Product Review: Radical Departure by Ava MD
Orange Calendula Wash: I love how fresh this smells, and that it's gentle and free of sulfates. It also does a good job of making skin feel clean without drying it out.
Anti-Oxidant Mist: This is the toner step. It's a light, refreshing mist that you spritz on after cleansing.
AHA+BHA Lotion: This is the daytime product. It contains AHA's to fight aging and BHA's to clear clogged pores. It almost has no scent, which is great for a treatment product. Fragrance would only irritate. It blends in easily and leaves skin feeling smooth and fresh. Not at all greasy, so you can go on to the next step right away, which should be sunscreen, of course! Here's what it says on the website: "Accelerated re-texturizing blend reduces look of fine lines and uneven pigment while helping maintain skin’s moisture barrier. "
Retinoid Serum: This is the evening product. This has a very slight medicinal scent, but like the lotion it blends easily and is pleasant to apply. It has silicone in it, which gives it a great silky texture, and it makes skin feel so smooth and soft. Again, from the website: "Powerful time-release micro-encapsulates encourage exfoliating cell turnover, firmness, and clarity."
All you need to add is a sunscreen and an eye cream and you're set. All the products are portable and easy and pleasant to apply, which makes taking them it easy to travel with them and to use them.
The Results: My skin really seems soft and smooth, with no dry patches. It also didn't make me break out, which was a concern. There were no clogged pores or little bumps or anything. Besides improving my skin texture, it really seemed to make my skin more even, and there is definitely a glow. I feel like I've needed less foundation, and my skin just looks healthy and fresh and youthful. Also, even though the two weeks ends tomorrow, I still have quite a bit of product left, so I am going to continue using it until it runs out. Another plus: It's so quick and easy, I am never tempted to skip over the routine. No matter what skincare program you use, the key to success is consistency, so the simpler it is, the more likely you are to stick with it and see results.
Price: $125; http://www.avamd.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=90000&Store_Code=avamd