One of the things I love about subscription boxes is that occasionally they send something your way that you have never heard of and wouldn’t mind trying. Sometimes different boxes from different companies send you products from the same line in the same month. From one box came the Lavido Age away replenishing cream featuring Grapefruit seed, Melissa and avocado (retail $69) while another box provided Lavido’s 2-in-1 Purifying Facial Mask and Exfoliator (retail $36) featuring pomegranate seed oil, lemon and macadamia.
Since they arrived at the same time, and I was just finishing up a moisturizer trial, I decided to use them together. They arrived in early April and this morning (May 20th) I used the last of each of them. So they lasted seven and a half weeks for me. I will admit that one of the reasons I held off reviewing them was that I lost my initial weights (instead of putting it in the notebook where I usually keep things I jotted it down on a scrap of paper and then promptly lost said paper) so I figured I would just see how long they lasted with regular use.
Before I cover what I think of the products, let’s see what they have to say for themselves. First, the Moisturizer. According to the Lavido website is…
Made with 11 innovative plant actives, this advanced anti-aging solution is clinically proven to diminish the appearance of dryness, wrinkles and rough texture while it deeply nourishes mature and compromised skin. Its rich, ultra-luxurious texture features Summer Snowflake, scientifically proven to strengthen cell integrity, slow the aging process, and stimulate new cellular regeneration. Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid boosts collagen production and imparts an instant volumizing effect for a naturally firmer, radiant, and more rejuvenated complexion.
The scent of the cream is floral. It isn’t overwhelmingly cloying, but it is a noticeable scent. If you are sensitive to scents that might be something you want to consider. The cream is also very thick. A little dab into the hand was all that was needed. It is designed for dry, mature skin and I think the formula would work really well with dry skin. My skin is normal leaning towards oily on occasion. Dry is not generally my skin care concern but fine lines are so I was happy to try it.
Because my skin isn’t dry I had some trepidation. The fear was unfounded. I needed only a little bit of the cream to cover my entire face and neck. I will say that because it is so thick and my skin is not an arid desert, I had to spend some time massaging it into the skin. If you look in the picture you will see a white cast on my skin where I only did a first pass rubbing it in. The benefit is that you sort of get a facial massage twice a day when using this product. The down side is that it adds a little extra time to your morning and evening routine.
But if a product is worth it, I am willing to take a little extra time. So is it worth it?
During this trial I used the cream morning and evening as my sole moisturizer. When the weather was cooler (and the central heat still drying the air out) I really liked the moisturizer. As the weather warmed, and in my part of the world the humidity rose, I found that while I still liked it as a night cream, I was less enthused by its use in the morning. My skin was just not dry enough in the morning. It was an excellent night cream however and I woke with my skin plumped and hydrated. Dare I say it, even glowing. For my skin type I could use this as a night cream very happily or as a dry winter cream. It is an excellent cream and mature skin or not, I think the dryer your skin happens to be, the more you will enjoy this cream. I would have no problem repurchasing the Age Away Replenishing Cream as a night cream, but I wouldn’t use it as my go to daily moisturizer. Especially not at this time of year.
This moves us on to the 2-in-1 Purifying Facial mask and exfoliator. According to its product page…
This exfoliating and anti-aging multi-mask gently stimulates circulation and new cell regeneration while dried Pomegranate peel and seeds remove dead skin cells, revealing smoother, more radiant skin with fewer pimples, dark spots and wrinkles overtime. Use as an exfoliating cleanser or leave on as a mask to receive it’s full youth-giving benefits.
While I am always leery of any product that threatens to do too much, this isn’t too much of a stretch for a product. As an exfoliator it is a fairly gentle one. When applied to the skin it looks more like you have a slightly dirty face than are wearing a full mud mask. It has a slight roughness which you would expect from a physical exfoliator but it isn’t harsh. I think because the peel is used rather than harder seeds. I found it could be used every other day to brighten the completion without feeling like you were blasting away too many layers. Used as an exfoliator it worked really well and I quite enjoyed it. It has a slightly pomegranate scent to it but it is less present than the floral scent of the moisturizer and smells more fresh and clean than anything else.
While the exfoliator does leave your skin soft and refreshed, leaving the product on mask like actually did increase the benefits of the product. My skin did feel better if I allowed it to sit for a few minutes. What I ended up doing was using it as sort of a cross over. On the nights I used it, I would wash my face, apply the exfoliator and let it sit while I brushed my teeth and then used a lip exfoliator on my lips I’d then wet my hands, massage the mask a little to help with the exfoliation and then wash it off and continue with my routine. I found this gave me the best the 2-in-1 could provide.
I have to say I would unequivocally buy this product again. It is listed as good for all skin types and I have to say my skin loved it. It was a gentle but effective exfoliator that could also be worn as a mask. I really enjoyed using it and was very sad to see it now an empty tube.
Until I received these products in subscription boxes, I had never heard of the company or heard anything about them. I can’t actually say I would have tried them on my own, but I am glad I did and I am certain I will be seeing these products in my bathroom again.
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