Recently, I was asked if I'd like to try Skinetica*, an Anti-Blemish Super Toner aimed at those with blemish-prone skin. My skin has been something of a nightmare over the past couple of months, having breakout after breakout for no readily apparent reason, so I was quick to say yes please! Skinetica claim their product, "Uses the very latest in molecular science to produce a new and revolutionary product which combines 3 functions in one: Anti-blemish skincare treatment; Super toner; Base to make-up foundation. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive, and all ethnicities." I've been using it now for around a month; I was sent a 15ml sample bottle as well as the full-sized 70ml bottle which is in the new-style packaging. I have to say I much prefer the classy new blue and silver packaging to the old white bottles with green & blue print, which to me look a little too much like an acne range for teenagers... The new blue bottle looks much nicer and less obtrusive on my bathroom shelf.
Following the instructions, I've been applying my Skinetica morning and evening, after cleansing and before moisturising, using a cotton pad to sweep the clear, colourless liquid generously over my face and neck. Even after cleansing twice of an evening, I find that more often than not a little bit more make-up comes off on my cotton pad, which is depressing considering I thought my skin was clean! However, it should also mean that the Skinetica will make a difference, right!? Within the first week or so of using it, I found that my skin all but cleared up completely; going from literally around forty blemishes on my chin, cheeks and forehead to only a handful. I was mightily impressed. However, since then, my skin has gone downhill a little again; I've had new spots spring up in the same places and I can't honestly say I've noticed them going away any more quickly than before I was using Skinetica. I'm a bit bemused by this to be honest, as I had high hopes for Skinetica and at first it seemed like the product was going to live up to them, only to end up almost back where I started. I was a little concerned that the alcohol in the ingredients list would dry out or irritate my skin but thankfully this doesn't seem to have been the case. I'm not entirely convinced by the claim that Skinetica makes a good make-up base, either; I haven't found that my make-up "locks onto" my skin as their website suggested it might, and I certainly haven't found it stops my make-up melting in the heat - as always, I rely on a primer and liberal helpings of powder to avoid this curse of the oily-skinned!
Using Skinetica has highlighted for me the importance of using a toner and this is definitely a step I'll be adding into my routine on a more permanent basis to ensure all traces of make-up are removed each evening. I'm planning to stick with Skinetica for another month or two and see if my skin settles down. If so, I'd definitely repurchase as after the first week of use my skin looked bloomin' amazing! If I can get that back, I'll be thrilled, and if not, I'll try a different toner. Skinetica can be ordered directly from the Skinetica website, with prices starting at £9.99 for a 70ml bottle and getting cheaper the more bottles you order. Have you tried Skinetica? Did you find it effective right away? Are there any other toners you'd recommend for oily, blemish-prone skin?
*This product was provided in return for an honest review; as always, all thoughts & opinions are 100% my own.
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