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I don’t think that there are many beauty bloggers and beauty addicts out there that stick to the same solid skin care routine for months and months. I sure don’t. I always use a mix of different brands and products in my routine and I frequently change things up a bit. Before I review a skin care product I usually use it for a few weeks, and then depending on how well it performed on my Scale of Awesome (1 for pretty decent and 10 for total complete absolute holy grail) I usually continue to use the product for another couple of weeks or even months. But with the exception of a few all-time keepers, most products eventually get replaced.
I also rarely use skin care products from one line or brand only. But that changed when two weeks ago I found a package from the Swiss skin care brand Unique in my mail box with five gorgeous skin care products. I felt so drawn to the classy packaging and to the style and elegance that the products oozed that I immediately changed my whole skin care routine (yet again) and started using just those five Unique products. Today I’d like to share my new current skin care routine with you, as well as a little review of the five products that are featured in it. Have a look!
Unique Cleansing Cream
I start my morning skin care routine with the Unique Cleansing Cream, a gentle soap-free cleansing cream for sensitive skin with white horehound extract and pine extract and with vitamin E and B. Starting my day with this Cleansing Cream is suuuuuch a treat, oh boy oh boy oh boy! The cream is so much creamier and so much more luxurious than my usual cleansing milk, and the subtle 100% natural scent is absolutely divine. I use the cream on damp skin and gently massage it around for about 30 seconds. Then I just rinse it all off with warm water.
Unique Eye Cream
No matter what eye cream I use, I always use Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Infusion first. Right now that’s the only non-Unique product in my morning skin care routine. The Unique Eye Cream contains macadamia nut oil, shea butter and elderberry extract to nourish the skin around the eyes and to slow down skin aging. I use about half a pump of product and gently dab it onto the area around my eyes. The lightweight cream-colored formula feels really smooth on my skin and gets absorbed very fast. Great!
Unique Anti-Age Serum
Next up is the Unique Anti-Age Serum, a rejuvenating serum that is packed with natural antioxidants and vitamins to keep the skin healthy, firm and supple and to boost the skin’s collagen production. In other words: it does exactly what a good serum is supposed to do. Awesome! The serum has a light texture and it smoothly glides onto my skin. I use one pump for my whole face, and I always try to give the product some time – just a minute or so – to completely absorb before putting on moisturizer.
Unique 24-Hour Age-Defying Cream
Then it’s time for moisturizer. And I don’t care what the (so-called) professionals say, but using an anti-aging moisturizer at the age of 26 is perfectly fine. Not everyone seems to agree though, because a couple of weeks ago I asked for a firming anti-aging moisturizer at the Clinique counter, and the girl looked at me as if I was asking for a bottle of baby eyeballs soaked in puppy blood… Seriously, is it that weird that I’d rather prevent skin aging at the age of 26 than start treating wrinkles when it’s actually already too late? Either way, the Clinique girl kept on saying that the cream that I wanted was only for women in their forties, so I walked out empty handed. I thought my problem was solved when I received the 24-Hour Age-Defying Cream from Unique, but alas. The ‘Age-Defying’ in the name kind of implies that it’s an anti-aging product, but it actually isn’t. The product contains for example olive oil and green tea extract and star flower oil to give the skin a major moisture boost, but that’s it. The ingredients that make a good anti-aging cream (like collagen, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, retinol,…) are nowhere to be found on the ingredient list, and that – for me at least – is a shame. So the Unique 24-Hour Age-Defying Cream is more of an intensely hydrating moisturizer. Which is fine of course, and it really does a good job at keeping my skin hydrated. But it’s just not what I’m personally looking for.
Unique Renewing Mask
According to the instructions you can use the Unique Renewing Mask daily by applying it and leaving it on for ten to fifteen minutes after cleansing and before putting on moisturizer. But seriously, who has time for that every day? Not me, so I use the Unique Renewing Mask just once a week, usually on a Saturday or a Sunday. The mask is full of natural plant extracts, antioxidants and vitamins that keep the skin healthy, hydrated and supple and boost the skin’s collagen production. The texture of the mask is a bit similar to that of the Cleansing Cream and it doesn’t dry up. I usually use heavy, thick clay masks, but this mask is more like a light yoghurt mask. So it doesn’t purify the skin, but it does leave my skin feeling peachy soft and makes it look more plump and supple. And that definitely deserves two thumbs up!
So now the most important question of all: how do the Unique products do on my Scale of Awesome? Well, the products all look beautiful and classy, they are very pleasant to use and they are packed with natural high-quality ingredients. I’m definitely keeping the Cleansing Cream, the Eye Cream, the Anti-Aging Serum and the Renewing Mask in my routine because I really like them a lot. The Cleansing Cream in particular has become a big favorite. The only product that I don’t intend to keep in my routine is the 24-Hour Age-Defying Cream, just because it’s not what I’m personally looking for in a moisturizer. But hey, four out of five, that’s not bad. So overall my first experience with Unique has been wonderful!
All Unique products are clinically, dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested. They are free from parabens and animal testing. The Unique Cleansing Cream, Eye Cream, Anti-Aging Serum, 24-Hour Age-Defying Cream and Renewing Mask are respectively available for 24 CHF, 68 CHF, 70 CHF, 68 CHF and 68 CHF.
How often do you change your skin care routine? What is your first impression of Unique?