When I started my blog I set myself a challenge: To use a product for 30 days and then share my verdict. (If you know about this then feel free to skip to the product blurb below). Why 30 days? Simply put, your skin needs chance to adapt to the product throughout 30 days (which is a normal hormonal cycle). Generally speaking girls (and guys) skin will become a little more oily around certain times of the cycle. Then there are the hormonal spots, oh how we love them! It's important to see how a product performs throughout various skin days.
Some people might use a product once or twice and experience a 'breakout' but it is important to continue using the product for a while, as this mini-eruption might be the result of your skin being purged of impurities. Basically the breakout could be the product doing it's job. (If this is the case then the breakout should die down pretty quickly, but try to ride it out and DONT PICK!!)
Add to this the fact that the skin is constantly renewing itself. A full skin renewal takes a different amount of days according to your age and health. To see how a product REALLY performs you need to see how the skin is when it is made of cells which have only been subjected to the new product.
I have been a bit lax in explaining this and promoting the challenge recently but I am back on the case! If you want to read more of my skincare posts then click on the 'Spot and Skincare Resources' button at the top of this page!
For the last 30 days I have been trying Origins Perfect World Moisturiser.
Antioxidant moisturiser containing White Tea
Verdict: This product smells nice, but it is a bit too thick for my skin. I found it didn't sink in very well, and actually made my skin a bit oily. Worst still it affected anything I put over it, so my foundation ended up looking patchy and disappeared into the oil completely on some days :( I experience a few spots but I think this was a combination of things and the moisturiser just magnified it rather than actually causing them in the first place.
I wont be using this again for day time if I can help it, but might use it in the evening if I am in need of a bit of a moisture boost pre bedtime- but only because I don't like to waste things.
If you have oily combination or oily skin like me then I don't recommend this product. If you have dry or older skin then you will probably be ok with it. Thankfully I did not purchase this product; it was a generous sample from the counter when I purchased something else. To be fair to Origins, the assistant did say she thought it would be too heavy for my skin, but that it was worth trying as it was free.
This hasn't put me off Origins. I quite like the brand as it does not test on animals and is free from a lot of nasty products (parabes, mineral oils etc) I just know that this product is not for me right now. The full sized tub retails for £32 and you can view it online at Debenhams.
On to the next phase of the 30 Day Skin Challenge!
And in other news:
I have updated my fashion blog www.5foot10.blogspot.com and need your help! Have you ever wondered how tall other bloggers are? If something they are wearing will fit you? Want to steal someone's style or chat about which brands cater for you? Well I now have a Blogger Height Wall on 5 foot 10! See who else is your height! If you want to be added then just leave your name, URL and height on THIS POST! The more people there are on there, the better it will work, so please spread the word.
The bad news is I have a nasty cold. Currently working my way through a box of tissues, echinacea, multivitamins, orange juice, honey and lemon, nurofen... if you have any bits of advice then please feel free to leave them- or just leave sympathy!
Have you tried this product or brand? How long do you try your products for before ditching them? Have you succumbed to your first cold of 2012 yet?