After a lifetime of trying to find the right skincare for me, it was only thanks to my girlfriend Cass telling me about the Arbonne business that I came to know and ultimately love the Arbonne RE9 Advanced skincare system.
At first, these beautiful products were a bonus to the business, but pretty soon it became clear that this was the ultimate vegan skincare regime - and I'd found the mecca of anti-ageing in a tube! They are gentle, free from carcinogens sch as parabens and phthalates, and they're cruelty free and always will be - something we're going to start becoming more aware of here in Australia when the new beauty manufacturing laws come into play.
BEFORE & AFTER
To demonstrate the difference in my skin from pre-Arbonne days to now (4 years ago!) I went in search of a before photo. What I didn't realise is how difficult that would be - I took almost no photos of myself back then! And for good reason...my skin looks spotty, sallow, and oh my goodness let's not even get into how awful my makeup was. What on earth?!
Anyway, I'm so very grateful for that one meeting and the subsequent trial of the full size products. I now get compliments on my skin all the time and I did for a long while think that was so strange, but now I know not to take it for granted. Our skin is something we look at and often scrutinize every single day in the mirror and when your skin is happy it really does shine through with healthy radiance and vitality, and people notice that.
Take good care of your skin. Make the necessary investments. It truly is so true that its the only place you get to live in your whole life. And you deserve the show the world your best, happiest and confident self! #lovetheskinyourein
Every great regimen starts with a perfect foundation: smooth, clean skin courtesy of a great cleanser and toner.
The Arbonne RE9 Smoothing Facial Cleanser I use morning and night and it's the only cleanser that doesn't dry out my skin and the only one I ever used where I don't need to use makeup remover around my eyes afterwards - it takes the whole day off gently and comfortably. I've recently started to cleanse twice in the shower if I have a full face of makeup on as it's something I learnt at beauty school this year and completely made sense to cleanse once to remove and cleanse twice to deep clean. I also have oily skin, so this is something I feel I should have been doing my whole life. If I'm having a breakout my second cleanse is using the Clear Future Deep Pore Blemish Cleanser, and every other night I'll use the FC5 Exfoliating New Cell Scrub.
The Regenerating Toner would have to be my favourite step - nothing feels fresher than a spritz of this skin tone evening prep for the next step of treatment. My best tip? Pop a bottle in the fridge for a summer-time skin pick-me-up or makeup setter too, I promise you'll thank me later. 😉
"I cleanse my face no matter how tired I am or how many martini’s I’ve had that night"
– Romy Frydman.
Treatments deliver targeted ingredients depending on the skin’s needs, such as anti-aging, brightening and soothing.
The Intensive Renewal Serum is the cult product of this core RE9 range with it's super concentrated formula of advanced youth-restoring peptides, antioxidants and essential botanicals. It's a light and silky serum that works to hold in moisture and helps my skin look smoother and firmer, especially when I use it with the Genius Ultra device to push that product deeper into uneven ridges of the skin to work it's goodness. If I'm feeling especially oily or just having a home day, I'll just use this without any next step and my skin still feels amazing.
The Corrective Eye Cream is a dream. Using your ring finger, dab a tiny amount of this around the orbital bone of the eye and above the brow too. It will seep into the rest of the eye area and that way you're not creasing the delicate skin under the eyes by rubbing or getting anything in your eye. And there's caffine in this baby that reduces puffiness (yasss!) and dark circles (thank the lord!)...so I hope you think to treat your peepers as much as you're caffinating the rest of you. That youthful glow will show. 😉
"In a polite society, a well maintained skincare routine is one of life’s great successes."
– Violet Grey.
MOISTURISE & PROTECT
Protect healthy skin from harmful daily aggressors by giving your skin the essential moisture it needs to look smooth and firm.
One of the best things about the Arbonne RE9 range is that the daily moisturisation is customisable. For your morning moisturisation choose from straight Restorative Day Cream (no SPF), the Restorative Day Cream with SPF 15, or the Extra Moisture Restorative Day Cream with SPF 15 for those needing a little bit extra hydration in their day. I just love that as I know some people just can't do an SPF, even the purest kind. I go for the normal moisture Restorative Cream with the SPF so I'm protected but not shiny since my oily skin has plenty of extra moisture. Collagen supporting customised moisturisation and protection - who knew day cream could be such a multitasker!
And then at night, get the best beauty sleep with the Night Repair Cream that does just that - it hydrates and adds nourishment to the skin's natural reparative cycle, reducing the look of those fine lines and wrinkles while you snooze.
"Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life."
– Renée Rouleau.
This little device is the icing on the cake of this ultimate skincare regime. It's called the Arbonne Intelligence Genius Ultra and yes, it's an ultrasound device that essentially massages products (like the serum and eye cream) into the ridges of the skin, helping it get into every nook and cranny, meaning a more effective use of your creams and lotions.
It can be used on the forehead, eye area (but not directly on the eyelid), lips (gives them a little plumping effect too), cheeks, neck, backs of your hands and I've even seen it used on scarring to help diminish the look of them.
I use this once a day, every day but it's safe enough to use morning and night, just not with SPF's. It heats up gently, has 3 warmth settings, a 30 second blip so you can swap sides, and it cuts off after a minute. Of course, you could do a minute n your forehead and a minute on your neck, but for an extra minute in your routine, continued use has got me freaking LOVING the skin that I'm in....with my little vertical frown line looking less and less resting bitch face every day 😉
*Yep, I'm a huge Arbonne fan, so much so that I am an Independent Consultant and Regional Vice President with them. I'm all for authenticity on this blog of mine, so these are my thoughts and experiences paired with information directly from the company. Previous to using Arbonne products I tried everything on my skin and as you can see in the pic above, my skin was not happy about it. I recommend you try everything you can too. But I also got serious and made a decision to not compromise on quality ingredients, manufacturing that adheres to European standards rather than the more lax US standards, and on sound ethics. Try this - I'm more than happy to send samples because I believe try before you buy is a right not a rarity - and see if it works for you. If not, I may review something else that does. No sweat.