Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Greenyarn Compression Socks

Compression socks -- socks with the right compression is definitely very useful and important for a certain group of people.

Compression socks are socks with the right compression zones. Unlike normal socks, compression socks do not have a tight cuff to hold the socks up. This is particularly useful for the various groups of people.

1) People with poor blood circulation on the feet. People with diabetes or other kinds of disorders. Having no restrictive cuffs, compression socks will not restrict blood flow. Having the right compression on the right place, the socks will stay on the feet while providing the right compression to allow blood to flow.

2) People with swollen feet. With no restrictive cuff, it is easier to wear these socks, some women who are pregnant may experience swollen feet and these compression socks can be put on more easily and fit well.

This pair of Compression socks however has more features than other compression socks. Greenyarn compression socks are 200 needle count cushion base and contain Eco-fabric. Eco-fabric is a material that is embedded with nano-particles of bamboo charcoal, allowing it to be deodorizing, antibacterial, absorbs and emits far-infrared energy and promotes blood circulation and metabolism.

The 200 needle count 3-D knitting makes the whole base of the sock -- the grey portion -- cushioned with fine tiny knitted "springs" unlike regular socks which are 96 or 120 needle count, these "springs" are not like regular rings which gets flatten after prolonged use. The cushioning and comfort lasts the whole day.

As I travel a lot, on the air and on the road, I can probably wear the same pair of socks for up to 36 hours. With a cushioned sole, I'm sure many travelers will also agree with the need of having an odor free, comfortable, nonrestrictive socks which wicks moisture quickly.

I personally am not suffering from any disease or illness, nor are my feet swollen. But when I travel for long distances, these are the socks of choice for my travels.

Currently, it is available at CEO Concept Stores in Malaysia. (Penang)

You can find them here.

-- Robin Low

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Battle of the Men Facial Wash

L’Oreal Paris Men Expert  Volcano Red Foam Facial Wash 

This is one of  the newer facial wash from L'Oreal and it contains Volcano Red Foam Volcanic Mineral Extract to penetrates pore. Does it really work?

Well, I bought it to try it out. 

The smell is rather pleasant and apparently, the red gel lathers up pretty easily to give a pinkish foam. I expected a scrub like consistency, however the red volcanic ash particles can't be felt at all. So this is not a scrub. 

It removes excess oil on the face well and it washes off easily without leaving an annoying layer behind. Overall, it is a pleasant experience, the cap is easily opened with one hand, it closes tight and the whole product is rather well built.

Garnier Men TurboLight Oil Control Icy Scrub

This is one of my favorite scrub. I've bought a few tubes of this in 2012, and it is a first blackhead removing scrub with citrus scent because of lemon extract.

The particles in the scrub is rather big and hard. I feel that this is definitely effective in removing black heads, however, it feels definitely too effective and I do not use this more than once a day as scrubs are usually not to be used too often as they may give micro-cuts which may make any skin condition worse.

I tend to use this at the end of the day to wash off the dirt in the clogged pores. I like the refreshing tingling sensation as it contains Menthol. Washing my face with this definitely can keep me refreshed!


So which Facial wash is better?

I've tried L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic face wash before but I do not like it overall as it does not seem to be very effective in keeping your face clean for long.

L’Oreal Paris Men Expert Volcano Red Foam facial wash seems to be be easy to apply, easy to wash off and it keeps your face oil free for a longer time. Compared to TurboLight Oil Control Icy Scrub, there was no scrub particles, but yet it still feels like it is pretty effective in cleaning the pores.

TurboLight Oil Control Icy Scrub has Menthol and that refreshing sensation after the wash. I like feeling the particles of the scrub.

Overall, after trying the two facial wash after different conditions, I still preferred TurboLight Oil Control Icy Scrub. The Volcano Red Foam did not feel enough to remove oils, especially after sports. Although TurboLight Oil Control Icy Scrub has large particle, I like the feel of the facial scrub when washing my face and the cooling sensation after the wash.

I guess I would still use just regular foaming facial wash in the morning and other times of the day, and use TurboLight Oil Control Icy Scrub when I get home at the end of the day.

-- Robin Low