Now I’m not one to blow my own trumpet … although if I don’t blow it, who will – but I often get complimented on my skin. I’m 47 but it’s not too wrinkly, and I put that down to carrying extra weight (God bless my chubby cheeks), having good genes (God bless my Mum), and only getting the odd, hormone-related spot. Overall, it’s in fairly good condition and people often say I don’t look my age. (Careful Kate, you won’t get your head through the door at this rate.) But that’s from a distance. Up close, it’s certainly far from perfect.
When I was a teenager, I had really bad skin – not quite acne, but bad enough to warrant going to the doctor and being put on medication, which was quite a big deal back then. So I have a few large pores around my nose, a couple of scars here and there and I often get blackheads if I don’t wash my make-up brushes properly (shame face) … so it could be a lot better.
You may have seen me mention that I had a couple of electrical facials recently at the local college, I drink a lot of water, I’m afraid I’m a cleansing wipe kinda gal and I’ve only recently (in the last year or so) been regularly using a mid-range moisturiser. That’s the limit of my skincare, and I’ve always wondered whether it’s worth investing a bit more money in top of the range skincare products, especially as I get older. I think I’ve just taken it all a bit for granted, thinking I’ll ‘look young for my age’ forever, but that’s a big mistake. Ageing isn’t the end of the world, but I do think it’s important to take time to look after yourself, especially as you get older, and that includes investing in a proper skincare regime.
So that’s the background to this post.
I’m currently working with a skincare company called StriVectin, reviewing a few of their products and I’m reporting back on the results – this post is after using the products for one week, and the next post will be after using them for one month. Long-term followers of this blog know that I have no qualms about being bare-faced (as well as bare most things!) as I’ve always shared photos of me at the gym looking a hot sweaty mess, so I’m more than happy to show you close-up exactly what my skin is like before and after. And especially after my makeover photoshoot blog post, I think it’s always good to show the flips-side, me on the regular.
The three products I’m reviewing are:
StriVectin Glycolic Skin Reset Mask – £55
- Mask with micro-encapsulated Glycolic Acid that delivers gentle yet potent exfoliation to reveal smooth, soft skin.
- Diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Brightens and restores radiance to the face.
StriVectin Oleic Rapid Recovery Milk – £65
- Visibly repairs and replenishes skin’s lipids for improved firmness and elasticity.
- Restores youthful cushion lost with age.
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
StriVectin Hyaluronic Dual Response Serum – £65
- Dual-phase serum with six types of Hyaluronic Acid deeply hydrates skin and locks in moisture.
- Visibly plumps skin and smoothes the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Improves skin’s ability to retain moisture.
I’ve been using the products for a week now and I’m really happy with how it’s going. As you know, I’m now working an extra job so I’m finding that I’m extra stressed, extra tired and haven’t been feeling my best, so it felt like a good time to start using the StriVectin skincare range.
Here’s how I looked at the beginning, before using the products:
And here’s how I’m looking after a week:
I’ve used them religiously, and as directed. So that’s both the Oleic Rapid Recovery Milk and Hyaluronic Dual Response Serum each once a day, morning and night, and the Glycolic Skin Reset Mask twice a week. The Recovery Milk and Serum are both to be used before your moisturiser – I use a mid-range moisturiser, under £15.
The products smell beautiful – fresh and ‘cucumbery/lavendary’ (new words), as opposed to antisepticy (you can tell I have a degree in English!), and are easy to apply, soak into the skin immediately which is great as I’m always in a hurry in the morning, and my face feels hydrated and slightly plumper afterwards. The mask I used twice a week doesn’t dry hard or peel off, you just wash it off with a flanel after five minutes. My skin felt a little warm but that was all I felt whilst the mask was on. I don’t think you can notice too big a difference at the Week One stage, but to me it’s definitely softer and a little more plumped up.) (Disclaimer – I was feeling a bit poorly when I took these photos above so please take that into account.)
I’ll report back in a month’s time to let you know how my skin is feeling and, more importantly, how it’s looking, and hopefully I’ll continue to see a difference. I also just want to say that I’m a big believer that if women want to have procedures on their face and body they should, but personally, if I can avoid that by having a good skincare routine and having a healthy(ish) lifestyle, then I should at least try.
You can find StriVectin on Instagram – @StrivectinUK