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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Summer Skincare Routine with Somme Institute

At the Beauty.com Summer Stock-up back in May, I met with the PRESIDENT of Somme Institute to talk about their line of skincare products. I have never heard of them prior to the event, so I was intrigued about their research and what they had to offer to develop their skincare products. They offer a revolutionary 5 Step Regimen which is a 5 step process using their proprietary research to help you get the best skin possible. Best of all these products are made for all skin types, and most skin problems (acne/sun damage/wrinkles/discoloration/etc.)

While chatting with Michele, President of Somme Institute, she pointed out my skin flaws- oiliness and acne. I also have light acne scarring that wouldn't go away. She explained how the MDT5 technology formulation in their products will help improve the texture of my skin. She offered samples to me which I immediately tried and loved it (esp. Step 2: Transport) when I got home. I was offered the chance to try these 5-Step Regimen for the course of June to review further.

My review of each step of Somme Institute's 5-Step Regimen:
Step 1: Nourishing Cleanser (non-foaming/non-irritating) - a milky white cleanser that comes in a pump. One pump is good enough for your entire face. Left my skin feeling clean and smooth afterwards.
Step 2: Transport (gentle exfoliant)- a thin circular cotton pad that acts like a toner but is meant to exfoliate and unclog pores. I usually use this only at night. These transport pads really shrink acne (See my Transport Test below.)
Step 3: Serum (with Vitamin C)- this orange-y clear serum contains a high concentration of Vit. C to smooth fine lines. It leaves my skin feeling a bit sticky so I only use a tiny drop during the day but more at night so it feels like a mask. I have used this serum by itself and in the morning my skin looks brighter, like its glowing. :)
Step 4: A-Bomb (moisturizer with Vitamins A and E)- This is a great moisturizer by itself, but by the time I use this after the Serum, my face feels gloopy. I apply a very thin layer during the day and more at night.
Step 5: Double Defense (SPF 30+)- Unfortunately when I tried the sample, I was allergic to this product. (My super sensitive skin does not tolerate SPF chemical products) So instead of the 5-Step, I have been using the 4-Step.

It was important that while using this skincare routine, I could only use this and no other products on my face. I shelved away the cleansers/moisturizers that I had on my counter and bid adieu. (I cheated a bit though and used my Surf-vival facestick for SPF protection!) I was careful to strictly follow the 4-Step (sometimes I used a bit less of each though) daily. With the summer heat though, my skin would get oily during the day and I got .. sweat zits. :(

Transport Test- When it's hot and humid, especially when it roared into the 100 degree weather last week in July, I was faced with uninviting acne. My skin that was getting better was no longer looking clear... To test the effects of Step 2: Transport, I decided to use just that product after not using anything (except the cleanser) for a few days. After Day 3, I used the Transport and my acne reduced significantly in size. Another day later, and it was just a tiny bump. Hoorah!

Final Thoughts- My skin is glowing- no more dull complexion! Since my main problem areas are redness in my cheeks and the occasional blemishes, it was important to test how this routine combated these issues. I've only been using this for a bit more than a month now, but I am liking the results! I've never been able to stick with a full skincare routine partially b/c I haven't found the right products that go well together but I am definitely going to stick with this until I run out.

Interested in trying the Somme Institute 5-Step Regimen? Purchase the Pillow Pack (Sample sizes exclusively at Beauty.com here) or the Travel Kit here.

Beauty.com is also having a deal- get the Neck cream FREE with any $99 purchase of Somme Institute products (while offer lasts!)

In addition, to the 5-Step regimen, I tried the eye and neck cream. I was very pleased with both products, esp. the eye cream! Review coming soon!

(Disclaimer: I received this product from this company's PR agency to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.)(

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1 comment:

Peggy said...

That's great that this line of products improved your skin tone! I'm looking forward to your eye cream review!

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