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My Style: Skincare, Part One

June 4, 2015

We gals do a lot of things in the name of “beauty,” don’t we? I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, honestly. For some of us it’s makeup, or an extreme love for accessories, clothing, hair care, shoes, etc. etc. etc. – the list goes on and on. For me though? It’s skincare. I do love makeup but more times than not I choose to sport the “fresh face,” going mostly makeup free, especially on weekdays. Most mornings I apply moisturizer with sunscreen, under eye concealer, and lipstick or chapstick and call it a day.

Over the years I have found a few favorite cleansers, moisturizers, anti-wrinkle creams and serums, but I’m always curious about ones I’ve yet to try… and yet also very cautious about trying just anything that’s been posted on social media. I have very sensitive skin and I believe that when you find a skincare routine that works for you, why stray from it? Well, I recently strayed… and was reminded once again that ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’

For those of you not familiar with the skin benefits of Retinol, it really is an amazing ingredient. Retinol encourages skin cell turnover which can decrease fine lines, even skin color, improve skin texture, and stimulate collagen production of the skin. I am a big fan of nighttime products containing the ingredient Retinol, so when I came across the 5 star reviews of Trilane Retinol+Vitamin C, I had to try it.

Unfortunately, I was not a fan of this product. After even one night of applying it to my face, I woke up the next morning to many breakouts. I rarely suffer from a breakout, not to mention an entire face full of them, so I knew my skin was not getting along well with this newly tried Trilane. I wanted to love this stuff so much, mostly because of the positive reviews and the idea of how the combination of ingredients could benefit my skin, but it just did not work for me. I told myself I’d continue to use it for a straight week, to really give it a fair shot, but after three nights of trial and more breakouts the following days, my skin just couldn’t take it any longer. I also could not get used to the consistency – oil. It was messy, difficult to really soak into the skin, and I swear I could feel my pores clogging the minute I put this stuff on (which is the complete opposite thing Retinol is supposed to do for your skin). Such a bummer!! 

The price of Trilane Retinol+Vitamin C is a hefty one, in my opinion. Currently listed on Amazon for $42.53, the actual list price is closer to $50. For me, that’s a lot of money spent on a moisturizer, especially if it’s a product you’ve yet to try. The good thing about it being an oil though is the fact that it does go a long way. Literally one, maybe two drops is plenty for target spots like your forehead and depending on your skin, I think two to three drops could cover your entire face. 
I don’t think you need to spend a lot of money to find great skincare products, and yet if you find one that works for you – perhaps it’s worth it. My skincare routine is a mix of both “top of the line” pricey products, as well as the cheap drugstore products. Over the years I’ve found what works for me and while I may try something new every now and then, I’m happy to stick with my routine until something about my skin changes and it’s time for me to explore again. 
So what about you? Do you have a skincare routine you’ve stuck closely to over the years or do you like to try new products? Have you had luck with Trilane or the Retinol ingredient in general? If you HAVE had luck with oil-based moisturizers and would like to try Trilane Retinol+Vitamin C, you can currently get 20% off your order by using the code: SAVE9876.

Check back this Saturday as I share my skincare routine and the products that have worked for me! 

EG note: Products containing Retinol should only be used at nighttime, never during the day.

Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Post. Brand Backer provided me with a 1 fl. oz. bottle of Trilane Retinol+Vitamin C in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. 

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  • I tried an oil moisturizer once (mainly because I have oily skin and was told by so many people that i order to combat oily skin I should use oil). But…NO. It made me breakout so bad and made my skin so much more oily!!! I have a routine that works and every time I stray my face gets so messed up. So, I don't stray anymore!

  • Yay for honesty! 🙂 I have incredibly sensitive skin, too, but unfortunately I can't find anything that works perfectly. (I'll have to check out your post on Sat.!) I only use cruelty-free products and while I love alba, not all the products agree with my face all the time. UGH!

  • So nice to see an honest review..but I expect nothing less from you 🙂 I have very sensitive skin too and have had some bad luck with retinol products

  • I remember one of our first conversations was about skin care. Comes full circle. I still use a mix of so many different brands and price ranges. I always pay more for my moisturizers. To me that's what's important – and I have combination skin so I can never get the ones for oily or for dry, I need the combination ones. I appreciate a truly honest review! This is something not found too often.

  • I am so weary about what I put on my face. Right now, I have a pretty good combo of things that work well and I don't want to change it. Changing things up scares me to death for the exact reason you listed. I just have to be really careful about what I put on my face. My skin doesn't like change!

    I love your honesty though. Thank you so much for giving a truly honest review.

  • Great review Emily! I love the honesty. I have to be so careful when it comes to skincare products. I break out very easily, so I've been using the exact same products for years, it took me a long time to find the right ones. Sometimes I would like to explore more, but my skin says no.

  • For many years I used Arbonne and LOVED it. Then I tried another product for awhile (it was formulated by the skin girl I was going to for microderm abraision). I liked it a lot, but recently went back to Arbonne. I use essential oils in many of my products and have seen huge benefits from it.

  • Yes! I hear you! That's very much how it is for me too.

  • Yes, check out my post – have you ever tried Yes to Cucumbers gentle milk cleanser? Cruelty-free and super gentle on my skin!

  • There is only one product I use (and love) that has retinol in it. It's the only one I've found that hasn't been too harsh. Check out my post from today when you have some time!

  • You're right!! 🙂 I agree with the importance of moisturizer and that's the most expensive product I own too.

  • Sounds like most of us have routines we like to stick to! 🙂

  • Yeah… I rarely explore. This was a rare thing I did but sometimes you just need to check it out – and now I know 😉

  • What made you switch back to Arbonne, Amy? I'd be curious to know. I've been approached twice now by gals selling Arbonne and both times felt like it was totally being pushed on me to try and then to buy (and then to sell) – it was a total turnoff! (Also- one of the girls who sells it posts pictures of her face and other people's faces that have CLEARLY been touched up in photoshop and she claims it's the work of amazing Arbonne products – again, I've just been turned off!)

  • Oh that's so obnoxious!! I would be turned off too. I love my Arbonne girl! I met her through blogging. 🙂 And I've always just loved their products. I can notice a big difference in my skin (it's more clear, less blemishes, less wrinkles around my eyes, skin feels tighter and softer, etc). Plus I just love that Arbonne's products are all natural, so I don;t have to worry about what I'm putting on my skin. When it's time to buy more product next time, I might try Young Living's skin care line. I've heard really good things. But for now, I'm going to just mix oils in with Arbonne! 🙂