18 March 2014

First Impression: Proactiv

We've all seen the ads,  über famous celebrities like Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne claiming Proactiv is the only thing that gave them flawless skin. However, they surely get a nice sum in the bank for that, so the question is does it actually work?  My sensitive skin will break out for the slightest of reasons. I wanted to give this a shot, so when I seen the half price sale on www.proactiv.com, I thought no better time than the present! 

I ordered a 3-piece set which came with a complimentary tube of face mask product and a "Face the Facts" booklet. The sale price was €25, but with shipping included the grand total came to about €35, a pretty good price for four skincare products. It took less than a week to arrive.

I started using the products immediately and I am now on day 5.The products are all oil-free and have to be used twice a day, morning and night. Ingredients like tea tree and benzyl peroxide try to attack acne-causing bacteria.

♡ The first step is the cleanser, and it's a great start to the routine! It is quite a dry product because it has loads of tiny exfoliating beads in it. In saying that, you really only need a pea-sized amount and it spreads comfortably all over your face. It has a really fresh, clean smell, kinda like the smell when you go into a fancy hairdressers.

 Next, you use the toner. This leaves your skin feeling clean but the smell reminds me of a junior infants (kindergarten) classroom, where there's a smell of urine that's been covered up by the smell of disinfectant. Ugh. Thankfully there's another step, so you aren't left with his smell all day!

 The final step is the face lotion. There are two of these, one for the day and one for night-time. These also have a scent but this one, I love! Tea tree is a key ingredient and I think that's what the scent is. It's really moisturising but it's still very light so it doesn't feel heavy on the skin. Again, you only need a very small amount and it feels like it's repairing your skin after scrubbing it with your cleanser.

♡ The optional step is the face mask. It smells a bit like the cleanser but I feel like you had to use quite a lot of product to have a full application. It dries hard into your face and has to be left for 10 minutes. I've only used this once so I can't say too much more as of yet!

I'm on my 5th day of using Proactiv and already my skin has improved. I haven't had any new spots form since starting the routine and the redness seems to have calmed down. There is no flakiness, my skin feels soft and smooth which makes makeup application much easier. However, I still have scars and I think I'll be using Bio Oil to fade them.

So my first impression of Proactiv is : So far, so good.
Anyone tried Proactiv? Has it worked for you? Would you be comfortable buying skincare products like this off the internet? Let me know in the comments!
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  1. Good review....


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  3. I've never tried it because it's kinda expensive where I'm from. Hearing that you like it makes me want to though, can you do an update in another few weeks? x
    Freya's Fashion Chapter

    1. That's what put me off too! I literally only bought it because of the half price sale but I have to say, so far I'm loving it! I'll be doing an update when I hit the 60 day mark, I'll be sure to link it to your blog :* x

  4. I havent tried it but I will keep an eye on them! Nice blog would u like to follow each other?
    Pls let me know if u are interested and I will follow back right away!

  5. I was using pro active couple of years ago.. but then it'e too expensive to continue :(

    would you like to follow each other on GFC & Bloglovin?
    Let me know.. x


    1. How did it work out for you while you were using it? Following on GFC ;) x

  6. I like Proactiv a lot -- especially in the summer! Nice review!

    x, Mary


    1. How has it been working out for you? Have you experienced any dryness? x


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