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Sunday, 4 September 2022

REVIEW: Emma Hardie Lotus Flower Range

 

REVIEW: Emma Hardie Lotus Flower Range
This range was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

I was kindly sent the new Lotus Flower range from Emma Hardie, which I was delighted about as I had missed the event due to a medical appointment, but wanted to know more about the range from one of my favourite brands. There are three products in the range: a Targeted Blemish Treatment, a Treatment Serum and a Treatment Cream. Given that the products are targeted towards oily skin, I didn't think they'd suit me, however they contain ingredients which reduce inflammation and strengthen the skin's barrier, so I thought that I should give them a go. I had mixed results, but it is definitely worth remembering that my skin is dry.

Lotus Flower Targeted Blemish Treatment: I rarely get spots these days (sometimes around the time of the month), however when I had Covid a few weeks ago, I had a whopper brewing on my chin. It was one of those that was sore to touch when cleansing and I was aware of it if I even tipped off my face. I was just really run down and that always shows in my skin in some way or other. I was actually very happy that it happened, as it meant that I could test this treatment correctly and fairly. I applied it twice daily because even though it was a whopper, I have dry skin and didn't want to exasperate that. The ingredients list is pretty impressive - Salicylic Acid, which penetrates the pores to reduce sebum, Lotus Flower, which reduces sebum production, Witch Hazel, a well known astringent, which is also anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, and a form of Vitamin E, which is also anti-inflammatory, among others. All have the aim of reducing the redness, calming the skin and eliminating the blemish. Remember, this is a targeted treatment, so it isn't to be applied all over the face. If you have a lot of blemishes, use the serum and cream, and then pinpoint the worst spots and apply this treatment to them. I have to. say that I didn't notice any tingle, nor any dryness when I used this, and the pain of the spot (definitely not a pimple!) decreased in around 24-48 hours. Within 4/5 days, it was gone completely, without any redness. What I liked most about this treatment is that it stopped the spot from coming to a head. It just receded and calmed down, disappearing in less than a week, so I didn't have to deal with scarring. I'm glad to have it in my stash for any future breakouts.

Lotus Flower Treatment Serum: This is a lightweight gel serum, which contains Lotus Flower to reduce sebum production, but also Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid, which hydrate the skin and reduce inflammation. It also contains Wild Indigo, which helps skin to appear calm - basically another anti-inflammatory. I liked the texture of this serum, however given my skin type, I couldn't use it daily, but for oily skin, I think it would really work because it has the anti-inflammatory and sebum reducing properties that would suit the skin, and help to prevent spots from occurring.  The texture works well with other products and doesn't pill.

Lotus Flower Treatment Cream: When I looked at the list of ingredients in this moisturiser, I didn't expect it to replace any of my favourite moisturisers for my dry skin, however they were pretty impressive - obviously, Lotus Flower, the afore-mentioned Wild Indigo, a pre-biotic, Aquaxyl™, which boosts hydration, and ingredients that protect against pollution. It's a great moisturiser for oily skin, but it left my dry skin feeling tight. I could mix some oil with it to make my skin more comfortable, but I think it's best to accept that the Moringa line is suited to my skin and that this Lotus Flower line is suited to oily skin.

As expected from Emma Hardie, the packaging is aesthetically pleasing, yet you're not paying silly money for it. I know that my skin type is not the target, however I think everybody could do with a good quality and effective targeted blemish treatment in their collection, and this one is very impressive. If you have oily, blemish-prone skin and have tried this range, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Available in Dunnes Stores, Cloud 10 Beauty, Marks and Spencer Ireland/UK and Emma Hardie.

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