Trying Out New Skincare...
I am always trying out new skincare, on the forever search for fabulous products that deliver fabulous results. Of course, I have my stand-bys that are tried and true, but I absolutely love trying new products. It pairs nicely with my addiction to buying new makeup and skincare.
I had been wanting to try out this Tarte Knockout Tingling Treatment for a while, and it was FINALLY available in Canada, on Sephora’s website. I ordered the smaller size, because Sephora didn’t have the full size in stock. This product claims to be a complexion workout in a bottle to help resurface your skin and balance its pH. I have seen it featured a few times on Stephanie Nicole’s youtube channel, and I was really intrigued by its claims.
I ordered this on the weekend, and it was delivered yesterday. I love quick shipments!!
My nighttime routine typically consists of makeup removal (if I wore makeup that day), usually with Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water, or IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup Melting Balm, followed by a cleanser. This switches between the Arbonne RE9 Smoothing Facial Cleanser, Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil, or more recently, Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, or Belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist (I told you, there’s an addiction to product here, haha). After cleansing, I move onto other treatments, essences, serums, etc, which changes frequently, and would be WAY too long to list here.
Last night I used the Bioderma Micellar Water and Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil to wash my face. I wanted super gentle and nourishing products, because I didn’t know what to expect with the Tarte Knockout. The active ingredients in this are Salicylic Acid, and Lactic Acid. It has an ever so slight vinegar scent, but not enough that makes it unpleasant. I followed the instructions on the box, and using a Shiseido Cotton square I lightly applied the toner starting from the neck and working my way up. I tell you, “Tingling Treatment” is NO JOKE. I immediately felt the tingling, almost burning sensation all over my skin. Definitely, DEFINITELY avoid your eye area with this product, and any area you might have sensitivities!! My face turned red, and I almost regretted my decision on using this product.
The pain wasn’t as intense as The Ordinary’s Vitamin C Suspension, I only used that product twice, and never again. The suspension went on like a lotion, and my face felt like it was being zapped with electric currents, the pain was surreal. It was so not an enjoyable experience, and I didn’t want to subject myself to that again. It has been a year, and I can still flash back to that pain.
Following the Knockout treatment, I used the Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Antioxidant Essence, and the Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer, mixed with Drunk Elephant Marula Oil, trying to soothe the still burning/tingling skin. I would say the pain, on a level of 1-10, was at a steady 7. It wasn’t unbearable, but she let you KNOW she was there and doing her business. I remained red, and tingly for a good half an hour. My final skincare product was the Sonia Roselli Water Balm, to seal everything in, so they (the products) would do their work while I slept. The process was a little bit long, because I waited a few minutes between each step, to allow my skin to properly absorb each product, and at the end of it all, it was about 45 minutes and my skin was still visibly red, but the tingling sensation subsided.
This morning, I woke up to smoooooth skin. I am quite happy with the results, and will continue to use this, however I do have a few sensitive spots, particularly around my nose, and spots where I had a few minor breakouts.
Is it the best resurfacing product? No, I will forever love the Arbonne Intelligence Genius Nightly Resurfacing pads, which is a retinoid product. That one is extremely gentle, and delivers comparable results, but I will continue to use the Knockout, because I have it, and it delivers resurfaced skin, which is youthful skin. Overall, two thumbs up, and I probably will buy it again!
See you in the next blog post!!