Saturday, June 20, 2015

My Eczema's Battle with Atopiclair

The cream in its full glory.
The Eczema Business
So, to start things off, what is eczema? Basically, it's also called atopic dermatitis. Your skin is prone to an allergic reaction either to the foods you eat, the products you use, to anything that might be abrasive to your skin. And it is not contagious. If left untreated, tiny bumps filled with fluid may appear and your skin can get itchy. Your skin is extremely dry and you will have to use a moisturiser on the affected area; in my case every time after washing my hands.

That's what I've been suffering from since I was a kid [not the four-legged kind].

For the most part of my childhood, the routine was a regular visit to the doctor, and had been given all sorts of creams, liquid prescriptions to little to no effect. For the most part of my adulthood however, I have been using Diprocel, a corticosteroid ointment to control the itching and inflammation.

The Atopiclair Business
So, I got tired of steroid-based ointments. All of that steroid in your system can't be good for you, so I thought. I walked into a pharmacy and asked for an alternative. The pharmacist suggested Atopiclair [Amazon | eBay] and I thought, why not. It's that simple.

Now, on to the cream itself; it is, as alluded above, steroid-free. The texture is more like a lotion than a cream, which I like. The instruction is to massage it onto your skin three times a day. It doesn't feel greasy at all, but it leaves a slightly powdery finish; nothing uncomfortable though.

To give this cream a fair chance, I stopped using my Diprocel for about five days; not prior but at the beginning. The non-steroidal cream provided some relief to the itchiness, but it might also due to the spillover from the corticosteroid ointment. The tiny bumps, which were already kind of sparse, seemingly disappeared. And I didn't have to use a moisturiser. However, after five days of continuous use, the tiny bumps reappeared and so did the itchiness. It became unbearable that I had to go to my Diprocel to seek help.

The Concluding Business
It seems if you have more than moderate eczema, which apparently I do, you will still have to use this along with whichever corticosteroid cream you're using; something which I later found out on Atopiclair's own website. If that's the case, I can achieve that with Diprocel and a moisturiser I've grown to love, the Palmer's Olive Butter Formula Concentrated Cream, which costs a lot less than Atopiclair. I was hopeful to replace my steroid cream or even [silently] hope cure my eczema. But it seems my eczema won the battle with this cream.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Eyeliners For The Makeup Clumsy

I draw the lines with these.
I'm clumsy with makeup. I mean, I enjoy reading about how to put on makeup and the endless options we have out there. But, I can't be bothered to try them myself and certainly haven't tried every eyeliner out there. But, for quite some time now, I have to say that I've been enjoying using eyeliners more often than not. I first found that joy in the Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner, and later the Sephora Waterproof Retractable Eyeliner.

What They Both Are
Have Built-in Sharpener

Liner at one end, smudger at the other.

Sephora goes the extra mile, a tiny mile, by providing a smudger, but that's because it is creamier and can be smudged before the colour is set.

Perfect Lines For Me
These eyeliners are perfect for me as opposed to liquid eyeliners as I don't have to be too precise with the lines. They tend to be forgiving, especially in softer neutral colours - I have mine in brown [Sephora] and blackberry [Revlon]; and if your lines are slightly crooked you won't notice it that much as they create a less well-defined line, especially if you build them up instead of a bold line in one go. If your lines are massively crooked however, you should stop using an eyeliner; or you are better off with the Sephora eyeliner as it is creamier and like I said, you can smudge them up - make sure you make a bolder line or do smudge lightly because the smudger can take a bit of the product off; which is a good thing if you want to erase a mistake.

Contacts with My Eyeliners
As a contact lens wearer, these liners have not given me any problems as they don't seem to flake. However, since I only line the upper lid of my eyes and never on my waterline, I can't say for those who do. As long as you don't poke your eyes with them, and to remember to put on your contacts first before applying your makeup, and remove your contacts before removing your makeup; there shouldn't be too much problems. I have a rather sensitive skin and these both have played nice with my eyes.

Which do you prefer, liquid eyeliners or pencil?

Monday, June 8, 2015

I'm Totally Into Collagen Supplement

My knees love these, and I love my knees.
I like to walk. I *love* to walk. I walk when I'm happy. I walk when I'm sad. I walk when I'm excited. I walk when I'm thinking. Basically I walk all the time. I walk till my legs hurt, and then some. I don't even have to go outside. I just get up and walk. In fact, I've just put my tablet down... and walked around my room to get some ideas.

With all that walking, I have the knees of an 80-year-old woman; whose, I don't know but they are there being cranky and reminding me of their existence every blinking minute.

When life gives you lemon you make lemonade - which has got nothing to do with knees but collagen does. And collagen is to my knees as lemonade is to my thirst [actually I don't even drink lemonade].

Here Comes Collagen
I first bought the Total Image Collagen supplement for my mom, who has the knees of a 68-year-old woman, partly because she is one. I don't know where or when but I've always known, and I believe it's common knowledge that collagen is good for the skin and knees among other things. The Total Image Collagen supplement I have comes in a tablet form, and is rather large and thick. I'm good at swallowing so that's not a problem for me, but if you are not, then that's something you might want to look into.

My Mom Doesn't Like It But I Do
My mom found the supplement to be too drying for her [you might need to increase your water intake] and didn't want to continue taking them despite my suggestion to take one every other day [the recommended dosage is two tablets twice daily before breakfast and bed]. I ended up trying the supplement myself and also couldn't handle the dryness, and now taking one tablet every other day. I can't say for sure whether it does something for my skin because when I started taking it regularly, which was several years ago, I was already taking fish oil and vitamin C supplements regularly. I'm going to guess that the collagen supplement does help in my skin regeneration - there's really no way for me to make a comparison of me before and after taking the supplement regularly independent of my other supplements. But, what I can say for sure is that, whenever I miss taking one for a few days, that cranky 80-year-old lady reminds me of it without fail.

Do you take supplements regularly?

Monday, June 1, 2015

Thieves Among Us

Would you forgive a beautiful thief?
Throughout my whole life, there have been only a handful incidents of theft that I personally experienced. There were a few incidents of our house getting broken in and a few video players and TV sets were taken, some cash, some relatively unimportant stuff and, believe it or not, food - not all at the same time of course.

Theft at School
When I was in primary school, a girl brought RM200 [US$50+] to school and was stolen right under her nose - under her table to be exact. A little girl doesn't have a business bringing that much money and left under her table unattended, but of course she was too young to know better. Our teacher had to resort to 'religion' to make the culprit [culprits rather] come out and confess.

A Relative Thievery
When theft is done by someone close to you, a relative for example, the pain cuts quite deep - you'd think only a stranger can do that to you. Sharing a room with my sister, we came home after shopping with a gift-with-purchase little perfume charm and we were so looking forward to it. But we had to put it aside when our cousin dropped by and later had to use our room to freshen up. When she was gone, so was the perfume.

I Did NOT See That
And sometimes theft happens when you're caught unaware. I mean, it's not as if you go out expecting to see people stealing. At a convenience store, I was waiting for my sister to pay for our purchase and was not paying attention to anything in particular as I usually do, when the girl behind my sister just took a few candies and put them in her pocket as she was paying for some of her other stuff. As if coming out of a stupor, I had to think a bit if that girl really did steal some candies. Accusing someone of theft when you're not even sure of it yourself would have been a mistake. I simply told my sister and my cousin [a different cousin] about it and decided to leave the matter alone.

All of these accounts happened quite some time ago and I have to say that my life had been theft-free since then.

Until recently when my brother was hospitalised and he had a few visitors and one of them simply, I'm sure of it, swiped, as in casually, took our toiletries, as he got up and go. Again, it was right under our noses but no one actually saw anything. In this case, I wasn't sure at the time. After we couldn't find the toiletries [and after the guy was long gone], I tried to recall where the toiletries were, and remembered seeing the guy picked something up exactly where the toiletries would have been. I had to check myself and refrain from voicing my suspicion since memory can distort after a time, even if it's just a short time and my emotion might play a role and created a fabricated memory. Safe to say, I haven't told anyone about it.

Why do people steal? I mean apart from the obvious desperate survival undertaking, or so they say, some people steal things that are of low in monetary value. And in my experience, among those, the ones done by someone close to you are the most hurtful.