Guest Post: Amanda's thoughts on anti-aging/dry/sensitive skincare samples

Thursday 7 June 2012

I asked my friend Amanda to test out some skincare samples for We Were Raised By Wolves, that weren't suitable for my own skin type.  Amanda is in her early thirties and has dry-to very dry skin, which is also sensitive.  Her favourite skincare brands are Clinique, Dermalogica, Caudalie and La Roche Posay.  She is also interested in brands that use organic and natural ingredients.  Here are her thoughts on the samples that she tried out:-

Yon Ka Vital Defense - I enjoy looking into French skincare brands and Yon Ka is a brand I have heard many good things about.  The Vital Defense cream is a light and hydrating moisturiser which acts as a 'shield' against pollution and free-radicals.  It was pleasant to use and is something I would consider purchasing as a full size product.

REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Aging Concentrate - I'm nearly 32 and have recently started to notice some minor signs of aging on my face.  I have tried some Retinol products in the past but always have to stop using them because they are too irritating for my sensitive skin.  This night concentrate from REN is  a 100% natural alternative to Retinol, and I found it very effective.  It has a sweet fruity scent and I only needed to use a few drops each night.  My skin looked visibly smoother, brighter and more toned, so this is something I will be certainly purchasing a full size of.

Oskia Get Up & Glow - Unfortunately this serum did nothing for my skin in terms of brightening it and making it look more energised, as it promised to do.  It did provide a smooth base for my make-up, but priced at £65 for the full size product, I would expect it to do much more.

Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector - The sample size is too small to judge its effective on wrinkles, but I did notice a tightening effect on my skin when I used this and it visibly reduced the size of my pores as well.  This is something I would look into getting a full size version of, to see if it would have any effect on some of the lines that have started to appear on my forehead.

Lavera Lifting Serum - This serum from Lavera produced a tightening effect on my skin for five minutes or so which seemed promising, and then the feeling disappeared and with it, my skin looked a lot less taunt.  Like the Oskia Get Up & Glow, the Lavera Lifting Serum provided a smooth base for my make-up but didn't do anything else for me.

Institut Esthederm Time Technology Cream - I have seen this many times when browsing Cult Beauty and had always wanted to try it.  Sadly, I was very disappointed by this sample.  The cream has light reflecting properties which is supposed to make your skin look more awake and younger, but I personally didn't notice any difference.  Priced at £69 for a full size, I would expect to.

Caudalie Radiance Day Fluid with SPF 10 -  A light non-greasy cream that hydrated my skin nicely and made it look refreshed.  This is something I would purchase a full size of and use in summer.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion - I use a great deal of Clinique products in my everyday skincare routine so my thoughts are probably biased towards them.  I enjoyed using their Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion and immediately purchased a full size after finishing the sample.  It's much lighter than their Moisture Surge so I will use it in summer when my skin is less dry.

Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturiser with SPF6 - This was the surprise out of the samples that Evelyn gave me.  I didn't expect to like it because I personally don't like rose scented products, but the scent of this was more subtle than I originally thought it would be.  The moisturiser is very rich and very hydrating, a perfect drink for my dry and thirsty skin.  I would certainly purchase a full size of this.

Patyka Biokaliftin Radiant Exfoliating Mask -  Unfortunately my sensitive skin didn't like this mask and I personally found it too harsh for me.

Do you have any skincare recommendations for Amanda?  Comment below and I'll pass them on to her!
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  1. Great guest post! I recommend AD Skin Synergy range - my new favourite x

    1. I managed to obtain another sample of the AD Skin Synergy Nourishing Night Treatment that was in an Amarya box, so I'll be sure to give her that to try out :) x

  2. Brilliant idea for a post. :) I tried the Lavera Lifting Serum not long ago but it didnt do anything for me either.

    1. I've seen quite a few reviews from bloggers saying that, sounds disappointing :( x

  3. Love this post! I have the same skin type as Amanda and I find it so difficult to find products that don't irritate my skin. I also use a lot of Clinique, but think I will take a look at Dermalogica and La Roche Posay now as well! xXx

    1. Hi there Grace, thank you for your comment. I would recommend the Ultra Calming range by Dermalogica and anything from the Hydrane range from La Roche Posay if you want to look into those brands. They have really helped with my sensitive skin. Amanda xxx


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