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Adventures in skincare: the Neostrata facial cleansing range

A couple of months ago, I was invited by Neostrata to try out a few of their products – to see, really, how a tailored skincare regime by the dermatological skincare range would work out for me. I firstly completed …

Fri, Jan 6, 2012, 08:30

   

A couple of months ago, I was invited by Neostrata to try out a few of their products – to see, really, how a tailored skincare regime by the dermatological skincare range would work out for me. I firstly completed a short survey about how my skin behaves (really: not very badly, but it was prone to oiliness and I did have occasional and embarrassing breakouts), before starting on what seemed like a very intense routine.

Basically, I use the Clarifying Cleanser twice a day. I then use the Oily Skin Solution (which has the consistency of toner) followed by the Sheer Hydration SPF 15 moisturiser and the Oil Control Gel – and this is all before I put on my make-up. At night it’s the same routine: Clarifying Cleanser, followed by, this time, the Renewal Cream, which has anti-ageing properties.

The good: I like having a dedicated skincare routine. Unlike other times, when I kind of remember to cleanse in the morning and sometimes dab on a bit of toner, it felt like having a proper schedule – which I find comforting. (As in skincare, so, too, in life.) The Renewal Cream, in particular, feels great – and I find that, by using the combination of all of the products, my foundation lasts longer as my skin’s oil levels have definitely decreased. The overall texture of my skin has improved – I have fewer milia and general lumps and bumps, and several people (by several I mean more than two, neither of whom is my mother) have complimented me on how my skin is looking.

The bad: Let’s face it, this is time-consuming. Once you get used to it, you’d barely notice the time, but the initial prescription (on a printed sheet, no less!) was quite daunting. After about a week, my skin began to dry up and tighten and I got patches of dryness on my cheeks, chin and forehead. But I persevered and did some gentle exfoliating, and all was back to normal – nay, better than normal, in another fortnight or so.

Verdict: I love it. My skin looks better than ever and, aside from those 10 minutes a day I’d quite like back, to, you know, spend in bed, I have no complaints. I’d go so far as to say I would now be very reluctant to ever change skincare ranges – that’s how much I like this range. (And I, readers, am what the educated among you might refer to as a product whore.) Now? I’m a Neostrata gal.

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