How about a frank (but fun!) talk about some skin care products?
Let me start by saying that I am in no way being compensated by any of these companies. I do, however, receive a small commission if you click on the Amazon links and buy something. That is NOT my motivation for writing this post. I just love skin care and thought this would be interesting for some of you.
Let’s start by discussing my personal skin type.
I’m in that in between stage of life where I still have an occasional break-out, but I’m also beginning to see signs of aging.
Over the last year, I’ve spent some money on various products in an effort to see what truly works!
Given that many of you might be in a similar boat, I decided to write an honest assessment of my thoughts on some of what I’ve tried.
What I found may (or may not) surprise you!
I came across this cream when searching for a good moisturizer.
Generally speaking, my skin has a tendency to be more dry, so I wanted something to use in conjunction with my daily olive oil.
This product had rave reviews and no sketchy ingredients, as far as I was concerned: Water, olive oil, raw honey, bee pollen, bee propolis, and a few essential oils.
My conclusion is that it works ‘well enough’.
I think I may react a bit to bee products, so my face gets a bit red upon application, but I do notice a tightening and clearing effect from it.
I tried this on the hubs, and he loved how it made his skin look!
Given its price tag and my experience, I wouldn’t purchase this product again.
Why would I buy a vitamin C serum when I can make it myself with this recipe?
Well, the short answer is that I believe my skin, like my digestion, does better with variety.
Using the same products over and over, I notice my skin doesn’t respond as well as if I vary my routine a bit.
I initially found the Mad Hippie line on Vitacost, and after a bit of research, I decided to give their C serum a go.
I really like this product!
I notice an immediate difference with it in terms of tightening and brightening.
The biggest downside with this one, for me, is that the effect seems to ‘wear off’ after a couple of hours.
It also has a stronger floral smell than I would like. Not unpleasant, just a bit overwhelming to this girl’s sensitive nose.
Overall, I am very pleased and would buy it again!
I worked in a health food store for about five years and got to know many products, including skin care ones, quite well.
Some of my regular women customers would share what worked for them, and I’ve retained that information.
This serum was a huge seller.
I had one woman buy multiple bottles at a time, she loved it so much!
I wasn’t particularly interested in it for myself then, since I was in the more acne stage of life.
I had actually forgotten about the product until I was perusing Amazon, and it popped up as a ‘you might also like this…’ type of thing…
…and like it, I do!
This more than the above Bee Friendly product, has helped immensely with my skin’s moisture content.
I also love that it’s relatively inexpensive and that it seems to last all day!
Thumbs way up, I’d definitely buy this again!
If you google ‘night time serums’ or anything of the like, you’re liable to stumble across this product.
This is a major outlier for me, as most skin care products I purchase tend to be on the ‘natural’ side.
This is also NOT cheap! Sixty-two hard-earned dollars for about an ounce.
Needless to say, I vacillated over this purchase for about a week.
The reviews were so glowing, however, that I decided to give it a go.
I rationalized the money spent as an endeavor in analysis and knew I’d have to write about my findings here.
To sum it up, this product did virtually nothing for me.
Maybe my expectations were too high, but I did expect great things for all the money I had shelled out!
On top of its ineffectiveness, it made my skin a bit itchy.
Luckily, I bought it from Macy’s and was able to return it, getting all of my sixty-two dollars back.
I’ve saved the best for last, my friends.
You know those expensive glycolic peels that salons and spas want to charge you $100-200 for?
Save your money, take twenty bucks, and go buy this stuff.
I’ve been using glycolic acid for years now.
Awhile back, my bottle ran out, and I didn’t purchase another one for about six months.
After receiving and using the new bottle, I noticed results immediately, and vowed never to be without this stuff again!
Now, there are very particular instructions on how to apply and wash the peel off, so if you do give this a try, pay close, careful attention to those details. Otherwise, you could end up with a pretty bad burn!
Another note, if you’ve never tried glycolic acid, start with a lower percentage, such as 10%, to get your skin used to using it.
What are your favorite (effective!) skin care products? Please share below!