Hey guys, happy Friday! I've got a review to share with you today. I'm going to be fully up front and honest - this is not going to be a pretty post. I debated how I wanted to handle this, and with some advice from a few bloggers that I really respect, I decided to bring you this post! But, don't say I didn't warn you - you are all about to see me at my WORST, haha! Please be gentle with your comments! :/
I was really excited when I got the notification that I would able to test the Influenster ClearProof VoxBox. I've gotten some really awesome boxes through Influenster! I've had a lot of trouble with my skin, especially over the last year. I think a combination of just getting older and a lot of stress with work, wedding planning, money stuff has really taken a toll on my skin! So, I was definitely really optimistic to try this ClearProof line from Mary Kay.
The ClearProof set includes 4 parts: 1)a cleansing gel, 2)a toner, 3)an acne treatment gel, or spot treatment, and 4)a moisturizer.
The box came with a little insert from Mary Kay with some more information about the products and how to use them.
I've included a couple of "Before" photos here. I didn't take any formal before photos, because I wasn't sure which day I was going to start the ClearProof regimen. These next two photos were taken on Tuesday, the day before I first tried ClearProof. So this gives you a bit of an idea what my skin looked like to start. In these two photos, I am wearing eye makeup (eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara, and a touch of coverup under my eyes) but I don't wear any foundation or coverup on the rest of my face. In other words, aside from my eyes, this is my face sans makeup.
The following night, Wednesday, I tried ClearProof for the first time. I followed the instructions included with the products to a T. I used all four products in the proper order. I chose to try these products before bed because I wasn't sure how my skin would react. I have really sensitive skin, and I didn't want to take a chance on my skin being all irritated right before I had to go to work.
So, I used the cleansing gel as directed, and when that dried, I put a few drops of the toner on a cotton ball and gently rubbed that over my entire face. It felt kind of burny, but in a good way, and it has a really good, clean, minty smell. When I used the toner, I really felt like I was getting rid of the impurities! After the toner, my skin felt a bit tight, but in a good way. It just felt clean like I had taken a layer of dirt off or something. I used the spot treatment on a few problem areas, like the one on my forehead you'll see below, and once that dried, I applied a thin layer of moisturizer over my entire face. I really felt great after this first use of the regimen. My face felt cleaner than it had in a long time, I felt like I was really getting to the source of the dirt and oil on my skin. I went to bed and the next morning before work (Thursday), I just used my regular sensitive skin cleanser and moisturizer and went about my day. I did notice that my skin felt a little itchy, but it gets that way sometimes. That night, I did the same exact thing with the ClearProof set, to a T. I used all four products right before bed.
Sigh...now comes the fun part. These next photos were taken as I was getting ready for the work the next morning (Friday). I hadn't washed my face yet that morning, this is how I looked when I woke up and got moving around. These are probably the most unflattering photos of me ever taken...but I wanted to be fully honest with my readers about how this product affected me.
As you can see, my face was extremely blotchy and red. What you CAN'T see (or maybe you can!), is how incredibly uncomfortable I felt. My skin felt like it was on fire. It was so itchy and irritated, and felt almost like it had been burned, like a chemical burn. (And yes, in case you were wondering - I WAS still in my bathrobe lol).
I usually bum around for a bit in the mornings before I get my shower, wash my face, put makeup on and head to work. This day, I was so uncomfortable that I got in the shower first thing (after these photos), used my usual sensitive skin cleanser and then moisturizer. It helped a bit, but my skin continued to itch throughout that day and night, and I noticed that a few of the blotches remain. My skin was so overly sensitive and almost raw feeling, that if I even lightly touched a spot on my skin, it would begin itching like crazy and a big red blotch would form. I had to try to avoid touching my face as much as possible the entire day and night. I didn't use the ClearProof again after that. My skin was so irritated, I didn't want to risk it.
This next one was taken as I was getting dressed for work, after I had used my usual cleanser and moisturizer. You can see that the blotching had subsided a bit, but it was still very visible and seriously itchy.
So, there you have it! This product might be really great for some people, but unfortunately, if you have sensitive skin like I do - I'd pass on this one if I were you. It's a bit too harsh. I also have combination skin - I could be peeling and oily at the same time sometimes, so with sensitive skin on top of that, I'm a tough sell! Even still, I was disappointed. I should have known better than to think something like this might work for someone with skin as sensitive as mine, but I couldn't help hoping! But, even though this product didn't work for me, I'm still a big fan of Influenster and I hope that the next box will be more of a win for me. :)
Did any of you receive this VoxBox? I'd love to hear how it worked differently for someone else!
Thanks for reading!
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