Hello guys! I hope you are all having an excellent Friday and getting excited over the weekend! I will be packing for Greece and celebrating an early Valentine’s with hubby because I’ll be away next week. Can’t wait! I have some goodies today that I have been testing for around a month and felt it a good time to share the love! Let’s dive into the Bobbi Brown Remedies, shall we!
As the name suggests, Bobbi created the Remedies to address specific skin problems or concerns we all have. I got sent a sample of all six Remedies (including Skin Salve, which I will get to later on) and got to try them all over a month. I concluded that the most useful Remedy for me is the Skin Clarifier (attacking pores and blemishes) and the Skin Reviver. The Skin Clarifier sees use on a daily basis and the Skin Reviver 2-3 times a week. But let me present to you all five Bobbi Brown Remedies to start with:
Concern: Blemishes and clogged pores
Ingredients and purpose: Manuka, Sea Buckthorn, Rosehip and San Palmeto oils. All of these oils are natural and their purpose is to control sebum, balancing the skin’s moisture at the same time. This Remedy also contains Salicylic Acid which penetrates pores and cleans them. With regular use, it promises to clear your pores, control oiliness and sebum, without drying your skin.
My view: I like this oil and I can happily report that it helped my skin. It did not cause any irritation and although my spots did not disappear while I used it, my skin remained clear and soft. If you use products to target acne or spots, then you will know that they tend to be drying. This Remedy is not drying at all, it actually leaves my skin soft and radiant, which I love. If your concern is whether it might increase oil production, I can confidently say that this was not the case with me. But everyone is different, so maybe try before you buy.
To add to that, I use this Remedy in conjunction with La Roche Posay’s Effaclar facial wash. I wash my face with Effaclar morning and evening, but I use the Skin Clarifier only in the morning. The two worked well together, which is great. In the past, when I tried to combine Effaclar with a different oil, I ended up with unbearable dryness. The oil in question was UFO from Sunday Riley which I know many of you probably like. I found UFO too strong for me and difficult to combine with other products that my dermatologist has explicitly recommended. This hasn’t been the case with the Skin Clarifier so far. Please bear in mind that my skin is acnegenic and I get clogged pores and persistent spots, but it’s not covered in acne, so your experience might differ.
Concern: Dull and tired skin
Ingredients and purpose: Spinach and kale ferment, Chlorella extract, Energen complex. This is basically a green juice for your face. Over time, this Remedy promises to fight dull skin, add brightness and radiance and improve its overall health, as it’s packed with antioxidants. It is particularly targeted to those of us that live in big, polluted cities and our skin suffers from the environment.
My view: I have to admit I wasn’t planning to keep on using this Remedy, because I initially thought that it doesn’t address my skin concerns. However, as I used it more and more, it started growing on me. First, my skin literally “drinks” that stuff very quickly and second, it helps my make up sit better! I can’t use it on a daily basis, but I love using it around 3 times a week and I’m happy to report that it’s a product my skin agrees with and likes. I haven’t seen any difference in brightness yet, so I think I need to keep on using it to be able to say more on that. Still, I like it a lot.
Skin Moisture Solution
Concern: Extremely dry and dehydrated skin
Ingredients and purpose: Sodium Hyaluronate, which helps your skin maintain moisture and naturally produce hyaluronic acid, thus fighting dehydration and dryness.
My view: My skin is combination, so I cannot speak about this product the same way that someone with extreme dryness would. I loved using this Remedy because it made my skin feel hydrated and plumped. I used it for a week and it did not disappoint. My husband, who has very dry and flaky skin, also tried it and generally liked it. He did say, however, that this Remedy wasn’t the most powerful product to fight his dryness. He then stopped using it as he did not see the benefits he expected. My conclusion is that this Remedy can work miracles to those with relatively dry, combination skin but if your dryness is extreme, I’m not sure how useful you’ll find it.
Concern: Sensitive skin, redness
Ingredients and purpose: Red Algae, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract. This Bobbi Brown Remedy promises to soothe irritated skin and reduce redness overtime.
My view: This is a great product! Although I’m a huge fan of chamomile when it comes to soothing my skin, I did find this to be very helpful at times. I didn’t use it every day, because I don’t normally have to fight redness. However, I can confirm that whenever my skin felt super sensitive after trying a heavy product, or after exfoliation etc, this Remedy helped soothe it with immediate effect. I, therefore, give it a thumbs up for that and will purchase a full size at some point.
Concern: Loss of Elasticity
Ingredients and purpose: Muru Muru butter, Meadowfoam Seed oil, Olive oil, Raspberry wax, Soybean sterols. This Bobbi Brown Remedy promises to help skin restore its elasticity and plumpness. It also hydrates the skin and protects it from further damage.
My view: This is one remedy that I can’t give you a holistic view, as I personally found it too rich. I used it 3-4 times and each time I’d get more oily. I can say that it felt hydrating and immediately after application my skin felt nourished. For me, however, the combination of butter, oil and wax is way too rich and I had to stop using this product. I’m assuming that someone with more mature skin will enjoy it though.
Concern: Cracked skin
Ingredients and purpose: Shea butter, Beeswax, and Carrot and Licorice extracts. This Remedy promises to nourish cracked skin. Used locally, it immediately moisturises and over time it permanently helps with extreme dryness.
My view: You can guess from my comment on the Skin Fortifier and the ingredients listed above, that this is not a product that suits my needs. It’s very heavy for my skin, so I did not give it a go. My mother tried it locally and it helped her very dry skin feel softer but she found it too rich over time. I tried it on my lips (!), which is where I have extreme dryness but it wasn’t better than my Bobbi Brown lip balm.
Please find a picture below that contains all Bobbi Brown Remedies’ ingredient lists. This is not a very “artistic’ picture, as I managed to drop some oil on it while testing the products (oh, yes!) but I hope you find it useful and informative as it contains the all ingredients in each Remedy and not only what you will see on the website:
In the UK, these retail for £29.50 and are available at all Bobbi Brown counters and online. If you don’t wish to commit to a full size remedy, you can buy minis, so you can try them out. A full size Bobbi Brown Remedy contains 14ml of product, while a mini contains only 3ml. However, they come in two different kits, each kit containing three remedies in mini size (9ml) for £25. I would personally opt for the actual Remedy as you get more product for a good price, but the kits are useful in case you’d rather try the product first. The Clarity Rescue kit includes the Skin Reviver, Clarifier and Relief Remedies while the Moisture Rescue kit includes the Skin Reviver, Moisture Solution and Fortifier. It’s up to you which one you’ll choose!
I hope you have a great weekend ma’ ladies and speak to you soon!