[Giveaway] Physiogel

Following through with the hype of the makeover workshop conducted by Style Essence, let's talk about cleanser & moisturiser today!

Dr Joyce Lim from Joyce Lim Skin & Laser Clinic, in conjunction with Physiogel, was kind enough to give us some top facts about Skincare & some tips on proper skincare.  

Here are 5 Top Facts about Skincare:

(1) In Singapore, 1 in 5 people suffer from dehydrated &/or itchy skin.  Some of the most common culprits of skin dehydration include dry air from air-conditioning, prolonged exposure to heat, & the use of harsh cleansing agents.

(2) The skin itself is a network of lipids like a jigsaw puzzle.  Natural lipids form an interlocking matrix to keep moisture within our skin.  Moisturisers containing lipids (e.g. ceramides, squalene & lecithin) that closely mimic the skin's natural lipids help to repair dry & damaged skin thereby retaining skin's moisture.  As we age, our skin loses lipids & moisture, thus more susceptible to damage.

(3) Dry skin is due to poor epidermal function & damage to the skin barrier film resulting in increased water loss from the skin - called transepidermal water loss (TEWL). This can occur when harsh products are used on the skin e.g. antibacterial soaps, or when the skin is irritated by ingredients in skin care cosmetics e.g. fragrances, alcohol.  Sometimes skin can get dry from environmental insults like pollution, dry air, heat, dust or by poor skin care, e.g. too frequent washing or scrubbing. 

(4) For sufferers of sensitive skin, it's possible to regain healthy skin by preventing flares using moisturers to repair the skin barrier & prevent transepidermal water loss, rehydrate the skin & clam the skin. You should identify & avoid trigger factors.  When fewer flares occur, the skin becomes less sensitive & over time becomes less irritable & eventually the person regains a healthy skin.

(5) Environment (e.g. heat, dust, pollution, dry air), Foods (e.g. alcohol, nuts, mango), Stree & Frequent washing with too hot or cold water can all trigger flares up in people with sensitive skin.

& Here are 5 tips on Proper Skincare:

(1) Choose the right cleanser.  Use gentle, soap-free cleanser with neutral pH.  For those with sensitive skin, choose cleansers that leave a moisturising film behind after washing.  They are enriched with natural oily compounds, which leave skin feeling soft & smooth. Remember, always remove all make-up before going to bed.  Make-up left overnight will clog your pores & dehydrate your skin.

(2) Choose the right moisturiser.  Use a non-comedogenic moisturiser containing lipids that repairs the skin & provide longer lasting hydration.  Skin lipids like ceramides & squalene repair the skin barrier function.

(3) Always apply moisturisers right after a shower to seal in the moisture. Towel dry your skin but leave your skin moist for better absorption.  Try to reapply as often as you can especially after a swim or exercise or whenever the skin feels dry, tight or irritated.

(4) Learn about common ingredients that go into your skincare products.  Some ingredients like alcohol & fragrance can irritate sensitive skin, while ingredients like glycerin help to hold water in the skin.

(5) Sleep well, eat well & drink lots of water!  A balanced & healthy lifestyle will make you & your skin glow.

I was given these to try on myself.

Most people will shun soap free or foam free cleanser because they just feel that it may not clean well.  Not for this cleanser though.  I have tried it on myself & am surprised that it cleans really well.  It has become 1 of my favourites cleanser during shower time.  You may like to know it is suitable for sensitive skin too, so you can use it on your little ones as well. :)

I also like the Lotion & Cream.  After shower, I will apply the lotion on limps & neck. No greasy feeling!  I use the cream on very dry areas like my hands & heels.  The cream smoothen the very dry areas really well.  Again, no greasy feeling!

& here's my giveaway, sponsored by Physiogel - A bottle of Physiogel Cleanser 300ml for 3 fortunate readers.  All existing & new Fans of Lil Bookworm in Facebook will get equal chance to win a bottle of  Physiogel Cleanser 300ml.  The random draw will be carried out on 21/4/13 (Sun) 9am & the result will be published here on this post.

Easy peasy?  Then get started now!  

* This is a sponsored blog post. All opinions & text are my own.

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Winners of Physiogel Cleanser are:
(1) Edlyn Giammy Mummy
(2) Justina Tey
(3) Ross Andy

Congratulations!  I will be dropping you an email to get your mailing address!


  1. Hehe am not taking part in the contest: Am v no-frills and I just use the baby soap that my kids use to wash my face.

    Just wanted to say what a coincidence: I've been to Dr. Joyce Lim's clinic a few times! I still used to get breakouts in my 20s but thankfully it hasn't followed me into my 30s.

  2. That sounds like a good range to try! When we were away, the dry air and hard water really wrecked havoc with my skin, drying it out. Now that I'm back, its the opposite, my skin is getting too oily! Could do with a good gentle cleanser!

  3. my gal have bad eczema and we use like 1 tube of steroids plus 1 huge tube of moisturizer every mth.. hope these cleanser will change her life!



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