Pros: Does what it says, price is reasonable, really simple to add to any beauty regimen.
Cons: Only way I know to get it is eBay or from joining the club.
Well, let me begin by saying this has got to be quite a product for me, considering I've been an Epinions member since December 2000 and this is the FIRST review I've ever written here. So that this review will be helpful if YOU'RE considering purchasing Youthful Essence, let me begin by saying I'm 35, African American, have a minimal amount of fine lines beginning to show on my forehead only, and have combination oily skin in warm weather. I've always fought with blemishes when I was younger so I have some "indents" left where there was acne and still break out occasionally. I give you all this info just so that you know the range of skin types this product works on. It was the reviews of the other ladies here, older and younger than I, that lead me to my purchase this week on eBay. (I wasn't interested in making a commitment to endless shipments of product, not yet knowing how often I'd use it, if at all.)
Okay. I got the box today. I got the 2 sponges, the tool, and 2 jars of resurfacing cream. I washed my face first and went at it. And as one reviewer already said, as I stood there in the mirror using the cream and the resurfacing tool, I was expecting to feel more . . . something. I grew up with the apricot scrub that we've all tried at one time or another, so I'm expecting the scratchy, walnut shell type of stimulation. Honestly, I felt nothing but a really good facial massage. I'd say I spent about a good 7 minutes with it. The first time, the cream dissipated too quickly and it was hard to glide the tool over my face, so I applied a little more cream to my face. I really wasn't impressed at all.
Then I rinsed my face. That's when I became impressed. My face really looked luminous (and I don't use that word for effect, it's just the only word that describes the results). My nose looks totally poreless and smooth. And my forehead, where I paid a little extra attention, looked like the lines had just been airbrushed away. And not using any other new products, once I'd blotted my face dry and applied my favorite night cream, it even applied better. I mean, it smoothed on better than ever! It's so surprising that I literally can't keep my hands off my face.
Truly, my only regret is that I didn't snap a quick digital "before" photo. I would have been glad to post a before and after photo sequence. It's that noticeable.
I intend to use Youthful Essence on my face, neck and chest. Honestly, if it does this for my face, I can't wait to show a little youthful cleavage for the holidays!
Remarkable little gem that any lady over 30 should have in her possession. A multivitamin, 8 glasses of water a day and Youthful Essence are now my basic beauty staples.
PLEASE NOTE: As I am now a Lead nor an Advisor, I'll never get a Very Helpful rating. I just hope my honest opinions of the products I chose to rate help you make wise purchases!