Sk:n Product Review
Ok I admit it. I’m a skincare junkie, nothing feels me with more pleasure than trying out a brand new skin product and seeing what it can do for my skin. I’ve heard of Sk:n before and knew them as a skincare clinic. They are in fact the country’s leading sk:n clinic offering ‘more highly medically trained staff than any other chain of clinics’. They sound like they know their dermatology!
What I didn’t know is that other than offering an array of skin treatments is that they have their own skincare line. They have a massive range available to suit any skin type to make the perfect tailor-made skincare regime. I was sent a selection of products to try out; Aloe Vera Gel, Brightening & Firming Eye Gel and finally Hydrator for oily/blemish-prone skin
My Skin Type
First of all a word on my skin type. I think it’s important when reading reviews on skincare to bear in mind that skin types vary greatly and what my work for one person may not work for another. I have combination skin with an oily t-skin (mostly oily on my nose but i do suffer from the occasional blemish on my chin too). My cheeks range from normal to dry depending on the season, weather and my own personal hydration levels.
Sk:n Aloe Vera Gel
Part of Sk:n’s Restore & Protect range this lightweight gel is designed to soothe and calm irritated skin. I found the gel easy to dispense and immediately cooling on the skin.
I decided to test it out on the most irritated skin I could muster – my freshly epilated legs! The gel smoothed on easily and absorbed well. I really liked the consistency of the gel as it was easy to spread over such a large area. The product soothed and calmed red angry follicles fairly quickly. I’d previously been advised to use moisturiser after epilating but I think I would switch to using this aloe vera gel in future as it just felt so damn good and calming on my skin. There’s no particular scent that I could pick up whilst using or after using the gel on my legs.
I’d look into replacing this again when my bottle finishes. I don’t suffer with irritated skin generally but this will be so useful for post epilating or shaving for myself.
Sk:n Brightening and Firming Age defying cream
Part of Sk:n’s age defying range designed to reduce puffiness and dark circles, target fine lines and improve elasticity. It contains anti-ageing peptides, vitamin B3, caffeine and some rather nifty reflective optical particles. The cream is fairly thick and I felt a lot heavier than other eye creams I have previously used.
I decided to use this in my evening routine because the cream was quite thick it took a long time to absorb into my skin. Not great for my hectic early mornings. For evening though it absorbed in gradually overnight and left my eye area feeling hydrated. I don’t suffer with puffy eyes or dark circles so really can’t comment on its effectiveness in that area. Upon waking the skin surrounding my area felt hugely hydrated and the skin full. I wouldn’t say it reduced eye wrinkles but it certainly plumped my skin out in the mornings.
I’m awful for skipping looking after my eye area with creams dedicated for that area. I’m going to carry on using and see if I have any improvements with my fine lines in that area.
Sk:n Hydrator for Oily/Blemish-Prone Skin
Part of Sk:n’s Anti-blemish range this hydrator is designed to sooth and hydrate as part of an anti blemish routine. The product aims to reduce ‘the tight, dehydrated feeling typical of blemish prone skin’.
The product was dispensed easily and came out much like a watery-gel cream hybrid. It absorbs into the skin wonderfully well and has a slight smell to it – not unpleasant but one that i’d imagine an anti blemish range having.
This was a hard product for me to fully test as other than my nose and occasionally my chin I don’t have oily skin everywhere. I will say though it worked wonderfully well at hydrating my nose area without over moisturising it – and my nose is super oily! My t-zone remained clog free and didn’t feel like it had a heavy product covering it.
The hydrator didn’t provide enough hydration to my poor dehydrated cheeks though. I imagine this would make an excellent moisturiser for those with all over oily skin or those who suffer with a lot of acne – but it didn’t work as a solution for my combination skin. On a side note if you’re reading this thinking why use moisturiser if you have an oily skin type, it does sound counterintuitive but a good moisturiser designed for oily skin can actually stop it from being even more oily!
Have you tried the sk:n range? What did you think of it?