Friday, July 24, 2009

Mattify! Clarify! Protect Me and Correct Me! Exuviance (review)

This summer my skin has been behaving sooo much better than usual (probably due to all the great skincare I've been trying). But then all of a sudden, it started acting up (probably due to extra stress and less than optimal sleep). Anyway, my skin suddenly becoming a hot mess ended up being a perfect opportunity to test out some items from Exuviance.

Spot Treatment Gel
Blurb: Penetrates pores to quickly eliminate most acne blemishes and allow skin to heal. Formulated with alpha hydroxyacids (AHAs), salicylic acid and pro-vitamin A for direct application to individual acne blemishes. Acne fighter salicylic acid. Triple AHA blend smoothes & brightens and fights acne bacteria. Antioxidant Pro-vitamin A helps keep skin healthy.

First of all, this is very potent stuff. It's highly concentrated, powerful and fabulous. This spot treatment calmed my existing breakouts, and also prevented a potential "bad one" from showing up. It also promoted a little bit of peeling, which meant there was much less scarring (and the pigmentation disappeared really quickly). I feel a lot more secure knowing I have a little ammunition for the dreaded “next time.”

Sheer Refining Fluid (SPF 15)
Blurb: Help oily skin find its balance while reducing the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles with Exuviance Sheer Refining Fluid SPF 15. This lightweight day fluid absorbs quickly into the skin and contains an innovative patented ingredient, NeoGlucosamine™. This potent powerhouse is clinically proven to help reduce the look of discolorations and dark spots from acne and aging, while smoothing and evening out the skin's texture and tone. Cellular turnover is increased, improving skin clarity and firmness gently, without irritation. Phytotal® a botanical blend helps control oily skin, reducing excess oil production over time. Enhanced with a broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 15), Exuviance Sheer Refining Fluid also helps prevent against future damage by protecting the skin from the sun's harmful rays. If you have oily skin with signs of aging and are looking for the perfect daily base, this product is for you. For added oil control, use this under Exuviance Matte Perfection.

The sample I tried was very, very nice. It had a lovely texture and created an excellent matte finish (and great base for makeup). Since it was a rough day (complexion-wise), I really noticed that my skin looked smoother and more even.

Matte Perfection
Blurb: Take control of shiny, oily, skin and create an instant matte finish with Exuviance Matte Perfection. This super light, oil-free gel quickly absorbs excess oil and minimizes the appearance of pores, transforming oily skin into a smooth matte complexion. Mandelic Acid, a naturally occurring Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) found in almonds, helps provide long-lasting control over oiliness and shine while smoothing the skin. Gluconolactone, a Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) helps improve uneven pigmentation, enlarged pores and roughness, while adding anti-oxidant properties and anti-aging benefits to help decrease fine lines and wrinkles. Exuviance Matte Perfection glides easily over or under moisturizer, can be worn under makeup as a primer, or over makeup to impart a fresh, shine-free finish anytime of the day. Clinically proven to improve overall skin texture, tone and pore size.

Super Matte! This really took away the shine – and the oil control lasted until the late afternoon. Since this has AHA and PHA, you've got mattification and treatment going on at the same time. Score!

Cover Blend Multi-function Concealer (SPF 15)

Blurb: Conceal and correct skin flaws such as dark eye circles, blemishes and age spots with CoverBlend Multi-Function Concealer SPF 15. Blended with antioxidant-rich Polyhydroxy Acid Gluconolactone to enhance and improve skin tone and help diminish the appearance of fine line and wrinkles, this formulation combines anti-aging and concealing benefits in one targeted treatment. With a variety of skin flattering shades to choose from, and an SPF 15 to help protect against sunburn, CoverBlend Multi-Function Concealer provides superior coverage for all types of skin imperfections.

Whoa. I want a jug of this. A little dab completely hid the most unsightly, horrible, "thing" that was on my cheek. I couldn’t see "it" and I couldn’t see the concealer either. This concealer also has lots of good-for-your-skin things (and SPF 15). Loved, loved, loved this!

I also tried a small sample of the Night Renewal HydraGel (part of the Introductory Collection for Oily/Acne Prone Skin). It had a velvety feel and there was an initial (slight) tingling sensation. My skin felt soft and hydrated.

I have to say that Exuviance has really wowed me. These products worked together well and totally helped minimize a tragic, unhappy skin episode. And don't think I'm not grateful. Let's hope I never need them again; but since I probably will, I'm going to be taking a great big long look at their website.

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