It’s no secret how much I love skincare and that I always love trying out new products. I was thrilled to receive these goodies from Sk:n clinics, particularly because I had laser hair removal done at one of their clinics over ten years ago and so I know how reputable they are. Being a (poor) student at the time meant that unfortunately I couldn’t maintain the treatment, however it worked very well for me at the time and I loved the results.
These products couldn’t have come at a better time – six weeks ago, my skin was awful. I had more blemishes and breakouts than ever before and nothing seemed to be helping. I immediately put these to the test and I’m pleased to report that my skin is almost back to normal now which is brilliant!
The Intense Blemish Lotion contains salicylic acid which fights acne, blemishes, irritation and uneven texture. This lotion reduces redness, inflammation and bacteria, and although I found it can sting slightly on application or if used too close to the eye area, it dried up any spots overnight so that they were much less noticeable in the morning. Amazing!
I used this as part of my evening skincare routine; just applied to all the breakouts on my face, which shrunk and eventually disappeared within five days. It’s such a wonderful little potion to have in your stash for occasional use.
The Vitamin Rich Gel Cleanser for Oily Skin contains AHA and BHA’s – glycolic acid which exfoliates old skin cells to keep the skin really clean, salicylic acid to counteract blemish-prone skin and some vitamins and antioxidants.
This is a slightly foaming cleanser, which at first I was concerned by as I always remember Caroline Hirons saying never to use a cleanser that foams, and as a result of that, I haven’t used one for years!
“As a rule – stay clear of ‘foaming’ on the bottle (there is the odd exception, but they are few and far between) – to get foam you need to use a surfactant – and a surfactant turns your skin alkaline. Alkaline skin is like a petri dish for bacteria. The irony being that so many cleansers pushed on to acne/combination skins are foaming.” Source: www.carolinehirons.com
Having said that, it bought back memories of how much I enjoyed using cleansers (and shampoo) that foam, as, for some reason, they almost feel as if they’re working better than the one’s that don’t.
I really enjoyed using this gel, it has a lovely fresh scent and the formula is very light-weight and non-greasy. It doesn’t take eye makeup and stubborn waterproof mascara off well, but I prefer taking that off with micellar water as a first cleanse anyway. My skin feels very soft and clean after using this, as oppose to some products designed for oily skin that can leave it feeling tight and squeaky clean.
I do have to say that I’m not keen on the packaging of this cleanser; it took me a long time to perfect pouring just a small amount of cleanser out. I always end up with too much, which is a bit wasteful so I think a pump would be more practical. The actual plastic that the tube is made from is the type of plastic that gets dirty very quickly; if I am using the cleanser to remove my makeup and I pick the bottle up with wet hands, it ends up running down the bottle, leaving it slightly stained each time which can be annoying.
The Hydrator For Oily/Blemish Prone Skin is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and great for uneven, blemish-prone skin that feels dehydrated. It works really well after using the cleanser and before the blemish lotion as it soothes and hydrates skin that has had a lot of acid applied to it.
I love that these products (aside from the blemish lotion) have an almost unnoticeable, clean and fresh scent. The packaging is simple and colour coordinated by range of which there are five; Anti-Ageing, Restore & Protect, Cleanse & Exfoliate, Anti-Blemish and Corrective.
They are all reasonably priced and available to purchase here. Would you try them?