Sunday, November 22, 2015

Introduction to Enkido Skincare from Australia

I discovered Enkido Skincare somehow through a natural skincare forum. It's a line from Australia that makes no-frills skincare for sensitive skin. They have an online shop and there's actually free international shipping if you purchase more than AUD 100! Since the AUD exchange rate has been pretty good recently and I needed to replenish my skincare, I decided to try their products. 

Here's a breakdown of my overall first impression of the brand - they have 4 main lines of skincare, namely Hydrate (for dry skin), Clear (for oily/acne-prone skin), Calming (for sensitive skin), and Synergy (for aging skin). The ingredients for most of the lines are pretty similar, except for certain added ingredients. 

Calming - Has the least ingredients to prevent aggravation of sensitive skin. Includes colloidal oatmeal to calm skin (base ingredient for all other types)
Hydrate - Has additional hyaluronic acid, green tea, niacinamide and beta-glucan
Clear - Has additional white willow extract (salicylic acid) for light exfoliation of blocked pores for congested skin, plus beta-glucan, hyaluronic acid and licorice root extract
Synergy - Ingredients same as Hydrate, with the addition of blue green algae, ginseng extract, licorice root extract, cucumber extract and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)

(Background on ingredients: Colloidal oatmeal soothes skin, beta-glucan helps to firm and tone skin, hyaluronic acid is hydrating, blue green algae replenishes nutrients, green tea extract is an anti-oxidant, ginseng extract is for stimulating cell growth, licorice root extract is for evening skintone, cucumber extract is soothing and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is for preventing age spots and for collagen production).

Now, looking at the products by type - for skincare they have cleansers, infusions, moisturizers, facial scrubs and treatments. 

The cleansers comprise a gel foaming cleanser, a cleansing milk, a make-up remover liquid, a cleansing oil and a very simple oatmeal cleanser. The gel foaming cleanser is good for all skin types. The cleansing milk contains olive oil and may be good for drier skin. The make-up remover liquid is good for all skin types and it's probably similar to Bioderma's (just more expensive - it includes colloidal oatmeal, beta-glucan and hyaluronic acid too). The cleansing oil contains olive oil and coconut oil (which is comedogenic), so I won't try it because I have acne-prone skin. The oatmeal cleanser is just pure colloidal oatmeal, I thought it was a little expensive so I didn't get it this time. 

As for the moisturizers - there are moisturizers for each line, and you can select the consistency you want, in either fluid, lotion or cream form. The fluids have a base of vegetable glycerin, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, niacinamide, olive oil and olive squalane, so it feels very light (I tried the Clear Fluid). The lotions have pretty much the same base ingredients (minus glycerin), just that a larger proportion of olive oil is included, which should give it a slightly heavier texture. The creams have also pretty much the same base (minus glycerin), with the addition of olive oil and olive butter as the main ingredients, which give it the thickest consistency. I noticed there is no moisturizing cream for the "Clear" line for acne-prone skin, probably because olive butter can be comedogenic. (So I probably won't try any of the creams.)

The infusions are just water with the various ingredients for each line added in. Enkido also has a bunch of scrubs, a mud mask, a hydrating mask, a night serum and an eye cream. 

For my first purchase, I got the Clear Moisture Fluid, Clear Infusion and 2 bottles of Foaming Cleanser, which I will review in my next post. :) 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Review: Cerave Eye Repair Cream

A while ago, I ran out of eye cream and searched Paula's Beautypedia looking for an affordable eye cream. That's when I found Cerave Eye Repair Cream which got a 5/5 rating on Beautypedia. I got it from Drugstore.com at USD 13.99 for a 14g tube, pretty affordable!

It was given a 5-star (highest) rating on Beautypedia because of the impressive ingredients - ceramides (replaces lipid levels in skin), hyaluronic acid (humectant, hydrates skin), marine and botanical complex (good for microcirculation), niacinamide (aids skin in production of ceramides and fatty acids), plus it uses MVE technology for timed release of ingredients. But personally, I didn't think it was emollient enough for my dry under-eye area. It's a white cream that's not greasy at all and dries to a semi-matte texture; it's ok alone for day use, but at night, I usually layer it on after my facial oil. It is definitely not moisturizing enough for dry climates or in winter.

To summarize - it's a value-for-money eye cream for young 20s' skin, for day use and best reserved for summer. 

Ingredients: Purified Water, Niacinamide, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Propanediol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Jojoba Esters, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-11, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Zinc Citrate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Tocopherol, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Sorbitol, Triethanolamine, Laureth-4, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Tetrasodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Xanthan Gum

Rating: Nice to have 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Review: Suki Transformative Cleansing Clay

This is a product that I've used for awhile and haven't gotten around to reviewing - Suki Transformative Cleansing Clay. I believe it has been discontinued and replaced with Suki Transformative Purifying Masque. The ingredients are actually really similar, except maybe the placement in the ingredient list changed a bit. Plus, the Cleansing Clay included Resveratrol (not in the Masque), while the Masque includes safflower seed oil (not in the Cleansing Clay). The price remains the same - 30ml for USD48.95 with a 12-month use-by period. 

My review is on the Cleansing Clay, though it's not the same product I hope it will still be useful since the ingredients are really similar. The product can be used in 3 ways -  as cleanser, a rinse-off masque (left on for 20 mins), or spot treatment (apply thin layer and leave on spots or all over the face overnight). I think the company realised that the price of the product was too expensive for it to be used as a cleanser (because you would need a lot of product to cleanse, plus it's not super good at cleansing anyway), which is why the new Masque doesn't mention anything about cleansing. 

I don't use the Cleansing Clay as a cleanser (too wasteful). I've tried using it as a masque and also to spot-treat huge blemishes overnight. The Cleansing Clay has a very watery consistency and impossible to layer thickly, so it doesn't feel as deep-cleansing as other mud masks which can be packed onto the skin densely. However, I do feel it's very soothing and as an overnight treatment, it did help calm my inflamed blemishes down. 
Ingredients for Suki Transformative Cleansing Clay: rosa damascena (rose) flower distillate, kaolin, alcohol, oryza sativa (rice) starch, glycerin (vegetable), salix alba (willow) bark extract, xanthan gum, zinc oxide, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) distillate, lavendula angustifolia (lavender) oil, polygonum cuspidatum (resveratrol) root extract, ascophyllum nodosum (seaweed) extract, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil.

Ingredients for Suki Transformative Purifying Masque: rosa centifolia (provence rose) concentrate†, kaolin, alcohol (from sugar cane denatured with lavender oil)†, glycerin, salix alba (willow) bark extract, oryza sativa (rice) starch†, zinc oxide, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, ascophyllum nodosum (seaweed) extract†, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, resveratrol, xanthan gum, fragrance (parfum), limonene, linalool

To be honest, I won't repurchase this - it's too expensive for such a small amount. Plus, other than the zinc oxide, most of the active ingredients in the mask (willow bark extract, witch hazel, calendula extract, tea tree oil) are found in most of my other skincare products too, so it isn't exactly value-adding to my skincare routine, and I can easily find other masks that contain kaolin clay that do the job at a lower price. I would recommend this only if you have had a good experience with zinc oxide and you have cash to spare. :)

Rating: Nice to have

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