I’m always on the lookout for skincare products which work. There’s always a bit of trial and error when it comes to finding a good beauty range, so when I was offered the chance to trial some of the top products from beauty brand Sk:n, who are opening a new salon later this month in Bournemouth, I was more than happy to oblige.
I was given the Vitamin-Rich Cleanser for normal or combination skin, the Blemish Control Lotion, Age-Delaying Cream for younger skin and a factor 30 sunscreen.
Whereas my cleansing water takes one application, two at most, I had to apply the cleanser five times before it removed all of my makeup. I think the thicker consistency meant that it was harder to swipe the makeup off. Perhaps a solution would be to remove most of the makeup first with the miscellar water before cleansing? The cleanser comes in a generous sized bottle, but I just felt that it would be gone fairly quickly with the amount I was using each time.
The blemish lotion is another product I haven’t used before, but I was happy to trial as my skin has been quite bad lately, most probably due to the stress of our impending wedding.
I read the instructions and decided to only use once a day, in the morning, as my t-zone doesn’t tend to get that oily. The texture is slightly more liquid than I assumed it would be, and it did feel a little sticky on application, however, it dried quickly and didn’t stay sticky once on.
There was quite a chemical smell to the lotion, which wasn’t totally unpleasant, but noticeable. After using for a week I still have a couple of blemishes, but I do believe that a product like this needs to be given a proper chance to get to work, so I’m not writing it off just yet. The lotion comes in a fairly small 30ml tube, but a little goes a long way, and with one application a day, I think this will last quite a while.
I was most excited to try out the age delaying cream as, since I’ve started approaching my thirties, this is something which weighs on my mind. Until now I have been using the no7 protect and perfect cream, which is fairly good, so I was interested to see how this cream compared. I’ve been applying the cream after cleansing each morning and evening for the past week.
The scent of this cream is so lovely, it isn’t as strong as the no7 fragrance, which is good as I sometimes find that smell a bit ‘old’ for me, but it leaves a nice subtle scent behind. The cream is lovely and thick in consistency but sinks in quickly and doesn’t leave a residue behind. I found that I could apply it and start my makeup fairly soon afterwards without an issue. I prefer this cream to the no7 alternative, mainly because of the smell, but it also leaves my skin feeling so lovely and soft too.
The sunscreen has definitely come in useful over the past week where the UK have experienced a mini heatwave! I’m awful at applying sunscreen to my face as I tend to forget until the last second and shove some on top of my makeup – not ideal!
I’ve made a conscious effort to add this to my skincare routine over the past few days, and I definitely feel better knowing that the delicate skin on my face is protected as well as the rest of my body.
There’s also a full list of ingredients, which is handy to know what you are putting onto your skin, although if I’m being honest I don’t actually understand what most of those ingredients are, and if you are concerned about natural skincare, this probably isn’t the range for you.
The range is fairly expensive, with the cleanser priced at £18, blemish lotion at £26.75, the anti ageing cream at £35 and the sunscreen at £22.25. I am usually a budget beauty girl but I must admit, sometimes I do think that you get what you pay for, and the anti-ageing cream in particular is worth the extra cost. Used sparingly, which is possible as the products seem to go a long way, I would say the cost is justified.
Would I buy the products again myself? I would probably give the cleanser and blemish lotion a miss, but I would make the investment for the anti ageing cream and the sun screen, as these are the areas I am most concerned about currently.
Sk:n products are available to buy online or in sk:n clinics around the UK.
I was given the four products mentioned in this post for the purpose of review, however all opinions and images are my own.