Honestly before I came to Netherlands, I do not have a regular facial regimen. When it comes to beauty regimen, I am the wash and wear type, if you can call it that. For hair care, I go for the shampoo and conditioner in one so that I don't need to spent more than 1o minutes in the shower. I do apply lotions when I am not in a hurry to go to an event (which is seldom) and I do not go to salons for regular trimming unless I need my yearly rebonding. I have my hair trimmed twice a year (or when I go for the rebonding) and I don't use hair products other than for the basic washing.
When it comes to my face, Im settled with Ponds products and rarely use other brands. I have been using foaming facial cleanser since I was 16 and just switched to a non-soap brand when a dermatologist told me after a peeling session. I eventually went back to Ponds because the other brand is a tad too expensive for me. I also do not use facial creams or scrubbing products on my face, for the basic reason that I am too lazy to spend that much time applying them twice a day. I would rather spend those extra time reading or writing and watching tv.
When I flew here, I didn't bring my Pond's facial cleanser so I have to look for another brand which is of course cheaper as I do not want to spend too much on these things. And because the weather proves to be an annoyance to my skin I have to look for products that will help this problem. My skin has became drier that everytime I step out of the shower, my face, especially my nose is flaking like after a sunburn.
That's when I discovered Lidl's Iseere products. I think I have enumerated enough reasons for loving them. And because they are so affordable, I do not mind buying the entire line of facial products, aside from the fact that they do helps keeping my face soft and smooth. Especially now that I am trying to erase all traces of the evil chicken pox from my face, I have regligiously follow a strict facial care regimen these days. I am sharing this to women who wants to maintain their youthful and beautiful skin but who doesn't want to spend too much on expensive brands.
Facial Scrub - It's only recently that I went to regular facial scrubbing. My choice of product for this is Iseeri Peeling Gel. It has Vitamin E and provitamine B5 which are known to be good for your skin. It has a very uplifting smell, simply adorable that I wouldn't mind using it everyday. There are blue beads that scrubs your face off the deep-seated dirt in your pores. After applying this, you will notice that your pores are smaller and your skin clearer. I use it three times a week. EUR2,69/tube.
Day Cream - For this one I use Iseere Q10 Moisturizing Day Cream. It has only been 1 month and a half that I have been using this product but I am already convinced that it works for my skin. My skinhas remained soft and smooth despite the changes in the temperature and my skin doesn't get flaky anymore. I use it every morning. EUR2,45/tub.
Facial Cleanser - Everynight I am mostly too tired to tae a shower or wash my face. So as not to sleep with all the day's dirt hiding behind my pores, I use Iseere Facial Cleanser with Milk. It's very convinient to use because you only need to apply it like a facial cream and take it off with cotton. You will feel a bit of stinging afterwards which for me proves that the product is working. You will notice that youre still is clearer. And because it has melk, you are sure it's gentle on your skin.
Facial Wash - At the moment I am using Douglas' Facial Foam in Frangini Scent. It works well with my skin and I love the scent. Best of all I bought it for only Eur3,45 which came with a facial toner and cream so there's nothing to complain. Since at the moment doesn't have in its stock an Iseere Facial Cleanser, Im sticking to this Douglas foam till it is finished.
If there is one thing about my face that I am currenlty so obssessed about is getting rid of these ugly scars left by the chicken pox attack I had last April. My face which is usually pimple free and scar free now has this big, dark scars, especially on my checks and jaw. Whenever MK takes a picture of me, no matter how nicely angeled it is, the first thing I would notice is my scars.
For this I am using the much advertised Bio-Oil Vitamen E product. It promise to get rid of these littekens in two months, if you apply it twice a day. Right now I am not only slathering it on my face but also parts of my body that still bore the ugly reminder of this late virus attack. So far, it hasn'n done its much publicized results. Maybe because I do not use it twice a day, only during the night but for EUR11.95/small bottle, it should work!
Now that spring is here and the temperature is reaching 24 on some days, I think that it is everybody's responsibility to protect their skin from the damaging effect of UV rays. It makes you age faster, that's enough reason for using one. At the moment, I am still sticking with the Nivea Sun Refreshing Fluid Protect with SPF 30. Thirty is the minimun SPF count that is recommended for the face. Some brands even goes up to 45 which is better but of course also more expensive. I bought this from the Philippines so I couldnt remember how much it cost there but according to the web it retails for rougly EUR11.
Oxygen Skin Therapy Day Cream - Ok, I do not have much to say about this one because I've only bought it couple of hours ago because it retails for only EUR1,99 from EUR12. Now wouldn't you say that's a real bargain? Oxygen therapy has been the hype for several years now because it allows aging skin to absorb more oxygen that it normally can when the aging process takes its toll on it. I personally haven't tried the product so I will get back to you on that.
So what about you dear readers, what is your facial care regimen? Is it effective from your point of view and how much does it cost you to remain beautiful?