Monthly Archives: November 2011

MooGoo MSM Soothing Cream and Eczema & Psoriasis Balm | Review

Edit: I have found that my eczema is actually seborrheic dermatitis. Please refer to my January 2014 post on this topic.

I am inspired to do this post as MY ECZEMA SUDDENLY CAME BACK!

Starting from mid last year I have suffered from eczema on my nose and cheeks. I would suddenly develop a red, bumpy and extremely itchy rash which was really dry and would scale off in the end. This would go on and off for some time and was REALLY infuriating.

My right cheek! Oct ’10

I’ve learnt that the trigger was my Shiseido Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam. I have come to this conclusion as my skin would get dry and itchy every time I’ve used this cleansing foam for more than 2-3 times.

I think I know how this recent outbreak came about. I was wearing a SPF50 sunscreen on Friday, and when I arrived at work I couldn’t stand the way it felt on my skin. So I foolishly used some handwash (it’s the hospital grade drying kind) to take off the sunscreen. It didn’t work of course… But what it DID do was leave my nose so itchy I kept waking up last night!

The one thing that helped me last year during my worst outbreak was MooGoo MSM Soothing Cream.

This cream contains natural ingredients and mostly importantly, MSM (organic sulphur) to soothe irritated skin. Can’t be bothered writing the whole ingredient list so go to MooGoo’s informative website:

http://www.moogoo.com.au/specialty-creams/msm-soothing-cream.html

This year I’ve also added MooGoo Eczema & Psoriasis Balm to my eczema-fighting army. This balm (more like a cream IMO) contains aloe vera and Matricaria chamomilla extract which is anti-inflammatory.

http://moogoo.com.au/eczema-psoriasis-balm.html

So when the eczema attacks, I strictly cleanse with Cetaphil only and use these two creams religiously – E&PB first then the MSM – and the outbreak slowly goes away!

Beware though, although it is nice to use them all over your face, they can be pretty heavy and pore-clogging.

The MooGoo range is now pretty established as compared to 2-3 years ago when I first discovered it and it is readily available in many pharmacies. Go to their website for a list of stockists if you live in Australia. I also highly recommend their body wash – it smells divine!

Kose Suncut Essence In UV Protect Milk SPF 50+ PA+++ | Review

Kose Suncut Essence In UV Protect Milk SPF 50+ PA+++ – Score: 3/5

omi solanoveil kose suncut

(right item)

Description from Sasa:

Kose SUNCUT® Essence In UV Protect Milk SPF50 PA+++ Waterproof is ideal as a daily sunscreen. It is also a potent protection against severe UV rays while undergoing outdoor or water activites.
It resists sweat, water and sebum to deliver ongoing UV protection. Its efficacy is approved by FDA.
Thanks to its watery texture, it does not leave any white residue but leaves refreshing sensation. 10 botanical extracts hydrate skin and prevent dryness caused by sun exposure.

Ingredients: cosdna website.


Pros: high spf factor, matt finish, runny consistency.

Cons: too runny, feels oily, feels heavy on skin, powdery.

Price: US$6.30 for 30 ml (sasa).

Buy again: no.

This sunscreen used to be my all-time favorite. Used to are the keywords here! This product has always been a bestseller and is often sold out, so you’re lucky if you get to purchase a bottle or two. I went berserk and bought 3 (and another 2 for hyaluronic kitteh) – which is why it’s always probably sold out as other people might be doing the same thing!

However, after not using it for so long, it sadly disappointed me. First of all the texture is too runny and it made a mess whenever I apply it. Then it leaves an oily cast on my skin for the rest of the day… It’s hard to explain, but basically it feels like you’re wearing one of those white old school banana boat sunscreens. It also feels really powdery in the wrong way.

Do give it a try as this product is a lot of people’s favorite sunscreens. Meanwhile I’ll finish my 3 bottles and would most likely not repurchase in the future.

O’slee White Medi Perfect Whitening Serum | Review

O’slee White Medi Perfect Whitening Serum – Score: 5/5

oslee white medi perfect serum

Description from oslee.com:

PERFECT WHITENING SERUM 
Patent ingredient-SYMWHITE ® 377
Reduce Melanin in 24 hours

Before Use
: Skin is swarthy with dark spots.
After 28 Days
: Brightening skin and make spots invisible.

Non-stop Restrain Melanin Buildup. 
Long-lasting whitening effects. 
The latest world best whitening ingredient –SYMWHITE ® 377, comes from botanic plant extracts, is one of the most effective Tyrosinase Inhibitor, performs a powerful whitening effect with low Irritant reaction. Strongly retrain melanin buildup; its whitening effect is 20 times more than Kojic Acid. The test proves that it can 100% reduce Melanin in 24 hours.

Other Benefits:

Potent anti-oxidation , enhance whitening effect
Natural Papaya Enzyme , instant brightening and even skin tone
Sympeptide TM 222, anti-aging and firming skin
Hyaluronic acid, intensive hydrating

Ingredients:

  • 【SYMWHITE ® 377】inhibits Tyrosinase, thus restraining melanin buildup.
  • 【Tranexamic Acid】reduces the appearance of flecks.
  • 【Natural Papaya Enzyme】removes dead skin cells, instantly brightening and evening out skin tone.
  • 【Sympeptide™ 222】gives anti-aging and firming effect.
  • 【Hyaluronic Acid】intensively hydrates.
Full ingredient list:
Deionized Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mulberry, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, European Hop Flower, Cetyl Alcohol, Waltheria Indica Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Isopropyl Myristate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice Extract), Azone, Papain (Papaya Enzyme), Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E, Tranexamic Acid,  L-Superoxide Dismutase, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Methyl Paraben, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, A-Bisabolol, Propyl Paraben, Hyaluronic Acid, Rose Water, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Ethydiglycol, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Oligopeptide. (credit: allaboutskinlightening.net)

 

I thought it would be worthwhile dissecting this serum in detail, so my apologies as this review is not going to be in the usual format.

 

Below are the whitening/lightening ingredients that I have identified:
-Mulberry extract – reduces melanin synthesis by inhibiting the Tyrosinase enzyme.
-Waltheria Indica – reduces melanin synthesis by inhibiting the Tyrosinase enzyme, anti-oxidant.
-Licorice extract – contains Glabridin, which reduces melanin synthesis by inhibiting the Tyrosinase enzyme, anti-inflammatory.
-Papaya enzyme – contains Papaine, an enzyme which promotes skin exfolation/turnover. It is not a whitening ingredient.
-Ascorbic acid – inhibits melanin production.
-Tranexamic acidacts on the chronic mild inflammatory condition at the sites of spots, to suppress melanocyte activation (from Shiseido’s website).
-Oligopeptide – inhibits tyrosinase but also halts melanosome transfer well as melanin synthesis.
(Credits to allaboutskinlightening.net, an excellent, well-researched website for reviews and ingredient information).

 

If you have a look at O’slee’s website, they have a freaky video wherein a liberal dose of the serum turned an iodine-stained water from brown/red to white within seconds with some vigorous stirring! Quite alarming… to be honest I don’t believe the video (IMO they must have used a very strong version or altered some condition or the other), as only very harsh bleaching products could do that; and if it is true then I would be as white as a sheet of paper now after using it for some weeks.

 

I decided to purchase this as this brand is quite established in asia and after reading up on the background and ingredients I thought it would be safe to try.

 

At first impression, the packaging and the bottle are very nice compared to other asian brand products of the same price range. They are well-made and not plasticky. The bottle itself is made of ceramic/glass and is quite heavy.

 

The serum itself is not white and runny as in the freaky video mentioned above, but rather yellowish and thick. The fragrance is quite strong and smells of roses… and something rather synthetic. I don’t mind it but it might be too much for some people. I hope mine is not a bad batch!

 

The texture is sticky and oily. Unfortunately it doesn’t spread easily over the skin, so I need at least 3 pumps to cover my face and neck. It also feels quite heavy on the skin, to the detriment of those who like lightweight serums. However, like most serums, it sinks into the skin and my face feels fine the morning after (not overly greasy). I am not using a moisturizer on top of the serum because it would be way too greasy. So now my nighttime regime is wash>b.liv serum>lotion>this serum.

 

oslee white medi serum

 

Whitening effect… hmm, maybe it’s due to the other products in my skincare regime which has been updated, but I do believe that this has helped a little bit in terms of lightening. I started using this in mid-September and I have noticed my face getting slightly lighter. One proof of this is the increased contrast between my cheeks and my dark circles.. haha.. unless my dark circles suddenly grew a shade darker!

 

I was alternating this with the isQueen night cream before, but I would like to see the concentrated result so I will be using this exclusively. Let’s see how it fares in the next 2-3 months.