About a month and a half ago I was contacted to try out and review some skincare products that are perfect for the cold harsh weather Winter (usually) brings upon us...this one has been quite mild but still our skin still takes a beating day to day being outside in the wind and cold weather.
I was really just expecting a couple of samples to come in the mail for me to try out so boy was I surprised when I received a lovely box w/ 5 FULL SIZE Olehenriksen & NEOCUTIS products to try out! It was like Christmas after Christmas lol!
So what did I get you ask?
Black Currant Perfecting Complexion Oil
I'm not going to lie as someone w/ acne prone skin I was a littler nervous to try something w/ the word "Oil" in the name on my skin at first but you know what it really works. I haven't been using it on my entire face just spots were I tend to get a lot of dryness and it has definitely diminished the dryness. Esp. on the top of my nose...I get a lot of peeling there for some reason and this oil has definitely reduced that. I also had a point in Jan. (which I'll talk about later in the blog post) where my skin was VERY dry and sensitive along my jawline. I used the oil on my jawline and it didn't create any additional breakouts and didn't irritate the area which was already pretty sensitive. Also I should mention it in now way made my skin greasier or left any sort of oily film on the skin after it was absorbed. It's a small bottle but really you only need a couple of drops so a little does go a long way!
Herbal Day Creme Spf 15
This was a nice moisturizer. It did blend into the skin well and I didn't find it too overly rich or heavy so it's a good choice for normal/combination skin. It has spf 15 which is SUPER important to me b/c I pretty much won't wear a moisturizer unless it has some form of SPF in it.
One thing I should mention is that all the products I tested from Olehenriksen do have somewhat strong fragrances to them from the essential oils I'm assuming. I actually quite liked the smell of the products but if you're someone that is sensitive to such things this is definitely something to keep in mind b/c you might not like them.
Blue/Black Berry Enzyme Mask
The mask definitely does moisturize and nourish the skin and it did leave my skin feeling soft afterward. You're suppose to use it twice a wk for about 15 mins each time. My only complaint about this product is that it is a bit of a pain to get off afterward. It does have a gel like consistency so you really do have to scrub or exfoliate your face a bit to get it off and not leave a "film" on afterward...I don't think just using your reg. facial wash would do it. Other than that it was a nice mask and really good for the Winter months. It's good for all skin types which is nice too!
At first when I was looking at the products I received from Neocutis I was wondering how I was going to really effectively review them b/c they seemed to be best used on post procedure skin (although they can be used anytime). It just seemed like they were both strongly marketing themselves as great post procedure skin products...by procedure I'm assuming any sort of facial skin procedures - peels, laser treatments, botox etc.
Then I had a VERY bad skin reaction to face treatment I was doing on myself (not using any of the products mentioned here today) and it left my skin burnt, red, very dry and very irritated all along my jawline and around my mouth (this is where I've been breaking out lately...aww the joys of hormonal acne :( ). Basically, it kind of looked like I had a red, burnt skin beard...I know VERY attractive lol! Thankfully, I'm a makeup artist and I could cover this up w/ makeup...pretty well.
The problem was after it initially happens my skin was so raw and sore I couldn't put any skin creams on it w/out it stinging and hurting...and then it came to me! Well bright side this would be the PERFECT time to try my Neocutis skin care products since they are specially formulated for post procedure skin...and this is basically I like unintentionally gave myself a skin peel lol.
HYALIS Refining Serum
I will definitely concur w/ all of the above on this one. It's great for all skin types which is nice but it was esp. gentle but effective on my burnt, red, sore skin. Literally, I couldn't put any products on it w/out it stinging but I was able to put this serum on it and it did sooth and moisturize the area very effectively. I also felt it helped almost create a barrier between my skin and other products so that after I used this and the other Neocutis Cream (I'll talk about next) I was able to put makeup on and it wasn't burning or stinging my skin.
NEOCUTIS Bio-Restorative Skin Cream
Like the Serum I really liked this product. Again it was very soft and soothing on my sensitive skin. It's a nice consistency, not overly thick or rich which a lot of times is the case w/ skin creams meant for dry skin skin. But it still did enrich and moisturize my skin leaving it feeling smoother and softer after I used it. My only issue is that it doesn't have SPF and as I mentioned before it is a big thing for me when choosing a moisturizer.
So hopefully, if you're experiencing some harsh Winter skin or just overall sensitivity or dryness maybe look into these products and find something new to try! I hope you like them as much as I did!