As promised, here is my review of the Lemongrass Spa Face Care System. I have said it before and I will say it again (many times over): I am not a foofy girl. I am a low maintenance, little make-up, ponytail sporting, non-foofy girl. I’ve also never been a “systems” girl. Every cosmetics company wants you to use their “system.” Yes, I have cleansers, deep cleansers, toners, lotions, cremes, and exfoliants galore. I have purchased very expensive items and I have made my own. But I’ve always used varied brands and I switched around a lot.
About my skin: I have very dry skin and small pores. I can break out with a change of products, weather, and life events. My last year in Texas I battled with continuous break-outs and once I moved to Florida it cleared up. It could have been stress related, but I will say my skin LOVES Florida humidity. If I change products, I typically change one item at a time. That way if a breakout occurs, I know who the culprit is. I will admit, I kind of jumped in on the face care system with only a day or two in between adding products.
Cleansing and moisturizing: My first switch was to the Gentle Cleansing Gel for Normal to Dry Skin. I wash my face in the shower in the morning and I only need a pea sized amount, lathered in my hands to do the job. The label says it removes make-up (I never believe this – I always exit the shower looking like a raccoon), but this cleanser actually does. I take the time to gently massage my eyelids and lashes, but it cleans it all remarkably well without burning my eyes. Step 2: Hydrating Facial Mist – the Lemongrass version of toner. I pick up on the scent of the witch hazel, but it’s nothing that bothers me or lingers. This was actually one of the last products I added to my routine since I was never a regular toner user. Now I use it every day. Step 3: Organic Anti-Aging Oil Serum. I love this stuff. Again, you don’t have to use a lot. I use about a 1/2 pump of the product. The cleansing gel and facial mist leave my skin with a clean but slightly “tight” feel and the oil softens everything up. Step 4: Face Creme for Normal to Dry Skin. Again, a little goes a long way. It has a really nice texture and feels very hydrating on the face. This whole routine takes me less than 2 minutes. While I’m applying my products, I use the Tanaka Face Self Massage techniques. A friend of mine knows an esthetician who told her about this routine. I don’t do the entire ten minute routine, but I figure every little bit helps?? I have had zero break-outs with the new products, I don’t have to use a ton of product, and my skin has been feeling really nice.
After switching over to all of the cleansing products with positive results, I tried out the Hydrating Eye Creme. I found it works best for me at night. I need to practice with it a little more when using it with make-up because I felt like it made my make-up run. I also may have been applying it in the wrong order or using too much.
Exfoliation: I have used the Face Polish for Normal to Dry Skin twice now and I really like it. Directions say to apply with a brush, but I use my fingers and the Tanaka Face Self Massage techniques. The beads remind me of tapioca, and the pomegranate scent is refreshing but not overpowering. The Face Polish also comes in unscented if you are sensitive to scents, or just don’t like the pomegranate (Note: the polish and mask for oily or blemished skin have different ingredients and scents that I haven’t tried). I have also tried the Instant Renewal Microdermabrasion Creme. Yeah. That’s good stuff. It is pretty serious – I couldn’t massage it around for the full two minutes (directions say “up to two minutes”). I was a little afraid my skin would be a terrible red mess, but it was fine. Not red. Nice and smooth. Again, you don’t need to use a lot of the product. I plan on increasing my use to see if it will soften some of the sun spots my 41 years on Earth have bestowed upon me.
Hydration: I have used the Facial Mask for Normal to Dry skin types twice as well. Both times I used it after the Facial Polish. It’s a creamy mask, kind of clay-like in color and texture, and it doesn’t dry on your skin. Both times I used it, my husband walked in the bathroom and screamed in an overly dramatic fashion. I told him he should be doing the facial mask too and he responded with, “I don’t have any wrinkles.” Yeah, there isn’t much rationalizing to be done with that argument, is there? Again, great results. No break-outs. Hydrated skin. Two thumbs up.
I have been on this regimen for over a month now and still positive results. I like the packaging of the products: I don’t mind keeping them on my counter. I love the natural and organic aspect of the products. Finally, I don’t think about my skin. It’s not dry and itchy, it’s not oily feeling, it’s just nice and comfortable. Isn’t that all we want? To be comfortable in our own skin? My final vote of confidence: I have tossed all of my other products. I don’t need them.
Lemongrass sells all of the skin care products separately, so you can replenish your stock as needed (oh, another thing I like is that the lotion pumps from the bottom, so you get to use ALL of it!). They also sell them in kits to help get you started (you get a little discount on the kits!): OurLemongrassSpa.com/SimplyMassage. Have questions? Need help? I’m just a mouse click or phone call away!
Next up: A review of the Lemongrass make-up products.