The Muse gets so scared when she sees products that say “firming” on them. Oh please tell me I don’t need any firming action on my face yet! I’m only in my 30’s….I’m scared hold me. I swear the words firming, wrinkle, and age spots just terrify me.
Of course when I got my hands on Dr. Denese Firming Facial Resurfacing Peel I got all kinds of scare.
But have no fear, it’s so much more than a firming peel!
Check it after the review.
What is it?
It’s a creamy orange peel that’s meant to brighten and refresh your complexion. Phew nothing about firming actions yet, looks like I’m safe. It exfoliates to reveal smoother skin plus…here it comes…it firms and tones while improving elasticity. EEP!
In all seriousness I’m not yet ready to firm, tone, or improve my elasticity yet. So far my elasticity is snapping back like a rubber hand. But that doesn’t prevent me from enjoying this peel.
It’s actually meant for anyone with poor skin texture and uneven skin tone, certain dullness or anyone lacking radiance and glow or even dry, rough, tired skin. Some of this applies to me in a major way.
The general idea is you apply to a clean dry face and leave on for few minutes. Those with sensitive skin may notice a tingling or stinging so do a patch test prior to use. The formula is a rich, gel-like cream that has a bright, sunny orange scent. Once it’s on my face I don’t feel much but than again my skin is bulletproof you could probably throw acid it on it and I wouldn’t notice.
One of the main things I love about it is it resurfaces my entire facial area as I wear it. This basically means those patchy cheeks and flaky areas between my eyes gets eaten up and exfoliated by the mask.
After I’ve left it on for a few I rinse with lukewarm water. You’ll instantly noticed your face is flushed and looking considerably better than before you started. I use it two to three times a week. I haven’t really noticed a major change in my skin as of yet but I do see a difference right after use and a few hours after use but nothing long term yet. I generally like the idea of having great skin just for a few hours as it seems to make makeup application smoother and makes my skin looks more like it’s glowing. I’ve only used it for a week so I’ll continue on and hope for long term results.
It’s quite an interesting peel and fairly affordable at around $30. Overall, I’d purchase again after I ran out because I do like that it exfoliates at the very least without using scratchy crystals.
Definitely in my likey book! I’ll update you on my progress with it.
The gods are every so friendly when they bless us with products that can work in a multitude of ways. For example say you want your skin prepped, mattified, evened out, and protected from the sun. You’d need a few products to do that right?
How about one product….
See? It’s a tiny miracle when one product can multitask as my primer, even out my skin tone while acting as my tinted moisturizer, and providing me with SPF and sun protection!
Click below to hear all about my rave for the brand new Dr. Denese Defense Day Cream.
Dr. Denese SPF 30 Defense Day Cream will not only act as your daily dose of sun protection but also manages to act as a primer that mattifies your skin, a tinted moisturizer to even skin tone out, and holds the key to light Summer coverage.
Why oh why did I discover this so late into Summer? I do so wish I had this in my beauty arsenal since June at the very least. Now that I have it I’ll never let it go!
Not only does this provide me with my daily dose of SPF it also acts as my foundation and keeps my skin matte and oil free. The formula feels quite like a primer as it has that silicon-feel so this could easily work well at filling pores and smoothing your face out. It’s oil free and mattifies my face brilliantly although I probably couldn’t get away with this in the Winter when my skin is dry but right now when I’m a bit shiny it’s ideal. You can of course wear it with foundation or powder but I can get away with using it on it’s own. It’s slightly pigmented and tinted with melanine which is the skin’s own natural color pigment allowing for a natural skin color on any skin type as it self-adjusts to disguise imperfections. It’s not going to offer full on coverage but it does offer very sheer, light coverage, enough to even out my skin tone and give me a very natural, flawless finish. The effect is that of using a mineral powder in my opinion as it gives my face a slightly airbrushed look. The finished results could account for the formula which creates a barrier on the skin acting much like a primer. Many SPF’s are heavy and greasy so I love the idea of my moisturizer having built in SPF and acting as a foundation and primer all in one.
Overall, I absolutely love this stuff. Incredibly good. If you happen to fall into the category of loving lighter makeup during the Summer this is the ideal treat. It manages to perfect already good skin, wears long while offering a decent SPF for face, and leaves a matte and velvety smooth finish.
This morning’s FOTD was very minimal as you can see below. For my foundation, primer, and moisturizer I used Dr. Dense SPF 30 Defense Day Cream. As you can see in the photo my skin looks incredible (feels like it too!). It’s so strange as the product is very subtly tinted but it manages to create nice, even coverage on my skin.
Total Muse Approval for purchase.
Ok, all you dry skinned peeps! Listen up! I’m about to divulge to you the secret of soft, silky smooth skin in the Winter. Gasp! Unheard of Muse! I know right? Can’t be true!
But I promise it is!
Jump ahead to find out what it is that’s making my skin soft as a baby’s behind but be warned once you find out my secret I’ll have to kill you. Sorry those are the rules.
I happen to be a big fan of Dr. Denese….don’t know her? She’s some Doctor that appears on QVC every so often pimping out her incredible line of skincare. Actually I don’t love her for product alone. I love her because she’s so bloody cute. Check it. See what I mean?
Ok, so what I want to know is how OLD is Dr. Denese because I gotta tell you she’s looking freaking flawless. I’m thinking if I start stocking up on more Dr. Denese skincare items that I’ll be looking as awesome as she does when I’m her age. She looks like a little doll. Yeah, major fan girl moment here.
Anyway, I promise there is a moral to this story.
I’ve been using Dr. Denese Skincare products for two years I think. Two of my favs are Dr Denese Hydroshield Ultra Moisturizing Serum and Dr Denese Hydroshield Eye Serum. I promise to tell you about the joys of the eye serum at a later date but today I’ll be concentrating on the Hydroshield Ultra Moisturizing Face Serum aka a blessing in a blue bottle.
What is it?
Expensive as hell that’s what it is. No but seriously, contrary to it’s sci-fi style name (oooo hydroshield how very Star Trek!) it’s a face serum that dramatically softens the appearance of small lines and wrinkles. Well..that doesn’t help me much as I don’t have fine lines or wrinkles on my face….HOWEVER…it gets better promise…the serum is also a super duper hydrating serum that locks in moisture and creates smooth, silky skin. The formula is packed full of ceramides, soy, vitamin E, retinol, linoleic acids, and more which help skin to lock in moisture.
Granted it is ideal for those that have serious fine lines and wrinkles but I just dig it for the moisture effects along plus I’m kinda hopeful that it does delay the aging process around here. The product is a thick clear liquid which is quite greasy feeling due to the lipid content however it does absorb fairly quickly. You’ll notice in my swatch photo that the formula mimics a lip gloss like texture almost, quite shiny and glossy feeling. It does promise to leave a matte finish behind but sadly I do have to wait a fair bit before this dries to apply makeup which is why I’ve taken to using it in the evening only. Normally my routine consists of washing my face, applying this, and following up a few minutes later with my regular night cream. In the morning my face is simply drop dead gorgeous and my skin is left glowing plus the flaky, patchy areas on my skin are completely gone. I do not use the serum in the Summer as it’s a bit to heavy for me around that time of the year however this is a god sent in the Winter months.
I highly recommend this for anyone who experiences dry, patchy areas on their face such as on the cheeks. The product is intensely moisturizing and delivers on the promise of locking moisture in and holding it. If you’ve tried everything else on the market and still haven’t found the right moisturizer that keeps those evil dry patches and flaky skin at bay I highly recommend checking out Dr Denese Hydroshield Ultra Moisturizing Face Serum.
Big Muse Approval!