BEST FACE FORWARD

STYLE | BEAUTY
2016
September/October

New direct sales companies are popping up left, right and center, so how can we be certain which one to invest in? From the veterans to the brand new, we’ve researched the best four products floating around the area. Maybe one of them will be beneficial to your skincare routine!

 

If you ask Younqiue sales representatives and customers what their favorite product is, the majority of them say the Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation. As one of Younique’s best sellers,  this bottle of foundation provides continuous coverage for 6-8 hours, meaning you can go without having to touch up, and leaves your skin shining with radiance and glow. There is no doubt to that, seeing as the product was inspired by Mulberry Silk of China.

 

“This smooth foundation goes on liquid and dries to a soft, powdery finish while optical diffusers blur imperfections and minimize wrinkles and pores,” according to the Younique website.  Though it is liquid, the foundation is light in weight, and dries to a matte powder finish for a full coverage look. Many of the customers claim that the foundation not only helps cover breakouts and red blotches, but is also good for sensitive or acne-prone skin. For a more flawless look, the foundation can be paired with the Younique powder or Mineral Touch Skin Perfecting Concealer.

 

“The foundation is fortified with rich, nurturing ingredients like Juvenessence®, a unique and powerful marine-based algae extract that helps the skin look younger, firmer and more radiant. The enhanced liquid-to-powder Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation allows for a smooth, even application that blends well into the skin for a natural finish. It also helps blur the appearance of skin imperfections with optical diffusers by minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and pores for a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance,” also stated on the website. And, if you don’t like it, you can send it back for a refund!

 

At $39, the Younique Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation, available in 13 colors from light to dark, is in the same price range as many name brand foundations. 

 

Though Nerium sales representatives sell out of this product, the NeriumAD Age-Defying Night Cream is reviewed as either really loved, or passionately hated by its purchasers. But it is still one of the companies best selling product, and has shown proven results for many.

 

When trying out new products we are all, for the most part, looking for a way to try it out before investing. With Nerium, there is a 30 day money back guarantee. Sure you have to put money down for it, but if it doesn’t suit your skin just return it for a full refund. 

 

“[The] Age-Defying Night Cream contains the most concentrated, powerful form of our proprietary NAE-8 extract. It is designed to adhere to skin for maximum delivery of key ingredients,” the product is described on the Nerium website. Those ingredients are of Vitamin E, Peptide Matrix, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Oryza Sativa Bran Oil and NAE-8, an extract and antioxidant taken from nerium oleander and aloe vera.

 

The purpose of the product is to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Many of the customers rating this product five stars have reported just that. It has helped reduce wrinkles, pigmentation, splotches and sun damage. For some it started working immediately within the first week, whereas with others it took a few months. But the end result was all the same with all of them reporting that they achieved clear skin after using the product. The only downside was that there is an unappealing smell to the product.

 

At $120 for ordering it off the Nerium website, the Nerium
Age-Defying Night Cream is pricey. But for all the times it worked for its loyal customers, it’s worth it. 

 

With multiple customers on various websites reviewing this product five stars, it’s no surprise that Mary Kay’s TimeWise 3-In-1 Cleanser is one of their most popular sellers. “The cleanser combines age-fighting benefits in one product, to cleanse, exfoliate and refresh - revealing younger-looking skin,” according to the product description provided on the Mary Kay website. Who doesn’t want younger-looking skin, right?

 

The 3-in-1 product, badged a “best seller” by the company, is, what I often look for with beauty products, dermatologist-tested, and suitable for skin types with both normal and dry, or combination and oily skin. It’s always good to look for the dermatology seal of approval on cleansers! And it is also good for those who have sensitive or acne prone skin, for which it is hard to find a good cleanser. And if that all wasn’t enough to sell you on the product, the cleanser was clinically tested for skin irritation and allergy. 

Many customers, who have bought the cleanser for years, have said that the product leaves their skin feeling moisturized, smooth and soft. Whether you use it as a morning ritual, or in the shower, you are left with a feeling of a fresh face, especially after letting the small beads exfoliate your skin.

The 3-in-1 cleanser is perfect for the on-the-go woman. Whether it is throwing it into your work bag, or an overnight stay, the one bottle replaces having to pack various products that will together achieve the results of this one bottle. And at 4.5 ounces, it’s perfect for a long trip as well. Not to mention it’s so small that it will fit in any makeup bag.

 

Currently the cleanser is priced at $20 on the Mary Kay website. Compared to many drugstore cleansers, it’s a splurge. But up against big brands found at the local department stores, the TimeWise 3-In-1 is a bargain.

 

From Proactiv to Rodan + Fields, you have a new acne-free product to pursue. Yes, you read that right! The two Stanford dermatologists that evolved the world of Proactiv, Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields, are also the masterminds behind Rodan + Fields. Hence the name!

 

With RF, the products are more wide-ranged and appeal to an older generation. For example, one of their customer’s favorite products is the AMP MD REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum. A perk is the extra Micro-Exfoliating Roller that comes with it, and makes it easier to spread the serum on the face and neck. When looking closely at the roller, you can see dots of medical grade acupuncture needles, with some reporting that it can be hurtful. But the results are worth it for many, with customers reviewing the product to help with the appearance of their skin tone
and wrinkles.

RF sales representatives not only sell this product, but use it! “With continued use, the REDEFINE Regimen and the AMP MD System are clinically proven to help skin appear firmer and make lines and wrinkles less noticeable for a more luminous and refined appearance,” the RF website states. The serum is intended for those who are looking to minimize wrinkles and fine lines, is formulated with retinol and is fragrance-free.

 

At $200 at retail, the Rodan + Fields AMP MD REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum Micro-Exfoliating Roller package is out of the ball park expensive. But it’s worked for many, almost replacing the need to get laser work done, which can come to a total cost that is far more than buying this product. Though there are mixed star ratings due to the roller and how much buyers enjoy using it, customers have appreciated the night serum alone. If you are looking to just invest in the night serum, that is retailed at $90.

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