There are a few skin care items that I’ve been wanting to tell you about, but I don’t want to dedicate the whole post on one product just to tell you how it doesn’t work for me. So I decided to lump them together, because a mass whining session is more fun. LOL! I have a cleanser, a toner and 2 moisturizers that don’t work for me.
Philosophy Purity Cleanser
I know many people like this cleanser. But to me, first of all, I hate how it smells. It smells like liquid detergent, or some sort of bleach or medicine. I don’t know. It’s just bleh. To top it off, it actually dried out my skin, so no thanks. I stopped using it after 2 weeks and it is now used to clean my brushes. It is not strong enough to clean out my synthetic brushes used for cream and liquid products, but it’s good enough to wash my brushes used for powder makeup, like my eye brushes 🙂
Lancome Tonique Eclat Clarifying Exfoliating Toner
Oh gosh, this is the only toner I’ve tried that stings my eyes. The alcohol in it is so strong that the fume made my eyes tear. Seriously! Just the smell choked me to death. The Lancome SA recommended this because it exfoliates the skin and she was going on and on about how smooth the skin is after using this. That’s the first and last time I trust any word spoken from her mouth. I used it once, and put it back in my skincare cupboard immediately. I took it out again half a year later, just to give it a second try. I wet the facial cotton pad, closed my eyes and in circular motion, wiped my entire face. This didn’t sting my eyes, but I still smelled alcohol. Fair enough, I could see some greyish brownish residue on the cotton pad so I’m sure that’s some sort of exfoliation. I used it again for the next 3 evenings, and my skin did feel ‘cleaner’ in a way. However, I wouldn’t use this every day and night or it’d strip all natural oils from my face. I still don’t like the strong alcohol content and I doubt I’d ever use up this toner. Currently, I’m using it only on my neck.
[A’kin] Purely Revitalising Brightening Day Creme & Firming Night Creme
These 2 products were sent by PR for consideration purpose. I was testing out these 2 moisturizers and I really like that the day creme absorbs into skin very quickly and keeps my skin moisturized, and the night creme is rich enough without feeling greasy. However, this combination made my skin peel after 2 weeks of testing. Uh huh. I’ve never used any moisturizers that made my skin peel and this is the first time. After 2 weeks, I noticed a rough patch on my left cheek, and a few days later, I noticed slight peeling. I stopped these moisturizers immediately, and went back to the Estee Lauder moisturizer I was using before. A week later of using the EL moisturizer exclusively (and lots of masks), my skin went back to normal. I tried another round of this A’kin moisturizer combo and true enough, the peeling occurred again! I haven’t used these moisturizers since, and my mom took them into her custody. She hasn’t complained though, so I guess they’re not making her skin peel.
Have you purchased any skin care products that turned out wrong for you? Anything you avoid?