Since last week’s beauty newness was all makeup, I thought I’d balance my little universe by making this week all about the skincare. Let’s get cracking.
Vichy ProEVEN Night
It seems that the entire skincare world is focusing on skin texture and brightening, and Vichy’s ProEVEN Night is no exception. What I find most interesting about this product is that it claims the most effective way of using it is to apply nightly, and then to also use it as a mask once a week (thick layer, leave for 5 minutes, tissue off the excess). While I’m not currently in the market for a new night cream, I’m definitely trying it out as a mask.
Vichy ProEVEN night contains exfoliating & brightening LHA, Vitamin C and Ceramides.
R370 from pharmacies.
Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash
So I love myself some skincare geekery. It’s not the press releases with the prettiest pictures and the biggest promises that get my attention; it’s the ones that clearly give me understandable facts.
Kiehl’s tells me that they’ve formulated this face wash to respect the skin’s barrier, meaning it’s not too alkaline. Once you put alkaline, soapy cleansers on your skin, you seriously mess with its protective functions and open yourself up to a whole lot of potential trouble.
In the Calendula Face Wash they used two foaming agents – one protein based and one vegetable based. It also has the ever popular Calendula (aka Marigold) extract to soothe and glycerin to hydrate. This product was developed to be used alongside the ever popular Kiehl’s Calendula toner, which has flower petals inside that are still harvested and inserted by hand more than 50 years after it was first developed.
Even though it’s indicated for normal to oily skins, I’m tempted to give it a try. R399 from Kiehl’s stores in selected Edgars branches or order telephonically via the Edgars Fashion Hotline.
Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50
Read that title carefully – it’s a decent face cream with an SPF50. It’s a first for me, I’m not aware of any (good) skincare products with SPF50 – I always slap a separate SPF over my day creams.
While I’m on the fence on whether both the skincare ingredients AND the SPF are optimally effective in a formula like this, its by far better than skipping the one or the other. The formula looks promising – it has ingredients to stimulate collagen synthesis, increase the skin’s ability to fight free radicals, fights the effects of glycation and an impressive tripeptide complex aids firming. And then there’s the SPF50, of course – those ingredients would all be wasted if you weren’t protecting your skin from UV damage at the same time.
By the by, I visited the new Dermalogica Concept Store in the very much revamped Rosebank Mall last week. I absolutely love the concept of being able to browse salon quality skin products as if you were in a department store – while there are therapists on the premises and you can have both Microzone and full length treatments; I think it’s great that you can also just browse and shop if you want to – something that’s virtually impossible in a skin clinic or spa. I already discovered a couple of products on my first visit that I’d love to try out.
At R990 the price is above average for a day cream, but if you’re used to using (and paying for) a high quality face cream and SPF it evens out.
Artistry Ideal Radiance
Look, I’m not going to lie. I always saw Amway (the parent company of Artistry) as a cult-like organisation, almost like Scientology. I have two theories as to why I thought this – it’s not a company I knew anything about (so obviously jumping to conclusions was the best thing to do) and I knew this really odd old man that went to a very bizarre church that sold Amway. Take your pick. But they invited me to their headquarters a couple of months ago, and I think we’re in the clear – nobody tried to convert me to their religion, and everything else seems above board. Also, the mini chicken pot pies were amazing and their makeup looks REALLY nice.
The Artistry Ideal Radiance range is yet another range that focuses on translucent, luminous, even skin tone. They reckon their 3D technology sets them apart. 3D refers to targeting the skin’s three main layers – the top layer (outer epidermis) is protected from external aggressors by means of anti oxidants, the middle layer (living epidermis) gets treated with pearl protein to lessen the appearance of dark marks and generally brighten, and the lower layer (the dermis, where cells are made) benefits from an advanced delivery system to receive all kinds of algae and plant extracts.
While I haven’t tried these yet, the ingredients and technology sounds very promising. You can get hold of an Amway agent by phoning 0800 203 772 or popping them an email. You can visit the website here.
The Ideal Radiance range comprises of three products – Illuminating Essence (R811), Spot Corrector (R593) and Illuminating Moisture Cream (R657).
Nutrilite Biotin C Plus supplements
I’m honestly not sure where everyone stands on supplements. I’ve heard so many experts say conflicting things in the past three months that I’m completely on the fence until someone can convince me of their point with cold, hard research.
If you are keen on taking a supplement for your hair, skin and nails though; I reckon Nutrilite Biotin C Plus is a good choice. It contains Vit C (L-Ascorbic acid), Biotin (a B-Vitamin), Hydrolised Collagen, a fancy cherry extract and some additional anti oxidants like Grapeseed extract.
I’m going to try really hard to trial this as I have a 45 day supply, but you probably shouldn’t get your hopes up because I’m really bad with these things.
R267 for 90 tablets, also available from Amway so the stockist details are as above.