‘TGIF’ used to be one of my favourite 4-letter acronyms as it meant the weekend was round the corner…but nowadays, being on maternity leave with no set routine and also, suffering severe insomnia, has made all my days merge into one another and I am no longer looking forward to the weekends. Instead, I am looking forward to when bubs pops out as soon as possible. ‘ASAP’ has now become my favourite 4-letter acronym!!!
Which leads me to today’s post on ASAP, an Australian cosmeceutical skin care company, which focuses on “the science of beautiful skin”. I was sent a range of products from the ASAP range for review purposes and they came at the perfect time as my skin has been going through some pregnancy hormonal changes. It was misbehaving and I needed something gentle yet effective… ASAP!!
During the ASAP skincare trial period (6 weeks and counting), my skincare profile and issues were : hormone-related, dryness with flaky skin, increased pigmentation, clogged pores and blackheads especially around the nose, and an occasional zit on cheek affair. If you are displaying similar skincare characteristics, this is a review you don’t want to miss 😉
ASAP Daily Facial Cleanser (50ml as part of Travel Pack)
Even though facial cleansers are not on your face for long, it is important to find one that suits your skin type otherwise it can leave it feeling dry and irritated. ASAP Daily Facial Cleanser is a lovely creamy, fragrance-free, non-foaming cleanser which also contains AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids – which help target wrinkles, improve skin texture, etc). I was surprised at how gentle this cleanser is because I have used AHA-based cleansers before which have left my skin feeling sting-y and irritated. I have been using this (almost*) EVERY NIGHT for 6 weeks and my skin has not had any issues at all. I can even apply moisturiser 2 hours after cleansing my face and it still feels nice and soft with no tightness. Apparently for best results, this cleanser should be used twice daily, but in the mornings lately, I have been just using plain warm water (largely due to laziness :P)
*Once or twice week, I use a stronger (?? – not sure how much % is in the ASAP) AHA cleanser – Dr Lewinn’s Reversaderm Glycolic Clarifying Cleanser which has 12% glycolic acid
ASAP Moisturising Daily Defence SPF 30+ (50ml as part of Travel Pack)
What causes unwanted wrinkles and pigmentation? The sun!!!
How do we try and prevent this? Use SPF creams!
For me, daytime moisturisers WITHOUT SPF is not a deal-breaker because I ALWAYS apply a separate physical-based sunscreen (Invisible Zinc is my BFF!) Let’s not get too science-y in this review and break down sunscreen formulations and SPF terminology, etc…
Anyway, ASAP Moisturising Daily Defence SPF 30+ is a relatively good moisturiser as it contains hyaluronic acid which my thirsty skin laps up. But I have dry skin so I can’t use it on its own as I need to apply serum beforehand for extra hydration and also, if I am going to step outside the house (except for when I go and collect my mail from the mailbox), I will definitely add extra sunscreen protection on top of this moisturiser (you can with physical sunscreens). However, if I am going to veg out in my pyjamas at home all day, I forgo the extra sunscreen because there isn’t much point. (It explains why my doctor told me I have low vitamin D after taking my bloods this week as I have been hibernating at home recently)
ASAP Advanced Hydrating Moisturiser
Oooh, ASAP Advanced Hydrating Moisturiser is my top pick out of the ASAP products reviewed today. I’ve been using this moisturiser on a nightly basis. Within the first 2 nights of using it, I could feel a drastic improvement already as it was the only new skincare product I introduced to my routine (before I switched over to the ASAP cleanser & daytime moisturiser, etc) – my skin felt SO SOFT AND SMOOTH!!! I had finished using this other brand’s nightly serum and moisturiser (oops, which reminds me that I need to review them…) and slapped ASAP Advanced Hydrating Moisturiser all over my face. Usually, I HAVE to supplement my evening moisturiser with a hydrating serum underneath otherwise my dry skin throws a flaky, literally! But with this ASAP moisturiser, I have had NO NEED to use an underlying serum! WOW! Major props to ASAP for cutting down a step in my evening skincare routine – yay!
That said, I have started using a serum underneath because I need something more potent to target the pigmentation I have.
And have I mentioned the awesome citrus smell and the fact that this moisturiser comes in a hygienic airless pump? Loves it!
ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub (as part of Travel Pack)
This is the ASAP product I have used the least during the trial because : a) My skin cannot handle daily exfoliation and b) I have been using skincare facial cleansing brushes / other products to exfoliate. However, I thought I would include this in my review as the ASAP skincare trio comes in a Travel Pack.
ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub contains smooth round beads and AHA’s to gently remove dead skin cells. The beads are very small and fine and doesn’t feel harsh on my skin. I used it a few times around my nose to help clear up some clogged blackheads and it really helped loosen up the dead skin cells, but I still went in with my fingernails to get rid of the big bad blackhead beasts afterwards.
Thanks for reading my ASAP skincare range review. I may not be a true Aussie (Scot for life!) but I am always delighted to discover Australia beauty brands I love. And FYI, ASAP are not tested on animals and are Australian made and owned. They also sell makeup too. For more info, head to their website.
Have a happy weekend everyone!!!