Average Rating 3.6/5
Review by mercymercyme
As with my review of the DHC Oil Cleanser, I have to preface this by saying that I've only used this product twice. However, as with the cleanser, I have to say that i recognize how good this stuff is right away, and want to communicate why I like it so much already. So, I received the olive essentials kit for Christmas and didn't open it until a few weeks ago - I started Retin-A treatment nearly 1 month ago, and I thought I'd get accustomed to the oil cleanser in preparation for using the heavy-duty suncreens I'd need to protect my newly photosensitive skin. I loved that product immediately, and still do. It's really incredible. But I was still using my apple cider vinegar/green tea toner, until I found that stung far too much once I upped the Retin-A application from once every three days to once every other day. I started using rose water as a toner, which I had around, which was far more gentle and did not sting. My face was EXTREMELY dry, though, which I attributed to the Retin-A, to the fact that I had stopped moisturizing at night, to the incredibly dry climate in which I live, and to the fact that it's still winter. I mean, so dry that If I tilted my head upwards, my whole face - from my forehead down to underneath my chin - would feel pulled. And during the day, my undereye area would feel so, so dry - I could feel the skin there pulling when I looked up, or to the side - just my eyeballs moving, and I could feel this! And then, horror of horrors, I noticed that the skin under my eyes was TOTALLY wrinkled and crepey when I smiled - and I'm only 27! On scrutiny I saw that the fine lines beneath my eyes had grown deeper, and even my eyelids looked a little odd. I freaked. I had been applying the Retin-A (which is only .5%) on my eyelids and under my eyes, because of the anti-aging, collagen-producing effects of the medication, and I thought that by doing so I had totally damaged my face forever. Then I remembered the reviews of this mild lotion that I'd read to decide if I wanted to incorporate this toner into my routine: because of the relatively low percentage of people who had said that they would buy this product again, I decided against it at the time I started using the cleansing oil. However, it dawned on my that the rose water I'd been using as a toner might indeed be the problem, as my face felt so incredibly dry and tight after using it, and, remembering that others had said that this was too moisturizing and heavy and odd for them, I thought that this actually might be exactly what I need - and decided to give it a whirl last night. And that, my friends, was the right decision to make. It really felt moisturizing upon application - I pumped about four squirts (from the little travel-sized bottle) into the palm of my hand and patted the stuff all over my face and neck, including the eye area. No moisturizer followed. After waiting the requisite hour after cleansing before retin-a application, I found that my skin felt more flexible, and not 1/10th as tight as it had in nights past. This morning I woke up and examined my eyes. The wrinkles appeared to have abated considerably since the night before. My face felt just really firm, not dry, not tight, and I awoke with the glow. It wasn't even as flakey as I'd come to be used to it being. I used it again this morning after cleansing, and now, sitting at work, i think my face looks pretty great - and I feel very comfortable in my facial skin! So, in clonclusion: Girls in really dry climates, those using retin-a, those in the midst of a dry, crappy winter - this stuff is great. i'm guessing by the texture of this stuff that girls with oily skin and/or those who live in humid climates, might not like it or see much use for it. But for those in my situation, it's great. I'll update in a few weeks - I gave it a tentative four because of the short length of time I've been using it, but it might just deserve 5 lippes from me. UPDATE 3/18/2009 - I think it's been...a year since I wrote this review? Wow. Well, I think it's about time I update to reflect the fact that I've been loyal to it ever since, through good and, admittedly, bad skin periods (I still have them; whenever I think I've figured it all out, something throws me for a curve. I doubt I'm the only one...). I have repurchased several times and will continue to do so. When I don't use it, I definitely feel its absence: my moisturizer doesn't spread as smoothly and my face feels drier. HG.