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Saturday, 18 September 2021

NEW SKINCARE BRAND! At1 skincare review

 

NEW SKINCARE BRAND! A1 skincare review
All of these products were kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

One of the things that I love most about blogging, is discovering new brands and I was thrilled when I was asked if I would like to test a brand new skincare brand. It is called At1, is exclusive to All Beauty and currently has a streamlined seven products in the line up; all of which I was kindly sent to try. I have been using them for probably around 8 weeks, if not a little longer, now, but am only getting around to telling you about them now, due to my delay in posting because I was so ill. When I started to test them, my skin was its usual self - dry and dull (if not using regular exfoliation/masks), but as time went on, my skin began to burn - nothing to do with the products, but everything to do with the illness and medication I was put on. So really, it was the perfect time to test the products as the difference in my skin was extreme! Let me tell you how I got on......

About the brand: The aim of the brand is to provide luxury, premium skincare products, but at an affordable price and with sustainability and nature as its focus...... sounds great, right?  The name comes from being at one with nature and with yourself. I like that they're not using the word 'clean' - rather, focusing on nature and sustainability. The products are all cruelty, silicone and sulphate-free. If you prefer your skincare to be fragrance-free, this might not be the range for you, as they all contain a blend of lemon, orange, mandarin, bergamot, thyme, rosemary, cedarwood and other essential oils. I have to say in advance that I have found my skin to be increasingly sensitive to products that contain a lot of essential oils, however I have had zero problems with this range, whereas usually with consistent use, my skin may become flaky and inflamed, but I honestly haven't had those issues at all, however I feel it important to mention for the fragrance-haters!

Cleansers: There are two cleanser options available, depending on your skin type. 

Clarifying Foaming Cleanser: I'll be honest, before I even tried this, I assumed I wouldn't like it as I don't generally like foaming cleansers, but this is not a traditional, stripping cleanser, as it contains oat, which is soothing, glycerin, which is a humectant, and ceramides. Its main ingredient is hydrolysed cottonseed protein, which helps with dehydration and redness.  It's an ideal morning cleanse, as it leaves the skin feeling clean and refreshed, without being stripped. A little goes a long way, massaged into damp skin, before rinsing. I was surprised to find that I did actually like this cleanser, but given how dry my skin is and also the change in season/temperature dropping, I know that I personally wouldn't use it daily, as my skin prefers balms and oils, for extra nourishment. I would recommend it to those who have oily/combination and even normal skin types, as it doesn't give that tight, uncomfortable feeling, is soothing, but also does a good job at a refreshing skin cleanse. £18.00.

Deep Cleansing Balm: Hands down, my favourite product from the line, from first use and has already gone into my top three cleansing balms! This is a balm that melts into an oil (oils included are grapeseed, Crambe, apricot, blackcurrant and Echium) as you massage it into the skin, and it gently, but very effectively, melts every single ounce of makeup - mascara, liner, foundation, spf - the lot. It doesn't leave a greasy film across the eyes, doesn't sting - it really is just a dream to use. Once I have massaged all of my makeup, I then emulsify and rinse thoroughly, and my skin is left super clean, comfortable and doesn't feel at all stripped. In fact, I'd go as far as saying, I could skip a second cleanse if needed, which is pretty much unheard of for me. If you're in the market for a new cleansing balm, no matter what your skin type (as this doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy), I would definitely urge you to try this. As my skin became more reactive, due to the illness and meds, I used this more and more because it left my skin feeling soothed and looking less inflamed. I've actually almost finished it and I will be repurchasing. £21.60.

Toner:

Hydrating Toning Mist: Regular readers will know that I love a good face mist, but I'm very fussy - I want it to add hydration and balance my skin, rather than just be a water spray! To start with, I'll have to say that this doesn't have the finest mist action, so I make sure to wear a headband, as I hate getting my hair wet from face mists! That being said, I find that the majority of mists on the market don't have the finest spray action, so it's not a rare occurrence. That said, the product itself feels refreshing on the skin. It contains Rose Water, which is soothing and hydrating, Salicylic Acid, which refines the appearance of pores, and brightens the skin. The ingredients balance one another out, so I wouldn't describe it as the most hydrating mist I've used, but I think it would appeal to the wider market, in general. Because my skin is so dry, I don't think that I'd repurchase it as I prefer something that will add more hydration, however I will happily finish the bottle, as it isn't overly astringent either. Again, it's a product that will suit the majority of skin types, but my skin needs some more moisture. £18.

Serum:

Luminating Anti-Ageing Serum: So far, there is only one serum available at the moment, but I'm sure that this will change as the brand expands. For me, this serum covers all I need, so I don't mind that there is only one, but other age groups may have different needs. Anything luminating and anti-ageing and I'm in (I'm not actually anti ageing,  by the way, as I see it as an absolute privilege to grow older - so many people do not get the opportunity). There is 50ml of product in the bottle, which is pretty generous in terms of serum, as most contain 30ml.  It contains Vitamin C, in the form of Kakadu plum extract, which brightens the skin, Bakuchiol, which is said to be nature's answer to retinol, which aims to firm the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, Hyaluronic Acid, which attracts up to 1000 X its weight in moisture, and also offers anti-oxidant protection. The texture is like a light lotion, and it does absorb well into the skin, however I have found that it pills, depending on which product I follow it up with. It almost feels to me that those with oily skin wouldn't need a moisturiser after using this serum, which is something I personally wouldn't do, as I see serum as the filling in the sandwich, if you know what I mean? I need to layer products on top. I have tried using less product, using it at night, when pilling wouldn't particularly bother me, and a few other ways, because I do actually like the results it gives - my skin instantly looks more luminous when I apply it. For me, the best way is to use it at night, and I allow longer than I normally would with my other serums, before I apply any product on top. Because of this, I'm not sure that I would repurchase. I'll decide when I finish the bottle (which I will do, because like I said, I like the results). Given that this is designed for use both morning and night, it's a shame that it hasn't fully worked out for me.  £35.55.


Eye Serum

Restorative Eye Serum: Now this is a product that I love! There is a generous 30ml of product here, whereas most eye products contain 15ml, so it's good value and will last quite a while. It has a light texture that really soaks my eye under eye and orbital bone area, but absorbs quickly, and leaves the skin feeling plump and hydrated.  It makes my skin feel fresh, doesn't cause milia and is an all round winner as my skin looks smooth and feels hydrated without the feeling of product being left on the skin. It contains Horse Chestnut Extract and peptides, to give the skin a plump look, Hyaluronic Acid for hydration, and Persian Silk Tree, which helps to improve the appearance of dark circles. With how ill I've been, it would have to be a miracle worker to get rid of my dark circles, but the skin certainly looks fresher when I use this. A winner!  £26.55.

Moisturisers: I like that there are separate day and night creams - I know that not everyone thinks this is necessary, but I've always been a fan of moisturisers for both routines, as I tend to go a bit richer, or more active, with my skincare routine at night.

Hydrate & Nourish Day Cream: When I first started to use this in conjunction with the serum and experienced the pilling, I was unsure which was causing it to happen, so I tried both the serum with other moisturisers and this moisturiser with other serums, with the latter, I had no problems. With a name like hydrate and nourish, you'd expect this to be quite a rich cream, but it's actually lightweight, which makes it the perfect morning moisturiser. Its described as being a primer too, and actually I think for normal skin, it would be the idea makeup base product, but for my dry skin, I always use an extra hydrating primer. This moisturiser doesn't leave a greasy film on the skin, yet the skin does feel very hydrated, so if you're oily or combination, don't let the name put you off, especially if you have a dehydrated/oil skin type. It contains shea butter (can irritate some - it broke me out for years!), oat extracts, Giant kelp and cocoa seed extract, as well as natural sugars. All of these combine to nourish the skin, protect against environmental and blue light pollution, as well as leave the skin with a luminous glow. It really is a beautiful moisturiser and I would be so happy if I could use it in conjunction with the serum as I'd imagine it would take luminosity to another level, but it just won't work that way for me. I have a lot of moisturisers as backups, or that are new to try, so I will repurchase this at some point, but not straight away, although I am going to use every last drop! £27.00.

Restore & Boost Night Cream: This is definitely richer in texture than the day cream, which I enjoy in a night cream, yet it doesn't feel like you're having a workout when massaging it into the skin, which can happen with some rich textured creams. This moisturiser aims to firm the skin, while strengthening the skin barrier, and also reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It contains protease enzymes, algae extract and swertia stem cells, all of which combine to support cell turnover, brighten the skin and also plump and firm it. I have to say that it lives up to its claims - despite how ill I was/am, my skin is still bouncy and hides the true extent of how I am. The cream doesn't leave a tacky feeling, so I don't feel like my face will stick to the pillow and equally, it's extremely nourishing, because as I said earlier, my skin everywhere was so, so dry, but I wouldn't wake to patchy skin. When my skin was at its worst, I also used an oil as I needed to get as much moisture into it as possible, but now that I'm over the worst of it, this moisturiser alone is sufficient, so it's another winner for me! £34.20.

So, as you can tell, there were both hits and misses for me, but skincare is personal. If you have skin that is similar to mine, you will probably love the products that I loved, but if you have a more oily/combination skin, then the products that weren't the best for me, will probably work for you. You have to remember that this is a new brand, which will expand and add other products to its line, but it wanted to get the core, everyday products out there first and I think they've done a great job. I would love to hear your thoughts and whether anything has caught your eye?

All available from All Beauty, with 10% off when you use the code LAUNCH at checkout. This is a brilliant site, by the way, with so many high end brands discounted - I always check it before purchasing anything.

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