The last couple of years have been rough for my skin. I had a pretty bad bout with adult acne in spring 2014. The bulk of it came from stress, but it was compounded by a multiple-cup-a-day coffee habit, an ill-advised skin care routine switch-up, oily makeup, and a disastrous hydrating facial.
I started using Shiseido’s ULTIMUNE Power Infusing Concentrate this past fall after getting it in one of my Birchboxes. I’ve never been one to use serums or products outside the cleanser/toner/lotion trinity, but I noticed this did wonders making my face look smoother and more healthy. I tried other Shiseido skin care products in Japan and I was shocked by how great my skin looked. I vowed to buy my own regimen as soon as we were stateside.
After comparing reviews online and looking at the specs for different lines, I ordered Shiseido’s Simple Start for Oil Control Pureness Set. I’ve been using it for the past month, along with wearing makeup and drinking plenty of coffee. A lot of my stress is gone, and I’ve stopped the medication regimen my dermatologist put me on. My skin continues to look amazing, and I can’t stop singing the praises of this line.
The deep cleansing foam packs quite a punch; I use about a pea-size amount and have been very happy with how much mileage I’m getting. You can see from the photo there’s still a lot of product after a month’s use. The balancing softener is a mild toner, very refreshing on my skin. Typically a deep foam and toner would leave my skin feeling dry and tight, stripped of oils, but this is the perfect balance. And between the ULTIMUNE and the oil-free moisturizer, my skin feels soft and dewy, not oily and ruddy.
I highly recommend giving Shiseido a try if you have blemish-prone skin. I love the Pureness line because most of my issues stem from oiliness, but I did consider another starter set that’s less about oil and more about general skin care issues. Definitely worth a gander if you’re in the market for serious results.
Oh, and added bonus: both sets are less than $35 and include a cleanser, toner/cleansing lotion, concentrate, and moisturizer.
Thanks for reading! What are your skincare favorites?