As someone who has suffered from cystic acne from the age of 13, I’ve tried out loads of skin products over the years. I’ve always hoped to find that holy grail product and had some luck with various acids. However, when it comes to cleansers, toners and moisturisers, I’ve finally come to realise that nothing is probably going to help that much. Over the last few months, I’ve been trying out some Skintifique products without using anything else to see what happened. With scientific backing, claims to keep out pollution and metals and the promise to be kind to sensitive skin, these products were something different for me to try.
After explaining about my sensitive spot-prone skin to Skintifique, they sent me three products:
This micellar water is gentle, but helps to remove impurities from the skin and take make up off. It works well and doesn’t leave my skin stinging afterwards like some cleansers do. It’s beautifully simple, with only 5 ingredients, which makes it great for sensitive skin like mine. There are no nasties like parabens, fragrance, alcohol, EDTA, mineral oils or silicone either.
Moisturising Lotion HP
Again, there are no nasty things hidden in this product. It is also low in the number of ingredients. As with all of Skintifique’s products, it’s also hypoallergenic and tolerance tested as well as cruelty-free and vegan! All ingredients are selected with care and the majority are natural. As well as helping to hydrate the skin, it helps to protect it from pollution and metals such as nickel in the air. It feels a little thicker to me than most other moisturisers I’ve used, so I give it more time to sink in before doing my makeup. However, this is probably as it can help to reduce dryness by 35% in one day!
I’d say it feels a little sticky to the touch, too. Perhaps this is part of how it catches all the pollution? As much as I love London, after a day surrounded by so much pollution, my skin always feels dirty. For once, having applied this, I felt like all that pollution had been kept from doing any damage to my skin!
Hydrating Gel Plus HS
Now, this is a much smaller tube but can be used to repair skin and help all kinds of skin conditions, including acne scars, psoriasis and eczema. I’d recommend applying this at night for some excellent hydration overnight. It can be used all over the body and is suitable for people of any age to hydrate skin in the longer term. Unfortunately, I ran out of this quite quickly. I found that it really helped dryness, but I don’t think I had it for long enough to see if it really made any difference to my 12 year old acne scars.
I tried these products over the course of around 4 months exclusively to see if they helped my acne prone skin. My GP has previously told me that it takes 3 months for skin to properly replenish and for you to actually be able to notice the effects of using different products on the skin. If this is true, then what I see today is the result of a month’s worth of Skintifique. Unfortunately, my spots aren’t any better BUT they aren’t any worse. However, everybody’s skin is different and just because something doesn’t work for someone doesn’t mean it won’t work for you! My skin needs something a bit heavier duty to actually clear up my spots.
That said, I have often had lots of break outs and reacted badly to other cleansers and moisturisers. I have had a real problem with them drying out my skin or making it too oily. These products did none of that. I felt like they were gentle, keeping metals and pollutants out of my epidermis and gently nourishing. Often, part of the battle for me is finding something that doesn’t make my skin any worse and this has kept my skin pretty constant. As such, they are something I would continue to use as part of my routine. If you have sensitive skin or allergies, I’d recommend it too.
Disclosure: I was sent the aforementioned Skintifique products to trial for the purpose of this review. As always, all views and opinions are my own.