Yes, I have different morning and night routine (and products, too), so let’s break them down on different post. Please note that they’re all fungal-acne safe (based on skincarisma.com checking). Let’s do my morning routine first, shall we?
mild gentle foaming wash (DHC Morning Face Wash)
Acne Toner (this is not an exfoliating toner, but I still use hydrating toner
after this, just to be safe)
Essence Toner (it might feel tacky at first, but after a few taps, you will
know why this is my favorite essence)
one sure thing that I can tell you before I go in details: Both are Fungal-Acne
me start with Glossier. This is my third bottle, so I guess you can tell that I
like it that much. This serum goes after essence step on my AM routine. Why AM
(you might ask)? Because it is rare to find a serum that works well beneath
everything. And this works like a charm beneath everything, skincare and makeup
included. Yes this is one of my absolute skin-vestment.
IDR490K (at trustable online shop here in Indonesia) for 15ml, it is expensive
but the hero ingredients: niacinamide and zinc really helped my problematic
skin. It helped my skin clear and reduce breakouts significantly. Unfortunately,
the company didn’t state how many percentage of Niacinamide used in this HG
serum. But no worries, if your skin is familiar with this form of vitamin B3,
you won’t have any problem at all.
move on to Paula’s Choice. To tell you the truth, this is my first product from
this brand. I read some good reviews about it, so I decided to purchase it from
a reputable market place in Indonesia. They named this booster, but I used it with
my essence in the evening as PM routine. Why so? Unlike Glossier, this is way
tackier if use alone. It is sticky (almost like glue), but not oily or filmy.
You can certainly feel the stickiness, even after tapping for a while. Yup, it
is less comfortable compared to Glossier. But then I learned along the way,
they do recommend to mix this with other serum or moisturizer. So I did mix it
with my essence and voila! It didn’t feel sticky anymore. Bonus: this is the
right booster if you want to achieve that glass skin look.
Priced at IDR550K
(at trustable online shop here in Indonesia) for 20ml, it is more expensive
than Glossier, but contains 5ml more serum. Unlike Glossier, this has 10
percent concentration of niacinamide (quite an impressive dose).
recommended to use only once a day, meanwhile Paula’s Choice can be applied
twice a day. For me, I apply Glossier in the morning, and Paula’s Choice in the
more viscous compared to Paula’s.
like Glossier more because it’s transparent bottle so I can prepare to purchase
another one before it’s finish.
are expensive, but IMHO worth every drop)
bottle that looks pretty on the vanity (instagramable, too!)
Satisfying result, clearer and smoother skin (less acne popping up).
Manufactured in the US (see, not all of my skincare products are from Korea).
After that double cleanse, using toners are critical. Why? Because they’ll help to remove any impurities left behind by cleansers. But, seriously, do we need two toners to do that? Well, if you have problematic skin like me (read: prone to fungal-acne and closed comedones), you might need both, Exfoliating Toner and Hydrating Toner.
exfoliating toner is like one level up from ordinary toners. Most of them have
additional acids that can help clean away those dead skin cells, improving
rough skin texture and dullness. This alone can be tough for some, so need to
get extra hydration from fellow toner.
the name stated, hydrating toner was made to hydrate. Not just that, think of
it as a booster for more steps after (essence, serum, ampoule).
And….just like double cleanse, personally I only do double toning once a day, for my PM Routine. Trust me, I’ve tried to do it twice a day, but ended up over-exfoliating and aggravate those fungal-acne.
So how to
double tone exactly? Easy. Exfoliating toner: use with cotton pads.
toner: use your hands and tap
Then follow by essence, serum, ampoule, eye cream, moisturizer and SPF (for AM)
Store Indonesia for sending me this Trilogy PR Kit for an honest review.
I use their
Certified Organic Rosehip Oil (bought from online sis) everyday mixed with
foundation. I was happy with the result because it faded my cauter scars and
made every foundation that I have looked better on my skin. That’s why I’m so excited
to hear the news that Trilogy is officially here in Indonesia. No more worrying
about fake items! You can bought Trilogy products online here from now on, or
visit CNF Stores (available in limited stores, though).
down to each product’s review, shall we?
TRILOGY ROSEHIP OIL ANTIOXIDANT PLUS
To get a
better idea of what are the differences with this and Certified Organic Rosehip
Oil, here are the comparisons from skincarisma.com.
name stated, this oil has added antioxidant in it. It claimed to deeply
moisturizing while helping to protect against environmental free radical
drops max on your AM and PM routine in conjunction with moisturizer. Personally,
I like to put a drop on my liquid foundation to get better glow.
ROSAPENE RADIANCE SERUM
texture serum (as you can see), with Trilogy’s unique antioxidant complex named
Rosapene. Sea Algae in its’ ingredients list, will boost skin radiance. While
aloe will maintain moisture balance and soothes for a smoother looking skin and
This can be
layered after oil to boost everything up. Or simply add as serum step on your
ROSAPENE NIGHT CREAM
three, I am more excited to try this one, just because Manuka Honey was listed
as one of their main ingredients. And I just love the calming, relaxing scent.
it is a rich night cream, but I found it surprisingly light when it comes to texture.
way to use this was to apply over oil at night, as the very last step on my
skincare routine. I found my skin feel softer and well nourished in the
Go buy these
have no problem with fungal acne
have normal to dry skin
like natural products for your face
want to add more radiant and moisture for your skin
Thanks Secret Key Indonesia and Sociolla for
sending me this special edition for an honest review.
Before I start doing the review, do you know
that you can use essence (not just toner) for 7 skin method (you know, that 7
layers of toner). But, of course you have to choose essence with water-like
consistency. This layers well (because it’s light) and you can always build up
the moisture level by adding layers up until 7. Or you can do a simple mini
facial by soaking it with a thin cotton pad, leave it for three minutes for
This treatment essence claims to moisturize,
brighten, good for sebum control, clearer skin and improve skin elasticity. It’s
also free of 10 harmful factors, with added Rose Flower Water (great for dry
Please note that it contains 94% of Galactomyces
Ferment Filtrate (identified as Fungal Acne trigger on skincarisma.com)
Go get this if you:
and dehydrated skin
problem with fungal acne
mind with mild yeast-like scent (like most of fermented skincare products)
minimal ingredients list (this only contains 9 ingredients)
moisturized and instant radiant effect on skin
affordable essence that can prep your skin in a gentle way
And make sure you get the original Secret Key by shopping at Sociolla, here (good news, they’re having Payday Promo all 30% off).
Thank you to
my IG followers who always inspired me to create my blog content based on their
questions. And one of the most asked is: “I want to develop a skincare routine
for my fungal-acne prone skin but everything is expensive, how can I create one
that’s easy to my pocket?”
Well, it is quite a challenge to find skincare products below IDR200K each that’s safe for fungal-acne. But, after all the soul-searching (on skincarisma & cosdna of course), and I included some of local brands (because they’re easier to find), here’s what I found!
Still under the budget? Well, you can skip some steps like essence. So go straight to serum after toner. And you can skip ampoule too. Basically, all you need is: cleanser, toner, moisturizer and SPF (in the morning) or spot treatment (at night). So feel free to adjust according to your budget.
PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA & FROM VARIOUS BRAND’S WEBSITES
who are scared of the risks and side effects of dermabrasion, chemical peeling
and laser-resurfacing, Microneedle therapy is the one way to go. It is one of
the proven skin therapy used by most dermatologists, to reduce and soften
scars, fine lines and large pores. Since I do have large pores, uneven skin
texture and many scars left (from facial back in the old days and currently
cauter’s scars), I decided to purchase microneedle roller for at home
upon this brand named ORA (www.beautyora.com) from Los Angeles, US. They have a few
ranges available, but I decided to start with the lowest needle depth (0,25mm).
Why? Because the longer the needles, the deeper the wound, causing it to bleed
(which also means longer recovery time). Usually dermatologists will go with
longer needle, and they’ll use topical anesthetic before the procedure. But
with 0,25mm needle depth, there’s no need to apply topical anesthetic because
it won’t cause any bleeding on skin. The worst thing that can happen to your
skin with this needle depth is redness, but it’ll go away overnight.
540 stainless steel needles (don’t worry they are extremely fine), that they
claimed will help penetrate the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin
production. Result? Thicker, healthier skin and a smoother appearance to areas
with wrinkles and scars. Obviously, pores will open due to the needle action,
but this will help to increase absorption and penetration of skincare
painful? Well, beauty is pain, dear. It won’t make you bleed (if you use 0,25mm
needle like me), but you can certainly feel something. If you have thin skin
like mine, 10 times back and forth rolling will be enough to make the skin
looks red. Because it basically pricked the skin, of course it’ll make skin
felt pricked. But no worries, that minor pain (more like a sunburn pain) will
be gone overnight, so I do recommend to do the rolling at night time before you
go to sleep.
Dip the roller inside alcohol to disinfect
before and after use. Usually I left mine for 10 minutes. Let it dry before
Skip eyes area, as the skin there are a lot
Always do the rolling on clean and dry skin.
Don’t press too hard, just let it roll in
each direction (horizontally, vertically and diagonally) for 5-10 times.
Use a powerful serum straight after you roll.
My favorite is Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop that will tone
down the redness.
Skip active ingredients like benzoyl
peroxide, salicylic acid and tretinoin after rolling. Instead, stick to your
basic skincare routine.
Let your skin breathe by skipping makeup within
24 hours after doing the rolling.
Don’t use this on open wounds (that include
active acnes). Mind you, this is not a pimple roller.
Don’t skip sunscreen the morning after.
Just like your toothbrush, please do not
share roller with anyone.
I do this once a week every Friday night,
because I rarely go out on Saturday. Use your best judgment on how often should
you roll, depending on how your skin takes it.
Not every beauty
products that I’ve personally purchased and tried actually made it here.
Especially those that just didn’t work on me, or I simply didn’t get the hype.
note that everyone is different. So what might not work for me, might work for
you. I’m just going to write down the format, not that I dislike the brand and
their specific products per se.
Thanks to my
oily eyelids and humid weather here in Jakarta where I live, this format of eye
color didn’t seem to work on me.
No. Just no.
Don’t get me wrong. I do exfoliate daily. But, just not with these kind. I
didn’t enjoy using this thick wet paper that felt rough on skin.
I guess I’m
an old soul. I prefer my toner to be poured on a piece of cotton pads.
I know some
claimed to give flawless finish, but I just prefer face powder that have the
same shade as my skin tone.
cushion will work and look better on dry skin on drier and colder climates. That’s all.
Thanks to my
fungal acne prone skin, it is very hard to find cleansing oil that safe. So,
this is a pass (unfortunately, because I actually love how it cleansed well for
heavy makeup wearer like me).
For those who enjoy wearing them, lucky you. As much as I want to like them, I just don’t like their gooey textures. I prefer compressed sheet mask mixed with my own hydrating toner.
Year, folks! This will be my first short blog post in 2019, so here we go…
If you follow my IG, you’ll know that I just got back from year-end family holiday in Hong Kong. Other than lots of culinary adventures, trip to drugstores are a must for me, too. Mind me, this is not a review post, just want to share what my haul are from the trip, including some transit haul (I just love Changi Airport-especially Watsons in T3 for fast shopping). Enjoy!
which will happen soon, is going to be another exciting year for skincare
enthusiast like me. Visited Cosmoprof 2018 in Hong Kong on November this year
with my boss and colleague, we saw a lot of new and interesting innovation,
coming from lots of skincare brand.
me, a person with sensitive and fungal-acne prone skin type, I’d rather be
careful and pick’n choose carefully. That’s why sticking to what I believe
worked on my skin, is key. Well, I won’t be a hypocrite, I might try new
stuffs, but I’ll make sure it’s safe.
post, I will share about skincare products that I love (and some are newly
discovered) along this year. And yeah, most probably I will repurchase by next
year (if I don’t find something new & safe for my skin).
PURITO DEFENCE BARRIER PH CLEANSER: new discovery this year and I love it.
Lightly scented, cleanse perfectly and does not leave that gooey sensation
BIODERMA SENSIBIO H2O: been using this since forever, I guess.
Cleanse makeup without any stinging sensation.
HADA LABO TAMAGOHADA MILD PEELING LOTION: new discovery this year, and have been in
love with this exfoliating toner ever since. Unscented and does not sting.
SKIN AQUA UV MOISTURE MILK SPF50+ PA+++: it’s hard to find sunscreen which is safe
for fungal-acne prone skin, so when I found this, it’s a winner. Super
affordable, easy to get and does not leave white cast.
KLAIRS SUPPLE PREPARATION UNSCENTED TONER: yes, it might be a bit hard to absorb if
apply with patting technique. But I believe this hydrating toner really
hydrates, even though I just apply one layer.
DRUNK ELEPHANT T.L.C FRAMBOOS GLYCOLIC NIGHT
SERUM: expensive AF, but that’s why it
works like a charm. I apply this as a spot treatment when needed.
GOODAL GREEN TANGERINE VITA C DARK SPOT SERUM: totally a game changer for me this year. After
cauterization, I believe this spot serum helped me to diminish the spots
SKIN1004 MADAGASCAR CENTELLA ASIATICA 100
AMPOULE: super affordable and it lasts
like forever (thanks to the big bottle).
IUNIK CENTELLA CALMING GEL CREAM: favorite day moisturizer, because it
contains silicone which might not be good if apply at night (you don’t need
that blurring effect at night right?)
KLAIRS MIDNIGHT BLUE YOUTH ACTIVATING DROP: my after treatment HG serum. After microneedling or after laser therapy, this is my go to serum. Usually I apply this by its’ own at night time.