Product-analysis: DHC Olive Leaf Extract ~ Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets™
Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets

6/18/09

Product-analysis: DHC Olive Leaf Extract

If you are so acne-prone that you feel like everything breaks you out, you need this. DHC Olive Leaf Extract, housed in a glass pump bottle, is a watery elixir that is basically a concentrate of Olive Leaf, a powerful antioxidant. This product contains only 4 ingredients, which I love.

During the time I first discovered this, my skin was 90% acne-free but still very much acne-prone. Using the wrong products can easily send my skin back to acne hell. I needed something that would moisturize and strengthen my skin, but I still couldn’t use moisturizers at all. I also noticed that my skin had hit a plateau; it had stopped improving at the rate that it was before (during my experimentation with yogurt face pack). DHC
Olive Leaf Extract was what I needed to get through that last 10% of acne.

I used it morning and night, after cleansing. It went on like water and had an herbal scent (although it’s fragrance-free). What I noticed immediately was how calm, smooth and hydrated my skin was. It has an anti-redness effect that lasted half a day, my skin was finally getting the moisture and nourishment it needed. The product left zero residues and my skin felt so soft and clean. After continued usage, I noticed a dramatic effect, my skin stopped breaking out. Sure, I’ll have a pimple once every few months, but I stopped breaking out like I was acne-prone. I used this consistently for about 2.5 years until it started to get expensive ($45/1 oz. I bought 10 bottles once because it miraculously went on sale-
Olive Leaf Extract was my crack). So I began to lessen usage and realized that my skin remained healthy and clear even when I didn’t use it consistently. Now I go months without it. When my skin acts up, I incorporate it back into my regimen for about a month to whip my skin back in shape. It’s been over 4 years, this serum continues to improve my skin and hasn’t lost any of its efficacy.

DHC is a well-known Japanese brand that has an amazing collection of liquid and powder concentrates called “boosters”. They’re interesting to learn about and I would recommend that you look into a few to find your miracle booster. I have researched many Japanese brands and this is the only brand of boosters that have short ingredient lists with excellent ingredients and very little fillers. In my opinion, it justifies the cost.




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16 comments:

Mona said...

farmgirl-
which booster do you recommend for drier skin with some wrinkles?

Brilliant Farmgirl said...

Hi Mona,

This is not in the boosters sections, DHC's Extra Concentrate really hydrates dry skin types and has a texture similar to other boosters. It's great for those battling acne and wrinkles at the same time!

Farmgirl

Mona said...

Thank you Farmgirl :) I will try that.

Catherine said...

Hi! Thanks for leaving a comment. I really enjoy your blog so far - glad to see someone else who reads ingredients labels the same way I do. =)

Brilliant Farmgirl said...

Hi Catherine,

If i had a dollar for every product box I've scanned..! Keep me up to date on your latest finds :)

Farmgirl

* Jen * said...

Thank you for following my blog! =) You've got some great tips here!

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Thank you Jen! I hope to share more beauty secrets :D

Farmgirl

Sylvia said...

Great find!! I might have to check this product out. Thanks for the follow, as I am following you also, yay! =]

Cari said...

I'm glad you became a follower so that I could find your blog! I love reading about beauty products and reviews.

This product sounds like it would be perfect for my skin.

Toothfairynotes said...

DHC is very popular in HK, when I was there, you could see loads of commercials, posters, adds!

Like your blog header!

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Thanks Cari! I am so glad I found Olive Leaf Extract, I don't say that lightly! Let me know how it works out for you :)

Farmgirl

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Toothfairynotes,

I love your name! DHC has indeed became a household name in Asia. With products like that, I can see why!

Farmgirl

Ondine said...

I would LOVE to give this a go - weirdly though the UK site for DHC doesn't seem to stock it, unless they've renamed it as 'nourishing milky moisture'? :-(

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Ondine,

Hmm, I found the UK site and it looks like they don't carry the Olive Leaf Extract. If you are dry, the Olive Leaf Milk might be worth a shot. If you are acne-prone/oily, I would try the Olive Leaf Lotion (it's a toner): http://www.dhcuk.co.uk/DHC/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=268&Catalog=DHC+UK

The Olive Leaf lotion has similar ingredients to the Olive Leaf Extract along w/ similar texture. Pat this toner on with your hand. I'm sorry they don't carry it :( Let me know if I can be of more help :)

Farmgirl

Lizzard said...

Hi Farmgirl,
This sounds excellent and just about right for my current skin condition. I have a big problem around my chin and jaw line with blackheads/clogged pores. I’m also 21 so no worries about wrinkles yet – whew! Do you think this will help my situation? Can you also describe the consistency of OLE – I’m really picky about consistency, I hate anything even close to creamy on my face because I’m so paranoid about breaking out.

Thank you for your help,
Liz

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Good morning Lizzard,

You sound like the perfect candidate for OLE! The texture is what I love best about it: it is just like water but somehow it hydrates and protects. It's NOT some strange liquid that finishes sticky. It looks, acts and soaks in just like water. I am extremely picky about texture as well so I know exactly what you mean!

Farmgirl