A little over a week ago, I packed (almost) all of my makeup and skin care stuff in a tote bag.  Over the past week, I unpacked items one by one as I needed (or remembered) them.  So far, I have 9 skin care items out of the bag.

Retacnyl, Jason, Acnedote

Retacnyl (Tretinoin)

I didn’t pack this along with the rest of my stuff because I knew I was going to take it out anyway (same goes for PanOxyl). But for accuracy’s sake, I’m listing it to account for all my skin care stuff that are actually out of the bag. (1)

Mary Kay Tinted Moisturizer SPF20

Tretinoin makes the skin more photosensitive so I took this out. (2)

Celeteque Exfoliating Facial Wash

This came from a loot bag I got last Christmas.  I was going to give it away but when E saw it, he decided to try it out (probably because of the scrubbing bits, he loves scrubbing his face).  He looked for it when he didn’t see it on the sink so out of the bag it goes. (3)

Alba Botanica Acnedote and Jason Super-C Cleanser

I alternate between these 2 cleansers.  I use Super-C Cleanser on tretinoin days and Acnedote on all other days. (4,5)

Beckham Body Silk Lotion

I got this as a gift last Christmas and I found myself using it quite frequently because E likes it. On the tube, it says it’s for women but I find the smell a sexy musky unisex scent. (6)

Jason Ester-C Lotion

This is my favorite facial moisturizer, I can’t remember how many bottles I bought of this. I’ve been using it for more than 6 years and I’m down to the last few pumps. I might have to find another moisturizer after this because they reformulated the whole Jason Ester-C line.  When I find products I like, I seldom look for something else so it was really a bummer. (7)


When I break out and my pimples are really really stubborn, this is my go to drug. It’s my last-resort-pimple-rescue-product: while it takes care of the bump, it leaves a nasty dark mark. (8)

Derma E Fruit Smoothee Toning Mist

I bought this a replacement for Jason Ester-C Toner which was reformulated (I don’t know if the reformulated one is better, but looking at the ingredients’ list, it looks like a totally different product).  Anyway, I’m merely just finishing this and considering dropping toner altogether this year because of this article. (9)

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The tote bag still looks pretty full and for now, I refuse to look at what’s in there.  If you want to know more about The De-stashing Project, click here.

Hi, I’m Rae and I am a scatterbrain. I am in my 30s and I write in this blog from the Philippines. I spend a tiny portion of my time de-stressing with makeup and skin care. Email: scatterbraintures@gmail.com | Instagram: @scatterbraintures


  1. It's very moisturizing. Which makes it a perfect after-sun moisturizer. My skin gets really dry in the summer.

    Tretinoin is very drying. Maybe she prescribed Physiogel to “buffer” the drying effect of the tretinoin.

    I do that too: moisturizer first, then tretinoin. I use Olay now though.

  2. Is it any good? The same dermatologist friend told me I should use it as moisturizer before putting on Stieva.

  3. I used to use panoxyl too but my dermatologist friend recommended that I use Stieva-A cream for my pimples.

    Have you ever tried Physiogel cream?

  4. Human Heart Nature does have some pretty good products :)

  5. SunnyToast Reply

    we really just cant have enough:) with beauty cares:) will me! I love using human nature products;)

  6. Bookmarked Obsessions Reply

    I called several Mercury Drug branches and was told that Retacnyl is already “cancelled” from their system. :( Phased out na kaya or they just don't want to carry it anymore?

    By the way, what's your routine? How do you use Retacnyl?

    Thanks! :)

  7. Pink MagaLine Reply

    Hmm.. so far, I don't use any of these products. I am more of Pond's, Nivea, Olay, Body Shop and other random items from the drugstore. Hihi.

  8. Hi Ayen, how did celeteque do? Eric is liking it so far.

  9. i have the celeteque  facial wash. i got curious as well with j/a/s/o/n huh! id better check out healthy options =)

  10. i have the celeteque facial wash. i got curious with j/a/s/o/n huh. id better check out healthy options =)

  11. Jason is sold at Healthy Options.  I can't vouch for the new formulation, but the old one I really like.

    Kakaaliw nga, E loves anything grainy :D

  12. Chriselle Sy Reply

    Yay, I'm glad you've rescued some out of the destash pile! Hehe. Where did you buy the J/A/S/O/N? I'm curious about it :)

    How cute that E liked the Celeteque :)

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