09 November 2010

Specific Beauty | Skincare For Multi-Hued Skin Tones | Review

Winter is quickly approaching and is also one of my favorite seasons of the year. But the weather change can also be a grim reminder and harsh reality of the effects it can have on your skin. Which is why I'm always in search of products that will help my skin stay healthy and maintain its natural glow. I have extremely sensitive and oily skin and I'm prone to more than the occasional breakouts, which is why I have to be selective when it comes to what I put on my face.

Allow me to introduce you to Specific Beauty. Specific Beauty is a dermatologist tested skincare regimen created by award-winning board certified dermatologist, Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd. It is specifically designed for multi-hued skin tones and contains products that are formulated to be used together which result in a more even skin tone, improved skin texture and leaves skin hydrated, brighter and more radiant.

In the complete set there are five products that are used in a three step regimen. The three step regimen consists of Cleansing/Exfoliating, Brightening and Hydrating/Treating. Below, is a breakdown of each product, how it works and the effect each had on my skin.

Daily Gentle Cleanser
Gently cleanses
Daily Gentle Cleanser thoroughly cleanses, while leaving the skin soft, smooth and hydrated.

I should  mention that prior to beginning the regimen I usually apply a light astringent (Clean & Clear) just to remove access oil & dirt. Which is not a requirement, its just a personal preference for me. After the astringent, I start my regimen with the Daily Gentle Cleanser which has a creamy texture that lathers on smooth and delicately washes away the grime from the day.

Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths
Deep cleaning
Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths are alcohol and oil-free cloths that will leave your face feeling clean, smooth, and refreshed

The next step which is probably my favorite, are the Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths. The cleansing cloths are moistened which means you don't need to rinse or use water for them to work. They are also dual sided, one side containing small textured beads for exfoliating and the other side smooth and designed for makeup removal.  What I loved most about the cloths is that they provide instant gratification. I could literally see the dirt, residue and dead skin left behind on the cloths. And best of all it was clearly visible that the blackheads (gross) around my nose had completely diminished!

Skin Brightening Serum 
Targeted spot application to improve overall skin tone
Skin Brightening Serum a breakthrough formula containing a multi-benefit complex of licorice, antioxidants, and retinol.

After cleansing, I followed with the Skin Brightening Serum. Which contains a formula of licorice, anti-oxidants, retinol and niacinimide that all  provide the skin with ultimate brightening benefits. It's basically a spot treatment that helps with discolorations, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. I've used these products for about a total of 3 weeks and I've already seen a noticeable difference in terms of a few of my dark spots improving and becoming slightly lighter than before. The only thing about the serum that I wasn't overly fond of was the smell, it has a rather medicine like scent but it's definitely not a deal breaker when it comes to its effects. Plus, the smell doesn't linger so its not a huge concern for me.

Daily Hydrating Lotion
Dermatologist designed moisturizer
Daily Hydrating Lotion | SPF 30 a lightweight moisturizer with SPF 30, UVA/UVB Protection. This unique formula is rich in the powerful antioxidant Vitamin E.

The final steps of the regimen consists of the Daily Hydrating Lotion and the Night Treatment Complex. Both of which have given me a more radiant & softer complexion. The Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF 30 is a daily moisturizer that provides broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays with SPF 30. The antioxidant vitamin E protects the skin from free radical damage. Emblica, a unique natural fruit extract, licorice and niacinmide work synergistically to help prevent hyperpigmentation by improving the tone and balance of the skin.

Night Treatment Complex
Helps improve skin texture
Night treatment complex is a lightweight, yet efficacious, night treatment that helps improve skin texture by delivering a dose of retinol to the skin while you sleep.

The Night Treatment Complex is a lightweight skin brightening formula that helps improve skin texture by delivering the perfect dose of retinol while you sleep. It's unique formula works to protect the skin from free radical damage. The highly effective night cream hydrates, brightens and enhances the skin’s natural complexion, leaving it smooth and radiant.

Glow: I really love the simplicity of use in the products. I liked that each product was labeled & actually numbered which makes it clear on the order of each step. It may sound simple but clarity of use is extremely important to me when it comes to a beauty regimen. There have been times where I've purchased skincare sets and was confused about which one to use first and with these that wasn't the case.  I also liked that the products were very gentle. I have extremely sensitive skin and I experienced no irritation even after using it following makeup removal!

Glare: The lotion & the serum bottles are a tad tiny and since there are only 30 cleansing cloths, I'm assuming that the complete regimen is like a 30 day supply. But on a brighter note you really only need a minimum amount of product per use so they should last for quite a while. Also, I'd love to see these products available in local drugstores! That would definitely be a plus for me!

Would I Recommend It? Absolutely ! There is nothing like seeing a positive change in your skin so why not share the remedy? :o)

Overall Glam: Specific Beauty is definitely a regimen that I could see myself using for a very long time. In the three short weeks that I've used it I've noticed a remarkable change in my complexion and its beginning to look more even toned and radiant by the day. I love touching my face these days because it feels so soft and most importantly the products are effective, what more can you ask for ?

To purchase or to learn more about Specific Beauty please visit their website www.specificbeauty.com .

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