As someone who loves skincare and blogs about it, I should let you all know that I am not a licensed anything when it comes to skincare. My findings and results are based on me using my face as a testing ground for myself and my readers. That said, I am interested in trying provide some more details about products so it can be more helpful. I started doing pH strip testing on facial cleansers and now am starting to expand into the moisture/oil levels for skin care products when applied to your skin.
The lovely Fiddy @ FiftyShadesOfSnail mentioned that she got her digital analyzer from Amazon, so I quickly purchased one, as it is relatively inexpensive and it seems to be something that even I could handle. The model I purchased is the Neon SK-5D and retails for $17.99. It comes with 2 AAA batteries, a cap and a stand, plus a little booklet which really doesn’t explain much at all.
I’ve been playing with it for my upcoming review for Kosmatology Lemongrass Foaming Facial Cleanser, Kosmatology Lemongrass Facial Oil and L’Herboflore Lemon Balm Hydrating Sleep Pack. I am going to post some of my findings here and how I did them, so if anyone has better suggestions on how to use this little doo-hicky, I would love it! The instruction pamphlet doesn’t really tell you how to test out skincare products, how long you should wait, and so on, so it was trial and error on my part. There isn’t much out there on the blogosphere either with instructions on using a digital skin analyzer, so I just winged it.
For the testing, I used the same part of my face ~ which was my right side cheek. It doesn’t have as much oil as the rest of my face and I wanted to get more of the moisture level than the oil.
Before I used the foam cleanser, I needed a baseline for my skin. I used my cleansing water, Aritaum Aloe, and then did a test. I do think I should have waited several minutes before testing, as this cleansing water is very hydrating to the skin.
Kosmatology Lemongrass Foaming Facial Cleanser Test
I did this test a few minutes after cleansing, so my face was pretty hydrated from the water already.
Kosmatology Lemongrass Facial Oil Test
I learned my lesson here ~ I waited 35 minutes for the product to absorb into my skin fully and then did a test
L’Herboflore Lemon Balm Hydrating Sleep Pack Test
Again, I waited until the product was absorbed and then some ~ about 30 minutes ~ before my test
Waking Up (the morning after)
I did this test right after I woke up. I didn’t wash my face, did not pass Go, did not collect $200.00.
I am learning that I should probably wait about 30 minutes after I cleanse or apply a skincare product on my face before using the analyzer. It does get confused with oil products, btw ~ when I did my initial test, which was a couple of minutes after I apply the oil, the readings were AWFUL. I was initially surprised by the low, but perfectly acceptable moist/water readings as the normal ranges are 40% + … but then I read the winter findings ~ it isn’t winter yet, but there is a lot of dry heat going on as the weather is cool here in the Northeast, so I think it makes sense that my face is a bit on the dryer side. I do think this skin analyzer will be very helpful as I can adjust my products based on my readings. I am pleased to find, that at my age, my skin is smooth and flexible.
What do you think? Is this a good feature to add to my reviews? I feel it helps when I say hydrating or moisturizing, that I have some data to back that up. I won’t usually use this for an “unboxing” but for initial impressions or actual product testing reviews, I will crack this baby out.
Do you use a digital skin analyzer? Any tips on how to get constant readings and when I should take my readings? Please comment below!
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