Saturday, April 24, 2010

AMW Reviews: Cellnique Paramedical Solutions




Selina, from Cellnique contacted me 2 months ago to do a product review.  When it comes to skincare , I am very particular with it. That's when my profession as a researcher comes in.  I do my research on the products and ingredients before I go "yes" to testing a product.  I browsed through the site and read about the products they offer.  I learned that all Cellnique products are formulated with CX Formulation.   What's CX formulation?

CX formulation is an advanced in-clinic formulation that combines the power of biological active ingredients, natural plant extracts, antioxidants and a bio-active delivery system. Thus, offering the best performance for immediate and visible results for various skin problems. 

Key words: biological active ingredients, natural plant extracts, antioxidants...These words are enough to make me feel at ease and comfortable to give this brand a road test.  

I was asked to give them an idea on my skin condition, again, keywords--- Sensitive, Dry

These are definitely road tested really well for more than 2 months!



Cellnique Seaweed Cleansing Gel says ---
This unique and all natural-based daily cleanser consist the highest grade of Algae, Pennywort and Cucumber Extracts, serve to remove pore clogging debris and impurities without over drying. Leaves skin feeling super clean, smooth and refreshed!
  • Replenish hydration
  • Anti-irritation and soothing
  • Antioxidant and skin protection
Suitable skin types:
Dry and delicate skin

AMW says ---
Twice a day, morning and evening
Pros
  • very gentle on skin
  • soothes and refreshes my skin after every wash
  • smells great, minty scent without the minty feel
  • scent is quite relaxing
  • a little goes a long way and it lathers pretty well
  • skin felt moisturized and clean after every wash
  • skin does not feel tight
  • very simple and straightforward packaging
Cons
  • not available locally, that's it!
Tips
  • use half a teaspoon on wet hands, rub hands to activate the cleanser to form a lather

  •  gently massage on the skin with upward strokes, be careful not to get into eyes
  •  if you wear heavy makeup, use a makeup cleanser first to remove all traces of makeup before you wash your face.
  • use day and night, if skin texture improves, you can use this once a day alternating with your other cleansers.
Where to purchase and how much?
$32.00 (approx Php1,472) for 200ml, click this link  for more information.


Cellnique Skin Action gel Plus says ---
A proven AHAs plus BHA formulation in reducing inflamed acne lessons and lightening acne marks. The infusion of Tea Tree Oil, Camphor, Eucalyptus Oils and vitamin C accelerates the healing process, thus preventing the information of scaring.
  • Controls and prevents further breakout
  • Reduces inflamed acne lesions
  • Lightens acne scars or marks
  • Anti-bacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant
Suitable skin types:
Oily skinned

AMW says ---
Applied on  t-zone area once, spot treatment approximately thrice
Pros
  • does dry up pimples, especially when spot treatment is done
  • a little goes super long way
  • nice packaging with twist open/close lid
Cons
  • has tingling sensation which can make other people (a.k.a. ME) panic!
  • not meant for dry skinned people like myself
  • can cause irritation to sensitive skin
Tips
  • instructions states to use 2-3 pumps and apply on the whole t-zone area, for normal or dry skin. You can skip this step or you can use this only on areas that needed the product (ex. pimples, acne..)
  • is this your first time trying this product?  do a patch test first
  • once irritations like itchiness and redness occur, stop using the product IMMEDIATELY!

Where to purchase and how much?
30ml for $54.00 (approx Php2,484), click this link for more information.



Cellnique Intensive Hydrating Complex says ---
A lightweight formulation with high concentration of Hyaluronic Acid and Essential Amino Acids. Helps bind moisture to restore elasticity of the skin. It thereby minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and helps deliver an instant supple and smooth skin.
  • keeps skin moist and smooth
  • locks in skin moisture
  • improves on scarring, lines and skin tone
Suitable skin types:
All Skin Types

AMW says ---
Twice a day,  morning and evening
Pros
  • seriously hydrating 
  • does not feel oily at all
  • absorbs to the skin quickly
  • dual purpose as this can be used on eye area
  • wake up with moisturized and supple skin even inside an air conditioned room
  • very nice packaging and and dropper applicator

Cons
  • not available locally!  
  • no added properties like anti-aging
Tips
  • asked to use 4-6 pumps, I use 4 pumps only or less for my whole face and neck
  • pat on remaining product on the eye area with your ring finger
  • once or twice a week, I apply on my favorite moisturizer even after using this, does not oil up my skin ever!

Where to purchase and how much?
$61.00 (approx Php2,806) for 30ml at this link.


Cellnique Total DayTime Protection 30 says ---
This ultra-light, skin-friendly UV ray protection blocks UVA and UVB from harming your skin at SPF30 and PA+++.  It's not greasy, non-comedogenic formulation is enhanced with Grape Seed and Geen Tea Leaf extracts to act as powerful free radicals scavengers.
  • Anti free radical and antioxidant
  • Protects skin from the sun and ultraviolet radiation
  • Reduces skin swelling and soothe sensitive skin
Suitable skin types:
All Skin Types
AMW says ---
Once every morning for 2 weeks
Pros
  • never feels oily on the whole day even under makeup
  • smells great
  • matte finish, texture felt like primer
Cons
  • only SPF30, better if it's SPF 50 and above
  • not available locally
Tips
  • Apply face and neck using upward motion after skincare
  • Apply at least 10 minutes prior to going out
  • If you will be out on the sun for a long time, apply half teaspoon all over the face and neck for protection
Where to purchase and how much?
$51.00 (approx Php2,346) for 50g , click this link for more information.

Cellnique Vital Cellular Repair Masque says ---
This gentle, nourishing and repairing mask is specially enriched with potent nutrients of to promote healthy skin and to further protect your skin from pollutant and environmental allergen assault. Suitable for all skin types including post-operation skin.
  • Increases and retains skin moisture
  • Restores skin collagen and elastin content to fight against aging and enlarged pores.
  • Stimulates cells renewal and promotes scars healing
  • Repairs damaged cells and prevents further damage
Suitable skin types:
All Skin Types
 
AMW says ---
Once a week
Pros
  • calms the skin especially my dry areas
  • immediately soothes itchiness
  • redness disappears a bit right after treatment
  • smells great
  • easy to spread all over face and neck
  • housed in a very nice, glass packaging

Cons
  • not available locally

Tips
  • apply a thick layer on your skin adding up on areas that needed most, leave for 20 minutes

  • rinse thoroughly with water, do not leave residue
  • use a spatula to grab product 
  • do not forget to apply the neck area
  • best done once a week!

Where to purchase and how much?
$45.00 (approx Php2,070) for 50g, click this link for more information.

Overall, my experience with Cellnique was great!  I felt the improvement of my skin right after a month of usage.  On the second month, I even have to reduce the number of times I use the product to save up the remaining.  The downside on this is that it's not easily available on most countries and people have to order online and wait for the package to arrive.  The good news though is that the company does not overcharge you with expensive shipping rates and they use DHL services.  Bear in mind that you have to pay for taxes locally.  You can click HERE for more information. 

The company also offers 7 Days Assurance, if you are not satisfied with their products, have any allergies after using their products, you can either have a refund or exchange to another product with same or lower value!  If you received defective or damaged product,  Cellnique will send out replacement on the same product at no extra cost!  That's great customer service!

If I live in countries that has Cellnique Counters, I will definitely repurchase the Facial Wash, Hydrating Complex and Vital Cellular Repair Mask.

I can skip Skin Action Gel Plus because I'm lucky enough not to grow acne on the latter part of my young *coughs* years.  I do have occasional pimples every now and then and that can be treated by my favorite Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil.  Though their Total Daytime Protection Sunblock works really well, I find that it's SPF is not enough for the harsh rays of the sun we have down here.  I've found locally available alternatives that works!

I have to add that I am very impressed with the packaging of the products and I love how they take time to put on stickers to prevent the cap from twisting during transit.  Seriously, these tiny stickers are super sticky and hard to remove!



Here's a photo to show a Before and After shot.
Before shot taken: February 5, 2010
After shot taken: April 23, 2010
Angle, lighting and camera setting were set to be "similar" to the before shot. 


** you can click photo to enlarge 
and you can compare some patches of dryness on my skin reduced

I can't say there's a drastic change on photo, but I can definitely feel the "tightness" and flakiness on areas around my skin gone. 

*whew* Is this the longest post ever?  I thought I'm not going to finish this one!
I hope people who have Cellnique counters can find this post helpful!  Do talk to the sales person and discuss to them your skin concerns and condition.  Do not be scared to ask questions before you purchase!  This is, by the way, your skin!  You have the right to take care of it!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Keep smilin'
Stay happy!







(Disclaimer: Products are sent by company for review purposes.  The writer did not and will never receive any kind or form of payment for positive reviews.  The review has been done based on personal experiences.  Please purchase at your own discretion.)

17 comments:

  1. Great reviews! I'm loving the products they sent me, I still have 3 more to review! XP I'd totally want to get the SKin Action gel Plus, since I was using their Skin Action Sebum Gel as a spot treatment, but Selina told me that it is not really meant as a spot treatment! I had no idea lol. It was working for me better at than VS oil control, which is what it's actually for :P That masque sounds great too!

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  2. Wow, I am seriously interested in this but how come they are seriously not wanting to sell their products? :( I really hope they sell it here in the Phils!

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  3. hi, can you recommend a good water-based moisturizer with SPF or kahit water-based sunblock. thanks!

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  4. HELLO!!!the skin action gel plus was a bit strong for me but it really helped when it comes to lightening pimple marks,stingy din siya.hehe..pero naglighten ang glow yung skin mo!

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  5. You're one great researcher & reviewer, Nikki! You're right, no dramatic changes on the photo, but I swear you're skin was glowing when I saw you! Happy weekend, love!

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  6. i noticed your skin looked brighter on the "AFTER" photo.. =)

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  7. your skin looks so flawless!
    wow! seems like there is no cons! sounds so great!

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  8. e.motion in motion, the masque is my favorite and the seaweed cleansing gel too! Glad you enjoyed yours

    Tara, well i recently found out that their shipping rate isn't that expensive and they send via DHL and you'll get the product way earlier! Less than a week! So its ok!

    Vanessa, is there a specific brand are you looking into?

    Shobe, that's great to know it works for you, I asked my hubby to use it! :) hehehe

    Dang, thanks sweetie for the compliment! Happy Birthday to you!

    Khymm, yes, it does and the flakiness was gone for sure!

    Anastacia, thank you!

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  9. Wala naman. Any brand that works well. I've been skipping this step for the longest time coz I have oily skin and I find sunblock to aggravate it. Then you mentioned here that you know of water-based ones. Thanks a lot Nikki =)

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  10. omg you have crystal clear skin! I just used the masque last night too :D love the pineapple scent and scrubby feeling!

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  11. Vanessa, there are so many, I've tried L'Oreal, Clinique Moisture Surge, there's Celeteque etc...

    Xin, thank youf or saying so sis, I love the masque too and I love the feeling right after!

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  12. Nikki,

    You know what, I've been using Clinique Moisture Surge based on your recommendation and I'm loving it! I'm now on my second jar. Thanks to you!

    But what about water-based sunblock? You know of any that works great? Thanks!

    Btw, my boyfriend knows you from St Jude. Small world? hehehe

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  13. Vanessa, I am glad you enjoy Moisture Surge as much as I do. I finished 2 huge jars of it! and I'm on my way to repurchase after I finish this Cellnique skincare line!

    Waterbased sunblock? I can't really say waterbased but I have a favorite sunblock! It's the Neutrogena one and you can find it by clicking "neutrogena" on the tag at right hand side of this blog.

    Who's your BF? if you don't mind me asking? same batch as I am? Yes, small world nga!

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  14. Yes I love Moisture surge! I purchased Laneige but I keep on reaching for my Clinique. You got me hooked!

    ah...the new line of Neutrogena? ok, i'll try that. Thanks Nikki!

    Not the same batch. He's from the lower batch. I think you won't recognize the name (Abraham), but he was the ex-bf of Anna (St Jude). I saw your picture from Anna's FB (the one where you did the make-up of the model) and realized how small this world is!

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