Skin Rambles – My Current Skincare Routine & Eczema Battling

Hello you guys!

Hope everyone is doing well amidst our insanely warm and stuffy weather of late. Without a doubt, the hot and humid months are upon us. As if Singapore isn’t hot and humid enough already!

Nonetheless, this heat, humidity and stuffiness isn’t the only thing dampening my moods as I seem to be slipping into a state of constant drab-ness. I have been feeling so lackluster and uninspired of late, not just for the blog but at work and all. It seems like my well of ‘creative juices’ had dried up in the heat and I’m left with nothing but a void of words and a constant distracted / uninterested feeling.

I hate this phase I am going through right now but I would like to think that perhaps it is just fatigue and the amount of workload getting to me – too much to think about my mind can’t seem to calm down enough to process my own thoughts.

Regardless, I just wanted to ramble aimlessly about nothing at all but yet about something in particular. It feels soothing to do this without having to assure that my rambles must be of a certain standard hence, right now, here I am taking the mic to ramble on about what I am currently using on my skin.

Are you interested to know? It can get a little lengthy, as if it isn’t already, hurhur.

So… skin!

Well, starting with skincare, I have been using the Jet Concepts Liquid Laser skincare for a good while and while that yielded pretty good results – I do genuinely see my skin recovering from zits and spots much quicker – my skin has been craving something a little milder, simpler and thirst-quenching.

With that, I have since popped back to my L’OCCITANE Angelica skincare routine because, as I had mentioned, this is a fail-proof, mild and great way for me to treat my skin to nothing but moisture and a gentle healing process.

It’s a great way to ‘cleanse my skin’s palate’ in a sense, in between any strong serums or harsh infusions I may be using.

Here’s a run down of what I am using in my current simple and fresh skincare routine:

  • Angelica Transparent Face Soap (not pictured, but see here)
  • Angelica Face Toner
  • Iris Angelica Essence Sublime (bottle #2!)
  • Angelica Hydra Vital Cream and Hydra Vital Gel
  • Oshairee White Wrinkle Filler Eye Ampoule

Most of the stuff I am using now have been featured on my blog at one point or another though there are some new-comers and contenders to this routine.

First of all, the Angelica Hydra Vital Cream and Hydra Vital Gel are new additions to the L’OCCITANE Angelica skincare range, set to replace the current Hydration Cream (that will be discontinued).

I will be talking about these proper in an entry to come but these cream and gel variants feature the good ole Angelica infusions (water, root oil etc), along with an inclusion of an extra nourishing ingredient.

All that, coupled with a new, light-weight and refreshing formulation, these are said to get along better with Singapore’s climate while still providing your skin with the same dose of hydration and a soft veil of protection.

Another new thing to my routine would be this Oshairee White Wrinkle Filler Eye Ampoule!

I am actually quite excited about using this because the people that have recommended it to me sing praises about it and how it does help with puffiness around the eye area and of course easing soft lines / wrinkles.

Unbeknown to many, fine-lines and creeping wrinkles about my eye area is actually a huge concern of mine. It isn’t noticeable from a distance (thankfully) but they are there and you will get to see them in due time, when I put my entry about this product up. I am still in the midst of testing it so I can’t speak for its efficacy just yet but I am keeping my fingers crossed!

Though the serum aside, I absolutely love the cooling roller-ball applicator used to dispense and massage on the eye serum. It makes it an absolute joy to use and I can easily look past any hygiene concerns I might otherwise have. It’s just too nice an applicator!

So anway, all that to come in due time but for now, at least here’s an idea of what I am using on my face as of now!

Face aside, I have been facing some skin woes and eczema annoyance of late.

That’s the reason why you see some redness and bumps on my fingers in some pictures and if you have seen me in person of late you would notice bumps and rash along my legs.

It’s really not pretty but I have been plagued by eczema my whole life that I am quite accustomed to this. Though of late they have been worsening to the point of the ‘outbreaks’ not even getting better.

Those familiar with eczema would know the rash typically comes and goes but this time around it has been coming and not going. In fact it seemed to be getting worst so I knew something had to be done and arranged a session with the National Skin Centre.

I haven’t gone there since I was 10!

I was prescribed a round of Fucicort (steroid cream with anti-biotic) and a milder step-down cream for when things got better, as well as a QV Flare Up wash because I had already put myself on a Cetaphil routine, the doc didn’t prescribe that for me.

So yes… after a few days my skin is certainly seeing a great improvement! I don’t want to speak too soon (like I always do) but… if this keeps up I’ll be back to nail swatching business in no time, yippee!

p.s. I don’t swatch my nails when my eczema is bad because removing polish is a pain, a true pain with the polish remover in contact with my rash and whatnot.

All you neglected bottles of polish, mama is coming for you real soon! Just hang tight!

You guys too, I’ll be back in action once I iron down this madness at work (I keep repeating myself, ha) but hopefully with that out of the way my mind can be more focused and calm in churning out posts.

Thanks for hanging by and thanks for reading, I’ll catch up again real soon!

NEW – L'OCCITANE's Angelica Lemon Range (For Oily / Combination Skin)!

Fairly new, that is.

L’OCCITANE’s Angelica Lemon range has been available for a month or so but if you are wondering what sets this apart from the existing Angelica and Iris Angelica that was introduced last year, well… read on!

If you have oily / combination skin that flares up with angry spots now and then, could use with oil control and needs a little love and hydration amidst repairing and ‘disciplining’?

Well, I think the Angelica Lemon range could be what you are searching for!

Back when I held my Festive Angelica Giveaway, I asked for participants to list their skin concerns. A good amount of the replies I got included oily / combination skin, pores, and in some cases oily yet dehydrated skin at the same time.

With that, I feel the launch of the Angelica Lemon range would perfectly address many of your needs and concerns!

How does Angelica Lemon Work? –

The added ingredient of Zinc along with Organic Lemon Essential Oils help to regulate sebum production and keeps oilies at bay (for as long as they can fend it off!), as well as purifying and tightening the pores. Thus with regular use, your skin should see an improved condition of being less oily with an overall better complexion!

All that aside, the base formulation of Angelica (Angelica Root & Angelica Water) helps with the nourishing aspect and improves hydration along with protecting the skin from free radicals (which damages your skin and speeds up the signs of aging, eeps!).

While the Zinc and Organic Lemon Essential Oils cleanses and fixes your skin concerns, the Angelica formulation provides comfort and soothes the skin so it doesn’t act up!

Voila, that’s the best way to explain this one-two combo found within the Angelica Lemon range as simply as possible!

Angelica Lemon, like the Iris Angelica range, is an add-on to the exisiting (and extensive) Angelica line from L’OCCITANE. What you get with this range is a few key items to introduce to your regime as opposed to a whole new routine from A – Z with Angelica Lemon.

The 3 key products found in this range would be the:

  • Angelica Lemon Ultra Foaming Cleanser
  • Angelica Lemon Ultra Mattifying Toner
  • Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid

Rightfully the Ultra Matte Fluid was the stepping stone to the Angelica Lemon range as it had been formulated with the key ingredients (Organic Lemon Essential Oil and Zinc) while being launched earlier with the Angelica range. To put it simply, this isn’t new but it is now roped in with the in-crowd and properly brought to light again.

Not to confuse anyone it will still stay named as Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid while it stands together with the Angelica Lemon range!

READ ME FIRST! ➜
Before we dive into the products, I want to preface this by saying my skin is currently in Normal and mildly Dry days so these products are not a match for my skintype. Even with that said, I am still sharing my thoughts based on how I felt they work on me though I can’t be a proper judge of the properties these carry (oil control etc).

Angelica Lemon Ultra Foaming Cleanser –

Everyone loves a foaming cleanser… right? It’s just so much more fun to squish a ball of foam around and smear that on your face? No?

Jokes aside, the Ultra Foaming Cleanser does foam and it certainly cleanses well. The foam it produces isn’t a watery drippy mess either and is actually a nice light-weight foam that while seemingly ‘dry’ does sud up well on the face and leaves you feeling squeaky clean. Yes, it does end up feeling a tiny bit drying for me, making my skin slightly taut post-wash though I’m sure oily skintypes would appreciate the thorough cleanse – though remember to moisturize after!

Digressing to the scent, for those who adore the fresh and crisp celery-like scent the original Angelica range carries, you’ll be sad to know the Angelica Lemon products smell fairly neutral with no celery whatsoever. Boohoo for me.

Angelica Lemon Ultra Mattifying Toner –

If the Angelica toner felt a little too hydrating for you, you’ll be glad to learn that this Ultra Mattifying Toner seems to be lighter in texture (not as heavy / hydrating on the skin) without as much of a stick after. It is still a western toner so it isn’t completely weightless and has some moisturizing elements to it, as opposed to the water-like quality of some asian toners. Though it is just as well because even though your skin is oily, it doesn’t mean it should be deprived of moisture!

In terms of the mattifying aspect, I can’t be the best judge but it did hydrate my normal / mildly dry skin adequetely. As a personal preference I still enjoy using the Angelica Toner more as it felt more hydrating and nourishing for my skin concern.

Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid –

A lightweight gel-fluid-like moisturizer to ease and introduce oily skintypes to using a moisturizer because often times when you have oily skin, most cream (or even gel) moisturizers can feel a little too thick or heavy on. For me personally, I feel this is really light weight and best for use during the day. While L’OCCITANE claims you can use this both day and night, if you sleep in drying conditions, it’s best to use a moisturizer that is a little thicker just for that extra moisture.

While the Ultra Matte Fluid didn’t really agree with my normal / midly dry skin (it made my skin feel dry and broke me out a little by day 2), Hubs with his oily / combination skin loves it. He uses it in the day and enjoys how light-weight it feels yet hydrating it is through the day. He has also noted that his face feels less oily by the end of the day and he doesn’t feel the need to splash or wipe his face through the work day, that’s got to be a good thing!

Since he has been using it for almost a month now, he has also noticed the effects of the Angelica ingredients as he noted that his skin seemed to regenerate and hea
l a
lot quicker and better – a pimple scar of his has smoothed out over use.

Not just hubs but a handful of people I have spoken to swear by this product, namely those with oily skin concerns looking to keep oilies at bay and to feel better in their skin through the day!

In all…

While my skintype isn’t the most ideal for test-driving these Angelica Lemon products, I can imagine that this range will easily be loved because it targets the concerns of a large amount of Singaporean women (and men) out there.

Hubs has been testing this range for me, after I did my initial 1-2 week run with it, and he’s been enjoying the benefits that he sees in his skin. Previously he would randomly mention mid-day that his face felt a little oily or that he wanted to splash up to refresh himself. Though these days he doesn’t seem to do that anymore and his skin does appear more hydrated and certainly less oily through the day!

I can’t say that if it works for him it will work for you since everyone’s skin is different but it is certainly worth a look.

If you’re considering only 1 item, why not start with the Ultra Matte Fluid!

Thanks for reading and stick around because, as you would have guessed, I’ve got a giveaway just around the corner! ;)