I’ve had this with me for awhile because I wanted to see how my skin would react with it. I’m personally not one for makeup primers and this Seaweed Pore Perfector isn’t actually a primer but it’s actually quite good underneath makeup. It’s supposed to be a soothing, mattifying gel treatment for pores that contains ginger essential oils, wild-harvested seaweed from the French coast and is generally hailed as a natural skin care item because it contains botanical astringents that help naturally unclog pores (you still need to wash your face wise-ass, ayt?). I tried it off the testing shelf at The Body Shop in Glorietta and asked them to put it on the counter for me right away, twas about Php800 but you only use like a tear drop size on each side of the face.
“Refine your skin with a targeted gel treatment designed to unblock pores and control excess shine.”
- Community Trade bladderwack seaweed and seaweed harvested from the French Coast work together to balance skin tone and clarify the complexion.
- Natural plant astringents including extracts of cinnamon, burnet and ginger help to visibly reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and blemish-damaged skin.
Now I believe this is somewhat similar to but not as silky and silicone-y as Estee Lauder Idealist. If you’re wincing at the price of the latter this is a great mid-range dupe for it. It’s more evident as a skin finishing product or skin primer to me. The only cons for some of you beauty enthusiasts or purists out there is that it isn’t entirely alcohol-free and it’s scented but in a lovely way. It didn’t break me out and I’ve got sensitive skin. It does a good job of giving some added moisture but eliminating excess shine which in my book is great for makeup prep. I love how soothing it is on the skin and it absorbs quite quickly. It’s actually also got some mild pimple-fighting ingredients like cinnamon in the mix for those who have low-level breakouts. I tested it out because I had a team of whiteheads threatening to turn themselves into zits. I applied this Seaweed Pore Perfector one night after bathing but before sleeping and woke up the next day to see that they had subsided. Well at least I know for that time it worked.
The Body Shop’s Seaweed for oil control family is a great facial care range. Currently it’s the natural but not fully organic range I’m most interested in whenever I pass any Body Shop boutique. What natural skincare items have been impressing you lately? Let me know and share them in the comments below, I’m really curious.
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This Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream is actually Nicola Chapman’s (Pixiwoo) drugstore moisturizer of choice and that’s how I first heard about it. I tend to have sensitive, reactive skin because of past hit-and-miss ordeals with skincare, weather changes, exposure, and certain allergens around the house. I also have a patch of mild eczema that resurfaces once in awhile on my inner arm crook. When I heard Nic rave about this cream for the first time over a year ago on their Pixiwoo YouTube channel it sounded like the kind of cream I needed to have on hand for reactive flare-ups. The brand, Oilatum by Stiefel, does not go unrecognized in my book since a cousin of mine who dealt with skin asthma always had the other regular local Oilatum cream and soap in his bathroom years ago. Nic almost never fails to use this as her moisturizing primer before her makeup tutorials on their makeup channel. As with most brands today, Oilatum put out this variant with more natural ingredients to appease sensitive consumers who are trying more and more to veer away from products with harsh chemical formulations.
“Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream is an annivative new therapy specially formulated to intensively nourish and help repair your skin’s natural barrier. It penetrates deeply to rehydrate facial skin relieving tightnesss and irritation and leaving it feeling smooth. Suitable for dry and sensitive skin. Free from fragrances, preservatives, and emulsifiers. Light enough to be used under makeup. Ideal for everyday use.“
Sorry to those interested in getting this it isn’t available locally, it’s sold in Boots in the UK, I put out a search on Ebay for it last year and was blessed to have found a reliable seller at the time plus the expiration date was nearly 2 years away so it was certainly new stock. Truth is, because I do have random bouts with my skin I am sort of a face cream junkie (bitter memory of a thrown out unfinished tub of MooGoo floats by, it turned out to be too rich for a tropical zone) and at first when I got this Oilatum one I didn’t like it the first time around, because at first I thought it was also just a bit too rich, though not as rich as Embryolisse which I like. I thought it was making my skin react at first but I was not sure because I was switching products around at the time. Now I’ve rediscovered it and found out its use for other skin conditions, and am so glad I got it. Read more for the full post with ingredients and what got this back in my bag.… Read the rest