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I am a soap and water girl. It's the way I was raised. My mother had the most gorgeous skin until she was in her mid-70s. All she every used was soap, water, and a liquid potion made of a mixture of equal parts glycerin and witch hazel.

While I have forgone the homemade skin conditioner, over my entire 48 years on this planet, I have always used a wet washcloth slathered with a mild soap to wash my face. When I was younger I would follow up with witch hazel as an astringent. Now that I am older, I use an inexpensive moisterizer. Period. End of story.

So when I received the éclos Anti-Aging Starter Kit in the mail to try, I was more than skeptical, I was actually annoyed. Sure, the kit looked nice and it is fun to try new things, but skin care just is not something I want to spend my time on. Given the track record of so-called youth-promoting products, I tend to ignore the advertising for such products.

Yes, I'm getting older, just like the rest of us. But to add time for a supposed beauty regimen just seemed like a waste of valuable time. But since I received the éclos Skin Care kit, I was committed, and determined to retrain myself to do more than the minimum while caing for my skin.

When I opened the package, I found the following products:

  • Cleanser Skin Prep
  • Cellular Activator Skin Serum
  • Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream
  • Restorative Eye Cream
  • Instant Radial Facial Scrub
  • Skin Renewal Clay Mask
  • éclos Terry Cloth Head Band

My first reaction was to be overwhelmed. There were so many products that the process seemed even more complicated than I had anticipated. But after a couple of bewildered days picking up the package and then returning it to the box unused, I finally found their website and did some research. Once I did that, the steps in the system were more clear.

Daily Steps

  1. Facial Cleanser Skin Prep: use like soap, morning and night, rinse
  2. Cellular Activator Skin Serum: morning and night after cleaning
  3. Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream: morning and night over serum
  4. Restorative Eye Cream: morning and night, around eyes

Every Other Day

  1. Instant Radial Facial Scrub

Twice Weekly

  1. Skin Renewal Clay Mask

I started using the products on May 11 and have used them since. I followed the daily regimen to the letter, but only managed to use the scrub tthree times and the mask twice. (Like I said, getting myself to take multiple skin care steps was like pulling teeth.)

Before I began, I took “before” pictures. This morning I took the “after”; pictures. They are enclosed below — against my will. (I didn't start blogging to expose all my facial flaws.)

What are the results? Frankly, I can't see any difference in my appearance, except perhaps a slight reduction in the wrinkles between my eyebrows. And, to be clear, not a soul has rushed up to me to say, “Your skin is flawless! What are you doing?” or “You look 20 years younger! I must know your secret!” In fact, no one has mentioned my skin at all.

But what did I think about the products?

The first thing I noticed about the products was the smell. It wasn't unpleasant, but it was surprising. Unlike most perfumy or antisceptic skin products, it smelled fresh and organic. Like a pile of leaves or something.

The second impression was that I really liked two of the products. The serum felt as if it tightened my skin slightly. And I love, love, love the facial scrub. It feels (and tastes!) like it is made with salt. It's quite abrasive, but makes my skin feel very smooth and scrubbed.

The best thing I found abou these products — and I hate to sound so cliché — is that they make my skin feel dewy. I know, I know, every stupid skin care commercial uses that word, but I didn't even understand it until I used these products. Right after I use them — and all day long — my face has that feeling you get when you put on lotion and let it soak in for an hour. It's not slick or greasy, just soft and barely moist. Love.

So, the golden question is whether or not I will buy the products and continue to use them? Honestly, I don't even know where to get them. I haven't seen them in stores before — not that I look for skin care products anyway. But I can tell you that I'm willing to look for them and to see if the prices are reasonable. If I have relatively easy access to the products and feel the price is appropriate, I am willing to try them a while longer to see if there is a positive change.

Please comment below, telling me which product you're most interested in, and you'll be entered to win the same free starter kit I tested. It's sitting right here on my desk with a Priority Mail envelope all ready to address to you! (US readers only.)

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