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Perricone Product Review – Part III

Welcome to the final part of my three-part review of my stash of Perricone skin care products.  Click to see Part I, to see the first part of my review and to find out which products are included in my stash, and Part II to see my review of three Perricone moisturizers.

In this final part of the review, I will give you my thoughts on two serums that I had in my Perricone stash.  I tried out the Advanced Eye Area Therapy and the Neuropeptide Deep Wrinkle Serum.Perricone Serums

Advanced Eye Area Therapy

The Advanced Eye Area Therapy comes in a small bottle with a pump.  It’s a thick cream that is dark in colour.  You only need a teensy weensy bit and it can be dabbed on in the eye area.  I found that it provided good moisture to the area around my eyes.  However, I also felt a slight tingling/burning when I put it on.  It only lasted for a second or two, but I’m pretty sure that I didn’t imagine it.  I wasn’t too keen on the tingling on my skin.

I’ve used this cream each night before bed for quite a few weeks now.  Despite the many weeks of use, I can’t honestly say that I’ve noticed any differences to my eye area.

Neuropeptide Deep Wrinkle Serum

The Neuropeptide Deep Wrinkle Serum comes in a dropper bottle.  Inside, it’s a clear, thin liquid.  It’s intended to be applied to deep wrinkles.  The idea is that, after 8 weeks of application, the wrinkles will be less noticeable.

I used this on my neck area.  I used it twice a day (morning and night) for several weeks.  I’m probably not the best test subject for this serum since I don’t actually have deep wrinkles (yet!).  My skin definitely feels softer, but once again, I can’t honestly say that I have noticed a difference in my skin.

The Verdict

As you can probably guess, I wasn’t overwhelmed by either of these products.  Having said that, I don’t think that they are bad products by any stretch. Rather, they simply aren’t right for my skin.  Given the success I’ve had with other Perricone products, I’m sure that these would work great for someone who has the issues that these products target.

I’m glad that I got to try them, as well as the facial cleanser and the moisturizers that I reviewed in Part I and Part II of this series.  Overall, I’m quite pleased with my Perricone stash and I’m looking forward to finishing it all off!

My Perricone Stash

My Perricone Stash

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Perricone Products Review – Part I

A few years ago, I discovered Dr. Perricone and his line of beauty products.  I started using them and fell in love instantly.

Then, I started making my own skincare products and set the Dr. Perricone stash aside for a bit.  I found my stash a couple of weeks ago and realized that I still have some great products to use up!  Woo hoo!

Here’s what I have left:

Gentle Cleanser
Face Finishing Moisturizer
More than Moisture SPF 30
Advanced Face Firming Activator
Neuropeptide Deep Wrinkle Serum
Advanced Eye Area Therapy

My Perricone Stash

My Perricone Stash

First Steps

I started back into this line with the Gentle Cleanser.  It’s a nice thick cleansing liquid and it’s light green in colour.  It feels pretty smooth on my skin.  I use about half a pump each morning and each night.  Even though I don’t use a lot at a time, I find that I have to work at rinsing it off my skin.  It’s got some sticking power!  A bit of rinsing and rubbing on my face will usually do the trick.

After using it for a few weeks, I’ve found it is strong enough to clean my skin, but not so overpowering that it strips my skin of all of its natural oils.  I don’t like the “squeaky clean” feeling on my face that some soaps and cleanser can give you.

I have always loved the packaging of the Perricone line.  I love the dark glass bottles.  The cleanser comes with a bottle cap and a pump, so that it’s both easy to travel with and to use every day.

Dr. Perricone Gentle Cleanser

Dr. Perricone Gentle Cleanser

How do Dr. Perricone products rate?

The first thing that I love about Dr. Perricone products is that they are paraben free.  Each package is clearly marked that the product does not contain any parabens.  I also looked up Dr. Perricone products on both the Good Guide and the Skin Deep sites. Please note that on both sites, the ratings are based on a limited amount of information for this brand!

Good Guide Ratings

On average, Dr. Perricone products have a received a 5.1/10 Health rating from the Good Guide.   However, when I looked up these specific products, I found that most of them received a rating of 7 or 8 for Health.  The one outlier that I found was the Face Finishing Moisturizer.  It received a 5.0 on Health, listing ingredients that cause a low level of concern.  Thankfully, the other products with the lowest ratings that pull the average Health rating down are not ones in my cupboard!

Skin Deep Ratings

On the Skin Deep site, there were three Dr. Perricone products listed that I was able to find.  On a 10 point scale, they received ratings of 3 and 4, which places them in the Moderate category.  Many of the ingredients that cause concern do so because they have associated with allergies and immunotoxicity.

Overall, I’m satisfied that the Perricone products that I have in my cupboard are safe enough to use on my skin.

Moisturizers and Serums

I’m looking forward to delving into the moisturizers and serums.  I’ll be sure to post my reviews once I’ve had a chance to try them each for a few weeks!  Stay tuned!

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Pure Creations Spa – Local and All-Natural

I indulged in a second facial.  The first one was so good, I just had to go back for more.  This time, I chose a local spa that makes and uses their own all-natural, toxin-free products.  The spa is Pure Creations.  I tried two services while I was there.

The Pedicure

I started with a pedicure.  I used to have pedicures every couple of weeks, Nubar Nail Polish Coloursespecially in the summer time.  However, once I became more aware of all the chemicals involved, I stopped and attempted to take care of  my feet all on my own.  Needless to say, they have suffered a wee bit.  So, I had a pedicure at Pure Creations.  They used their own exfoliating botanicals in the water, their own creams, and used a 5-free polish, Nubar. This is a great brand of polish that lasted quite a while on my toes and offers hundreds of different colours.  The pedicure was lovely and my feet felt pretty again!

The Facial

Green teaI also had a facial.  It was different from the first facial I had a while back, but fortunately, it was equally as relaxing and lovely.  Once again, the products smelled great and moisturized my skin thoroughly.  She started with a gentle sandalwood cleanser, followed by a green tea serum, and finished with a wheat germ moisturizer.

I love to support local businesses.  Knowing that the team at Pure Creations makes their own products and ensures that each product is toxin-free is great.

I’m already looking forward to my next visit!