It’s been a good whole week since I started using a new set of skincare products for my daily beauty ritual (morning and night). Reason for the change is mainly due to a growing frustration with the dull skin tone and somewhat mildly irritated state that I had noticed my skin is in. With an occasional blemish or two — a natural occurrence, I must add — and the rough, scaly feel have caused me to worry a bit. Well, I really can’t claim perfection, only vie for it and the previous products I’ve been using kept me sane a bit but I knew that my skin is capable of being and looking healthier than it is, er, once upon a time.
Opting to go for Olay Total Effects this time around is largely attributed to the time I had used the Regenerist skincare line, also from the same brand. Drugstore beauty or not, I remember the healthy glow that my skin had and how it managed to stay clear of blemishes most of the time while I was using Regenerist. My hope is that with Total Effects, I won’t be disappointed as well.
OLAY Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Ageing Serum, Php 698.00
I’ve made a promise to go easy on reviewing skincare products for now. I needed something that I know my skin needs (ah, pains of aging!). If I continue to subject my skin to a variety without truly allowing it to heal and be revitalised, it’s safe to say that the process on how I go about my skincare regimen isn’t effective at all.
With Olay, I’m familiar with the inclusion of a serum in their skincare line. I had adored Regenerist’s serum and when I bought this one, I was looking forward to seeing a mirrored effect. Knowing myself too well, I know adding another step to my daily routine will be seen as a hassle, however minor, still a hassle nonetheless. But conditioning my mind that the addition will be for my own skin’s benefit. If I am to see things improve, I had to accommodate the work that’s involved.
OLAY Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Ageing Cream, Php 698.00
Day creams are quite important in my book. Not only does it offer added protection from harmful elements, most obvious thing is the moisturising bit. It doesn’t hurt that I’ve used this cream before and was very happy with it. It served as a fantastic moisturiser prepping my skin before applying makeup. This past experience, which was positive and promising over-all, actually helped me with my decision to go for the full line (sort of) of Total Effects.
Day cream is one of my beauty must-haves and will never fail in wearing it regularly. Which is something I can’t say for night creams, though they’re equally important, mind you. It’s just that, personally, I would sometimes forget to go through my nightly beauty routine simply because I’d work through the night or I’d be too knackered to bother. But right now, since need is dire, I’m religiously keeping to my current skincare regimen.
OLAY Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Ageing Night Cream, Php 698.00
I do believe that it’s actually great to wear night creams while you sleep. Not only will it help protect your skin from dryness due to it scratching on a low thread count sheet (well, not everyone can afford ‘em Egyptian cotton sheets!), it’ll help nourish and hydrate your skin as your entire system rests. You don’t even have to do anything else. Think maximising your sleep time by adding some extra bit to aid improvement. It won’t be as comfortable as you’d hope it’d be since from experience night creams do usually feel heavy (and can get quite warm at times) on the skin. I’d often have to dab on tiny beads of perspiration and make sure that the room I stay in remain cool enough to make things comfortable for myself.
It is during this time that I also apply my eye cream. As my eyes rest, I’m allowing the cream’s magic to work too.
OLAY Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Ageing Eye Cream, Php 698.00
Well, it’s not exactly magic since I’m quite sure there is some scientific explanation on what eye creams do exactly but newsflash, I won’t be dishing it here. All I know is that this cream esp targets the skin around the eyes: tightening it, aims to reduce fine lines (crow’s feet nightmare? please god no) and keeps puffiness and bags at bay. I haven’t seen remarkable results with it though. I did, however, notice that my eyes don’t look too tired and sleep deprived (even when I’m guilty on both counts).
Still giving everything else a chance to impress me more but so far, within a short period of use no less, I already am seeing positive (however minute) changes on my skin. Weeks to go, though. Still many weeks to go. Banking on visible improvements on my skin!
Current skincare regimen still follows the 3 step rule: Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise. First two steps are handled by Neutrogena Energizing Foam Wash and Alcohol-free toner, respectively. The Moisturise Step has a world of its own and it’s being ruled by Total Effects. For now.
How’s your own skincare regimen going for you? Added anything new to it lately?
P.S. Yes, they’re all valued at the same SRP. Crazy, eh?