Oil Cleanser Showdown: $4 Softymo vs. $10 DHC

When I started using an oil cleanser (and double cleansing), I nosed in gently with a very budget friendly choice, Softymo DEEP. At about 400 yen for 230 ml and readily accessible here in Japan (pretty much every konbini, supermarket and drugstore carries it), it seemed like a safe bet. It worked amazingly. So amazingly, that I never branched out into the middle or luxury sections of the oil cleanser market.

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If it’s not baroque, don’t fix it.

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Stress and Acne: Can Stress Cause, Trigger or Worsen It?

Stresssssssssssssss. Some lifestyles are more susceptible to stress, as are some personalities. My personality is very prone to stress. My type-A tendencies, among other things, make me stress over shit that probably doesn’t need stressing over.

Why is stress such an issue? For many, it lights a fire under us (hello, fellow procrastinators) so it can’t be all negative. But, what stress does to your body can be quite damaging. Not counting all of the other stuff it does internally, my skin breaks out like nobody’s business when I’m under a lot of stress. Like, a pepperoni pizza just transplanted onto my chin-type acne.

Which is actually an indicator of what’s going on inside … where you get breakouts (if you do) can give you some ideas on the cause. If you get chin disasters like I do, pay attention to when you get them. If you are prone to acne only around your period, you likely get spots on your chin. If you are breaking out with seemingly nothing to do with your monthly menstrual cycle, and it’s also on your chin, it could be triggered by stress.

These breakouts can be viewed as your body’s way of telling you that you need to make some changes … but I’m not a lifestyle guru (or any kind of guru for that matter), so you do you on that front. What I might be able to help you with is dealing with them. Continue reading “Stress and Acne: Can Stress Cause, Trigger or Worsen It?”

Biore ROSE Scented Watery Essence & Gel Sunblock!!!

It’s here! Start checking your local stores, if you’re in Okinawa. Biore’s limited edition rose scented version of its cult classic sunscreens, Watery Essence and Watery Gel, have arrived!

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Available in both the watery essence and watery gel formulas!

If you’re new to Japan, you may not know that limited edition is everything here. From sakura-themed, well, everything during cherry blossom season to the endless new flavors of Kit Kats to regional versions of mainstream products like the Okinawa edition of Lululun sheet masks, Japan is a master at producing regional and limited edition versions of products. It makes each trip to the konbini (convenience store) a bit of a treasure hunt.

If you have use (or use) Biore watery essence or gel sunblock, you are familiar with the very light, vaguely citrus fragrance. The scent fades very fast, just about as fast as it absorbs in your skin (which is pretty damn fast). This new one’s scent is a bit more noticeable, and lingers a little bit longer.

Let’s adjust that and remember this is a product sold in Japan, so the scent is still quite light. But, if you like rose scents in the slightest, I think you will like this. It smells very realistic, like real roses (again, very typical of Japanese products for the snozzberries to taste like snozzberries).

If however, you are not a fan of rose scents, you may find that it smells of old ladies, as my friend did. So … buyer beware.

This all being said, if you’re a diehard Biore sunscreen user, it might be fun to try and find a tube of this to mix up your SPF’ing this summer, or to give as a fun gift.

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