New Year, new me? Nah, I’m not about that phrase. I just try and be a better person than I was the day before. I don’t need a new diary to get my act into gear. But New Year, New Skincare, now that’s a slogan I can get on board with. I have really been trying hard to sort my skin out and stick to a routine, but being a Beauty Blogger, it is a surprisingly difficult feat. I am constantly trying products and jumping between brands and ingredients, which don’t get me wrong is fabulous, and my skin is doing really well, but I don’t often get the chance to really stick with a brand.
I have had Obagi Skincare sitting in my drawer for a little while now, but because it is a whole system, I have been waiting to finish off some other bits and bobs before I can devote myself exclusively to this promising skincare relationship. So far we are nearing our 10 week anniversary and we are going strong. So let’s dive in and I’ll introduce you to my newest skincare love.
Lovely loyal, beautiful readers meet clever, unassuming Obgai Nu Derm.
Firstly off the bat I should mention that the products that I have are specifically for Oily/Normal skin types, there a differing products available for individual skin concerns. Obagi has been scientifically and clinically developed to change the skin at a cellular level. Created by a dermatologist and endorsed in Australia by leading Cosmetics Surgeons, Obagi is generally prescribed by professionals to treat problematic skin.
Of course you cannot have a good skincare routine without a decent cleanser, and this cleanser is just ace. It is a pinky coloured gel that feels just beautiful on the skin. It lathers up well and cleans away all makeup, sweat and dirt to leave refreshed and happy skin without that horrible tight feeling or any dryness. The foaming gel is really effective, but surprisingly gentle. The scent is sweet, but not sickly nor overpowering. I really have been enjoying the simplicity and results of this cleanser.
The next step of the system is of course a toner. I usually have a nonplussed relationship with toners, they either feel like the do absolutely nothing, feel drying, leave an oily residue or sting the life outta my eyeballs. It is one product that I can usually go without. Buttttttt, this little baby is an absolute god-send. It feels fresh and cleansing, but seems to have more of a calming effect than anything. It doesn’t feel sticky, oily or too astringent.It just feels damn good. My skin is left hydrated, balanced and my oily mug seems to be well and truly mattified without being dried out. I would never thought that I would look forward to using a toner to much.
The next product in the program is a bit of a different one and is only used in the AM – Exoderm Forte – Exfoliation Enhancer. You all know how much I love AHA’s so this is a great addition to my routine. This lotion is used for daily chemical exfoliation to ensure all dead skin cells, dull and dry skin is brought back to its best. But, even though this is an AHA, there is no irritation or redness that occurs after use.The formula is light and easy to spread and best of all, it doesn’t leave any greasy film or residue. It works perfectly under make up and does leave my skin looking smooth and fresh. I really like the idea of this product to add in some extra benefits to my skin.
Another essential in any skincare regime is a serum. I have been using the Obagi Professional C serum. This serum is 15% vitamin C, which promotes a healthy and bright complexion. I have used vitamin c based products before but have never been blown away by the results and this one unfortunately was no exception. The serum is light, but a little tacky and it does take a little while to absorb, which makes it difficult to apply in the morning, as I am quite time poor and can’t wait 20 minutes for my skincare to sink in. While the formula smells lovely and does eventually make my skin feel and look brighter, It isn’t my favourite serum and It isn’t something that I would continue to use. I just feel like I have used other serums in the past that have delivered amazing results for a fraction of the price.
Lastly, but most certainly not least is the Facial Moisturiser. I have really been loving this and I will be quite sad when this little guy has been emptied. The formula is quite creamy but not too heavy and it absorbs relatively quickly and leaves my skin really hydrated and my skin remains plump all day. Obagi claim that it won’t clog pores, which I whole-heartedly agree with. It isn’t too heavy for my oily skin and could see any type loving and benefiting from this moisturiser.
Overall, I have really really enjoyed Obagi. My skin has been very well-behaved during use and I have definitely found a few winners that I would love to continue to use. It is evident that a lot of research and clinical trials have occurred to ensure these products perform well. I like that the products are recommended and backed by professionals that believe in the system. I also think that it is fabulous that there is a different regime for different skin types, because we all know that when it comes to skin, not one size fits all.You’d expect a chemical smell from a clinically development range, but not at all. I think a lot of people would also expect the products to be a little harsh, but that is not at all the case. Each of the products are gentle, effective and an absolute pleasure to use.
What are you current skincare loves?
Until next time,
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*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.