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Skylake Oriental Herb Cool Shampoo

I bought this during my trip to Korea. As you can see, it has this Korean herb inside. The salesgirl selected a bottle which looked darker for me (which means that the herb has infused more into the shampoo). I love the scent, it smells absolutely delicious - it smells a little herbal and pepperminty, and it looks and feels like honey - yum! 
It cleanses well enough for an oily scalp and it's gentle enough for a sensitive scalp. I try to lather up and leave it on my scalp a little while (when I have time) so that the herbs work their magic. Though it's not too drying on my hair, it's still a clarifying shampoo, so I always make sure to use a conditioner afterwards. 

More info that I extracted from the website:
- Contains oriental herb “WILFORDI ROOT” that makes hair black and prevents hair loss.
- Contains oriental herb “SCUTELLARIA BAICALENSIS ROOT POWDER ” that has antibacterial and antiinflammatory effects.
- Give scalp cooling sensation with menthol and peppermint.
- Formulated with patented Skylake oriental herbal water, which is extracted from 18 types of oriental herbs, known for anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties

In short - a very lovely shampoo that doesn't break the bank. If you have a sensitive, itchy scalp, you have to try this. I used a discount coupon for Skylake that I got from the Visit Korea website. If I ever return to Korea, I'm definitely getting a jumbo bottle of this. Skylake also has an English website - maybe I'll try it one day. Singaporeans can purchase it at Hebeloft.com, but the prices are kinda expensive compared to the original Korean prices.

Rating: Love it!

Refer to the ingredients for Skylake Cool Shampoo here: http://www.cosdna.com/eng/cosmetic_8c40145815.html.

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