Thursday, 11 February 2016

Beauty: Perricone MD skincare review + vlog

You know that phrase If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you've always got? Oh,  how I wish it applied to my skin!

It's only now that I'm approaching my late thirties that I can appreciate what good skin I had in my younger days. Not entirely sure why or how but I managed to avoid getting any spots as a teenager (although they are making something of an appearance now) and the worst I had to contend with was a few dry patches.

This genetic jackpot meant I really didn't take care of my skin at all. I was that person who went to bed in their make up and it never seemed to negatively affect me in any way.

But those days are gone. A few years back I discovered micellar water and I also do a bit of hot cloth cleansing. In terms of moisturising, after reading Sali Hughes' Pretty Honest I realised my skin isn't just dry (as I'd always thought) but dehydrated. Plus, I think my skin is verging on being described as 'mature' (sob!).  Time to bring in the big guns.

Perricone MD skincare review - cold plasma, re:firm, face finishing moisturizer, no foundation serum

Enter Perricone MD. Last month, Debenhams sent me four products for review from this new range that I've been using for a few weeks. Here's how I got on.

I began my skincare routine with Perricone MD Cold Plasma, which is designed to combat ten signs of ageing and 'represents the culmination of Dr. Perricone's most comprehensive research to date.' It's an unusual product but one that appears to have made quite a difference. My skin feels plump and soft after application, and so I'm going to give it a go for the foreseeable future (despite Cold Plasma's rather odd smell!).

Next, I've been applying one of two products - Re:Firm (not yet available - coming soon!) or Face Finishing moisturiser, kind of alternating between the two. Re:Firm breaks from a gel to a serum as you apply to your skin, which is something of a novelty. The Face Finishing Moisturiser is more of a traditional product than the previous two, and has a very lovely rose fragrance. This is my favourite product from the range.

Finally, the No Foundation foundation serum, which is a very light (in texture) product. I have to say I wasn't convinced it would give me the coverage I'm used to but I was wrong. I have no idea whether this is what anyone else does but my usual drill is to apply foundation or tinted moisturiser and to then take the colour down a bit with a layer of powder before applying the rest of my face. With this serum, I can imagine losing a couple of stages which would save so much time in the mornings! It gives a good, even coverage and I don't feel too bare (which can be the case with tinted moisturisers).

If you're interested, take a look at this vlog I filmed to go through the products in a bit more depth. It's my first foray into video - if you like it then subscribe to my YouTube channel and I'll make a few more!

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