Spots. The bane of my life. At nearly 40 I’d hoped to have seen the back of them over 20 years ago. That’s not turned out to be the case unfortunately and I suspect I’m going to end up a pensioner with acne, have you ever seen an old lady with acne? No. I will be the first.
And so it is I’m on an eternal battle to cure my face. I should mention at this point that I don’t have oily skin but I do suffer awful hormonal spots for about three weeks of each month.
So when OXY Natural Skin Science offered to send me some products I leapt at the chance. I have my skincare routine pretty much set now but am still hunting for products to help me deal with the worst days of the month.
OXY Seaweed Power Fresh Skin Wash (£5.99) and Seaweed Power Deep Calm Balm (£5.99) I’m going to say from the offset did not suit my skin. It was clear as soon as I tried the products that they weren’t intended for my skin type at all and would be suited for either very oily or teenage spot prone skin. I found my skin dried out very quickly with these products. That said, I don’t have anything bad to say about the product themselves, quite the opposite, just because they weren’t for my skin doesn’t mean they weren’t good. So lets just talk about the pros.
The Seaweed Power Fresh Skin Wash is an absolute pleasure to use. It has a sort of exfoliator in it that sort of tingles, as though you can feel it working, it’s not gritty however, it just feels amazing and my skin felt crystal clear afterwards. I was a bit sad this was too drying for me because I could get addicted to the feeling when using it. After the wash you should use the Deep Calm Balm which is an oil free moisturiser, again it felt absolutely lovely but it didn’t provide enough moisture for my skin which had been stripped by the cleanser. I can report that both of these products found a new home with a teenager suffering acne and her Mum was delighted to inform me that after a short while of using she had spent her first weekend foundation free, a completely unheard of occurrence – I can’t think of higher praise!
Now this is a clever bit of kit. There’s a proven technology called blue light therapy which is used by dermatologists in the treatment of spots and acne. Specifically a blue light at the wavelength of 415nm kills spot causing bacteria and now you can use it at home. The Oxy Clearlight kills spot causing bacteria. It doesn’t give out any heat, it doesn’t give out UV rays, it doesn’t dry or cause peeling and you don’t get any sensation either. The only time its recommended you don’t use it if you suffer from a photosensitive disorder or are taking medication which means you shouldn’t be exposed to sunlight, otherwise this can be used by anyone. It’s incredibly simple to use, you turn it on, place the device over the spot, leave it for three minutes and then it turns itself off. You do this twice a day when you can feel a spot erupting.
I have to confess I can’t confirm how well this works because it simply takes too much time to use. I know that three minutes doesn’t sound like a long time, but that’s per spot. Imagine it’s 11.00pm, you’re exhausted, you want to go to bed and you’ve got 6 spots. That’s 18 minutes sat holding this thing on your face, and if you have lots and lots of spots then you might as well stay up all night.
Now this isn’t a criticism of the product itself, and I think it would come down to how much do you spots really bother you, is it worth the 20 minutes a day, and of course if you’re just wanting to battle one blemish then 3 minutes is nothing really, but I’d imagine anyone willing to invest £40 in an at home treatment for spots would probably suffer more than one spot from time to time… so it wasn’t for me. I’m still clinging on to this product as I think I’ll give it another go next month, perhaps just choose one blemish and do that one only and see how well it works out for me, I’m certainly intrigued by the technology!
To to sum up, the skincare products, amazing for anyone with acne prone skin, not ideal for middle aged skin with hormonal outbreaks and the Clearlight? Well the jury is still out, but if acne is the bane of your life then you may feel this is worth a shot.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*