I feel so fortunate that lately I've been receiving some amazing
skincare products that target acne. Skinetica
is a really unique acne product, and I'm so excited to tell you about it!
$17.20 for 80ml (incl P&P)
Soothes, Calms, Clears. Fast acting, kind to skin, dermatologist tested, no side effects, non greasy, no harsh chemicals, non-toxic.
About: Skinetica promises to help quickly clear up acne-prone skin. Unlike many acne treatments, it does not contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or sulfur. I wouldn't call it a toner exactly, because it doesn't have the characteristic burn from a high alcohol content. I would call this more of a treatment, but in liquid form.
Ingredients: Ammonium Chloride compound combined with a Sylyl base, highly purified deionised water, fragrance and ethyl alcohol.
Texture/feel: Skinetica is a colorless liquid with a very slight clean/medicinal scent to it.
Application: I applied this twice a day to clean skin, once in the morning, and once at night. I allowed it to air dry before applying other products. I tried two methods--using a cotton ball and also just pouring a little onto my hands and wiping it onto my face (I felt like it wasted less product?). It dried quickly and worked well under makeup, because there was no residue.
Efficacy: I was very surprised to find that this really worked! I felt like my skin began to clear up not long after using it. It was gentle on my skin, but it really helped with my breakouts. It didn't eliminate them, but it drastically reduced the amount and severity.
Packaging: Nothing fancy here, but it does the job and doesn't leak!
Value: Since this is coming from the UK, postage makes it a little expensive. However, this is a really unique product and it actually worked for me.
Love it or leave it? Love it. If you have moderate acne, Skinetica is worth a shot, especially if you have sensitive skin that doesn't tolerate traditional acne treatments well.
I get really nervous about changing my skincare routine. I've had acne my entire life and remember the hope I felt when I was about to try a new product... and then the extreme disappointment after yet another product didn't improve my skin at all. It seems like I've tried hundreds of acne products (drugstore, department store, prescription--I've probably tried it) but only one thing eliminated my acne (Accutane) and that was only for about a year. Since then, my acne has returned, although it hasn't been as bad.
So I've started the whole trial and error process of trying acne products all over again. It's generally a pretty crappy time. Except when you're given some products that actually WORK--like Coral Actives' line of acne products! Although I was initially hesitant to try out a brand of skincare that I hadn't heard of before, I'm now a huge fan.
We looked to the renewable resources of the ocean to help us renew your skin...Sea Whip Coral is a soft coral found in the Caribbean. It provides a very potent NATURAL anti-inflammatory extract that is safe, effective and environmentally friendly.
I'm a huge fan of good bath and body products, so I was incredibly excited that Iwona at Best Bath Store
was kind enough to send me goodies to review on Lipgloss and Spandex!Best Bath Store
makes all of their 100% natural, cruelty-free products right here in US. Each item is hand packaged, labeled and sealed in recyclable packaging, and the company is entirely powered by wind energy. That's pretty cool!
$3.95 for 0.15 oz (standard lip balm sized tube)
I tested out both the Lemon-Lime Lip Balm
and the Vanilla and Coffee (vegan) Lip Balm
. Both balms are quite fragrant, but not in an unpleasant way. They have a soft texture, but the do feel a little slick on my lips. The Vanilla and Coffee lip balm feels the slightest bit gritty during application, but feel completely smooth on the lips. These keep my lips moisturized for a couple of hours. I like the translucent tube a lot! Ingredients-Lemon lime: Cocoa Butter, Beeswax, Almond Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, Lime Essential Oil, Vitamin E
Ingredients-Vanilla and Coffee (vegan): Jojoba oil, Cocoa Butter, Candelilla Wax, Shea Butter, Coffee Essential Oil, Vanilla Essential Oil, Vitamin E
ACNE FACIAL BAR
$4.95 for 3.5 oz
The Acne Facial Bar
is supposed to "restore and revitalize your skin to its natural balance." It has a definite herbal smell to it, but I didn't find it unpleasant. It lathers nicely. Unfortunately, it didn't seem to help my skin at all. My face went to its typical acne-plagued state. However, the quality of the soap is good, and I've been using it on my bod instead. While this particular soap didn't work on my face, I would LOVE to buy some of the other body soaps. They come in a sheer mesh bag with a tag, which looks nice enough to give as a gift! Ingredients: Olive Oil, Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Hazelnut Oil, Castor Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Sunflower Oil, Organic Manuka Honey, Seaweed Powder, White Willow Bark Extract, Australian Olive Green Clay, Vitamin E, Essential Oil Blend
SWEETHEART BATH BOMB
$5.95 for 9 oz.
Can we say CUTEST BATH BOMB EVER?! The Sweetheart Bath Bomb
has Neroli, Jasmine, and Ylang Ylang essential oils to help you relax. This roughly tennis ball sized bath bomb is incredibly dense, and creates a powerful fizzing jet in the tub. It doesn't have any glitter or color or other surprises, but it smells great (kind of like Earl Gray tea). This bath bomb will leave a slight residue on your skin, which some bathers may love and some may find too oily. It comes nicely packaged, shrink-wrapped in a plastic box. Ingredients: Baking Soda, Citric Acid, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Red Beet Juice Powder, Essential Oil Blend
Overall, I really enjoyed the products that I received from Best Bath Store
, and I look forward to trying some of their other products.