Words & Illustration by Joyce
Lancôme Advanced Genifique
Youth Activating Concentrate
My skin type
I think last year I jumped between 3 shades of colour. I was quite fair at one point, up till right before the pageant I went out in the sun a little more to add some colour to my skin.
I've always been slightly more tan, I don't really get breakouts unless I pick at my face (really bad habit, but I still do it). My T-zone is oily, my cheeks can get a little dry so I guess I'm combination. Texture is relatively smooth, don't really get bumps or clogged pores anymore. I'm going to just thank puberty and fish oil.
Back story. I used to get breakouts when I was younger, especially during that time of the month. This was up to college I think, i'll still get a pimple or two. Then in uni I started taking fish oil (Australia is packed with it) and everything really got better quite quickly. So if you're suffering from pimples maybe give it a try. Also, I used the St.Ives Apricot scrub! But it is a little harsh.
Well, currently my main worry is probably redness. Especially if I'm under the sun a lot. I get it on my cheeks and around my nose.
I've been trying the Lancome Advanced Genifique concentrate for about two weeks now. Two drops in the morning and at night. I honestly wasn't expecting to see much difference because there isn't too much of a problem with my skin.
However, I am honestly quite pleased with the results. My skin definitely feels more balanced, don't get me wrong I still get oily but I feel my skin feels fresh longer than before. The application of the concentrate feels like a dream too, it goes on almost like a smoothing effect. Even the dry areas of my face feel plumped immediately. I also appreciate how it dries quickly, I hate products with that lingering tacky feel. (Aesop has a little bit of that tacky feel but it dries matte with time)
In comparison to the much raved about, SK2 essence...
I think the Lancome concentrate does a better job and moisturising and definitely makes my face feel smoother. However, the SK2's brightening effect still wins, I used it (SK2) for about 6 months last year. Got it as a product gift, I liked it but as of right now I probably wouldn't spend that kind of money on skin care.
In 4-5 years maybe?
Left : with light foundation
Right : bare face
For makeup, I've been using the taste amazonian clay foundation but it's a little lighter than my skin so I mix it with the bourjois healthy mix serum. Will probably do a separate blog on my makeup. :)
Missha - TIME REVOLUTION essence
Innisfree - Green Tea cleansing foam
This two have been my standard go to products for awhile now. I feel like they're both reasonably priced and a little goes a long way. However, I'd probably add the Lancome concentrate to this list. It's still cheaper than SK2 but the results are definitely obvious enough to repurchase.
Occasionally, I'll throw in a good coffee scrub. Be careful to go really gentle on the face because some of the coffee grains can be quite sharp. I think the coffee scrubs also help bring out that skin glow, mine is mixed with honey so it also helps my skin feel soft.
I don't have cellulite or stretch marks (Thank my parents for good genes), so I can't say if it does help with those. But it does even out my tan and helps my tan glow instead of having that ashy-grey-ness.
Last little secret.
If you do get a pimple, dab some sudocrem on it.
Sudocrem is supposedly a nappy rash cream but it really works wonders.
Hope you enjoyed the post.
Do let me know if you'd like to see more illustrations.
I'd love to do more.