I was a teenage sun goddess. The lengths to which I’d go to catch a few rays were legendary– skipping school to lay out on metal bleachers in the football stadium in my bra and panties comes to mind. I think my goth years, during which I cultivated a healthy “pale,” might have saved me from even worse damage, but honestly, my sun abuse took its toll: dark spots, uneven skin tone, freckles. I wish I could go back in time and slap some sunscreen on my perfect young skin, but the damage is done and there’s no going back.
Or so I thought until I got to test a bag full of potential miracles: samples of the Sonya Dakar Ultraluxe Age-Control line. According to their literature, Sonya Dakar Skin Care believes that caring for your skin requires hard work and commitment. The SD line includes over 60 products created from a combination of botanical and scientifically-created ingredients. I was especially excited to try these products because a wht review of her Drying Potion, got a perfect 5 star rating.
I got to try sample sizes of the following Ultraluxe products…
Age Control Active Mask ($75) – This weekly treatment mask promises to make skin appear immediately plumper, younger and smoother, and it actually did! My parched winter skin was much softer and smoother after a fifteen-minute treatment, and it seemed less dry for days. The mask was lightly scented and very soothing.
Neck & Décolleté Treatment ($97) – This product is designed to improve and protect the skin of the neck & décolleté, as well as smooth the skin tone. The product isn’t greasy or heavy, and I did notice my skin tone appeared more even after I applied it. I love that SPF 30 is added to prevent further sun damage, too.
Hand Treatment ($78) – Possibly my favorite product of the line. The cream is light and sinks right in. My hands immediately looked brighter, smoother, younger! I could see myself using this product every day. Plus, an SPF of 30 really makes sense. Hands are constantly exposed to sun, but rarely protected.
Ultraluxe 9 Lotion ($185) – Now here’s where things get really interesting (and unfortunately, really expensive…~wht). Ultraluxe 9 is formulated from a patented blend of nine of potent anti-aging ingredients, including Syn-Ake, synthetic snake venom. This ingredient is supposed to have a topical Botox-like effect of paralyzing the facial muscles, eventually resulting in less-noticeable wrinkles. The product comes in two formulations for 2 skin types; normal to dry and oily. I would use the oil control version in the summer, when my skin tends to get a little oily. For winter, the regular Ultralux 9 is the perfect moisturizing consistency. My skin felt smooth and looked bright and healthy. As for the “Botox-like effect,” my face did feel a little tingly and tight, but not in an unpleasant way at all.
I can’t attest to the long-term benefits of any of the Ultraluxe products (as we only got to test sample size versions), but even from a few days use, I’m seriously intrigued. I’m curious to see what kind of improvements I could get through regular use. Who knows, maybe Sonya Dakar Skin Care can offer forgiveness for my teenage skincare sins.
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Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock ‘n’ roll. She lives in Baltimore with her precious pup Zeus.
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