I picked this up a while ago, at a similar time when I bought The Body Shop Seaweed Moisturiser. Having read around that time about seaweed supposedly having good properties for oily skin (like myself) I decided to take the chance. I bought this from Superdrug, however, having checked their website, the brand exists on their website but doesn’t list any products (for reasons I don’t know). However, you can easily check online to find their products. I can’t remember exactly how much it cost, but it was roughly between £3-6. It suggests to use the product 2-3 time weekly, rather than as an everyday exfoliator.
This product boasts that it has no alcohol or parabens and is free from Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) which is a common ingredient in a lot of cheap skin care products. Although there doesn’t seem to be much research and studies that can suggest the real effects of SLS, it is suggested (not proven) than long term exposure can potentially lead to problems later on, even if research isn’t sure what those problems are yet. However, the skin is our largest organ of our bodies, and also one that we want to remain healthy and as attractive looking as we can. I’m not a scientist or an expert in any way with how our skin works, however, I’m not prepared to take any risks. If I can understand anything from research and articles online (be careful what you read and who you trust though) then SLS as an ingredient may be something to think about. As I’ve discussed in a previous review, alcohol can have an over-drying effect on the
However, looking on the positive side of the ingredients list, the exfoliator has Salicylic Acid which is a common ingredient in skin care products targeted towards oily skin as it works to tackle excess sebum, which makes our skin look and feel greasy. It also claims to have provitamin B5, which apparently functions to help the skin absorb and retain water, and improves elasticity in the skin. While there is a common perception that oily skin doesn’t need more moisture, a lack of moisture may actually be a factor to why your skin is as oily as it is. By this I mean that your skin is producing extra sebum to make up for the moisture that the skin naturally lacks, so it doesn’t feel dry and sore. Although this is not a guaranteed factor about your skin, it doesn’t hurt to apply some extra moisture for the skin. With ingredients like this, the brand also claims that it is suitable for sensitive skin.
The product itself has small to medium exfoliant particles, in a watery-gel formula and smoothes over the skin very easily. The particles can be a bit scratchy on the skin, however, I find that’s when I’m rushing through my routine and rubbing too harshly. It’s not as harsh if you’re gentle with the skin, although if you’re skin is sensitive it may not be the most appropriate product for you – despite what it claims. My skin is mildly sensitive and felt slightly sore afterwards when I did rub too harshly, however it did calm down about an hour after I finish using it, without any lasting redness normally.
One of the interesting quirks (if you can call it that) is that the particles can get stuck in your hairline and eyebrows, so if you don’t wash the exfoliator off properly, you may have an interesting surprise. This said, I only used this in the shower so this wasn’t a major issue, although it’s worth taking into consideration just in case.
As a treatment for acne I can’t call this a miracle product. It’s a nice exfoliator if you’re gentle with your skin, but I can’t say I’ve noticed a dramatic difference in the condition of my skin when I’ve used it. It can be too harsh on sensitive skin types, despite how it claims to be suitable, but this typical for many products tailored towards oily skin. However for the money you pay (I apologise I can’t be specific, but I know my estimation should be right) it’s not a bad investment to try if you can get your hands on it.
Are you considering trying this product? Or have you tried this before? I’d love to hear your opinions.