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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Introducing | sk:n*

The country's leading skin clinic, sk:n were founded in Harrogate in 1990 and now have in excess of thirty clinics across the UK, offering treatments ranging from laser hair removal and microdermabrasion through to birthmark removal and varicose vein removal. Alongside these in-clinic treatments, sk:n also offer a comprehensive range of skincare products in five ranges, including Cleanse & Exfoliate, Anti-Ageing, Anti-Blemish, Corrective and Repair & Protect, to address a number of skincare concerns.
Introducing skn Skincare
skn skincare products
I was kindly offered the opportunity to trial a few of these products, and have been sent their Facial Exfoliating Cleanser for normal skin*, their Blemish Control Lotion* and their Anti-Ageing Hand Cream*, which I have now been using for around a month. I really liked that each product came separately packaged in a cardboard box, which contained a little leaflet offering information about sk:n, the services and products they offer, and the range to which the particular product belongs. There's also a £25 off voucher for treatments at sk:n clinics.
skn Anti-Ageing Hand Cream
Anti-Ageing Hand Cream* | £15.75/50ml
Containing Vitamins C & E to protect against free radicals responsible for ageing the skin, as well as Jojoba Oil to moisturise and protect, and Peptides to stimulate collagen production in the skin, this hand cream claims to improve the moisturisation and elasticity of the skin. Straight off I was struck by the number of parabens in the ingredients list (I count five), which I simply wouldn't expect in a product in this price range. That aside, the cream has a nice, light consistency which is readily absorbed, leaving the hands feeling soft and moisturised. I do suffer with incredibly dry hands and didn't really feel like this was an intensive enough treatment for me, but generally speaking I don't think this is a bad product at all. If you're just looking for something to hydrate your hands, I think this would work just fine. My one concern would be that it seems to be lacking an SPF, which I'd think would be an obvious ingredient to include in a product like this?
skn Facial Exfoliating Cleanser For Normal Skin
Facial Exfoliating Cleanser for normal skin* | £26/200ml
A creamy cleanser containing Glycolic Acid (an AHA) for gentle exfoliation, this cleanser claims to remove dead skin cells, clear pores, moisturise and rejuvenate the skin. I've been using this as my evening cleanse after removing the majority of my make-up with my current micellar water of choice from Botanics. With its squeezy bottle, dispensing product is easy & hygienic; around a grape-sized amount is perfect for gently massaging over the face with the fingertips, avoiding the eyes, for a minute or so. I then tend to wipe off with a warm, damp flannel and follow with a toner. I was a little concerned about the Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil) in the ingredients list (it's a known comedogen, which means it can block pores, leading to spots) and indeed, I did seem to break out over the first week or so of using this cleanser; since then, though, my skin has settled down quite nicely, so I don't know that it was necessarily related. That aside, the Facial Exfoliating Cleanser leaves my skin feeling smooth and clean but not stripped, irritated or dry. I'd imagine this would be good for most skin types, though if your skin is particularly sensitive I'd give it a miss due to the Glycolic Acid.
{Update at the end of August: I have now stopped using this cleanser. I took a break for a week or so to finish up another cleanser to make some space within my bathroom, and within a day of coming back to sk:n's cleanser I was experiencing literally the worst skin of my life. My skin has never been great, but overnight I broke out like crazy. 26 spots on my forehead alone. Four huge, painful cystic spots on my left cheek. Spots in places I never usually get them - my eyebrows, my nose, my neck. I'm really disappointed as I did have high hopes for this product but I simply can't carry on using it.}
skn Blemish Control Lotion
Blemish Control Lotion* | £26/30ml
This lotion offers immediate treatment for developing blemishes alongside relief for acne-prone skin with active spots. Claiming to reduce oil production and reduce the bacteria associated with acne, without causing irritation, this lotion also contains Salicylic Acid to dissolve oil and other pore-clogging debris. This is a clear gel-like lotion which is easy to spread over the skin and sinks in quickly, allowing you to apply moisturiser, make-up and so on over the top. I have to say I haven't used this as religiously as the cleanser, maybe four or five days per week, as I'm dreadful at remembering to use it! I didn't really notice any reduction in oiliness on the days I did remember, and to be honest I don't think I've got any fewer spots, though I think they may have been healing more quickly than they would otherwise - it's difficult to be sure, isn't it!? I'd also like to point out that the ingredients list includes Alcohol Denat. which can be incredibly drying on the skin, so this is a product where I'd suggest you proceed with caution; I admit I was a bit disappointed to find alcohol second-to-top of the ingredients list of a product of this price point, but there you go. The alcohol was abundantly obvious insofar as it smells like rubbing vodka on my face. Nice.
skn skincare products review
Overall, I feel like sk:n's ingredients let them down a little; they're good products and I have found that they mostly provide, to some degree, the benefits that they claim, but for products in this price range I honestly expect better from the ingredients lists. Of the three products I've tried, I wouldn't buy the Anti-Ageing Hand Cream again, but that's mostly because I need something a little more intensive due to my eczema and my job; the Facial Exfoliating Cleanser and the Blemish Control Lotion fared a little better for me and they're both products I'd consider buying again, though I don't see myself rushing out the minute I run out as I didn't find them mind-blowingly good, and generally if I'm spending this much on skincare then, as I've said, I'd prefer something with a better ingredients list. {Update: there is no way I'd consider buying the cleanser again, as you could probably guess!} You can find all the skincare products offered by sk:n on their website here, and if you're interested in the treatments offered by their clinics, you can learn more here. Have you tried any of sk:n's products, or been to any of their clinics?

[*Products provided for consideration.]


  1. Not a brand I have heard of but would like to try now.


  2. Love the fact that you highlighted and focused on the ingredients. Haven't heard of this brand thought.

    Nice post

  3. I have used a few products by Skn and liked them but their price tag puts me off slightly when I compare them to similar products which I also like x

  4. Not a brand I have come across before, would like to try their range sometime. :)

  5. Its a shame it wasn't as good as you expected it to be. I have never tried anything from the brand and I don't think I will either as I'm so addicted to Korean skincare :D

    Pink Frenzy


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