Thursday, May 17, 2018

Warmer Weather: Lighter Skincare!

Hey guys!
It's been a while! (I feel like I'm always saying that, eh?) The past few months have been super busy as I've been slowly looking for a new job without much luck; If only blogging paid actual money and I could do this full time again like I used to! Also forgive my less-than-professional photos on the blog lately and potentially in the near future: my old photo editing software is now offered by subscription only, and i'm in the process of finding another suitable editor that doesn't charge me!

But for now, back to the skincare! The weather has been getting warmer and warmer here in New England, and I've noticed that my Winter skincare routine is feeling a bit heavy lately. Since my Korean skincare hauls tend to take a few weeks to reach me, I decided to search outside of my KBeauty comfort zone to find some lighter products that would work for this hot and humid weather! 

Both of these products are new launches from two brands (G.M. Collin and HydroPeptide) that are totally new to me, so it was super exciting to give these a try and see if they fit in with my routine and stood up to my tried-and-true products.

G.M. Collin Native Collagen Gel 
($88, for Spa Locations or for online retail)

G.M. Collin Native Collagen Gel is a product that is used as a sort of serum, although it has more of a gel-like consistency. It does do it's fair share of moisturizing without giving you that greasy, uncomfortable feel which can be even more irritating in warmer weather. The company claims that this product can restore skin and it's natural hydration balance while fighting fine lines and wrinkles. The company also suggests that it be used as a serum under a cream for dry skin or as a moisturizer on it's own for oily skin. I personally don't think that it's moisturizing enough to work alone, even on oily skin, so I would suggest using this product along with a light cream or facial lotion even if your skin is a bit oily.

One interesting bit that I found on the G.M. Collin website, is that this product has been "used for years in hospitals to treat major burns, in cardiovascular surgery, and dermatology." I did email the company about this claim and have not heard back, but I'm really wondering if this EXACT product is used, or a product with similar ingredients? Seems like a big claim from a company I've never heard of, but I thought I'd mention it anyway!

-For normal to oily skin.
-Soothes reactive skin and promotes hydration.
-Improves the youthful appearance of skin.
-Tightens pores and soothes the skin.
-Visible reduction in wrinkle and an intense moisturizing of skin.

How to Use:
-Apply a thin film under the skin care cream for dry, dehydrated, atonic or mature skins.
-Massage thoroughly.
-Add a suitable quantity of skin care cream and massage.
-Use as an intensive program: morning and evening.
-Use as a maintenance program: morning or evening or as recommended by your skin care professional.

I found that this serum is fantastic in the summer, as some of my others are very rich and have a more oil-like consistency. This one is a light gel- very close to a Korean booster. The scent is very light and non-offending, although if you're scent-sensitive it might be a bit too strong for you. It applies smoothly and absorbs very quickly into my skin. I've been using it for about a week now and I haven't had any breakouts or changes in my skin health, however that includes any positive results as well. It's hard to tell with just one week of use of course, but I can't see spending full price on this product in the future due to it's unremarkable results. One thing I will mention however, is if you have extremely oily skin and no moisturizer seems to keep your skin even-keel, this actually might be a great product for you. It does lightly moisturize well, but for anyone with normal/dry skin it would not be enough to sustain moisture on your face throughout the day.


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NEW HydroPeptide Nimni Day Cream 

Yea...You read that correctly. $110 for a 1oz tube of day cream. This company reminds me a LOT of GlamGlow in that they put quite a few scientific "buzz words" on their packaging but not as much in the way of actual explanations of their products- not on their website or the box. They say that their scientists use epigenetic technology to create the formulas for their products in order for each one to support cellular health. However I wasn't able to see much more detail on this process or what exactly makes their products different from others anywhere on their site. When that happens, I feel a bit iffy on recommending a product, but I really loved this cream so I'll take a neutral stance and give you all the information I know as well as my personal experience! 
What I will say is: during my research I saw quite a few rave reviews from various spas and estheticians exclaiming how incredible this brand is on their clients as well as some great reviews from your everyday hey...maybe there really is something to all their scientific lingo!

This Nimni day cream is formulated with what the company calls a "Collagen Support Complex" and claims it's the only technology known today that takes a "four-pronged approach" to enhancing and maximizing the body's natural ability to produce collagen while at the same time, protects the breakdown of existing collagen. 

-Features Dr. Marcel Nimni’s revolutionary research on collagen with a revolutionary patented collagen support complex to rejuvenate skin and lessen the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

-Helps to optimize collagen production through an exclusive, patented amino acid complex.

-Key antioxidants provide environmental protection to the skin for daytime use.

-Appropriate for all skin types, especially those with expression lines and concerns with wrinkles and/or loss of facial volume.

How to Use:
-Apply a small amount to a clean face and neck. 
-May be used AM and PM. 
-Follow with appropriate  moisturizer and sunscreen.

This product is also free of Gluten, Parabens, Phthalates, Sulfates and is Cruelty Free.


Cost and scientific jargon aside, I really love this day cream. I find it to be light and airy in terms of consistency, and it has a very familiar scent that reminds me a bit of classic Ponds products. Very fresh and clean. What I look for first and foremost in a day cream is that it can sit under my makeup without pilling or rolling into little balls when I apply my foundation over it. I can't tell you how many moisturizers I have tried that I have to pass on because of this issue! This cream is very light, but at the same time feels incredibly moisturizing. You need a very small amount (maybe one or two pumps) to cover the whole face/neck area. I found that amount was more than enough for my skin to feel plumped and happy after a hot shower. My foundation smoothed on over this cream with ease, and my skin stayed moisturized throughout the day. I consistently deal with dry patches on my chin and around my nose only a short time after I apply my makeup, but this cream kept my skin balanced throughout the day.

It has only been a week since I started using this product, and of course, I don't have enough fine lines and wrinkles to notice a significant difference when it comes to that, however I do have a line going across the bridge of my nose from constantly squinting. I've tried many products to help me get rid of it but it always seems to stick around. This cream seems to make it much less visible, even after just a week of use. I'm interested to see if it continues to fade, but I do have to say I was very impressed with the results!

Overall Thoughts

Firstly, I was happy to receive this products complimentary so that I could try them out and hopefully find some new summer staples that wouldn't make my skin feel heavy. I really enjoy the consistency and light scent that both products have, and they have done a great job especially when I combine them at keeping my skin moisturized but not greasy during warm days. I find that the prices are extremely high and definitely not something I would afford in my normal day-to-day purchases, however I would highly consider splurging on the HydroPeptide day cream if it continues to help fade the fine lines around my eye area!

I'd love to know what your favorite warmer weather skincare products are! 

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