Spot The Difference With Eucerin Even Pigment Perfector

I like to keep in touch with my social media community by conducting polls asking them questions about their skincare concerns. Do you want to know what the most common answer is? It’s hyperpigmentation, followed by uneven skintone and lastly, dullness.

I’m also no stranger to dark spots and marks on my face, arms and body; I blame my tanning days as a teen (we’re all guilty, admittedly) and now, at the age of 32, I’m dealing with the repercussions. Pair my hyperpigmentation with a lack of radiance and you’ve got an ideal candidate for Eucerin’s new Even Pigment Perfector Range, undoubtedly one of the brand’s most exciting launches to date. I was introduced to the range in May 2019 and couldn’t wait to put it to the test.  

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The Hero Ingredient

After ten years of scientific research, Eucerin developed the breakthrough active ingredient Thiamidol, a patented molecule to effectively fight dark marks at the source and prevent their re-appearance with regular use of the range. Global clinical trials showed first visible results after two weeks, with further improvement after twelve weeks. Local clinical trials on South African women also showed 100% success rate, with each woman claiming that her skintone was more even, her dark marks less pronounced and complexion more radiant than ever.


But, What Does Thiamidol Do?

We all know that the main triggers of dark spots on the skin are hormonal changes, ageing or sun exposure. From our face to our hands, hyperpigmentation can occur anywhere on the body.

Thiamidol, the patented ingredient found within the Even Pigment Perfector range tackles dark marks and uneven skintone at its source by inhibiting Tyrosinase which produces melanin (that gives skin its brown colour). Each product in the range contains Thiamidol which is fast acting, yet gentle on the skin. I was militant about my routine, using these three products daily over a six week period and can safely say, that it worked for my skin.


Here’s My Verdict

Let’s face facts: when your skin feels great, you do too. My complexion was very ‘meh’, quite lackluster and needed a heavy dose of glow. I reckon there’s been a vast improvement – namely, my even skin tone and obvious brightness. The darker spots (and general areas) on my face and neck have lightened and appears to be more radiant. See below for yourself.

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Before (left) 6th May 2019 and After (right) 27th June 2019

 

Introducing… The Products:

1) Eucerin Even Pigment Perfector Dual Serum: This was my favourite product of the lot which has a ‘dual chamber’ technology. You just need one pump of the serum for your entire face. Apply after cleansing, before your day cream in the morning, and your night cream before bedtime. It helps with redness too; one of my other skincare issues that I’m very passionate about. (R599,99 for 30ml)

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2) Eucerin Even Pigment Perfector Day Cream SPF 30: I loved how lightweight and smooth the texture of this day cream was. Plus, the fact that it had a built-in SPF 30. It is incredibly nourishing though and made my skin feel soft. It absorbed quickly and worked as an excellent base for me to apply my foundation. (R449,99 for 50ml)

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3) Eucerin Even Pigment Perfector Night Cream: After washing my face, I applied the Eucerin Even Pigment Perfector Dual Serum again (remember, all you need is one pump), followed by the night cream. My skin always felt velvety soft when I’d wake up. (R449,99 for 50ml)

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This range is currently available from: Clicks, Dis-Chem, Foschini and selected pharmacies nationwide.

Visit www.eucerin.com for more information.

*Sponsored by Eucerin South Africa

 

WIN WITH EUCERIN SOUTH AFRICA!

Do you have hyperpigmentation or know of anyone who has it? Head on over to my Instagram page (www.instagram.com/kelli_clifton), follow the instructions and enter my competition where I’ll be giving away the full Eucerin Even Pigment Perfector range valued at R1500. You’re going to fall in love with these products just as much as I have! Good luck.

Don’t forget to use the hashtags: #Eucerin and #Thiamidol if you post any pics on social media. If you have any thoughts or comments, please leave them below.

Introducing NIVEA’s Newest Skincare Range: Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity

Let’s be real for a second – we all have ageing concerns the older we get. It’s impossible for our skin to look, behave and feel the same as it did in our twenties (it’s a fantastic thought though, right?) but, thankfully, we have brilliant facial products available to improve the condition and sort out our skincare woes.

 

Personally, one of my concerns has been loss of volume within my face, along with elasticity. I’ve been training at the gym at least 4-5 times a week since the beginning of January and of course, I’m happy with my weight loss, but I’ve noticed that my skin has started to sag a bit. You can imagine how happy I was when I got given the NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Range to try out; a range designed specifically to target this problem.

 

We’re also changing seasons at the moment. It’s getting cold (#WinterIsComing) and my skin enjoys going into ‘lazy mode’, resulting in a lot of moisture loss and dryness. Each product in the range contains Hyaluronic Acid (music to my ears), the best ingredient to boost and maintain moisture levels within your skin. Other environmental factors such as pollution and stress also contribute to your skin looking dull, feeling sensitive and uneven. After using the range for a few weeks, I can safely say that I haven’t experienced any of these things, even after a recent trip to Johannesburg and my skin has remained hydrated, smooth and looked more radiant.

 

Elastin and Collagen work hand in hand to keep the skin looking firm and youthful and are the other two hero ingredients found within the range. The Elastin fibres responsible for getting the skin back to its original shape along with the protein Collagen made my skin feel tighter and more defined. I was incredibly impressed.

 

Let me walk you through each product in the NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler + Elasticity Range:

 

1. The NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Anti-Spot Serum, R289,99 for 30ml has a soft, velvety texture with a pump dispenser, making it ideal for travel. This serum has a powerful melanin inhibitor, which helps reduce the appearance of dark spots (admittedly, I didn’t have many) while keeping the skin sufficiently hydrated.

I would use it in conjunction with the NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Day Cream SPF 15 (more details about this product below), as it contains a sun protection benefit and achieved more holistic results such as overall radiance.

 

2. The NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Day Cream SPF 15, R269,99 for 50ml was my favourite product of them all! The texture, the scent, the way it quickly absorbed into my skin – I could go on and on. It’s a winner. I’m close to finishing my tub. I love that it had a built-in SPF to protect my skin and of course, kept it hydrated and feeling fresh.

 

3. I’d apply the NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Night Cream, R269,99 for 50ml at night of course and woke up with plumped up skin. The texture of this cream is a lot thicker and richer than the day cream and leaves  your skin feeling super nourished the next morning. You only need to apply a thin layer before bedtime.

 

4. Last but not least is the NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Bi-phase Nourishing Oil Elixir, R289,99 for 30ml. I would apply this either in the morning or evening, after shaking the bottle to mix the formula, depending how parched my skin was. The triple-oil complex found within this product was responsible for keeping my skin nourished, moisturised and a lot more youthful.

 

The entire range is already on shelves and I’d highly recommend it to those who need a moisture boost, have elasticity concerns and want more skin definition. All the products are lightly fragranced and absorb like a dream. They’ll fit easily into your current skincare routine.

 *This blog post is sponsored by NIVEA

LET’S CHAT: What’s your biggest skincare concern at the moment? I want to know! Leave a comment in the box below.

How Avène Thermal Spring Water Keeps My Skin Under Control

When you think of a facial mist, what springs to mind? Besides the way it cools the skin, keeps your makeup in place and provides a quick refresh during those scorching summer days – the defining factor of a facial mist for me personally, and of course, I’m referring to Avène’s Thermal Spring Water in this case, is the way it calms my redness and soothes the inflammation.

I’m very open about my mild form of rosacea that occurs on my nose and cheeks area. It flares up when you least expect it and is super uncomfortable; it itches, sometimes burns and gives your skin a hot, uneasy feeling.

I use lots of facial products to ‘tame’ it but nothing works as quickly and effectively as the Avène Thermal Spring Water.

I’ve used this spray for years so I’m no stranger to this miracle worker and now find it difficult to not incorporate it into my daily life. Having started a rigorous gym regime two months ago, (I do up to five sessions a week) meant that I needed a quick fix to perk up my skin but keep it under control.

 

My Top 5 Tips for Avène’s Thermal Spring Water

1. Don’t be reluctant to use the spray after an intense workout – it’s safe to use on your face as well as your body. It cools your skin down and refreshes it within seconds. Hold the mist 15-20cm away from the area and spritz away.

2.  Avène’s Thermal Spring Water is available in three different sizes: 50ml, 150ml and 300ml. I always keep one in my handbag (ideal for traveling, especially when flying), the medium size one in my gymbag (we all know why) and one next to my bed as my skin likes to go red sometimes before I go to bed.

3. It’s brilliant to cool down your body temperature after a hot shower! Ever since I’ve started working out, my body battles to get back to its normal temperature and when I apply makeup, little beads of sweat would form. The Avène Thermal Spring Water prevents this and keeps your skin under control.

4. Feel free to use the spray on babies and small children. It’s completely safe and suits even the most sensitive skin types.

5. Try the Avène Thermal Spring Water on your scalp too. It works wonders on sunburn and soothes it profusely, without making your hair look or feel dirty.

 

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(Clicks also has a great promo happening at the moment: Buy any 3 Eau Thermale Avène products and only pay for 2. Offer valid in-store and online until 21 March 2019, while stocks last.)

*This article is sponsored by Eau Thermale Avène.

Now, I want to hear from you! Have you tried Avène’s Thermal Spring Water before? How has it benefited your skin?

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YES, the Foreo LUNA™ 2 is Worth The Hype!

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Two months ago, the incredible Dermastore team sent me my very own Foreo LUNA™ 2 for Normal Skin (that’s the pink one) to test out and I have been so impressed with the results. After my trip to Zanzibar (end of September 2018), my complexion appeared all tanned and glowy but if you looked closely, the top layer of my skin felt dry, rough and flakey. I noticed my regular facial products weren’t penetrating my skin properly.

My pores appeared bigger, regardless of how much primer I used, and my foundation, well, instead of providing the usual natural finish, just looked uneven. Worst of all, it just looked obvious that I was wearing makeup and that’s a huge pet peeve of mine. I tried various masks, exfoliators, you name it – but nothing could do the trick. My only hope was the LUNA™ 2 and it exceeded my expectations tremendously.


How to use the device:

  1. Make sure the LUNA™ 2 is fully charged (you will receive all this equipment in the box).

  2. Apply your cleanser all over your skin. Even the most gentle cleansers work effectively in conjunction with the LUNA™ 2.

  3. Wet the LUNA™ 2 (don’t be shy) and use the + and – buttons on the device to control the speed.

  4. Using the side containing the bristles, apply the device in circular motions to your skin for one minute only.

  5. Rinse any excess cleanser off.

  6. Apply your usual skincare products (eg. moisturiser, serum, etc.)

  7. Flip the LUNA™ 2 around to use the Anti-Ageing Mode and use this to massage your skincare products into the skin for another minute. Focus on areas of concern that have fine lines and wrinkles. This will help with skincare product absorption and stimulate the skin.

  8. And there you have it! Glowing, smooth skin. Don’t forget to rinse your LUNA™ 2 with warm water, leave in a cool place to dry and charge it when you can.

Click here to see a tutorial on how to use it.

28 September 2018 :  My skin felt dry, flakey and rough. Redness was also an issue.

28 September 2018:
My skin felt dry, flakey and rough. Redness was also an issue.

29 October 2018 :  After a month, my glow had finally come back! My skin felt smoother, my skincare products absorbed easily and I barely felt the need to wear makeup. Quite a dramatic change, right?

29 October 2018:
After a month, my glow had finally come back! My skin felt smoother, my skincare products absorbed easily and I barely felt the need to wear makeup. Quite a dramatic change, right?

1 December 2018 : My present day skin which is smooth, hydrated and all round flawless, even though I’ve been incredibly stressed lately. The LUNA™ 2 is a lifesaver!

1 December 2018: My present day skin which is smooth, hydrated and all round flawless, even though I’ve been incredibly stressed lately. The LUNA™ 2 is a lifesaver!

I’ve compiled a list of FAQs regarding the fabulous Foreo LUNA™ 2


1. What does the LUNA™ 2 actually do?

What can’t the LUNA™ 2 do? It eliminates 98.5% of excess oil and dirt, using the latest T-Sonic™ Technology. It thoroughly cleanses your skin and removes makeup effectively. It doesn’t take up a lot of room and is the perfect traveling companion to ensure your skin always feels and looks its best. After only 2-3 uses, you’ll notice that your foundation applies better – all due to better product absorption because of the LUNA™ 2. It’s also safe to use on your neck area, not just your face.

2. Does the LUNA™ 2 work well with all skincare products? Are there any products I need to use/stay away from?

The LUNA™ 2 works well with anything. Any cleanser is effective, but try stay away from ones that are abrasive. I recommend using a foaming cream cleanser with it, like the new La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar or SkinCeuticals Replenishing Cleanser Cream.


3. Is it best to use it in the morning/evening? Can I use it twice a day or is it too stimulating/overwhelming for the skin?

You can use it twice a day and it won't over-stimulate or anything. Although, I’ve incorporated mine into my nighttime cleansing routine before I go to sleep. The more you use it, the more your skin gets used to it and you’ll soon see what your skin needs.

4. What different devices are there?

There’s quite a variety! I am using the one for Normal Skin, but there’s a device for sensitive skin, men, combination skin, oily skin and there are mini devices too.

Click here to see all of them.

5. How much is it? And where can I buy it?

It’s R3400 and you can purchase it from Dermastore. Their delivery service is impeccable. You won’t be disappointed!

MY PERSONAL TIP:
A lot of you that follow me on social media would know that I’ve experienced Dermaplaning twice before. I am sure this contributed to the smoothness of my skin but do believe that using the LUNA™ 2 each day for the past two months religiously has made my skin look better than ever before.

*This article is sponsored by Dermastore.