Tuesday, October 15, 2019

MultiV6: Vitamins for your skin!

I knew I was getting older when my fascination with just makeup products gave way to wanting all the quality skin care items I could find. Sure, I used to wash and moisturize my face when I was in my teens and early twenties, but that was it. To top it off, I didn't pay any attention to the quality of the products I was using, and I wasn't giving my skin one iota of attention that I do now! Thankfully, I have seen the error of my ways and now seek out products that give my skin the love and attention it deserves. After all, as the largest organ of the body, doesn't it deserve the best you can give it? Consuming a healthy diet is a good way to start taking care of your skin, but did you know that the vitamins you ingest make not be getting to the tough outer layers of your skin? On one hand, it's good having a tough barrier- it certainly keeps so many nasty things out of our bodies. The flip side is your outer layer may only be getting the minimal amount of nutrients. Thankfully, I can count on the skincare trio by MultiV6 to give my skin the extra boost it needs to look its healthiest!

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The MultiV6 line was created by Wayne Beckley, the founder of Merlot Skin Care; all products from Merlot Skin Care, including the MultiV6 line incorporate grape seed extract. The MultiV6 line is aptly named as it contains six important vitamins to nourish the skin in addition to Resveratrol. Many other skin care lines use one or two key ingredients to target one specific need, but this line can address multiple issues as each vitamin addresses a different concern:

Vitamin A: reduces redness and fades brown spots

Vitamin B5: reduces moisture loss and boosts hydration

Vitamin C: smoothes & firms skin and fades sun spots

Vitamin D3: diminishes fine lines

Vitamin E: alleviates dryness and bolsters UV defense

Vitamin K: helps diminish under eye circles.

The addition of Resveratrol protects the skin from free radical damage.

The MultiV6 line consists of three products: a serum, a day cream, and a night cream. I really put this line through the test and have been using it for a full eight weeks now! Let's get a closer look at each of the individual items and then I'll give my final thoughts on the MultiV6 line.

Multivitamin Serum

I use serums after washing my face, so this is the best place to start. The serum is housed in an opaque pump-style container and is meant to be used both morning and night.

This serum is incredibly lightweight and absorbs into the skin quickly. One pump is enough for me to cover my face, although you can use a little more in your trouble areas if you would like. It smells like nothing, like the rest of this line, and I really appreciate that! The formula has a slight silky feeling although it is quite thin. It does not leave any residue or chemical feeling on the skin once absorbed: all you are left with is smooth skin.

Retail: $50

Multivitamin Day Cream

The MultiV6 Multivitamin Day Cream is packaged in a screw cap jar and contains 1.7oz of product. I am not a fan of this type of packaging as I worry about potential contamination from my fingertips, but I use clean scoopers I have saved from previous products to bypass this issue. Like the serum, this doesn't smell like anything to me. I can appreciate a product that gives me just what I need without the added fragrance!

This lightweight moisturizer applies smoothly to the skin and is absorbed very quickly. When I initially started using this line, I opted to use just these three products (after washing my face, of course). I quickly discovered that this day cream is not moisturizing enough for my combination normal to oily skin. While it made my skin feel great upon application, my skin then felt rather dry within about 10 minutes when I went to apply my makeup. After about a week of just these three products, my skin felt oilier and kind of dry. Once I brought back in some of my other products from other brands (hyaluronic acid prior to applying this cream), my skin went back to a more normal state. If you are wanting to just use this line, the day cream may not be moisturizing enough unless you have particularly oily skin. If you intend to add this in with other products, it may be enough for you. Those with very dry skin would probably be better suited towards a richer moisturizer, like the one coming up next.

Retail: $40

Multivitamin Night Cream

Like its Day Cream counterpart, the Multivitamin Night Cream also comes in a screw lid jar. It also contains 1.7oz of product.

The Multivitamin Night Cream is a richer moisturizer than the day alternative, but it is far from heavy. It absorbs relatively quickly into the skin and leaves it feeling incredibly soft. While the Multivitamin Day Cream left me wanting more, the Multivitamin Night Cream really won me over. It was a rough start the first couple of weeks as my skin was adjusting to not having enough moisturization, but trial and error helped me sort out what products worked best for me. I tend to prefer an even richer cream than this at night, but once I added back in my hyaluronic acid application and topping off with a couple drops of my trusty oil, my skin was a happy camper. I actually like this cream as part of my day application on the days I skipped my hyaluronic acid application, and I found my makeup applied nicely over it. It may be a little too rich for day use for those with oily skin types, but those with drier skin may want to test this out during the day. Ultimately, it depends on your own personal body chemistry and what other products you are using, but this is a great moisturizer to consider adding to your routine!

Retail: $45

Final Thoughts

I had some reservations about the MultiV6 line when I first stated testing it out, especially since it wasn't moisturizing enough in the beginning, resulting in my skin upping its oil production. I still wanted to give it a fair shot and opted to change a few things around, and I am so glad I did! On my skin, I found this trio was not enough on its own, and I really needed to add in extra products to get my skin to its happy place again. As a beauty fan, I'm always eager to use products so this is not a deal breaker for me, but it can be for someone that wants just one or two items and call it a day. The Multivitamin Serum in particular was a favorite for me, and I am likely to pick up another bottle when I finish testing out another I have in my lineup. The Multivitamin Day Cream was a big let down for me as it left my skin feeling dry until it overcompensated with oil production. Adding back in my hyaluronic acid product from another brand helped a lot, but even then I wasn't loving it. The Multivitamin Night Cream, on the other hand, I really enjoyed using, and I actually liked using it as part of my day routine. Using a slightly richer cream during the day has made my overall oil production go down such that my skin is far more normal these days instead of the combination oily it used to be. I started adding back in my two drops of oil as my final step before climbing into bed, and the final result is a more normal, balanced skin that is incredibly soft and looks healthy. I still get my usual hormonal breakouts during certain times of the month, but I've not experienced any addition breakouts beyond the first two weeks while my skin went into crazy oily mode. I would gladly use the serum and night cream again!

Have you tried any of the products in the MultiV6 line or any of the other lines from Merlot Skin Care, for that matter? If so, what are your favorites? What are your main concerns when it comes to your skincare routine? Do you prefer to use as few products as possible, or do you like the process of layering to get the desired effect? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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  1. I must try these out. My skin always gets dry in the winter, so I need to find things to help.

  2. I love that these have vitamins in them. My skin can use some extra care now as the weather is so dry here.

  3. My skin has been breaking out like crazy lately! I think i need these vitamins. thank you!!!

  4. First time to have heard of this brand. Will check them out for sure.

  5. Hadn't heard of this brand, thank you for the introduction. I love that you will edit your usage plan if things aren't working out and that you let us know what you change. :)

  6. I have to admit something about the product packaging has me drawn to this! I've never heard of the brand but just love how clean and pristine it looks.

  7. I have a combination of dry and oily skin. Recently I underwent Microneedling. i hope my pimples completely disappear so I can focus on hydration.

  8. Oooh I must try these out. My skin is always troublesome. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

  9. Never heard of the brand but I love the boost of vitamins in my skincare. Definitely want to try the night cream asap.

  10. I wonder if the Vit K helps with undereye circles!

  11. I'm all about using vitamins for the skin! My favorites are Vitamin A, E, C, F, and Niacinamide.

  12. Bummer you still had to add in other things and these werent enough! My skin is really bad right now and I'm over it! LOL

  13. Love Win them ,I'm so new at this .im 50 this year and don't know where to start .got acne and fine lines .i need your help 💜💜💜💜💜🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  14. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on these. I really need to start taking better care of my skin.

  15. A good serum can really up your skincare game. I feel like since I've been incorporating them into my routine, my skin has changed for the better.

  16. I usually take multivitamins as supplements.However I didn't have any idea about multivitamin cream and serum.Would love to try!


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