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Getting off the retinoid rollercoaster
I have tried my fair share of retinoids over the years – off and on.
Usually, I’d seek out a dermatologist and he or she would prescribe a cream containing tretinoin.
And for a while I’d have hopes of reversing the damage caused by the sun and my ever-busy sebaceous glands.
Oily skin is a blessing and a curse. I have virtually no laugh lines after 50 years of good humour, but the flipside is enlarged pores, a dull surface and acne scarring.
Retinoids speed up cell renewal. And, yes, I did notice my skin soften and brighten initially using the prescribed stuff.
But as the weeks and months wore on, my skin would become redder and drier. Eventually, I’d fall out of love with the prescribed cream and switch to something over-the-counter instead.
Then years later, I’d become frustrated by the pharmacy products and seek a referral to another dermatologist.
The older I got, the more uneasy I felt about the retinoid rollercoaster I was on.
For starters, there was the long list of warnings inside the box the cream came in.
And I had to declare my retinoid use whenever I had my brows done, in case the wax removed a few layers of skin (what an off-putting thought!).
Plus, I began to wonder just how long this cell renewal business could go on. Was it endless, or was I wrecking my skin? Would I pay for my vanity in later life?
Then a year ago, at age 49, I stumbled upon the Simplicité range quite by accident.
Robin had read something I’d written online and tracked me down to ask whether I could write a blog post for her. Naturally, I had to try the range first.
The first product to win me over was the Plant Gel Cleanser. I was amazed to find it worked more efficiently to clean my skin of oil and make-up than any cleanser I’d known. Yet it was so gentle that my skin didn’t feel it had been stripped of its protective layer.
Exfoliation is key to generating cell turnover. So, I added the One Step Exfoliating Cleanser (which I use as the second part of my evening double cleanse) and once or twice a week I’ll use the Rosehip and Lavender Complexion Refiner – a mask that sets before being rubbed off.
Freshly exfoliated skin will soak up the goodness of what is applied next. A tiny amount of Sage Face Oil mixed with a squirt of Hydrating Floral Toning Lotion and applied straight after a shower makes my face feel supple and youthful. I lock in that moisture with Oil Controlled Day Creme and top with sunscreen.
And I’m ready for my day, smelling earthy and naturally fragrant like I’ve been plucked from the garden.
Most of all, I feel like I’ve been kind to myself.
The carefully sourced (medicinal grade), organic ingredients in Simplicité's range have a wholesome integrity you can feel and smell straight away.
I still have to avoid the sun, but only because I live in Queensland and it’s the skin cancer capital of the world. Not because I’m trying to cheat the inevitability of ageing with punishing formulas.
Twelve months later, my skin has a glow I haven’t seen for 30 years.
Sharon Doyle, 50
Retinol then a glycolic acid peel gave me hyperpigmentation
I started using Simplicité seven years ago to treat the hyperpigmentation I got from using retinol, which made my skin sun sensitive - I would never, ever use retinol again!
The Simplicite hyperpigmentation routine successfully faded that retinol damage and I've loved my skin for years. Now though I have to start again, all because a glycolic acid face peel was forced on me.
What happened: I decided to treat myself to an ‘anti-ageing’ facial at a clinic I hadn’t been to before. Without any warning the therapist put a glycolic acid chemical peel on my face (a chemical peel hadn't been mentioned in the anti-ageing facial info!)
I was a bit worried but she assured me it was gentle and there would be no flaking.
I panicked when I got home as I already saw some hyperpigmentation come through.
Some recent IVF treatments I’d had combined with the harsh WA sun had caused a very small bit of hyperpigmentation.
But I was shocked that one chemical peel could give me this hyperpigmentation problem, just as using retinol did years before.
Now I have to be even more careful in the sun and even more diligent with applying my Simplicité products to try and get rid of this new hyperpigmentation problem.”
My itchy scalp has never known better days!
"I was driven mad for four years!" says 92-year-old charming dynamo Sister Angela Mary Doyle. The Brisbane nun who has spent her life and former distinguished career serving others needed help herself.
"I don't want to go around scratching my head, I might lose friends!" she'd told a friend. The joking tone belied a serious problem."The itch is bad and it's embarrassing."
The name Sister Angela Mary Doyle and Brisbane's Mater Hospital have gone hand in hand for more than 50 years.
But privately for years Sister Angela Mary was 'driven mad' with an itchy scalp.
After two years of it a pharmacy chain owner gave her products that were supposed to work, "They made no difference." says Sister Angela.
"But two more years later my friend kindly arranged to send me the Simplicité Skin Care Shampoo and Conditioner.
“As soon as I stopped the previous treatment for itchy scalp and commenced Simplicité, the itch left. My scalp has never known better days!”
"As an insurance against any future itchy scalp, they advised me at Simplicité I ever feel the slightest itch again, to simply massage a little Conditioner into my scalp in between washes."
"My scalp has never known better days! Thank you Simplicité Skin Care."
How I stopped hair breakage, hair loss
My waist-length hair all broke off around the top of my head after my hairdresser over-processed it. I was devastated. There were bare patches almost to my scalp.
Fortunately I'd discovered the Simplicité Shampoo and Conditioner and after only about four washes I saw great results that stopped the hair breakage and hair loss - in ten days. The Conditioner helped with the breaking and the Shampoo is really really good too. in no time I was losing far less hair at the front. I learned to leave the Conditioner on a lot longer. There is virtually no breakage at the front now and much less at the back.
Thanks so much Simplicité for your hair products. They stopped the hair breakage and hair loss plus made such a difference to my self esteem.
Husband's itchy scalp with scabs and dandruff is cured
My husband Ken suffered all his life with a severe scalp condition - he had an itchy scalp with scabs and dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis). I gave him my two little sample bottles of Simplicité Shampoo and Conditioner to try, doubting that he would give it a go, but to my surprise he did and I am in shock, as is Ken.
His scalp is now free of scabs etc without any itch, dandruff anymore. It is just amazing - and let me tell you over the last 30 odd years he has been to the best, tried the best without luck - doomed to put up with this condition for the rest of his life. But he is cured, he really is cured - in just a couple of days.
After nearly 70 years of suffering Ken is cured!!
If you knew what this means to him, well I can’t even begin to describe how he has changed, his confidence levels & self esteem too!!
These products are seriously the best dandruff itchy scalp shampoo and conditioner.
Meredith Cox, Brisbane
Best radiation moisturiser
I bought the Nutritive Body Lotion to help my skin during radiation for breast cancer. I simply googled 'radiation moisturiser' and I'm so grateful that I found it. Also the video about how to prevent burns from radiation treatment was very helpful.
Initially I had to take the Body Lotion in for my radiation team to check the ingredients and they said I could use it.
4 weeks later and I have my 20th (last!) radiation treatment tomorrow.
My oncologist says my skin couldn't be any better and could be a lot worse. The technicians are also very complimentary about the way my skin has held up to the treatment.
It is still quite red and itchy at times but it has not broken down. Thank you!
Note: Nutritive Body Lotion, with its mixture of synergistic plant extracts is more effective for preventing radiation burns from cancer treatment than using straight aloe vera though this can be helpful.
The secret to having good skin
"I was at a dinner on Saturday night and a woman, younger than myself, said to me 'S.., I realise you are somewhat older than me (that is the bit I didn't like so much), but we have been discussing how good your skin is - what's the secret?'
To which I replied - good genes, no sun and very good facial products. Of course they asked me what I used - and I told them. They had heard of Simplicité and were ready to rush out and get some....."
S..Brisbane (name & image withheld by request)
I've never been so happy with my skin
I had bunny hopped between so many skin care brands and been so disappointed time and time again until I found Simplicité. I settled for a big brand natural and whilst my skin was sensitive and irritated by their ingredients I kept thinking I was surely using the best nature had to offer! I was so very wrong!
I've used Simplicité now for six years and never been so happy with my skin.
Simplicité quality is beyond any other so called 'natural' brands I've ever used. The Sage Face Oil with a spritz of the Floral Lotion evens out my complexion and has reduced my hyperpigmentation. The Oil Controlled Day Creme is the perfect base for my foundation and the Firming Rehydration Creme feels wonderful under my eyes. The Angelica Lip Care Balm apparently makes my lips extremely kissable according to my husband.
My utmost favourite of all is the Macadamia & Bush Gardenia Body Scrub. This truly is an amazing product with an aroma reflecting the product's medicinal grade quality. I suffer Keratosis Pilaris on the backs of my arms and regular application of this product before showering keeps my bumps and the redness under control. I have used nearly every single product Simplicité has to offer and they are all so lovely, whilst the customer service is beyond excellent!"
Jodie Phung, Melbourne
Best treatment for rosacea redness
I had dry skin and also rosacea for a long time but ignored it, not being one for makeup or beauty products. Finally looking into finding a product to help make my skin not always red and dry plus for me to feel more confident, I stumbled across Simplicite Skin Care.
I started with the Trial Pack for Combination Oily Skin and now use these products without fail fday and night. I also use the Rosehip and Lavender Complexion Refiner twice weekly. The rosacea redness has calmed noticeably and my skin has never felt better. The products are simple to use and have fitted easily into my life routine. My partner has certainly noticed the difference also. I am feeling more confident in my skin. This is certainly the best treatment for rosacea redness I've found :)
Lisa Butler, Qld
Best acne scarring treatment
I'm so thankful to have found Simplicité. I've never had any results on my acne scarring or pimples so quickly. I was so close to getting pearl fractional laser to fix the acne scarring on my cheeks but I won't need to now. I'm using the acne routine with the Antioxidant Plant Serum - what a difference. The pigmentation is going and the acne scarring is clearing up. I've used thousands of products but now I have finally found the best acne scarring treatment.
My partner and my best friend both commented on my skin the other day, saying how great it is looking. My partner also could not believe how much my acne scarring has improved. Massive difference. The pimples on my face are clearing up too and it has only been one week. The pimples started going the minute I started using the Acne Anti-Bacterial Serum.
Jennifer Douglass, NSW
Note: acne scarring is also referred to as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation treatment.