We’ve all had a “beauty rush” before. It’s that fluttering feeling in your stomach when you find a cosmetic product that appears to be the answer to all your skin care problems. Once you’ve bought this magical-face-saver, you can’t wait to get home and try it out.
When you finally try said miracle product, you expect to see results immediately. After all, isn’t that what you paid for?
But life is no fairy-tale and neither is your journey to healthy skin. Most Dermatologists recommend waiting at least one week to see the full results of face moisturizers, masks, serums and washes. There is also the “patch test” option where you test different areas of your skin with various competing products to compare results. But it just sounds tedious and expensive.
Luckily, finding the right moisture balance for your skin is becoming easier and more cost-effective.
Beauty retailers like Sephora have a satisfaction guarantee and offer complete refunds on all product bought within 30 days - even after you've used them. This is a great incentive to try new brands while minimizing the risk of over-spending on ineffective products. But it doesn’t address the issue of solving your skin problems faster.
The MiLi Pure uses BIA (Bioelectric Impedance Analysis) to test the strength of your skins moisture barrier. The device registers how fast a current can travel from the device through your skin and back. The faster the current travels, the more moisture your skin is holding. This means MiLi can tell you if the product you’re using is working in 5 seconds or less.
With tech products like MiLi, it now takes less time to prove products effectiveness, but finding the right product for your skin is still daunting.
That’s why the MiLi team decided to save you some time by testing and comparing the results after using the trendiest products retailing right now.
The image below depicts the MiLi moisture rating chart used in the five week study:
Wake-Up: Test skin and record hydration rating before showering, applying product or makeup to the face or hands
Day: Go about daily activities & regular makeup routine
Evening: Cleanse face with each weeks chosen product. Pat access water off of face and apply mask or toner when applicable.
Bed-Time: Test and record hydration before going to sleep
It instantly melted away makeup and left my skin uber soft and plump albeit a little oily. For someone with dry skin it was good, but for my shiny t-zone it exacerbated the problem. I would definitely use this product again – the experience is just too good to pass up, but for a daily cleanser it was a bit rich. According to MiLi it brought my skin to an almost normal texture, so it achieved what it promised while also making me feel great!
How Did the Oil Feel?
Like jasmine green tea scented magic. Unlike many cleansers, the oil evenly spread to every corner of my face. When the oil has removed makeup and sebum, it transforms from a clear liquid into milky bubbles signifying all impurities have been extracted and its time to wash-off. I achieved a beautifully balanced texture to my skin that I had not felt before. Acne and pore imperfections were minimized and my skin felt “glowing” rather than oily in my t-zone areas. Unlike Eve Lom, I would use Shu Uemera on a regular year-round basis because of the balance my whole face achieved over the course of week two. My only misgiving would be the price tag – it’s roughly $67.00 for a month’s worth of product.
Skin Texture After Application
With a no-frills health focus, I knew from reading the box and after the first application that the mask was designed to work. As you see in photos to the left, I did a patch test on my hands first. See the bright even tone of my right hand after the moisture mask? Amazing. On my face, each night my skin was refreshed and did not experience the typical tightness felt after applying a mask. The best part? I only had to use the mask 3 times that week instead of 7 to deliver the best moisturizing results I had received yet for any product. When it comes to an effective skin care regime, the simpler the better.
You Can But it Now Here.
How Skin Reacted
I liked the cleanser because its suitable for all skin-types and effectively removes makeup. What I didn’t like was that it promised to add moisture back into my skin, but my results actually came back dryer. This could be a result of the cleansing balms key ingredient: Glycerin. Added to common skincare products to temporarily help moisture enter skin faster by opening pores, it actually possesses no moisturizing properties itself. Glycerin can actually make skin dryer if used long term because of this ability to open pores.
Great Results, Good Price
At $16.00 per 200ml bottle I find the quality of ingredients amazing. The oil is non-greasy and smooth. Various oils work together to carefully maintain the PH balance of my skin in a way I could clearly feel – my face was never dry and I am comforted knowing I am putting natural moisturizers back into my skin.
I not only loved how moisturizing the mask was, but I also admired the brand for not being too gimmicky. It's packaging and directions are simple and straightforward. There were no flowery prose offering promises of perfect skin, instead a clear explanation of each ingredient and how it in turn would affect my face. I also ordered from their web shop which meant I received a complimentary choice of three sample packets to test – amazing!