Benton Papaya-S Sun Cream: A Review

This product has been kindly provided by Benton for free in exchange for an honest review.
Claims: Benton’s Papaya-S Sun Cream is Benton’s second physical & chemical suncream designed for outdoor activities. Papaya-S Sun Cream has the highest sun protection factor available in Korea, SPF50+ / PA++++. Mixed with chemical and physical sunscreen agents, the suncream effectively blocks both UVA and UVB, and helps to protect skin from external stressors. Also, niacinamide and adenosine in the formula help to achieve a bright and smooth complexion.
Ingredients: Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water(43%), Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide, Octyldodecanol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Aqua (Water), 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Beeswax, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Propanediol,Hydrogen Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Carica Papaya Seed Oil(5000ppm), Glyceryl Caprylate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Panthenol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Beta-Glucan, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract(750ppm), Xanthan Gum, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Adenosine, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Bud Extract, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Papain(100ppm), Algin, Glucose, Geranium Maculatum Oil
First impressions about this product posted on my Instagram.

Anyone even vaguely familiar with the Philippine skincare game know that papaya is the MAIN ingredient in whitening products since forever so I was kind of surprised to start seeing it in more international products recently.

The Benton Papaya–S Sun Cream SPF50+/PA++++ has 43% Carica Papaya Fruit Water, Carica Papaya Seed Oil, and Papain.

I’ve always had trouble with sunscreen. Those I’ve tried that seemed okay for even months at a time will suddenly break me out. I’m always on the search for my HG sunscreen. When I got chosen to review Benton‘s new suncream, I was excited but also wary because of a few ingredients that I’m on the lookout for. The full ingredient list is found above, if you want to run it through cosdna.com, but I have been using skincarisma.com purely because of it’s better aesthetics.Read More »

Holika Holika Pig-nose Clear Blackhead: A Review

Claims: This is a 3-steps kit perfect for pore control.  The first step opens your pores which allow for removing blackheads easily.  The second step removes blackheads.  The third step to minimize pores.
Ingredients:
Step 1 – Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Extract, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Arctium Majus Root Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Saponaria Officinalis Root Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, CitrusMedicaLimonum(Lemon)FruitExtract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, RosmarinusOfficinalis (Rosemary)LeafExtract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, ThymusVulgaris(Thyme)Flower/LeafExtract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract,   Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, CitrusAurantiumDulcis(Orange)FruitExtract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Fragrance(Parfum)
Step 2 – Water, PVP, Dimethicone Copolyol, Kaolin, Titanium Dioxide, VP/VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, CI 17200
Step 3 – Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Erythritol, Trehalose, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, CitrusMedicaLimonum (Lemon) FruitExtract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance(Parfum)
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What people most commonly refer to as blackheads or whiteheads, often concentrated on the nose, are actually sebaceous filaments (SFs), tiny collections of sebum and dead skin cells around a hair follicle, which usually takes the form of a small hair-like strand [source]. SFs are normal features of the skin [source]. Blackheads (open comedones) and whiteheads (closed comedones) are the result of a clogged pore that may include dead skin cells, dirt, impurities, cosmetics build-up, and sebum [source].

TL;DR: SF = normal skin feature, blackheads/whiteheads = acne.

However, on oily-skinned people, SFs can be very noticeable because of the amount of sebum produced. These have been a problem for me ever since I hit puberty, even before I had proper full-blown acne when I turned 19/20. I have been very wary of nosestrips since I went down the /r/SkincareAddiction hole. Physical extraction (through nosestrips and squeezing) could break capillaries underneath and stretch out pores, and contrary to popular belief, pores cannot shrink, back to it’s original size once stretched out or be smaller that what your genes assigned you.

Okay, after all of that, let’s get to the actual review. Again, I got these on sale for PHP58 each (from PHP98 each) from one of Beauty in Seoul’s [ website | Instagram ] sales.Read More »

Skin Watchers Green Snail Hydrating Gel: A Review

I grabbed the chance to buy this at a discount from one of Beauty in Seoul’s [ website | Instagram ] sales because Skin Watchers prices normally keep me away from their products that I really want to try.

Claims: The Skin Watchers Green Snail Hydrating Gel is a refreshing and lightweight hydrating and soothing gel formulated with Snail Secretion Filtrate without any stickiness. It is also formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, Broccoli Extract, and ten other types of herbal extracts to boost the moisture levels of your skin. The Allantoin calms irritated skin, Gluconic Acid helps balance the skin’s sebum, and Collagen and Elastine manage the skin suppleness and hyration.
This product does not contain any artificial colorant, alcohol, paraben, paraffin, talc, phenoxyethanol, benzophenone, or mineral oil.
Ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Niacinamide, Apium Graveolens (Celery) Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/leaf/stem Extract, Brassica Rapa (Turnip) Leaf Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Arginine, Carbomer, Allantoin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Parfum
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Skincare Staples: Jeju Farm Sheet Masks

I discovered Jeju Farm masks when I stumbled into a Beauty in Seoul [ website | Instagram ] kiosk in a nearby mall. The sheet masks were PHP38 each and have been a staple in my stash ever since. If you get the chance, I highly recommend visiting a BIS kiosk, they have reasonably-priced Korean beauty products and they have the nicest sales people I have ever encountered.

Let’s get on to my my favorite Jeju Farm masks:

jf mask snail

Jeju Farm Snail

Claims: The snail mucus extrct with EGF ingredient recover your skin effectively and keep your skin nutrition plentiful. The natural aloe-vera extract sooth exhausted skin. Sufficient moisture supplying make healthy skin.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Ethanol, SodimHyaluronate PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Methylaparaben, Hydroxyethlcellose, Diaodium EDTA, Alltoin, Propyiene Glycol, Triethanoiamine, Snail Secretion Filtrate Extract, Fragrance. [ source ]

Let’s start off with my favorite. This mask has a different material from the other two Jeju Farm masks in this post, this is more rigid and plasticy than the usual soft fiber of Aloe and Green Tea and of the other variants of this mask line I tried. Due to the material, it dries up really fast. But I love this mask anyway. The scent is pleasant and not overpowering. The remaining essence is plenty enough for me to transfer it to a small container ready for use the next night with a compressed sheet mask tablet, adding a few drops of toner or additional snail essence into the mix.

As with these Jeju Farm masks, I use these when I have a bit of time to allow me a mask at night. The snail is for when I have been dealing with a bout of mild breakouts I need to soothe.

This mask leaves my skin soothed and hydrated, a nice glow in the morning after, 10/10 would recommend.

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Skincare Routine: Early 2017

I never really had acne when I was a teenager gone through puberty. My face was really oily but it stayed smooth. I only really used facial wash back then.

But everything changed when the fire nation attacked.

I can’t remember now when I exactly started breaking out but I think it was around when I was 19 or 20. The acne was mainly concentrated on my cheek area at first. I tried so many drugstore products and even went to a dermatologist who gave me antibiotics and products which dried my face out. I wasn’t aware of the online skincare community then, so without the help of /r/AsianBeauty and /r/beautytalkph, I bought products that were not kind to the skin and I shot my moisture barrier to shit. My acne worsened and I lost hope, living with painful breakouts and a constantly red face.

However, by late last year, I subscribed to /r/beautytalkph and got to talk with other people who I shared skin types and skin concerns with. Most importantly, they were from the same country, which meant recommendations were mostly easily accessible or even locally produced. Between November last year and today, my routine has been mostly unchanged save for the addition of sheet masks, and it had been the best few months for my skin.

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