I’ve been meaning to do an updated skincare post for the longest time! I wrote my last skincare routine post even before I moved to the Netherlands. My skin has since changed significantly due to the different climate and I thus had to adjust my skincare routine accordingly. I am still using many of the staples I blogged about in the last skincare post, but have since introduced new products that I absolutely love. I have been using all of these products for more than six months, so I have tested them thoroughly and can vouch for their efficiency.
The majority of my skincare is from Neostrata. I had such major problems with my skin until my dermatologist switched me to a Neostrata-only skincare routine and it did wonders for my adult-acne. I promise I am not sponsored or anything by Neostrata, I just genuinely believe in the brand and love their products. I converted most of my family and friends to Neostrata and all of them agree that it was the best thing they ever did for their skin. I bared my naked face in the previous post to show you guys first hand what a big difference it made to my skin. If you missed that post, you can click here.
I will do another post on my cleansing routines and what I use when I do wear makeup and when I don’t. So be sure to keep an eye out for that post as well. If you have any skincare products that you swear by, please leave a comment below.
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- Neostrata Collagen Serum (testing Exuviance Tripple Boost Collagen Serum as well at the moment)
- Neostrata Antioxidant Defense Serum
- Neostrata Intensive Eye Therapy
- Neostrata Ultra Daytime Smoothing Cream or Bio Hydrating Cream if I am not going out.
- Neostrata Illuminating Serum (I am going to finish my supply, but I prefer the Exuviance Optilight Essential 6 Serum)
- Neostrata Cellular Restoration in lieu of the Illuminating Serum if my skin is a bit drier or unhappy.
- Neostrata Eye Cream 4 PHA
- Neostrata Bio Hydrating Cream 15 PHA
Neostrata Firming Collagen Booster – R900/€41
I have been using the collagen serum from the very first day of switching to Neostrata and I have been absolutely loving it. This serum is part of the Skin Active range and aims to enhance and preserve your existing collagen. With continuous use it also lifts and firms your skin while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. At the moment I use the collagen booster as part of my daytime routine before I apply my moisturizer. This serum works very well underneath makeup.
Neostrata Antioxidant Defense Serum – R900/€35
I think the antioxidant serum is my favorite of all the serums that I use. It’s almost as if I can feel how it does good things to my skin! The Neostrata Antioxidant Defense Serum is also part of the Skin Active range and neutralizes free radicals and repair oxidative damage. I think I have seen the biggest change in my skin’s texture when I started using this serum religiously. I applied this product previously on its own in the mornings, but since April I mix it with the collagen serum for a powerful tonic.
Neostrata Illuminating Serum – R980/€45
I did a very stupid thing in April when I visited my family and friends in Cape Town. I was often in the sun, either on the beach or outdoors at a hotel or restaurant and I sometimes forgot to apply sunscreen (horror, I know!). Really a rookie mistake rocking up in the African sun with my pasty post-winter European skin wearing no additional sunscreen. Needless to say, two days later I woke up with a large pigmentation spot on my cheek, right under my eye. I was devastated as I am normally sun-smart and I know it is notoriously difficult to get rid off hyperpigmentation. I immediately ordered a product aimed at treating pigmentation and I ended up with the Neostrata Illumination Serum.
This serum is part of the Enlighten range and targets hyperpigmentation and brightens your skin over time. The serum contains the powerful patented Neoglucosamine, a strong collagen booster, as well as peptide, licorice extract, Alpine plant extracts and vitamin C. I like this serum, but have a few mild issues with it. In my experience this product does not play nice with other serums (hence I had to bump my collagen booster to my day routine) and it is extremely tacky on the skin while taking a really long time to be fully absorbed. It does however work well, my pigmentation spot has been dramatically reduced to the point of it almost not being visible anymore. You will see below that I am currently testing ‘dupes’ for these serums from the Exuviance brand and I want to do a more in-depth post to discuss the differences.
Neostrata Cellular Restoration – R1070/€65
This serum restores, lifts and firms your skin’s matrix and reduces oxidative damage for better looking skin. I do not use this product everyday, I only use it when my skin feels dry or look dull and unhappy. I found that it works better on its own as it ‘pills/balls-up’ when used with other serums or makeup. I do however enjoy it as a quick skin booster for when my skin needs it. The Cellular Restoration serum is part of the Skin Active range.
Whenever I placed my Neostrata orders I always received some Exuviance samples. It triggered my curiosity of course and after a lot of research I came to realize that some of the Exuviance serums have nearly exactly the same ingredients as some of my Neostrata serums. Thus a possible ‘dupe’? As an added bonus Exuviance is a bit more affordable than Neostrata in South Africa. I will definitely do a more in-depth review to compare Neostrata and Exuviance’s serums.
Exuviance Collagen Tripple Boost Serum – R864/€53
The Exuviance Collagen Tripple Boost Serum has very similar ingredients to the Neostrata Collagen Serum. It is also aimed to improve and maintain your skin’s collagen production. I do find some differences between the two which I will discuss in more detail in a later post.
Exuviance Optilight Essential 6 Serum – R868/€62
This serum literally has the same active ingredients as the Neostrata Illuminating Serum and also aimed at targeting pigmentation. After using it for a few months I can confidently say that I do have a strong preference for the Optilight serum. It is not as tacky as the Neostrata version and absorbed significantly quicker while giving me the same results. I will elaborate more in the upcoming post.
Neostrata Intensive Eye Therapy – R1010/€65
I raved about this eyecream a few months ago and did a full review on the Intensive Eye Therapy that you can read here. This eyecream/serum is absolutely brilliant and I use it every single day as part of my daytime routine. The product has a serum-like consistency and is rapidly absorbed by the skin. The aim of this product is to reduce sagging of the delicate under-eye skin, to minimize fine lines and wrinkles while fighting dehydration, puffiness and discoloration. It certainly packs a punch and I cannot rave enough about this! In my opinion this is the best money you will ever spend on an eye-care product.
Neostrata Eye Cream 4PHA – R470/€38
This eye cream is part of the Targeted range and aimed at anti-aging by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It contains gluconolactone that strengthens the skin’s protective barrier and hyaluronic acid that retains moisture and prevents dehydration. Despite its potent formula it is safe to use even on sensitive skin. The cream is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. I use this as part of my night time routine as I find the Intensive Eye Therapy a bit too expensive to use at night and day. In my experience the Intensive Eye Therapy just works so much better with makeup and I thus reserve it for daytime use.
Neostrata Bio Hydrating Cream 15PHA – R486/€36
I have spoken so many times about the miracle that is the Neostrata Bio Hydrating Cream that I am sure you are all sick of it by now. I did a full review on this brilliant product that you can read here. This cream is part of the Restore range and is a high strength emollient cream that can be used by even the most sensitive skin. The product reduces signs of aging, protects your skin’s barrier against environmental stresses and employs gluconolactone that is a powerful polyhydroxy acid. In case you are wondering: polyhydroxy acids inhibits the enzyme that breaks down the elastine (responsible for keeping your skin elastic and supple) in your skin. I use this mostly at night time, but also during the day when I am not planning on leaving the house.
Neostrata Ultra Daytime Smoothing Cream – R538/€33
I absolutely love the Bio Hydrating Cream and prefer it to any moisturizer I have ever used. Unfortunately it does not have an SPF component thus not ideal for daytime use if you are going to be outdoors. For those days I use the Ultra Daytime Smoothing Cream as it contains a broadspectrum SPF 20. This product is part of the Resurface range and is a mild exfoliating moisturizer. The purpose of a exfoliating moisturizer is to improve your skin’s texture and enhances clarity.
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Please keep an eye out for my cleansing routine and the comparative post between the Exuviance and Neostrata Serums. When in SA I ordered from Skin Miles. They are brilliant with excellent service and speedy delivery. You also earn generous ‘skinmiles’ that really helps towards your next purchase. You can click here to have a look at the Neostrata range on their website.