I was sent some products to review from Crystal Clear, a brand I have heard of before but have never used. The products I'll cover in this review are the Crystal Polish, Intense Anti-Agening Serum, No Shine Serum (sample) and Illuminate (sample).
First up is Crystal Polish. This contains anti ageing ingredients, essential oils and precious stone garnet to provide a mild dermabrasion effect. The packaging on this is pretty big and quite heavy though it does look nice and serves its purpose pretty well. I love the matte black box these products come in though. My first thought was that it smells really fresh and vaguely citrussy. The product itself is actually quite thick and dense, you sort of spread it over your fully cleansed skin rather than rub it in (in an almost clay-like consistency) then rinse it off with warm water and pat dry. I've been using this once or twice a week, though you can use it daily apparently, as I don't like to over exfoliate my skin.
You can feel the exfoliating pieces in there but it doesn't feel really scratchy or harsh. In terms of smell and consistency it actually reminds me of a much less gritty version of this, but without the second step. I actually think I might just prefer the Crystal Clear as it feels less like it's scraping my skin. The first time I used this was on a grey March day when my skin was looking similarly grey and tired. And wow! It really brightened up my complexion and sloughed off any dead skin on the surface. I really looked more awake after this and my skin looked revitalised.
The Anti-Ageing Serum is another revelation, described as an "Intense anti-ageing moisturiser is perfect for those whose skin needs more than a normal moisturiser. Our powerful formula contains high levels of proven active peptides and oxygen complex, which help to restore and repair dry, ageing tired skin. The result is fabulously firmer and younger-looking skin with wrinkles plumped from within." It feels light and fresh whilst also feeling nourishing and moisturising at the same time. It doesn't feel greasy or silicone-y either (like it's sat on the top of your skin), it absorbs really well. My skin feels reallt hydrated and just lovely after using this but while it is light, it does feel a bit heavier than a normal serum so I tend to use this after I've taken my make up off or if I'm having a make up free day. Again, this smells really citrusy and yummy.
I've only really tried out the Illuminate and No Shine Serum once as I've been too busy using the other two! I'll start using them properly soon and come back with a proper review.
Crystal Clear products are available from www.crystalclear.co.uk from £20 - they also do salon treatments such as dermabrasion.
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