Skincare Product Reviews

Skin Genesis, a line targeted at women in their 30s, is L’oreal’s latest creation. The line uses patented Pro-Xylane™, a “superior naturally-derived molecule so small it can penetrate skin’s surface layers” along with Hyaluronic Spheres to strengthen the upper layers of skin for stronger, smoother and more toned skin.

Baking Soda (~$2 to $5)
Believe it or not but plain old baking soda mixed with a creamy cleanser actually makes a pretty good exfoliator. I always use this with my Cetaphil cleanser whenever I run out of my favorite exfoliator or when I need something mild yet effective. And the best part is it does not even cost more than $5! Definitely give it a try!

Jurlique Biodynamic Beauty Refining Treatment ($35)
This is an all natural exfoliant from Jurlique’s latest Biodynamic Beauty range. It contains Jurlique’s one-of-a-kind Biodynamic Blend – Rose Gallica, Licorice Root, Black Elder, Chamomile, Pansy and Sweet Violet – to reduce redness and fade discoloration; along with Calendula, Horsechestnut, Soapbark Tree, Apricot Seed and Willow Bark extracts. It does not contain parabens, mineral oils, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, synthetic emulsifiers, artificial colors or fragrances.

I definitely like the idea of this being a natural product since green is now the new black. The grains are medium-sized but do not scratch my uber sensitive skin a teeny bit. My skin just feels clean and smooth and never dry. The smell is also very natural and pleasant and reminds me of this moisturizer from Fresh. My only complaint is its price. $35 is pretty steep for an exfoliator – you can definitely find something with similar results for a cheaper price.

St. Ives Apricot Invigorating Scrub ($5)
This used to be my HG when I was younger. It contains 100% natural ingredients like Apricot extract, Walnut extract, Swiss glacial water etc. to deep clean pores. The grains are medium-sized and it is very effective in removing deadskin and cleaning out blackheads. I used to use this once a week and my skin would look so smooth and radiant afterwards. But now that my skin has gotten a lot more sensitive, I find it a little too harsh to use on my face. It still makes a great body scrub though.

After reading a ton of raves about SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5% Refining Night Cream, my best guy friend and I decided to both get it to see what the hype was all about. We made a deal to start using it on the same day and to keep a journal so we could compare our results after a few weeks. Read on for a brief intro about the product from SkinCeuticals’ website followed by our feedback.

After Gillette’s vibrating razor comes Dove’s vibrating facial massager, the SkinVitalizer ($10)! This AA battery-operated massager uses disposable pillows to scrub away makeup, oil and dirt, stimulate surface skin renewal and improve clarity for smooth, radiant skin. The product was originally released in 2006 but was recalled after several reports of the pillow falling off and causing minor scratches to the skin.