Skin Care Sunday: Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream


Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream review
Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream

Enjoy the silky, mousse-like texture of this cleanser whilst your skin enjoys the results: a smoother, more refined and instantly brighter complexion. Active fruit enzymes from Papaya and Pineapple gently polish skin, removing the build up of old skin cells and impurities that can dull your complexion. Licorice and Mulberry extracts brighten and refine your skin tone, while pure plant oils Jojoba, Sunflower and Vitamin E help to nourish and soothe, leaving skin perfectly primed for maximum serum and moisturiser absorption. [description from Trilogy website]

price: 150ml  $39.95

availability: , Myer department store (AUS) , selected pharmacies. For international stockists check the website.


In my opinion, exfoliation is a very important part of any anti-aging skin care regime, and I’m a big believer in mixing exfoliation methods for best results on the skin. So I would normally use a physical exfoliant (ie. my Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant) 2x a week and a chemical exfoliant (e.g. MD Formulations 10% Glycolic cleaser) once a week.

Until now I haven’t tried an enzyme exfoliant, so when the new Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream came out on the 1st of July I was pretty stoked to be given a chance to trial it.

Trilogy’s Age Proof range seems to be their more upmarket range- the packaging as well as the feel of their product are more luxe, and, as the name suggests, the products in this range boast anti aging actives as well as the usual botanicals in their regular range.

The Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream is a silky, almost mousse- like cream consistency and feels really good when massaged into the skin. It rinses clean leaving my skin feeling touchably soft and refined. I did not experience any stinging or redness after daily use (although I did pare down my usual exfoliation regime whilst using this) so I would say that this is a nice AHA alternative for sensitive skin.

Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream

Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream swatched.

It gently exfoliates to some extent but I did feel the need for a physical exfoliant about twice a week to do remove the more resistant dead skin buildup. Although it does contain licorice and mulberry extracts which are ingredients known to lighten skin through inhibition of melanin production, I did not notice any lightening from this product- most probably because the extracts are only in contact with the skin for a short period of time. Perhaps used in the long term a brightening/lightening effect might become more obvious but at this point it’s difficult to say.

Have you used an enzyme exfoliating product before? Likes/dislikes? I’d love to know! 
Full ingredient list : Aqua (Purified Spring Water), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate (and) Glycerin (and), Jojoba Esters, Xanthan Gum, Papaya Extract, Pineapple Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Morus Alba (Mulberry Root) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado Fruit) Oil, Ormenis Multicaulis (Chamomile Flower) Oil, Althea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Extract, Glycerin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extrac, Parfum, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

 note: this product was sent to me for consideration by PR

Posted by on Aug 7th, 2011 in Reviews, Skincare | 0 comments.

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DIY Kaolin, Jojoba and Bamboo exfoliant with BHA

Hi guys!

Nothing groundbreaking here, I’m just posting an update on my DIY clay based exfoliating mask partly for my own sake so I’ve got a reference. This is my 4th batch now, and each batch I have a little play around with the consistency and ingredients.

I just want to credit Dragon from forum for all the great advice when I started out trying to work with clay exfoliants. She is one amazing lady. 

Last time my skin loved the exfoliation, but once the weather started cooling down it felt like the clay was drawing too much oils out of my skin. So this time the aim was to get something similar in feel to Trilogy’s Gentle Facial Exfoliant (reviewed here), so I needed to change the original formula to make it creamier (not so clay-ish), thicker, and more emollient.

The recipe:

40g Kaolin clay

15g distilled water
3g glycerin
0.5g Cetearyl alcohol (thickening, emollient and stabilises emulsion. don’t confuse this with ‘drying’ alcohols like ethanol)
12g macadamia oil, cold pressed
3g polysorbate 80 (emulsifier)
3g White Willow Bark extract (this is very high in salicylic acid, our BHA)
1g fine bamboo ground  (microexfoliating particles)
1.5g fine jojoba beads  (exfoliating beads)
4drops vanilla infused oil
2drops bergamot EO

btw recently I got a digital scale, accurate to 0.01g. Basically it has taken my DIY out of the stone age- definitely a must have, especially if you are working with powdered actives (I was working in teaspoons and cc, which seems SO lame now)  
Jojoba beads are round hydrogenated wax ester spheres made from Jojoba oil. They remove dead skin effectively without scratching the skin, like nut shells and husks can.

Fine Jojoba beads- ingredient for DIY clay exfoliant. compared with Aussie 5c coin


A superfine exfoliant, this polishes your skin like nothing else.

(do NOT snort this! XD) Superfine ground bamboo for DIY exfoliant.

Bamboo face exfoliant and Jojoba Beads from New Directions Australia
You can easily see the Jojoba beads in the swatch, and if you look really closely you can see tiny grains of the fine bamboo as well.

Swatched DIY Kaolin, Jojoba and Bamboo exfoliant with BHA
Steps by step instructions:?
‘Heat and Hold’ water and oil phases (non heat sensitive ingredients only)
1. Place oils, polysorbate, and cetearyl alcohol (waxy beads) in one shotglass; Water and glycerin in another shot glass
2. Half emerse both shotglasses in a saucepan of hot water and turn on gentle heat until cetearyl alcohol just melts into the oil.
3. Remove shotglasses from water and let stand for 15 minutes.
4. Slowly add the contents of water phase shot glass into the oils and beat with an electric hand mixer or plastic spatula until you get a smooth creamy fluid. The emulsifiers we’ve added to the oil in the previous steps means that water will be BFFs with oil in our solution!
Incorporate everything else
5. Pour your emulsified ‘lotion’ into a mixing bowl, and sift the kaolin clay slowly while mixing well.
6. Add the bamboo and jojoba beads into your mixture.
7. Add the final ingredients- White Willow Bark Extract, Optiphen (preservative), Essential Oils. Mix well.
Et Voila!! You have exfoliant!
Posted by on May 4th, 2011 in DIY Skin Care | 618comments


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