I first tried the 3 step Proactive products back in 2010 after buying it whilst in America. It includes a daily exfoliate, toner and moisturiser. The first thing I would say about this product is that (for me anyway) it took a while to kick in and work. I didn’t use it twice as directed due to it being quite drying at first (my skin did get used to it though) – I only used it in the evening after I took may makeup off. I think it took about 3 months for my skin to really clear up, and when it did I was really impressed! Due to only using it once a day it lasted longer that they suggest (which is good for me!!). I then ordered another set online. Please be aware as they will automatically get you on the system so that they send you another one after a certain amount of time (and of course charge you!) so if you don’t want this to happen you have to inform them of this.
I was pleased to see that my skin stayed pretty clear for around 4 months. However, I feel like my skin then started to get immune to it. This probably won’t happen to everyone, but for me the great results just didn’t last. However, I would still recommend this for anyone who suffers with spot pone skin as it is worth a try. As my skin is so up and down I probably wouln’t say no to giving it another go if I have a bad few weeks.
Over the past year I have tried a few of the Dr Sebagh products and I thought of letting you know how I have got on with them…
Breakout Foaming Cleanser: Unfortunately, I did not feel that this did anything for my skin. Also, it seemed to get used up very quickly – at £25 a bottle I was not impresses. I have combination skin so it may be better for oily skin, which is does state it is particularly created for.
Breakout Cream & Antibacterial Powder: I got this moisturiser the same time as the face wash (it must have been during a bad week for my skin and went a bit crazy finding a miracle cure for my spots!!). With this you get a tub of the moisturiser and then 5 tubes which are filled with powder. The idea is that you mix the moisturiser and powder just before you use it so that the active ingredients are at its most powerful. This is not something to be doing when you are rushing in the morning as it is easy to knock the powder everywhere. I have just been using it as a night cream, when I have a little more time to fuss with this. What I do is, put equal amounts of the powder and moisturiser in the palm of my hand (making sure I have just washed my hands) and then mix it together using the spatula given. I made the mistake of putting on quite a bit the first time I used it (don’t do this!). As soon as you start to rub it into your face it goes all white and you will notice it is quite thick, so less is definitely better with this product. Another reason why I only use this at night (or on days I am not planning to wear any makeup) is because of the thick texture I don’t feel it works well with makeup on top (it might depend on the foundation you use, but mine doesn’t blend well). Also, you have to be really careful not to get it on your eyebrows – if you have dark eyebrows, like me, then the cream will just cake into your brow, with a white residue, which is not a good look! In terms of the overall effect of this moisturiser….I am not overly convinced it is as fantastic as it is made out to be. My skin does not seem to have any major response when I use it. Also, because it is so fiddly, it is just not practical for those of us just wanting quick, yet effective products. It is also not cheap at £62. However, due to only using it in the evening (probably only about 2/3 a week) it is lasting ages.
Serum Repair: I am now on my second bottle of this. I love it. It is only a small bottle but you don’t need a lot. I also don’t use it every day to make it last longer and I feel my skin actually responds better to using it just a couple days a week rather than every day to give it a little boost. One of the reasons I like it is because as soon as you put it on the skin, it has an immediate firming effect (similar to the tightening effect you have when a facemask is ready to be removed). I use Clinique Moisture Surge after I have used the serum to relieve my skin from the tightening effect (you will definitely need a moisturiser of some sort soon after the serum application). I feel it gives my skin a lovely smooth finish and I have seen some of my fine lines reduce since using it (which is the best part!). I also pop it around my eye area (again with an eye moisturiser after) and also impressed with the effect. You can of course use this in the day under your makeup but I prefer to just use it as a night treatment. The downside…..the expense. It is a whopping £69 for just 20ml!!!! However, if you want to treat yourself to something new and give your skin a boost I would definitely recommend this product
Eye Expert: I have been using this product for a few months now. The first thing I would say is that it is best to use this at night or if you are not planning to wear any makeup that day as it is quite a thick cream which can make your makeup cake up a bit. To be honest, I have not seen any major effect since using this product. However, I am only 27 so I only have a few fine lines around my eyes, so this product may be effective for more mature skin. I must admit, it is hydrating and feels refreshing when I put it on the skin, however, I am on the fence about this product. For £42 I don’t think I will be buying it again.
If you are anything like me and like to do some research into products before trying them (especially when they are quite expensive) then I hope this review of some of the Dr Sebagh products I have tried has been helpful. Obviously, each person is going to respond differently to products/ingredients, but if you are around the same age and have combination skin, then you may have a similar experience to me.