As the resident 50 So What ‘pin cushion’, or ‘cosmetic junkie’ as some in the office have nicknamed me, I try out just about any procedure (after a lot of research mind you, and only by professionals with a top-notch reputation).
So, it’s no big surprise I’ve been pushed into trying the cosmeceutical skincare ranges.
I’m no stranger to the vampire facial (and yes, it is worth it!), a peel here and there, a bit of Botox, laser and the odd bit of filler. But until a few years ago, I was using relativity cheap skincare products.
They worked well and I had no problem with them at all. Until my cosmetic doctor suggested I try a medical-grade product which would help with fine lines (he had me at fine lines!), redness and pigmentation.
To say I was a little hesitant was an understatement. These products did cost a lot more than my current range (which, don’t get me wrong were great), so it was with trepidation I tried out a more medical grade option.
My lovely doctor mentioned I spent a fair amount of money on procedures, but neglected to keep up the hard work on my skincare range. Good point I thought, I’ll give it a whirl.
I walked out with a cleanser (one that was suited to my dry skin), morning serum (vitamin B2), day cream, sun cream, night serum (vitamin A), night cream and eye cream. Bloody hell, this is excessive I was thinking, after my usual cleanser and moisture routine.
If you are like me, I expect instant results. I have no patience and stood in the mirror each night, banging on to the husband ‘do I look younger, has my skin improved?’. Not sure why I was asking him. I could shave my head and he wouldn’t notice.
Two weeks in and I wasn’t convinced. Grrrrrrr, had I just wasted my hard-earned dollars. A tad disheartened I may as well use the products all up, I’ve paid for them (no freebees here!).
Well, well, well. One month in and I started to get a few compliments. My skin looked ‘fresher’, less dry and a lot dewier. I have to say, the texture of my skin has improved by about 100%! No exaggeration. I think it must be the Vitamin A cream.
Let’s make no bones about it, these products aren’t cheap (but not as expensive as some). An example, my cleanser (and it’s a large tube) is roughly $50. The Vitamin A cream is about $190 (but it lasts ages and I only use it once every three days), my night cream runs about $120 and my day cream about $70-$100. The products last me about three months.
What I can tell you, is the products are worth it. They only work if you are using the correct product for your skin. If you are spending good money, you need to ensure it’s right for you.
Not every product will suit everybody. The award-winning products I use have no artificial colours, are not tested on animals, and have no nasties in them, only real, active ingredients.
This range was developed by a cosmetic physician who opened one of the first non-surgical cosmetic medical clinics in Australia. He recognised his clients’ needs for high performance skincare products that were more effective than those generally found in department stores and pharmacies.
As well as producing better results in their own right, higher performance formulations could also maintain and enhance the discernible results clients experienced from cosmetic medical treatments.
Cosmeceutical skincare works for me. I have noticed great results and have been using them for well over a year. I’m hooked.
- This is my personal view, and remember to always consult a professional. The products I have been using are from the Ultraceuticals range. Please note this is not a paid story, and all products were paid for by myself. At 50 So What we will not write about a product or endorse it if we are not happy to use it ourselves. It is so very important we give you an honest point of view, on how a product worked for, and on us.