Pros: I got GREAT results with this product!
Cons: It felt gross until I get used to using it.
A little over a week ago, I started "pampering" my hands using Mary Kay's Satin Hands®. These New York winters are pretty harsh on my skin, and I end up with the big chore of finding relief for my dry, itchy hands. I usually end up doing this 4 step process just before going to bed at night, since I won't be washing my hands while I sleep. One night I ended up with a little too much of the Satin Hand cream on my hands, and decided not to waste it, so I ended up rubbing the excess lotion on my face. (I get very dry skin there as well)
Imagine my surprise when I woke up in the morning and my face still felt great! I thought "Hmmmm - I think I'll use the Satin Hands Pampering set® on my face and see how it works." With my face always being dry, I have tried many different products that only seem to be effective for a couple of months, and then I have to find something else that will work. I mean my face gets so dry that I actually have to use a loofah on my face at least once a day to remove dead skin cells. (I know, that sounds yuck but you gotta do watch-ya gotta do - Right?) Everyone wants soft skin, and especially on their face. I've used so many different types of heavy moisturizers and have been once again looking for something that will do the job. I mean the only make-up that I would ever wear would be on my eyes. No Foundation what-so-ever!!! Putting foundation on dry skin, is just a disaster. It doesn't look nice at all. So, nothing but eye make up and lipsticks for me.
Needless to say, after seeing how the hand lotion worked, I decided to try the Satin Hands® 4 step process on my face. I did it for about 2 days and saw a major difference already. It was at that point that I started thinking about what it would cost me to keep doing that process each and every day. While looking closely at each item I used during the process I got thinking about a small tub of moisturizer which was actually the Mary Kay Extra Emollient Cream® that my mother had given me. This product comes in a small 2.5 ounce tub that is white with a pink lid, and it smells great. Sort of a floral but fresh scent. Although my mother didn't like it she thought she'd see if I could use it. Well a few months ago I used it once, as an ordinary moisturizer, but this so called extra emollient CREAM wasn't a cream at all. It was more like this pretty smelling pink greasy wax. I used it JUST ONCE, and I was not impressed, I felt like I had Vaseline on my face. No one really wants to wear that on their face each day do they? Well obviously since I wasn't going to use it, I just put it in the cabinet with all the rest of the moisturizers that failed, and went on my merry way - but since recently giving the Satin Hands 4 step process on my face, I actually noticed that the pink extra emollient cream that comes in the 1st tube that you're supposed to use is in fact the same identical stuff that my mother gave me. But wait a minute! Why wasn't the stuff in the tube waxy and gross feeling like that stuff in the little tub?
So I went to my stash of moisturizer flunkies, and took out the Mary Kay Extra Emollient Cream® When I opened it, it still looked the same, it still smelled the same, but this time when I touched it, it had a different texture to it. Sure enough it was IDENTICAL of that which was in the tube in the pampering kit. WHAT had made it different before you ask? Well I have a feeling that my mother had it stored somewhere where it was COLD, but at normal room temperature it has a different consistency. Was it still greasy? Yes, but either way, I decided I'd give it another try. And I did just that!!!
When using the emollient cream this time, I rubbed it into my skin real good, and then I didn't leave it at that. (I guess if you are going to try something, you might want to actually find out HOW it's supposed to be used) So I rubbed it into my skin real good, and then took a hot wash cloth and used an average facial cleanser, and then rinsed it off. The real real greasy stuff wasn't there anymore but instead I had a soft glow taking it's place. WHO wouldn't want their face radiantly glowing and looking fresh and moist? This stuff was great. I found that before using the Emollient cream that you get better results if you start with a dampened face, your pores are more receptive to this thick Vaseline like paste. Sure it feels gross at first, but when you have a severely dehydrated face, you'll find that you actually enjoy giving yourself this treatment. Not only that but while you are rubbing it in, you are massaging your facial tissues as well. It's like a day at the spa. This has become a daily routine for me, and I have such a healthier looking face to show for it. I've even reduced the amount of times I'm scrubbing my face with a loofah sponge. I am just hoping that this will be the answer I've been looking for. So many times I try things, and they are great in the beginning but after a while they lose their effectiveness. You can also use this on softer lips, and I have personally seen it's magic when removing eye make up (but just make sure you don't it IN your eyes)
The Mary Kay Extra Emollient Cream® Ingredients:
Petrolatum, mineral oil, paraffin, beesewax, candelilla wax, hydrogenetad soy glyceride, fragrance, carnauba wax, stearic adid, propylparaben, butylparaben, menthol, d & c red #17.
What does Mary Kay have to say?
For extremely dry skin. Helps maintain the natural moisture of the face and replenishes hydration in especially dry areas such as hands, elbows and feet. Contains petrolatum, beeswax and mineral oil to help protect, condition and seal in moisture.
Obviously it is exactly what I had described it as, Vaseline and Wax.... those seem to be the two main things in this product, but does it work? Well maybe not for all people but it's been working for me. I haven't had clogged pores, I've had NO problems with any sort of break-outs or pimple problems. But over all I just have a healthy face. This also works well on Eczema, or calloused feet and elbows. I didn't know what the exact cost of this Emollient cream was so I had to ask my mother what she paid for it, she thinks it was around $15. Would I buy it for myself on a regular basis? I'd have to say at this point, I WOULD, but time will tell. If my skin has changed or the emollient cream seems to lose it's effectiveness on my skin by the time the 2.5 ounce tub is gone, then no I won't be buying it. If I can continue getting the kind of results I'm getting right now, I'll buy a lifetime supply of this goop!
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