The most instagrammable skincare: a review of Lixirskin

First thing's first: sorry for the shit photos. They were taken on my old camera about 6 months ago. Because that's how long I've been testing this range! Seeing as this is so over due, let's just dig in...

There is no denying that this is a nice cleanser. It's got a lovely creamy texture and feels very moisturising (thanks to shea butter and plant oils). The idea behind 'electrogel' is that it attracts positively charged particles - namely pollutants - which are bad for your skin. The brand specifically refers to the cleanser being able to 'attract, capture and eliminate' nanoparticles, heavy metals and free radicals. In the interest of full disclosure, I'm obviously not a scientist so can't speak to what these do (or are supposed to do) to your skin, but I do feel it's a bit gimmicky. It seems like a big claim for just a cleanser. Can something that's on your face for around a minute and then washed down the drain really provide "the ultimate urban detox"? Is said detox even necessary? I don't know. Seems like marketing hype to be honest; but it is a nice cleanser, there's no complaints from me (although I would prefer a formula without fragrance - albeit the fragrance in this product are natural, if that's your preference). I don't have a serious grievance with fragrance in a cleanser because obviously it's washed off fairly quickly, but out of principle I don't like it because it is just unnecessary. 

 Like the cleanser the key moisturising ingredients are shea butter and plant oils, and it has a lovely soft, creamy texture; it absorbs really well and feels very light, non-greasy and refreshing. This is a really nice no nonsense moisturiser, what I love about it is that it's touted as being suitable for face and body - which is what initially drew me to it. I agree that if something is okay for your face, it should be okay for your body, too - and visa versa. However this does also contain (natural) fragrance which can be irritating on it's own, as well as increase the likelihood of the other ingredients becoming irritating (from my amateur understanding). 
Night Switch: BHA & PHA
Essentially these are serums. Both contain AHA - an exfoliant - but the two different Night Switch serums I have tried are the ones with beta hydroxy acids (BHA): good for spots; and polyhydroxy acid: a chemical exfoliant similar to AHA but tends to be more gentle. Neither have fragrance - hurrah! I actually really liked these. They're nice serums, really good if you like an acid. PHA's are a good pick if you're new to acids so it's nice that they have a milder option if you just want to dip your toes in (not literally - don't do that). I did enjoy the BHA Night Switch however I wouldn't say it is unique. There are lots of BHA products available that I like just as much, and are better value for money. These are only 15ml and are priced at £20; Paula's choice 2% BHA is only £6 more and you get a comparably whopping 118ml. So there's that. But I don't have any complaints about the actual serums themselves. 

I personally haven't had an issues with this but going over the ingredients list again, it seems like it's just full of fragrance: benzoic acid, bergamot fruit oil, peppermint oil and all the usual suspects when it comes to natural fragrances like linalool, citral etc. The only ingredient I like is the kaolin clay which absorbs excess oil but from what I understand, it is a cheap ingredient and you can certainly get cheaper kaolin clay face masks elsewhere - so I wouldn't recommend this one. 
In the same way I'm not a scientist, I'm not a dermatologist, either! But as a skin enthusiast who has spent an embarrassing amount of time researching skincare (not 'beauty gurus', but dermatologists and doctors) my understanding is that vitamin C is unstable and can do more harm than good. Not to mention that there are so many forms of vitamin C that as a consumer it's very hard to navigate. I did more research into this when I realised that eliminating vitamin C almost entirely cured my issues with congested skin and mild acne. However I like this one because it's a rinse off vitamin C. The difference (from what I can tell) between this pure vitamin C mask and a cleanser with vitamin C (the latter I would not use) is that a 'watered down' vitamin C - as in when it's one ingredient of many, as well as suspended in a watery formula - is significantly less effective as an anti-oxidant, to the point that is essentially serves as a fragrance/just another potential irritant on the ingredients list. Whereas this concentrated form of vitamin C in a paste is more reliably effective and, like I said, I haven't found it to be problematic. 

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So in conclusion: some nice products, but nothing to get too excited about. The packaging is lovely but I presume it is the reason for the relatively high price point. I am disappointed that there's a lot of fragrance in this line as a whole. I enjoy the Vitamin C paste and the Night Switch serums; the cleanser is nice but unfortunately contains fragrance, and also I am a bit put off by (in my opinion) over zealous marketing claims about it targeting pollution in your skin. I may just be being very cynical, mind you! Similarly the moisturiser is really nice, but fragrance! Why?! 

There is also a little bit of contention about the founder of Lixirskin's view on SPF: she doesn't believe you should bother with it unless you're at the beach. I can sort of see the point: SPF can make your skin feel quite congested. But it's not difficult to wash off; provided you're doing the right thing and making sure you're spending time of an evening to remove it, in theory there shouldn't be an issue. In my opinion it's worth the extra effort to prevent skin cancer and photo ageing, and I wear SPF every day I'm exposed to UVA/UVB for more than just walking to and fro the car - and would recommend everyone do the same. Ultraviolet light is harmful. That's a fact. Obviously wearing SPF is ultimately a personal choice but it seems irresponsible not to. 

Have you tried anything from Lixirskin? What did you think? 

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