When I started on my new regimen in March, the bit that I was a bit wary of was changing the products I use for my skincare approach to cleanse-tone-moisturise. I’m afraid I’m not much of an adventurous type when it comes to products I use, esp now that I’m a wee bit older. You see, once I sort of find something that somehow works or would give me tolerable results, I tend to stick with it. My thinking was along the lines of “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” sort. Not necessarily that the products are effective, they’re just easy to incorporate into what I’m already used to, or they fit my budget, or there’s the possibility that I just couldn’t be bothered to find better options. I know that this bit isn’t exactly ideal but that’s my reality.
As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, my included the following:
Cleanse: Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser as my face wash, and Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub (such a long name for a product, gah) for exfoliation.
Tone: The Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner has been a trusty companion for more than a decade. Why? I haven’t found a toner to match its gentleness, and it seemed that it did the trick.
Moisturise: I use Olay Total Effects Anti-ageing Serum to accompany both my morning and nightly rituals. Olay Total Effects (touch of foundation) BB Crème with SPF 15 in the morning and only if I’m going out. Yes, I don’t put on moisturiser when I’m just staying in. Then it’s Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream (Night Moisturiser) I’d put on at night.
Up to the point before I switched, I had no big problems with the products that I’ve been using (would’ve switched otherwise). So why change, right? Well, first of all, I decided to invest in a new venture and had chosen to explore the opportunity with Nu Skin. With this choice, I knew I wanted to learn firsthand about the products so it meant I needed to use them. Change can be terrifying, esp if I was to consider the risk of exposing my skin to possible negative effects, so I had employed measures to minimise it: (1) Being aware of how my skin behaves, and what it needs (Important:know your skin type!); (2) Doing my research on the products I was looking into trying; and (3) Performing trials before using the products in all its entirety.
The products I had chosen to try were:
Tri-Phasic White™ Toner, SRP at Php 2,800.
Moisture Restore Day Protective Lotion with SPF 15 (Normal to Dry Skin), SRP at Php 2,510.
Nu Colour Advanced Tinted Moisturiser with SPF 15 (Beige), SRP at Php 2,000.
Night Supply Nourishing Cream, SRP at Php 2,830.
Sunright Lip Balm with SPF 15 (you got to show your lip some love, too!), SRP at Php 570.
Tri-Phasic White™ Toner • Tri-Phasic White™ Cleanser
I had opted for the cleanser and toner from the Tri-Phasic White™ line but not used the full system. Not to be confused with having the need to “whiten” my skin (good to note that the products don’t claim to do that), the choice was borne out of the need to curtail the occurrence of dark spots or some would call them, “age spots.” I’m nearly 40, you see. Although I rarely spend too much time under the sun, or that my makeup use have lessened over the years, I noticed that I’m starting to get those spots. I admit that my skin hasn’t been a source of “big skin issues” but I do encounter some from time to time. And I knew my skin needed a boost.
Skin tone is relatively ok, with hardly any noticeable discolouration. But I had noticed that it had looked flat, then there was the increasing need to address the over-population of blackheads around the nose area, and it was starting to collect small scars from that occasional pimple, or hardened sebum which would clog up pores. And weeks prior the switch, I had developed a rough patch around the area of my cheekbones, which was causing a bit of alarm.
The last bit explains why I had started using the Exfoliant Scrub every other day instead of the recommended twice a week usage. I had thought that increasing the frequency of exfoliating would help with the skin turnover.
With any product that I use, I don’t expect massive results on the onset. I’d be happy if it wouldn’t cause me to break out, develop rashes, or burn my skin. Believe me, the first two weeks had been tricky since I had to let my skin settle into the new set of products and saw either a lack of change, or a new-but-not-so-good state of my skin. Just had to keep telling myself that I have to let it happen since it’s part of the adjustment process — it’s like the detox period for my skin. And, yes, things settled down on the 3rd week of use.
This was taken on Day 28 of having used Tri-Phasic White™ and the rest of the skincare products.
It went on for 2 months and 2 weeks. The changes I saw were mostly good. Rough patch, gone. Skin was softer; tone was even. I’m quite happy that I hardly have to deal with blackheads anymore. Now that was a significant improvement in my book! I’m happy to report that I only had one clogged up pore to deal with during that time, haha.
However, it ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. Unfortunately, I had noticed that my skin suddenly became more oily than what I’ve been used to. And my skin wasn’t glowing the way I had hoped it would. ‘Twas just, well, shiny. (No pun intended, haha)
I know there may be other factors as to why it’s more oily, like the temperature during that time was too high, and my room (where I usually spend most of my time) turns into a hot box with all the day’s heat trapped in (remind me to build a properly insulated house next time). Or fluctuating stress levels and sleep schedule (unpleasant circumstances and mood changes have an effect on your skin). Or it can be the change in diet (yes, food you eat affects your skin as well).
Since we all have varying skin behaviour and needs, effects will also depend on the user and surrounding factors, and not entirely just on the product. So, it’s always recommended that we closely monitor things as we introduce our skin to new products.
But yea, I now have to deal with a much oilier T-zone. So, since I’ve practically gone through 80% of the products’ content and have given it (more than) enough time to show me results, I’ve decided to change it up a little.
After 2.5 months, I’ve decided to alter my morning and nightly skincare rituals to accommodate new products (replacing some) to see if it will work better for my skin’s needs at present. So, for the past week, the new products I’ve decided to use include:
Pure Cleansing Gel (Combination to Oily Skin) for my more regular face wash use; it’s because I have this habit of washing my face at least 3 times a day, haha. Less when temp’s cooler. SRP at Php 1,100. And adding the use of the Nu Skin 180 Face Wash once a day, usually during my nightly skincare ritual, to hopefully give my skin the much needed boost. SRP at Php 3,190.
pH Balance Mattefying Toner (Combination to Oily Skin), SRP at Php 1,090.
Moisture Restore Day Protective Mattefying Lotion with SPF 15 (Combination to Oily Skin), SRP at Php 2,510.
I’m keeping the Exfoliant Scrub for exfoliation, Advanced Tinted Moisturiser for days I wear makeup, Sunright Lip Balm for continued lip loving care, and a new favourite, the Night Supply Nourishing Cream.
Anyway, I’ll share more insights on the new products down the road. I need to give myself time to use them and to see more concrete results.
Meanwhile, have you tried any of the products from the Tri-Phasic White™ line? How was your experience? Would love to hear from you!
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