I am a 54-year-old female with oily/combination skin and a life-long tendency towards acne. I have a moderate amount of wrinkles (mostly around the eyes), some sagging (probably in part due to recent weight loss), some minor age spots and large pores. I could go on, but let’s just stop there!
I am always on the hunt for products that are effective as well as pleasant to use (smell, texture and feel on skin). Lately, I have been more focused on looking for products with ingredients that are proven to be safe for topical use as your skin absorbs whatever you put on it and it ends up in your bloodstream, thus throughout your body – not something to be taken lightly!
After reading the ingredient lists of the products in Eslor Regenerating Kit ($65) (from the product site – they were not included in the kit), I was surprised that every ingredient was familiar and pronounceable! All products are also 100% free of parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and sodium lauryl ether sulphate (SLES). Although I know from experience that “marketing speak” and actual results are often quite different, I expected some improvement in the texture of my skin, some reduction in age spots and a general healthy appearance.
I’ll start by saying that the overall experience of using these four products was very pleasant. The fragrances, mostly from the various plant oils, were particularly appealing. The textures, while emollient, were light and quick to absorb. Small amounts of each product went a long way. For this review, I applied the products to my face, neck and back of hands. After 4 weeks, I still have plenty of each product left.
For the first few days, I used only these products. I gradually added in some other products, such as a toner, exfoliates and benzoyl peroxide (for acne), as well as my newly purchased AQ Eye Serum ($99 in the shop). I applied the products as directed in the morning and evening.
Because of the emollient nature of most of the products, my skin was immediately smoother with that glow that well-moisturized skin has, less flaky in the drier spots and softer to the touch. Also, likely because of the emollient nature, I had a few breakouts. However, some benzoyl peroxide cleared that up. The age spots on my face faded some (they likely need a more targeted product) and the spots on the back of my hands did seem a little less noticeable.
Overall, I would say that these are good products, with simple but effective ingredients. This combination of products would be most effective for someone with drier skin, fine lines and minor age spots.
So onto the evaluation of each product!
Eslor Soothing Refiner and Cleanser
This was a very light foaming cleanser with a clean fragrance. It dispenses with a pump and one pump was sufficient for my entire face. It is non-drying and did a nice job of getting my face clean yet soft feeling. I did use a separate toner and eye make-up remover at night.
Eslor Brightening Activator ($110 in the shop)
This was actually my favorite product of the bunch. I loved the orange citrusy smell! I used this after cleansing and toning (in the morning I also applied benzoyl peroxide, and in the evening exfoliant). It is a silky serum texture that dispenses with a pump. I used one pump on my face and neck and one for the back of my hands. It absorbed into my skin quickly. It is touted to minimize the appearance of fine line and wrinkles and reduce the intensity of dark spots. I would say it did this moderately. The spots are still there but faded slightly. The fine lines are just a little less noticeable.
Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream
This product was a departure from my norm. I don’t usually use creams, especially from jars (the jar packaging included an additional smaller lid that fit tightly over the product). I used this in the morning, after the Brightening Activator. This cream was surprising light (think soufflé) with a subtle fragrance. It took a little getting used to but left my skin feeling very moisturized, but not overly so, and it left a great foundation for applying makeup. I can’t say that I feel my skin has “improved elasticity” or “firmness”, but it does feel pleasantly moisturized, smoother and softer.
Eslor Active Night Cream ($95 in the shop)
This cream was similar to the day cream but a little thicker with more fragrance. It definitely moisturizes, thus fine lines seem less visible. While creams are not my normal choice (remember – combination skin prone to acne), I was surprised at how well my skin responded to this additional level of moisturizing. I have occasional flakiness and dryness and this cream totally eliminated that. It made me realize that my skin is probably much more “thirsty” than I knew! Again, the improvements were not significant, but moderate.