Women are more aware and conscious about their skin nowadays that we are all trying to perfect our skincare regimen. Which of the products out there will provide value for money? Which ones will be effective? Will these products truly minimise lines, refine pores, provide anti-oxidants, or nourish, tone, lift, and exfoliate the skin? Sometimes, it’s too frustrating to choose among the ones currently in the market. I reckon that’s why some of you ladies do resort to reading and research before buying a bottle, pot, or tube, eh?
Since it first came out, I was already intrigued with its effects, if its role as a moisturiser and an anti-aging cream combined can effect the benefits it promises. What exactly does it promise? Well, let me tell you folks what’s printed on the packaging:
7 Anti-Ageing Benefits in 1 Moisturiser:
- : Reduces appearance of lines.
- : Soothes dry skin.
- : Evens skin tone.
- : Smoothes and evens skin texture.
- : Minimizes the appearance of pores.
- : Helps protects skin’s moisture barrier.
- : Hydrates for firmer skin appearance.
How does it work? It provides the anti-ageing power of moisture fused with vitamins and anti-oxidants PLUS UVA/UVB (SPF15) protection to help prevent sun damage.
Personally, considering all the days I subject my skin to heavy makeup, I’d spend a considerable time pampering it, letting it breathe. Apart from the regular cleansing, toning and moisturising (day and night), I’d exfoliate weekly (or twice a week) and I’d make sure to use a cream or moisturiser which will thoroughly nourish and hydrate my skin. Reason is, I’m already in my 30s and I need to pay a good amount of attention on skincare.
This opportunity to try Total Effects is a treat. I’m already using Regenerist (the Regenerating Serum, that is) right now but I reckon this is a chance for me to compare. I’ve already been hearing theories that Total Effects are formulated for women aged in their late 20s to early 40s and Regenerist for women aged mid-40s and up. I’m not sure if there’s any truth in it (folks from P&G Beauty can verify if they can) but I guess it’s due to the corrective benefits of Regenerist which make it more suitable for aged skin. As for Total Effects, if we’re going to base it on the printed collaterals, it’s more of preventive, which makes it ideal for folks concerned with premature aging but aren’t exactly there yet. Know what I mean?
Anyway, I like the packaging and the dispenser functions well. Allows you to control the amount of cream to be dispensed. Scent is not exactly repulsive but it smells faintly like talc-y paste but it’s not too overpowering. Texture of the formulation is a slightly greasy moisture. It takes a minute or two before skin absorbs it, leaving skin (very) slightly greasy but soft and supple.
It will take me a while before I can actually come up with the full review. It does require one to use a product weeks (months) before dishing out thoughts on results, yes? But I hope my initial thoughts will serve as a good foundation for the rest of the review.
Meanwhile, if any of you folks have tried (or are currently using) Total Effects, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Also, if you’ve got particular points you wish me to look into, feel free to leave them below.
Photo © 2009 Sasha Manuel