Many of us who have difficult oily and blemish prone skin think that we can’t “go natural,” or use some of the newer lines on the market that are more eco-friendly and green. I had the opportunity to try the Annemarie Borlind purifying line to see if I could actually use a natural line without resorting to my “chemical laden” products.
Are natural products really that much better for your skin? The company seems to think so: “It is preferable to select products with ingredients derived from natural, rather than synthetic, sources since they are usually more compatible with the skin. Because they are, natural ingredients are better able to penetrate the dermal layer, rather than simply staying on the dead surface layer.”
So I took the products on a 30 day trial to see if they could keep my difficult skin under control. How do you think I did?
I tried five products in the line: the Purifying Care Cleansing Gel, the Purifying Care Facial Toner, the Purifying Care Facial Cream, the Purifying Care Cleansing Mask, and finally the Purifying Care Ultra Stick. I used the Cleansing Gel, the Facial Toner and the Facial Cream twice a day and the Ultra Stick as I needed it. I used the Cleansing Mask two to three times a week.
The Cleansing Gel smelled nicely, which can be unusual for a natural line that doesn’t add fragrances. I used it with a washcloth for extra exfoliation, and it had a pleasant minty smell. It cleaned my face very well without leaving it overly tight and uncomfortable.
The Facial Toner is very light, and doesn’t have any of the stinging sensation that you can sometimes associate with toners for oily skin. The addition of aloe vera to the formula helps keep it from stripping all moisture from the skin and helps the Facial Cream do it’s job.
The Purifying Facial Cream is a lightweight moisturizer that doesn’t feel oily or greasy at all, yet it still adds a layer of moisture to the skin to help hydrate and keep it from drying out. It contains both lactic acid and salicylic acid to help exfoliate and control sebum production, yet I didn’t have to worry that the “cream” formulation was going to ultimately mean “huge breakout.”
The standout of the line, however, has to be the Ultra Stick. Applied directly to blemishes, it clears them up quickly without leaving behind a flaky mess, and doesn’t sting while it does it’s work. It’s small and extremely portable, and I carried it in my makeup bag in case anything reared it’s ugly head throughout the day. Luckily, using the system meant that I didn’t have much to worry about, but the few I dealt with while using the system were quickly cleared.
Overall, I really like the line, and I think it’s an excellent option for those who fight oily skin or occasional breakouts. I think anyone who has a serious acne problem will need a stronger line with a higher salicylic acid concentration (at least 2%), but for those who are consistent with their facial system and don’t have large acne breakouts will find this system fits their needs perfectly.
Visit the Annemarie Borlind website for more information on natural products, the company vision, and more.