Thursday, April 16, 2015

Short Review of Ponds Dewy Rose Gel

I haven’t use anything from Ponds since High School. I don’t even remember why I stop using Ponds, and what product I was used. Wait, maybe it’s their cleansing foam because I was crazy about cleansing foam back then.
Ponds Dewy Rose Gel isn’t a new product, I’ve seen it many times before decided to get one in 10 ml size. Actually they have two moisturizer in Dewy Rose section : Gel and Cream. I have oily skin and always afraid with “cream” so yes, I went for Gel.

I bought mine in minimarket for IDR. 21,600. Not so cheap compared to it size, makes it IDR. 2,160/ml. Ugh. I haven’t read any review about it from anyone but blog endorser, so I start with zero expectation. I don’t even know how inside packaging look like!

product description
ingredient list (click to see larger)
The box is pretty pink, totally caught my eyes. Once its opened.. Not so. Jar inside looks cheap and off. Well.. Lets open it..

Wow, at least they put plastic separator inside! Good job.

Okay, I might have wrote it several times, how I almost expect nothing to product I tried. For this one, I just want a gel moisturizer I could use on daily basis with affordable price and easy to find locally. I think it would be like Secret Key Salt Fantastic Soothing Gel (reviewed here), more or little less. But no, it’s much more.
product on my hand, unblended

Since mine is small, 10gr size, I think I wouldn’t get any seen effect. But on 4th day, I looked at my mirror and think how bright and healthy my skin is. I did quick thought about latest skincare I tried (sometimes its hard to track, you know) and found Ponds.
My other latest skincare routine has Paula Choice 8% AHA gel too as newest member, but it was 10 whole days before Ponds. And I’ve seen how BHA and AHA both makes my skin looks better. But this time it was different. I look a tad fairer, and somewhat dewy too.
As for moisturizing aspect, its nice enough. And it doesn’t cause me breakout (lately, many product doesn’t). Being gel product, its light and comfort to wear, and has no coverage. As it might expected, it has soft rose scent which gone short after applied.

I appreciate Ponds great work for Dewy Rose Gel. I both enjoy applying and it’s effect. I would happily recommend it and repurchase (though I wish its somewhat cheaper, LOL).

However, since I currently reading Paula Begoun’s Original Beauty Bibble , I want to share what I think she might say about Ponds Dewy Rose Gel. She and her team haven’t do review about it on their web ( yet.
Please not that I currently reading, means I haven’t finish the book yet, my opinion is based on part I’ve read and some review they did on web and on other book titled Don’t Go to Cosmetic Counter without Me. Dont ever hesitate to correct me if i'm wrong :)

Ponds Dewy Rose Gel contains high amount alcohol denat (third on list) which is unfortunately, is drying in long term use. Theres also Perfume in middle of list, which is no need. And although it said to use Rose as main ingredient, its listed near the end of list. I wonder if it's Rose that work so well or Niacinamide, an ingredient that works to reduce redness.

Paula also think that jar packaging, though seems fancier, is not good for product it self. Contact with oxygen will degrade product’s quality beside it's not so hygienic.

Complete ingredient list and its function can be found at :

Be Smart, we can found many source on internet to help selecting product ^___^
.. in the end, will I repurchase it?
Yes, I love the effect. I am trying to balance it with better moisturizer at night.
But not for long term use. Maybe another full size jar (while I’m trying to find another product) and I will stop for some months.

If you have suggestion for me, please put on comment section below :)
Thank you, hopefully my post does help you :)

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Monday, March 16, 2015

My First Impression to Paula Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel

If you're an interested in Paula Begoun's product, then you might have heard about BHA and AHA. For facial use, Paula offered several kind of BHA, including 2% BHA Gel which i've tried in sample size (yes, they have official sample size product!)

First, some introduction from paula choice :
What makes this product unique?
Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant is a water-based formula that exfoliates both the skin's surface and inside the pore, reshaping the pore lining to unclog pores and improve skin cell turnover rate. This creates a dramatic improvement in the skin's appearance, feel, and function especially for blemish-prone skin. There is a great deal of research indicating that BHA (beta hydroxy acid) increases collagen production and drastically smooths the surface of skin. Additionally, BHA has anti-bacterial properties that attack blemish-causing bacteria. The silky gel base of this exfoliant is similar to the texture of the Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Gel Exfoliant but has twice the amount of salicylic acid to combat stubborn blemishes, including blackheads and white bumps.
This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free with a pH range of 3.5-3.9. Every Paula's Choice BHA product is formulated with additional soothing agents.
Who is this product for?
All skin types may use this product, but the texture is especially suited for those with normal to very oily skin prone to blemishes.
NOTE: Those allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate) should not use products containing salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid).

 I usually use 2% BHA Liquid with cotton ball (thats my method, and i feel enjoy with it), but i wanna try something else and there's gel type coming in. Please note that i'm only using sample size (1.5 ml actually), so it's just my first impression, okay?

What it does :
creates radiant, even toned skin
reduce redness & builds collagen
unclogs & diminished enlarge pores

Direction of use :
apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Apply a dime sized amount over entire face, including eyes (avoid lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or higher.

My way using it :
this sample size is enough for 3 days of use, twice a day.
i use very little amount and spread all over my face (avoid lower lash line and eyelids) right after cleansing because i'm rarely using toner this days.

2% BHA Gel is clear, has medium thick gel consistency.
Once applied, it feel much more sticky than liquid one and makes my face appear brighter than usual (not that i'm complaining).
Scent is stronger than liquid, but still acceptable. And it's not fragrance smell, it's chemical and gone after few seconds.

For me, it's more practical to use since i'm not using cotton ball here, but apply directly using my finger. My finger feel a tad drier than when i'm using liquid one but if i wash it properly after use, it's okay.

While combating acne, it perform worse than liquid.
I don't know it's just me or what, since Paula said liquid and gel type BHA are basically the same, with different texture only. But i think Liquid works better on me.

PRO's :
Clinically proven non irritating
BHA (for me, it's always a plus)
doesn't causing me break out
easier to apply
makes my face appear brighter

CONs :
 Stronger scent
Doesn't perform as good as liquid type BHA
 makes my fingers drier after application (need to wash properly)

However, if i can't get Liquid BHA, Gel type is much more better than none at all.
Have you tried Paula's product?
I'm still reading her book and hopefully, trying her AHA in short time :)

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