Lazy girl hack: take better care of your skin so you don’t have to wear makeup all the time.

Don’t get me wrong, I love makeup. I just don’t like waking up earlier in order to have time to do my makeup :lol: So, I cheat by trying to have good skin as much as possible. The keyword here is try :lol:

I have been looking for a good low pH facial wash because I’m looking to balance my skin’s pH. I fear that my skin barrier is damaged. I used to have normal skin up until summer 2014 and all hell broke loose. Due to that summer’s heat, I washed my face every so often with a harsh facial cleanser and my skin got oily. Another tip: only wash your face two times a day, three if you really have to.

Our facial skin is naturally acidic so that bacteria can’t thrive on it but the use of harsh facial washes that have a pH balance of 6 and higher strips away our skin barrier and thus, acne and all kinds of pimples ensue. I found this helpful list of facial cleansers and their pH level if you need a reference when buying a cleanser.

Human Heart Nature facial cleansers

  • Human Heart Nature Acne Defense Facial Wash – This has a pH level of 4.5 and is such a gentle cleanser. It doesn’t foam and it’s gel-like in texture. It has an all-natural formula because this is produced by a nature brand and has tea tree in it that fights off acne, which is why I love it so much. Sadly, it doesn’t contain salicylic acid, which is my other favorite ingredient for fighting acne.
  • Human Heart Nature Balancing Facial Wash – This one has a pH level of 5 and I use this at night because it has loofah and bamboo scrubs that mildly exfoliates. It doesn’t do anything regarding pimples but I do find that my skin is less oily after using it.

As much as I love these local products 1They ship internationally, if you guys are interested!, I might purchase another facial cleanser soon, because these have coconut-derived ingredients and coconut is comedogenic, which means it can clog your pores.

Dickinson’s Witch Hazel toner, The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Daily Solution, and Belo’s SunExpert Face sunscreen.

  • Dickinson’s Pore Perfecting Witch Hazel Toner – As you can see, I’ve mostly switched to all-natural products because they’re much more gentle than those which are full of chemicals. This toner removes excess dirt that my cleanser didn’t manage to remove. It isn’t drying and doesn’t sting my face. A lot of people mistaken stinging as a good sign, thinking it means their face is being cleaned. It’s not, it’s getting stripped of its natural oils, further damaging your skin barrier.
  • The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Daily Solution – This is actually a serum but I haven’t found a good moisturizer yet that doesn’t clog my pores so I’m sticking to this one for the time being. I find that when I use this, I don’t get too oily. When I’m wearing this without any face makeup, it’s almost like I have a normal skin type.
  • Belo’s SunExpert Face sunscreen – This is my current go-to sunscreen even though my BB cream and face powder already has SPF. You can never have too much SPF! However, it does make me oily throughout the day so I’m looking for another product.

The Body Shop’s Tea Tree 3-in-1 Face Scrub, Skinfood’s Rice Mask, Zen Organic’s Charcoal mask

  • Skinfood’s Rice Mask wash off – This one is more of a brightening mask than an exfoliating one. I love using this when my skin is dull.
  • The Body Shop’s Tea Tree 3-in-1 scrub – I love using this one whenever I break out because it instantly dries my acne due to having both tea tree extract and salicylic acid. Its smell is minty and its consistency reminds me of toothpaste. I think I’ll replace this one with the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque once I’m out.
  • Zen Organics Charcoal Mask – This is the first charcoal mask I’ve tried and it does remove impurities and leaves my skin well-exfoliated. You have to mix the charcoal powder with water to make the mask–which as a lazy girl, I think is too much of an effort, but it’s well worth it I promise. I’m glad to find that they finally have shipping available but only locally, sadly.

Kindly recommend a good moisturizer and sunscreen for oily skin if you happen to know one, please! ^^

I just noticed that half of these products are locally-made so that’s a plus :lol:

I forgot to join last week’s Monday Makeup Madness linkup so I joined again this week here.

P.S. New theme is up. I kinda miss the sidebar but I didn’t know what to include in it so I just removed it lmao.

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    On March 27th, 2017, Eena said,
  1. This was pretty interesting reading about how pH actually factors in to facial washes. I always thought it applied solely on areas that were extra sensitive – but now as I type this out, it’s dawning on me that yes our faces are pretty sensitive too.

    Ugh, this reminds me, I need to stock up on some charcoal mask!

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    On March 27th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Eena, go get your charcoal masks, girl! ^^

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  2. On March 27th, 2017, Di from Max The Unicorn said,
  3. I love The Body Shop Tea Tree range! I really love the smell of it for some reason. The green Body Shop Skin Clearing Facial Wash is amazing :)
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    On March 27th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Di from Max The Unicorn, omg same! I haven’t tried it yet but is it really effective on oily skin?

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    On March 27th, 2017, Di from Max The Unicorn replied:

    @Gillan, Yes! I have oily combination skin and it really helps keep my skin clear as I’m prone to blemishes!
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    On March 27th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Di from Max The Unicorn, oooh I’ll try that next, thank you! <3


  4. On March 27th, 2017, Nancy said,
  5. Taking care of your skin seems less time consuming than applying makeup. Nothing wrong with applying makeup either :). I didn’t know that our facial skin is naturally acidic. It makes sense on why we need to stay away from certain cleansers (where it harms us more than helps us). I’m starting to dig the flood of the natural products in the market. Makes us feel like we’re not slabbing chemicals all over our faces.

    I’ve heard of charcoal masks being super helpful in removing impurities. Maybe because it’s black and it’s easier to spot what has been caught? I usually use Clinique products but they tend to be on the pricier side :I. Thanks for some neat recommendations :).

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    On March 27th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Nancy, I’ve always wanted to try Clinique products because they mostly cater to oily/acne-prone skin but I’ve read mixed reviews.
    Can I ask what’s your skin type? :)

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    On March 27th, 2017, Nancy replied:

    @Gillan, my skin is oily and Clinique’s products worked for me (with long-term results). I still get a pimple once in a while and their acne treatment helps tone down the inflammation :).

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    On March 27th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Nancy, that’s good to know, thank you! <3


  6. On March 27th, 2017, Katherine said,
  7. I need to take better care of my skin! Thanks for sharing these products :)

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    On March 27th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Katherine, no problem! Go treat your skin, girl! ^^

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  8. On March 27th, 2017, Chynna said,
  9. Love the new layout!

    Taking care of your skin is so important, but man I’m lazy. I really wanted to get into a Korean skincare routine, but have I done that? Nope. My skin has started to break out around my chin especially, even though I drink plenty of water – I think my skin in just sensitive in general.

    We have a store called Superdrug and they have their own brand moisturiser that contains Vitamin E and acts as a sunscreen, as well. It’s the first moisturiser I’ve used that doesn’t make my skin oilier than it already is. Haha.
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    On March 27th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Chynna, thank you! ^^
    HAHAHA SAME! I’ve been wanting to do that in forever but it’s so time-consuming.
    That’s sad to hear. Maybe your breakout is hormonal?
    Oooh, that’s interesting! Will check if they ship internationally <3

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  10. On March 27th, 2017, Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life said,
  11. The Lush Cupcake face mask I blogged about this week is perfect for oily skin!

    Ingrid
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    On March 27th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life, oooh it looks so cute that I just want to eat it! That’s good to know! I haven’t tried their masks but will definitely try it soon <3

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  12. On March 27th, 2017, Da Dominguez said,
  13. Wow, you’re really keen on your skincare routine! I never looked into pH levels, but from now on, I surely will! Haha. I guess most girls had this phase when we wanted to try all those facial cleansers just because we’re too excited to be “dalaga” even without proper consultation. Haha. I guess that ruined my skin barrier. Lol
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    On March 27th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Da Dominguez, right? I think I’ve tried every facial cleanser there is :lol:

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  14. On March 27th, 2017, Jhanz said,
  15. This is really interesting! Been on the look out for great masks and I’ll take note of those that you’ve mentioned <3
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  16. On March 27th, 2017, Cat said,
  17. I wear make-up for special occassions, but I also can’t see myself waking up earlier to apply make-up, haha. I am just too lazy for that!

    Oohh, that’s interesting that you list the pH values for those facial washes. I have to admit it’s something I haven’t thought about or paid attention to. The Acne Defense Facial Wash sounds nice. I’ve also been interested in trying a charcoal mask but haven’t bought one yet.

    As for sunscreen, I tried the Biore UV Perfect Milk last year, and it felt super light! It didn’t feel oily and heavy like other sunscreens I’ve used before :)
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    On March 27th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Cat, oooh will definitely try out that Biore product! I’ve heard good reviews about Biore but I keep forgetting to check them out. Thanks for reminding me! ^^

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  18. On March 27th, 2017, Marisa Robinson said,
  19. The Body Shop Tea Tree scrub sounds so good! I will have to give it a go :)
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  20. On March 27th, 2017, Sakura said,
  21. Yup you can. I think Windows use NTFS/FAT32 while macOS use a different file system. You can’t read the files from Windows on a macOS hard disk though.

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    On March 27th, 2017, Sakura replied:

    Oh yes, I recommend Laneige Gel Cream for moisturiser which I blog about it at https://violinstar.net/?p=7141

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    On March 29th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Sakura, I have heard so many good things about Laneige and I’ll definitely try to get this one! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  22. On March 27th, 2017, Sofia said,
  23. I really want to try the Body Shop Tea Tree range!

    Xx sofia

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    On March 28th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Sofia, you should it’s great! I think you forgot to input your URL because I can’t visit your blog :(

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  24. On March 27th, 2017, Nice said,
  25. I am not really a fan of makeup. In fact, the only thing I put on my face whenever I go out is baby powder. Haha! Personally I am not prone to breakouts (thankfully), but it’s good to know about your recommendations on facial care. ^^ Now I have ideas on what are the ones worth buying if ever I decide to invest more when it comes to taking care of my face. Thank you for sharing! :)
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    On March 29th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Nice, that’s okay, leave your face be! It means your skin barrier is still intact ^^ You’re welcome and thank you for visiting my blog <3

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  26. On March 28th, 2017, Parie Joshi said,
  27. Love the sound of those cleansers! x

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    On March 28th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Parie Joshi, thanks! I think you forgot to input your URL because I can’t visit your blog :(

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  28. On March 28th, 2017, Rebecca said,
  29. I definitely overwashed my skin as a young teen and that made it sightly oilier. My skin is better now because I dont wash it as often but it definitely has its crappy days. My skin has broken out big time over night. The body shop tea tree oil range is amazing!

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  30. On March 28th, 2017, Maroon Caludin said,
  31. I honestly never had much issues with my skin. *knocks on wood* But I am a fan of natural products! I find they just feel so much nice and are usually much more moisturizing! I got a bucket full of natural soap. XD
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    On March 28th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Maroon Caludin, lucky you! Yes, they’re so good on and for our skin 💖

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  32. On March 28th, 2017, Richel V. said,
  33. I don’t even know about this pH level thing. Haha! I just really use Pond’s facial cleanser ever since and so far, I think it’s good. Ish. I have to look into having a skincare routine. I might regret not having one when I’m older.

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    On March 28th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Richel V., Pond’s facial cream and cleansers were my favorite in high school. I’m so sad they don’t work as well on me now :( I think you’re fine just make sure you moisturize and put on sunscreen before leaving the house! ^^

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  34. On March 28th, 2017, Hannah said,
  35. I will admit that I wear makeup most days, as having redness is a pain! There are some lovely products here and some great information! I’ve heard so much good stuff about the tea tree range from The Body Shop! Great post!xx

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    On March 28th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Hannah, you should try it, it works really well <3 Thank you!

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  36. On March 29th, 2017, Xian said,
  37. My skin is not really good. I’m having breakouts specially when I eat bad foods and monthly period is coming up :( It’s sad~ I have tried so many products but pimples just keep coming out. I guess I have to take note of what I eat as well and do exercise :(

    But somehow, Garnier calmed the war between my face and pimples XD I’ve been using it since I started working but I kinda want to try others. I’ll take into consideration Human Nature XD Heehee~ Thanks for sharing! :D
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    On March 29th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Xian, same. I stay away from oily food and chocolate. However, I need chocolate when my period comes around :lol:
    Garnier Multi-Action Scrub was my holy grail cleanser until it got replaced by Anti-Acne White something :( What Garnier facial wash are you using now? :)

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  38. On March 29th, 2017, Elisa L. said,
  39. i wish i can have clear, smooth skin so i can get away with not wearing foundation. i don’t have acne-prone skin but i have redness around my T-zone, especially around my nose and on my chin. when i went to a dermatologist before, she said i have acne rosacea which is why my nose always looks red and full of blemishes. it’s not intense but it sure is rosacea. i also have this… texture on half of my cheeks that even though it’s not prominent, it’s there if you zoom my face up close. i wear light makeup to cover the imperfections though because i can’t stand going out looking like a hobo :lol: the key here in my dictionary is definitely a). take good care of the skin and b). wear only light makeup and nothing insane because girlfriend, i ain’t a drag queen XD sometimes, i can’t help but to wonder how does it feels to wear makeup like those youtubers – with lots of strobing highlights, contours, etc. i never liked those. i’m more of a… “glossier” no-makeup makeup kind of gal haha

    i don’t know how your skin reacts to salicylic acid but i used a cleanser from H2O+ that contains salicylic acid and it made my skin shed like a freaking snake. it’s kinda weird because my current garnier one has it too and it doesn’t strip my skin. speaking of acne, the Acnes Mentholatum is actually a good cleanser to fight off and prevent new acne and blemishes. it’s a little too much for my combination sensitive skin but it worked great when i had new zits. other than their medicated cleanser for oily / acne-prone skin, they also have the daily cleanser variants meant for combo-oily skin (with blue scrubs!) they’re affordable and worked well even though i’ve stopped using them.
    there’s this other brand that works for acne-prone and sensitive skin too; it’s called SkinLife and it has mild formula too. doesn’t contain salicylic acid though but maybe because salicylic acid can be quite harsh even for acne-prone skin.

    it’s easy for me to find good affordable toners. the drugstore has some cool ones – for instance, my holy grail hada labo. although it’s labelled as moisturizing lotion, it works great for combination to oily skin since it locks the hydration we, oily skin people, need (especially if the cleanser we used is already meant to reduce sebum)
    for moisturizers, it’s tough for me too. i haven’t really found a good moisturizer from the drugstore. mid-range, however, i like the innisfree green tea balancing lotion for combo skin. they have the green tea fresh cream which is for oilier skin. i mainly use the balancing lotion for daytime moisturizer and balancing cream for night treatment even though the brand tells us to use lotion then cream – which is crazy for me because it will turn me into a greasy hot dog. i think it’s difficult to find moisturizers for oily-combo skin in drugstores because they think we don’t need moisturizer. i used to think like that too but i’m trying to use moisturizer to control sebum. (after all, dehydrated skin will produce even more sebum)

    i know i’ve said this before but the tea tree 3-in-1 scrub is LOOOOVE. i love it and i’ll buy it once my seaweed pore exfoliator runs out. i love how versatile it is. oh and speaking of mask, you should also try the body shop’s blue corn mask. seeing how you have oily skin too, maybe you’d love it too. it really purge my skin and i’m almost out of it haha
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    On March 30th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Elisa L., seems like having rosacea definitely sucks, I sympathize with you :(
    Haha same, I don’t like caking up my face because I’m too lazy to remove all those layers and I’m lazy to put them all on to begin with :lol:
    I guess some people’s skin doesn’t get along well with salicylic acid :( Ooh, those are really good recs, super thank you! :heart:
    I’ve heard so many good things about Hada Labo, I need to get my hands on it!
    Ugh, yes, the struggle of finding a good drugstore moisturizer is real. I’m planning to get the Innisfree aloe vera gel, have you tried it? Now that you recommended another product, I’ll get that one too!
    Will get that blue corn mask once I run out! You know, I never imagined we’d talk about makeup and skincare and look at us now ^^

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    On March 31st, 2017, Elisa L. replied:

    @Gillan, HAHA i actually like looking into beauty and skincare products. they’re interesting :grin:

    i’ve never tried any other innisfree product other than the ones i have mentioned. it’s still a fairly new brand for me tbh haha
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  40. On March 30th, 2017, Caz said,
  41. I’d be interested in trying the charcoal mask as I’ve seen these around but never used one myself. This has definitely made me curious! x
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    On March 30th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Caz, definitely try them! They work wonders on the skin :heart:

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  42. On March 30th, 2017, Kenny said,
  43. Fantastic. I don’t wear makeup, so I have to take care of my skin. Yay.

    You clearly have spent a lot of time to come up with your skincare routine. Me, I just use soap and lotion. I know. I know. You’re appalled.
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    On March 30th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Kenny, I can almost hear the sarcasm in your comment but I love dry humor :lol: :lol:
    I’m definitely not appalled, I’m jealous!

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  44. On March 30th, 2017, Meaghan said,
  45. Omg, love these suggestions! I was looking to purchase more facial cleansers since I don’t like using the same ones every time — I don’t want my skin to get used to the formula. I will check these out!

    I’m a sucker for masks and I had been eyeing the SkinFood Rice Mask! I have way too many charcoal masks/facial cleansers at home. XD
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    On March 30th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Meaghan, oooh that’s a good idea! I actually just am perpetually in search for my holy grail cleanser :lol:
    Same, I’m addicted towards charcoal masks! But now I prefer to exfoliate with chemicals as they’re not as harsh on your skin. :)

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  46. On March 30th, 2017, Doreen's Style Diary said,
  47. The rice mask sounds amazing. I need to try it.
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  48. On April 2nd, 2017, Louise Ramos said,
  49. I love Human Nature! Local + all natural is <3! I try out different moisturizers but I always have a regular Celeteque one on my shelf. It's cheap and readily available and light as water on the skin so I keep going back to it. Been seeing a lot of TBS's Tea Tree line that I wanna try it out.
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    On April 3rd, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Louise Ramos, yay another HHN fan! What Celeteque moisturizer are you using? I have the hydration one but it doesn’t seem to do much for me :(
    Yes, it’s definitely worth it! ^^

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    On April 4th, 2017, Louise Ramos replied:

    @Gillan, The Sun Care matte one. At night I sometimes use Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera Gel or CosRX’s Oil Free Lotion. :)
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    On April 5th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Louise Ramos, ooh thank you! I have also been thinking about getting aloe vera gel and cosrx! Thanks for the recs 💖


  50. On April 3rd, 2017, Elisha said,
  51. That’s actually what I am doing right now! I’m investing more on skin cares rather than on make-up because I am tired of covering my breakouts, rashes, and dry skin! I really like to keep my skin healthy! Thanks for this post babe! It is somehow a guide of what to buy or not! Hopefully, you could visit my blog as well! Have a great day!

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    On April 3rd, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Elisha, yeah, I’m embracing my bare face a lot more these days. Left a comment on your blog! :heart:

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  52. On April 4th, 2017, Dianne Karol said,
  53. I like that you are also very particular with the ingredients. I don’t really read the ingredients, to be honest. I just read reviews and try them myself. If I didn’t break out, then good. If not, then I switch to something else. They say human nature is good cos they’re organic. But I didn’t know that it can clog your pores. I haven’t tried any facial wash from Human nature, only the sunflower beauty oil which I use at night before I sleep. I just don’t like the smell tho but I can tolerate. I also use the same sunblock as yours for my face. I like that it isn’t greasy and heavy. As per moisturizer, I use iWhite Aqua Moisturizer.
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    On April 5th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Dianne Karol, how’s the sunflower oil and how do you use it? :) Ooh, will try iWhite’s moisturizer 💖

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  54. On April 19th, 2017, Beach necessities » Gillan said,
  55. […] Perfect Milk sunscreen – Cat recommended this to me on my March skincare routine so I decided to try it out. It didn’t make me greasy or oily throughout the day, I love it! […]