Jul 27, 2009

Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Splash Away Foaming Cleanser

I received a generous sample tube of Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Splash Away Foaming Cleanser, for Normal/Combination skin, when I ordered some Advanced Night Repair from Estee Lauder, and used it daily for about two weeks. Since then I have gotten a full size tube. The reason being; it works!

It doesn't dry out my skin and actually seems to be slightly hydrating. It removes stubborn blackheads and gets my skin squeaky clean. One of the greatest things, it is so concentrated that the smallest amount lathers easily and cleans my entire face.

The scent, yes, it is scented, but it is very pleasant and gender neutral, it smells clean but not soapy or like perfume. It does an excellent job of removing blackheads on my nose as well, which is something a lot of cleansers don't seem to do very well on my skin.

If you need a high quality, soothing, gentle, non-drying, effective cleanser, this is well worth trying.

Some of the hydrating extracts it contains are:
  • White Water Lily
  • Senega
  • Barberry
An elegant 4.2 ounce tube sells for $19.00 at most Estee Lauder counters or from the Estee Lauder website.

Ingredients: Water, Potassium Myristate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Behenate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Potassium Palmate, Potassium Laurate, Potassium Stearate, Polygala Senega Root Extract, Nymphaea Alba Root Extract, Berberis Vulgaris Extract, Dipotassium Gylcyrrhizate, Caffeine, Sodium PCA, Sodium Myalluronate, Trehalose, Sucrose, Urea, Cetearyl Alcohol, Peg-3 Distearate, Polyquaternium-51, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Jul 20, 2009

Open Forum: Do You Use a Facial Serum?

Do you use a facial serum as part of your routine? What do you use and why? Do you use it twice daily? Tell us the details.

Jul 13, 2009

Good Skin Tri-Aktiline Total Face & Grassroots Bamboo Leaf

Estee Lauder's Beauty Bank division which sells products at Kohl's is launching two new products. Goodskin has launched their Tri-Aktiline Total Face Instant Line Reducing Moisturizer which sounds very similar to the Estee Lauder brand Time Zone. It is meant to be used with the Tri-Aktiline Instant Deep Wrinkle Filler. The brand new Good Skin website is now at: http://www.goodskinlabs.com/

Grassroots is launching Bamboo Leaf Ultra Soothing Anti-Redness Cream which sounds similar to the Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream. This cream is unscented and seems to have many soothing ingredients. It appears Grassroots has discontinued many of their products and are replacing them with new ones under the Grassroots Research Labs name. They recently added a Pomegranate Super Anti-Oxidant Cream and Pomegranate Overnight Recovery Serum as well as Blue Algae Enriched Firming face and eye creams. The new Grassroots website is: http://www.grassrootsresearchlabs.com/

I am eager to try both and see what sort of ingredients they contain. Estee Lauder seems to be ahead of the curve when it comes to formulating excellent skin care products featuring the newest in science.

Jul 6, 2009

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex

Some may question another post about Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex but I feel justified, if for no other reason than to say, it is absolutely wonderful. I questioned whether Estee Lauder could improve on this product but they did.

This newer formulation is slightly more liquid, absorbs instantly, dries matte and spreads better. The scent and texture, otherwise, are no different. The bottle has been updated and is now plastic rather than glass. It does however retain the same basic design. The main thing I notice using this is how it is less greasy. Before, with the previous version, it could be oily if I used too much, but this new formula sinks in so quickly and completely. I do find it takes more than just a few drops to cover my entire face but applying it to slightly damp skin seems to help me in that regard.

The science behind the new formula is basically that it helps repair the appearance of aging while helping to prevent further skin aging. This formula sports a new plant extract and peptide which Estee Lauder states will help synchronize repair and encourage DNA repair. The Estee Lauder website has a nice explanation of the science behind the new formula and why your skin will benefit from it.

The biggest news about this product is how well it works and how quickly I have seen results. I notice my skin feels firmer and softer, better hydrated and with a drastic reduction in fine lines and sun spots. It works very well under my Mastey de Paris Moiste Facial Moisturizer.

No, this is not a cheap product and with the economy many consumers are having to limit the luxuries. This is something I consider a must have and an investment in my skin. While the thought of spending $47.50 on a one ounce bottle of luxury seems a bit much the results it gives me make it worth while. Lancome recently launched a similar product costing substantially more.

Should you have the inclination, I suggest requesting a sample from your local Estee Lauder counter and giving this little brown bottle a try.

A one ounce bottle retails for $47.50 while the 1.7 ounce sells for $74.50 and is available at most higher end department stores and of course the Estee Lauder website.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-75, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Tripeptide-32, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Cola Acuminata (Kola) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Pantethine, Caffeine, Glycereth-26, Sodium RNA, Squalane, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Oleth-3, Oleth-5, Bisabolol, Choleth-24, Ceteth-24, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, TEA Carbomer, Trisodium-EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, Green 5 (CI 61570), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 4 (CI 14600).