I’m going to be honest here and say this product is probably one of the longest lasting products that I’ve held onto. I’ve been meaning to write about this for so long that I nearly gave up a few times. But here it is, and I really hope this is useful. This is the OXY Seaweed Power Fresh Skin Wash, and up until around two years ago, this brand was sold in Superdrug. I’m not really sure why it was taken off the shelves, but I remember buying this during one of my walks around the city centre of Cardiff back when I was still living and studying there for university. While the brand itself is hard to find in-store, at least in the UK, they do have their website which you can have a peek at. For America it seems, you can find them at your drugstores and pharmacies, which honestly, I’m a bit jealous about.
Moving on to the actual product though, this is the facial wash in what used to be their seaweed line of skincare. It’s aimed at acne and oily skin types, with claims of “anti-spot action”:
- Reduces spot-causing bacteria
- Dissolves oil
- Reduces redness
- Suitable for sensitive skin
- No alcohol
- No parabens
- No SLS
Those are some nice claims right? I’m not going to talk through each point individually since this post will get pretty long, but I will summarise by saying that for my mildly sensitive skin, it didn’t cause any irritation or breakouts, which is great. Whether is reduced redness or dissolves oil is where I’m personally skeptical. Obviously, I can’t sit with a super-powerful microscope and prove if it killed of bacteria or dissolved oil – since I’m not a dermatologist, nor anywhere near qualified. I am happy though because nothing in the wash itself caused my skin significant problems.
The wash itself is something unusual. While the photo above shows the gel-like consistency when you squeeze it out of the tube – along with a couple of micro-beads, when you lather it up in the shower or over the bathroom sink (whatever works for you) it becomes like a mini lather/foam. I want to believe this is a good and well-intended thing since it works very well to clean the skin. My skin always felt cleaner after using it, although I will say it often felt too clean. So, I’m guessing it does do its job, but perhaps it’s a product only for the intensely oily or during the summer months when you’re not only washing away excess oil, but sweat as well. It works in overtime and I find that sometimes it’s a bit too much for me, which is why I stopped using it.
Do I hate this product? Absolutely not. I think the concept is fantastic but it’s slightly too much for my skin. However, for anyone with oilier skin or just wants to treat areas of their face this is acne-prone, I think this could be supplemented into your skin care regime nicely, with a bit of trial and error.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it really means the world to me. I plan on posting my next post on Wednesday, so I hope you’ll keep an eye out for it.