Another Sunday, another sunscreen review! The Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF35 PA+++ was a purchase inspired by many beauty lovers in the bloggersphere! During Black Friday Sales Event 2020, I picked up a couple of tubes of the shade “Medium” and it was simple love at first use.
Information on Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF35 PA+++
“Treat your eyes to Total Eye® 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35 to visibly improve the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles while protecting the delicate eye area against photoaging with 100% SPF 35 mineral sunscreen.
Brightens and corrects dark circles – in four shades for all skin tones Cooling applicator aids in reduction of puffiness Smooths fine lines and wrinkles Broad Spectrum SPF 35 PA+++ protects against future sun damage Primes skin for smooth application of eye makeup Reapply throughout the day as a refresh“
Price: $69 USD Amount: 7ml
UV FILTERS: Zinc Oxide 6.7% (UVB, UVAII and some UVAI) Titanium Dioxide 7.9% (UVB and UVAII)
Protection: UVB: SPF 35 UVA: PA+++ (PPD 8-16), If 1/3rd of UVB protection should be around 11.67.
Firstly, I originally purchased this because my poor eyes are not patient with me anymore – it does not like all-organic UV filtered sunscreens all up in their business, so I appreciate Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy being all mineral.
Variety of moisturizing ingredients such as various silicones, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Jojoba Esters, Sea Water, Pantolactone, sugar molecules (Sucrose, Betaine, Sorbitol).
Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 – cell-communicating ingredient that’s supposed to protect and boost collagen.
Panthenol for soothing and wound-healing.
Silver Ear Fungus Extract and Tocopherol as antioxidants.
Iron Oxides – helps protect the skin against visible light.
My Experience with Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF35 PA+++
PACKAGING: Opaque white plastic bottle with an airless pump, pop-off metal cap and metal applicator.
CONSISTENCY: Thin cream.
APPLICATION: Colorescience recommends using half a pump for your eye area. I find that is around how much I use, but I prefer applying it in 3-4 thin layers to get it to blend and sit on my skin well. The colour originally appears peach after dispensing it, but it blends really well into my skin tone.
FINISH: Depends on skin prep. For me, it tends to sit semi-matte: not too glowy, but not flat matte. When I tried using it on its own as a moisturizing eye SPF, it was more matte.
FEEL: Light, it’s a skin-like finish. It feels lightly tacky even on top of a very moisturized eye area.
STINGS EYES? No! 😀
WHITECAST / TINTED? The Medium shade does have a peachy tint, but it does not translate that way after application. It just looks like a “my skin but better” tone.
WATER RESISTANT? No.
SKIN BENEFITS? Doesn’t really add moisture, but it doesn’t dry out my under eye area either. I like how it doesn’t settle into the bit of creasing I have under my eyes, and it also doesn’t crease on my lids when I get it time to set. It also definitely brightens the eye area after application, but after 20 mins or so that brightness is not as impactful.
UNDER MAKEUP: It does not effect any eye shadow I wear on my mobile lid, under eyes it sits very skin like and am able to apply concealer over top without issue. On it’s own it doesn’t have a crazy amount of coverage, but for me it’s perfect. I haven’t worn foundation as of late and I also don’t have dark under eyes, so I find the light coverage is perfect for my needs, even on days when I haven’t gotten enough sleep.
Final Thoughts on Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF35 PA+++
Fairly high protection – over SPF 30, the recommended minimal amount by dermatologists
Easy to apply and reapply the 2mg/cm2 in separate layers
Tint matches skin tone very well
Does not sting my eyes
Does not dry out my eye area
Looks very skin-like – If I wear this on it’s own it does not look like I have mineral sunscreen goggles
Can apply makeup on top without it looking cakey
Price! However it seems that this small tube does last a good amount of time
Does not add a lot of moisture under the eyes so I don’t really like using it as a moisturizer with SPF, but fortunately does not dry out the area and it’s probably a better finish for those who are prone to milia
She may be pricey, but from first use I have been impressed with Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF35 PA+++!
When I was first notified of La Roche Posay’s reformulation of their Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF60, my first thought was, “IS IT THE SAME AS SHAKA FLUID!?!?!?”
In short, LRP Canada on their Instagram informed me it was the same formula. I looked at both ingredients list, and there is a difference between the two, so it’s not 100% the same. In addition, I discovered the PPD is not the same either, so don’t expect this to be like Shaka Fluid’s PPD 46 that I originally thought despite the slight differences.
Either way, I have got a good feel of the new La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ and am ready to review! I have also compared its ingredients list to the Shaka Fluid if you’re like me and were interested in the similarities and differences.
Information on La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+
High UVA-UVB protection with an invisible finish. A unique combination of invisible yet ultra-resistant protection developed for sensitive skin. – Shoppers Drug Mart.
Uvinul T 150 is not a regulated UV filter in Canada, so that’s why we see Homosalate and Ensulizole in our ingredient list instead as extra UVB filters. Aside from Uvinul T 150, I do not understand why Mexoryl SX is not in our formula and we could not have the additional emollient ingredient. But then again, I’m not a chemist, and cannot assume we can have it all “cooked” together.
As shown in the first screenshot, La Roche Posay Canada’s Instagram stated this is the same formula as Shaka Fluid, it is just named differently here. However after comparing the ingredients list, this is incorrect. I don’t blame the Social Media Manager not knowing, their job is to mostly know the Canadian products. I also emailed LRP Canada’s customer service to ask further about this sunscreen compared to the Shaka Fluid and received no answer (this was months ago). After doing the digging myself with the ingredients and filters, it is clear it is not the same formula, but it is pretty dang close! I still can’t help but feel a little disappointed the Canadian formula doesn’t have Mexoryl SX though, it’s in Ombrelle’s sunscreens (a Canadian sunscreen brand that also uses the patented Mexoryl UV filers).
In the next screenhot, LRPCa provided the PPD of their new Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ is 35. This makes sense, considering we don’t have the additional high-protection UVA filter Mexoryl SX. This blog post by a French independent lab however tested the rating of the Shaka Fluid. Their test results showed that the Shaka Fluid’s PPD was a 27! Everything just becomes more confusing, doesn’t it? Either way, PPD of 27 or 35 is still better than 16, and my experience with the La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion was overall a very positive one!
My Experience with La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+
PACKAGING: Opaque white plastic bottle, twist off cap with a small spout.
CONSISTENCY: Thin fluid.
APPLICATION: Slides on very easily with a light touch.
FEEL: Emollient, like my skin has a moisturizer on it.
STINGS EYES? Surprisingly, it does not!
WHITECAST / TINTED? No, there are no mineral UV filters that could potentially leave a cast. In addition, the Silica, a white powdery substance, is not leaving a white streaky film.
WATER RESISTANT? Yes – 80 minutes.
SKIN BENEFITS? This has denat. alcohol in the formula, but the sunsreen still manages to add extra moisture to my skin. I have actually managed to wear this without moisturizer in the summer! In winter, this has worn fairly comfortably throughout the day, but I do gravitate to “greasier” sunscreens to avoid any dry feeling all together.
UNDER MAKEUP: Does not add or subtract to longevity for my drier skin type.
Final Thoughts on La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+
High protection – SPF50+ PPD 35
Easy to apply the 2mg/cm2
Can wear it as a moisturizing SPF in the summer
This does not sting my eyes
Sometimes stings my skin if I used an active that impaired my skin a little bit (eg. too much chemical exfoliation)
Bit pricey per ml, but it’s a sunscreen I would wear everyday if I didn’t have such a collection of SPF 😀
Sometimes I look too glowy, borderline oily in the summer time
I don’t expect the social media manager to know everything about their products, but I wouldn’t go telling customers that it’s the same formula as the Shaka Fluid in Europe
The La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ definitely knocks my other high protecting sunscreen out of the park when it comes to cosmetic elegance. I went through a bottle of this no problem in the summer without issues. Also the fact that I’m able to wear this without moisturizer underneath just amazes me (in the summer). Overall, the La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ is great despite the price point and it’s in my top favourite sunscreens so far.
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Purito is one of the more popular Korean skincare brands I keep hearing on the market, and lots and lots of people rave about their sunscreens! I picked up the Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++ – the most recommended one out of their 3 sunscreens, and the most compared to Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF50+ PA++++.
INFORMATION ON PURITO CENTELLA GREEN LEVEL UNSCENTED SUN SPF50+ PA++++
If you couldn’t use sunscreen because you were put off by its strong scent or because your skin doesn’t take well to natural essential oils, you should try the new PURITO Centella Unscented Sun. Use the highly concentrated super centella and enjoy cica-care with an increased content of madecassoside. The new cica-care enhances the skin barrier to provide better protection from strong ultraviolet rays and external stimuli.
The product contains mild and safe ingredients that helps to avoid side effects of the existing chemical sunscreens such as eye and skin irritation. It doesn’t cause any discomfort, even when applied to sensitive skin. If applying sunscreen before makeup was a burden because of the white cast and the stifling feeling, PURITO Centella Unscented is the right product for you, as it spreads in a thin, transparent layer and doesn’t leave a heavy finish on the skin.
Price: $18-20 USD Amount: 60 ml
Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate – Uvinul A Plus (3%)
Ethylhexyl Triazone – Uvinul T 150 (2%) Protection: UVB: SPF50+ (~SPF60) UVA: PA++++ – PPD 22.59
Niacinamide and Tocopherol are always a great ingredients to have, especially in a sunscreen for additional protection against the formation of free radicals. Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid are also found on the list for humectant properties. Centella Asiatica Extract and it’s constituents Madecassoside, Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid are also in the formula – their skin benefits range from wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and an antioxidant. Centella Asiatica is one of my favourite supportive ingredients for those of us with troubled skin. My skin always feels calmer and less irritated when I use a product with this ingredient. I find it a great addition to a sunscreen for it to help keep my skin calm and prevent it from becoming over-heated from summer weather.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH PURITO CENTELLA GREEN LEVEL UNSCENTED SUN SPF50+ PA++++
PACKAGING: Opaque white plastic tube with small spout.
CONSISTENCY: Gel-cream, leaning more on the cream.
APPLICATION: Glides on very easily with a light touch. While applying, it appears white on the skin but it fades as it’s blended in.
FINISH: Glowy, when I touch my skin it feels like there’s an oily residue.
FEEL: Neutral. I find that despite the moisturized look, I can’t rely on this as a moisturizing SPF, even in the summertime.
STINGS EYES? No.
WHITECAST / TINTED? No.
WATER RESISTANT? No.
SKIN BENEFITS? My skin feels very comfortable when I use it and rarely stings. Even if my skin feels particularly sensitive, I find this SPF doesn’t exacerbate the irritation and calms any redness.
UNDER MAKEUP: I like using it as my tester sunscreen for under makeup, because the finish is similar to my moisturizer. It doesn’t take away my foundation’s longevity, but it doesn’t add to it like a mineral SPF would.
Highest protection you can find in Asian sunscreens – SPF50+ PA++++
Very easy to apply the 2mg/cm2
Purito shares the percentage of UV Filters as well as the PPD value
I find the finish sometimes too oily
I feel like I used it less than 30 times and I’m almost done the 60ml tube; I could have over applied while using it
FINAL THOUGHTS ON PURITO CENTELLA GREEN LEVEL UNSCENTED SUN SPF50+ PA++++
True to the hype, the Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++ is indeed an awesome sunscreen! Whether or not it’s better than the Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence, I like both of them for completely different reasons. I like Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun for it being more on the emollient side, non-sensitizing, and containing Centella Asiatica constituents. Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence is in a larger tube for just a few more dollars, and I find myself reaching for it more for reapplication because of it’s gel-cream texture leaning on the more gel side. I find any skin type would be happy with either depending how your overall morning skincare routine is.
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This Sunscreen Sunday deserved a little intro blurb because I am very excited to discover how far this mineral sunscreen has come along since its beginnings!
INFORMATION ON KLAIRS MID DAY BLUE UV SHIELD SPF50+ PA++++
This physical sunscreen is hydrating, lightweight, non-irritant, and gentle for any skin type, even sensitive skin. It is SPF 50/PA++++ and contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to protect your skin against UVA/UVB. By containing guaiazulene it also helps calm the skin. It has a natural tone-up effect after application with a semi-matte finish. Recommended for combination and oily skin.
Klairs is finally back with the newest updated version and it is called the Mid day Blue UV Shield! Get excited because compared to the previous versions, it has now become even 1) fresher, 2) smoother to apply on the skin, 3) more hydrating on the skin with a semi-matte finish, and 4) still remains to give a significant calming effect for irritated skin under the strong UV rays.
– Wishtrend blog post
Price: $23 USD Amount: 80 ml
Zinc Oxide – Unknown
Titanium Dioxide – Unknown
Guaiazulene – what makes the formula blue! Has been described as a calming, soothing ingredient due to it being derived from the chamomile plant. INCIDecoder however lists this ingredient as antimicrobial/perfuming
Comparing the 3rd version’s ingredients list to the first formulation, I can’t help but be a little sad. The first original formula had a handful of nice ingredients in it (Niacinamide, Panthenol, Arginine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Tinosorb S!).
However I see why they have simplified the formula. Mineral sunscreens in general are recommended to those with sensitive skin, so a reduction in ingredients means less likelihood of problems. Niacinamide for example is one of my favourite ingredients of all time, and some people cannot tolerate it at all.
To add to the sensitive skin note – this does have fragrance. However on Wishtrend’s Instagram, they have answered that it is formulated with allergen free fragrance and it has been tested on sensitive skin.
I personally don’t mind fragrance in products, as long as it’s
1. Not overwhelming
2. I’m using one fragrance included product in my routine
This sunscreen also has a few silicone ingredients in it. I don’t know about you, but the smell of silicone to me is not pleasant at all!
MY EXPERIENCE WITH KLAIRS MID DAY BLUE UV SHIELD SPF50+ PA++++
PACKAGING: Opaque blue plastic tube with small spout.
CONSISTENCY: Thick cream, but not heavy.
FRAGRANCE: Light, candy-corn scent. I have no other way to describe it other than it smells candy sweet, but corny? It isn’t offensive and it fades.
APPLICATION: Need to work it into the skin in order for it to spread well. The first time I used this I applied my standard amount too much at once and it looked REALLY weird and I definitely saw a blue cast. The second time I applied it in thin layers, and it looked MUCH better, but it seems to always pill around my hairline.
FINISH: Semi-matte. It isn’t flat, and I have a skin like finish on my face.
FEEL: Slightly greasy. This has a handful of silicones in the formulation, and on my face it feels as if I applied something oily. When it has time to set, it feels slightly tacky. It is slightly drying around my eyes.
STINGS EYES? No.
WHITECAST / TINTED? I’m confused as to whether or not I’m mistaking the “tone up” claim of this product as a minimal cast, or vice versa. I see this “tone up” effect where my skin does look brighter and even. There is no obvious whitecast, but there is some sort of blue going on. When I look at myself in certain lighting, there is a blue sheen on my skin. I also find on my neck, which has a more distinct undertone, seems to neutralize in colour.
WATER RESISTANT? No.
SKIN BENEFITS? Klairs claims that it is hydrating, but I don’t find it adds any extra moisture. Because it has a semi-matte finish, I find it can feel a little drying, but not uncomfortable. I don’t find this “instantly” calming, but what’s good is that it doesn’t irritate my skin and it keeps my skin collected in the warmer weather.
UNDER MAKEUP: Like other mineral sunscreens I have tried, it’s good at gripping on to makeup so I can see this performing well under foundations. When I tried it with my Mac Face & Body, my skin looked way more bright and even than usual.
Highest protection you can find in Asian sunscreens – SPF50+ PA++++.
Feels gentle and fairly light considering how much I apply.
Good amount of product for the price.
“Tone up” aspect – brightens and evens complexion.
For the most part, I feel comfortable wearing it on its own.
Pills around my hairline a lot.
Not-so-easy application; It is not streaky, but it’s not as effortless as the Soft Airy UV Essence, and on my normal to dry skin it has the potential to pick up dry flakes more easily. However because the weather is warmer, I can work with it better.
I like the semi-matte finish, especially during these warmer months, but it can feel a bit drying. Not uncomfortable, but I notice it.
While I like the brightening and evening perks of the “tone up”, it constantly makes me question if there is actually a cast. I have this problem with mineral sunscreens in general so it’s not like the Klairs one is unique in that regard. That being said, if you’re my shade (light-medium) or darker, you may prefer this more underneath makeup instead of on its own.
While this is advertised more for our oily-skinned peeps, it does feel tacky on my skin for a bit. Not sticky, but tacky.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON KLAIRS MID DAY BLUE UV SHIELD SPF50+ PA++++
Klairs Mid Day Blue UV Shield has had its rounds, and I like that overall the 3rd version has the least bit of cast and has a higher protection. I personally prefer sunscreens that have either hybrid (mineral-organic) or pure organic UV filters, but I found the Klairs Mid Day Blue UV Shield overall enjoyable to use and I like reaching for it.
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inDefense30™ is a lightweight moisturiser and partial mineral-based broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30. This formula easily absorbs into your skin to provide intense hydration and protect your skin against harmful UVA/UVB rays and premature aging. It contains zinc oxide, a non-toxic and soothing mineral that increases skin’s stability and defends against hyperpigmentation and brown spots; and Pycnogenol®, one of nature’s most powerful natural antioxidants that rebuilds collagen and protects skin from harmful enzymes to rebuild elasticity for smoother, younger-looking skin.
– Indeed Labs
Price: $20 CAD Amount: 1.0 fl oz/30 ml
Type: Hybrid – mineral and organic
Octinoxate – 7.5%
Zinc Oxide – 7%
Protection: UVA/UVB, SPF 30
HIGHLIGHT INGREDIENTS (skinthusiast perspective):
Petrolatum – probably the best occlusive to prevent TEWL
Glycerin, Urea, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA – humectants that are all skin-identical ingredients (already found in our skin) Allantoin – soothing, skin softening, wound-healing Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract (Pycogenol) – antioxidant, when applied topically has shown to provide photoprotection
I appreciate that for a drugstore SPF there’s quite the handful of beneficial ingredients in the formula to help moisturize the skin and keep it calm. I noticed there’s Mica in the formula as well, but I don’t even pick up a glow from the swatch alone, so the amount seems fairly tasteful.
PACKAGING: Opaque plastic tube with a small spout.
CONSISTENCY: Mid-weight cream.
FRAGRANCE: No additional fragrance or noticeable scent.
APPLICATION: On my hand it was very easy to apply, but on my face there was a constant struggle to prevent pilling.
FINISH: Moisturized, subtle glow, some pilling (eyebrows, nose, jaw)
FEEL: Comfortable. I tried using this as a stand-alone moisturizer and it was not enough for my normal to dry skin type.
STINGS EYES? No.
WHITECAST / TINTED? Yes.
WATER RESISTANT? No.
Adds some moisture to the skin. Not significant for us drier types, but it does not take away moisture!
I haven’t bothered to try this under makeup because I couldn’t get it to work in my skincare routine in general.
Has additional moisturizing ingredients for skin’s health
Contains a cool antioxidant that may aid in photoprotection in pair with your SPF
Spout doesn’t get disgusting
The insane pilling
Still has a cast despite there being an organic filter in the formulation
I wasn’t a fan of the price for the amount you get, but the amount of beneficial ingredients in the formula make up for it
I have tried to Indeed Labs inDefense30 a number of ways:
Minimal skincare routine
Exfoliating the night before
Shaved face night before
Regular skincare routine
And it just does NOT want to work with my skin. The only place this sunscreen seems to perform well on are my hands. I’m thinking for those of you with oilier skin, you might fare better with this one, maybe my face is just too dry. If you apply 2mg/cm2 with this SPF, I find it is slightly more comfortable compared to other greasy mineral-based formulas I have tried.
After reviewing this, it turns out that both my local drugstore and Indeed Labs official website do not sell this sunscreen anymore. Is there a reformulation in the works? I sure hope so!
Either way, I hope you found this post helpful and informative!
CeraVe is without a doubt, the most recommended drugstore brand. From western skinthusiasts, experts, and professionals when it comes to affordability and effectiveness. I’ve used multiple products from their skincare collection and have recommended it to my friends and family as well.
In today’s post I will be reviewing the the CeraVe products I have tried! The reason this isn’t a full blown brand review is because they have a total of 70 products. I have only tried 8 🙂 Clearly not enough of their products have been tested to give a proper opinion on their line.
In 2005, CeraVe’s dermatologists developed a line of skincare products enriched with a blend of three essential ceramides (ceramides 1, 3, and 6-II), fatty acids, and other lipids to help repair and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier.
…A revolutionary delivery system was developed and named MultiVesicular Emulsion Technology (MVE), which releases moisturizing ingredients, layer by layer, to help keep skin soft all day long.
…The unique combination of 3 essential ceramides in CeraVe (ceramides 1, 3, 6-II) help replenish skin’s existing ceramides, relieving dry skin, by reducing moisture loss, increasing hydration, and restoring the skin barrier.
BRIEF EXPLANATION ON CERAMIDES
Disclosure: I am NOT an expert in anything. I am sharing what I have learned and am trying my best to describe it to you all in this blog post.
Cerave, if you haven’t guessed already, has a strong focus around skin-identical ingredients. Substances that are already found within your skin! Ceramides, fatty acids, cholesterol, phytosphingosine. They are oil lipid substances that are found in the waxy parts of our skin between the bricks of our Stratum Corneum. It is responsible for holding skin cells together and retaining moisture. Ceramides in particular make up 50% of this. Dehydrated, dry skin lack these substances. This is why products with ceramides tend to be recommended in order to replenish them back into the skin.
Ever since becoming more dry-skinned, ceramides have always been the key ingredient for what I look for in moisturizers. For a couple of years now, whatever moisturizer I used absolutely had to have ceramides in the formula, or else it was not worth buying. However, in learning more about ceramides in relation to this blog post, I have been left stumped. To REALLY summarize what I’ve learned, ceramides have shown to be effective for various skin conditions such as dry skin, Eczema, Psoriasis, and aging skin (with wrinkles) – in specific ratios. Majority of ceramide-containing products – CeraVe and my beloved Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Baume included – do NOT contain that ratio.
Check out the following posts that explain this way better than I can ever imagine to:
Even though the CeraVe may not have the required ratio, tons of anecdotal evidence suggest their products still work for people, myself included. Overall, Your Mileage May Vary. CeraVe is very affordable in general, so there’s really no harm in picking up the tub to try it out. If you’re using a moisturizer that doesn’t have ceramides and it’s working great for you, it’s not the end of the world either.
For me, I find that ever since I switched over to using a moisturizer with a blend of humectants, emollients, and occlusives, my skin has felt very comfortable and moisturized throughout the day. This is part of the reason why I tend to say my skin is normal to dry lately rather than dehydrated and dry! If ceramides were out of the formula, who knows how my skin would behave, all I know now is that what I’m using is working for me.
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One of my favourite products from CeraVe, their Hydrating Cleanser is a creamy, cushiony feel cleanser that gently cleanses my skin and is non-foaming. However I noticed it stung my face in my first 3 months of 0.3% Adapalene. I’m thinking that it is due to my barrier being compromised during the retinization period, for now the experience is way more pleasant. The only con about this cleanser is that I don’t trust it to effectively remove makeup if I were to use it as my second cleanse in my Double Cleanse routine.
One of their newer products, The Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a gel-cream formula with the addition of Panthenol, a moisturizing and soothing ingredient. I don’t find it contributes any more to my skin’s health than the other products with the exact same key ingredients. I can see oily-skinned peeps potentially liking this serum, since it can be used on its own, and it has Dimethicone as a more common occlusive for moisturizers catered to oily skin. Overall for me it’s okay, it may have more HA than CeraVe’s other products, but overall it isn’t super wow, especially considering the price of this for the amount.
One of the most recommended moisturizers of all time, and I have mixed feelings about it! Although it is supposed to be one of their heavier products, it can be spread lightly. I find it doesn’t instantly moisturize my skin and I feel drier than usual, so I always layer more than necessary. This was the first mistake on my part when I started using this moisturizer, for after an hour my skin felt greasy and my pores looked very exaggerated.
With a thin layer, it doesn’t instantly satisfy me, but throughout the day I do notice my skin feels more moisturized and comfortable, without feeling greasy or with enlarged pores. I sometimes find on application it actually stings my face, similar to what I experienced with the cleanser (without the retinization) and it makes me look red and discoloured. This is currently my boyfriend’s go-to face moisturizer and it works really well for him.
I had high hopes for this one! It also contains Niacinamide and Peptides, so I was hoping for a new holy grail moisturizer with some more bells and whistles for preventative aging. Unfortunately this cream did not work out for me, I found I had to use a LOT of it to feel decently moisturized. Also, I noticed when I reached for this moisturizer, I would get a painful cyst. I know breakouts don’t work that fast, so I would have to retry the Night Cream to confirm, but I can’t help but associate bad breakouts with it! Also wasn’t a fan of the price for the amount – unfortunately there’s a premium for peptides in skincare. Truthfully I would’ve continued purchasing the CeraVe Night Cream if it worked for my skin the first time!
Back in 2018 this was my go-to moisturizer and I repurchased it 3 times. It has the most pleasant light cream consistency (I’d say even gel-like), felt comfortable when layering with a hydrating toner/essence/lotion and a heavier sunscreen. I have not repurchased it since switching to a higher strength prescription, but I still recommend it. I know a handful of people complained about it stinging; Niacinamide is in the formulation, and I know a lot of people are sensitive to that ingredient in general. Perhaps because it is a lighter moisturizer, it may be sinking into the skin faster? It’s not something I can 100% confirm, but that may be happening. I actually repurchased this to try out with my new prescription strength, so I’ll eventually share my thoughts again about this moisturizer!
I forgot who first said this, but the CeraVe Baby Healing Ointment is like a jacked-up Vaseline because it includes the standard ingredients you find in CeraVe products and is an awesome product to have when your skin is feeling super dry! I mentioned in my Tried & True Tips post how using an occlusive layer is super helpful when relieving very dehydrated and dry skin. This ointment is slightly more pleasant to use – ~46% Petrolatum as opposed to 100%. I definitely reserve a full face of this at nighttime, and if I need it during the day, I mix a small amount with my moisturizer.
In my experience with these products, CeraVe has some hits and misses. The big miss was their infamous Moisturizing Cream – somehow it works really well for my boyfriend, and my skin hates it! Overall, CeraVe was my reintroduction to drugstore skincare and it has made me appreciate what other brands have to offer! I think any of the CeraVe products are worth trying – the bells and whistles are there for key ingredients, minimal formulas, and very accessible to purchase!
I hope you found this review helpful and informative when considering what to try for yourself.
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This toner is made with 77.78% Rice Extract effective in whitening and elasticity care. The product forms a protective barrier over the skin to prevent water loss, eliminate dead skin cells and provide luster and moisturization to rebalance dry and tired skin.
Price: $38 USD Amount: 150 ml How to use: 1) Before use, shake well to mix the water and emulsion layers. 2) After cleansing, dispense on a cotton pad and wipe off or press onto dry areas.
Made in Korea
Made for all skin types
Free of ethanol, silicone, steroid, artificial colouring, artificial fragrance
From my -skinthusiast- perspective… I’ve mostly heard of the benefits of Rice Extract from other people making anecdotal claims that the traditional -washing your face with Rice Water- helps to soften and brighten the skin, and keeps one looking young. I have also DIYed a Rice Water toner before and while it gets pungent pretty quickly, the first handful of uses I did instantly notice my skin felt soft, moisturized, and looked bright. INCIDecoder unfortunately doesn’t have any solid information to share on Rice Extract, but Paula’s Choice’s ingredient dictionary states the following:
“…rice bran is a rich source of over 100 antioxidant compounds, including vitamin E, ferulic acid, and oryzanol.
The bran also contains moisturizing polysaccharides, omega-3 fatty acids, and micronutrients like calcium, selenium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.”
Aside from the abundant amount of Rice Extract, I always love me some good ol’ Niacinamide for an extra boost! I’ve said it multiple times and I’ll say it again, Niacinamide is a great multitasking ingredient for brightening, strengthening the skin barrier, and minimizing pores. This toner also is filled with a handful of humectant and emollient ingredients, making it a toner on that will have more of a light residue than a fresh, barely-there finish. In my experience, it would sit between the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner and The Laneige Cream Skin Refiner.
Moisturizing (mix of humectants and emollients): Triethylhexanoin, Hydrogenated poly (C6-14 olefin), Pentylene glycol, Amaranthus caudatus seed extract, Hydrogenated lecithin, Butylene glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol Antioxidant: Niacinamide, Common Purslane extract Wound healing: Common Purslane extract, Adenosine
Usage: Morning and/or evening, applied after cleansing with hands. Would sometimes layer the toner.
Texture: Thin milk.
Finish: Light but moisturizing. Not as moisturizing as the Laneige Cream Skin Refiner.
Instant Results: Skin feels smooth and has a light moisturized film. There have been the odd times my skin felt sensitive after using it.
Long-Term Results: Skin rarely feels rough or dehydrated.
The I’m From Rice Toner reminds me of a more well preserved, enjoyable version of the old school method of DIY Rice Water toner lol. If you’ve ever been interested in that old school way of softening and brightening your complexion, this toner is the easier way to go. I’m not 100% on how much “elasticity care” it can provide, but preventing water loss is always a #1 priority when it comes to preventative aging, and this toner definitely helps to add and maintain skin’s moisture. Overall the I’m From Rice Toner performs well and I’d imagine anyone else using it would enjoy it for what it offers.
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DERMALOGICA PRISMA PROTECT SPF 30 MOISTURIZER
Light-activated multitasking moisturizer provides broad spectrum defense while preventing future signs of skin damage. Intelligent drone technology is activated by visible light to help boost skin’s natural luminosity. Breakthrough antioxidant technology helps protect skin against pollution. Broad Spectrum Defense SPF30 provides protection from UV damage, while a bio-ferment from sage helps maintain an even skin tone. Advanced moisture magnets provide all-day hydration for visibly smooth skin.
From my understanding, Drone Technology refers to encapsulating an ingredient for better penetration into the skin. There are a few beneficial antioxidants in the formula such as Green Tea Leaf Extract and Vitamin E, as well as Palmitoyl Oligopeptide for anti-aging that I suspect may be the encapsulated ingredients. In terms of luminosity, there’s no standout ingredient to tell me this would add a luminous boost other than the fact that there are more than a handful of moisturizing ingredients to help achieve the look.
FRAGRANCE: Ginger Root Oil, Geraniol, Linomene, Citral. It’s a very light scent and not unpleasant. Smells like a high-end Western SPF.
APPLICATION: Glides on skin very easily.
FINISH: As the product describes, luminous. Not too much and not too little.
FEEL: It’s like I added extra moisturizer on my skin. My face feels a bit hot.
STINGS EYES? Yes.
WHITECAST / TINTED? No.
WATER RESISTANT? No.
Adds extra moisture to the skin, has antioxidants from vitamin E and Green Tea Leaf Extract to protect skin against free radicals, and Palmitoyl Oligopeptide to help with skin’s firmness.
Currently in winter mode, this SPF feels great under makeup and doesn’t dry out my face.
As expected from Dermalogica, cosmetically elegant
Provides extra moisture and some preventative aging benefits
Any skin type can use it, you would just havee to adjust it accordingly in your skincare routine
Skin felt heated shortly after application
As mentioned in prior posts, I’m more of an SPF50+ kinda gal. For the price I really would’ve liked to see that in a Dermalogica sunscreen.
Overall the Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30 Moisturizer is a decent sunscreen. It’s not my typical go to because of the price and the UV filters, but for a North American sunscreen it performs very well; It is definitely not as greasy as other Avobenzone sunscreens I have tried and I found it moisturizing. There are definitely affordable options with better UV filters if you’re willing to purchases internationally, but if Dermalogica is in your price point and you want a nice-feeling Western sunscreen with organic UV filters, the Prisma Protect SPF 30 is it.
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People, if you love Krave Beauty, Dr. Sam, you absolutely must check out this brand, especially if you live in the U.S. of A!
Stubborn Cosmetics is an indie American brand that is literally a one-woman show providing products with my favourite combo: scientifically proven ingredients paired with beneficial ingredients from nature.
The founder Annalisa, runs the show and here are the many hats she wears:
Lead Cosmetic Scientist
the first Customer
Stubborn Cosmetics currently is focused on creating moisturizers for all skin-types, and she goes so far as to offer a customized moisturizer, based on your quiz results. Recently she formulated an anti-oxidant face mist and it’s been a hot minute since I’ve used one!
Here’s the site’s blurb that sums up what they’re about perfectly, and something I appreciate:
“We’re an indie skincare company with the mission of creating cosmetics that bring together the best of the natural world with the best of scientifically studied ingredients. Our aim is to share skincare that is effective, fun, and positive by nature. We’re not going to scare you with buzz words like “toxin- and chemical-free”. That wouldn’t be in line with our ethics. Instead, we curated a selection of naturally derived ingredients and scientifically proven synthetic actives (like peptides and vitamins) because they are just too good to be given up.
We believe in nature and science. We believe they can coexist in harmony. We believe in community, we believe in hugs, we believe in kindness, we believe in well-formulated products as well as in a personal approach to skin care. These beliefs are the essence of our creations. Others call it skincare – we call it personal skin love.”
Here are the products I’ll be reviewing, all purchased myself.
Custom Moisturizer for Normal to Dry Combination Skin, $40 USD
Face Hug – for Dry Skin, $25 USD
Face Cuddle – for Normal Skin, $25 USD
Skin Mercy Anti-Oxidant Face Mist, $22 USD
Every moisturizer has 4% Niacinamide
Made in the U.S.
Custom Moisturizers are made-to-order based on a mandatory Skin Quiz, and get PIN for repurchase
Shelf life ~6 months after opening
Products are only scented from aromatic plant extracts
Most products are vegan; Face Hug only moisturizer not vegan because it contains silk amino acids (sourced from vacant cocoons)
This was my first purchase as I was curious how Annalisa would formulate a product for my all-over-the-place skin. I’ve mentioned it before, but right now I’m normal to dry, get easily sensitized from dry environments, but I still get pretty oily by the end of the day, and I still have acne! I was sent a card with my Skin Quiz results, Product PIN for re-ordering, and the ingredients list. Unfortunately, I cannot find the card ;_;
PACKAGING: 30 ml plastic bottle with airless pump. Love that there are 2 pumps – teal for normal areas, white for dry.
USAGE: 1 pump of each.
TEXTURE: A thin, thick cream (if that makes sense).
FRAGRANCE: Custom Moisturizer has the option to add fragrance in via phyto-scents (plant extracts); I chose raspberry, tangy and zesty! It’s not too strong.
APPLICATION: Green pump on my T-Zone, White for my C-Zone; Sometimes I like to mix the two.
FINISH: She may be thin, but she feels very moisturizing. I do have a glow and it doesn’t make me look super matte (which I like).
INSTANT RESULTS: Moisturized skin.
LONG-TERM RESULTS: Skin hasn’t been experiencing congestion and my sebaceous filaments haven’t been looking awful. Sometimes I feel a bit dry near the end of the day, but my work environment is pretty freaking dry, as is my country’s climate (Canada). I also lack in water-drinking skills :3 Overall it performed well in the colder months here in Canada (haven’t tried it in snow mode yet).
FACE HUG & FACE CUDDLE
PACKAGING: 30 ml plastic bottle with an airless pump.
USAGE: 2 pumps to cover face and neck comfortably in the morning before SPF.
Face Hug Ingredients
Face Cuddle Ingredients
TEXTURE: Face Cuddle – gel cream, Face Hug – more emollient version of a gel cream.
Top: Face Cuddle, Bottom: Face Hug
Top: Face Cuddle, Bottom: Face Hug
FRAGRANCE: I’m not sure how to describe it, but there is no added scent and it’s just the smell of the formula.
APPLICATION: Massage into face.
FINISH: If you don’t apply the moisturizer properly, it looks like there is a film on your face. If you take your time, it leaves a nice moisturized, not overly glowy look.
INSTANT RESULTS: Moisturized!
LONG TERM RESULTS: Skin hasn’t been experiencing congestion and my sebaceous filaments haven’t been looking awful. Moisturized feeling lasted better in summer months here in Canada. Sometimes these both sting my face.
PACKAGING: 4oz, glass bottle with a spray top.
USAGE: I typically use this in the mornings, because that’s when I like using antioxidant based products the most (like Vitamin C).
FRAGRANCE: Smells like pine – the cinnamon peppercorn type of smell!
APPLICATION: Spray spray spray.
FINISH: The watery consistency is quite deceiving, for I find this moisturizes my skin pretty well on it’s own and it leaves a moisturized film on my skin.
INSTANT RESULTS: Skin feels moisturized, tingly and bright.
LONG TERM RESULTS: Currently, this in rotation with my Jordan Samuel Hydrate the Mist. I usually reach for Skin Mercy when I feel like I need more of an oomph for my skin.
INCI list is out of this world. I’ve never seen a list where I have all the major ingredients I want – Niacinamide, Ceramides, antioxidants, peptides, Beta-Glucan, Hyaluronic Acid…
Offers customization. Especially handy if you’re super sensitive, and I can’t help but wonder if this would be a great moisturizer for those with fungal acne!
No bullshit. Love the marketing and they’re not about fear-mongering, but educating consumers on awesome ingredients despite their chemical name!
Prompt shipping. I’m pretty sure all of us had a moment (or multiple moments) when we’re ready to drop $100 and then the shipping fee just cuts that shopping joy in half! Well despite a charge for international shipping, it’s speedy, and you can expect your moisturizer within a week (obviously depends where you are in the world and weekends not included).
Both Face Hug and Cuddle occasionally sting my face and pill on me.
As much as I love the INCI list, it’s a bit daunting to figure out what’s causing the moisturizers to sting my face (at first I thought it was from using a chemical exfoliator beforehand, but sometimes it still stings even with a basic routine).
Skin Mercy’s pump stopped working for me after a few uses. It almost feels as if it’s stuck :\
Price / size. Another classic “stupid Canadian dollar” type thing. WHY CONVERSION, WHY!? Aside from this, I can see this as a pretty fairly priced moisturizer to Americans and anywhere else in the world that doesn’t have a shitty dollar.
Overall, a lot of love and effort goes into Stubborn Cosmetics and Annalisa is making it available internationally. On top of that, she does not do any BS marketing whatsoever and tries to accommodate all skin types and needs.
I’d personally repurchase the Custom Moisturizer because it is suited for my skin needs, but I’d still like to try out any new items that SC comes out with!
Inspired to take care of my scalp more + the desire to try something new, I purchased Toronto-based brand Innate Life products and had to share my thoughts on their products!
I’ve strayed away from Green Beauty marketing-based companies when it comes to skincare, but when it comes to my hair I find that’s when these types of products benefit me the most! I decided to purchase their Small Complete Hair Care Bundle with the small sizes of the following products:
Scalp Treatment for Problematic Scalp
Herbal Hair Mask
Rose Hair Elixir
As I just mentioned, the Innate Life is a Toronto-based Canadian brand that takes an ayurvedic approach to hair care! Every product contains their signature blend of the following ayurvedic herbs, all supposed to promote either hair growth and overall scalp health:
My personal opinion: I do believe traditional medicines serve a purpose and have some promise since it’s based off of thousands of years of trial and error, which is why I occasionally like using these kinds of products. It is consistent long-term use for potentially long term gain, and sometimes it’s hard for them to compete with new Western medicine, especially when you’re living a modern lifestyle of different (and more often than not, a lot more) stresses (environment, food, etc.).
The Innate Life Small Complete Hair Care Bundle with tax cost $55.53 USD / $76.19 CAD have used this bundle for a couple of months now, so I am ready to share my thoughts!
Scalp Treatment for Problematic Scalp
Hair growth starts at the root. The Scalp Treatment is the ultimate product for hair growth because it nourishes and stimulates the scalp. It’s packed with natural goodness that will benefit your scalp and hair in ways you never thought possible! Used a couple times a week, The Scalp Treatment will provide intense hydration and repair the scalp for ultimate growth. It’s relaxing herbal scent makes it an essential part of any self-care day.
AMOUNT: 2oz INDIVIDUAL PRICE: $20 USD
Coconut Oil as the main oil is also great for hair health, for it is able to penetrate the hair shafts, create a water-blocking layer, and prevent protein loss. The ayurvedic and other plant extracts in the list are shown in herbal medicine to have soothing properties – definitely a must when applying potent essential oils on the scalp and trying to lower irritation from buildup. The essential oils listed, particularly Rosemary Oil, has a study on how it contributed to hair growth (Rosemary Oil was compared to be just as effective as Minoxidil (key active in Rogaine) but without irritation!). Pair all of these ingredients with the act of scalp massaging, it sounds like this is a go-to product for literally getting your head in the game of scalp health.
I’ll leave the following links below if you’re interested in the read. PLEASE NOTE: Just because some studies were done, doesn’t mean that it’s 100% safe and proven to be used in such a manner. Only until your country’s governing body passes ingredients (in this case, essential oils) as a drug for use in such a manner (in specific concentrations), these are just the beginning of studies and any use otherwise is anecdotal.
USAGE: 2 hours before I planned on washing my hair, every wash. My scalp was quite irritated at the time, and I confirmed with Innate Life that I was able to use this every wash (for me that’s every 2-3 days).
SCENT: Light herbal scent, the Peppermint Oil is the most noticeable scent.
TEXTURE: Runny, make sure to take little amounts rather than a lot in one go.
APPLICATION: Parted my hair in sections, and massaged thin layers directly on the scalp. After my entire scalp area was covered, I massaged it for 3-5 minutes.
FEEL: While massaging, I felt my scalp heating up. Not in an irritating way, moreso that there was a lot of blood circulation gong on. This feeling lasts from 30 minutes to an hour.
WASH: Need to shampoo twice to make sure all the oils from my hair are out.
OVERALL THOUGHTS ON THE SCALP TREATMENT FOR PROBLEMATIC SCALP
My scalp became less itchy; Usually it gets itchy by the 2nd day, and I haven’t experienced that since using this treatment
In combination with the shampoo and conditioner I am using (see Haircare Haul), I’ve been told my hair looks fuller at the front
I’ve noticed baby hairs that I usually don’t see finally sit on my head differently and look more visible (they already existed, the photo does not show brand new growth)
Not a fan of the clear, jar packaging. It is great that it’s in glass, the essential oils act as a natural preservative, and I can keep it in a dark cabinet, but it should be in an opaque package with a small dispenser to further prevent any ingredient degradation.
Overall I have seen benefits while using the Innate Life Scalp Treatment. My scalp feels less irritated, baby hairs are coming out to play, and it is not difficult to wash out.
Herbal Hair Mask
Dry and damaged hair rejoice! The Herbal Hair Mask is the answer to your prayers. This intensive once-a-week hair mask has the power to naturally transform hair into a silky dream. Formulated with over 15 plant-based botanicals, The Herbal Hair Mask keeps hair soft, silky, and shiny. Natural detanglers leave strands tangle-free and manageable. This Mask also reverses damage caused by heat tools and hair dyes. For sad-looking locks, The Herbal Mask is sure to cheer them up!
INDIVIDUAL PRICE: $25 USD
USAGE: 2 hours before I planned on washing my hair, once a week alongside the Scalp Treatment on dry hair. I tried damp and after-conditioning as well; I did not notice a difference between the application methods, so I stuck with the pre-wash.
SCENT: Citrusy Lavender. Definitely took a handful of whiffs while applying it!
TEXTURE: Light cream.
APPLICATION: Massaged product in from the mid-length to ends on dry hair, making sure it was properly coated.
FEEL: Like a light oil, not as overwhelming as Coconut Oil on its own.
WASH: Rinses out pretty easily without using shampoo at the ends.
OVERALL THOUGHTS OF THE HERBAL HAIR MASK
Smells divine – I definitely enjoyed this while applying.
Hair feels the same, nothing crazy different
I get similar results from just leaving conditioner in my hair for a couple of minutes
Overall this was my least favourite product out of the 3. Not just the Innate Life Herbal Hair Mask, but I find conditioning masks in general don’t do much for my hair. Maybe my hair is less damaged than I thought? If you’re looking for a light hair mask, still consider this one – lots of other users have benefitted from this hair mask!
Rose Hair Elixir
The Rose Hair Elixir is the Holy Grail product of hair care. Formulated with over 15 organic oils, this Elixir is potent and serves a number of purposes. It can be used daily or whenever your hair needs a quick pick me up. It can be used on dry hair to nourish split ends, tame frizzy hair, repair damaged hair and add shine. This little bottle does it all! It even works as a heat protectant before styling or on damp hair as a leave-in treatment. If that’s not enough for you, it’s intoxicating rose smell will have you coming back for more.
INDIVIDUAL PRICE: $15 USD
USAGE: 2 times a day, morning and night before brushing my hair.
SCENT: Starts off smelling like rose. It isn’t overwhelming, but I definitely liked sniffing my hair throughout the day. After a few hours the scent wears off and your ends smell like a mix of oils.
TEXTURE: Similar to a silicone-based hair serum, but feels like an oil, if that makes sense…
APPLICATION: Apply 4 drops to my mid-length to ends, more of a focus on the ends.
FEEL: Does not weigh down my hair and does not leave an oily look.
OVERALL THOUGHTS ON THE ROSE HAIR ELIXIR
First oil-based hair serum that performs well
Ends feel very soft and healthy
Lovely, subtle scent of rose
Another deduction for packaging; Clear bottle and the dropper doesn’t even reach the bottom, you’d have to poor out the oil when you’re near the end
Overall this is my favourite oil-based hair serum I have tried to date. I personally preferred silicone-based hair serums because I saw better results, but I’m happy to have discovered the lovely formula that is the Innate Life Rose Hair Elixir.
All products have very promising ingredients that have potential to contribute to scalp and hair health, particularly Coconut Oil, Amla, and Rosemary Oil
Fairly affordable price and lasts fairly long considering I have long hair
Quick delivery once ordered – being in Toronto in particular it takes 3-5 business days
Saving $10 when buying the bundle as opposed to the individual products
The Scalp Treatment in particular was the catalyst for paying more attention to my scalp, leading down the endless hole that is haircare
The packaging on the Scalp Treatment and Rose Hair Elixir needs to be updated for better function and product preservation
Just like other brands, I am not a fan of the scare-tactics type of marketing; They use the “no chemicals” and “non-toxic” approach to their products. If they changed their marketing to show the potential plant power going on in their products and promote these as beneficial chemicals, they could definitely gain more of a following and trust with their brand
OVERALL IN-BETWEEN FEELS:
I’m not sure if they mean “made from scratch” from a home setting or in a lab. Not to say it is a bad thing, it is to point out general caution to anyone looking at their products. They are all wash-off anyways and I haven’t experienced any negative side effects.
Scalp Treatment and Herbal Hair Mask can be left on overnight, but I didn’t notice much of a difference than if I were to just keep it in for 2 hours
The Small Bundle is a great introductory purchase for the Innate Life products. On top of the sensorial experience from each product, 2/3 products actually delivered for my hair type and have played an essential role in gaining and maintaining healthy scalp and hair. It was easy to consistently use these products, especially knowing that they wouldn’t run out so fast.
I already repurchased their Long Hair Bundle which contains full sizes of the Scalp Treatment (Problematic Scalp) and the Rose Hair Elixir. They’re definitely part of the reason I’ve been loving my hair state lately and will continue using them and supporting a Canadian brand!
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Have you tried these Innate Life products? They also have a shampoo and conditioner, let me know what you think about them in the comments if you’ve tried!