It’s been triple-digit weather (Fahrenheit) here in Southern California the past week (i.e.: 38 degrees Celsius or so), and I’ve been taking extra effort to moisturize and care for my skin, lest it gets parched.
I was introduced to “Hada Labo” by a house guest last year, and am now accustomed to the peculiar application method to patting the lotion (referred to as a “toner”) into my skin until it is absorbed. The Husband made fun of me when I first started doing so, and often asked if I needed help smacking my face. Tsk.
This is the “regular” Hada Labo toner, i.e.: the one you pat into your skin immediately after cleansing. I’ve used this since about November last year and am just about out of it.
However, since I spend so much time outdoors in summer, I decided to up the ante and fight against the darkening freckles:
This is the whitening & moisturizing toner. Same concept, but with whitening ingredients. I won’t deny that I had to get a Japanese-speaking/reading friend check it out to make sure I was ordering the correct thing. The moisturizer comes in the exact same packaging, and the English descriptions sound… almost identical.
I also recently purchased the Hada Labo facial wash along with the whitening toner above, since I’m just about out of my favorite which I can’t find in the US nor online:
This doesn’t smell as pleasant as the Nivea one, but a small amount does foam up to a rich lather, leaving my skin cleansed but not tight.
I end off with this L’Oreal moisturizer my Mom left behind, and occasionally a pricey serum I received as a gift:
My most recent discovery that I love, snagged for $9 at TJ Maxx, is Elizabeth Arden’s “Peel & Reveal”:
It’s a thick, viscous gel that you apply thinly after cleansing, using the supplied fan brush. It stung a little during my first use, and had a pretty strong alcohol smell. I leave it on for about 20 minutes or so until it dries, then I peel it off, almost in an entire piece, and rinse off my face. I don’t know if it’s purely psychological, but it does feel like it makes my skin smoother and less dull. I use this probably twice a month.
I’m really happy with my simple (and quick!) routine, and though I never used to be one to moisturize, my new home environment surely dictates that I do!