Jump to content

SKII: Anyone using it? Is it really worth the $$$


  • Please log in to reply
20 replies to this topic

#1 42n8

Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:50 AM

Just after a few reviews from any ladies using the SKII range of skincare.

I'm getting older and have definitely noticed my skin ageing in the last year or so (especially) so I think my current skincare regime just isnt cutting it anymore.

For my age, I have good skin and have always taken care of it but, let's face it, you cant fight time forever and I'm definitely seeing fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes, forehead and mouth that I need to bring out the big guns of skincare to combat now.

I hear so many women raving about SKII but have held back til now purely because of the price of it. I'm a SAHM now so dont want, nor do I have the cashflow anymore, to shell out hundreds of dollars on a skincare range that doesnt meet up to the hype/expectation.

I dont want to name or shame other products but I've tried a lot of brands, some with better results than others and my experience has taught me that for the majority of them, you do get what you pay for which is why I'm contemplating the switch from the budget priced range I'm using now to SKII.

Oh, and I already regularly use rosehip oil.

So,

What SKII products do you recommend? And, do they work? Are they really worth the money? Or, have you tried SKII but found better results from something else?

Once I find a new skincare range I'm happy with, I think my next step is to save up for fillers but that's purely because I'm totally having an anxiety attack over turning 40 this year. Gulp!

TIA

#2 sāta kōrsa

Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:55 AM

Sorry I haven't tried it so I can't help you but I'll be watching any replies with interest.  I've tried looking at 'productreview.com.au' website but none of the SKII products have been reviewed yet unfortunately.

#3 LeggyBlonde

Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:01 PM

makeupalley is a website with reviews of SK-II and MANY other brands of skincare and cosmetics...

#4 asdf89

Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:03 PM

I'll be watching this too... I was interested in this skincare but couldn't find ingredient lists online (as there is a common preservative I react to).

If it's really that good, it'll motivate me to go into Myer and read the fine print Tounge1.gif

#5 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:03 PM

I tried it and was seriously underwhelmed.  It didn't make my skin any worse, but it didn't make it much better either.

There's a number of brands I'd buy before it.  

FWIW, I recently changed to ASAP and I'm loving the results.

#6 Batmansunderpants

Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:03 PM

I used to use it when I could afford it! I definitely noticed it appeared to improve the skin around my eyes. I loved all the products I used which was the face wash, toner, moisturiser and eye cream.

I have sensitive skin and it made my skin lovely and didn't clog my pores.

#7 42n8

Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:30 PM

Thank you all for your responses.

LB: I have checked out the review website you recommended and I think I'll bite the bullet and try it.  A lot of reviewers mentioned sample sizes to begin with so I'll see if I can track them down for starters.

DH will probably have a stroke if I convert the whole-hog straight away but, if it works, it's cheaper than surgery.

Thanks all for your replies.


#8 Angelina Ballerina

Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:28 PM

Here's a link to reviews on Beautypedia
http://www.paulaschoice.com/beautypedia-sk...amp;brand=sk-ii

#9 jessie123

Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:38 PM

I think you can get better products cheaper.

Try retin a cream, vitamin c serum. The loreal micro dermabrasion kit is nice and even the old aspirin mask works a treat.

#10 lottie9

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:22 PM

No, I don't think any skincare is worth that much money.

#11 harryboy

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:29 PM

DJ's has a makeup and skincare promo twice a year around March and September and there is usually a SKII offer in that,

#12 Jellyblush

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:30 PM

I'll be watching too.

I'm not far from your age, and this year I started regular microdermabrasions with oxygen. I get a course of 6 for $400 (special) in Melbourne and they have made a much bigger difference than any skincare I've ever tried.

Sothy's are a brand that are also very good.

#13 envs

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:42 PM

There is a trial kit which includes cleanser, pre-treatment lotion, moisturiser and something else. It didn't provide any miracles for me, but I'm still in my 30's so maybe it will be more dramatic the older you get?

If you are trying to conceive, or pregnant, it is best to avoid any retinoids.

I tried microdermabrasion for the first time recently. Didn't provide any visible results, but my skin definitely felt much softer, though will cause pigmentation more easily if you are exposed to sun.

Have tried La Prairie. It's OK. Hope in a Jar is meant to be great. I tried a jar...it's just another moisturiser.

Have also used Medicalia brand (from a beauty spa place). About as exxy as SKII mL for mL, but the stuff really works if you follow the regimen. It's heavy in retinol though so is quite effective but cn make skin very sensitive.

Decisions decisions! Good luck : )

#14 Moneypenny2014

Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:03 PM

I tried it about 6 months ago and thought it was a total waste of money - I was very unimpressed.
As far as wrinkles go the best products I have used so far are Sothys and I use them in conjunction with my KORA (Miranda Kerr) products (I use Kora cleanser, mist, moisturiser, mask, eye cream and rosehip oil) and I top up with Sothys moisturiser (night time) and am about to purchase the Sothys eye cream again.
But the thing that has made the biggest change in my skin is my diet (lots of veg) and my diet also now includes the use of a Sillica supplement, coupled with Flaxseed oil in my porridge every day & lots of water.

#15 sammyv

Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:25 PM

QUOTE (Jellyblush @ 24/01/2013, 09:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'll be watching too.

I'm not far from your age, and this year I started regular microdermabrasions with oxygen. I get a course of 6 for $400 (special) in Melbourne and they have made a much bigger difference than any skincare I've ever tried.

Sothy's are a brand that are also very good.


Jellyblush - can you tell me where you got that done?

#16 peckingbird

Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:43 PM

I do not think it is worth the money.

I get better results using retin-a on alternate days in combo with rosehip oil.

In Australia you need a prescription for retin-a, but you can buy over the counter at pharmacies in France (or online) a product called Avibon without a prescription.  It is 8 euro per tube, one tube lasts about six months.  It's not very glamourous in how it looks and feels (a bit like vaseline actually), but very very good results.  Can't use it whilst TTC/preg/BF however.  And must be very strict about suncare as it can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight.

#17 42n8

Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:59 AM

Wow! Thanks ladies for the input.

I tried retinol quite a few years ago when i was in the USA and found it a bit heavy on my skin. I have to agree it did as it claimed but after only a few weeks of use my skin started reacting to it and I had to stop.

I've heard of La Praire before but it doesnt have very good reviews and seems rediculously $$$ to risk trying without some kind of guarantee.

A friend in the US told me to try a product called Oxytokin in conjunction with Skincell #29 but they are only available in the USA not cheap and seem a bit 'suss' when you google it. She swears it's a miracle cure for fine lines and tbh her face is a pretty good advert for it - she looks amazing! She says she's going to send me a sample so will wait and see for myself.

AFM, I think having just turned 40 over the weekend, I'm being a bit sensitive about getting older when in reality my skin is still in very good condition. It's soft a supple. No acne or redness etc. I avoid the sun like the plague and have done so since I was a tween. I have taken care of my skin always and have been regimented about cleansing, toning, exfoliating, moisturising always. Most people are surprised to learn my age and tend to assume i'm in my early 30's which is nice but some of that is from good genes too (My mum still looks younger than she is too).
The thing is, I can see the changes in my skin - especially in the last year or so. I have lost some of the 'glow' people talk about and there are definitely those tiny little lines appearing around my eyes now (that arent just there when I'm tired - but all the time).

The best skincare range I have ever used was Artistry (from Amway) but the lady I used to buy it from isnt in Amway anymore and I'm not signing up to all that BS (and they kept changing the range which I hated) so when that ran out I switched to Dr Lewin's (also good but not to the hype it claims). Then when I had my kids and became a SAHM I went for the more generic ranges (because I couldnt justify the costs on my budget anymore).

I just want a good skincare range, that will keep my skin in good condition, maybe give me back some of that youthful glow and help to flatten out the fine lines around the eyes. And, now I'm 40, I'm selfish enough that I'm willing to pay for something that WILL work.

I wish I lived in the city and could pop-in to DJ's and Myer and have a play with all these wonder-brands, but in the country I'm limited to online so have to risk it by buying before trying.

Hmmm, the dilemma of it all.



#18 earth_99

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:21 AM

OP
Maybe have a look at Paula's Choice Austalia. They're reasonably priced, full of active ingredients, and sell samples online original.gif
That's what I do from my remote home! (And I've tried it all)


#19 VioletPurple

Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:13 PM

I have been using SKII since may last year and I am in love with it. I usually have really dry skin but since using it my skin is soft and beautiful.

I can clearly see the difference it makes to my skin, my pores are much smaller and I don't even get hormonal outbreaks anymore. Its amazing.

Prior to using this I had tried Elemis (sorry not sure of spelling) Kora made my skin dry out, Sothys which was ok but I still had outbreaks, Ella Bache.

I buy the promotional packs the which last me three months

I use the
cleanser
lotion
essence
stem power or Olay total effects

ANd when I have a wedding or event I use the masks I think it was a 6 pack I open the mask and use it and over the next few days I use the serum thats in the packet on my face every night to get the value out of it.

http://www.adorebeauty.com.au/sk-ii/sk-ii-...regime-set.html
http://www.adorebeauty.com.au/sk-ii/sk-ii-...ence-set-1.html
http://www.adorebeauty.com.au/sk-ii/sk-ii-...as-edition.html

I should also add that I never told anyone I was using this but all of a sudden people kept commenting on how amazing my skin looks and wanted to know how I got it like this (so now I boast about SKII).

The best thing was last time I went to the beauty therapist to have my brows done she said to me OMG your skin is amazing. For me that says it all.

#20 Clever Bunny

Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:26 PM

QUOTE (Angelina Ballerina @ 23/01/2013, 05:28 PM)
15264283[/url]']
Here's a link to reviews on Beautypedia
http://www.paulaschoice.com/beautypedia-sk...amp;brand=sk-ii


I was going to link Paula's choice, I don't buy anything without reading her reviews. From memory, there are no impressive active ingredients in SKII to warrant the price tag. I  dreamt of waking up looking like Cate Blanchette inallthe SKII ads but Paula talked me out of it. I used The Paula's Choice range for acne and it really did get everything under control and meant I could avoid a second round of Roaccutane. I now use her Anti- aging alpha hydroxy range and love it.
The other range I am looking into is AlphaH Liquid Gold. The adore beauty website has a trial pack for under $100 and I'm going to try that because buying from the Paula's Choice site leads to big shopping  costs from the US.

#21 credence

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:23 PM

Not worth it. I spent quite a bit of money on it and I can't notice it doing anything special. In fact I think it makes me break out a bit. I get better results with rosehip oil and garnier BB Cream.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

Baby for Asher Keddie and Vincent Fantauzzo

Fans followed every step of her on-screen pregnancy in Offspring, now Asher Keddie is going to be a mum in real life too.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong': the fight for Kaden's diagnosis

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

Couple uses group photo trick to announce pregnancy to loved ones

Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reaction to their exciting pregnancy news.

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Empowering bikini photo of 46-year-old mum goes viral

When a group of teenagers made rude remarks about her body as she walked past them in a bikini at the local beach, Julie Cross refused to cover up.

Devastated widow discovers she's pregnant the day before husband's funeral

They had been trying to conceive a baby for seven years. Tragically Kristy Kirchner found out she was pregnant the day before her husband Royce's funeral.

Win a family pass to Disney Live!

We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

Gabriella Goat sues Peppa Pig

Every toddler's favourite television pig is being sued by an Italian woman who shares a name with a Peppa Pig character.

Meet the Mpregs, the male pregnancy enthusiasts

"Men can't have babies - that's something only women can do! But our community is full of like-minded people who wish otherwise."

Your new motherhood survival kit

Forget about the bright, pretty baby things - while you're in survival mode, all you'll need are the essentials.

More than 100,000 cars recalled globally after death of pregnant woman

The announcement of a mass recall comes as Malaysian police investigate the death of pregnant woman in July.

I had a 'good baby' but still suffered from postnatal depression

I had a much wanted precious baby girl, a 'good baby' who slept well, self settled and was mostly content. It just seemed implausible to think I could succumb to depression.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

10 great meals to make for new parents

Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

'It's not you, it's me': Boston bombing survivor mum to have leg amputated

Rebekah DiMartino is going through a break-up. She even wrote a farewell love letter. But it's not to her husband.

What it's like to go through early menopause

In a cruel twist, Carla had been breastfeeding and perimenopausal at the same time. But she's far from the only one to go through menopause early.

Restaurant served alcohol to two-year-old

Busy restaurants can be forgiven for getting food and drink orders mixed up from time to time, but not when the confusion leads to a two-year-old being served an alcoholic cocktail instead of the child-friendly beverage they ordered.

Julia Morris tells of miscarriage on a flight

Julia Morris has spoken about the devastation of suffering a miscarriage while on an international flight.

Woman's survival after birth 'a story of two miracles'

A US mother is home and tending to her new baby less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes.

Eating ice may give mental boost to the iron deficient: study

A new study proposes that, like a strong cup of coffee, ice may give those with insufficient iron a much-needed mental boost.

Tiny lives in caring hands: Thank U NICU Day

Each year in Australia, over 40,000 newborns need the help of a special care nursery or neonatal intensive care unit. One day a year, the staff are honoured by the parents they help through those dark days.

I paid $50,000 to have a girl

This time my husband and I hadn't taken any chances. We had paid $50,000 and travelled 13,000 kilometres to make sure the baby growing inside me was female.

Weird pregnancy products

Some pregnancy products come to market and are just awesome. Others just leave you scratching your head.

Dear firstborn, I'm sorry

Being a first-time mum is tough for so many reasons – particularly because you really have no idea what you're doing.

A trace of sesame could kill my son

Helen Richardson son's had two anaphylactic reactions in a month. It's traumatic for everyone.

When you know before the test says yes

It wasn't a pregnancy test or missed period that told me I was pregnant with my second baby; it was too early for those things. A doner kebab told me I was going to be a mum again.

What not to do when your partner is in labour

Robbie Williams stole the show during his wife Ayda's labour, pretty much demonstrating everything on the "what not to do when your partner is in labour" list.

Best maternity swimwear and beach cover-ups

Thinking about a tropical babymoon but have nothing to wear? Here are some great swimwear and beach cover-up options for mums-to-be.

Dad breastfeeds his babies

Trevor Macdonald has now been pregnant twice, and is successfully breastfeeding his newest family member.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.