Much thanks to an adverse reaction from a product I have been testing, my skin condition have turned for the worst in the last 2 months! (|||」`□´)」 This is one of the downside of being a beauty blogger, whatever products that I review here have been tried and tested. I have red bumps on my face to prove thus no hanky panky is involved, that I can assure you.

Despite banishing that particular product, which I will do a write-up soon, my skin showed zero sign of improvement. I decided to do a detox and cut down the number of products I used on a daily basis to a minimum.

Correct and Repair
Having read nothing but rave reviews about LA ROCHE-POSAY, I reckon this is the best time to try some of their products. The dermatological skincare range aims to correct, repair and improve one's skin condition, be it acne, eczema, etc problems that most of us struggle on a day-to-day basis.

When our skin is going through the recovery process, it is more sensitive to external aggressions such as the weather and could cause itchiness and the like. This is where Cicaplast comes in to form a protective barrier to accelerate cellular renewal. This can be used not only on post cosmetic peels(flaking, chapped skin) but also on the lips. The waxy texture resembles the Smashbox primer, but the oil-control properties ain't to my satisfaction.

LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR A.I. Targeted Breakout Corrector

AVENE SOS Imperfections Spot Treatment
Constantly on a search for effective acne treatments, I have yet to see positive results with these two products. Due to the inclusion of the micro-exfoliating LHA, the dried-up LRP tends to flake at contact, AVENE comes in handy for multiple applications.

LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR DUO Corrective and Unclogging Anti-Imperfection Care
Cicaplast tends to flake even when I apply the Corrector over it, thus leaving me miserable for a while. This product -which aids the unclogging of sebum-blocked pores- is of a creamy texture and a savior to my problem. This product works especially well with Cicaplast; the latter's waxy texture leans more on the dry side, and doesn't flake when I applied it over.

So far the recovery process has been moving like a Tortoise; slow but steady. We all know what happened to the Rabbit at the end of the race, so I shall be patient.

Dr. Ci:Labo Aqua Collagen Gel
As we get older, skin elasticity will start to break down and collagen is needed make up for any loss. This product penetrates into my skin with ease and leaves no sticky residue. I tend to use this sparingly during this crucial period thus I can't comment on any plumping effect.
To get to the core of congested pores, one must get rid of the accumulating dead skin on top. This is where exfoliators come in to scrub away the impurities and allow treatment products to do their job. When we are dealing with problematic skin, it is essential to use products that won't add unnecessary provocation.

CURE Natural Aqua Gel
CLARINS Gentle Refiner
The Gentle Refiner does a great job at retaining moisture, leaving my skin feeling baby smooth. The creamy consistency contains soothing mimosa extract known to revive the skin for a brighter, even complexion. The gentle dual-microbeads will not aggravate the red bumps nor do I feel any discomfort. You know how sometimes the area around your red bumps dry up and flake? Instead of using fingers to pry, CURE Aqua Gel gently removes the dead skin efficiently. This bottle has been with me for more than 2 years, high time for a review, eh?

Moisture Replenishing
Hadalabo Goku Jyun Hyaluronic Lotion Light
CLARINS White Plus Hp Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel
After all that deep cleansing which could result loss of moisture, we need lotions/toners to replenish moisture and softens the skin to help facilitate the treatment products to do their work. With its cheesy "One drop locks up the ocean" tagline, the HADA LABO lotion is immensely moisturizing and the non-comedogenic ingredients help tame problematic skin. As my skin starts to look sallow during this detoxing period, I need a whitening product to help brighten up my skin tone but does not burden my irritated condition. The brightening peel eliminates dead skin and adds a luminous glow. Although it says in its description to be used twice a week, I have since graduated to use every 2-3 days. No adverse reaction so far.

I hope to see visible results soon, especially when I am about to pick up a set of products tomorrow, one of which is a pre-loved item. I'd placed a reservation before Chinese New Year, thankfully the BA called few hours ago that she has tuck away one of that highly sought after gift set for me. Although this current promotion isn't as attractive as last year's Christmas Coffrets, I'm still grinning from ear to ear because this same item almost landed in my shopping cart today! 

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