Cheap Thrills, Skin Care - January 29th, 2009
When it comes time to look at places to trim the budget, the cosmetics budget is an obvious contender. But if you are like me, you still care about your skin and don’t want to use just any old inexpensive product – you still want quality. Affordable quality: can it be had? I’m pleased to say yes!
40 Carrots is a brand built around offering quality skincare for an affordable price. The products include the anti-aging ingredient vitamin A, as well as the anti-oxidant beta-carotene. The products aren’t tested on animals, and are paraben-free. It’s a simple line – there is a cleanser, a serum, a moisturizer, and an eye gel. I’ve been using it for a week, and I’m really liking the results.
Quick review about me again: I’m turning 30 in a month, so anti-aging is becoming a concern. I have combination skin and occasional breakouts, but my skin is basically healthy.
The Carrot + Creme Cleanser is creamy, with a light lotiony texture and a scent like orange creamsicle. It does its job well – my skin is clean, soft, and makeup-free after use. It is not drying at all. Personally, I like a little foam in my cleanser, but that’s just me. This is a great creamy (but not greasy!) cleanser.
The Carrot + C Vitamin Serum is a new favorite product. It’s a light gel formula with beta-carotene, vitamin a, and vitamin c, and my skin seems to love it. Since I’ve been using it (only a week!) my face seems brighter and the few red marks from old acne blemishes are fading. LOVE IT! At $15.99 it’s a steal compared to department store brands.
The eye gel in the line is called Carrot + Cucumber Eye Gel and contains, you guessed it, carrots and cucumbers. It has a light texture that sinks in immediately, but doesn’t leave a sticky film like some gels do. It is hydrating and soothing, takes down morning puffiness like a champ, and generally just feels good. Two thumbs up.
Carrot + Mango Moisture Splurge is the daily moisturizer in the line. It’s a lotion formula with safflower oil, mango butter, and apricot oil. It is not greasy or heavy at all, but sinks in and doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy. I use a pea sized amount, and massage it in. I experimented with using different amounts and while you can’t really use too much, this seems to be the right amount. It doesn’t have oil control (it’s more suited for normal to dry skin) but it also doesn’t clog pores or cause breakouts. It’s a really nice moisturizer for the price, and I’d recommend it if you’re looking to trim the budget without sacrificing quality.
I’d add something to exfoliate, but otherwise you could stick to the products in this line and be very happy with how your skin looks and feels.