Cellnique skincare reviews: Derma Whitening Essence, Cream and Daytime Protection 50

Cellnique Derma Whitening Essence and Cream review

Cellnique is one of my favourite skincare brands of all time. I’ve used several of their products and I’ve always had excellent results. If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, you can read up about it on a brand overview I wrote a few years ago, and you can also see my other Cellnique reviews here.

Cellnique Derma Whitening Essence review

Cellnique Derma Whitening Essence

The Whitening Essence (US$87 for 30mL) contains Idebenone, which helps to  improve photo-damaged skin; and Licorice Extract, which treats hyper-pigmentation. The serum itself is a bright yellow colour and has a bit of a chemical scent that’s quite strong, but you get used to it quickly. It has a light creamy texture that spreads easily onto the skin and absorbs quickly, leaving no residue. One of my favourite things about Cellnique is how refined the skincare products feel, and the Essence definitely has that same quality in terms of how smooth, silky, and lightweight it feels, despite it being a cream texture. For a brightening product, it is also very hydrating in that this essence with the cream is enough moisture to last throughout the night, and I wake up with extremely silky, soft, hydrated, and plump skin.

In terms of the whitening effects when used in conjunction with the Whitening Cream, I found that it’s not great at lightening my existing scars or brightening my skin (i.e. improving radiance). However, I found it to be amazing at lightening my skin tone, especially after day out in the sun when I experienced a bit of a tan. For post-tan repair, the effects are extremely quick, in that after 1-2 nights, my tan has gone away and I’m back to my normal skin tone. I’ve been using this product for about a month and I actually found that I need to use about half a shade lighter in my foundation compared to before.

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua Purificata), Idebenone (Hydroxydecyl Ubiquinone), PEF-100 Stearate & Glyceryl Stearate, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Ethylhexagonate, Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Saccharide Isomerate, Jojoba Oil, Tocotrienol (Vitamin E), Dimethicone, Salicylic Acid, Allantoin, Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) Extract, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Beta-Sitosterol, Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Cellnique Derma Whitening Cream review

Cellnique Derma Whitening Cream

The Whitening Cream (US$94 for 30mL) contains Ubiquinone Q10; Alpha Arbutin to whiten the skin, prevent liver spots and freckles; and Vitamin A Palmitate to improve acne, photodamage and post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. It has that same refined, ultra smooth, ultra lightweight texture that is in all Cellnique cream products I’ve tried. It absorbs quickly, and when used with the Essence, provides enough hydration to leave my skin looking and feeling smooth and plump in the morning.

I used this in conjunction with the Essence, so my conclusion with regards to the whitening effects is the same as above. The one thing I want to add about the Whitening Cream is that over time, it left my skin looking smooth, with tightened and more refined pores and skin texture than before. This cream never leaves my skin feeling greasy or heavy

The major downside is the price for the size. It’s only a 30ml jar, which is 40% smaller than most facial creams out there, and it’s priced at US$94 for 30mL, which translates to about US$156 for a 50mL jar. I’ve also been running through the product extremely quickly because I love how lightweight and smooth the cream is, so I use more than I really should.

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) Leaf Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Placenta Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Steareth-20, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Meadowfoam ( Limnanthes alba) Seed oil, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis) Seed Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Ubiquinone Q10, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG100 Stearate, Arbutin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Ceramide III, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), α-BISABOLOL, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, Allantoin, Fragrance, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate

Cellnique Derma Whitening Daytime Protection 50 review

Cellnique Derma Whitening Daytime Protection 50

The Daytime Protection 50 (US$71 for 30mL) has an SPF factor of 50 and PA+++ for both UVA and UVB protection. In terms of sunscreen protection, it contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as the physical blockers, but there’s no indication of the dose of these ingredients so I can’t say for sure how high the SPF protection is. It contains Bearberry Leaf to fade dark spots and act as an antioxidant against free radicals; Alpha Arbutin to whiten the skin, prevent liver spots and freckles; and Licorice to treat hyper-pigmentation. It has a lightweight, dry-cream type of texture. For SPF 50, it’s not greasy or heavy at all, and absorbs into my skin quickly. It also acts as a primer for my foundation, and creates a smooth base for foundation to glide on top of. For a sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide, it doesn’t leave a white cast on the skin at all. I used this throughout summer and didn’t get sun burnt or red on my face, even though I didn’t reapply during the day (oops).

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Cyclomethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone Copolyol, Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) Extract, Bis-Hydroxyethoxypropyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone Copolyol, Polysilicone 15, Silica, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate Copolymer, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate), Methicone, Sodium Chloride, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Alpha-Arbutin, Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)Extract, Propylparaben

In conclusion, I definitely recommend looking into these products if you’re less budget conscious when it comes to skincare. The Essence and Cream are great options for those looking for brightening/whitening products, and they do really work. The Daytime Protection 50 has a lovely texture but it’s quite expensive for a sunscreen so if you already have a sunscreen you enjoy using, you can probably skip this.

Review: Cellnique Intensive Hydrating Lotion & Intensive Hydrating Gel Wash

Continued from my last Cellnique review, here are two more products that I’ve been using over the past few months.

Just a little background on my situation now. I am trying to meet targets at work, so I have been incredibly stressed; for a couple of weeks I worked nearly 10-14 hours a day for the entire week. Then, probably due to overwork, over-stress and lack of sleep (and proper food, nutrition, etc.), I caught something and was very sick in bed for nearly a week. It’s been almost three weeks since I got sick and I am still coughing and trying to recover. These two incidents have really taken a toil on my skin, which is trying to recover from both sickness and stress. However, I have been using these Cellnique products over the past few months and I have found that it has really helped my skin recover quickly and get back to its former glory.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My cheeks are also sensitive and prone to redness. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

Cellnique Intensive Hydrating Lotion

What it claims (from Cellnique.com): Intensive Hydrating Lotion is a unique hydrophilic lotion containing Hyaluronic Acid, Silanetriol and 17 types of Amino Acids to provide instant hydration and preserve optimum moisture balance to the skin. It soothes sensitive-prone skin and furnishes skin with free-radical protection, leaving it supple and silky smooth. This is a hypo-allergenic formulation excellent for all skin types, excellent on dry, sensitive and mature skin.

Price: $32USD for 200mL

Texture/Scent: Viscous fluid, scent-free

The good: I tend to take very hot showers so the moisture is usually drained out of my skin, but when I smooth this on my skin with a cotton pad, I can feel my skin being relieved and refilled with water. It feels very light on, absorbs quickly but is still very hydrating. It also leaves no residue behind at all. I feel my skin is plumper after every application. It is also non sticky, leaving behind no grease or residue.

The bad: I’m not a fan of the bottle as it is a tall pour bottle that I found hard to control the amount of lotion dispensed out of it. I ended up pouring everything into a bottle with a pump as I find that easier to use.

Overall: I really like this toner as it is so simple but works so well. I appreciate that I can feel my skin being refilled with moisture after each application. While its main purpose is to hydrate the skin, I also feel that it does a good job at removing any left-over dirt or grime on the skin as well. The only thing I would improve is the bottle design as I find it a little hard to manoevre. I would recommend this to everyone, to be honest. It’s light enough for people with oily skin to use (and would help to balance out the skin), and people with dry skin will just suck this up. Of course, it is also perfect for anyone with sensitive skin, which is what it was designed for originally.

Product: 19/20
Packaging: 2/5
Value: 4/5
Overall: 25/30 | A
Repurchase? Very likely

Ingredients list: Purified Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Methyl Gluceth 20, PVMMA Copolymer, Phenoxyethenol, Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Citrate, Silanetriol, Hyaluronic Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Lysine, Histidine, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Threonine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Proline, Glycine, Alanine, Valine, Methionine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Cysteine.

Cellnique Intensive Hydrating Gel Wash

What it claims (from Cellnique.com): A gentle facial wash designed for dry, sensitive and mature skin. Cleanse, condition, revitalize all at once with this cleanser’s unique blend of skin-smart ingredients; Purslane Extract, Green Tea Extract and Chamomile Extract. It sweeps away impurities without drying out and irritating the skin. Extremely gentle and non-comedogenic.

Price: $38USD for 200mL

Texture/Scent: Light clear green gel

The good: This is a mild gel cleanser that doesn’t foam up as much as other cleansers I’ve used in the past, so it is good for people with sensitive skin, unfortunately…

The bad: My personal preference is to use a cleanser that foams up really well as I feel that it does help to clean the skin better (I think it’s a psychological thing).

Overall: I feel this would be a good cleanser to use when my skin is acting up during allergy season (which is not now). It is extremely mild, but still cleans relatively well without leaving any residue behind. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to test this out properly because I just don’t like to use a cleanser like this (which is why there is no rating), but it would be the perfect cleanser for people with sensitive skin or if you have extra dry skin and can’t use the traditional cleansers that might strip the skin.

Ingredients list: Purified Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-150 Distearate, PEG-8, Phenoxyethanol, Cocamide DEA, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance, Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) Extract, Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) Leaf Extract, Olive ( Olea Europaea) Leaf Extract, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis ) Flower Extract, Methylisothiazolinone, Cl 60725, Cl 19140, Cl 42090.

Review: Cellnique D’Sensi Calming & Hydrating Cream

It’s no secret that Cellnique is one of my favourite skincare brands. Hailing from South-East Asia, I’ve found most of their products to be suitable and effective on my skin. I’m very excited to share with you a couple more favourites I’ve discovered in this hidden gem that is Cellnique. This is the first of three more Cellnique products I will be reviewing in the next few days.

Just a little background on my situation now. I am trying to meet targets at work, so I have been incredibly stressed; for a couple of weeks I worked nearly 10-14 hours a day for the entire week. Then, probably due to overwork, over-stress and lack of sleep (and proper food, nutrition, etc.), I caught something and was very sick in bed for nearly a week. It’s been almost three weeks since I got sick and I am still coughing and trying to recover. These two incidents have really taken a toil on my skin, which is trying to recover from both sickness and stress. However, I have been using these Cellnique products over the past few months and I have found that it has really helped my skin recover quickly and get back to its former glory.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My cheeks are also sensitive and prone to redness. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

Cellnique D’Sensi Calming & Hydrating Cream

What it claims (from Cellnique.com): A sophisticated dual-action moisturizer with extraordinary soothing and hydrating properties. Multi-active Desensitizing Complex and Yeast Extract are infused to neutralize outbreaks of redness; provides lasting relief to enraged skin by raising skin tolerance threshold. Its exceptionally high concentration of Hyaluronic Acid and Trehalose magnifies skin hydration and reinforces skin protection barrier.

Price: $57USD for 50mL

Texture/Scent: Light gel creme light blue in colour, nearly scent-free

The good: This gel creme is so light and weightless but is still very hydrating without any residue. It does a very good job at calming the redness in my skin and I feel that it has helped to smooth out the texture as well. The packaging is weighty and feels luxe.

The bad: It takes about 2-3 minutes to absorb, which can be a hassle especially in the morning when I need to apply my base makeup right away. I was disappointed to see dimethicone on the list of ingredients, but so far I haven’t reacted to it so I will continue to use it.

Overall: I love this moisturizer! It has really helped to calm my skin. I feel that my skin is smoother, more supple and healthier now because of the D’Sensi Calming & Hydrating Cream. While I don’t think this is enough for winter climate on its own, but with a hydrating serum underneath, I was able to get perfectly balanced skin without overdoing it. By itself, it would be a very good spring/summer/autumn moisturizer. I would recommend this to everyone with dry-to-normal, normal, normal-to-combination, or sensitive skin.

Product: 18/20
Packaging: 4/5
Value: 4/5
Overall: 26/30 | A
Repurchase? Very likely

Ingredients list: Aqua (Purified Water), Glycerin, Trehalose, Methyl Gluceth-20, Celearyl Isononanoate, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Acrylate / Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Cyclomethicone, Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), Isohexadecane, Cetearyl Methicone, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Polysorbate 20, PVM/MA Copolymer, Wheat Germ (Triticum vulgare) Extract, Steareth 2, Steareth 21, Bisabolol, Olive (Olea europaea) Leaf Extract, Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisae) Extract, Silanediol Salicylate, Fragrance, Sodium Hyaluronate, Methylisothiazolinone, Cl 42090

Favourite Skincare Brands Feature: Cellnique Paramedical

I’ve reviewed so many skincare products in the past few years that I’ve been blogging and I know that it all gets kind of confusing for you. I’ve decided to sum it up for you by doing a short feature on some of my favourite skincare brands. These brands produce some of my favourite products that have worked amazingly well on my skin. I feel that my skin is looking its best right now compared to the past and I thank these products for it.

The first brand I am going to feature is Cellnique. Cellnique is a Malaysian skincare brand that I first heard about from Eki who sent me some samples of their Skin Action Sebum Gel (which I reviewed here). I absolutely loved the Skin Action Sebum Gel because at the time, my skin was breaking out due to stress from school and exams and it helped calm down my skin while ridding it of breakouts.

I purchased a few of their products the next spring and despite the problems with ordering (they’ve recently updated their website, so I don’t think this will be an issue anymore, plus they were very quick to respond to the problems), I’ve loved almost every item I’ve tried from their brand.

Apart from the Skin Action Sebum Gel, I’ve tried the Gentle Foaming Cleanser, Advanced Bio Renewal Mask, Derma Brightening Complex, Soothing & Hydrating Lotion and Intensive Hydrating Oasis Gel. Almost all of these have done wonders to my skin. You can click on the links for their individual reviews. I’ve also just recently purchased two more bottles of the Soothing & Hydrating Lotion because I love it so much; I’m already almost done with my first bottle!

Some of the reasons why I love Cellnique include their use of herbal plants and other natural ingredients in their products. As a business school graduate, I can understand why companies are using more and more synthetic chemicals in their products, but these products can be damaging to us in the long term. Using more natural products is something not often seen anymore, so I applaud Cellnique for this. Cellnique is also very involved in social media and very connected with their customers. I love that I can get a good assessment of my skin condition through just communicating via e-mail. They respond to my inquiries quickly and I feel like I am getting very good customer service, even through the internet.

Cellnique recently came out with a new series of skincare products directed towards dehydrated and sensitive skin, which is perfect for me. I will be receiving a couple products from this line soon, so I will be able to review them for you.

“Favourite Brands Feature” is a series focused on Sheila’s favourite skincare brands; these posts were not sponsored by the brands mentioned, but some of the products may have been provided for review purposes. As always, reviews and thoughts are done critically and I will never give a positive review just because the product was provided to me without charge.

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Review: Cellnique Derma Brightening Complex

This is the third and last Cellnique product I received from them earlier this year. This is overall a very effective product that helped to even out my skintone. If I had to choose a favourite out of the three, I would have to say the Soothing & Hydrating Lotion, just because it helped to calm down my skin, but this one is also really great. Honestly I loved (and still love) all of the Cellnique products I’ve tried. I highly recommend this brand to you! You can read my reviews of other Cellnique products here.

What it claims (from Cellnique.com): Formulated with liposamal Willow Bark Extract and Vitamin C, this strongly-effective yet gentle formulation works excellent on skin discoloration, dull and uneven skin tone, restores skin’s luminous glow without provoking any skin irritation or peeling. Unprecedented clarity radiates from within.

Price: $45USD for 30mL from Cellnique.com

Usage: I used this gel as the second last step of my nightly skincare routine, after Cellnique’s Soothing & Hydrating Lotion and before the Intensive Hydrating Oasis Gel. I use three drops of this on my face and neck.

The good: This is a very good brightening serum that will not dry out your skin! Most brightening serums I’ve tried tends to dry out my already-sensitive skin, making it flaky and uncomfortable, but this does not. It also does a good job at gently brightening my skin without being overly harsh. It contains various acids to gently exfoliate your skin and get rid of dark spots. The result is brighter, more even-looking skin. It also absorbs easily and my skin is smoother as well.

  • Brightens
  • Lightens dark spots
  • Does not dry out the skin (unlike most brightening products)
  • Absorbs easily
  • Skin is smoother and looks more even

The bad: There is a strong, herbal smell to it, but I don’t mind it very much. I would also have preferred if it is in a glass bottle instead of plastic, as I feel the glass will help to better preserve the active ingredients in this serum. The price may also be a little high for some people.

  • Strong smell
  • Plastic bottle
  • Little availability, can only be purchased on their official website
  • Slightly on the expensive side.

Overall: This is a highly effective product to help gently exfoliate and rid your skin of dark spots without drying out the skin. The dropper dispenser format is hygienic and easy to use without wasting product. I would recommend this to anyone who has acne scars that they want to get rid of, or just want to brighten the skin.

  • Product: 18/20
  • Packaging: 3.5/5
  • Value: 4/5
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Overall: 29.5/35 | 84% | A
  • Repurchase? Very likely

Read on for ingredients: Continue reading

Review: Cellnique Intensive Hydrating Oasis Gel

I received this product from Cellnique a few months ago to review. I’m glad I’m just using this now because the Intensive Hydrating Oasis Gel is great for summer. It is light but provides just enough moisture for my skin to stay balanced all night.

What it claims (from Cellnique.com): A highly concentrated Aloe Vera gel-based skin soothing and calming formulation designed for all skin types. This soothing gel is further enhanced with the infusion of Witch Hazel, Horse Chestnut, and Marine Collagen to deliver an ultra effective moisturizing function.

Price: $41USD for 50mL from Cellnique.com

Usage: I used this gel as the last step of my nightly skincare routine, after toner, Cellnique’s Soothing & Hydrating Lotion and Derma Brightening Complex.

The good: Very soothing, great for weather exposed skin (too much sun or wind) that needs a repairing. This is a very light, translucent gel that absorbs very quickly. While it is super light, it is also very hydrating without being oily at all. My skin is dehydrated leaning to normal (just recently – it used to be super dry) and this is just perfect for night-time, keeping oil at bay while sealing in all the moisture. It just keeps my skin… calm and fresh feeling all night.

  • Soothing
  • Hydrating
  • Absorbs well
  • Keeps my skin feeling fresh all night

The bad: The pump mechanism is a little tedious to use. I would have preferred it to just be in a regular squeeze tube without the pump because near the end it starts to get a little hard to pump out product. It is a little hard to come by as you can only purchase it from the Cellnique website. It is also a little bit on the expensive side for those who are on a budget. Lastly, this gel will probably not be enough for my skin in the dry Canadian winter months as it is light. As right now it is summer, I love it, but I’m not sure about winter.

  • Pump mechanism a little cumbersome to use
  • Little availability, can only be purchased on their official website
  • Slightly on the expensive side
  • May be too light for winter dry months

Overall: While at first glance this is just a regular clear gel, I really like this product because it provides enough moisture to my skin while staying light and without burden. I highly recommend this as a summer moisturizer as it is light enough but can help nurture skin back to health from sun damage. It is a little expensive, but a little goes a long way.

  • Product: 17/20
  • Packaging: 3.5/5
  • Value: 4/5
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Overall: 28.5/35 | 81% | A-
  • Repurchase? Maybe
Read on to see ingredients:

Review: Cellnique Soothing & Hydrating Lotion (loves!)

I received some product for review from Cellnique earlier this year, but because I left for Kingston before the products arrived, I didn’t get to try them until I got back. Here I’m going to review the Soothing & Hydration Lotion, one of my newest favourite products.

What it claims (from Cellnique.com): This unique complex lotion consist 14 types of plant extracts to calm sensitive prone skin. It helps to refresh tired skin and replenish skin moisture – spray anytime you wish to. This is a hypoallergenic formulation excellent for all skin types.

Price: $25USD for 200mL from Cellnique.com

Usage: After washing my face with cleanser and wiping my face with a cotton pad soaked in cleansing lotion, I sprayed my face with this until my face is moist. (from Cellnique.com – Spray all over face as required, excellent for men as an aftershave soothing spritz, ideal to use as facial spritz – refreshes and hydrates the skin for longer lasting makeup or during your freight schedule, it can be used on hair to help soothing and hydration)

The good: I have sensitive skin around my cheeks that becomes red very easily (this is due to my many years of using whitening products that has made my skin thinner than before). This lotion is very soothing for my skin and gets rid of all the redness. It is also very hydrating and absorbs well, also helping the serums that I apply after absorb better as well. The spray mechanism deposits just enough product on my skin evenly and does not waste product either (from liquid dripping down the side of the opening of a regular bottle).

  • Soothing and gets rid of redness
  • Hydrating
  • Absorbs well
  • Spray mechanism works well

The bad: Nothing really… It smells a little like plants/herbs, so if you dislike that you may not like this. It is also a little hard to come by as you can only purchase it from the Cellnique website.

  • The scent may be bothersome to some
  • Little availability, can only be purchased on their official website

Overall: I used to be wary of spray lotions but now I love them. This product is definitely one thing I cannot skip after I wash my face and I fully recommend it to people who need a boost of moisture in the day. I’ve never tried this over makeup though… I wonder what that will feel like.

  • Product: 20/20
  • Packaging: 4.5/5
  • Value: 3.5/5
  • Ease of Use: 4.5/5
  • Overall: 32.5/35 | 93% | A+
  • Repurchase? Yes!

Read more for ingredients: Continue reading

Review: Cellnique Skin Purifying Daytime Protection 20 [Updated]

[Update May 4, 2010] Sorry for being MIA for the past couple of days! Internet here has been really slow and VPN has just been making it slower so I haven’t had a chance to blog. But I did have a chance to use this again in a new climate so today I’ve updated it with some new thoughts.

I recently read Erynn’s review of the Cellnique Skin Purifying Daying Protection 20 so I decided it was time for me to do my review too. I received the sample of this product when I purchased the Cellnique Skin Action Sebum Gel and the Advanced Bio Renewal Mask.

What it claims (from Cellnique.com):
A specially designed, non-oily three-in-one formulation providing daytime protection for oily and acne-prone skin. Works as a sun block (UVA and UVB, SPF 20), an acne cream and a natural foundation to blend acne scars for even appearance.

Key Ingredients:

Benzoyl Peroxide
An effective anti-bacterial agent for treating blemishes. Benzoyl peroxide penetrates into the follicles in the skin to kill bacteria that cause skin acne problems, with low risk of irritation.

Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA)
Salicylic acid is the only beta hydroxy acid (BHA). Salicylic acid has been prescribed as an exfoliant and functions as an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial for treating breakouts. In addition, salicylic acid has the ability to penetrate into the follicles and skin surface, which helps exfoliate the skin’s surface as well as inside the pore lining where clogged pores (blemishes, blackheads or whiteheads) occur.
Burdock Extract
Burdock is used for its antiseptic properties to regulate oiliness of the skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to control and effectively prevent breakouts.

Full Ingredient List:
Purified Water (Aqua purificata), Butylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Talc, Ethylhexyl P-Methoxycinnamate, Cyclomethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Lactic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Cetyl Sulphate, Ceteareth-10, Ceteareth-20, Salicylic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxides, Witch Hazel Extract (Hamamelis virginiana), Great Burdock (Arctium lappa) Extract, Iron Oxides, Methylparaben, Dimethicone, Tropical Fragrance.

My thoughts:
You can see from the picture below that it is a thick tinted cream. I felt that this applied kind of dry. I have dehydrated combination skin and it tends to get quite dry in the winter, so I need a bit more moisture, especially here because it is cold and windy. I have to say that unfortunately this does not provide the moisture that I need. Also I felt that I needed to use a lot in order to spread it over my entire face, but the good thing is it absorbs almost immediately after you apply it, which is probably why there is a lack of moisture in a way. 

In order to get more out of less, I ended up mixing this with my green Biotherm Aquasource gel in order to get better hydration out of this. I found that once it is blended out, the colours kind of dissipates and you don’t really get much coverage from it, so for people who are worried about if the colour matches your skin, it really isn’t an issue.

I used only half of the sample that they gave me up to now (I used it for about a week), and I plan on saving the rest for summer. I felt that it wasn’t enough for my drier winter skin, but maybe it will work for summer. I’ll be updating this entry once I find out!

[UPDATE] I used this again on Saturday when it was quite warm and humid out, something I thought would help the dry-ness of this product. Before I applied this as my tinted moisturizer, I used the Cellnique Skin Action Sebum Gel as well as some Dior One Essential serum for moisture and detoxification. Even though my skin was already nicely hydrated and prepped for this moisturizer, it still applied extremely dry. So dry that it really accentuated the lines on my skin as well as showed some “snake skin” patterns, like on very dry legs, on my cheeks where its normally not that dry. Even though it does provide good coverage like a tinted moisturizer, I feel that Cellnique can improve it by not making it lighter and more hydrating. Overall, I’m not a fan of this product, but I feel that if you have oily skin and tend to get very shiny during the day then this would be a good product for you. But if you have slightly drier skin or live in a very hot, tropical region I would not recommend it as it is quite thick and dry.

My score: ❤ 

Review: Cellnique Advanced Bio Renewal Masque

I purchased this product from Cellnique the last time they had their 20% off sale. Its one of their most popular products, especially when paired with the Skin Action Sebum Gel.

What it claims (from Cellnique.com):
This unparalleled clay masque is formulated with bio-captured fresh fruit enzymes and acid complexes. Advanced Bio Renewal Masque effectively exfoliates dead skin cells, optimizing cellular renewal performance and deep pore cleansing, thus revealing a softer, fresher, and healthier skin.

Active Ingredients:

Glycolic Acid (AHA) + Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA)
Glycolic acid, derived from sugar cane, is the most active and beneficial of the AHAs. When applied to the skin, glycolic acid penetrates deeper, below the superficial layers of skin, and breaks up the ’glue’ that holds dead skin cells. When using glycolic acid to counter acne, it is often combined with salicylic acid (BHA). While glycolic acid breaks up dead skin cells, salicylic acid removes these dead skin cells remove from the surface of the skin, opening pores and leaving skin feeling smooth and revitalized.
Bromelain (Pineapple Enzyme)
An enzyme derived from the pineapple plant, bromelain helps to digest keratin protein and promotes effective exfoliation. Removing dead skin cells results in smoother, brighter skin.
Marine Protein
A natural formulation of essential skin nutrients, marine protein helps retain moisture, elasticity and firmness of the skin, giving it a younger and radiant appearance.
Lactic Acid
Derived from milk, lactic acid is well-known for its skin hydrating properties as well as being a gentle AHA exfoliant, helping to re-texture the skin surface and stimulate cell renewal.
Malic Acid
An AHA fruit acid, derived from apples, to rejuvenate and improve skin condition by softening, increasing cell turnover and promoting circulation.

Purified Water (Aqua purificata), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocamphodiacetate, Pineapple Enzyme (Bromelain), Papaya Enzyme (Papain),  Polyethylene Micro Beads, Glycolic Acid, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Tomato  Extract, Lemon (Citrus medica limonum) Oil, Grape Seed (Vitis vinifera) Extract, Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), Amino Acid, Saponaria (Saponaria offcinalis) Extract, Propylene Glycol, Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) Gel, Linden (Tilia cordata), Titanium Dioxide, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Tropical Fruit Fragrance.

My thoughts:
This is one of my favourite recent purchases. First off, it just smells amazing. I was told that it was going to smell like pineapples, and it really does. But more like fermented pineapples, although the fermented part doesn’t bother me that much. I love pineapples, which means it earns extra points with me. As a matter of fact, I’m drinking pineapple juice right now! Hehe.

This product works like both a mask and an exfoliator. It is very thick and spreads quite well; you don’t need very much product to make it work. When its on my face, I can feel it slowly cleansing my skin, but it doesn’t dry it out at all. You’re supposed to mix it with Vital Repair Cleansing Milk, but because I only received a mini sample of the cleansing milk, I didn’t do that. I found that it still worked very well without mixing. The result is clean and smooth skin.

The only problem I have with it is its price. It costs $55USD for 50mL from Cellnique.com. Although it says there are 50mL of product it actually looks much smaller in person; just the tub is quite big. I got it on sale for $44 from the promotion. I don’t regret buying it as it has worked well for my skin. I would probably re-buy unless I can find something better.
My score: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 1/2

Review: Cellnique Gentle Foaming Cleanser

I know I just received this on Monday, but I’ve been using it everyday for the past few days so I think its enough to warrant a review =)

What it claims (from Cellnique.com): 
A gentle cleanser, containing alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and tomato extract, designed for all skin types to remove dead skin cells, impurities and excess oil. Contains no sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).

Active Ingredients:

 Glycolic Acid

Belonging to the alpha hydroxy group of acids (AHAs), glycolic acid works as an exfoliant, and was the first AHA to be used in skin care. Glycolic acid is famous for its effectiveness in removing dead skin cells and regenerating collagen as well as elastin in deeper skin layers.
 Lactic Acid

Derived from milk, lactic acid is well-known for its skin hydrating properties as well as being a gentle AHA exfoliant, helping to re-texture the skin surface and stimulate cell renewal.
 Tomato Extract

A natural and gentle ingredient that helps to balance skin pH and avoids possible irritations from the AHA.

Purified Water (Aqua purificata), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocam-phodiacetate, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Amino Acid, Tomato (Salanum lycopersicum) Extract, Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) Extract, Saponaria (Saponaria officinalis) Extract, Propyl Glycol, Isostearamidopropyl Mor-pholine Lactate, Quarternium-22, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, Soya (Glycine soja) Protein, Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) Extract, Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) Leaf Gel, Linden (Tilia cordata) Extract, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin.

My thoughts:
This is described to be a gentle cleanser, but made for normal/combination/oily skin. I would say that it does fit its description. I found it to be quite gentle on my skin because it doesn’t foam up as much as something like  Clinique Liquid Facial Soap. As far as a cleanser goes, it does an average job of removing dirt and grease from my face. I can tell because when I clean my face again with toner, there is left over residue on the cotton pad.
Three things that I’ve noticed though:
  • Even though it is quite gentle when washing (ie. no stinging, doesn’t feel overly clean, etc.), my skin feels just a little bit tight after a good wash-through.
  • My skin becomes a little bit red, especially in the cheek/nose part of my face, after using this. It doesn’t sting or anything, just red. I’m not sure what is causing this, as its never happened before with cleansers, but I am guessing it is the Glycolic Acid. That part of my face can become sensitive sometimes, so I don’t blame the cleanser.
  • The smell is a little off. It is a very hard to describe scent, very chemical. I don’t mind it THAT much as its a cleanser so it’ll be gone once I wash it off, but for people who dislike chemical smells, you might want to stay away.
Would I buy again? Probably not. Retail price for this is $38 USD for 200 mL of product. It is comparable to Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, which is only $15 USD for 200 mL, which means that I am unlikely going to spend the extra $23 to buy the Cellnique cleanser. Overall though, it is not a bad cleanser as it does mostly what its supposed to do.
My score? ❤ ❤ ❤
Don’t forget to enter my Lush giveaway. It ends tonight at 7 PM GMT +0000 (aka Greenwich Time). Winner will be announced a few hours later and prize will be purchased this weekend.

P.S. I will be away in London this weekend without my computer, which means I will be MIA until Sunday night. Please feel free to comment/ask questions, but I won’t be able to get back to you until Sunday night. Thanks!!