Review: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Hydrating Serum on Rosacea/Sensitive Skin

Recently, my skin’s getting kinda dry and tight. Maybe it’s work stress, and I have been breaking out more than usual as well. So I thought… what’s the best way to add moisture without changing my oil-free moisturiser that I absolutely love? Serums.

Serums are a concentrate that targets a particular skin problem, thus we often see serums targeting brightening complexions, fading scars, hydration and more.

I searched hard and long (no kidding) for a basic hydrating serum with no fragrance / parabens  / harsh chemicals / colorants that will suit Rosacea / Sensitive Skin types and ended up with two immensely popular brands – Indeed Labs’ Hydraluron, and First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum. It is extremely hard to find serums that are suited for sensitive skin. Most of them contain fragrance which is the top sensitizing factor for reactive skin types.

So I’ve been using the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum for about a week now, and am happy to say that it does what it claims – layer it under your moisturiser to help hydrate, soften and smooth the skin.

Their clinical results reported a 178% immediate improvement in skin hydration, and also 100% of test subjects exhibited an increase in skin moisture after using the product.

My personal thoughts is that this serum is more suited to oily to normal skin types. The consistency is very light, transparent gel which disappears completely into the skin when massaged gently into moist skin. After application, I did experience a little bit of initial breakout on my left cheek and on my chin area, but they subsided pretty quickly.

I tried using this serum alone, but found that it leaves the skin tacky and sticky. I think it might be due to hyaluronic acid in it, and I absolutely cannot stand the sticky texture. After applying moisturiser over, it dries to a matt finish which is lovely.

Unless you experience itching or burning when this serum is applied, I’d say give it a few days to settle in. I’ve read that when one has very dehydrated skin and you start to moisturise it, the skin will usually purge or react in the initial stage. Once it’s used to the moisture, the breakouts will subside.

I intend to keep this in my routine to see if it helps with my redness, but so far, I do feel that my skin is more moisturised and bouncy. At $60 per bottle (30ml), it’s not exactly cheap but not as expensive as other serums out there. For those with sensitive skin foraging into the serum world, you could give this product a try.

I adore Paula’s Choice beautypedia reviews and they gave this serum 5/5 stars: http://www.paulaschoice.com/beautypedia-skin-care-reviews/by-brand/first-aid-beauty/_/Ultra-Repair-Hydrating-Serum

How to calm Rosacea flare-ups quickly

“Rosacea is known as a disorder of flare-ups and remissions, where symptoms come and go, so the goal is not only to decrease the severity and duration of flare-ups, but to maintain remission to increase the length of time between outbreaks,” – Dr. Julie Harper, clinical associate professor of dermatology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Waking up with a Rosacea flare-up / breakout overnight isn’t the easiest thing to deal with… Here’s some of my tried and tested methods of how to get a Rosacea flare under control in the shortest time.

  1. Keep to the bare minimum
    My skincare only consists of a cleanser and an oil-free moisturiser, which is already the most basic. Some of us do have more intensive regimes filled with serums, lotions, oils, creams. Scrap them for the time being during a flare, and just stick to the bare minimum – which is cleanse and moisturise. This helps to let your skin breathe and also not make things any worse.
  2. Take fever medicine
    I discovered this when I got really ill some time ago, and realised that my skin cleared up with minimal redness. How strange! I usually look worse when I am ill. I looked at the meds and realise there’re two types of anti-inflammatory meds (one for sorethroat and the other being ibuprofen) that I took. It’s not really the most legit way but if taking fever medicine can calm a bad flush down, why not?
  3. Good quality sleep always helps
    When I say sleep, I mean good quality sleep. Sleep decreases stress levels and that’s something very important for someone who is stressed out with his/her outbreak. Do not overheat when you sleep. Many people tend to be addicted to warmth, meaning they wrap themselves up with a thick comforter even if it’s not really that cold. I am one of them. You’ll end up sweating while sleeping, leading to red, oily skin when you wake up in the morning. Keep ventilated and only use a thin blanket if it’s cold.
  4. Treat with an anti-inflammatory mask
    I use a highly anti-inflammatory mask when having a flare-up from Honeylab – Honevo Rosacea. Just spread a thin layer of kanuka honey and do my thing for a few hours, and the inflammation/redness is always greatly reduced. While doing the mask, try to relax, and drink a lot of water to flush out toxins.
  5. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
    The most instinctive thing to do when one is flushing is to grab ice water and down it in an instant. But no, stay away from iced water. Your body uses more energy to heat up iced water, creating more heat in the body instead. Keep to regular temperature water. The trick is to drink and keep on peeing till your pee is clear. I notice when I have a flare-up, I will usually have dark yellow pee.

Even the strongest person can break down at times dealing with this condition. There is no cure. There is no remission forever. When it comes back, deal with it. Once you stop fighting, it consumes you – it doesn’t just stop there, it keeps getting worse.

Take care and keep fighting, fellow Rosaceans.

Is Tree Tree Oil for Sensitive Skin?

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So I recently took a break from work, and decided to try out Tea Tree Oil to help my sensitive, Rosacea skin that is prone to redness, surface dryness and breakouts.

I’ve heard a great many things about Tea Tree Oil and it’s antiseptic properties, and was excited about the benefits it could bring to my skin.

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Top 5 attractions in New Zealand you don’t want to miss

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Hakatere Conservation Park (Mount Sunday)

The set for Edoras, the main city of the Rohan people in Lord of the Rings was built on Mount Sunday. It’s not an easy feat climbing up this mountain and the winds were especially strong at the peak, but the scenery is definitely worth the effort.

Driving a camper van on raw gravel road for a good two to three hours is certainly exhausting and uncomfortable. Rent a small vehicle for a more comfortable ride.

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Leaders Insolution: Yay or Nay?

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Hello ladies.. Have been trying the Leaders Insolution masks recently and I am quite happy with how well they have been working for my sensitive, dehydrated skin that is also prone to acne spots (confusing skin type, I know).

My skincare routine is simple – just cleanse, moisturise and doing a nightly medical honey mask and that’s about it for now. I don’t know where I found the guts to try out a new product but I’m glad I did.

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Changi Cove x Birthday Staycay

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Had a really lovely staycation at Changi Cove during beebz’s birthday. Being lazy bums, we pretty much spent most of the time hanging out in our cozy room and only heading out to fill our tummies. Will totally love to do this again soon!

What we really liked about Changi Cove is the staff, hands down. Happy faces and polite greetings before we even stepped through the main door. Check-in was a breeze and we’re off to a great start to our staycay!

Our room was just perfect. Great comfy bed (it’s super comfy), great view of the nature right outside our window, cute lounge chair to chill and swing in, movie channels, high-end L’occitane toiletries and even complimentary Nespresso capsules and chocolates!

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Clarins Body Treatment Oil: Bye Cellulite

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My body is what people term a classic pear,  boasting a small upper torso with huge ass and thighs. Life ain’t always fair. *sigh*

I think huge ass and thighs are things I can live with, but the cellulite that comes with it almost always makes me cry. Some people are fat, but their skin is still firm and smooth. I’m not that fat, but I’ve got tons of cellulite. The dimpled appearance of the skin makes me feel really conscious about how others will look at me.

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Taipei X Hualien Adventures [Part 2]

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Day #3 – Enroute to Hualien

I woke up as Mcgrumpy as we had to wake up quite early and head to the Taipei Main Station to catch an express train to the scenic city of Hualien. We bought the tickets from Puyuma Express which takes about 2-3 hours from Taipei to Hualien.

In our rush, we didn’t have time to stop for breakfast… thank god for the railway bento (台铁便当) that you can buy before boarding! If you’re looking for food options, definitely check these out cause they’re surprisingly tasty!

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