The Big Skincare Post - Hydroxatone Review and GIVEAWAY!!!! [CLOSED]

Sunday, January 01, 2012

First, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Hope you guys had an amazing and safe NYE!!!


I got an e-mail saying that Hydroxatone was looking for people to review their product so I sent an e-mail to their marketing depo asking if they'd be willing to send me something to review. They agreed and here I am sitting in my computer chair praising myself for e-mailing. I didn't think they'd send me anything but I'm so grateful they did. The person that was helping me was a kind lady by the name of Dori. She sent me a handwritten letter with the products sent nicely packaged. Thank you!!





So I was looking back at the first photo I took of my skin, before I got the product and O.M.G. I did not realize what horrible condition my skin actually was...

I was sent three products:
  1. AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex
  2. Revitalizing Microdermabrasion and,
  3. Instant Lift Pads
Starting from number three and working my way up!



I used the Instant Lift Pads on my neck since that's where I really have any wrinkles. My neck is severely overlooked and I only started paying attention to it a week after I got these products because my face was looking better but then I'd notice how my neck looked!!


Hydroxatone Instant Lift Pads contain an antioxidant blend that works in 20 minutes to deliver anti-aging results- $39.95
  • Perfect for special occasions, yet gentle enough for every-day use
  • See unparalleled anti-aging results in 20 minutes
  • Convenient, easy to use pads
Why Are They So Effective?

Matrixyl3000
Supports three key building blocks needed for fresh, youthful skin. It helps your skin to promote natural levels of Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, and Fibronectin.
Argireline Unique anti-aging peptide specifically designed to provide fast and visible results.
Hyaluronic Acid Virtually unmatched in hydrating the skin because of its ability to retain water more effectively than other natural substances, resulting in increased smoothness, softness, and decreased appearance of facial wrinkles.
Potent Antioxidant Blend Helps soothe and calm skin. -via Hyroxatone's website

When I chose this product I was pleasantly surprised to see ingredients that I knew and loved such as witch hazel, tea tree, grape seed extract, lavender... there really was a lot, I was honestly surprised!

This was the condition of my neck before I started to use anything. I have sharpened the zoom image on each before and after so you can see the detail  better. The larger image was untouched. 

So this is the after photo using it the first time I got it, before I had even started using the AM/PM cream.



There is a HUGE difference on the before and after!! I was quite shocked! I didn't use this product as many times as the other, but here is another before and after just a week ago. You can see the overall effect that the AM/PM cream has had on my neck since.


 There isn't as much of a difference this time. I believe it's because the AM/PM cream has softened my neck skin overall.. I think the lift pads work better for severely wrinkled areas and wont have such a big impact if your skin is already fairly nice. 



Next up is the Microdermabrasion product. The product says that it's safe enough to use every other day but I only ended up using it once a week. Mainly because I've been so busy working. I have a Pretika brush that I usually use to exfoliate but I find this product to be less harsh on my skin with better results.

 What you have to do is wet your skin then massage the product for a minute or two. Literally the day after I use this my skin always glows. It was that time of the month when I took the two pictures below so I broke out a bit. >< ...I'm also half asleep.. lol I woke up to take these.


Makeup application is a lot easier after I use this product as well. In the photo below I am wearing makeup but if you look back to my previous photos my skin does not look as nice or healthy!!























Hydroxatone Revitalizing Microdermabrasion exfoliates the skin to restore the appearance of a youthful looking glow - $39.99
  • Polishes away dull, drab, flaky skin to reveal a refreshed and rejuvenated complexion.
  • Reduces the appearance of large pores.
  • Diminishes the appearance of age spots and hyperpigmentation.
  • Enhances the absorption of other Hydroxatone® products.
  • Smoothes and refines the appearance of wrinkles.
Why is Revitalizing Microdermabrasion so effective?

Magnesium Oxide

Gently polishes away drab, dull, flaky skin.
Sesame Seed OilSmoothes the appearance of fine lines.
Potent AntioxidantsImproves the look of skin texture, softness and suppleness.
Skin-Brightening Botanical ExtractsHelps promote the appearance of skin clarity and radiance. --via Hydroxatone's website
It is fragrance free!



 Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex contains three key ingedients that targets several signs of aging. $79.95 for 1oz, $120 for 1.5oz
  • Erases the appearance of fine lines/crow's feet around the eyes
  • Reduces the appearance of even deep wrinkles in the forehead area
  • Reduces discoloration and uneven skin tone
  • Hydrates skin across all age groups
  • Improves skin tone and radiance
  • Reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation and increases
    skin hydration by over 20%
  • Increases skin hydration
  • Includes SPF to protect skin against UVA/UVB rays
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Safe and paraben-free

Why is Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex so effective?

Matrixyl3000

Supports three key building blocks needed for fresh, youthful skin. It helps your skin to promote natural levels of Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, and Fibronectin.
Argireline Unique anti-aging peptide specifically designed to provide fast and visible results.
Hyaluronic Acid Virtually unmatched in hydrating the skin because of its ability to retain water more effectively than other natural substances, resulting in increased smoothness, softness, and decreased appearance of facial wrinkles.
SPF 3 Contains SPF 15 to help protect the skin against the sun's harmful rays -- via Hydroxatone's website

And finally... it's a little difficult for me to post these but what can I say. I'm not perfect and neither is my skin. I have been suffering from acne for years and have gotten it under control this year but nevertheless, here it is before I started using these products, namely the AM/PM Wrinkle-Complex...



These were taken on November, 25th '11. I received the products on the 23rd and started taking them a day after. Now, I had only been using the products for a few days so I didn't notice much other than my skin was feeling more hydrated.
LOOKS HORRIBLE RIGHT?! This isn't even as bad as it was, these are mostly just scars I had left over. I used the AM/PM cream religiously every morning and night since I got it.
The photos below are a little lighter due to the photos being taken at different times in the day. I think I may have used different settings on the above photo..

Now, this was my skin when I wrote the GEO lens review (Dec 18)..




You can still see very light patches where my scars were but.. SCROLL UP. SEE THE DIFFERENCE?! I WASN'T KIDDING WHEN I SAID AMAZING. My skin feels more plump, looks supple and has a natural glow. I am wearing absolutely no make-up nor have I edited the photo besides re-sizing and adding my watermark. You can even see how nice my neck looks here (though I think that's the effect of the bokeh effect).

As mention, I got a hormonal break out and just to be more fair as the photo above was at my prime, here is just last week as my skin was healing the breakout.

I just wanted to show that I don't think it's a miracle cure for acne but it has a lot of ingredients that are beneficial so I assume that's why I saw the results I did! You can even see that the texture of my skin looks better after, neck included!

 It's a little pricey for a student like myself but it's honestly a fair price, especially since it's given me such amazing results. Originally, for some reason I thought there was only SPF 3 but you can clearly see in the photo there's 15 SPF! haha sorry!! I like this SPF count better. ^^
The formula isn't greasy and absolves quickly. Like I mentioned, I was using this at night and in the day and I never work up with my face feeling oily.


So it isn't mentioned that this product can help with acne or acne scars but looking through the ingredients I'm not surprised it can help. There is grape seed extract, chamomile, green tea, licorice... I could literally go on but it's easier for you to just check out the ingredients on the page.

Overall: My skin texture has improved, my skin feels soft and has a natural glow. Makeup application is easier and it's help healed my acne scar.  Best product I've ever tried, you don't have to believe my words but my pictures speak for themselves!



And NOW.. DRUM ROLL PLEASE...

A GIVEAWAY!!!
Hydroxatone has graciously allowed me to host a giveaway for their products which they will provide for you! Open for North Americans only, sorry international readers!

I must receive all the entries by January 25th and the odds of winning are determined by the number of entries received. No purchase necessary to enter.
Please enter via Rafflecopter! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't forget to leave a comment below telling me which product interests you the most! 

Good luck! You wont be disappointed with any of the products!

*few* it took me FOREVER ( I spent at LEAST two hours!) to put this post together! Hope you guys enjoy it, it was hard for me to write but I was glad to do it.
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I hope you guys have an amazing New Years!!!!!!!
Got any resolutions? I do! I don't usually but this year I do:
  1. Conquer some of my fears (got a doctor and made an appointment? check. Bought a voucher for a demo make-up class? check. Pushed my social anxiety and went to a party with a bunch of people I didn't know? check.)
  2. Work harder at school
  3. Try not to freak out so much
  4. Break the very high, study walls I've built. c:

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