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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Juice Beauty Age Defy Solutions Kit

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I think it's safe to say anyone who loves beauty and skincare has a sample stash. Whether they're freebies from hauls or collected from subscription services, we all have them. They can get in the way, take up room you really don't have, but they can also be great ways to try something new; especially if we're talking super-sized deluxe type samples. Juice Beauty knows the power of such samples and has created great the Age Defy Solutions Kit that includes try-me size versions of their popular Green Apple products. Read on for a closer look!

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Juice Beauty Age Defy Solutions Kit* $39 USD / $49 CAD ($70/ $80 value)

The Green Apple range of products can be summed up with three words- brighten, tighten, and lighten. Of course I'm going to use a few more though. The range is based around a host of main ingredients- organic fruit acids (apple, lemon,and grape), a cocktail of peptides, alpha/beta hydrdoxy acids, vitamin C and CoQ10- which work together to brighten skin, decrease the appearance hyper-pigmentation and fine lines, and even skin tone and texture. The range can be used by most skin types, but isn't suited for those with sensitive skin or rosacea due to the fruit acids.

Since we went over what is in the range, it only makes sense to mention what isn't in it. All Juice Beauty formulations are made without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. They're also cruelty free and never tested on animals. Okay, onto the goods!

juice beauty age defy solutions kit- green apple gel cleanser and green apple age defy serum

Juice Beauty Green Apple Gel Cleanser is a brightening cleanser has a thinner texture than any other gel cleanser I've tried in the past, but is a great cleanser as it leaves skin super clean feeling without any tightness or dryness. The cleanser is the biggest product in the kit, yet it doesn't need to be, as I find you only need the smallest amount. This is a great cleanser for use after makeup removal as it leaves skin feeling so clean and fresh. I also noticed that after use skin feels smoother and brighter, like immediately, even before any other steps.

Of course serum is next in the lineup, with the Green Apple Age Defy Serum. Like the cleanser, this serum has a thinner consistency than I was expecting, but it does mean you don't need a lot. The serum claims to visibly brighten (as all the products in the range do) but also to fight free radical damage and fee skin with a formula containing vitamin C, primrose, linseed and borage. I have been very interested in serums lately, and have come to really enjoy this one. It takes a moment to absorb as the formula feels quite wet, but once it does skin feels smoother but also firmer. My only complaint is the packaging. The cute little tube has a terrible pump on it that doesn't release and makes it very difficult to get product out.

juice beauty age defy solutions kit- green apple peel full strength (4)

Now onto what you may have been waiting for- the Green Apple Peel Full Strength. This peel has been on my wish list for ages, as I do love anything with brightening claims. It's one of the brand's most popular products, and for good reason! The peel is simple to use as you just apply it generously, wait about ten minutes, then rinse off. The peel is designed to deliver spa grade exfoliation (oh-la-la!) to reveal a brighter complexion while firming skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation. Who couldn't use that? I'll admit I was a little apprehensive before using this, as the tube claims tingling and flushing are normal, both of which I did experience, but just as I wondered how much longer it would tingle it stopped and I had no sensitivities. After washing the peel off, I was instantly a fan. My skin felt amazing! It looked a little splotchy (ooh, sexy) but after the redness calmed, I could see a brighter complexion and a smoother more even texture.

juice beauty age defy solutions kit- green apple age defy moisturizer and green apple spf 15 moisturizer

Since no routine is complete without hydration, and the Age Defy Solutions Kit includes two- Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer and Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer. In case the other products didn't do enough for you, even the moisturizers are formulated to be little powerhouses. The Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer is formulated with vegetable hyaluronic acid, vitamin A and C in combination with the fruit acids found in the rest of the range and organic coconut, aloe, shea, and jojoba for hydration. The moisturizer  has a medium weight consistency that takes a moment to absorb into the skin and creates a white cast before fully absorbing, but it does have a clean feel that wears nicely through the day. The hydration level is quite high as this soften even the driest areas with ease without being too heavy.

The Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer has a very similar formula to that of the non-SPF but includes mineral based SPF 15 non-nano zinc oxide and no synthetic or chemical sunscreens. I found this to be just as hydrating and easy to wear as the non SPF, but did find this was faster to apply and absorb.

Overall, I'm quite a fan of this range as I have seen results since using these products. I do find my skin to be brighter, firmer and with a much softer and smoother texture. Of the whole range the peel and the serum would be my first purchases, I do enjoy the cleanser too... I love the idea of kits like this because you're able to sample the range long enough to get a good feel of how the products actually work before committing to the full size. Have you tried anything from Juice Beauty or the Green Apple range? Tried any amazing samples lately?