Elemental Herbology is my kind of skincare brand. The range is founded on the principles of the Five Elements, as well as drawing in elements of nature, herbal medicine and Chinese medicine; therefore the belief that things should be balanced on the inside and out. The brand is created in England and everything is paraben, sulphate, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colour and mineral oil free.
So let’s take a look at a few products I have been testing for a few months. When I started using these products it was during August when it was much warmer. There are various products available for dry, oily, combination and mature skin, you can of course pick and mix.
Let’s look at each product!
Cool & Clear Facial Cleanser – Oil Control Range. (£29 for 100ml).
Although I wouldn’t say oiliness is my problem, I was interested in this cleanser because it is anti-bacterial and works well for areas of congestion and blocked pores. It is a lightly foaming cleanser but is not supposed to be drying.
This light textured yellowy cleansing gel is very lightly lathering on the skin. My skin can be dry so I recommend using one pump only as I noticed using too much made my skin feel drier. With one pump, I didn’t experience any problems.
This does smell of tea tree – not everyones cup of tea, but I quite like it as I find it refreshing. Used on my primary area of concern (on and around the nose area, where I get blocked pores frequently) it did help (along with other products) keep the area as unblocked as possible. I noticed a definite reduction in the amount of blockages in a few weeks.
Moisture Milk (£42 for 50ml)
This is another product from the oil control range, which as I said before is not something I would normally choose but I started testing this when it was hotter, and I was drawn to the anti-bacterial properties of this moisturiser. It also contains Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid to help purify pores.
This is a really light thin textured lotion, again smelling of tea tree. In hot weather and humid conditions it’s a pleasure to use as it sinks in fast and feels super refreshing. It’s nice if you are in conditions where you get sweaty, not because it controls oil just because it’s refreshing and I like to imagine it fighting the bacteria on my skin!
Now – for both the Cool & Calm and Moisture Milk, they work well for oily skins and for regular skin in humid conditions. I found them comfortable to use in those conditions, however as the weather has got colder and drier, I have moved to a cleansing milk/balm and a richer moisturiser. However I will save these for when it gets warm again, or if I were to go abroad.
Radiance and Vitality Facial Glow (£40 for 50ml).
Radiance Peel can be used all year round and is a creamy product that exfoliates dead surface sells and leaves your skin radiant. It is gently abrasive like a creamy exfoliatior, but I liked to leave it on the skin for a bit rather than just washing it straight off.
For my skin once a week or every two weeks is more than enough due to sensitivity. it does make the skin look a lot lot brighter after one use, and again, if you are gentle it is fine for sensitive skin types (just don’t scrub at it!). I was a bit too rub happy the first time I used it and my skin looked a little red. It’s good for removing flakes on the nose and oilier skins will absolutely love it too.