Hormones, Hormones

I am currently in my 20th week of pregnancy. Couple of weeks ago I started noticing something. My skin seemed drier than usual. I found some areas on my face that are flaky. Today I realized that my fingertips started to show some flakiness, too. I knew that hormonal changes can do weird things to your body so that was my first thought. Upon scouring the internet I found that indeed hormonal and immune system changes during pregnancy is likely the reason behind skin changes.

Sadly, I’m not the most diligent person when it comes to skin and body care. Sure, I love makeup, but skin care is a whole other ball game. Now I have no choice but to pay more attention while at the same time looking for products safe enough to use.

My laziness hit all time high nowadays. The simple task of cleansing face at the end of the day has become such a chore. Now I’m relying on facial wipes to remove dirt and makeup (which now I rarely use) and non alcohol toner afterwards. In the morning I use booster/essence and then moisturizer. I’ve read that in order to combat dryness during pregnancy, a treatment of moisturizing facial mask once a week is recommended. I only plan on doing once a month/3 weeks. I hope it’s enough :/

I haven’t ask my obgyn or do a skin consultation but my suspicion is that although I continue to experience oiliness on my face (especially nose and T-zone), the flakiness suggests dehydration is taking place. This is frustrating 😦 I hope once I start religiously doing my skincare regime, my skin’ll get better.

These are the products I plan to use. Already trimmed and narrowed down since I can’t use too much. Shoo, shoo, dry skin!

Sheet Mask from The Face Shop, used once a month
Mitu Shikada Facial Wipes
Mitu Shikada Facial Wipes


Viva Green Tea Face Tonic


Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum
SK-II Stempower

New Pond’s White Beauty (Re)-Launch

So, I few weeks ago I attended an event: New Pond’s White Beauty (Re)-Launch in Hotel Mulia, Senayan. Why a relaunch? Well, Pond’s White Beauty has been around for some time and now Pond’s is reformulating it. I have heard good things about the “old” Pond’s White Beauty. For some people, the product really works. So I did wonder, why change something that works? I got the answer in this event. Apparently, nowadays women in Indonesia no longer wanted clear skin. They seek something more, something pretty hard to explain with words. But they can see the example of the skin they want in Korean star. I, myself, don’t watch that many Korean… stuff. 😀 But apparently their skin is pretty to-die-for. Okay, I admit, afterwards I did a bit of googling and finally understand a bit about why these women want complexion like a Korean star. Their skin is… I have no idea how to call it: radiant, not pale, glowing, simply put, very desirable. People at Pond’s also try to explain this condition of skin and finally they come up with the term translucent pinkish white or jernih putih merona in Indonesian.

Pond’s White Beauty Day Cream
Pond’s White Beauty Night Cream picture from http://ponds.co.id/

The reformulation of Pond’s White Beauty is directed towards achieving this translucent pinkish white skin. Pond’s added two mighty ingredients: saffron and (what else!) Korean ginseng. These two ingredients combined with vitamin B3 are promised to deliver healthy, glowing, translucent pinkish white skin. You might want to give this range a go if you want that “jernih putih merona” skin.

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Saffron and ginseng

At the event I tried two variants of the New Pond’s White Beauty: Day Cream and Night Cream. The day cream is formulated as vanishing cream, guaranteed to make your face vanish… Wait, that can’t be right… I mean, it is formulated to virtually vanish after application. It leaves your face matte with no residual icky feeling in your skin. This is perfect as makeup base, I think. The night cream, on the other hand is very moisturizing and it does feel a bit slippery on your face. Since you will be using it before bed I imagine this shouldn’t be a problem. I also think this is a very good option for those with stubbornly dry skin.

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New Pond’s White Beauty

I certainly had fun at the event. I met beauty bloggers who are all dressed in cute pink toned outfits. The event started at 18.30 pm and luckily there were food served. Sushi, no less. I was happy, naturally. The event theme is pink, so naturally the decor and even some of the food were in that tone. Aside from pink shrimp and tuna sushi, there were macaroons. It was fortunate, too, since it was nearing dinner time so none of us were starved during the event and can concentrate fully while listening to explanations from Dr. David Birtwistle, R&D Regional Director, Skin Care & Cleansing Unilever South East Asia and Australasia.

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The night ended with Nadya Mulya as host announcing the winners for best tweet and best dress. 3 best dress winners got themselves new Kate Spade bags! How lucky are they? 😀

After the event I hitched a ride with Griss to PS, where Arief was waiting for me. Managed to get him to buy me a book so all in all it was a fabulous night!

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The blouse I’m wearing is blush-coloured, doesn’t show much in photo 😦

If you want to know more on how to achieve jernih putih merona skin, just visit http://ponds.co.id/ or for those of you social media buffs you can find Pond’s in Twitter @PONDSTeens or https://www.facebook.com/PondsTeensID


Anyone tried this new Pond’s White Beauty? I’d love to hear your thoughts!