May 29, 2017

Ramadhan 1438H

2017 went by so quickly and here we are, already in Ramadhan. Where did my 2017 go? The past 5 months has been a bittersweet moment for me. But so far, mostly I am doing okay. Just follow the flow wherever it goes..

Had our potluck at Mak Iti's place yesterday. Differing from the previous years where my place has always been the place no matter how big or how small the crowd is. It was...different. But I have learned to let go and accept that perhaps people need a change of air from time to time. So that was it, potluck done, we move on.

Azam Ramadhan? I didn't achieve mine last year, but really hope I could reach near perfection this year. I might be fasting throughout Ramadhan because I finished my menses jusssst in time for 1st Ramadhan. Since my cycle fluctuates from 30-40 days, there's a huge chance I might be fasting fully this year, so hopefully I can khatam this Ramadhan.

I would also like to make this Ramadhan as a jumpstart for another weight loss journey. It's the only month where I can control my food intake. Tried to incorporate some light workouts too. So far it has been okay, but probably because I wasn't working and spent my time mostly at home. Today we shall see if I can continue doing so.

Lastly I really wish I have the opportunity and strength and rezeki to collect funds for myself this few months. 2 major things going on (which is NOT tying the knot, sadly) and I think I'm kinda crazy to pursuit this 2 things at about the same time. Wishing myself the best of luck busting my arses off working, until the fund is enough. Goodluck dearself!

Till then

May 15, 2017

Battling Hormonal Acne's an attempt to write again. Alhamdulillah, I think I'm almost at the end of my battle with acne. Around 3-4 months ago I had a bad breakout around my jawline area. It was the time that I don't want to relive again, especially when I already battled one when I was 11-13 years old. 

My breakout was more of a hormonal-related rather than skincare related, I supposed. Or it could be a combination but the affected area and the timing of the breakout kind of suit the hormonal cause more. It could be a mix of withdrawal effect of my skincare tho but I strongly feel that the messed up hormone contributed more. I was sent to panic mode for a while, Alhamdulillah I have been blessed with normal spots and quite okay skin for quite some time so this breakout really frustrated me. To make things worse, I had a few stressful events during the breakout..

 Since 2012, I started using TbT, it did wonder to my face, but at some point it just doesn't have effect on my anymore,so I stoppped. I tried Tt. With heightened awareness level on dangerous skincare nowadays, I stopped using Tt because it contains harmful material, but I already weaned off the skincare here and there, even before the breakout. 

I tried a few other products, back to my ol normal facewash, Ntrgn, tried Mjr, went for facial treatment but none of them do wonder to my face. 

So I did a little research here and there. And I tried... Alhamdulillah it worked!

I used Tt facial wash for a few days, and only the night cream, because although it contain hydroquinone, a certain amount of it actually been used by doctors to treat facial problem. But I only used on the affected area..for a few nights. Active acnes started to resolve. 

At the same time I looked out for facial wash containing AHA/BHA, found Hada Labo facial wash and started using them. No bad reactions to the new facial wash so I continued until now..

So here's my skin during the breakout on pic 1 and pic 2..pic 3 is after I  used Tt for few days..

And this is me, recently. Scars here and there but definitely better than before!

I've been reading more and more about skincare regimes and it sure require a lot of effort and $$$$$. I used to drink Tj collagen and it worked well with me but it's a bit costly so I stopped. To spend 200 every months is a little bit too much, in my opinion.

So to wrap it up,

  • My current skincare routine : Hada Labo facial wash. Hada Labo hydrating lotion which I just started. Biore sunblock - I really like the texture unlike other sunblock which leaves your skin greasy. 
  • Mjr - because it claimed to be organic so I don't think it can do much for a problematic skin. Will try it again when my skin is better. I like the facial oil though
  • Weekly facial mask. Started that routine too. So far so good. Currently using Innisfree's
  • Need to buy Tj collagen when I have extra $$$. Money is tight now I have a few things going on, which I will share one day.

My next target is to go for glowy, face with nice complexion...ahh gitu. Will need more meticulous regime and of course more $$$ so let's hope time and money permits!

Til next time...