Written in collaboration with Forever Living
Did you know that kids can’t frown? I mean, they can make a cross face but when they try and wrinkle up their little foreheads, no lines appear whatsoever. I don’t know why this blew my mind when I discovered it recently, but it did. I guess I know that as we age, our skin gets less elastic, but I had no idea how springy and “non creasable” children’s skin was.
Anyway, this brings me to my own skin and how I look after it. I’ve written about botox before but I haven’t personally done it myself, even though I have no issue whatsoever with it (and I’m not ruling it out in the future, it just isn’t for me right now). What I do instead is go for microdermabrasion facials about every 6-8 weeks, and this really keeps my skin looking good. But besides that, I’ve realised that I haven’t been using skincare products that properly nourish my skin. I’ve been a bit lackadaisical considering that you only have one face, and it needs to last you!
I was introduced to the “Infinite” by Forever range by someone that reads this blog (Mhairi’s contact details are below), who works for Forever Living as a distributor, and who wanted to know if I wanted to trial the range. She sent me incredible Before/After pics of trials they’ve done in America, and write ups from UK bloggers and it definitely sounded worth a shot.
Those are all the products I tried, using them exclusively for a month to see the full results. Firstly, I realised that using a whole range was much better than using a face wash from one brand, and a night cream from another. I know this may sound obvious, but I’ve been mixing and matching and I’m sure some of the products I’ve been using are not at their best when combined with other random ones. I also found myself being much more thorough when I had a whole range to use. In the past I just used to skip toning or washing my face properly when I was lazy, but during this month I did things a lot more methodically.
The whole range uses the power of Aloe to replenish moisture, which really appealed to me as I grew up surrounded by aloes, and I dunno, I just have a thing for them. The hydrating cleanser is lovely and foamy and a little goes a long way – my face felt soft and super clean afterwards. The Balancing toner was not from the range, it is from the “Targeted” range, and I can’t say I noticed much difference between it and other toners I’ve used in the past.
The firming serum was amazing, and was absorbed into my skin really quickly and easily. It makes sense when I was told that it had recently won the Best New Premium Anti-Ageing Product at the Beauty Awards in London (October 2017), as I just loved this product. The restoring creme is used both day and night, and is non-fragranced, so the “natural” smell takes a day to get used to, but after that, it was fabulous. I also really liked the packaging of this product, as you use one “pump” action and it dispenses the perfect amount of cream for each use.
This whole range is used in conjunction with firming complex supplements that you take in the morning, just like you would a vitamin. At first I found this concept a bit strange, but it does make sense when you think about overall health, and working from the inside out. The supplements contain marine collagen, French Melon and ceramides, and are supposed to make your skin more plump and reduce wrinkles. The two tablets were easy to take each morning and I didn’t think much more of them.
So, I guess you are curious about the results? Well, before I wax lyrical, I suppose I should report a few facts:
- I’ve had virtually no pimples since starting to use the range, and before that I was getting quite a few on my jaw.
- My best friend, who lives in another city, saw me last week and told me I look five years younger!
- I’m wearing WAY less make up than I was before, as my face just looks less tired (I put on some tinted sunscreen every morning, a bit of blusher and powder, a smudge of eye liner and I’m done.)
- Yes I still have fine lines, but they are a lot less noticeable than they were, and just a bit ‘softer looking’ if that makes sense.
I’m not terribly good at taking close up pictures of my face but on the left is an image of me before I started using the range, with no make up on, and no filters (don’t get a fright). There is lots of pigmentation, big pores, wrinkles etc, but mostly, my skin just looks tired. And then on the right is my skin without filters or make up, after using the Infinite by Forever range for a month. It just looks more glowing, “dewy” and healthy.
I’m a natural sceptic, but I really feel much more confident about my skin than I did a month ago. I know this is partly because I am being more thorough about my skincare routine, but also due to the Infinite range doing a great job.
This holiday I went around bare faced a lot more than I usually did, and I didn’t feel like I was scaring too many of the Kenton locals;). Here is another pic after I’d just had a dip in the lagoon, with absolutely no make up on, nor filters. Yes I still have smile lines, but my skin feels good, and I feel good.
And what about prices? The cleanser is R385, the serum and the tablets R640 each, and the restoring creme R718. This is more than I’ve been spending on my own skincare previously, but I’m so convinced of the effects that I am going to be ordering the range out of my own money (as my free trial products are nearly done!). It’s also much cheaper than many of the “premium” skincare brands like Dermalogica.
For more info and to order, please take a look at this link.
And if you’re wondering: Forever is committed to not using animal testing and has been certified by the Leaping Bunny Program as “cruelty-free”.
Have wonderful weeks all.