A few years ago, when I was still new to blogging (although I still consider myself a newbie), I was invited to experience a ‘special skin calming’ facial at a spa in a well-known London hotel.
I was very excited and went over the top to prepare – dressing up, getting my hair done, breaking out a fancy handbag etc. Like I said, new to the world of blogging, because really, you should dress comfortably for a beauty treatment and expect your hair to go flat.
When I arrived I was offered delicious nibbles and a freshly prepared juice from a juice menu, and there was a lot of fussing over me which I obviously loved. The Head of the Spa was going to perform the treatment herself (so honoured), and all was going well until near the end.
She told me she was applying a skin soothing cream by SkinCeuticals. I said, I’ve never heard of that brand. She said, Really? I thought all you magazine journalists loved SkinCeuticals? I said, Oh, I’m not a journalist, I’ve just started a little blog.
It was immediately obvious she had mixed me up with someone else, and I could actually feel her hands tensing up. She was still very polite, but said she was going to hand me over to her wonderful assistant to ‘complete the treatment’ and a junior therapist was summoned. She said she was really looking forward to reading the blog post and it was an absolute pleasure to meet me.
But you just know don’t you, when someone’s demeanour changes? I felt they couldn’t usher me out of there quick enough and it killed the experience for me a bit.
I think the joke’s on her though. Beauty journalists are sent the latest beauty/skin care launches and are expected to write about them within a deadline, which is fair enough. But, and I think it was an article by Liz Jones that first mentioned this, some of them are reluctant to give a product a negative review if the brand has paid for substantial advertising in their publication.
However, beauty bloggers (in general), will test a product thoroughly and tell you if it really works. That’s of course if she wanted an honest opinion and not a puff piece…
Anyway, I emailed the PR woman a couple of days later, saying I couldn’t write the post because my skin had flared up afterwards. Although, actually, if my skin did flare up after a treatment then I would definitely write about it!
So THAT was my introduction to the SkinCeuticals brand. My point is that it’s a brand beauty editors and skin care experts praise, but it’s not heavily advertised or reviewed that widely online.
I bought SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizer for the rosacea on my cheeks and gave it a 3 month trial.
Redness Neutralizer uses a combination of biomimetic peptides and soothing natural plant ingredients. The formula helps to combat the environmental triggers that can lead to the appearance of redness and flushing. The sensation of discomfort is improved and skin feels cooler.
- Reduces the appearance of redness and flushing by up to 30%
- Helps to improve skin smoothness by more than 55%
- Helps to enhance radiance by more than 30%
- High performance formulation tested on sensitive skin
- Non comedogenic treatment free from parabens, fragrances, dyes and alcohol.
HOW TO USE
Twice daily, after cleansing, gently pat a thin layer onto face, neck and chest.
The gel/cream hybrid is perfectly fine – it’s not sticky, there’s no unpleasant fragrance and it feels nice on skin, perhaps a little cooling, but then anything with a gel consistency feels cooling doesn’t it?
It’s my first layer on clean skin, morning and night. I don’t rub it in, I pat it on and give it time to absorb before applying moisturiser etc on top.
I’ve been using it on my cheeks which are the only areas where I need it. It’s been three months now and although I can’t see how much is left, the bottle stills feels weighty.
My problem is that I can’t see any difference at all. SkinCeuticals is a well-respected, award-winning brand, but there’s been no change to my skin. I’ll use it of course until it’s empty, maybe it’ll kick in at a later stage, but for now – nothing.
It hasn’t put me off SkinCeutical products, I would love to try their vitamin C antioxidant, C E Ferulic which was recommended to me by a beauty therapist, but the Redness Neutralizer is just not working for me, at least, not at the moment.
I bought mine from Treat Your Skin for £46.99. The price on the official website is £78.75, so it’s definitely worth shopping around.