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Monday, 5 June 2017

Introducing | Newtons Labs T-Zone Skincare*

T-Zone Skincare is a brand I remember using in my early teenage years, so when I was contacted recently with an offer of trying some products from the line, I was keen to see what had changed. The brand originally launched in 1998, so it's almost 20 years old! I was kindly sent a few products from the range, which I've been using over the last month or so.
Newtons Labs T Zone Skincare
I was sent two products from the original line; the Clear Pore Facial Wash and the Spot Zapping Gel.
The facial wash claims to remove grease, oil and bacteria that can cause spots; "Clear Pore Facial Wash contains antibacterial Tea Tree, refreshing Menthol and skin-clearing Salicylic Acid to effectively cleanse and unclog pores to help prevent spots." Sounds promising, and Tea Tree and Salicylic Acid are two ingredients I already know my skin reacts well to, so I was pleased to try this - on its own in the morning, and as a second cleanse in the evening. The tea tree and menthol do indeed give it a refreshing scent, and it certainly works well to leave my skin feeling clean and soft. I was a little dubious about the SLS on the ingredients list - it doesn't seem to strip my skin, but I'd be careful if you're prone to dryness at all.

"Spot Zapping Gel rapidly targets, prevents and calms spots and blemishes. This cooling and quick-drying gel combines naturally antibacterial Tea Tree and Witch Hazel with clearing Salicylic Acid to help promote great looking skin." Again, sounds promising, and I've had plenty of blemishes lately to test it out on! Unfortunately I don't think this is particularly well suited to my skin, as I've not found it to calm blemishes down or reduce healing time - but I know people who swear by it, and it's cheap as chips so might be worth trying if you're after a blemish treatment.
Newtons Labs T-Zone Skincare
I was also sent two products from T-Zone's new Charcoal range; the Charcoal Nose Pore Strips and the Charcoal Black Cleansing Wipes. Charcoal is supposed to help draw out impurities, so it makes sense to include it in pore strips - this is probably the product I was most excited to try, as I suffer terribly with blackheads around my nose. "Charcoal Nose Pore Strips are enriched with antibacterial Tea Tree, to help prevent spots and keep skin clear, while Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out impurities and excess oil." I think these have worked the best of any pore strips I've ever tried, you can really see the evidence on each strip after use... which is a bit gross, but oddly satisfying!

Finally - cleansing wipes aren't a product I use very often (literally only on the odd day when I go to the gym after work and want to remove my make-up before I work out!) but are always handy to have. "Charcoal Black Cleansing Wipes effectively cleanse skin, remove make-up residue instantly and absorb dirt and excess oil. Enriched with naturally ultra-purifying Charcoal which acts like a magnet drawing out impurities from the skin." I've only used these a couple of times so far but I have to say I've not been impressed, as they seem to leave a lot of make-up on my skin - but in fairness that's a complaint I have with all cleansing wipes. They're certainly handy to have but I wouldn't rely on them alone to cleanse my skin

So all in all, I've found the T-Zone range has some hits and some misses - I'll definitely be buying the Charcoal Nose Pore Strips again, and I'd consider the Clear Pore Face Wash, but I'm not really sold on the Spot Zapping Gel or the Charcoal Black Cleansing Wipes. You can find out more about the T-Zone range and their stockists here; all the products are budget-friendly and are available on Amazon and Fragrance Direct amongst others. Have you ever tried T-Zone Skincare? Are there any products you swear by for treating blemishes?

[*Product provided for consideration.]

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