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Get Lit From Within – The Ultimate Skin Transformation Kit

Obagi Skincare

About 5 months ago, I was at my skin doctor (Dr Sheridan, the absolute best in the biz:)). I was getting a little filler done (ssshhh…) and she suggested I try this product that has been around for over 30 years and she said she found it to be the only product/brand that truly worked in transforming skin from the inside. She explained that “Obagi” was a skincare brand with products that are only available via prescription, and these products worked to transform the skin by stimulating skin cell turnover to optimise overall skin quality. While fillers etc are great for certain purposes, and in small doses, nothing substitutes healthy, glowing skin from the inside.

Obagi Skincare

I was sceptical at first, but I trust Dr Sheri and I knew that if she recommended it, it was worth a try. So, of course I asked her to please order the kit for me. The kit consists of 7 products and then you need to purchase a tretanoin product separately as well. Together all these cost about £550 (£450 for kit + £100 for the tretanoin). The entire transformation “course” takes 18 weeks from start to finish and personally, I had to replace the kit once midway through the course (although I still have product left that I am now using as part of the maintenance process).

Now lets talk about the effects (ohhh boy). We have to remember that we are stimulating cell turnover (which slows down year after year from our 20s). I had heavily researched Obagi, their claims, reviews online including what people had said they had experienced every week while on the treatment. So I broadly knew what I could expect but of course everyone’s skin reacts differently to products and my skin is quite sensitive and has odd reactions to products that everyone else may give rave reviews about so I was nervous (to say the least:)).

Within the first 2 weeks the peeling started. Initially it was light peeling but some days, Mike (hubby:), was like “why is your face falling off today honey?” hahaha. You will go through periods, and some days are worse than others for whatever reason, where your face will be peeling all over, makeup will look awful as it looks scaly on your (scaly, peeling) skin, it gets really dry so its quite itchy as well. (I know you’re probably reading this thinking, “good God, I don’t want any part of this”) , but please keep reading. You will probably change your mind:).

The Peeling and flushed skin about 2 months in.

The peeling, for me, to be honest lasted pretty much throughout the process (18 weeks), however heavy peeling was only for about 2 months or so. Towards the last few weeks of the treatment, my skin looked flushed all the time but any scars, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone etc, had nearly completely gone. (I didn’t have major scarring etc to begin with, so it may take longer for some people to see results, if skin issues are different).

Once your skin looks flushed/pink (with little to no peeling), you are getting to the “glow” stage. I call it the glow stage, as the peeling (mostly) stops and your skin feels tight and lifted, fine lines are diminished or gone and your skin looks healthy, bouncy with a subtle glow. I had deep “laugh lines” due to weight loss over the years so my face sunk in and I would have filler to fill out those laugh lines because nothing else had worked but Obagi has nearly erased these lines (as it also stimulates collagen so your skin naturally plumps up ). It is particularly noticeable when I have makeup on, as my foundation used to eventually set into the laugh lines but that’s almost gone now. My skin feels firm and bouncy to the touch.

I must also mention that before I started (about a week before), Dr Sheri advised that I should have the Obagi Blue Radiance peel done. Its a light, quick peel that gently exfoliates the top most layer of your skin thereby allowing for the Obagi products/treatment to penetrate and start working quicker.

Im now in the Maintenance Phase (yess, we made it through to the end, scales and all haha). The Maintenance phase, is basically using the products as you were using them throughout the treatment process, but only twice a week.

To sum it all up, in my experience, I have tried every kind of serum and cream, and a little filler as well and while some helped more than others, and to a certain extent, the ONLY way to truly transform your skin health is from the inside out. Obagi is amazing to peel back the years, quite literally. Factors like the sun, poor skin care when we were in our 20s, weight loss, poor makeup (habits) like sleeping with your makeup on and lets be honest, time (age), affects our skin and I have found that this kit is brilliant to transform the skin and get it working like it did when we were younger.

You can go to Obagi website to read more about them and find a good doctor that you trust to take a look at your skin and prescribe if necessary and appropriate for you. You cannot get these without prescription as your doctor needs to prescribe the products and amounts that you need to use based on their assessment of your skin needs. My experience with this system has been fantastic. If you stick to it religiously, including using sunscreen everyday and avoid the sun while on the system, you could be looking at fresher, plumper, healthier skin in a few months.

Important tip: While on the system, no other face products except Obagi products should be used. Another tip that Dr Sheri gave me was to try and not use the moisturiser unless my skin is very dry and its necessary to use it, as the exfoliating process is easier and quicker without the added layer of moisturiser. (the Obagi moisturiser is excellent to help with the dry skin though btw;)).

I hope you guys enjoyed the new post and I really hope that if you choose to give this a go, it makes you feel as wonderful as it did me.

Till next time,

Love, Arita X

Arita Bains

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The Top Trending Skincare Products- Are they worth the hype?!

I have, (and I know im not alone in this), spent a small fortune over the years in the pursuit of finding the perfect skincare products/routine to have healthy, glowing skin. I have always had sensitive skin and been prone to outbreaks depending on the climate I find myself in, stress etc. So finding a product that doesn’t irritate my skin, cause breakouts and make my skin look worse, is quite a feat. This post today features the products that iv used, tried and tested and that I have found to work the best.

I have researched at length each product before buying, including all reviews, ingredients, costs etc. There are a few skincare products and ingredients in skincare that have been trending and are causing much hype around the world and I wanted to find out why and are they worth the hype? Could these be the holy grail of skincare products that would change my skin? My hope is that my experience and what I have learned from using these products, will help you to better decide what you would prefer to spend your time and money on, and that this will help transform your skin and boost your confidence even more.

Cleanser

Facetheory Clarifying Cleanser – Click to buy

When I first discovered products from facetheory, I did have my doubts, I must admit. Compared to some other cleansers that I have tried, this seemed very reasonably priced (GBP 11.99), the reviews were amazing and their promises seemed too good to be true. But boy do they live up to them:) I was really pleasantly surprised by the quick, helpful customer service, from recommending products for my skin (via email), to delivery and most importantly, the results. The clarifying cleanser is one of facetheory’s bestselling products and contains a trifecta of acids at a low pH to clarify oily, congested, blemish-prone skin. I found that it exfoliates my skin gently so as to not agitate it and leaves it softer, smoother with a brighter overall complexion. I love the fact that a little goes a long way so this jar can last 2-3 months. It really has become a base for the rest of my skincare routine and I would say that if you are looking to either help with breakouts and blemishes or something to gently cleanse and exfoliate your skin to improve overall health, glow and appearance of your skin, try this out. It wont break the bank and works from the inside out.

Garnier Micellar Water

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – Click to buy

I LOVE this product and now cannot live without it. I always felt like even after cleansing (especially after a day of wearing heavy makeup), there was a fine layer of residual makeup left on my face. I saw a small bottle of this in store one day and I thought ooh only about GBP 1.25, why not. And I’m so glad I did. Every morning and night I use this to double cleanse my face and it removes any residual makeup, creams etc beautifully, while also hydrating my skin. I find that it also allows for any products that I use to better absorb and work on my skin. Again it doesn’t cost a lot but makes a world of difference.

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid – Click to buy

I am obsessed with this product and is a MUST as part of my skincare routine. Mandelic Acid is such a buzzword in the beauty industry these days and after reading and hearing so much about it, I had to find out for myself if it was as good as everyone said. In 2 words “HELL YES”!. Many active serums have acids, like Salicylic Acid, in them which is magic when it comes to targeting spots/breakouts and calming the skin to eventually give you smooth, healthier skin. However active serums and these acids can be quite strong for some skin types especially sensitive skin and can cause purging (which is normal but very annoying). Mandelic acid is a much milder acid that exfoliates and gently dissolves the top layer of the skin to reveal healthy, “newer” skin that’s healthy, bright and blemish free. I use this with a few other products so im not sure if this alone will give you optimal results especially if you have problem skin, but it does make your skin look and feel better even on its own but ideally I would say use with a serum (mentioned below). RSP: GBP 5.75

Neutrogena Refreshingly Clear Moisturiser

Neutrogena Refreshingly Clear Moisturiser – Click to Buy

Iv always been a fan of Neutrogena and their line of products. The grapefruit line in particular as its light, easy to apply and specifically formulated for oily and sensitive skin. Its one of the only moisturisers that I have been able to use day and night that doesn’t clog my pores and keeps it feeling and looking fresh and healthy. GBP 5.19

The Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream

Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream – Click to buy

I stumbled upon this cream when I ran out of my usual moisturiser that I get brought in from South Africa (Dermafix if anyones interested, it is brilliant. I saw changes in my skin within the first week of using it.) With Covid19 hitting the world and borders shutting down including South Africa, I couldn’t get the cream delivered to London. So I thought I’d look for a cheaper cream to tide me over. I went onto Marks & Spencer website, as I generally like and trust their products, and found the Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream. It has rave reviews and has been hailed as one of the best anti ageing products out there, and at GBP 23.00, I thought definitely worth giving it a try. Its worth every penny. I use it mainly under my eyes to stave off those ugly crows feet and wrinkles as well as on my neck. I notice a huge difference under my eyes, which seem smoother, brighter and fewer crows feet even when iv had little to no sleep. I use a serum (still to come below), at night so I don’t use this as my night cream however it is a night cream so you can absolutely use this as your everyday night cream as part of your routine.

Regena C20 Serum

Regena C20 Serum – Click to Buy

I discovered this serum when my usual serum (below), ran out and I was also looking for a cleanser at the same time. I found the Facetheory cleanser and while on the site, I read about the Regena C20 serum. After reading all the fantastic reviews, I mailed them as well to find out what they would recommend for my skin. They responded in less than 12 hours and were quick, friendly and helpful. They also kindly reminded me of their very generous 365 day guarantee: if you are not happy with your purchase, you can return it within 365 days of purchase date and get another product or a full refund. It was a must try moment for me and iv not looked back. This serum is packed with antioxidant benefits of vitamin C (20%) with hyaluronic acid, liquorice and dill. These ingredients come together to increase skin firmness, lighten age spots, help fight acne-causing bacteria and brighten skin. I found that this was so gentle on my skin and left it feeling smoother, less/no inflammation and tighter/firmer. It is a one stop shop for your skin and if you need to choose 1, a good serum is it. It is well worth investing a bit more in a good serum as they work to correct your skin problems rather than simply camouflage or mask them. Having said that though, this serum is a very surprising GBP 18.99 only, which if you’ve been using or have looked at serums generally, this is a bargain.

IS Clinical Active Serum

IS Clinical Active Serum – Click to Buy

This is hands down, hand on heart, one of, if not, the best, acne targeting serum you could ever get your hands on. I found that this worked best for me for targeting affected ares where I had a pimple(s) but when I used it on my entire face, my skin purged quite a lot and it went on for quite a while so I think it could be a bit too harsh to apply all over my skin, causing breakouts. I then switched to the other products mentioned in this post and used this just for targeting spots when they pop up. I don’t think, with the other products, you will really need to use both serums, especially as this one has quite the price tag at GBP 65 for 15ml (it does last forever though). It does everything it says on the tin…and then some. Its a big miracle in a little bottle. So while I don’t think when using the other products, you will need this as much, it is definitely worth the hype and glory it gets and every bit deserved. It targets ageing, heals and renews skin from within and quickly gets rid of that pesky pimple that you need gone FAST.

Thats it, my top 7 must have skincare products that will have your skin and confidence glowing in no time:)

let me know how you find the products and what your recommendations for skincare products are. id love to hear from you.

Love

Arita X

Arita Bagwandin – CEO Sol Media ~ Blogger ~ Social Media Influencer