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I had the pleasure of trying out several Skin Free products recently. Skin Free uses all natural, vegan ingredients and they’re cruelty free (no animal testing).

All of the Skin Free products are designed and formulated by owner and practicing pharmacist, Julie Hilton, who has over 30 years experience in compounding and natural skin care. “I hope that SkinFree™ products will become widely used and be truly helpful to the ever increasing patient population who need products such as these.” Julie herself suffers from chronic allergies and eczema, so she knows what it’s like to have skin that needs extra care.

Here are the products I tried, their ingredients, directions, and my experience:

Green Clay Mask for Blemish Prone Skin – 6 oz – $15.99

French Green Clay, also called Montmorillonite, is rich with volcanic minerals and extremely absorbent. We made it into a soft paste that is easily applied to face, neck, and shoulders. Healing Organic Niaouli essential oil helps prevent bacterial growth.

Ingredients from the packaging: montmorillonite (French green clay), olea europea (olive) seed oil, macadamia nut oil, melaleuca quinquenervia (naiouli) oil, vanilla. sodium hydroxymethylglycinate1

day149 face mask
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Directions from the packaging: Apply to troubled areas and relax while it dries for 15 to 20 minutes for an occasional spa-like mask treatment. You can also apply a small amount to individual blemishes at bedtime. Leave on to dry overnight to relieve redness, soreness, and inflammation. Rinse off with warm water and a wash cloth to see improvement.

My experience: I LOVED this mask.  It does have a very strong but not offensive fragrance.  My eyes did water just a bit at the start of the application and it dries quickly so you can’t go back over an area without applying more of the mask, but I loved the results.  After letting it dry and then smiling to crack it, I peeled a few pieces off for fun before rinsing with warm water.  I then got out my lighted 15x mirror and my Tweezerman Skin Care Tool (if you don’t have one, you must get one, they’re fabulous!).  My pores were cleaner than any other product I’ve ever tried.  There wasn’t anything for the Skin Care Tool to clean up.  Truly love the mask.

Lite Moisture for Blemish Prone Skin – 50 ml – $15.99

Drying out blemish prone skin can overstimulate the natural oil producing cycle, contributing to breakouts. You want skin not too dry and not too oily. We added healing Organic Niaouli essential oil to our favorite combination of Soothing Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and hypoallergenic Macadamia Nut Oil to replenish the much needed moisture balance for blemish prone skin.

Directions from the packaging:  Use just a small amount after cleansing skin to keep the oil cycle balanced.

Ingredients from the packaging: Our Lite Moisture for Blemish Prone Skin contains – Aqua (water), Olea Europea (Olive) Seed Oil, Macadamia terrifolia Seed Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Stearic Acid2, Melaleuca quinquenervia viridiflora (Naiouli) Oil, Vanilla Fragrance, and Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate2.

My experience: Most moisturizers are too much for my oily skin.  This is just right.  The fragrance is a little stronger than most moisturizers, but it’s not overwhelming.  It is absorbed quickly and leaves my skin feel soft but not greasy.  Only a finger tip dip is necessary for overall light moisturizing.

Niaouli Scrub for Blemish Prone Skin – 4 oz – $15.99

Clogged pores are caused by too much oil, which is oxidized at the skin’s surface and hardens. Add this to trapped bacteria and you have a blemish in the making.  The trick is to keep pores clear of excess oils and free from infection. Using an exfoliating scrub like this one is the perfect way to do that.

Ingredients from the packaging: montmorillonite (French green clay), olea europea (olive) seed oil, macadamia nut oil, melaleuca quinquenervia (naiouli) oil, vanilla. sodium hydroxymethylglycinate3

Directions from the packaging: Apply to troubled areas and relax while it dries for 15 to 20 minutes for an occasional spa-like mask treatment. You can also apply a small amount to individual blemishes at bedtime. Leave on to dry overnight to relieve redness, soreness, and inflammation. Rinse off with warm water and a wash cloth to see improvement.

My experience: Unfortunately I didn’t like this product.  The scent was too strong and the scrubbies were too rough.  Usually I like a strong scrub but this one left my face red.  It’s just not for me. Others may find it perfect for their skin.  Mine is older skin and I have Rosacea, so that may be why it was too rough for my skin.

Overall I enjoyed the products and will likely repurchase the mask and moisturizer. Having checked them out at the EW Skin Deep Database (see results below) I’m confident that they’re safe for my face.

SkinFree  products are available directly from their website or Drugstore.com (though not the products I reviewed), and at Walgreens.

Enjoy!

NOTES:

Disclosure:  I received the three products above from Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio so that I could give my honest opinion of their products – this did not affect the authenticity of my review.

Skin Deep Database Results:

1 Per CosmeticsDatabase.com – Contamination concerns (Formaldehyde) for this ingredient but it still ranks a 0 out of 10 for possible hazards.

2 Per CosmeticsDatabase.com – Stearic Acid – Neurotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate has contamination concerns (Formaldehyde); Olea Europea (Olive) Seed Oil has irritation risks (skin, eyes, or lungs).  This is rated as a  low hazard (1 out of 10).

3 Per CosmeticsDatabase.com – Contamination concerns (Formaldehyde) for this ingredient but it still ranks a 0 out of 10 for possible hazards

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