Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review and Giveaway: #EclosBeauty Products

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of éclos Skin Care for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I recently had the opportunity to try éclos Skin Care  products.  I received a kit which included the following products:
  • Facial Cleanser Skin Prep -removes makeup and daily debris, helping to refresh skin and purify pores.
  • Cellular Activator Face Serum - nourishes skin cells, promotes collagen production and
    stimulates the growth of connective tissue, helps visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and protects against environmental damage.
  • Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream - revitalizes skin stem cells, helping to tighten sagging skin and postpone wrinkles, helps skin to repair itself, protects against aging free radicals, slowing the signs of aging.
  • Restorative Eye Cream - visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and increases moisture content to delicate eye area.
  • Instant Radiance Facial Scrub - exfoliates dry, dull dead skin cells and enhances cell turnover and prepares the skin to better absorb the treatment products.
  • Skin Renewal Clay Mask - cleanses skin, absorbs impurities, and helps unclog pores.
  • éclos Terry Cloth Head Band - to keep hair out of face while using the products.
Sounds like a lot of products, I know, but you don't use every product every day.  You use the scrub every other day and the mask twice a week. I used the products for 1 week.  Here I am Before and After:
Before After
Monday morning before cleansing
The following Monday after cleansing and applying serum, moisturizer, and eye cream
You will not see a picture of me with the clay mask because - if you ever want to see what you'll look like when the wrinkles really do set in, try one of these masks.  It's scary!  I'm sure it does what it's supposed to do, but by the time it dries and everything tightens up, you're ready to wash it off!  At least I was.
I really loved the idea of these products.  They feature Apple Stem Cells extracted from a rare Swiss apple, the Uttwiler Spätlauber, along with vitamins and anti-oxidants.  These stem cells have shown tremendous ability to stimulate skin stem cells, encouraging aging skin to behave like younger skin and helping minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and tired skin. Skin can look up to 15 years younger.  Sounds great, right?  I really wanted this stuff to work for me.

I absolutely love that the products do not contain parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, or petro-chemicals.  They are natural products with highend spa feel, and results, at mass-market prices.  They're available Nationwide at food, drug and mass stores, including Target, Ulta, Duane Reade, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and Fred Meyer, and the prices really are reasonable.

I liked the feel of the products and the natural smell.  Each of the éclos products is scented with a clean and fresh blend of all-natural essential oils including rosewood, ylang ylang, palmarosa, cardamom, and geranium.  However, I started to notice a slight burning when I applied the serum and moisturizer, and by the middle of the week. my face was extremely dry.  I could not get enough of the moisturizer on my face to take away the dryness.  It didn't just feel dry, it looked super dry.  After using the éclos Skin Care  products for the week - after I had run out of the moisturizer - I went back to using my regular products, and it took until the middle of the next week before I had to stop applying moisturizer several times a day to get rid of the dryness.  I may buy some of the Eye Cream and possibly the Serum, because I like the idea of using natural products directly on my skin,  and hopefully I can get some of the benefits from those, but I am going to have to keep using my regular moisturizer.

I have not closely examined my before and after pictures to see if there was a reduction of the fine lines around my eyes - but I did really like the Restorative Eye Cream.  I have been looking for another good one ever since they stopped making/selling the one I had been using.  Based on clinical studies, 100% of the women using these products saw a reduction in wrinkle appearance within 2 weeks, and most of the fine lines I'm seeing on my face are around my eyes. 
If you'd like to try these products for yourself - maybe they'll work for you - I have a one of the same kits I received to give away.  To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me which product in the kit you are most excited to try.  Contest is open to U.S. residents only, and I will take entries until Friday June 8, 2012.  Good luck!  And if you win, be sure to come back and let me know how the products work for you.

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