Saturday, April 20, 2013

Bona Clara Skincare for your 30's

*sample provided for review*

I was recently contacted and asked if I wanted to review some products from Bona Clara skincare that are targeted to your specific age range.  Mine is 30's, but they do also have 20's, 40's, and 50+.  I immediately said yes.  Up until the past year or so I've been horrible about my skin care routine, but I've been pushing myself to remember to take care of it.  

This is going to be a slightly long post because I'm going to give you all the info I can as well as my thoughts. 

What I received I received is the 30's Try Me kit which is a travel size version of the 5 piece 30's Level 3 kit.  I've been using this for a few weeks now, so I thought that was a fair amount of time to get a feel for it.

30's Cleanser

I'm not exactly sure what it is, but to me this has a clean oat scent.  It's very refreshing and soft.  I actually think less is more with this product as I needed about half the amount that was suggested.

Refresh and rejuvenate your skin every morning and evening with the 30s Cleanser. The 30s Cleanser goes beyond typical cleansing products by providing key anti-aging support for skin in its 30s. Plus, the luxurious, gentle feel of the 30s Cleanser will ensure that you never skip a daily face wash again! Best of all, you’ll be purifying, restoring, and protecting your skin every time you use it. The 30s Cleanser has been formulated with the highest-quality natural ingredients, designed to nurture and support the changing needs of skin in its 30s. Fruit enzymes help even skin tone while monk’s pepper berry extract and rhubarb extract help fight signs of aging. Evening primrose oil and meadowfoam oil help calm and soothe skin, leaving it clean, balanced, and glowing after every use! Helps prevent collagen and elastin degradation, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, enhances skin cells’ resistance to environmental pollutants, and brightens skin tone and evens complexion. Key Ingredients: Monk’s Pepper Berry Extract, Bilberry, Licorice & Mulberry Root Extracts, Citrus Extracts, Summer Snowflake Bulb Extract, and Evening Primrose and Meadowfoam Seed Oils Usage: Apply a dime-sized amount to wet hands and massage onto the face and neck twice daily.

30's Scrub
I'd used this for at least a week before I figured out why I loved it so much.  Not only did it feel great and smooth dry spots out, but the smell reminded me of SOMETHING.  When I finally figured it out, I bawled like a baby(yes in the shower).  It brought back memories of hanging out in the garage at my grandparents house.  My grandfather doing his woodworking stuff & my grandmother doing laundry.  I don't know if the scent is like the laundry soap that she used or the starch that she used, but OMG I absolutely LOVED it.  This day also happened to be the 5th anniversary of her death & it hit me hard.  Though with all that, I'd love to have a huge bucket of this stuff to exfoliate my body with.  No it's not the normal "clean linen" smell most people associate with laundry, but it has an amazing fresh scent.

To put her best (and youngest-looking!) face forward, the 30-something woman must regularly exfoliate her skin. The 30s Scrub is her perfect solution for exfoliation and anti-aging support. The natural bamboo micro-granules and pomegranate seed powder in its formula lift away the dull, dead skin cells that can darken complexion and make skin appear rough and uneven. At the same time, antioxidants in the formula from acai fruit oil, sugar and fruit extracts, and monk’s pepper berry extract target the free radical damage that makes skin look aged. Glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, and hydrolyzed soy proteins in the formula help her skin to retain essential moisture and hydration, preventing future dry, scaly skin. With each gentle scrub, she lifts away dead cells and helps repair and protect her more youthful cells, revealing a smoother, softer complexion and more even skin tone. It exfoliates skin to remove dullness and dead skin cells, repairs daily damage to prevent collagen and elastin degradation, brightens skin and reduces skin discoloration, and improves skin barrier function, increasing the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Key Ingredients: Monk’s Pepper Berry Extract, Sugar & Fruit Extracts, Bamboo Micro-Granules, Pomegranate Seed Powder, Swiss Cress Extract, Licorice & Mulberry Root Extracts, Camelina Seed Oil, and Sodium Hyaluronate. Usage: Lather a dime-sized amount in wet hands and massage onto the face and neck.

30's Toner
I know you're supposed to apply toner with a cotton pad, but I find that I basically have to soak a pad in product to notice any of it going on my face & not staying in the pad.  So, I just mist it on and it feels amazing.  It helps to allow the next 2 products absorb into my skin & it doesn't irritate me at all.

The 30s Toner is the solution to finding balance for your skin in its 30s. After cleansing skin, application of this energizing toner helps to further purify skin and shrink the appearance of pores. Citrus antioxidants help repair damage, while wildflower botanicals help promote cellular renewal. Meanwhile, powerful peptides fight fine lines and wrinkles – leaving your skin youthful and healthy. Even better, the 30s Toner works beautifully in tandem with the complete line of 30s products, particularly helping the 30s Treatment Cream to absorb into skin better for superior ingredient delivery and effect. It balances the skin’s pH after cleansing, helps moisturizers to absorb better, soothes the skin, and refreshes the skin. Key Ingredients: Dead Sea Salts, Witch Hazel Extract, Rose Water, Peptides, Citrus Extracts, Wildflower Botanicals. Usage: Apply 2-3 sprays directly to a cotton pad and gently swipe over skin twice per day after cleansing. 

30's Serum
This is totally light and non greasy.  I do allow it a few minutes to absorb into the skin and it's wonderful.  I make sure to apply it to my neck as well.

The 30s Serum is dedicated to the task of renewing skin in its 30s. With a potent blend of active peptides, the 30s Serum hydrates while it promotes collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Designed to work perfectly underneath the 30s Treatment Cream, this serum is formulated to allow its powerful ingredients to penetrate deeper layers of the skin which a regular moisturizer cannot reach. The result? Superior hydration, repair, and anti-aging benefits! Skin stays elastic, smooth, and balanced. It keeps the skin feeling balanced and hydrated, revitalizes and invigorates the skin, repairs and reinforces the skin’s surface immunity, and retains the elasticity of the skin. Key Ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid, Seaweed Extract, and 30s Peptide Blend Usage: Apply 4-5 drops to the face twice daily after cleansing.

30's Treatment Cream
This last step just finishes up the beauty of this kit.  It isn't greasy one bit & doesn't take long to absorb.  Leaving my face nice and smooth.  

For the woman in her 30s, daily use of the 30s Treatment Cream is the essential first step to retaining the youthful skin of her 20s for as long as possible. With ever-expanding work and family responsibilities, everything seems to be speeding up in her life! However, in her 30s, her skin’s regeneration starts to slow down dramatically leading to loss of elasticity, uneven skin tone, and new wrinkles around her eyes. Luckily, the 30s Treatment Cream is specifically formulated with antioxidants to reverse damage, natural exfoliants for skin regeneration, prickly pear extract to even skin tone, and a thicker moisturizer to refresh the beauty of her skin naturally. Daily use of the 30s Treatment Cream is the essential first step to repairing her youthful skin. The 30s Treatment Cream acts by delivering powerful, natural ingredients that are essential for fighting the changes occurring in the 30s. Seaweed extract soothes skin and slows the appearance of aging by reducing the effects of irritants on skin. Algae extract helps quench skin’s thirst by naturally improving moisture retention while nourishing skin. Prickly pear extract helps skin’s enzymes to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, providing a smoother tone and appearance. And that’s just to name a few! Stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, reduces the appearance of imperfections, protects the skin against daily damage from oxidative stress, and calms and protects the skin from toxic buildup while providing hydration. Key Ingredients: Monk’s Pepper Berry Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Algae & Seaweed Extracts, and 30s Peptide Blend. Usage: Apply 2-3 pumps to the face and neck twice per day after cleansing.

I will admit that I've been mostly using this system as my morning routine rather than day & night, but I've been amazed at how well it works and doesn't make my skin look like I bathed in a vat of oil.  Nor did it irritate my skin.  They do also have additional products not included in the kit, such as....night cream, SPF, makeup remover, and night serum.  

You can shop on their site HERE & follow on Facebook HERE.

Note: sample kit provided for review.

1 comment:

  1. This looks interesting. I always find it hard to find products that are targeted for my age, most just seem to be for anyone and everyone. Not that it's a bad thing to have "general" products, but sometimes taking the guess work out of "is this good for my age?" would be nice.


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