Renew my skin with Vichy LiftActiv – 2 week update

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Vichy to put their LiftActiv Supreme skin care range to the test over the period of a month to see how much my skin can improve.  The products I’m putting to the test are: LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme, LiftActiv Supreme Day, LiftActiv Night Supreme and the LiftActiv Advanced Filler. Areas on my face that I wanted to address were dark circles around the eyes, fine lines, signs of fatigue and possible dehydration.

This is my routine

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After washing and my toning my face I proceed to apply one drop of the Serum 10 Supreme and lightly massage it into my skin. I follow this by applying a little of the Advanced Filler, concentrating it around my eyes. Lastly I apply the Supreme Day cream and massage it into my skin. At night I follow the same routine except that I finish it off with the Night Supreme Creme.

Results

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Before

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2 week results

I have to say that am pleasantly surprised by new routine. Not only does my skin remain hydrated and moisturised, but it’s definitely firmer and smoother as well. What I love the most is how much brighter my skin is. Even my sister commented on how good my skin is looking lately, so I’m really happy that there’s been a marked difference.

As we move into Autumn the Johannesburg air is getting drier so I’m excited to be able to use these products at just the right time of year.

The products are available at all Vichy counters in selected Dis-chem, Clicks, Red Square, Edgars, Woolworths, Foschini stores and selected pharmacies at the following price points:

  • Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme – R560
  • Vichy LiftActiv Supreme Day – R529
  • Vichy LiftActiv Night Supreme – R529
  • Vichy LiftActiv Advanced Filler – R490

Planning to purchase your own Vichy LiftActiv product? Why not upload a picture to social media and use #MySerum10 to join in.

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Renew my skin with Vichy LiftActiv (Video)

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I have a new video out where I show you how I use four of Vichy’s LiftActiv skin care products as part of my new moisturising routine, in partnership with Beauty Bulletin. Please check it out and let me know what you think. And make sure you subscribe while you’re there if you haven’t already. Also check out #MySerum10 on social media for further updates.

Have a fabulous Friday!

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Renew my skin with Vichy LiftActiv

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Over the next month my skin’s moisturising routine is getting a complete overhaul as I’m collaborating with Beauty Bulletin and Vichy to put their LiftActiv Supreme skin care products to the test. It’s only recently that I was on the hunt for a new skin care regime so I was delighted when I was invited to try this range. Now usually I’m quite the naturalist when it comes to both skin and hair care, but after reading up a little about Vichy I was willing to temporarily put my minimalist clay and oil cleansing routine to the side and experiment to investigate some bold claims Vichy are making with LiftActiv Supreme.

In case you don’t know, Vichy is a premium French brand of skin care, body care, make-up and anti-ageing products and was founded in 1931. One of their unique features is that they only use thermal spa water from the hot springs of the town Vichy in France in their formulations, which is a bonus for someone like me who likes their products to contain at least a measure of natural ingredients.

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One of their studies shows that women’s skin is not only affected by ageing in the long term, but day to day as well, referred to as over-day ageing. The study further shows that young skin needs 6 hours to relaunch its repair functions, while older skin needs 30 hours. The result of incomplete recovery for older skin could be the accumulation of the signs of ageing. The signs are: wrinkles, fine lines, firmness, elasticity, plumpness, dull complexion, uneven complexion, drawn features, signs of fatigue and dehydration. Also suitable for sensitive skin, LiftActiv Supreme was created to specifically combat both these immediate and long term signs of ageing.

Here are the 4 Vichy LiftActiv products I’ll be testing over the next month:

LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme

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LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme targets 10 signs of ageing whilst accelerating surface skin cell renewal. Vichy has formulated two powerful ingredients to accelerate skin regeneration – Rhamnose of vegetal origin and Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid.The new Serum 10 Supreme formula allows twice as much Rhamnose to penetrate into the living layers of the skin, leaving it looking firmer and with reduced wrinkles.

LiftActiv Supreme Day

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The signs of ageing can appear to intensify over the day and over time this can alter the skin’s youthful look. Vichy LiftActiv Supreme is Vichy’s everyday moisturiser with a unique formula to boost radiance, make wrinkles look smoother and skin feel firmer.

LiftActiv Night Supreme

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Vichy LiftActiv Night Supreme is for women who want complete action against even the deepest wrinkles. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles and helps to boost skin’s firmness and restores youthfulness as you sleep. I love the sound of that: it will just do the work while I sleep!

LiftActiv Advanced Filler

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Vichy combines two powerful active ingredients renowned for their anti-wrinkle action: Pure Retinol and LR2412, to improve the appearance of wrinkles. Suitable for all skin types, it promises that skin will appear smoother and facial features will look refreshed.

My areas of concern

Being in my 30’s, I have definitely noticed some of the signs of ageing. My specific areas of concern are wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes, fine lines, signs of fatigue and possible dehydration. So I’m really hoping the Vichy LiftActiv products will address these problems for me.

Initial Thoughts

This is my skin having used the products for only a couple of days. Over the course of the next few weeks I’ll regularly take photos and compare my skin’s (hopeful) progress to this one.

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I’ve been using all four products for the last couple of days and although I haven’t noticed visible signs of improvement yet, my skin definitely does feel extremely moisturised and nourished from morning to night without ever feeling oily or greasy. When it wake up in the morning my skin doesn’t feel as dry as it often does. I’m not sure if I’m imagining it, but it does feel slightly firmer as well. In fact I just want to keep on touching my face and I have to remind myself not to do it. I also love how easily the products absorb into my skin, while leaving a brightening effect.

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Make sure to check back over the next few weeks to see how my skin fares.

The products are available at all Vichy counters in selected Dis-chem, Clicks, Red Square, Edgars, Woolworths, Foschini stores and selected pharmacies at the following price points:

  • Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme – R560
  • Vichy LiftActiv Supreme Day – R529
  • Vichy LiftActiv Night Supreme – R529
  • Vichy LiftActiv Advanced Filler – R490

Planning to purchase your own Vichy LiftActiv product? Why not upload a picture to social media and use #MySerum10 to join in.

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Is natural hair hard work?

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A couple of weeks ago I met a lovely woman with relaxed hair who told me that as much as she enjoys watching and learning from women with natural hair, she’ll probably never go natural. Why? Because natural hair is “too much hard work,” she said.

So it got me thinking. Is it really?

I mean it definitely can be, with so many steps that can be involved: Prepooing, co-washing, clarifying, tea rinsing, deep conditioning, oil rinsing, moisturising with the LCO / LOC method, finger detangling, protective styling, retwisting / rebraiding at night, sleeping on silk pillowcases etc. The list of steps can seem never-ending and in fact quite daunting, especially if you are newly natural. And if you’re contemplating going natural it can probably put someone off completely just listening to all these terms.

But for me the stand-out message is: The more effort and care you put into your hair, the better off your hair will be. I’m not saying you should incorporate all these steps, but listening to your hair and giving it exactly what it needs, will stand you in good stead. It stands to reason if your hair is dry and prone to breakage, regular deep conditioning sessions and responsible protective styling will trap moisture and help you to retain length.

So it’s all relative – what may be hard work to one may be a walk in the park for someone else.

Although I agree that natural hair can be hard work, it doesn’t have to be. A very simple regime can consist out of the following steps: wash, deep condition and style by applying a leave-in conditioner and sealing with an oil or butter, followed by regular moisturising until the next wash day. Easy right? What’s so hard about that? But it seems that the term “natural” equates “unmanageable”  for some. It really doesn’t have to be that way. In a nutshell, all it takes is learning as much about your hair as possible. Find out what it likes and dislikes. For example,  detangling sessions do not have to take over your entire Saturday. If your hair tangles easily, wear it in a way that enables an easier wash day, such as in twists or in a bun.

When I was relaxed, I personally didn’t take as much care of my hair as I do now. I didn’t even know the term “deep conditioning” existed and didn’t bat an eyelid every time I would pull a comb through my hair and  heaps of it would come out. Now I’m meticulous in looking at how much hair I lose every single time I detangle and I make sure to distinguish between breakage and shed hair. So I think why it often seems like hard work to some is because of the new awareness that comes with caring for natural hair. You’re aware that you have to be extra gentle; you’re aware that if you don’t moisturise often, your hair will probably snap off due to dryness, and you’re aware that if you don’t trim those split ends, it can cause more irreparable damage.

Once you know how to handle your hair it’s really not hard work. Simply learn as much about your strands so that it becomes manageable.

What do you think Girls? Please weigh in by commenting below.

Love your curls,

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Natural Hair Q & A

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I’m so excited to announce that I’ve recorded my first ever question and answer video. In it I answer some of your natural hair questions and concerns. I’ve decided to record this type of video every now and again, so if I didn’t get to answer your question this time, I’ll include it in the next video. Make sure you keep an eye out on my social media when I announce the recording of the next video so that you can submit your questions on time.

So please go check it out, especially if you submitted a question. You never know, an answer to someone else’s question may also help you. And while you’re at it, please share it with someone who might find it useful. Thanks so much for watching and do remember to like, leave me a comment and subscribe. Much appreciated.

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