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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Starting Off: Skincare

Before I start my first ever SOproject post, I'd just like to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEEEE! (haha).  26 years old today.  I refuse to believe that I'm no longer 21.  However I still accept all presents sent my way!  ;-) Anyway, enough of me... lets get down to business...

To kick off Week 1 of The Starting Off Project (#theSOproject) we have Skincare!  Noww,  I found this to be a tricky one, as there are so many different parts of my daily skincare routine (that actually differ from day to day) that I wanted to write forever, haha!  I have however, decided to write a kind of review on one of the newest products I have bought!  Before I babble about this product, I just want to add that skincare is not just about using the best and most expensive products.  A good diet and drinking lots of water is ESSENTIAL in caring and getting the best from your skin.  (I really must practice what I preach and start to drink lots more water than I do - plus I need to step away from the night time snacks of sweeties, haha)

My Skin Type

Combination with a touch of sensitivity and redness (in other words.. pesky).

The Product

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Serum 30ml - RRP £14.95 in Boots (CURRENTLY on offer for £9.97!!!!)

I'd been after trying a serum for a while as shock horror I'd never used one!  I never really felt the need for one as I always thought it was just another quite expensive step in my routine that I couldn't be bothered to take.  But after getting stuck right into blog world I have read so many reviews on different serums and how beneficial they are for the skin (plus I'm not getting any younger so I thought I'd start as I mean to go on - prevention is better than cure, right?).

What is a serum? Why does it differ from a moisturiser?

These were the questions that hounded my mind for a long time.  I just thought they must be for older people who were trying to get rid of wrinkles.  However, I found after research, that you can get different types of serums such as face brightening serums, anti-wrinkle serums and even multi taskers!  There's pretty much one for everyone, and a lot of them come with age ranges on now so you know which one to look for.

The main job of a serum is to work deep down to penetrate where a moisturiser does not reach.  The first thing to point out is that a moisturiser has many different ingredients inside and is built differently to a serum.  They have larger molecules which generally only penetrate the first layer of skin to give it moisture.  A serum does a different job. Serums contain active ingredients such as vitamins which penetrate deep down into the skin to 'feed' it added nutrients.  That is not to say you NEED to do both!  I'd say if you were to choose only one of the two (especially if your skin is pretty healthy), it would be a moisturiser, as a moisturiser gives instant hydration, whereas a serum works deep down and heals the skin over time.

Description of Product

Introducing Glycolic Fix Serum, an innovative overnight serum with 4% glycolic acid to retexture the skin's appearance.
This highly effective formua contains powerful glycolic acid to smooth the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles while improving skin texture.
Designed with pore refining ingredient PoreAway, the size of pores are visibly reduced for a more refined, even looking complexion.
How to use
I have been using this as the packaging suggests.  I massage it all over my face once a day (in the evening) to clean skin (after cleansing and toning) and allow it to soak in.  I then apply my moisturiser as usual.
The packaging says to allow 2 weeks to see visible results (I have been using it about 2 weeks now) - I can honestly say I noticed a difference in my skin straight away after the first couple of nights.  Obviously I didn't wake up looking like an airbrushed supermodel, but there was a noticable difference in the brightness of my skin. At first, I really didn't like the texture, as I expected it to be really thick and moisturising, but it is quite thin when you apply it to the face, and instantly sinks in to feed those deep layers (feeling sticky and strange for a couple of seconds).  I think it was just because I wasn't used to putting something like that on my face. I'm over that now and I love it!
Other Nip+Fab Products
I'm supposed to add some 'Favourites' here but as this is the first serum I have tried, I can't do that.  I can, however, add some of the other products from the same range.
Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads x 60 - £12.99 in Boots  (I have heard VERY good things on these, which are going to be next on my list)
Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser 150mil - £7.95 in Boots
Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub 75ml - £9.95 in Boots
Well that's that! I hope you liked my post (and didn't get too bored of the babbling, haha).  If you have any questions at all please don't hesitate to contact me or leave a comment.  I look forward to reading all of the other wonderful posts on Week 1: Skincare.  I'm really keen to learn more and find new products to try.  I'm so excited by the Starting Off Project (Steph - you have become a legend)!
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