01 December 2010

Skin brightener trials, part 1: “Gotta lighten up, gotta lighten up, gotta lighten up right now”*

My assortment of 'radiance boosters' including serums, primers, glow creams and illuminating face powders...!
I mentioned in a previous post that recent stresses and strains have taken their toll on my skin, so it was time to test out some of the ‘radiance boosting’ lotions, potions and powders that have been mounting up in my bathroom. First up, serums:
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (Synchronized Recovery Complex): Running out of my 3rd bottle of this was what prompted me to use up the various testers and trial sized products I’ve amassed. I really like this product, which is what prompted me to repurchase; I like the dark brown medicinal looking bottle and the pipette style dispenser and the amber colour and the thick, almost gel-like consistency of the serum…in fact I think all of these things combined to bewitch me a little, because the upshot is, I can’t say whether it made all that much of a difference to how my skin looks or feels. And so I decided to try out a few other variations before I invested again.
Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate: I only had a teeny 7ml trial sized bottle of this thin, milky-white serum to test out, but I got about two week’s use out of it. Perhaps not long enough to notice any discernable difference, which could be why I wasn’t overly impressed. It didn't feel hydrating and in fact my skin felt a little irritated although this could have been any number of factors (I had, after all, just added about 3 additional steps to my skincare routine.) The bottom line is that I didn’t notice any particular improvements to my skin and, with its hefty price tag, I won’t be investing in this product.
Perricone MD Advanced Face Firming Activator: With Alpha Lipoic Acid and DMAE, this light, white, sweet-scented lotion is intended to ‘correct imperfections for smooth, youthful, radiant skin’.  I’ve been using it on my face and neck for just over a month now. While I haven’t been blown away by the results or noticed any massive improvements, my skin does feel nice and hydrated, which is a bonus for this time of year and the weather. This is a morning only treatment so I have been using it in conjunction with the Liz Earle product that follows.
Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate:  A 'night-time nourisher', this is a bright yellow blend of essential oils that smells naturally gorgeous -- very lavender-y, which it would, cos it's got this along with argan, rosehip, neroli and chamomile oils too. It left my skin feeling soft and smooth in the morning. However, I am not used to facial oils and on application I find this a tad, well, oily for my taste. My skin is also a little congested around my nose, which is unusual for me (it’s usually the chin that acts up) – but again, this could be down to any number of other factors as I have been changing things up a little on the skincare front. Ok, a lot.
Espa Concept Intensive Bio Complex: This has a similar, natural, essential oil aroma to Liz's Superskin Concentrate, containing sweet almond, macadamia and tsubaki oils in a magnolia-coloured, lightweight serum, a texture I prefer to the oils alone. The Espa website tells me that it's intended for mature skin so I've taken the huff a little because, based very presumptuously on the grand total of three times that I've used it -- yesterday and today --  this seems to get on just fine with my fairly immature skin. (30 is the new 20, after all.) I will let you know if it acts to ‘revitalise, replenish and restore radiance’ to my skin once I’ve given it a fair old lash.
Coming up: primers, glow creams and illuminating finishing powders…the search for my 16-year-old face goes on.
*Lyric from The Beastie Boys, “Lighten Up”
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