Review: ESPA – Treat Optimal Skin ProSerum

Company Ethics & Info

Espa is a brand that I really admire, not just for their cruelty-free policy but also for the natural ingredients they use and also the things they choose to leave out.

No synthetic colours or fragrance, no mineral oil (being derived from petroleum it isn’t renewable), no silicone (which can block pores easily) no alcohol or SLS or SLES which can be incredibly drying and/or irritating for skin.

Espa optimal skin pro serum

Product Info & Ingredients 

‘This advanced proserum helps brighten and even skin tone, enhance elasticity, firm and protect premature skin ageing.’

The oil is enriched with omega 3, 6 & 9, vitamins A & E and extracts of turmeric (which boots circulation and also brings down inflammation), white lupin and sunflower.

Packaging

Simple, elegant and pretty. The glass bottle has a slight ombre effect but it’s nicely shaded to keep the oil from being exposed to too much sunlight. I was curious as to why there was a little button on top of the lid and pressed it a good few times! Upon unscrewing it I realised it was an incredibly useful dropper.

 

 

 

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My Experience

The scent of this oil is incredibly spicy and uplifting! Similar to pepper and cinnamon. I’ve been smoothing a few drops of this oil between my palms and patting it onto my face morning and evening as instructed. When I wake up in the morning my sensitive skin doesn’t have any red patches which it can be prone to and has stayed balanced throughout the night.  I need much less moisturiser than I used and my skin looks plumper and more radiant.

Note after 3 months This has really evened out my old acne scarring and has made a very noticeable difference. I’m delighted!

Price

£48 for 30ml

Normally at this point I’d do Good Points & Bad Points but there aren’t any bad points! Yes, it’s expensive but it’s such high quality that it’s reasonable for a luxury serum. If it were cheaper I’d keep applying it as perfume!

I actually got this product as a gift for subscribing to Marie Claire magazine last month.

 

Dr Alkaitis Sample Review

Dr Alkaitis is a holistic organic beauty company which uses Aloe Vera gel as the base of their products rather than water, does not use any synthetic products or chemicals and all of their ingredients are biologically active and edible! It’s one of those brands that deliver products that are so energising, you only need to use a small amount at a time.

Dr Alkaitis Night Cream, Treatment Oil, Replenishing SerumOrganic Replenishing Serum

‘This vitamin-rich serum combines anti-inflammatory Aloe Vera with Wild Chamomile flowers and toning Witch Hazel to re-hydrate and restore skin balance.’

I sprayed this onto my face after cleansing, when my face was having a particularly blotchy, dry-patchy day and it had a lovely cooling and soothing effect on my stressed out skin. Later, after applying makeup I sprayed some more Replenishing serum over it to give me a more dewy look. It worked well and made my makeup look more natural even though I’d used powder.

Organic Treatment Oil

‘Regarded by industry experts as natures ‘miracle in a bottle’ this golden oil can be used on the face, scalp and body for intense hydration.’

I didn’t get to test this multi-award winning product as I had an allergic reaction to it. Luckily I’d decided to rub a little onto my nails as they were dry, rather than putting it on my face. Within a minute my hands and face were really itchy, my face turned an attractive tomato colour and I felt really hot. After washing off the product (and sticking my head in a cold bowl of water), I decided to read the ingredients – only to realise there were non supplied on the testers. I went onto the website and found the treatment oil had a large list of wonderful natural ingredients and oils (some of which I’d never even heard of before) but no milk or wheat which are my usual triggers, rather random! At this point I asked my bloke’s opinion, who’s experience of using skin products extends to shower gel, moisturiser and massage oils (the therapeutic kind). He found it to be ‘moisturising but not remotely greasy like usual oils are.’

Organic Night Cream

‘This luxurious overnight repair cream works to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and open pores.’

This is dreamy – literally, I gently massaged this into my face and neck before bed and rather than my usual 20 minutes of wriggling about, I fell asleep straight away. This lotion is really light and sinks in quickly to leave your skin feeling completely moisturised. It also has a lovely mild scent. I awoke to find that my combination skin was really balanced and moisturised and my pores were not as visible. My skin was so calm that I skipped wearing foundation, which is a big deal for me. After a week of using this, the small lines on my forehead look less noticeable. This cream is wonderfully effective!

Rating 5/5