Part of having great skin is having a great daytime and nighttime skincare regimen daily. If you do nothing else, but cleanse, moisturize and protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, you are one step ahead already. This applies to anyone, especially those who have oily skin. If you don’t moisturize your skin, your skin will just continue to produce more oils to help moisturize the skin.
In all honesty, had I known this earlier, I would’ve started in high school and stayed out of the sun more. Instead, I didn’t have an actual skincare regimen in place until college. Now you won’t see me going anymore without my sunscreen and hat. Once a wrinkle surfaces, it is hard to reverse the time and get rid of that wrinkle, so prevention is key, girls. Your skin is the only skin you have, so protect it while you can. ^_^
As far as I know, there are pretty much three basic vitamins your skin needs to combat aging and they are vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin B3. Vitamin C improves firmness, production of collagen and combat free radicals that can cause further damage to your skin; vitamin A (Retinol is the purest and most active form of vitamin A) helps in diminishing fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage that can cause premature aging; and vitamin B3 helps retain moisture in your skin for elasticity and slough off dead skin cells in place of new growth.
As you know, I am always looking for new skincare products to try out and when Lindsay from Alison Brod PR reached out to me to see if I wanted to try out Skinceutical‘s Anti-Aging Kit, I was ecstatic. For one, Skinceutical has been touted one of the best skincare line out there and are widely-used in most spa places that I’ve gone. Secondly, I like to be one step ahead and protect skin before damage can happen, so definitely wanted to see what the kit had to offer.
Below from top to bottom are in order of how I would use the products. I had about two good months of using the products before doing this review and so far so good. See my thoughts below each pic.
This cleanser is specifically formulated for acne-prone skin, which combines salicylic acid with exfoliating ingredients of glycolic and mandelic acids to unclog pores. The cleanser also has little microbeads to gently slough off dead skin cells.
I used this cleanser in conjunction with my Clarisonic Mia (see my review) about 3x a week to help exfoliate the skin for better efficacy when using skincare products – a definite important step. For those who are acne-prone, I would use it 2x a week to help exfoliation and also not aggravate your skin. Too much exfoliation can do the reverse effect that can irritate the skin more.
Although I like the cleanser, I don’t see it as being any different than what I would buy in my local drugstore. I usually don’t spend too much on cleansers and find drugstore works just as well. However, for those who have really sensitive skin and drugstore brands tend to irritate your skin, this product could be the one for you then.
This Clarifying Clay Masque is a non-drying masque that is said to combine two highest quality natural earth clays: kaolin and bentonite. Both ingredients combine together to help decongest pores and lift impurities. In addition, botanicals and minerals were added to help heal and calm the skin, while a 5% hydroxy acid blend gently exfoliates.
I’ll alternate this masque with the hydrating B5 masque below every other week. This mask reminds me of my Queen Helene Mint Julep mask with the same drying effect minus the minty feeling. I love the creamy look of this masque though and left my skin feeling so smooth afterwards. I actually did see a brightening effect after leaving the masque on for 20 minutes then washing it off with warm water. I think this is the first time a masque ever done that for me. Definitely a keeper!
This masque has high amounts of hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to help replenish your skin’s moisture levels, keeping your skin hydrated and plumps it up for a healthy glowy appearance.
Instructions say to apply generously and leave gel on your skin for about 10-15 minutes before massaging the gel into your skin. After I waited the 15 minutes and started to massage the gel into my skin, the gel started to ball up. So, I would recommend after the allotted minutes to wash off the gel and apply your moisturizer after. This product does keep my skin feeling smooth and hydrating.
Once I cleanse my face and use toner, I would apply this serum. I used this serum religiously day and night, which lasted for about two months. Some days, I may have used a little more than I should, so I could see this product going for three months. This serum tested with results that surpasses the 20% daily glycolic treatment and helps to reinforce the skin’s firmness and elasticity. This serum also contains both exfoliation and hydration properties and is said to help activate skin’s regeneration properties, visibly reduce surface lines and give smoothness to skin.
For me, I love the way the serum feels on my skin. Since using this serum, I haven’t really had any major problems. Then again, I really don’t have big issues with my skin. However, I did notice though that even during that TOM, not one acne surfaced. Proper cleansing, exfoliation, and hydration can help keep those acne problems at bay.
I have one slight fine line on my left eye due to squinting too much from taking photos with my camera – le sigh. I’ve always been really good at not squinting too much, even when the sun is bright out and forgot completely about that when I was shooting. Now all I can do is keep that area really hydrated, so no new ones form; therefore, having a really good moisturizing eye cream will do just that.
This eye balm is pretty rich, which I use mainly at night to help retain moisture for my under-eye area. When I wake up, my under-eye area is still pretty moisturized, which I like. However, I feel there are other products that do about the same thing at a lower price point, for example, the Shiseido Benefiance eye cream at $50. In fact, I may consider repurchasing that after I finish the Eye Balm.
During the winter time, my skin gets so dry and it’s probably the best time to hydrate more. This moisturizer contains a 10% hydroxy acid blend to gently exfoliate the skin while you sleep. This product is also formulated with extracts of aloe, chamomile, evening primrose oil, and comfrey that is said to restore a radiant complexion and diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of premature aging.
This moisturizer keeps my skin feeling pretty hydrated throughout the night. The consistency is on the slightly thick cream side, so it is definitely best to use this at night when your skin needs the hydration the most. Your skin does the most reparation at night while you sleep, so having a really good night cream is important to help the reparation process along.
Well, that’s it and again a big thank you to Lindsay for giving me the opportunity to try out these products. There are a few more items that I am itching to try out such as the Redness Neutralizer for around the nose area, Retinol 0.5 (wish there was a 0.25 to try out gradually) and the ever-popular CE Ferulic.
I’ve ordered CE Ferulic twice in the past from different websites, but the product never arrived clear in the bottle when I heard from others that the product is typically clear. I’ve also heard that when that happens, the product loses all efficacy. Apparently, that’s a big misconception to the product.
I’ve recently learned that SkinCeuticals takes antioxidants very seriously and have completed extensive research to make sure that antioxidants in their formulations are effective and actually penetrate the skin’s surface. Therefore, the change in color of CE Ferulic does not alter the effectiveness of the antioxidant. It just means that the solution has been exposed to air; for example, those times when you would open the lid of the bottle to apply. This is something that will naturally happen to any antioxidant that is the correct PH. CE Ferulic’s natural color is a light yellow-ish brown because of the Ferulic. I’m so glad to have that cleared up!
Anyways, I hope this review was helpful for you girls out there who are looking to try out some Skinceutical products, but unsure which ones to try. Finding the right skincare for you is mostly trial and error, so definitely don’t take my word for it. I definitely recommend to consult with your dermatologist to help you find the best regimen for your skin.
Also, one last thing. Lindsay wanted me to remind everyone on L’Oreal’s Next Destination Beauty Guru Contest ending February 28th. More info here.