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SheSpeaks invited me to take part in L’Oreal Revitalift program. If you’re invited into a program, you simply have to login and accept the invitation. It is that simple.
The email said I would receive one of four products to try. It gave me instructions on what to expect and what I needed to do, try it, review it, and take a survey. Easy enough.
My shipment arrived on 07/20/15. getting the serum made me happy. Of the four possible items listed in the email, it was the one I wanted. Some people use one serum per face wash, but I always use two. That means I probably use more serum than the average person. Like all skincare products, there are serums that do different things, so it makes sense to combine them as long as they are not redundant. This works best when one serum is very thin (of course the thin one goes on first). Two serums at once may seem like overkill to some, so I do not recommend it for you if you’re opposed. It is what I choose to do though.
The package arrived late in the day, so I decided to start if the next morning. That meant my four-week trial (the amount of time requested we try the product before we review it) would wrap on 08/18/15. During the period from 07/21/15 through 08/18/15, I applied SkinCeuticals Photo Corrective Gel (very thin) first. Then, I followed with L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Serum every morning (medium density). I had already been using the SkinCeuticals product on and off since late May, so I would be able to see what difference if any the L’Oreal brought to the table.
It is the full-size 0.5oz product that retails at Target for $20.19 or at Wal-Mart for $19.69. You can buy directly from L’Oreal’s site if you do not mind paying $24.99. Then again, you probably would not be reading this deals site if you did not mind, so never mind that. They definitely wanted you to have enough product to give a proper review. After four weeks of use, there is still a lot of product left, too. More often than not, I used one pump per application. If you use more, you may run out faster. One was not enough to cover my entire face, so I concentrated on my deeper wrinkles. My skin was going through a horrible breakout phase when I started the new serum. There was a lot of stress in my personal life, so I knew the serum would be facing an uphill battle.
I completely forgot to take before pictures sans makeup. Here I am five days before I started, wearing some makeup. Luckily (or unluckily depending on how you look at it), the makeup hides some of my pimples/discoloration, but it does not hide the wrinkles.
This is my skin with no makeup (or even brushed hair for that matter) after using the product on day 28.
Although I cannot say it has anything to do with the serum, my skin is finally starting to clear up. It has been acne ridden more often than not since February of this year. My SkinCeuticals serum is helping with some of that discoloration, which is why I kept using it. If I look really hard, I see a slight improvement in the appearance of the lines. It almost makes me think the plumping I feel is working on the lines. This makes me want to finish it all to see how much improvement I can get overall. I will edit the article if I ever finish it.
There is a reason I have not applied more than one pump per application. Whenever I applied a lot of product, I could feel my face plumping up. The plumping effect could be how the wrinkles “fill in.” It could also be a sign I am slightly allergic to the product. When I applied two pumps, my face felt almost inflamed. There was no rash though. The plumping feeling was not pleasant around my eyes, so I kept the serum away from my eyes as much as possible. That helped.
About three weeks into the trial, I tried a new BB cream and a new facial moisturizer on the same day. I almost never use two new products at a time, so it disappointed me that I forgot and did this. First, my entire face got puffy.
This was also during a period where my skin was peeling after recovering from a sunburn. After the picture, I developed a huge rash (no pictures; not that you’d want to see them anyway). The rash cleared after three days. If it were not for the trial, I would have halted the Revitalift. Even though I know this reaction could not have come from this product, I wondered if one of those two new products reacted badly in conjuction with this. My face never really reacted to this alone, but it always felt uncomfortably plumped when I used more than one pump. It was like one pump was all I could handle at a time.
I continued using this for the last week eliminating the new moisturizer and BB cream. Even with one pump, my skin felt plumping as it did in the beginning when I used two pumps. My skin has also felt a little itchy the last few days, but I am unsure if it is a side effect from the rash (which dried out my skin badly) or if I am really allergic to the product and my skin is telling me I’ve had enough.
I plan to cut this temporarily and reintroduce the face cream and BB cream one at a time. This may seem silly to some, but if I can determine with certainty which one I am allergic to, it may help me narrow down ingredients that bother me. My skin has reacted to so many products over the years, but I have yet to pinpoint what is causing the allergies. I will report back if it has anything to do with this product at all. At this point, I am really unsure.
In other words, the setback last week prevented me from properly seeing this through. I highly suggest not introducing any other new products when you’re involved in a study. Thanks to a sunburn and an allergic reaction from other products, my skin is dry where this should increase moisture. Who knows where I would have been had neither the reaction nor the sunburn taken place. My results could be tainted.
Now, that my trial period is over, it was time to give my review. I copied and pasted areas I wrote for the article, so it took me no time at all. If you were not taking the time to write out a blog, I suppose it would take less than five minutes to write your thoughts.
Then, I completed a very short survey.
That was it. For minimal effort, I got to test this product. If you have a blog of your own or are thinking of starting a blog and are not already member, you should consider joining SheSpeaks.
I started using this again a few weeks after publishing this article. By changing up some of the items I was using it with, I was able to finally start using three pumps per application. That is the recommended amount. With the recommended amount, I do see more of a difference in the appearance of my lines. Again, the effects are temporary, so it is almost like the product is filling in the lines with each use. If I skip it, the lines look the same. If I were to review this today (10/05/15), I would bump this product up to four stars. I now know I am not allergic to it and the slight sensation I was feeling was more from other products than this. When I finish it, I will review it again in my empties, but I am sure my thoughts will echo this.
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