Sunday, 22 June 2014

Brand Alert: Synergie: Protect, Change, Nurture

Many of you would be familiar by now of my fondness for skincare in both my professional and personal life. Many brands come and go and I've tried lots. Some work better for me and some less so but it is safe to say there's a brand suited for everyone out there. A couple of weeks ago, I ventured to a meeting over tea with Rosa my PR friend, the creator of Australian skincare brand Synergie, Terri Vinson and Helen Ritchie, Director of Visible Skincare, the UK retailer.

Boasting a policy of "Clean Science", Terri asserts that she and the brand believe in "combining cutting edge scientific breakthroughs with naturally derived ingredients to protect, change and nurture all skin", and she will not use anything that is questionable and deemed dangerous and harmful to her clients. So once again I must insist that skincare is a very personal thing and not everything suits everyone. My pursuit of finding brands to use personally and professionally is tireless and when I tried the textures and had Terri explain the philosophy of every item, I got excited, correction very excited! So let me show you what I chose to trial and a breakdown of every single item.

Synergie Ultimate Anti-Ageing Kit
Here's a look at what my kit looked like, a 2 month supply kit of the hero products chosen to tackle all anti-ageing issues.
Working from Left-Right

UltraCleanse
A concentrate foaming gel cleanser free of Sodium Laureth Sulphate, parabens, artificial fragrance and artificial colours. A pea-sized amount is suggested and worked into skin with a little water. I chose to work it in deeply to dislodge the day's grease and dirt and remove with a hot cloth. Out of habit I did my usual 2nd cleanse which I removed with tepid water after. My skin felt refreshed and cleansed and without the stripped feeling usually associated with wash off cleansers.

Ultimate A
One pump of this highly active and penetrative serum day and night addresses dermal thickness, sun damage, promotes the formation of healthy blood vessels, protects skin from UV damage, restores the epidermal barrier, regulates oil levels (aids in the management of acne), reduces fine lines through collagen stimulation and reduces skin hyper pigmentation.

It boasts using the next technology of Vitamin A technology and is highly stable without any irritation and ingredient breakdown, which was often the case with Retinol products.

Vitamin B
Once again only one pump of this serum is sufficient day and night to tackle hydration, reduce pigmentation and excess sebum. A great multi-tasker to address skin's needs with Niacinamide, a much popular ingredient nowadays to help boost collagen levels, suppress oil production and help acne-sufferers. 

Super Serum
Synergie's new Hero product, a powerful cocktail of ingredients to address many ageing issues. I won't go into too much detail but ingredients include Hyaluronic Acid for skin support and hydration, Collagen to reduce fine lines and even muscle relaxants to relax facial muscles to relive fine lines. 

ReClaim
A creamy potent blend of antioxidants, peptides and other leading ingredients formulated to help address all anti-ageing needs. To use morning and night.

Pure-C
Highest pharmaceutical-grade Vitamin C, 100% pure L-ascorbic acid microfine crystals to mix and activate with a liquid component and ensure maximum efficiency and activity. Great for it's potent anti-inflammatory properties to help distressed skin, melanin suppression and promoting collagen production,  Terri advises to mix with Super Serum and press onto face only in the morning. Also not to be used at the same time with Ultimate A & Vitamin B as the C will neutralise their effects.

So, to recap, a very simple routine. So simple it's like learning your ABCs. You start with cleansing with UltraCleanse, then Ultimate A, Vitamin B and Reclaim for the evening. For the morning you would cleanse, then mix your Pure-C crystals with Super Serum and pat on face and neck to follow with Reclaim after a few minutes. Easy right?

There's a whole array of other products to address other skin issues so head over to their website here where there are great videos for every product with Terri explaining the key ingredients and how-to-use instructions.

In the UK the products can be bought from VisibleSkincare.co.uk, where Helen is busy setting everything up so be patient!

I'm truly excited by this range, the textures and principals of the range are strict and high, just the way I like it. I will be reporting back as soon as I give the range a proper 30-day skin cycle trial. Synergie also has a very popular mineral makeup range that is fast gathering a loyal following. That will be launched in the future so I'll be trialing that out too so stay tuned. If anyone has used this range, I'd love to hear from you!