Tuesday, March 6, 2018

a;t fox Gyoolpy Tea Gel Cream

a;t fox which stands for afternoon tea+fox is actually a beauty cosmetics cafe located in Hondae, Seoul. This is a unique cafe where not only do you get your favourite teas and desserts, but skincare and makeup products as well.

a;t fox Gyoolpy Tea Gel Cream is one of their well known product, made with high concentration of Vitamin-C from Gyoolpy Tea, it deeply nourishes and moisturizes the skin, leaving a refreshing, lasting glow on your skin. Also, being a gel-type cream, it spreads and penetrates into the skin smoothly and without curdling, and at the same time creates a thin, moisture layer over your skin to prevent dehydration


Scent wise, it has a citrusy tea-like scent, which is quite mild. A gel type cream that melts easily on skin, it keeps skin well hydrated throughout the day without adding any shine nor sticky-ness. Due to it's watery thin texture, it's perfect for those with oily and combination skin as it doesn't feel heavy nor oily at all. But for those with super dry skin, this won't works as well as it's not a heavy duty moisturizer where it gives intense hydration to skin. 


Overall it's a great product that keep skin soft and supple, perfect for those with normal/oily or combination skin, for me the packaging alone is a good reason to try this. Another plus? It doesn't cause any irritation on my sensitive skin.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Bioderma Hydrabio Essence Lotion

Dehydrated skin is a common problem faced by many people, especially for those living in a country where the weather are hot and humid all year round. To combat this problem, a suitable daily skincare regime is a must, along with a well balanced healthy diet that consist lots of fruts and vegetables...which I often skipped, lol.


Bioderma is a french pharmacy brand, a brand that embeds a unique scientific approach based on the knowledge of the skin and its biological mechanisms to formulate skincare products. According to their official website, below are the main functions for Bioderma Hydrabio Essence Lotion :

Generate Hydration

The patented biological complex Aquagenium® generates intense hydration, immediately and lastingly.

Vitamin PP strengthens skin resistance and impermeability  

Apple seed extract stimulates the activity of Aquaporins, which are the natural channels allowing water flow within the skin.

Provide Intense Radiance

By eliminating dead cell and reducing progressively the stratum corneum thickness, the salicylic acid evens up and smoothes the skin, for a long-lasting radiant complexion.

Protect the skin against oxidative stress

The vitamin E plays the role of protector and helps to prevent skin-ageing caused by environmental factors producing free radicals.



INGREDIENTS - COMPOSITION

AQUA/WATER/EAU, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, NIACINAMIDE, PPG-26-BUTETH-26, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, SODIUM PCA, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, DISODIUM EDTA, SALICYLIC ACID, MANNITOL, SODIUM CITRATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, XYLITOL, HEXYLDECANOL, CETRIMONIUM BROMIDE, BENZOTRIAZOLYL DODECYL P-CRESOL, RHAMNOSE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) SEED EXTRACT, BRASSICA CAMPESTRIS (RAPESEED) STEROLS, TOCOPHEROL, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM). [BI 716]



Texture wise, the Bioderma Hydrabio Essence Lotion is quite watery, slightly thicker than the usual toner. It absorbs really fast on skin, without leaving any feeling of sticky-ness, which I love because I don't really like heavy products. There's also a slight cooling sensation after applying it on. 

Fragrance is listed as one of the ingredients, there's a slight floral scent from it, though it's quite mild and doesn't smell too overpowering. I usually use a cotton pad to soak up the essence lotion before placing them on my face for a few minutes. On lazy days, I just pour some of it and slapped them on my face, lol. Both works well, so it really does depends on your preferred choice of applying it on.

Performance wise, it gives me soft and supple skin. My skin leans more towards sensitive/combination skin type, where there's tendency to be some dryness around certain parts of my skin, which is mostly around the edges of my nose. I noticed there's a lack of flaky-ness on my skin, it also gives me a well hydrated skin, as if I'd just had a facial mask the night before. 

I usually use this before using my serum, which is a bit more viscous. Somehow the combination seems to work well as it really prepped my skin well before my next skincare routine. I even managed to get away by skipping my day cream and using only this, prior my sunblock.

Overall it's a great product for dehydrated skin and also for those with sensitive skin that flares up easily. Bioderma Hydrabio Essence Lotion is available in 200ml and a cute travel size of 50ml. You could get this online (Hermo, Shopee) for a cheaper price. you could also get this from Watsons (Suria Sabah), there's a small aisle that features a lot of their best selling products. If you love lightweight products that keeps skin hydrated, try this!