I got to try out Ristra products, which are designed for tropical weather like Indonesia and are pH-balanced for your skin. Apparently, the pH of their products ranges between 4.5-5.5, which is the ideal pH for your skin. Ristra claims that their products are “Cosmetodermatologically Tested”, cosmetodermatology being a term they coined for dermatology with a focus on aesthetics.
Before I go on, here’s a….
…short summary of my skin condition.
I have combination skin, with an extremely oily T-zone that’s, while oily, still dehydrated from within since I have Sjögren’s. I’m also very prone to breakouts, and at the moment, I have a breakout with a lot of painful cystic acne on my cheeks thanks to finding out too late that ferments break me out. Since I’m turning 29 next month, I’m also dealing with aging skin, and I’m already seeing age spots and fine lines!
The set I received contains 5 products and this is how you use them:
Step 1: Extremely Gentle Cleansing Milk & Med Soap
Ristra groups these 2 steps under 1 step, but if you’re wondering what order to use them in, the Extremely Gentle Cleansing Milk should be used before the Med Soap. The Extremely Gentle Cleansing Milk sis a cleanser that you use first and foremost. It’s meant to remove dirt, dust & makeup, and feels like a body lotion over my face. Don’t worry if you don’t like the feeling of lotion all over your face, this is meant to be washed off next.
The Extremely Gentle Cleansing Milk is really gentle, so I had problems getting rid of my more bullet proof makeup. I guess that’s one of the trade offs if you want makeup that can last through anything!
The Med Soap foams a lot, but I like how it doesn’t make my face feel dry and sticky like some facial soaps. Definitely something I’m comfortable using twice a day!
Step 2: Toning Lotion
After you’re done cleansing, soak a cotton pad with this toning lotion and wipe your face down with it. This is created for normal to dry skin and I didn’t find it astringent or drying at all. The purpose of toner is usually to correct the pH of your skin so it’s more receptive to your next few products.
What I normally do with my toner is that once I’ve wiped my face down with it, I apply it once again all over my skin with tapping motions, just to make sure my skin really absorbs it in.
Step 3: Moisturizing Cream
This is the final step of the routine! Moisturizer! This is definitely a thick moisturizer, so it may take some getting used to for those of you not used to using moisturizer daily. For me, I usually use my moisturizers twice a day, but if that’s too much for you, you can always stick to once a day. Baby steps count!
Step 4: Scrub Cream
Ristra puts this as Step 4 since you’re only supposed to use this 1-2x a week, depending on your skin, but this should actually be Step 2.5 as you’re supposed to use this scrub after washing your face. Scrubbing is important to get rid of the dead skin build up on your face, that can cause clogged pores. It’s important to find a scrub that’s gentle for your skin though.
The way I used this is that I slather it all over my damp face, rub gently, then wash it off. Make sure your face is damp and you rub really gently. Scrubs shouldn’t hurt. If it hurts, you’re doing it wrong.
If you’d like to buy these products, the Med Soap is available in Watson, DanDan & Alfamart. The full range of products are available online at at Lazada, JD.ID and Tokopedia.
House of Ristra Facial
Oh, I also got to try out a facial treatment in the House of Ristra spa in Wahid Hasyim! Here are the locations for House of Ristra spas:
Ristra Klinik Wahid Hasyim
Jl. Wahid Hasyim Raya no. 74, Menteng, Jakpus.
Ristra Klinik Radio Dalam
Jl. Radio Dalam Raya no. 5B, Kabayoran, Jaksel.
Phone : 021-7226673
Ristra Pondok Indah Mall
South Skywalk Lt. 1 No. S106 & S107.
Phone : 021-759 20803
Ristra Klinik Bandung
Ruko Gallery Cimbeleuit No.3/42, Cimbeleuit, Bandung.
Phone : 0878-2586-1926
I got the Platinum Facial, a microdermabration, and a Yellow Light Treatment for my hair. The platinum facial was really awesome and relaxing, I fell asleep almost straight away and woke up to really soft skin, so it’s awesome. They also extracted some white heads and blackheads, but left my cystic acne alone.
The microdermabration is really gentle, and so much dead skin came off my face. It was sooo satisfying!
The Yellow Light Treatment is meant to boost hair health & growth, and it feels really warm and relaxing, and I’m thinking of signing up for a package since I’m going bald. Look out for the results in a few months time!