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Monday, September 8, 2014

Review: Real Chemistry*

Hi Ladies!
Today I am going to share with you a skincare line called Real Chemistry. Real Chemistry is a technology based and innovative skincare company that was recently featured in Birchbox. The founder,  Karen Griffin, spent 20 years working in the healthcare industry researching ingredients to help with specific skin conditions. The Real Chemistry line focuses on less harsh ways to exfoliate and products that you can use both alone and with your daily skincare products.
The Real Chemistry line is great for all skin types but also claims to help with a long list of specific skin care issues. Here are the main issues that it is said to improve: dry skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, fine lines and wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, Rosacea, and acne. Originally, I was going to test these products out myself. However, since I have no serious skin issues and after reading that this line is supposed to help with Rosacea, I knew that my mom was the perfect candidate. 

My mom has suffered from Rosacea for much of her life. I have noticed that it has got worse over the years. My mom is not the best at taking care of her skin. This was her opportunity to not only learn the importance of skincare, but also improve her skin condition. She was really excited and agreed to try out these products for about 3-4 weeks. I asked her to make sure that she used these products religiously. I also asked her to take detailed notes on her thoughts and opinions of the products. I wanted her to give this product enough time so that we can record before and after results.
Here are before photos of my moms face:
These aren't the best pictures (I can thank my stepdad for that) but as you can see, the Rosacea is mainly focused on her cheeks. She does also have wrinkles on and around her eyes but nothing dramatic. Throughout this review, I will give you a little info on each product as well as my mom's experience with each.
Onto the products:

Daily Serum $92.00
Here is what is said about the serum on the Real Chemistry site:
"Our proprietary MTHV® Complex Daily Serum is a feather-light, protein-rich invisible armor designed to be worn under your everyday skin-care products like moisturizer, foundation, and sun-block.  When used twice daily, the MTHV® Complex Daily Serum assists the body with cellular repair, which promotes the reversal of oxidative stress and damage. Routine use of both MTHV® Complex products will help to diminish dark spots as well as fine lines and wrinkles, enhance the skin’s elasticity, and evens and brightens the complexion."
Here are my mother's thoughts on this daily serum: The daily serum is a liquid formula that is a soft with a little bit of stickiness to it. It soaks right into my skin once applied but takes a minute or so to dry. The serum is very lightweight. When I apply it, my skin turns a little blotchy but I believe it is due to the fact that I have sensitive skin. The redness goes right away after. I really think this serum has improved my skin. I think that it is slowly helping the redness fade from my Rosacea. My face also feels softer than it used to and my cheeks don't feel as dry as they used to.

Luminous 3 Minute Peel $48.00
Luminous 3 Minute Peel Trial Size $5.75
Here is what is said about the peel on the Real Chemistry site:
"The peel is a “Protein Peel”.  It will remove large amounts of excess, dead epidermal cells in seconds.  As the synergistic blend of ingredients is gently massaged into the skin, solids form under the fingertips.  These are a combination of the peel’s protein-binding ingredients and epidermal protein.  99.5% of consumers who tested the product and have experience with dermabrasion and acid peels, reported that the Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel was as effective or more effective, but did not irritate the skin like other methods.  This protein peel leaves the skin velvety soft and resurfaced after just one use.  Resurfacing is recommended at least once per week for most skin types."
Here are my mother's thoughts on the peel: When this product is squeezed out of the tube it is a soft texture but once you start to massage the product into your face and neck gritty pieces form. I don't actually see my skin "peeling" but supposedly when you are massaging your face with the product, you are taking off dead skin cells. My face feels really clean after using it. After using this product, my face feels soft and has a shine to it. Its not a greasy shine but more of a healthy glow.

 Environmental Rescue Mask (Box of 3) $68.00/1 Rescue Mask $25.00
Here is what is said about the Enviornmental Rescue Masks on the Real Chemistry site:
"The ingredients in the firming serum infused into the intensive once-a-week fabric mask and daily-use pump, are incredibly unique.  Proteins are the building blocks of life and the foundation of our technology.  Our proprietary MTHV® Complex contains Metallothionein (MT) and Hirudin (HV).  MT is a powerful, organic anti-oxidant “power protein”, which can scavenge oxidative, free radical damage from the surface of the skin.  HV is a natural blood thinner, which when applied topically, thins and disburses red lines under the skin which are actually blood particulates, allowing the body to reabsorb them.  Hirudin can also enhance cellular perfusion and blood flow, assisting with the removal of toxins trapped under the skin.The mask is worn for approximately 20 minutes once per week, optimally immediately following exfoliation using the Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel.  
Here are my mother's thoughts on the masks: This mask is a fabric/paper mask  saturated in product. I had a bit of an issue working with it since I have never used these types of masks before. I didn't want to get it in my face or eyes and had a little bit of an issue getting it on. You had to leave this on for about 20 minutes. After using this product I massaged it into my skin. My face felt soft after using it.
 Here are after pictures of my mom:
These photos were taken about 4 weeks after using these products. 

Overall, my mom really enjoyed using these products. She said that she can notice a difference in her Rosacea. The redness has faded a bit and she believes with continued use, that it will fade even more. She doesn't expect the redness to completely go away in only a few weeks. She also mentioned that she isn't as oily around her nose anymore. Her favorite product is the Daily Serum and she plans to purchase another bottle once the current one runs out.

* I was sent these  products for review purposes. However, the thoughts and opinions in this post are my own. I am always 100% honest in my reviews for all products discussed on my blog.

Have you tried any products by Real Chemistry? Post your comments below!

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