So a couple of months ago, I was approached by Miss Sherina Balaratnam, a fully qualified surgeon who has specialised in the latest non-surgical cosmetic treatments throughout the last 8 years, I know, casual. The clinic is in Beaconsfield and is such a lovely place where you are greeted with smiles and everyone that works there looks like there skin has been photoshopped to be quite honest. It’s like a commercial their skin is that good!
She began to teach me of the ways of cosmeceuticals products versus cosmetic. In a nutshell, the ingredients in a pharmaceutical based product are always going to be purer and of a higher quality therefore better results.
So whilst we all spend away on a high street products, we may as well save our money and put it towards higher end products that actually work! I am having serious “ragrats” about forking out so much money on cosmetic skincare as it is something that I have always been very passionate about.
I have tried numerous brands of cosmetic skincare, Neutrogena, Clean and Clear, Simple products, haven’t we all? But which one actually works is the pending question I hear you ask. iS Clinical… That is what works and that’s how the cookie crumbles ladies and gents.
iS Clinical, which in itself, sounds god damn serious. All of the range use Botanical based ingredients which are of the highest purity which cosmetic products will never have.
The range slaps cosmetic skincare round the face with the ingredients being of the highest purity, and the products are formed without chemicals or parabens, so you could say very ‘au natural’.
The product range is used by some of the top celebs such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley not because they are paid to use it but because it actually works.
You use five products every day, and I trialled this for a total of 6 weeks. The smell of all the products is enough to make you want to rub it on your face, it has such a fresh and natural smell with all having such great consistencies.
So you drag yourself out of bed in the morning and start your day with the ‘Cleansing Complex’ which is the deep cleansing step which you use morning and night. You lightly damp your face and rub in circular motions. The solution comes out of the bottle as a gel however, as you rub it into your face in circular motions, it turns almost into a silky cloud of foam. This resurfacing cleanser helps to smoothen the skin, remove makeup and reduce pore size aka, an all round bargain. Within days my skin felt baby bum smooth, and because of this I actually started not wearing makeup during the day ( I know… it must be serious).
The ‘Serious’ Serums
In the morning you apply two serums before moisturising, which is the Super Serum Advance, and the Hydra Cool Serum. The Super Serum is applied first as this is your daily dose of antioxidants in a bottle; a combination of Vitamin C concentrate to prevent DNA damage on the face, reduce fine lines and is so potent that it effectively treats hyperpigmentation and scar tissue (For any readers with acne scars on the face, this would be great for you).
This was my favourite serum as you only need two or three drops and you can feel a slight tingle when you apply it (in a good way). I also suffer from hyperpigmentation and this is the first thing that actually reduced this which was actually nice to see results from a product so early on.
Secondly, the Hydra-Cool Serum which provides a concentrated amount of antioxidants to penetrate the lower levels of your skin for ultimate hydration. This serum is a great option for oily skin. This I used both in the morning, and in the evening because it gives your skin a dewy and bright look.
In the evening, I was recommended the White Lightening Complex Serum as this is a healthy way to treat hyperpigmentation by reducing the melanin production in the face. A perfect and safe way to even out the skintone good for people with pigmentation concerns. Followed by the Hydra Cool again to give your skin that extra hydration for a super speedy skin cell regeneration overnight.
The best thing about all the serums is that they come in a sleek, glass bottle with a pipet top, as you only need a few drops on the face. I mean I have had a few people come into my room and immediately ask what it is as it looks so god damn classy. The appearance of the brand shouts professional, pharmaceutical and most of all, potent.
Now moving onto the last two magic moisturisers to go alongside these fantastically light serums. One for the day and one for the evening, so this part is simple!
In the morning, start your day with Extreme Protect SPF Treatment Moisturiser. The most important thing that I have learnt with this brand is how important it is to wear SPF everyday which is a great combination to this morning moisture surge. Due to it being a broad range spectrum UVA and UVB protection, it is clinically proven to prevent DNA damage and repair collagen damage. In a nutshell, youth in a cream. This cream is something to get used to, as it does come out rather thick due to the strong UV protection so it takes a good 10 minutes to sink in. Nonetheless, works as a great base for makeup and most importantly, prevents sun damage and premature ageing signs like fine lines and wrinkles.
Finally, in the evening after a long day of hard work, you apply the Moisturising Complex after your night time serums. This is a very light but hydrating moisturiser which acts to prevent wrinkles and fine lines, provide an anti-oxidants and hydrates… I know, all in one bottle! This is almost instantly absorbed by the skin as it is a very smooth consistency.
Overall, a good product however a bit pricey but this is due to the purity of all of the ingredients used and it has that extra concentration of ingredients for maximum efficacy and most of all amazing results. Ma girl Gwyneth and Rosie don’t just use it for fun, the product actually works.
I would recommend visiting Miss Sherina as she can tell you what your skin needs and tailor your skin care regime based on this. If you are interested in the product, pop into the clinic and you can buy the product straight from there! Have a browse on the website and see for yourself…