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Trial Day

My Resist Sample Kit, Lip Gloss, 3 Free Samples  and a bookletLast Monday I talked about the limitations on skincare (you can view the post HERE). In summary I mentioned Paula Begoun’s Beautypedia product reviews which I will be using as a resource on skincare products that I use currently or intend to use in the future.

I was a little bummed out to find out that my Mary Kay TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanser and TimeWise Age-Fighting Moisturizer were only rated “Average” in Beautypedia. But I got over my disappointment rather quickly and moved on to the next step of finding a higher rated cleanser, exfoliator and toner.

It was so easy to locate the Best of the Best on Beautypedia because the products are broken out by type. For example there are categories of body lotions, body washes, cleansers, hand creams, moisturizers, self-tanners, toners and more. Since the reviews are so thorough, you can make a more informed decision on a potential product.

Resist Anti-Aging Sample Kit
Resist Anti-Aging Sample Kit Paulas Choice

I’m looking for a new cleanser under Best of the Best, to give you an idea of the range of results I found (once I filtered out cleansing cloths) there were approximately 75 cleansers that cost as low as $4.69 up to $41.00. Along with price, the results include the container size, category and of course rating. Following are three of the results I obtained:

Cream Cleanser, for Sensitive Skin pHisoderm $4.69
Cleansing Milk DHC $25.00
Soothe Gentle Cream Wash Rodan &  Fields Soothe $41.00

After exploring my results I decided to try Paula’s Choice Resist Anti Aging Sample Kit. The kit comes with 10 single use samples (5 for day and 5 for night). Included in the kit are a cleanser, toner, smoothing treatment (exfoliator), serum and moisturizer. I received my kits on Thursday of last week, began using them and noticed that after I applied my makeup my skin felt tingly. Contrary to popular belief a tingling sensation on the skin means it’s irritated. Since I haven’t used a stand-alone exfoliator for years I felt that this could be the cause of my reaction so I had a live chat with a Paula’s Choice rep who agreed with my assessment. She said that the 5% AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) exfoliator could be too strong for my skin and offered to send me samples of their 1% BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) exfoliator.

Perfect Shine Lip Gloss Peachy Cream Paula's Choice
Perfect Shine Lip Gloss Paula’s Choice

AHA and BHA exfoliate dead skin cells which in turn promotes the growth of heathy new skin. Both acids have a rejuvenating effect on skin and are used in a range of topical cosmetic preparations. The choice of using either AHA or BHA is dependent on skin type and the purpose for which it will be used. AHAs are better on sun-damaged and dry skin and fine lines because they exfoliate on the surface of skin whereas BHAs are preferred for sensitive and oily skin.

So really with the exception of the minor tingling my skin felt smoother and softer so I’ll be interested to see if the BHA makes a difference. At this stage I’m not sure what products I’ll be choosing but since being introduced to Paula’s Choice I do feel more enlightened and confident that I can easily find products that are not tested on animals or contain chemicals that are unhealthy for my skin. Whatever I may choose the one thing I am quite sure of is when it comes to my skin I always try before I buy.

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” ~Mark Twain,Following the Equator


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