iS Clinical Cleansing Complex

I’ve been using my Dr Andrew Weil For Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Face Cleanser (Reviewed here) in the mornings, and a more deep-cleansing cleanser at night, in which I chose Cellnique Vital Repair Cleansing Milk (The old formula, reviewed here) because I find that this combination helps to keep congestion, particularly around my nose and chin area at bay better. And to my logic, doing so also removes all traces of the day or whatever sunscreen and/or makeup you had on, which equals cleaner skin :D However, as I’ve just finished a bottle of my Cellnique Vital Repair Cleansing Milk and looking at my dwindling backup supply, I thought I should look for alternatives :x

Somehow, as I was trawling the internet for options on cleansers, I stumbled upon iS Clinical Cleansing Complex and was immediately intrigued. I was close to ordering it via StrawberryNet, but then found out that The Lifestyle Clinic & The Skin Boutique (The Skin Boutique is where I go for my facial treatments) sells it, so I got it from them instead because I couldn’t wait :P

iS Clinical Cleansing Complex

Resurfacing, Anti-Acneic And Deep Cleansing


  • Deep cleans skin and pores without drying
  • Gently resurfaces and removes dead skin cells
  • Helps to control acne
  • Prepares skin for treatment products

Key Ingredients:

Salix alba (white willow bark extract)- a source of salicylic acid, Sacchrum officinarum (sugar cane) extract- a source of glycolic acid, Chamomila recutita (matricaria) extract (chamomile oil), Centella asiatica (asiaticoside, asiatic acid, madecassic acid), Retinyl palmitate (vitamin A), Tocopherol acetate (vitamin E), Ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin C).

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My Skincare And Makeup Routine February 2012

Being mildly obsessive compulsive, I like having a routine, and my skincare routine especially is one thing I never skip irregardless. There were a few times that I fell sick, but I still managed to go on with my skincare routine :P It just feels so awkward and weird just not having done my skincare routine! :\

Now I thought I’d let you all have a little peek into my “virtual” cupboard and let you see my skincare and makeup routine :P

So this is what I do in the mornings:

I cleanse with Dr Andrew Weil For Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Face Cleanser, tone with Cellnique Soothing And Hydrating Lotion, apply Cellnique Intensive Hydrating Complex followed by Melvita Calendula Oil and top it off with Marie Veronique Organics Moisturizing Face Screen SPF30- Light Tint. Dr Andrew Weil For Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Eye Serum goes around my peepers after cleansing and before everything else.

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Cleanser Crisis Showdown

Those who follow me on Twitter should know that I’ve been having what I call a “cleanser crisis”, no thanks to reformulations. Seriously, why do companies see the need to reformulate when their product is already doing well, and to boot, the reformulation is often not improving the product but deteriorating its quality. OK, don’t answer that- I actually do know why, but nevertheless I am not pleased. Nope, not at all.

My first “cleanser crisis” was sometime early this year. I have been a happy, satisfied, long time user of Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser (About 5-6 years) and range, and their reformulated version of the cleanser as well as the range broke me out badly. It broke my heart like nothing, as I’m a pretty loyal skincare user. I turned to my cousin, who is a beautician and owns the Cellnique salon De Fennel Face Body Wellness in Desa Petaling, and she recommended me Cellnique Vital Repair Cleansing Milk, which I have been happily using since then.

Lo and behold, my joy was short-lived when I recently restocked on the cleanser and found that it had been reformulated, and what’s worse, it has mineral oil/paraffinum liquidum added to it. Now, I am extremely sensitive to this ingredient, and it caused whiteheads and broke me out. Even my cousin was appalled and she wouldn’t recommend mineral oil to my skin type either.

Since then, I have been trying out a few cleansers, hoping that they could replace the Cellnique Vital Repair Cleansing Milk, and here are my results so far.

From left to right: Cellnique Vital Repair Cleansing Milk (Old), Cellnique Vital Repair Cleansing Milk (New), Cellnique Intensive Hydrating Gel Wash, Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution, Jurlique Soothing Cleansing Lotion.

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