I think in the past 2 months my face and body has been enduring so much stress from trying out all the latest technology available in the market. Coming back to work to me also means coming back to my ever so experimental mood on every single new high tech device or new skin care range available. I am really curious when it comes to the new stuff in the aesthetic market and completely skeptic as to all the marketing claims thrown into the media promising all the wonderful things a woman wants.Combine the two and you have a very critical reviewer of the technologies, unbiased because hey, you guys are not paying me to write these reviews okay? I write for the sole pleasure of sharing my experiences and educating my readers on the hypes in the market. Besides, if anything were to go wrong, I would definitely have the means and the idea on how to fix it.
And yet, the torture of going through complications. I have really sensitive skin. It was what prompted me to learn more about the skin initially. The worst part for me, is that I am a skin type 4 with high risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or also called PIH. So whenever I undergo any heat energy devices, it is strictly out of the sun, sun coverage and skin care support especially if things go wrong. This is why sometimes you notice lapse of me going out running in the park, I usually skip my outdoor running if I had any energy device done to my face to avoid excessive tanning despite sun protection.
Two months ago I tried out a laser procedure on my face and despite the pros of tightening and painless procedure, I actually developed post laser rash on my forehead and my right cheek. Stressed with the superficial problem, I was not able to do anything much since I need to observe the long term effects of the laser i.e. how long does the effects last, thus definitely no PRP or other procedures to my face. In my dilemma, I remembered that I had some Synergie Skin sets in my clinic that I have yet to try. When dealing with post procedural rash, there is very little you can do except wait for the rash to subside, or use light steroids. I hated the idea of using steroids on my skin because in the long run it will make it thinner. Choosing the Anti- Ageing kit, I decided to give it a try.
Credits to synergieskin.com
Synergie Skin is a natural skin care product that originates from Australia. The founder, Terri, use to own a small skin clinic in Melbourne, where she realized that there was a need for skin care and cosmeceuticals that not only protected the skin, but also nurtures it. She came up with the idea of formulating skincare with safe non toxic ingredients to help protect and nurture the skin. The unique thing about this skin care is that it is able to protect from UVA and UVB and also from environmental stress without any harmful chemicals or preservatives as other products. Being a naturalist myself, I decided to give it a shot. I’m already taking out chemicals from my diet, why not try a safe skin care for a change. Honestly, my expectations for the product was not so great before I started, especially looking at the processes I had to endure to complete the regime.
Credits to synergieskin.com
My main obstacle was to keep to the regime. Despite being a vain pot in the eye of public, I admit I am very simple when it comes to my home care regimes. I usually wash my face with water most of the time unless I had full make up on post event and then the make up remover, the olive oils and the exfoliators come in. Usually, its just water and sleep. But for the sake of this review, I had to discipline myself enough to follow through. After awhile, it wasn’t that difficult and I was understanding the concept.
So basically, the Synergie method uses safe ingredients where the active ingredients are separated so that it reduces the use of other chemicals and binding products to stabilize the components. I used the anti ageing trial pack which was all in travel size. For a small pack, it lasted quite long, approximately over 6 weeks and I still have some left. The cleanser is a simple pine smelling cleanser that is simple and doesn’t really foam much. It does however cleans the skin without drying it much and it is very gentle on the skin. (remember I just had laser rash) I started in the morning where step one was wash with cleanser, and step two was taking some of the vitamin C powder and mixing it with a pump of super serum. It was quite funny to have to mix your own skin care, but after awhile I got used to it. After the mixing, the mix is then applied to your whole face. The serum absorbs well without much stickiness. After the C and the serum mix, we use the Zinc complex as the sun protector or sunblock. I find the Zinc cream a little bit sticky but after awhile, I got used to the sensation. Out of habit, I still applied my usual SPF 50 clinical sunblock on top.
The night regime was a lot simpler but had many things. For starters, again, clean with the cleanser. And then apply the Vitamin A serum on the face. You have to leave it be for about 3 minutes before applying the Vitamin B serum which is more liquid. After the two serums absorbs, you apply the Reclaim cream. Personally, I love the reclaim moisturiser cream. It smells a bit like another skin care product from olive base but perhaps it is one of the best moisturisers I’ve tried.The vitamin A somewhat dries up my skin a bit too much, so usually I skip every other night especially if I’ve been out partying too much.
So my verdict?
It did great solving my post laser rash issue despite no other clinical procedure done to my face. The rash cleared up after a week with minimal scarring on my face. I also noticed that my skin texture and colour improved a bit, maybe around 20%. More towards the hydration. I noticed that my skin was more stable and I broke out less. I did however noticed a slight increase in tanning when I was using the vitamin A regularly every night if I go out in the sun too long. But this could also be a direct result of doing laser to my face. I love the super serum and the reclaim. Both serums absorbed really well and I noticed the days I used reclaim at night, my face felt softer in the morning. I would definitely keep Reclaim as an emergency moisturiser in the future. My only issue is when I am rushing in the morning, its a hassle to remember the steps and I felt like it was too many steps so sometimes I skip a few. Otherwise, I think it would be a really good regime especially for people with sensitive skin, or those looking for non toxic skin care to use. It is really safe to use on even children (according to the manufacturers) and it does not contain any parabens, ammonia or other toxic chemicals used in most other skin care.
The only issue that I have now is that there are limits to the products that the Malaysian supplier carries, and thus it may be difficult to get all the range. However, hopefully more of the range will be brought in as the demand for the product increases. I am curious to try out other cream mixes available which are not here yet. In terms of price, our price here is similar to Hong Kong. Of course in Australia is cheaper but they do not ship out. The price range is between RM 300 – RM 1000 depending on product range and sets. The travel set is sold at RM 600 per set. Personally, I think I will continue to use this skincare as my personal skin care regime since I’ve fallen in love with 1 or 2 items. I’m all into non ammonium, non paraben , non toxic self care. Even my shampoos and conditioners are hazard free. Thinking of looking for a mineral make up range that suits my heavy make up requirement for events. We’ll see, soon hopefully.
As for Terri and her team, keep up the good work. Totally loving the products and hoping to see more innovative serums in the future.
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