My skin is aging and there is no denying it. I have 2 small babies and another on the way in a matter of days… 22 days to be precise, until my due date. Kids, home-life and general wear and tear of life may not have been as kind to my skin as I hoped it would have been in my younger years. I’m only 25!!! And I have fine lines! Already!! I have always been a bit sceptical of magic potions that claim to be able to revive my youthful skin, after seeing advert after advert on the TV and in glossy magazines. They all seemed so time consuming and I was never totally ‘sold’ with the images of stunning models sensitively touching their faces. But, I am now seriously considering trying all of them. There is no denying it. I am getting older, I’m a grown up housewife but I am also starting to feel the need to start looking after myself a little more. I deserve it.
Last week, We spoke about how Jay had tried and tested the Arbonne RE9 For Men range. Now it’s my turn. RE9 Advanced For Women has found its place into my skin care regime, and I am actually loving it’s results. The RE9 Advanced Collection is clinically tested to help improve skin firmness in just 24 hours! The formulas are powered by 9 major age defying elements plus breakthrough botanicals. I’ve been using the range now for just 2 weeks morning and night and all in all the appearance of fine lines have definitely improved, my skin looks much more youthful. It doesn’t look so grey or tired but more revived and plump. Based on an 8 week study of 72 women, 57% of those women noticed an improvement in skin firmness in the first 24 hours! After 4 weeks 87% reported an improvement in skin tone and clarity and a huge 96% reported refinement in skin texture, smoothness and moisturisation. 96% of women in the study also a reduction in the fine lines on their faces!
Step 1- I start my morning and night time routines with the Smoothing Facial Cleanser with algae extract and sea buckthorn oil. The cleanser gave me such a wonderful deep cleanse and after massaging into my skin and a rinse with warm water my face felt so alive! The pearlescent crème formula removed all traces of my makeup and daily dirt gently. Very refreshing! It lathers up well, even with just a small amount used and rinses off with minimal effort, leaving behind no stickiness or soapy residue on my skin. Pat skin dry, not rub! This reduces irritation that can make skin sore and dry.
Step 2- I then applied the Regenerating Toner next onto my freshly washed face. You can apply the toner using cotton wool or by misting. The toner is applied very minimally, and this antioxidant rich, pH balanced formula refreshes skin ready for firming and lifting without leaving my face feeling tight or heavy.
Step 3- The Intensive Renewal Serum is up next. It’s called ‘intensive’ because it is concentrated. The serum holds in moisture due to its collagen supporting ingredients that are cinically proven to hold in that valuable moisture and helps to visibly reduce firm and life the face and neck, while reducing the appearance of fine lines. After just 2 weeks 82% of women in an independent clinical study had significant improvement in the look of firmness. And I must admit after using the serum for 2 weeks myself, I definitely can see a difference in my own skin.
Step 4- I am finding that most of my fine lines are appearing from around my eyes. I put this down to squinting lots because I have only just realised that I need to wear my glasses pretty much all day now. I denied my eye sight worsening for a long long time. I also smile. A LOT. I must practice that famous ‘Resting Face’ that’s doing its rounds on social media at the moment. You know the one I mean 😉 The Corrective Eye Crème is a new formula from Arbonne. It is designed to specifically reduce fine lines from around the eyes, puffiness and dark circles. Some things that I also struggle with as a busy mum. The eye crème has to be my favourite product from the RE9 Advanced range, it once again, applies easily and rubs into the skin gently with no irritation. I can definitely see a lift in the skin around my eyes and above my eyebrows. It’s best to dot the crème around the eyes (going above the eye brows and along the cheek bones and working into the skin with small light circular movements. It smells beautiful too as it contains lavender extract!
Step 5 (day)- There are 2 different ways that you can approach Step 5, the final step in the RE9 routine. You can choose from a Restorative Day Crème with SPF 20, or using the Extra Moisture Restorative Day Crème with SPF 20. I liked using the Extra Moisture Crème as my skin is so tired and dry, although after using the RE9 Advanced routine for a week I saw such an improvement in my skin hydration that I started to use the Restorative Day Crème instead. Both day crème’s are light and do not sit heavy under make-up unlike some face creams I used in the past, which often resulted In my face slipping off halfway through the day! Nice! I like that Arbonne have created both of these crème’s with SPF 20, to protect our delicate skin from the damage that the sun can cause. Too much exposure from the sun, and allowing any damage to our skin from the sun can age us very quickly as well as putting us at higher risks of developing skin cancers.
The Restorative Day Crème with SPF 20, #816 is £40 for 37ml and the Extra Moisture Restorative Day Crème with SPF 20, #8105 is also £40. When ordering enter the pin #441288726, this is Claire Robinson Independent Arbonne Consultant’s order number.
Step 5 (night)- I like to moisurise at night because if I don’t I really will just wake up with nasty dry patches of skin, Mainly on my forehead and next to my ears. This rich moisturiser works its magic over night without being heavy and greasy on my skin, something I find common with night moisturisers. It rubs into the skin easily and smells very pleasant. I am waking up dry-skin free and looking very awake and bright. I set off to the bathroom and start my day happy…. with Step 1 of course!
So… The before and the after. Did it make much difference in the space of just 2 weeks? I think so. I certainly feel more confident in myself.
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