Arbonne RE9 Skincare: Vegan & Paraben-Free
By Jo Gifford
Skincare is always a tricky thing to change. Most of us have tried and tested products we swear by and stick to – lord knows the trouble you get if you mess with the regime and end up spotty, allergic and with a paper bag over your head for your efforts. Personally, I am a sensitive skinned belle with the usual combination story (t-zone shine, large pores and prone to spots – attractive). I tend to favour Elemis products, Clarins, Dr Hauschka Melvita and, more recently, Mary Kay. I have pretty much always looked after my skin bar the odd weekend sleeping in make-up faux pas in my twenties, (hell, we all do it) – and I am now the tender age of 34 and aware I should be looking after those teeny tiny lines starting to wave hello. It has also been an increasing concern of mine to use products where possible which are free from toxins and parabens for overall health and well being, and also ranges which have an environmental awareness and ethic. Arbonne is a product led company which has been in existence for 29 years working with the consultant model of retail. Aveda’s Peter Matravers is now in charge of product formulation at Arbonne, a reassuring association for anyone who, like me, is new to the brand. The products I tested for this review were the RE9 anti-ageing range of products by Swiss skincare company Arbonne. The RE9 range contains nine active ingredients to help firm, brighten and improve the appearance of the skin, and as with all the Arbonne products, are paraben free and certified Vegan. I tested over three days the whole regime of Smoothing Facial Cleanser, Regenerating Toner, Renewal Serum, Eye Creme, Day Creme and Night Repair. I am someone who likes to wash my face so the cleanser worked well for me. After toning, I used the serum before each moisturiser, either the lighter Day Creme of the Night Repair. My skin usually will react immediately to anything perfumed or abrasive, and I am thrilled to say in this case I have had no adverse affects at all. In fact, having become hooked on Mary Kay recently I now have a brand new contender for skincare – this stuff really is good. Nothing felt to over zealous or heavy, and even with the layered applications of serum and moisturiser my skin still felt light and smooth. The subtle plumping and smoothing effect is evident even after a few days use so I would certainly say that the claims to improve the appearance of skin are true, and I love the fact that the products are naturally formulated and paraben free. Price-wise, the RE9 range is similar to the big name brands, but I would certainly say it is worth an investment, and as with all good products a little goes a long way. The best way to purchase is via an Arbonne consultant, and the ID of the consultant who introduced me to the brand is below. Products can also be bought online, but as with all retail models that work this way by having a one to one point of contact you are able to get the best deals and also have a personal input for the best products for your skin. So, overall? The Arbonne RE9 range is fabulous – I may have to get my hands on some more to keep those wrinkles at bay.
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Product Prices RE9 Smoothing Facial Cleanser £30
RE9 Regenerating Toner £26.00
RE9 Intensive Renewal Serum £44
RE9 Corrective Eye Creme £42
RE9 Restorative Day Creme £38
RE9 Night Repair £64
Consultant ID Julie Robinson Arbonne Consultant ID 441020542 Tel: 07595178702
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