Cult Favorite: Onekind Pore-fectionist Refining Facial

Looking at the ingredients of the Pore-fectionist Refining Facial from Onekind (pink clay, aha, BHA, pink kaolin clay, bentonite clay, salicylic acid, lactic acid, and barley seed extract), it looks like it’s meant to be in my breakout bin. This mask promises to detoxify, smooth, brighten, and reduce redness and irritation of the skin.

I was right. I have put off using this before because my skin didn’t need it but now that it’s warmer and my skin is feeling congested recently. In fact, I just got a few blemishes even if I’m staying at home and I’m not wearing makeup that much. It’s because of the weather and to be honest, my oily skin loves being in winter more. Anyway, I have been using this once a week for a few months now and it helps clear and brighten my skin. It also helped calm blemishes and prevented them from becoming full-blown pimples. It’s recommended for use twice a week but I find it a bit strong so I only use this once a week. I also like following this with hydrating and soothing products to prevent my skin from feeling dry and tight. I would file this mask as something to pull out for emergencies.

This product is also cruelty-free and is formulated without synthetic fragrance, silicones, parabens, PEGs, phthalates, and petroleum/mineral oil. Also, according to their site, the packaging is made in a 75% post-recycled plastic (PCR) tube with a 100% PCR cap. It’s nice to know and I like the fact that they put it there for everyone’s reference.

The Onekind Pore-fectionist Refining Facial was provided by @onekind.us. Available at onekind.us

Skincare Review: Georgette Klinger Honey Cleansing Gel and Charcoal Drying Lotion

A few months back, Georgette Klinger sent me these products to try.

The Honey Cleansing Gel ($24) promises to cleanse, soothe, and detoxify the skin using honeysuckle extract, chamomile extract, and marula oil. Following the name of this cleanser, it smells and feels like honey upon application. It was weird, yes, like a sticky serum but for cleansing. I prefer my cleansing to be in a foam form and I want them lightweight. I also want them to not leave a film after cleanser so I didn’t reach for this often.

I rarely get blemishes but I do get them. When I do, I need something to quickly zap and heal them. I used the Charcoal Drying Lotion ($19), which is an overnight spot treatment that unclogs pores and treats inflammation and irritation using salicylic acid, activated charcoal, zinc oxide, sulfur, camphor, calamine, and white willow bark.

With my fair share of drying lotion experiences, I expected this product to deliver fast and best results. The formula was what got me pumped up because I know for sure what charcoal can do to my oily skin. The smell was strong but bearable. The texture is just like any other drying lotion. There was a mild throbbing tingle when I first swabbed this on my skin. I found that this works best when the blemish isn’t in its full form yet. It takes about three days for this to flatten inflammation and redness. For full-blown zits, and acne patch after applying this would best help quicken healing.

The Georgette Klinger Honey Cleansing Gel and Charcoal Drying Lotion were provided by @georgetteklinger. Available at georgetteklinger.com

Brand Overview: Kinship

I was excited to try Kinship‘s products as soon as I saw them, mainly because of the fun, bright and colorful packaging. Aside from the cuteness factor, their products are cruelty-free, leaping bunny certified, reef-safe, and are free of GMO organisms. Their packaging is also made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, 100% PCR paper and from Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) materials.

I first tried the Naked Papaya Gentle Enzyme Face Cleanser, which has papaya, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil. It feels as great as it smells, with a light fruity smoothie scent that gently strips dirt and makeup off my face. I love it as a morning cleanser since it makes my face supple enough and ready for the day ahead.

Meanwhile, the Insta Swipe Lemon Honey AHA Pads are also something to love. Unlike most acids, this one isn’t extremely strong and has a sweet, citrus scent. It doesn’t dry my skin out. But even if it’s gentle, it does a great job of smoothening out my skin and reducing those small blemishes and bumps.

The Supermello Hydrating Gel Cream is a favorite too. First off, it smells like marshmallows so what’s not to love? With hyaluronic acid, marshmallow root and coconut water, it keeps my skin extremely soft, without making it greasy. I also love that I don’t need to put a lot of it to feel the effects.

The Pimple Potion, a retinol and salicylic acid acne treatment. It does take a while for it to get rid of pimples, but it’s a good spot treatment if you have sensitive skin and react badly to stronger products.

There’s also the Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen, providing SPF 32 coverage. It’s light, not too sticky and provides a bit of moisture, so it protects my face, without making it feel as oily as other facial sunscreens might. However, I prefer sunscreen with a higher SPF every day.

So while there were a few bumps, overall I’m a fan of Kinship‘s products. They not only look good on my skincare shelf, but they also have a good effect on my skin. Overall, their products are worth checking out as they are gentle and nourishing.

The Kinship Naked Papaya Gentle Enzyme Face Cleanser, Insta Swipe Lemon Honey AHA Pads, Supermello Hydrating Gel Cream, Pimple Potion, and Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32 were provided by @kinship. Available at lovekinship.com

Cult Favorite: Tarte Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser and Knockout Tingling Treatment

My face has been through some dark times and receiving the Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser and the Knockout Tingling Treatment from Tarte brought back some memories I’d really like to forget. It made me with these products were available when I was in high school.

Using a AHA and BHA acid complex with lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acids, the Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser promises to remove dead skin, refine pores, improve texture, brighten, and balance the skin. It also contains apple extract to hydrate and peppermint and eucalyptus to soothe, and eucalyptus to soothe the skin. Its gel texture emulsifies into a creamy milk-like lather.

It smells very clinical, which I don’t really mind but it’s worth noting for those who are sensitive. It feels cooling to the skin, which I enjoy. It can be a bit stripping for some but for my oily and clog-prone skin, I like it. This claims to be okay for everyday use but for me, I prefer to use twice a week and when my skin is feeling irritated and clogged. It wipes my face clean and devoid of any oil. I follow this with hydrating serums to balance my skin and makeup for the intense cleansing I just went through. This was especially helpful when I had a lot of blemishes a few weeks back as it helps keep my face clean and clear.

To treat, the Knockout Tingling Treatment promises to resurface, balance, control oil, minimize pores, and clarify the skin using niacinamide, salicylic acid, lactic acid, and sulfur.

I’ve heard a lot of people say that the BR P50 smells like vinegar and I think this toner took it as a challenge. This has a strong sour smell and, consistently, it also has a strong tingling feeling to the skin. Fortunately, both the tingle and the smell dissipate after a few seconds. I have used treatments like this before and by far, this felt the most intense. However, results are as intense as it felt. I used this thrice a week when my skin was irritated and after week, I noticed a lot of changes. It cleared up my skin and zapped all my whiteheads and pimples. I would definitely recommend this if you want some intense treatment for your irritated skin and clogged pores.

Using this combo made me get out of skincare hell but even if my skin isn’t that sensitive, I would recommend using this sparingly and when you do, pile on soothing and moisturizing products to support these.

The Tarte Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser and Knockout Tingling Treatment were provided by @tartecosmetics. Available at tartecosmetics.com

Skincare Review: Troiareuke Oil Cut Cleansing, TOC Toner, AC Spot Solution

I was fortunate enough to have managed blemishes. I rarely get one anymore. However, when I came back from vacation, my skin reacted to the rise in temperature and humidity. I slept having no blemishes and woke up with three out of nowhere. What’s worse, two of them are whiteheads – something I never had since grade school.

I was pissed. However, this was the perfect time to test some products from the ACSEN line from Troiareuke. This line is for those with acne-prone and sensitive skin.

The Oil Cut Cleansing promises to be an all in one cleanser that removes oil, dirt, and impurities as it soothe and hydrate the skin using lichen extract, zanthoxylum piperitum fruit extract, pulsatilla koreana extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, papaya fruit water, portulaca oleracea extract. This cleansing gel removes oil and impurities and leaves the skin feeling fresh and smooth. It doesn’t completely strip the skin, which would when your skin is feeling sensitive or irritated. As a preference, I still use a foaming cleanser after this.

To balance and build the skin’s protective barrier, the TOC Toner contains glycolic acid, centella asiatica extract, hyaluronic acid tocopheryl acetate, allantoin, glycerin, portulaca oleracea extract, betula platyphylla japonica juice, argania spinosa kernel oil, zea mays oil, rosewood wood oil, calendula officinalis flower oil, and geranium maculatum oil. It also promises to soothe, renew, and moisturize the skin while removing excess sebum and dead skin cell buildup. This has a very water-like texture but it somehow leaves my skin nourished and hydrated. It’s gentle on the skin as well. This is the only toner I used during the time that I had pimples and it helped soothe and hydrate my skin after I apply detoxifying masks and treatment products.

My favorite, the AC Spot Solution, to treat blemishes. It contains selemix an, phenyl salicylate, and centella asiatica to speed healing, help prevent scarring, and prevent future blemishes. This flattened up and coming blemishes overnight. For full-on zits, it takes about three nights to heal. I’m amazed as to how quick this is and how gentle it was on my skin. Most solutions tend to dry the skin and stimulate peeling but I didn’t experience that with this one. It doesn’t even sting. However, in terms of scar prevention, I still got post-blemish pigmentation but I’m fine with it, I have other products for that.

I would definitely recommend these products to those who have blemishes and want something gentle yet effective for their skin concerns. The main highlight for me is the AC Spot Solution because of how quick and gentle it zapped my blemishes.

The Troiareuke ACSEN Oil Cut Cleansing, TOC Toner, AC Spot Solution were provided by @troiareuke.