Well, some time ago I really am not bothered so much about “skin care” Of course I do the basic cleansing and moisturizing, but nothing beyond that. and only once a day. Ya ok don’t judge
So when I started to learn more about skincare (and also cause I’m ….. aging) I really stopped procrastinating and get on with the whole, day and night facial routine!
So right now for the past 1 month, I have been using The Retreat Clinic‘s Essentials range in the morning. I have blogged about The Retreat Clinic before. Dr Ong (in-house aesthetic doctor) has given me the entire range of products to try out!
Their products are formulated with natural products and are free from Lauryl Sulphates, Petrochemicals, Volatile Alcohols, Artificial Colours, Silicones, Mineral Oil, DEA and MEA ingredients which are harmful to the skin with pro-longed use.
But I don’t use the full range in the morning, I only use the Essential Range, which consists of :
Cleanser, Refiner, Moisturizer, and UV Armour SPF 50/PA+++
The Retreat Essential Series are suitable for all skin types. I am somewhat combination, with oily T-zone and drier cheeks, forehead and chin and occasional breakouts due to, lack of sleep, dehydrated skin and didn’t drink enough water.
And I have dull skin tone (also due to the reasons above) AND blackheads too.. AND (if I may add) pigmentation because I don’t use any sunblock before this. 😡 I know, I know please kill me already.
So with so much skin concerns, I am more concern with stuffs they put in. Of course I still have no idea what some of the complicated scientific names are, but when there’re NO harmful ingredients in it. I can use it with a peace of mind.
After using for a month, I did see some differences. My skin tone is not that dull or yellow. It’s more radiant, and no no its not oily.
So here are my thoughts on the products.
Cleanser : A water based cleanser (not milk) and easy on the skin. NOT dry at all after using. and because it doesn’t contain alcohol, while I’m cleansing my face, I can still open my eyes and turn on the tap or take a towel. It’s gentle yet effective cleansing, leaving skin clean, smooth and supple
Refiner : This one acts like a toner but better. It removes micro impurities, tightens pores and reduces fine lines. Absorbs fast and it doesn’t tingle. The texture is very much like water. I usually pump into my palms and I lightly dab it on my face and neck. Face is smoother after usage. Thing is, I don’t like to use cotton pad and the consistency of this is quite watery, so I have to be quick so it doesn’t spill.
Moisturizer: Non greasy lotion, not as thick as some moisturizer. Easy application and though it’s cream, it’s still water based as it absorbs quickly without leaving the face tacky or oily. Smells a little of rose. The pictured amount is what I use during the day. At night, I use about 2x of that.
UV Armour SPF 50/PA+++ : Gives protection against spectrum UV rays, non greasy and slightly tinted for a silky-smooth finish. This is one of my fav. I usually don’t use any sunblock on the face (Actually not on the body too) as it’s greasy and tends to block pores. But this UV Armour is not greasy at all, infact the texture is similar to the moisturizer, if not more watery. Gives a pinkish tone after applying.
1. Here’s a photo I took right after I cleanse, refine and moisturize
2. Dabbing on the UV Armour. I just use my fingers to blend it out
3. Draw brows and eyeliner. Apply some lip balm. Done, ready to go!
The results are quite obvious as the skin tone is more even and more pinkish (not yellow and dull)
So, The Retreat’s Essential Series, tried and tested!
Later on I will post about some of their serum and essence that helped to soften black heads.
Safe to use and gentle on my skin. !
The Essential Series will now be RM 599 during their Hollywood Tea Party. (Usual price would be RM 672)
Check out their facebook page as they will be having an event (The Retreat Hollywood Lift Tea Party) on the 22nd June 2013 (Saturday) Dr. Ong will be showing a demo on one of their signature treatment called “The Retreat Hollywood Lift” which can get rid of saggy, double chin and finally get that elusive V-shape chin! Get cash vouchers for FREE, get discounts up to 50%, get GREAT deals and ultimately, get a FREE Hollywood Lift in our Lucky Draw!
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