I'm terribly religious when it comes to skincare.
I have never gone to bed with a smidgen of makeup on my face and I'm glad to say my face (and neck!) are showing the results! For the record, I'm approximately NC20-25 (can you believe I'm getting lighter in the summer!?), with combination/oily skin, and I haven't had a breakout in two years.
Part of it can be attributed to genetics, as well as the BCP, but a lot of it is due to a regimented skincare regime. As a teenager, I could get by with facial wash and toner, but now as I'm getting older (21 years!) I want to make sure that when I hit my 30s I still look great.
So while my skin is clear and blemish-free, I still cope with certain problems, namely:
- Undereye circles
- Slight uneven-ness around the jaw where you can see capillaries blooming
I've been using Etude House's Vital Firm range, namely the serum and lotion for about three weeks now, along with the Secret Time Eye Balm at night. The former is supposed to contain a super-fruit combination of anti-oxidants and what-not, and the latter adenosine, which I presume is to help with preventing wrinkles. According to the Etude House USA site description (also where I got the images from), it is described as:
"Skin nourishing complex is a combination of pomegranate, mangosteen, gogi, and acai berries that boosts skin health and vitality with essential vitamins and nutrients. Also contains N-acetylglucosamine (NAG) which plays an active role in hyaluronic acid synthesis in the skin. Daily use facial serum."
Bells and whistles, much?
(From the Etude House Vietnam website)
I'm pleased to say that the regimen that I have been following so far has been quite successful, leaving me with the following results:
- Fewer blackheads especially around the nose area, and tighter pores
- More even skintone, with a firmer appearance
- My pet wrinkle has disappeared :3
- Takes a longer time to be fully absorbed into the skin, and is a little frustrating especially when applying the products in layers
The serum is packaged in a glass bottle with a dropper. About 3 to 4 drops of the golden-yellow, slightly viscous liquid are more than enough to provide a layer for the face and neck. This is meant to be massaged in, and goes on quite smoothly, especially on freshly-washed, still-moist skin. The serum dries down to a dewy, very slightly tacky finish, and should be used before moisturizer.
The lotion is a bloody headache. The bottle is generous and heavy, but there is no bloody pump. The only way you can get this out is by heavily tapping the opening (which is a tiny hole, by the way), into your palm. Think ketchup bottles. It's also the same bloody thixotropic solution, but applies smoothly anyway. I'm not sure if I will repurchase this one, or try the cream next, which comes packaged in a jar. As usual, a kidney-bean sized amount is sufficient for face and neck, but unless you know what a squished kidney-bean looks like, you might want to try the cream instead. The level of frustration is just keyboard-smash worthy.
The eye balm is quite light, and is packaged in a small purple/lilac jar. A little goes a long way, massaged over the entire eye, concentrating on the lower parts. In the morning, my dark circles look more diminished, and applying concealer is considerably easier.
Each product has a very light scent, quite pleasant, but takes a while to dissipate, so scent-sensitive ladies beware!
Will edit to put up prices tomorrow!
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