13 September 2015

Brand Highlight: Skinstitut Skincare

Brand Highlight: Skinstitut Skincare

I've discovered the brand Skinstitut over a year ago, when I first visited Australian Skin Clinics to give my skin some extra TLC. I have combination skin, that tends to be normal/dry throughout most of my face with some oil in the t-zone. Unfortunately I suffer from hormonal breakouts, and have gone through some periods of mild-moderate acne breakouts all over my face.

Skinstitut has been quickly growing into my favourite skincare brand. Their products have had a dramatic improvement on my skin over the past year so I thought it was about time I did a post about their products for you!

Brand Highlight: Skinstitut Skincare Review
My Growing Skinstut Collection

I would consider this brand to be a high-end skincare brand, but unlike many other luxury skincare brands, Skinstitut believes that high quality skincare products should be accessible to everyone and therefore offer their products at very affordable prices. The brand is Australian owned and all products are made in Australia and cruelty-free. All products cost a flat rate of $45 AUD each, and become cheaper as you purchase more. You can buy 3 products for $99 AUD or 5 products for $150, making them just $30 AUD each. That is significantly cheaper than competitor brands, especially considering they are cosmedical grade skincare products with high quality and potent ingredients.

Today, I'm walking you through some of my favourite products from the brand to give you an idea of what may work for you. I have also found all the staff at Australian Skin Clinics to be quite helpful and knowledgeable about these products, so you can always visit your closest clinic, since they carry Skinstitut exclusively and can assist you to find what will suit you best.

Skinsitut Glycolic Scrub

Glycolic Cleanser 12%* - This is a great cleanser for removing dead skin cells and purifying the skin. It is suitable for most skin types, except red or sensitive skin types. I have a lot of redness and sensitivity and I use mine 1-2 times a week and find it works well for me. It contains a large percentage of glycolic acid which deeply penetrates the skin and exfoliates to reduce congestion. Using this too much can dry your skin, so if you are on the dryer side, you can also try their L-Lactic Cleanser which is less intense, but still exfoliates and decongests the skin. I also love the Gentle Cleanser which can be used to remove makeup and impurities and is great for even the most sensitive skin types.

Glycolic Scrub 14%* - You've probably already heard me talking about this product here and here. It is by far the best physical/chemical exfoliant combo I've ever used. It's very effective in sloughing off dead skin cells and removing any dry or flakey skin to keep your entire face feeling smooth and clean. This scrub is quite strong and I would only suggest using it 1-2 times a week as it contains a very high percentage of glycolic acid and can cause your skin to become dry if used too often.

Enzymatic Micro Peel* - This is another exfoliant, and I often alternate between the Glycolic Scrub and this product for my exfoliation routine. This mask contains papaya extract, chamomile, passionfruit, grape seed oil and vitamin B3 to gently exfoliate the skin for a smooth and bright complexion. The mask is quite thin and creamy and can be left on the face for 5-10 minutes and then rinsed off with warm water. It feels like you are applying a moisturiser and it sinks into the skin and doesn't tighten up or dry the skin. This mask is very gentle and hydrating which makes this a great option for dry or dehydrated skin types, but can be used by anyone.

Retinol Serum - This is a great serum for most skin types, especially breakout-prone and pigmented skin like mine. It contains peptides, retinol (a form of vitamin A) and olive extract which work together to promote cell renewal in the skin by increasing collagen and elastin production. It makes the skin appear smoother and clearer. I put this one on about 2-3 times a week and leave it on overnight after I apply my moisturiser. I always wake up with less breakouts, and my skin feels smoother.

Moisture Defense Normal Skin* - This is an amazing moisturiser for combination skin and sits so well under my makeup, without feeling greasy at all. It adds hydration to the skin without clogging the pores and reduces the appearance of fine lines. You can wear this during the morning or at night since it does not contain an SPF. They also offer a Moisture Defense Dry Skin and Moisture Defense Oily Skin, so you can check these out depending on your skin type.

Skinstitut Moisture Defense Normal Skin

Skinstitut products come in generous sizes, and the cleansers and scrubs have lasted me about six months each. I really can't say anything bad about this brand, besides the packaging can be easy to confuse since each product looks very similar! But, just read the label and you'll be fine! I'd highly recommend this brand if you suffer from acne, redness, pigmentation or any other skin concerns - their website guides you to what products would best suit you based on your skin type.

Have you tried any products from this brand? What did you think? What's your favourite skincare brand right now?

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*These products were kindly provided to Bows & Pleats for consideration, however all opinions are 100% honest and my own. The glycolic cleanser, the glycolic scrub and the moisture defense normal have all been purchased and tested by me in the past, however new replacements were recently provided via PR samples.

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