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I received these two products from SKEDERM for review. I got these products on the 28th of June, so I’ve had about a week and a half to test these products. Though that is not a good amount of time in order to really form a solid opinion on a product, a few things stood out to me immediately so I will cover those things in this review. Perhaps in the future I will do an in-depth review once I’ve emptied them, but for now, here is my review of these two products from SKEDERM.
As stated earlier, I received these products on the 28th of June. The package came relatively quick, and nothing was severely damaged in transit. Everything came in a padded envelope and I’m not sure if that is what the company typically sends their products out in, but I’d surely hope not. The boxes that the cleanser and booster came in were bent and dented, which did show signs of neglect but, again, nothing was busted open or broken. As far as the packaging of the individual products, I felt it all was very cheap. The cleanser comes in a squeeze bottle that is kind of hard to get product out of, nor does it bounce back very well when you squeeze it. The booster comes in what seems to be a plastic vial, but it seems sturdy enough to withstand a fall so I’m not upset about its packaging. One thing I will praise SKEDERM on is the presence of a wipe chamber in the booster’s packaging, which is something I have brought up before in previous reviews of serums and the like.
The first product I received was the Roobios Tea Cleanser can be found on SKEDERM’s website for $17.95. This cleanser is said to have high anti-aging benefits, all thanks to the star ingredient, roobios tea (aspalathus linearis). Roobios tea is also known as Red Bush, which is a drink very popular in South Africa that is very high in antioxidants, which fights against environmental factors to help protect the skin. Along with roobios tea, this cleanser also features natural ingredients such as licorice root , chamomile, calendula, and eucalyptus.
Ingredients: water, aspalathus linearis extract, aspalathus linearis leaf, rosa damascena flower water, jasminum officinale (jasmine) extract, calendula officinalis extract, eucalyptus globulus leaf extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) extract, trehalose, cocamidopropyl betaine, cocamidopropylamine oxide, myristic acid, lauric acid, sorbitol, tetrahydroxypropyl ethylenediamine, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, sodium hydroxide, alcohol denat., stearic acid, fragrance, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, caprylyl glycol, propylene glycol, tocopheryl acetate
I was given the option to choose two products, and the ingredients list of this cleanser really intrigued me. Roobios tea extract is something that is new to me, but apparently is not something new to the skincare industry. Roobios tea extract holds many skin benefits and naturally contains AHA which can help achieve smoother and more clear skin. Roobios tea also naturally contains zinc, which can help treat and protect various skin conditions. Eucalyptus extract is a very well known anti-inflammatory and decongestant, which can help with those who suffer with acne. Lavender and calendula extracts both are very calming ingredients, known to reduce skin rashes, decrease swelling from various irritations/allergens, treat burns, and even reduce dermatitis and eczema. However, when I received the product all of my initial excitement died when I noticed how thick the consistency is. The consistency is comparable to that of Aquaphor, and though I enjoy Aquaphor itself, the consistency is not something I enjoy having on my face. The consistency was not enjoyable to work with at all, but I was hoping that the list of promising ingredients would redeem this cleanser.
Upon application, the cleanser does not distribute very well, probably due to how thick it is. I did not notice any foaming from this product, despite the claims of this being a “foaming cleanser.” No matter how much water I used with this cleanser, it dried up very quickly on my skin and tugged as I tried to evenly distribute it across my face. The cleanser also has bits of tea leafs in it which did not feel nice on the skin at all. Some of them were very hard, which made the experience far less than enjoyable. Rinsing the cleanser off was surprisingly easy, but I did not feel like it did much for my skin outside of irritate it. I noticed that it made my t-zone and cheeks more red than usual, and I actually had to stop using the cleanser after a couple days in order to get my skin to calm down. Thankfully, I did not break out while using this cleanser, so that is one point I can give to it. I tested this both before and after removing makeup, and I can say that it does not do a very good job of removing my makeup. In fact, it actually irritated the skin around my eyes when I attempted to carefully wash away my eyeliner. However, the site does give a notice to avoid contact with eyes, so I guess that was a poor move on my part. Overall, I do not see this being a cleanser I will revisit or purchase in the future. Though this product did not work for me and was not something I enjoyed, I do feel that the ingredients are something that stand out and if your skin isn’t too sensitive to extracts and you can look past the consistency of this product, I feel it could be of benefit! I feel this is a cleanser that could really appeal to those who are looking to take a more “natural” approach to skincare, so don’t let my negative experience turn you away. With any product I review, I highly suggest to try all products for yourself to see if you find different results! Remember, not everyone’s skin is the same. 🙂
The second product I received was the TEARS Concentrate Hydration Booster. This retails for $27.95 on SKEDERM’s website. This booster claims to be formulated with the same properties as human tears, which are made to protect and moisturize the eyes. The idea behind this product is to hydrate, protect, and repair the skin with powerful ingredients such as 100% mineral water from the Jeju islands. Again, the ingredients were very promising. This booster features centella extract, which is one of my favorite ingredients due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to repair damaged and irritated skin. Eucalyptus oil also holds anti-inflammatory properties as well as acts as a decongestant. Citrus oils and extracts provide antioxidants that help to repair and protect the skin from environmental stressors. Sodium hyaluronate is there to provide deep hydration to the skin, and is well known for not causing irritation to the skin. Niacinamide, which has quickly become one of my favorite ingredients, helps to even out skin tone, reduce irritation and redness, and can even help with congested areas of the skin. Lastly, adenosine and collagen work together to keep skin looking youthful! As you can tell, I was very excited to try this out!
Ingredients: mineral water, water, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, geranium maculatum oil, leucojum aestivum bulb extract, hyacinthus orientalis extract, glycerin, dipropylene glycol, hydrogenated lecithin, centella asiatica extract, hydrolyzed collagen, niacinamide, methyl gluceth-20, sodium hyaluronate, 1,2-hexanediol, dimethicone, butylene glycol, panthenol, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, tromethamine, pentylene glycol, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, amodimethicone, carbomer, phenoxyethanol, sodium hydroxide, dextrin, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, arginine, calcium carbonate, adenosine, disodium edta, acetyl hexapeptide-8, beta-glucan
The first thing I noticed about this product was the smell. It has a slight citrus scent to it, but nothing too offensive. It’s more on the sweet side, rather than smelling like that of cleaning products. I was wary of using this once I took notice to the fragrance as citrus extracts and fragranced products typically irritate my skin, but I did not find any irritation from this product which took me by pleasant surprise. I used this product twice a day over the past week and a half. Having used many hydration boosters and serums in the past, this one did not stand out to me too much. In terms of hydration, I felt it was lacking. This booster does feature sodium hyaluronate, which is one of my go to ingredients for hydration, but I did not see much hydration coming from this product (though I feel I have high standards when it comes to hydrating products). At times, I felt myself missing my other hydrating serums, that I started layering my other products on top of this one to achieve the results I wanted. I do feel that this booster does do a good job of calming the skin, and a lot of that I feel has to do with the presence of centella and lavender. As I stated before, the cleanser really irritated my skin, but this booster did help a lot with the redness even after I stopped using the cleanser. As far as visible benefits from ingredients such as the citrus extracts, adenosine, and niacinamide; that is something that I will have to keep a close eye on as I work through finishing up this bottle. The ingredients in this booster are some that are my favorites, and my overall experience with this product was not poor, so I will continue using it until I finish it. At that point, I will report back on my Instagram in order to give a full review.
I suppose I cannot complain too much since these products were sent to me, free of charge, from SKEDERM for review. Though, in order to provide an honest review, I do have to be just that. As far as my impressions of SKEDERM, I greatly appreciate that they reached out to me. I’d hope that the shipping quality for actual customers is better, as a padded envelope as a method of shipping skincare products does not seem very safe to me. The packaging of the products themselves is something I can look past, but the products received left something to be desired. With the price point of these products, I expected a little bit more. However, these are only two products out of their entire range. Although the cleanser was a dud, the booster was not that bad, and that leaves me curious as to what else SKEDERM has to offer. Perhaps, in the future, I will purchase from them just to try out their other products because I do feel there is some potential in their brand.
Thank you to SKEDERM for the opportunity to try their products. Their staff was very kind and polite, and I would definitely work with them again if given the chance.
I’d also like to thank all of you for all the love and support since starting this blog. All of the wonderful comments and feedback I have received on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit and more have been very encouraging and I am always thinking of ways to improve my content. If anyone has any suggestions or feedback, feel free to comment on any of my posts, or even contact me on social media! I promise to be less of a stranger, as I have some exciting content coming up!