One of the cool perks of being a blogger is that on occasion, you get to *sample products from various companies that partner with blogger networks. Such is the case with Hydroxatone, a high performance, anti-aging skincare brand. Launched nationwide in Ulta in 2010, Hydroxatone utilizes advanced beauty research technology and is clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and increase hydration. While I do not suffer from fine lines or wrinkles (yet), now that I’m officially in my 30s it’s more about preventive care than anything else.
When I reached out to the company, I recieved the following the products for review: AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex (their top seller) (retails $79.95), Revitalizing Microdermabrasion (retails $39.99), and the Sunsoak Anti-Ageing Self Tanner (retails $79.95).
Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex (1oz.)
What it does: targets signs of aging (fine lines, wrinkles, crows feet, uneven skintone, etc.)
Key Ingredients: Matrixyl3000 (promotes natural levels of Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, and Fibronectin), Argireline (anti-aging peptide), and Hyaluronic Acid (hydrates, increases smoothness, softness, and decreased appearance of wrinkles). It also contains SPF 15 and is paraben free.
For 30 days, I applied this moisturizer twice a day after using a cleanser and toner. Let me tell you, this is one of the most luxurious moisturizers I’ve ever used. I have combination skin and if I’m using any type of acne treatment, my skin will peel a little from time to time. This totally replenished any moister that I lost, and left me with silky, hydrated skin. A little goes a long way as well. I used a pea size amount each time-too much and you risk looking like a grease monkey lol. While 1 oz may not seem like a lot, I’ve had it over 6 weeks now and haven’t even used half.
Hydroxatone Revitalizing Microderabrasion (1.7oz)
What it does: Exfoliates, helps to minimize pores, brighten skin
Key Ingredients: Magnesium Oxide (polishes skin), Sesame Seed Oil (smoothes the appearance of fine lines. Antioxidants (improves skin texture, softness, and suppleness) Botanical Extracts (skin brightener).
This was my favorite product out of the lot. I am a huge proponent of exfoliation (you should exfoliate 2 -3 times a week to remove old skin) so I couldn’t wait to test run this. I’ve tried a microdermabrasion scrub before I but wasn’t that impressed but with this one, I was more than satisfied. The instructions say that you should use every other day and then skip a week to allow skin to rejuvenate. I have to tell a secret though: I did not skip a week. I know, I know, you follow directions for the best results but because I loved the way that my skin felt afterwards-supple doesn’t even begin to describe it-I couldn’t resist. After 30 days I definitely saw a change in my skin. As with the AM/PM Moisturizer, a little goes a long way. A dime size amount (if that much) covers it.
BUT! I do not recommend using this with a Clarisonic. I got a little overzealous and tried it once and my skin was a little TOO polished lol. Just stick with a gentle scrub with your fingers.
Hydroxatone Sunsoak Age-Defying Self Tanner (1oz)
What It Does: Gives a gradual, even tan while fighting the signs of ageing
Key Ingredients: Bronzia17 Complex (Tanning agents that leave a streak free, long lasting tan), Argireline (minimizes the appearance of wrinkles), Hyaluronic Acid (hydrates), Caffeine (increases the appearance of firm skin, SymCalmin (calming and soothing agents), DHA & Erythrulose (produces uniformity).
I love the way that I look with a tan but I’m not a fan of self-tanners. Some can make you look like an extra from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, while others don’t work at all. And let’s not even talk about the scent. I have to say though, I was impressed with this one. I didn’t use it the full 30 days but I tried it long enough to build up a healthy, even glow on my body, and I used it a few days on my face. I’ve yet to find a self-tanner that doesn’t have the scent BUT, this one was minimal so that’s a plus. I also like the pump dispenser; it dispenses a much smaller amount so it’s easier to moderate how much you use.
Overall, I was happy with the results that I received from using the products from this brand, and would definitely recommend them. There’s been a change in my skin: the texture is much softer, the few dark spots that I have from acne scars have lightened, the tone is more even, my pores appear smaller and it’s hydrated. In my quest to get my skin back to how it was as a teen (near perfect) these have definitely gotten me closer.
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*KP Fusion received press samples for purposes of this product review. The opinion expressed in said review are unbiased and all my own.