[Review] The AVON SSS Whitening Glutathione Face Cream Experience

I’m feeling productive this week so here’s another blog entry. Yay! Hopefully this’ll be the start of a frequent output from me. I noticed I haven’t tried posting about a real product review yet so here’s my first go at it. Let me blabber about my experience with AVON’s Glutathione Whitening Face Cream from the Skin-So-Soft line (SSS).

I’ve always been in search of a good day cream that will not look too greasy and will easily be absorbed by my skin. I live in a tropical country (Philippines) and add to that my overproductive sweat glands then I’m in for trouble. Most creams that I’ve used in the past tend to just sit on my skin and easily sweats right off. For the past few years I even stopped using moisturizers altogether and rely on sunblocks to quench my skin in the morning but this just doesn’t cut it. I’ve made a decision to incorporate a skin care regimen to my daily tasks since I’m definitely seeing a significant decline in my skin’s overall appearance. I’m finally paying for the neglect I’ve done.

Call it good timing that I chanced upon AVON’s face cream and saw that it was on sale for Php 149 just as I was going to the counter. It promises to deliver results in just 5 days. Wow! I’d say that’s some ambition and maybe if it happens for me then I’m one happy camper for sure. I didn’t put much thought in it but I’m glad I didn’t since I’m surprisingly pleased with this product.

“Makes skin visibly whiter, improves skin clarity, reduces the appearance of spots & discolorations, and evens out skin tone. Leaves skin feeling moisturized all day. Gentle, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, & dermatologist-tested.” *photo courtesy of http://www.avon.com.ph

The main ingredient of the cream is of course glutathione and this already has SPF 20/PA++

Regular price: Php 399 for 30g and Php 199 for 15g

Got mine for Php 149 for the 15g tub (brochure discount)

Can be bought through an AVON representative

SSS Glutathion Face Cream in 15g


Been using this for a little over a week now (day cream only) and I’m happy about how it doesn’t make my skin feel greasy nor heavy (the weather may have played a factor). On the other hand, in terms of giving me fairer skin in just 5 days I would have to say that there was no fulfillment there. I’m not complaining much since I’m just ecstatic that I found a day cream that fits what I’m looking for, getting whiter skin is not a top priority for me at the moment. Of course this is a let down for some of you looking for the real-deal brightening product. Maybe if I finish the tub I’d see a difference. We shall see.

has a runny and very spreadable consistency

was absorbed by my skin quite well

with the product applied to just half my face (right side), left a dewy finish but not too oily

Pros:

-has a lightweight and smooth texture

-has a mild scent

-moisturizes my skin without that extremely tacky feel

-made my skin look glowing from within

-has SPF 20/PA++ without any mask like effect

-can easily be spread so you don’t tug your skin

-did not cause any breakouts

Cons:

-did not brighten my face in 5 days as indicated (a promise is a promise)

-the regular price is a little steep for me Php 399 for 30g and Php 199 for 15g

Overall: 3 out of 5

That sums up my experience with AVON’s gluta cream and this made me excited to try other skin care lines from them since I usually just gravitate towards using their makeup and underwear products.

FYI: Yes, I am an AVON Representative but I mainly use it for personal consumption since I love getting discounts. This was in no way to simply patronize AVON and I’m only sharing my honest-to-goodness experience with their products. This is also a reflection of my trust with the brand so its normal for you to see me reviewing AVON products in this blog.

This is a category of my blog where I share my experience with a certain product may it be something that I bought or given to me it will be clearly stated. Please take everything that I indicate here with a grain of salt since I’m no skin specialist/dermatologist and I’m simply having a go at it and then hope for the best. This is for the sake of people out there who wants an account of a first hand experience on a product. I hope it helps to say that I have a normal skin type and I don’t have sensitive skin in general.

Why Sunblock?

The heat is on! Summer came knocking with its scorching temperature that makes me wish we still had the cooler weather. I secretly envy those who already set their plans to bask in the sun with a plethora of activities for the coming weeks for mine will be most likely spent with my mundane tasks. Nevertheless, no matter what our to-do lists this season may be what we mustn’t forget is the ever important sun protection. Sure you can get away with just an umbrella and a pair of sunnies. That’s what you want yourself to believe but you know for a fact that they’re not enough. That’s why sunblocks were invented. I’d be using sunblock and sunscreen synonymously for this article but I think they may have different definitions.

If truth be told I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with sunblocks. There are just times I can’t handle the sticky feeling most formulas leave that I opt to skip this step. It only makes sense for me to remind myself why we need to apply some form of sun protection on a daily basis most specially at this time of the year since our skin and SPF are meant to be BFFs.

Minimize skin ageing

A good sunblock will help you have younger looking skin because it has components that block UVA rays which are the ones causing skin ageing. This happens since the rays penetrate the inner layer of the skin which damages the collagen (a component that maintains skin elasticity, less collagen=more wrinkles). Personally I’d rather spend money to minimize getting wrinkles than to spend more in treating it. Let’s just say prevention is better than cure.

Prevent burning your skin

Another part of a good sunscreen is that it helps filter UVB rays that burns the skin. With this, the rays only make it to the surface to wreak havoc by literally toasting you. We still have to keep in mind that applying sunblock will NOT give you the right to brace the sun for hours on end. If it can’t be helped make sure you reapply as needed to ensure protection specially when you’re on water no matter how waterproof the products claim to be.

Maintain skin tone

Whatever skin tone you might have or want to maintain, sunscreens will aid you in achieving that. Depending on your needs you can get products that would either have lightening or tanning components. As for me, I usually get the ones that have neither. Hahah. Let me give you a peek of what I’m currently using.

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For my body, I use the Beach Hut Max 75++ Clear Spray Sunblock. I love that its just like a body oil and leaves a healthy glow. I use Avon Anew 360 White for my face since I am trying to brighten this area of my skin and it has more of a BB cream kind of finish. If you blend this well then it wouldn’t have a mask-like effect.

Help prevent skin cancer

A whole lot of research can back up the claims that sunblocks help keep our skin in tip top shape. In a way, it contributes in minimizing the risk of developing skin cancer. Most likely its because it discourages the destruction of skin cells due to sun exposure. I’m not going to talk much about it since I’m no scientist but try to know more and you’ll be convinced.

Love your skin more

It all boils down to showing your skin some good loving. Its the biggest organ of our bodies and we ought to give it what it deserves. I know most sunblocks come with a hefty price but if you’ll think about it this is a great way to invest in our skin. If you spend money on makeup maybe you can allot a part of it in getting a decent sunscreen product. For someone who’s a cheapskate like me, I would definitely prioritize this product over an expensive lippie. That’s just me. I’m not a poster kid for sunblock use and there are days that I forget about using it but I really want it to be a habit. I know it would do wonders for my skin. Don’t just believe me. See for yourself.

PS Please forgive the lack of pictures. I’ll try to incorporate more photos next time.