Summer is here and although there is practically no summer in Singapore, the weather recently is driving everyone crazy. Besides the normal working hours on weekdays, i dont even feel like waking up and getting out of my air con room on weekends.
As if the bad weather is not all, World Cup has to happen at this time of the year. Yeap, i am a WC fan and i stay up to watch the matches on weekends. Bad weather, late nights, stress and age.
I guess it is not hard to imagine how the combination makes one look – Dull. Firstly, we will never be able to beat this weather as long as we are still staying here, as for late nights, i guess i have no choice too because WC is once in 4 years.
I face stress like nobody’s business, stress from all sorts and that is life too, inevitable. As for the last factor, sorry but nobody can fight against it.
You know, i used to be able to lose weight real quickly when i was younger. Just starving for a day or two and i will lose the kgs. Now? The more i starve, the fatter i get. Seriously 😦
Not only that, when i was younger, a night or two of partying and no sleep does not make much difference and the dark circles and yellow dull skin will disappear in days after a full day of sleep and recuperation.
What about now? Good gracious, the stubborn skin prob persist, just like the fats.
I always have pigmentation issues and freckles is something i am extremely not proud of.
My skin is generally still alright, just a little dry but i thank God for not giving me more problems.
At the very least, i can head out to work without any make up in the morning so i do not have to waste time drawing my face since i wake up really late in the morning. (i only start to draw the face after i reach office, so i survive the train rides and all with a bare face)
As the age increases, skin problem starts to surface more not because they never exist when we were younger.
Problem is, there is something call the cell renewal rate, like metabolism rate, it slows down as the age increases.
Those that know me know that i do not spend much time on skincare products, but it is also true that age is something tt goes its way up yet bringing people down. Thus i have improved abit on my skincare regime.
However, am still sticking to products that have proven effective for me and added a few products that seem promising (i am still observing and making my choices)
I am thankful that Neutrogena sent me their latest Clinical Fine Fairness range for review 2 weeks ago and i used to use Neutrogena during my younger days, thus the sense of familiarity lingers.
I changed to other products as i got older back then because i was told that we have to switch brands after a long time of using the same brand, not sure if that is a myth but i did it anyway.
Reason behind this was because if you were to use the same product for very long, the effectiveness of the product no longer shows. Anyone tell me if this is true? Anyway, i was really delighted when i received the big box of products from Neutrogena (thank you Si hui for arranging) . They were very generous to provide actual size products instead of sample size and the packaging looks very elegant in White and Bronze. I received 3 products in total and they are Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Radiance Essence ($45.90) Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Multi-Protect UV Fluid SPF 50+ PA+++ ($34.90) Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Radiance Cream ($34.90) About the Products:
Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Radiance Essence
Clinically Proven Results. Powered by clinical strength brightening ingredients, including VITAL-IONS™ and Lily Nectar, Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Radiance Essence, is clinically proven to lighten persistent spots with visible results in just three weeks by inhibiting melanin production.
Do you know? How Melanin Builds Up – As we grow older, our skin’s cellular turnover becomes sluggish. This affects skin’s natural function of expelling melanin and it starts to accumulate within skin – dark spots appear and skin tone becomes uneven, taking away skin’s natural radiance.
-This product aids deep skin renewal at night, helping to make skin look brighter, fairer and more radiant. -Its clinical strength formulation works to reduce melanin production and improves skin tone and clarity, while at the same time providing sufficient hydration for dewy soft, smooth and moisturised skin with youthful luminosity
Additional info: The Synergistic Ingredients Designed to diminish the appearance of persistent dark spots, new Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness features a unique combination of VITAL-IONS™ and Lily Nectar for renewed skin that glows.• VITAL-IONS™ technology uses zinc and copperminerals, known to be catalysts that kickstartthe skin’s cellular renewal, speeding up thedispersion of melanin. • Lily Nectar is the mixture of White Lilyextracts and stabilised Vitamin C tosuppress the production of melanin
To achieve the best results, the 2 products below completes the regime. Check them out!
Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Multi-Protect UV Fluid SPF 50+ PA+++
Morning/ Day: Shield your skin from damaging UV rays and free radicals with Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Multi-Protect UV Fluid SPF 50+ PA+++
Formulated with Neutrogena’s patented HelioplexTM technology as well as the clinical strength whitening ingredients of VITAL-IONSTM and Lily Nectar, it serves the dual purpose of broad-spectrum protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays and cell revitalisation for renewed radiance. HelioplexTM has been clinically proven to deliver one of the best forms of protection under extreme sun conditions, shielding skin against cellular damage and premature aging that cause fine lines, sagging skin, wrinkles and dark spots.
Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Radiance Cream Night: Support your skin’s self-repair mode while you sleep with Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Radiance Cream. Apart from its brightening properties, it also infuses skin with deep hydration for dewy, plumped-up skin. Apply over Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Radiance Essence
A luxurious non-oily moisturising formula infused with VITAL-IONSTM and Lily Nectar, it aids deep skin renewal at night, helping to make skin look brighter, fairer and more radiant. Its clinical strength formulation works to reduce melanin production and improves skin tone and clarity, while at the same time providing sufficient hydration for dewy soft, smooth and moisturised skin with youthful luminosity
My Own Experience
I have been using the products for approximately 2 weeks and i have to say, i really like it very very much. Despite the fact that this post is sponsored, i will still give my honest opinion and the pros and cons i feel about the 3 products.
After cleansing, i apply the Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Radiance Essence before moisturizer.
It comes in a very innovative double chamber pump. Initially, i felt clumsy while using it because i am not sure where to press since there are like 2 sides.
But after i got over my bimbo moments, i think it is really easy, all you need to do is just press on the middle of the pump and both sides of the pump will dispense the cream. It smells extremely good, no strong chemical smell, no strong fragrance but a very mild pleasant smell.
The texture is very smooth and non sticky. When i say non sticky, it is really NOT sticky at all, which i totally love. The cream is lightweight, it glides on so smoothly all over my face. Its ability to absorb into the skin is strong because all it takes was a few mins and i feel as though i did not apply anything.
After Cleansing, picture is raw without edit nor filter.
How the skin looks after application. Pic is not edited & not filtered.
Clinically proven to lighten even the most persistent spots with visible results achieved in just three weeks! Tested to be effective in erasing a year of accumulated melanin with just one bottle. Apply to skin after cleansing, before moisturizer.
After which, i apply my own eyecream and also the Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Radiance Cream. Likewise, the Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Radiance Cream feels very light and the smell is not overwhelming too. I love how this ranges of product feels on my skin, easily absorbed and non sticky at all. Also, the cream does makes my face & neck feel very moisturized too.
Applying to whole of face & neck. All 4 pictures above are non edited/filtered.
When it comes to night cream, i am really particular if it is sticky or not. I hate it whenever the cream feels sticky and i have problem sleeping with sticky cream on my face because i will tend to avoid touching the pillow and i cant turn the way i want in that case.
I apply the Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Multi-Protect UV Fluid SPF 50+ PA+++ in the morning. I have never bother about all these UV protection stuff and this has to be the first time i am applying something lidat.
This time round, the cream is a little different, it is purple-ish while the other 2 above are white. Like its ‘sisters’ above , this cream is non sticky and smells very mild and nice.
Because this product also acts like a make up base, i look even more radiant without make up when i go to work in the morning. There are even praises from people around, saying that my skin looks perfect even without make up. Happy to know that but am really glad that despite the ability to look good, i am also protecting the skin by applying the Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Multi-Protect UV Fluid SPF 50+ PA+++.
Actual color, pictures are not edited.Morning skin with Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Multi-Protect UV Fluid SPF 50+ PA+++
My overall conclusion for this line of products is that i genuinely love it. Even if i am not being sponsored, i will be prepared to invest in this range.
There is not much for me to be unhappy about but if i really have to name the pros and cons, i guess the price will be the only factor that might make me re-consider when i am making my choice. I personally find it abit pricey for the size of the bottles. However, if you compare with other brands which you can find in Watsons and Guardian, it is considered as normal market price.
Comparing to brands like those you find over counters in the shopping malls, this range is way more affordable. Also, for the efficiency, i would say that it is worth it. I used to have very bad dark spots problem and i never fancy the idea of whitening (i really hate it that the face is white and the body is of a darker tone)
(Picture taken under natural light, no make up, no edit. Dark spots getting less obvious)
However, Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness range does not ‘bleach’ my face but instead, it provides the glow on my skin, lightening dark spots instead. Of course, there are freckles and spots that are stubborn and requires more than just cream (laser is needed) but i am glad the color is turning lighter and is not so obvious anymore 🙂
I will continue with this range for now, if you would like to find out more, you may visit their relevant and official sites:
Neutrogena Singapore Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/NeutrogenaSG Whitening page on the Neutrogena Singapore Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NeutrogenaSG/app_1517933861762645
This post is sponsored by Neutrogena.