Three anti-ageing products help increase moisture in mature skin, writes Syida Lizta Amirul Ihsan
THERE it is, stamped on the dark green tube, the phrase I detest the most in the beauty industry — anti-ageing. There is something wrong about the words themselves, placing a natural progression as an antagonist to be fought and conquered.
Along with “whitening” and “acne-prone”, some words in the beauty segment conjure fear, the opposite to what being beautiful is all about.
If you are scared of wrinkles, try anti-ageing. If you want to go two tones lighter, try whitening. If you want to combat acne, this tube will zap it off for you. It’s scare tactic, to me, more than anything else.
And yet the basics of skincare is so simple — good food, enough hydration, adequate sleep and stress management. All these contribute to glowing skin. A hectic lifestyle, smoking, late nights and some types of medication can affect its condition.
NO MAGIC BULLET
I know the Origins Plantscription Anti-ageing Cleanser isn’t going to cut down on the number or wrinkles under my eyes. In fact, nothing can do that, except perhaps, cosmetic surgery, but let’s not go there.
Housed in a tube, the pale yellow cleanser is neither too watery nor thick. With the consistency of a toothpaste, it isn’t foaming, which is good since foaming cleansers, used mostly by the young, tend to dry skin.
Aside from its name, the cleanser, which has a faint scent, is quite pleasant to use. It isn’t as gentle as Cetaphil, yet it doesn’t give me the dry, cracked sensation on my skin that I often get with foaming cleansers.
The treatment lotion meanwhile, is white and milky, but the problem is, I am not into toners, having had some bad experiences with a few that stripped my face off moisture.
This, however, isn’t drying but helps increase moisture modestly. Still, I think a toner is something that I can do without. The eye cream, which contains jojoba for hydration, is said to be packed with essential fatty acids to moisturise the thin layer of skin there. This range also has an eye treatment with which you can use before the cream. Wow, two eye moisturisers? What’s next, an eye serum? I like simplicity, so two eye potions are too much for me.
Overall, the performance of this skincare is average. It doesn’t give me the morning glow, but I didn’t get a skin reaction from using it, so that’s good enough.