Factors I Consider Before Making a Skincare Purchase
Personally, these are the key factors that I consider before purchasing skincare or makeup items:
- Do I need it? If not, then I wouldn’t bother to browse the stores, unless it’s a sample pack
- Positive product reviews or if I can’t find any review, then I would look at product claims by credible brands
- Product ingredients – not necessarily organic, but I am very interested in the first 3 key ingredients of all products that I use
- Price – I would not pay more than RM50 for a product if I can’t be certain of its effectiveness on my skin unless I have tried a sample and know that it doesn’t cause adverse effects (allergies, breakouts, etc)
When I am satisfied on the above, then convenience may also be a deciding factor. When I say convenience, it doesn’t mean shopping convenience, but the product’s multiple uses. For example, a moisturiser that also acts as a sunscreen or a moisturiser that can be applied to the whole face including the eyes, is always preferred over the rest.
I also like travel sized skincare because it’s easier to carry everywhere. As someone who’s always on the move and in a hurry, I frequently find myself applying skincare while on the road so, I constantly need to have my skincare with me. It’s also necessary when I need to reapply skincare after performing ablution and solat. Due to that, I decided to get myself Juice Beauty Age Defying Solutions (Travel Kit).
The travel pack comes in a convenient green toiletry bag, and inside are Green Apple Cleansing Gel (60ml), Age Defy Serum (7ml), Age Defy Moisturiser (15ml), Peel Full Strenght (15ml) and Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment (1ml). This travel pack really suits my lifestyle, with extra space for makeup items. I bought it at Modshop for RM128 and got a free Mini Reflecting Lip Gloss (0.9g).
What made me purchase Juice Beauty?
I was in dire need of a travel pack and Juice Beauty is certified organic with organic apple juice as the first ingredient in the Green Apple range unlike most product ingredients which usually start with aqua/water! That instantly piqued my interest! And frankly, I really was motivated to try out a new product after noticing the fine lines and dark spots on my face.
Now let’s start with the cleansing gel. Like most organic cleansing gel, there was almost no foam nor bubbles when I applied Green Apple Cleansing Gel, which I used daily to cleanse my face, neck and eyes. I had to squeeze the tube very gently, as the texture is a bit watery. Turns out, less is better because it’s quite concentrated so a little bit is enough for my whole face, very economic. It is also very gentle on the skin and my 40 year-old skin doesn’t feel tight or dry afterwards.
Next, the Green Apple Age Defy Serum. I totally adore it! It really helps to energise my skin, making it feel supple, smoother and pampered. I also tried it on my wrinkled hands, and it instantly soften my skin, and reduced the appearance of lines after a few application. Unfortunately, it’s a bit too pricey for me to get the whole big batch.
I use Green Apple Age Defy Moisturiser as my day time moisturiser, immediately after the serum, under my makeup. Its texture is light weight, not too oily or sticky, leaving my skin feeling nourished and contented. My only complaint is, it requires re-application because the moisturising effect doesn’t last more than 5 hours.
About once a week, I would treat my skin with Green Apple Peel which, while it is not too harsh for my skin, does cause a slight tingling and itchiness. I think it exfoliates well and does result in a brighter and smoother complexion.
Included in the pack is a sample of Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment. Its texture and appearance reminds me of L’Occitane’s brightening eye care & mask duo (which I truly love). However, the amount is too little for me to confirm its effectiveness.
One thing to remember when using organic products is that their effects are overall wellness of the skin and is long term, therefore do not expect fast, instant results. So far, I have finished using all the products in my travel pack except the Cleansing Gel because I use it very sparingly. Although I have used it for less than 2 months, I notice that my pores are smaller and my skin looks smoother and brighter.
I short, I’m getting myself a new pack soon.
Additional info : This product was personally purchased online at Modshop.