Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Clearista Retexturing Gel Review

*This is a sponsored post, I will be providing my honest evaluation of this product.  These are my opinions.*

I have been a long time proponent of microdermabrasion and exfoliation for skin, especially for the face. Skin can become dull and prone to blemishes and premature aging when it is not properly cleansed and exfoliated. I do not recommend just one method of exfoliation, but find that a variety of methods can provide excellent results when used together.  I like using a facial brush (either manual or battery sonic powered) and a skin resurfacing cream or gel.  I was sent a product for review from Clearista and would like to give my evaluation of it for you.  Please note that not everyone may have the same results and everyone's skin is different.

Clearista Gel is an effective skin-resurfacing solution that can be beneficial for smoothing and brightening skin.  I find that it is gentle and did not give me any irritation or ill effects.  It is gentle enough to use daily, and I have found it to soften my facial skin and provide a nice canvas for applying my serums and moisturizers.  I personally only use it about 3 times per week.

When my skin is smooth and clean, my foundation and makeup powders look nicer and more natural.  When makeup is applied unevenly and on skin that is dull, dry and uneven, makeup can look cakey, thick, and unnatural.  The point of foundation is to enhance skin and make it look beautiful and glowing, not to weigh down your skin and cover everything up.  You want people to notice your skin, not your makeup.  It is important to nourish your skin, cleanse it gentle and not strip it.  It is important to exfoliate it and remove the dead skin cells and by doing this, your skin can readily accept and absorb serums and moisturizers than can improve your skin and prevent premature aging.  

Don't worry, I am wearing a tank top in this picture :)

Here is how I used Clearista:

Cleanse normally and apply to skin.  I wash my face with a sulfate free, oil based cleanser.  I like to simply use non fragranced castile soap and water.  I sometimes will use a sulfate free, coconut oil / shea butter / cocobutter and essential oil based facial soap bar.  When my face is clean, I then leave my face a bit damp and apply some of the Clearista gel to my face.  I massage gently using a circular motion for 30-60s (using fingers or a facial brush).  I then rinse with warm water or you can wipe off excess exfoliants with a wet facial wash cloth. I then follow with my normal skincare routine which is a Hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C serum.  This gel can be used up to twice daily, but I just use this once per day.  At night, after a regular cleansing (with my castle soap) I apply my serums as well as either Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, or Emu Oil on my face, around my eye area, and my neck.

I have only used this for a month, so my evaluation of this product is not long enough to see drastic results.  I do find that it is a wonderful product and my face is soft and smooth after using it.  I tried using it in the shower and find that it works best (for me) to use at the sink.  Using too much water with it makes the microdermabrasion part of it not work so well.  I and that I need to have my face lightly moist, but not wet.  I like a scrubby texture when smoothing my skin.  

The product comes in an attractive bright blue tube and is comfortable to hold.  The gel is a translucent clear milky gel with finely textured granules.  The gel does come out quickly so you need to be careful not to waste it.  The first 2 times I used it, some spilled on the counter immediately after opening the tube as it came out fast without squeezing.  The lid is a screw on lid and although it works just fine, I would have liked a flip top lid.  That is just my personal opinion and really it is not a negative on the product or a deal breaker.  

I like this gel and how it does not have a chemical fragrance, but rather it is almost unscented.  It feels quite clean and my face looks fresh and smooth.  My serums and moisturizers seem to absorb better into my skin and my makeup is a lighter application.  It is been a few years since I have needed a heavy foundation product, and so I normally use a tinted bb cream and mineral foundation (even before using this product) but can get by with just the tinted bb cream and a translucent powder if I want to.  I do think this product can assist many users to prettier and healthier skin.  I love how it is manufactured in the USA and how it is free of synthetic dyes or fragrances.  It is paraben free and hypoallergenic.    

The only thing I am unsure about is the entire list of ingredients.  I try to stay away from sulfates and detergents of any kind.  I have not had any issues when using this 3 times per week,  however I would have liked this to be a little more botanical based.  The Clearista website has the full list of ingredients here.  To learn more about Clearista and read updates on their product, you can find them on Facebook and Twitter.  

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*This is a sponsored post, I will be providing my honest evaluation of this product. These are my opinions.*

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