Review: Biore TEGOTAE Nighttime Intensive Moisture Facial Pack

Review: Biore TEGOTAE Nighttime Intensive Moisture Facial Pack

It’s a moisturizing patch specifically for the dry areas around the eyes and mouth. That’s why this product is also labeled as sleeping eye masks by non-Japanese speakers online. I think the original name is too long and a bit confusing, right? Anyway, if you’ve seen this at your nearby Japanese drugstore and have been thinking about trying it out, I hope this straightforward review can somehow help you make a decision.

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Review: Hythiol-C Whitea

Review: Hythiol-C Whitea

This skin whitening supplement comes from SSP, the same Japanese manufacturer of my favorite painkiller. If you’re curious to know how effective it is, keep reading. I bought my first bottle of this last month and finished it 30 days later.

FEATURES

  1. This supplement is effective at treating and preventing freckles, age spots, sunburn, acne, eczema, rashes, general malaise and hangover.
  2. Contains L-Cysteine, an antioxidant that suppresses the production of excessive melanin to prevent blemishes and make your skin clear.
  3. Contains vitamin C, suppresses excessive melanin production and improves spots and freckles.
  4. Contains the largest amount of calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5) which promotes the skin cell turnover and supports the recovery of the skin.
  5. Contents: 120 tablets (for 30 days), Price: 4,500 yen excluding tax
  6. Made in Japan

    DOSAGE:
    Take the following dose TWICE DAILY with water or lukewarm water.
AgeAdult (15 years old and over)7-14 years old
1 dose2 tablets1 tablet
Not suitable for under 7 years old

COMPONENT:
In 4 tablets (2 tablets morning and night, daily for adults)

ComponentQuantity
L-Cysteine240mg
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C)500mg
Calcium pantothenate30mg

PROS

  1. It’s not difficult to swallow since the size of the tablet is pretty small. So even if I take 4 tablets (morning and evening) everyday, it’s no big deal.
  2. The daily amount of vitamin C for adults (500mg) doesn’t exceed the recommended dosage which is up to 1000mg. The same goes for L-Cysteine (240mg) which is typically 500mg a day.
  3. You can take it before or after meals. But if you have a very sensitive stomach, the company recommends after meals.
  4. It’s okay to take it during pregnancy, but it’s important to refrain from taking medications during pregnancy unless you need them, and it’s a good idea to tell your doctor that you’re taking them.
  5. Safe for breastfeeding women but you still have to inform your doctor about it.
  6. It doesn’t only focus on whitening your skin but it also helps with fatigue and hangover. Probably 3 weeks after taking, I felt less tired especially after a 3-hour non-stop walk with my dog. Before the pandemic, we used to usually walk for at least an hour 2 or 3 times a day. I could rest in between those walks but this new routine of ours is quite exhausting. I don’t have anything to say about it when talking about hangover because I don’t drink alcohol anymore. Proud to say that I’ve been sober for many years.

CONS

  1. The daily amount of calcium pantothenate for adults is 30mg which is larger than the recommended amount that is 5mg. Taking larger amounts increases the chance of having side effects such as diarrhea. I experienced it on the first 2 days but it was manageable and wasn’t coupled with stomachache. After that, the diarrhea occurred every now and then but remained painless.
  2. You’re supposed to see the whitening effect on your skin especially the age spots and freckles after 3 months of continuous intake which I find a bit long for its price. I thought I’d be able to get immediate results due to the amount of the active ingredients but it wasn’t the case at all.

There’s no harm in trying this one out. You just have to be patient with your desired results. I think I won’t repurchase. I’ll just take vitamin C instead. I’d like to know your thoughts on this product.

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Review: Suisai Beauty Clear Micro Wash

Review: Suisai Beauty Clear Micro Wash

Washing your face daily is self-care and you choose a good facial wash because you love your skin. I’m reviewing this one for those who are looking for that good facial wash. I’ve been using this since August and now it’s time for me to share my experience with this Japanese cleanser with utmost sincerity.

130g

FEATURES

  1. Made with two kinds of clay that are smaller than pores. (Moroccan lava clay & White clay)
  2. Helps remove pore impurities, dead skin cells, and sebum while locking in moisture.
  3. Contains apricot juice that acts as an exfoliator.
  4. Contains moisturizing ingredients such as ethyl glucoside and sodium hyaluronate.
  5. Can also be used as a rinse-off type mask.

    HOW TO USE (FACIAL WASH):
    Wet your face and take an appropriate amount (about 2cm in diameter) on your palm. Lather the face wash well with water or lukewarm water to cover the entire face before thoroughly rinsing off the product. Use morning and night, daily.

    HOW TO USE (RINSE-OFF MASK):
    Spread the product on dry skin without lathering across areas where blackheads and roughness are noticeable and leave it for about 30 seconds. Add some water or lukewarm water to lather the product before rinsing it off. Use once or twice a week.

PROS

  1. It has a fresh mint scent.
  2. Easy to dispense.
  3. Lathers up quickly.
  4. When not using any makeup, this facial wash does a pretty good job.
  5. The whiteheads around my mouth are now very easy to remove after a month of using this.
  6. Doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.
  7. Doesn’t cause acne.
  8. Back in August, the weather was still warm. This product didn’t dry my skin.

CONS

  1. Now that it’s getting cold, I feel that this facial wash isn’t moisturizing enough.
  2. It’s been almost over 2 months but I can still see the blackheads around my nose.
  3. Because it has an exfoliating ingredient, I sometimes experience some mild peeling. It’s not that pretty to look at but can be resolved with lots of moisturizer.

I haven’t tried it as a rinse-off mask and not planning to do so. Due to the cold weather, my skin is really easy to dry and using clay mask or anything of sorts isn’t a good idea for me. As a facial wash, it’s quite satisfying if you have oily skin. I think I can only use this during the warmer days. For now, I’ll just finish it up and look for a new one afterward. If you have any suggestions, please do tell.

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