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REVIEW: Witch Skincare – Blemish Gel

It’s not often that I get spots and pimples but when I do they are always painful as hell and no amount of concealer will cover them. I never squeeze my spots as this does more damage than good so I picked up this Blemish Gel from WITCH last week after I woke up to a small, painful pimple on my chin and I have been really surprised at how well and how fast it has worked.

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Witch – a British skincare brand, has been around for absolute years – over 50 years. Their products are aimed at problem skin and are recommended for oily/combination skin although they are suitable for all skin types. The Blemish Gel helps to keep your pores clean by dissolving oil and it combats pimple-causing bacteria by tackling the causes of spots. It cleanses, tones, soothes and leaves the skin balanced, soft and healthy-looking. It also contains antioxidants which help to maintain normal skin renewal and encourage the natural cycle of skin replenishment, especially important for when your skin is recovering from a breakout.

Witch say they don’t test on animals too, although there is no cruelty free bunny on the back of the box!


REVIEW

The Blemish Gel comes in a small brightly coloured box and inside is the 35ml squeezy tube. The gel is a thick, transparent gel which has a mild, ‘clean’ scent.

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I applied a little of the blemish gel to my sore, inflamed pimple and went to bed – when I woke the next morning, the pimple was still there but it was nowhere near as painful as it was the day before and it didn’t look as angry or red as it did. I applied the gel again that morning and a few times throughout the day and before bed and it slowly began to disappear. Witch recommend using the gel in the evening, before you go to sleep as it lets the gel do it’s work whilst you sleep!  By day 3 of using the blemish gel, the angry pimple had gone and I was a happy girl.

I think the blemish gel works wonders on the odd pimple – it helps to tighten pores and close damaged skin, which reduces inflammation and re-infection and it encourage healing too. It definitely did the job for me!  I’m not sure how it would work on acne or if you have severe spots/pimples but I would recommend the gel for the odd breakout. I’ll definitely use this again and there is enough product in the tube to last ages so not only does it work but it’s value for money too.

It is a great little product to have for emergencies.

If you are not sure which products from Witch will be best for your skin, why not take the Skincare Selector HERE on the website


DISCLOSURE: I bought this product.


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Review: Pure African Black Soap – Mayka Skincare

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Back in October I was sent a bundle of natural skincare goodies from a British vegan skincare brand called Mayka Skincare. Mayka Skincare are a cruelty-free, natural brand who handcraft fresh products with natural botanicals and highly effective, active cosmetic ingredients. All of their products are handmade in Britain but they do offer worldwide shipping. When my parcel arrived I was chuffed to bits with the contents as I wasn’t expecting to receive so many products to review and I have been trying a few of them out for a couple of months.

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The product I was most pleased with was the Pure African Black Soap which I have heard is amazing for skin complaints. As you all know I have psoriasis so I couldn’t wait to give it a go.

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”Ordinary store-bought soaps can be too harsh or drying for your skin. African black soap is a gentle, all-natural alternative cleanser made only from plant materials. Proponents of African black soap say it does more than just keep you clean — the suds are packed with skin-loving benefits, too.” – LIVESTRONG

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

The 100g Soap comes in a cellophane wrapper with a Mayka Skincare label – the packaging is lovely, it has a natural feel to it and looks pretty enough to be given as a gift. Inside the packaging is the 100g Pure African Black Soap which I’ll admit doesn’t look very attractive but never judge a book by its cover hey. The soap is made from baked parts of the cocoa tree, unrefined butters and oils and is also rich in vitamins A and E. It is a beige, brownish colour and shaped into a ball and it doesn’t contain any artificial perfume, colours or preservatives either.

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INGREDIENTS:

Sodium / potassium salts of fatty acids from edible vegetable oils: Sodium / Potassium Sheabutterate, Sodium / Potassium Palmkernelate, Sodium Potassium Cocoate, Glycerine, Aqua, Cocoa Bean Ash Residue

THOUGHTS:

I’ve been using the soap for about four months and I’m surprised I still have some of it left especially as I use it every day.

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I have never known a soap, never mind a natural soap to lather so well – and when washing with the soap it looks like I have a layer of cream on my skin. It is so creamy and moisturising and is also a great antiseptic soap which helps to prevent infection or bacteria on the skin. Since I’ve been using it, I have noticed an improvement in my skin, it hasn’t completely cleared my skin up but it has improved it a little and my psoriasis hasn’t gotten any worse. I’ve noticed it does sting my psoriasis at first but it’s not painful and the sensation eventually wears off after a few seconds and it’s worth it seeing as it helps to deep clean my skin, restore its natural barrier whilst moisturising and protecting it at the same time. I also use it on my face and I love how it removes every trace of oil and make-up from the skin without clogging my pores or drying out my skin and it is also a great anti-ageing soap as it is rich in vitamin A and E oils and helps to prevent premature lines and wrinkles.  The soap can also be used on the hair and scalp but I’ve not tried this yet but I will give it a go eventually and update the post.

The Pure African Black Soap is the perfect solution for problem skin such as oily, acne, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff and rosacea. I love how it is completely natural, cruelty free and contains no harsh chemicals or artificial ingredients which make it gentle on sensitive skin and also helps to improve skin disorders. I’m about to run out after four months but I will definitely purchase this soap again – I’d rather do my skin a favour and use a natural soap on my skin rather than a soap laden with chemicals and nasty ingredients which makes skin worse any day. Give the website a little visit girls – you won’t be disappointed. They do a huge range of cruelty-free, natural skincare products made with top quality ingredients that will help your skin. Natural is best!

DISCLOSURE: I was gifted this product from Mayka Skincare for review purposes only.


WHERE TO BUY:  You can get some Pure African Black Soap from Mayka Skincare HERE. It is £5 for a 100g bar or you can get 3 soaps for £10 and save a little money HERE.


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Review: PurOrganica – Skin Clearing Treatment For Spots, Pimples, Blemishes & Acne

A few months ago I was sent this Skin Clearing Treatment from PurOrganica who are a natural skincare brand based in the US. PurOrganica skincare products do not contain parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, sulfates, lactin, gluten and GMO ingredients. All products are cruelty-free and are manufactured in FDA registered eco-laboratories. I have a few PurOrganica products already and the Ultimate Youth Eye Gel Treatment (which I reviewed here) is actually one of my all time favourite skincare products. I was hoping I would like the Skin Clearing Treatment as much as the eye gel but I’ve not really had the chance to use it on my skin as it is very rare that I get pimples or blemishes. This week however I have unfortunately broke out in a couple of blemishes and I have two pimples that have appeared on my face – so I have finally gotten around to trying and testing the Skin Clearing Treatment properly and I have been using it daily for about a week now.

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Skin Clearing Treatment:

”The Skin Clearing Spot Treatment is a powerful and effective drying solution for men and women with troubled skin types that are looking to attain a clean, clear and beautiful appearance. This advanced fading treatment is the best when it comes to reducing the appearance of acne, whether it be pimples, blackheads, whiteheads or even just leftover redness from an old blemish that isn’t fading quickly enough. The formula contains 2.5% Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide and 10% MSM, which work together to help minimise whiteheads and blackheads on the spot. These are three of the ingredients studies have shown to be most effective for people looking to get rid of acne quickly and easily. This drying spot corrector is specially designed to fix your blemishes easily and efficiently – with a simple dab onto the face with a cotton swab, the Skin Clearing Treatment is an easy at-home remedy to get the ‘before and after’ results you’re looking for when it comes to clearer and more even skin.” – PurOrganica


FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The Skin Clearing Treatment comes in an outer cardboard box and inside is the Skin Clearing Treatment which comes in a 30 ml glass bottle. It has a black screw lid which also works as a dropper. The packaging is quite simple – nothing special really and there is information about the product printed on both the box and the bottle. The treatment itself is a cloudy white-greyish liquid and it smells really strong like alcohol. It says on the bottle that it does contain Isopropyl Alcohol as well as Cucumber Fragrance although the alcohol is the only thing I can smell.

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INGREDIENTS: Isopropyl Alcohol, Deionized Aqua, 10% Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Vegetable Glycerin, Bentonite Clay, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), 2.5% Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Cucumber Fragrance.

HOW TO USE: Do not shake the bottle before using. Dip a cotton swab into the bottom of the treatment and gently dab onto blemishes and allow to dry. You can also use the included dropper for more convenience.

 

THOUGHTS:

Like I said above, I have broken out in a few pimples and blemishes on my face and my complexion is looking a bit on the red side. I’ve been applying the Skin Clearing Treatment to my blemishes, pimples and red areas every night before bedtime. I have been using the included dropper instead of a cotton bud to apply it to my face and thanks to the Bentonite Clay – after a couple of minutes of applying the treatment to my skin, the clear-ish liquid turns into a chalky white colour on the skin.

I’ve been leaving the treatment on my skin overnight and each morning I have been waking up and it is still chalky white on my face. Each time I have washed it off my skin has not looked as red as before and my blemishes and pimples seem to be fading slowly. After a week of using – my blemishes are not as noticeable, my pimples aren’t as big and swollen  my complexion on a whole has started to look a little healthier. I love how my skin looks after using the Skin Clearing Treatment – I think it does work at helping to clear up blemishes and pimples, and my skin is starting to look clearer but it is not a miracle worker, the results are not instant but after every use you will see better results each time.

I do like the Skin Clearing Treatment and I would definitely recommend it for those with problem skin but I have had to discontinue using it and I sadly won’t be repurchasing. Some of you may know that I have chemical sensitivities / allergies and certain smells, chemicals, ingredients cause me to have migraines and headaches. This product is probably the worst one I have used in ages and I have had violent migraines in my temples and eye sockets for a week straight now since using. No amount of headache pills have gotten rid of them. I’m suspecting it is the alcohol which is in the ingredients formula. So, although I do like the product and it has helped clear up my blemishes and pimples – I cannot bring myself to use it again, the headaches were so severe that I was beginning to feel ill.  If you also have sensitivities and chemical allergies I would avoid this product. If you don’t ever get headaches after using certain products – lucky you! You will be absolutely fine after using the Skin Clearing Treatment and you shouldn’t experience any migraines.

If you want to read more about fragrance/chemical sensitivities click HERE.

DISCLOSUREI was gifted this product free of charge for review purposes.

Where To Buy?

If you are in the UK – you can buy the Skin Clearing Treatment HERE for £11.97.

If you are from the USA – you can buy it HERE for $10.44.


 

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