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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Trilogy: Complexion Cashmere + Big Skin Care Sale at Whole Foods This Weekend!

The Whole Foods Market skin care section keeps getting better and better, and the temptation to stray from the produce aisle, greater and greater. One of their recent additions is Trilogy Skincare-- a line that I only had a little bit of familiarity with until now. I have used their original formula of Rosehip oil to heal a surgical incision a few years ago, and I found it to be of excellent quality. I've recently had the pleasure of sampling several of Trilogy's newer line called Age Proof, as well as a serum for hypersensitive skin and the new version of their famous staple: Rosehip Oil Antioxidant +. What I found was a treasure trove of new sensory experiences related to the texture of these products, and I can't wait to tell you all about them.

Whole Foods Market-- Lincoln Park, Chicago

First, a word about the sale: the entire Trilogy line, plus others such as Dr. Hauschka and Acure Organics will all be on sale starting this Friday (February 6th) until Sunday at all Chicago area Whole Foods Market stores. All skincare (except for lip balms, and does not include cosmetics) will be a whopping 25% off during this sale, so this is the time to try whatever you've been eyeing when you go to pick up your favorite brownies. Uh, I mean, soy milk. Right, that's it. It's also a great opportunity to pick up a killer Valentine's Day present or two! Click HERE for more about the skincare sale as well as some really good tips on the Whole Foods blog.

[Age Proof Nutrient Plus Firming Serum, Line Smoothing Day Cream, Replenishing Night Cream]

Trilogy Age Proof Nutrient Plus Firming Serum is quite the star product in this lineup. Loaded with aloe, chamomile, licorice root, calendula, rosehip oil and hyaluronic acid, this light-textured gel-serum not only firms and tones the skin, but hydrates, brightens and creates a beautiful glow. For my dry, sensitive skin, this product would probably be enough to use on its own during summer months. It's a multi-tasking powerhouse that does more and feels better than many serums I've tried that cost 3 times as much. This one's a keeper!

The Age Proof Line Smoothing Day Cream really lives up to its name. I layer it over a serum or oil using upward strokes, and a little goes a long way. The texture is like pure satin. It has a blurring effect on lines and hugs the contours of the skin, leaving a cushion of protection and hydration. The ingredient list boasts cocoa and shea butters, rosehip, avocado, acai, evening primrose, jojoba and olive oils, hyaluronic acid and melon fruit extract. It's interesting to note that many of Trilogy's products are devoid of fragrant essential oils because there are people who have sensitivity to them. I have a billion products that are mainly comprised of essential oils, so this is a nice change for me. It becomes more about the texture of the product, how it feels on my skin, and how it works together in tandem with other products in the line. The Age Proof line really seems to highlight those experiences.

The Age Proof Replenishing Night Cream was a surprise on many fronts. When I first opened the jar and tested a little dab on my hand, I had an "Uh-oh" moment. It seemed rather gluey at first and all I could think of was my unpredictable hormonal acne. However, after it melts with body temperature, it thins out considerably and becomes more like a balm. Once again, another Trilogy product with a novel texture. This is the only product in the line that I can detect any kind of faint fragrance with- it's natural rose geranium. Very light, very sophisticated, and not at all bothersome. Some of the star ingredients are licorice, mulberry, cucumber, chamomile, hyaluronic acid, marula, olive, avocado, aloe-- and more. Like the Line Smoothing Day Cream, the Replenishing Night Cream has a blurring effect on lines, but it's even better. Skin is perfectly smoothed, and when I looked in the mirror after using it for 4 nights in a row, I saw no wrinkles. Therefore, I can safely call this product the Holy Grail of night creams: instant gratification by smoothing out the appearance of lines and other imperfections and long-term benefits of intense hydration, brightening, firming and fading all of the things about my face I wish didn't exist. It sounds like a fairy tale, I know, but if it is one, it's got one heck of a happy ending. Color me seriously impressed. 
Age Proof Nutrient Plus Firming Serum: Retail $44
Age Proof Line Smoothing Day Cream: Retail $49
Age Proof Replenishing Night Cream: Retail $55

[Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream]

The Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream was the first thing I tried, and I was quite taken with the odd texture. It's very slippery, creamy and fluffy all at once, like a really well made chocolate mousse. It sticks to your face instead of sliding off (which makes it fabulous to use with a Clarisonic or any kind of cloth) and papaya and pineapple enzymes get right to work. 60 seconds of massaging it off with an anti-bacterial bamboo cloth and my skin is basking in a new kind of clean. It's not drying or stripping of the natural barrier that skin needs to feel comfortable, but what it does is remove what's not supposed to be there- dirt, makeup, excess sebum and anything that will contribute bacteria and aggravate any skin condition. It's an impressive, high-tech cleanser that boasts natural ingredients that work really hard so that you have less to worry about. A MUST-HAVE.
Retail: $44

[CoQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate]

I absolutely adore the Age Proof CoQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate. It's got all the right moves. It's a whisper-light, creamy serum that is suitable for sensitive eyes, reduces puffiness effectively and smooths out the skin all around the eye area. It's hydrating, soothing and cooling. It's one of those types of products that I have about 5 of, and none of them work well enough to justify repurchasing. FINALLY! I'm beyond psyched that I've found one that works so well (night and day) and is reasonably priced. A few key ingredients are: aloe, Co-Enzyme Q10, hyaluronic acid, licorice root, horse chestnut, green coffee, cucumber, chamomile, olive fruit extract, jojoba esters and green tea. If you want to dip your toes in Trilogy's Age Proof line, this would be a fantastic place to start, along with that incredible Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream.
Retail: $38

[Rosehip Oil Antioxidant + 30ml bottle]

The Rosehip Oil Antioxidant + is the slightly souped-up reboot of their classic Rosehip Oil (which is still available, by the way- this is just an addition, not a replacement). This version contains rosehip, tomato seed and cranberry seed oils, sunflower oil, vitamin E, lycopene, acai and oat extracts. It's a light oil and is great when used on its own or if you want to use it to boost your moisturizer (I add about 2 drops to a little blob of moisturizer and mix in the palm of my hand when I do this). This little bottle contains some of nature's most powerful antioxidants, so if you're in the market for a great moisturizing oil for any skin type or condition- you will get the most bang for your buck with Rosehip Oil Antioxidant +.
Retail: $36

[Very Gentle Calming Serum]

Very Gentle Calming Serum is a wonderful light and milky "rescue" serum for when skin is very irritated, acneic, red or inflamed, or just feeling dry and tight. With aloe, chamomile, calendula, green tea, oat extract, sweet almond, evening primrose, rosemary and olive oils, this serum is the equivalent of a chill pill for your face, giving your skin the time and space it needs to facilitate the healing process. And it works. Inflammation is an immune response that can cause a lot of damage to skin and other tissues and organs all by itself if allowed to go unchecked. Indoor heating wreaks havoc on my skin, and is probably at the root of much of my skin sensitivity, and Very Gentle Calming Serum cools it off when I need it the most. Now, I keep it in the refrigerator so I get even more of a cooling sensation. The relief I get from it is profound-- and very reliable.
Retail: $42

Overall, my experience with Trilogy products has been utterly amazing. All of the products work so well together in tandem to create a clear, smooth surface with healthy, newly regenerated skin cells, minimized pores and a brightened, calm complexion. And finally, my persistent eye puffiness is under control while the skin under my eyes is being strengthened over time.

Towards the end of last year, I discovered Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, and now Trilogy. I'm pretty sure I  could live off of these two brands alone for the rest of my life, and I'd be swimming in products that feel tailor-made for me. It's a good time to be alive if you've got cranky skin and discerning taste. Next, I must try Trilogy's bath, body and hair products. I have every confidence that I'll be pleased as punch with those, too!

[Samples provided by Whole Foods Market PR, North Avenue in Chicago for my consideration. All reviews contained in this post, and every other post on this blog, are my opinion only--honest and unaffiliated.]

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