Don’t Fight The System

When it comes to skincare, I’m loose and free with my favours. I will start a new cream with every intention of staying faithful but my eye is easily turned by the latest potion. Before the pot is even half empty, there’ll be another ‘must-try’ moisturiser that usurps its place in the bathroom. In short, I am a skincare hussy. But when you are on the wrong side of 40, just as you finally feel happy and confident with your looks, Mother Nature has the last laugh. The first few wrinkles can easily be  ignored, but when skin looks permanently lack lustre and everything is drifting downwards, it’s time to get serious about your skincare regime.

I decide that I want to test a proper skincare system, a regime of products that will tick all the boxes for my skin right now. Having worked in the beauty industry for 15 years, I know that cosmeceutical skincare brands like Jan Marini, SkinCeuticals and Obagi will give me the ingredients that are clinically proven to change skin at a cellular level. I want retinol, vitamin C, AHAs in my skincare because they work. I’ll add in other anti-ageing ingredients that I know have strong science behind them – growth factors, peptides and of course I will want an SPF30 to protect against the burning and ageing rays of the sun.

Over the years, the Jan Marini range has caught my eye and a number of experts I trust speak highly of the brand. So when I hear it will be available at The Bella Spa my search for a new skincare regime was over. Because of the active ingredients, the products have to be sold after a proper skincare consultation during which we decide that reducing the appearance of old acne scars and tackling the tell-tale signs of ageing are my priority. I leave with a box emblazoned with the words ‘Skincare Management System’ and typically, I am full of hope that this will be ‘the one’.  But there are five steps to follow and I worry that time (and laziness) will put me off using all of the products, plus my skin can get congested easily and I am concerned that five products will just be too much.

My first impressions are very positive, the cleanser is creamy but I massage it over my skin and it rinses away leaving my skin feeling really, properly clean. The C-ESTA Serum helps to rejuvenate skin, increasing collagen and so making skin firming, smoother and brighter. You only need a little and the light serum quickly sinks in. Step-3 is designed to resurface skin, not as scary as it sounds, it contains Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Azelaic Acid to increase cell turnover, boost hydration and improve the texture of skin. Next up, it’s the famous Jan Marini Transformation Face Cream, which I had tried before and loved. It’s an anti-ageing moisturiser with growth factors and peptides. I only need a small amount and that’s the nighttime routine done. The next morning I was expecting my face to feel oily but I wake up and my skin looks good, seriously good. I’m impressed. The daytime routine repeats the cleansing, rejuvenation and hydration steps and you add in the Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF30. Again, I am impressed, my skin doesn’t feel overloaded. I’m starting to think that I may have found my skincare holy grail.

Within a week, my skin truly does look better, brighter and I feel like I’ve got my glow back. A month on and the texture has visibly improved. I can’t wait to try the additional products recommended for my skin. I know it’s the Age Intervention Retinol + that will really tackle the fine lines and old acne scars and I want to start using Dark Circle Eye Defence as well.  The in-spa peel treatments will also fast-track my skin to a smoother, pigmentation-free look and are worth the investment.

Are the results good enough to keep my roaming eye away from the next pretty pot of skincare that lands on my desk? Yes, definitely they are. I’m loving the familiar routine and whilst the products are on the ‘serious’ side, they smell divine and feel even better. It’s official, I’ve found my skincare partner and monogamy isn’t so bad after all!

By Nichole Sweetsur, Guest Beauty Blogger.