Product of the month (Review) – OXYGENETIX ACNE FORMULATION

Acne Foundation Bottle RGB-nbgSo I’m one of those women who seemed to get through my teenage years acne free and as soon as I arrived in my twenties, adult acne presented its very ugly face. What’s worse, is now that I am well into my thirties I would think that I could finally move on, but no…..the skin gods will hear nothing of it and I am still fighting the acne battle.

To be fair, my skin is really not that bad, but I seriously cannot remember a time when I was pimple free. There is always something brewing, erupting or festering on my skin and to be honest it can really get a lady down. Especially, that I am in the skin care industry, I can see when I speak to people about our products, they will inevitably search out my latest pimple and I can see the questioning look in their eye.

Everything seems to trigger my skin, from climate, to exercise to hormones to diet; it never stops, despite the effort that I put into fighting off these intruders. The one thing I can say is that since using Dermaceutic religiously, my skin has improved heaps, which I am very grateful for. But the product that I want to talk about today, which has taken my skin to a new level is: OXYGENETIX.Now I’m sure many of you have heard about the revolutionary breathable OXYGENETIX foundation, which in all honesty will change the life of your skin and therefore will change your life. In summary –  it is life changing. Once you’ve used OXYGENETIX you will never go back. But enough of that. What I am now talking about is OXYGENETIX Acne Formulation, which has 2% of Salicylic acid lovingly added to the original formula. The creators of OXYGENETIX are geniuses, because not only did they create a crazy, miracle product, but then they took that miracle product and improved it!!!! Yes, believe it!

Ok, so OXYGENETIX Acne Formulation is obviously designed to target and prevent acne. Although the original formulation was great for acne patients because it allows your skin to breath and does in no way form an occlusive barrier, the new Acne Formulation just takes things to a whole new level. Like the original formulation, OXYGENETIX Acne also has an Aloe Vera Barbadensis gel base and very importantly DOES NOT CONTAIN WATER (remember water attracts bacteria to the skin). Therefore, this remarkable foundation has antibacterial qualities, protects the skin and removes the dead surface cells. In addition, it is transfer and water resistant, which means it doesn’t budge, you literally can go swimming with it on and get out of the pool and it’s still there!

What the Acne formulation has that the original formulation doesn’t have – is maximum strength 2% Salicylic Acid. This combined with the breathable properties and the patented healing compound CERAVITAE and is just a power-packed, super-healing, acne-fighting, miracle foundation.

Anyway, long story short, this is a phenomenal product that has greatly helped in my war against acne. What I find most incredible is that even when I do get a tiny baby breakout, it never really turns into much and heals within a day. Aside from its acne fighting achievements, it also feels great on my skin, spreads easily, covers perfectly and leaves my skin with a lovely finish. Life-changing is all I have to say…

Written by: Justine Campbell

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*Disclaimer: I am the Director of the Aesthetics Division of Conquest Aesthetics, so I do have an invested interest in the products I review. However my reviews are based on my passion for the industry, the products I represent and my love for the science behind skin care. All my reviews are honest and factually correct*

What you need to know when shopping for make-up

Oftentimes we spend huge amounts of money on excellent skincare products and aesthetic treatments, but we skimp on good quality make-up. For me the less you spend normally the worse the quality for most things in life and make-up is no exception.

History

Evidence of the use of eye make-up and aromatic ointments has been found in Egyptian tombs dating to 3500 BC. Women and men wanted to enhance their features. Today we still use make-up for the same reason, however we sometimes use it to camouflage an uneven skin colour and hide some facial flaws.  In ancient times many earth materials were used for colour, i.e. most make-up contains artificial colour which could be comedogenic (cause blackheads). A normal/ combination and dry skin type can normally deal with these colours and it seems to not irritate the skin that much, but a sensitive and acne skin will know all about these colours. A sensitive skin will sting and burn and often irritation on the skin will prevent them from using make-up at all. Whereas in an acne skin they will have blackheads appearing where  the specific product was applied. The blackheads can soon change into inflamed pussy pimples (pustules). We often call this ‘cosmetic acne’ and it may take up to 6 months to develop.

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Foundation

Foundation is the last step in your skincare routine and the first step of make-up. For an acne skin a good quality foundation can make all the difference to the ‘look’ and treatment of the breakouts.

I suggest you invest in a foundation  which contains ingredients to protect the skin, i.e. SPF and vitamins. A foundation that doesn’t contain any mineral oil or lanolin as this can lead to breakouts and undersurface congestion. Often a matte foundation can dehydrate the skin leaving you skin tight and dry which only causes the skin to produce  more oil.

Again you pay for what you get and when you visit your aesthetic doctor, chances are he will have a foundation that offers you more than just colour. I have found a fantastic foundation called Oxygenetix, not only has it got an amazing range of colours including the Fitzpatrick 4,5&6 photo-types but  it offers superb coverage making it perfect for hyperpigmented skins as well as Rosacea. What is even more amazing is that it was designed to apply directly to the skin after laser, fillers, botulin toxin injections and chemical peels which makes it possible for the patient to go back to work or attend a function immediately after this procedure. Oxygenetix containsan SPF of 25 and a great combination of ingredients that heal and regenerate the skin.

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Lip colour

Normally the very pink, orange and red colours could cause blackheads on the lip line. These can be removed easily by your professional skin therapist, but cleansing your lips properly can almost prevent this. Also make sure you exfoliate the lips with a gentle enzyme or AHA  exfoliator.  To make your lip colour last longer apply your foundation on the lips. The foundation will also create a barrier between the potential comedogenic lip colour and skin, preventing blackheads.

The natural nude and earthy colours are often less comedogenic, so for a sensitive, oily or acne skin this will be a better option.

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Blusher

Again the more intense the colour the greater the chance of comedone (blackhead) formation. The congestion or breakouts will only be in the areas where you have used the blusher not on any other areas where you did not apply the blusher. Look for ‘lighter’ colours, i.e. light pink or orange.

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This area of the skin is more fragile as the skin is thinner, but due to lack of oil production in this area no breakouts or blackheads can be expected. However with this skin being so thin and drier than other areas of the skin, it could get irritated quickly. The more ‘earthy’, ‘nude’ colours will be less irritating whereas the brighter, intense colours could potentially irritate the skin. Powder eye shadows could potentially dehydrate this area leaving it dry and irritated. This can be prevented by using a good quality eye cream containing silicones which will act as a barrier.

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Hygiene

Don’t share your brushes,  sponges and products with anyone else as this is not healthy for the skin and could lead to breakouts.

Wash your sponges and bushes in warm soapy water weekly, bi- weekly or monthly depending on how often you use it.

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