I’ve been using prescription Differin for the past five or so years, and while I think it’s worked wonders on my skin, I was aching for a change. So when the five-step regimen from Somme Institute came my way, I was intrigued to give it a try. I must admit that a skin-care regimen with multiple steps seemed a lot more exciting than my current one step process.
This system is for all skin types and works to improve tone, texture and clarity. Plus, it claims to reduce signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. As an added bonus, it even treats sun damage, which is ideal for my pale, freckled skin.
Step one is the Somme Institute Nourishing Cleanser ($40) which is designed to cleanse the skin without drying it out. Usually my issue with cleansers is that they leave my face feeling tight and lacking moisture, that’s not the case with this one. It left me feeling like I didn’t need to rush to grab a moisturizer because it’s gentle.
It seems that step two is where all the action is. Somme Institute Transport ($58) is exfoliating pads without abrasion, so you don’t have to worry about being too rough with your skin. One note, the first time I used it was a tad painful and I was tempted to wash it off, but I stuck with it. After using it a couple of times, it now just feels a little tingly, which makes me feel like it’s really working hard.
Somme Institute Serum ($82) is step three in the system. It helps to boost collagen and also lightens discoloration. Somme Institute A-Bomb ($70), step four, accelerates cell renewal and softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
As a sunscreen addict, step five in the system is what really got me excited. Somme Institute Double Defense ($48) is a moisturizing lotion that contains SPF 30+ and Parsol 1789. I had no idea what that was so I did a little research and found out that it’s an ingredient used in sunscreens to absorb the full spectrum of UVA rays. Translation: this product does some serious work against the sun. I must admit that this moisturizer felt a little oily on my skin, so I ended up using an oil blotting paper before applying the rest of my makeup.
All-in-all, I really enjoyed experimenting with this regimen. I didn’t notice any major changes to my skin, but that’s probably a good thing since there’s always a risk of breakouts when you switch up your skin-care products. I also didn’t experience any inflammation and it has kept my skin calm so far.
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