Monday, May 30, 2011

CheapER Beauty Regimen

Two posts in one day?  Crazy!

I recently switched from Olay Pro-X to Olay Regenerist for my daily skincare regimen.  I had been using Lancome Genefique, but it caused parts of my face to feel raw, peel, and turn dark red, so I stopped using it.  I used Pro-X for a year or so, and noticed it wasn't working anymore and I was getting more and more adult acne breakouts.  So, when it was time to buy new products I switched to Regenerist.  I have slightly aging skin (37) which is sensitive and prone to breakouts.  I have very few wrinkles, but creasing around the eyes and smile lines.

At first, I was only using the daily face wash, and the Micro-Sculpting cream.  I had minimal changes, but I was getting frustrated that I wasn't seeing a good change.  I was considering changing to L'Oreal's Youth Code line, when I came across the Pro-X Facial Brush.  Essentially, it's a knock-off of the Clarisonic facial brush, but for $35 at Walgreens.  I've always wanted a Clarisonic, but OUCH....they're $150!  Battery-operated (not rechargable), and waterproof, it has two speeds and a soft-bristled brush.  Combined with the Regenerist daily face wash, I'm seeing marked improvement in my skin's texture and far less breakouts.  Plus, it exfoliates better than any scrub, and the flakiness I always go through during the spring is gone.

Another saver-of-the-day is the new Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir.  What a jewel this is!  It replaces other nighttime lotions, and smooths while you sleep.  It has done wonders for my crows feet, and it even seems to have reduced the ruddiness in my cheeks.  In fact, if it keeps working this well, I can actually stop wearing foundation.  I haven't been able to do that for a LONG time!

None of these products are truly "cheap," but they are far cheaper than systems like Dr. Brandt, Creme de la Mer, Lancome, Clinique, and Dr. Perricone.  The face wash is the cheapest, about $13.  The Micro-sculpting cream $20, nighttime elixir $25, and the face brush $35.  The serum will last a long time since you just need a pump or two per use, and the replacement heads for the brush are $10.  So, it's a bit of an investment, but your skin is worth it!  Especially if aging is a concern.  I have to say I recommend Regenerist, for sure!

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