26 June 2017


I have combination skin, which is always slightly greasy, and with a tendency to break out too, but each winter it does become a tad drier. It simply doesn't like the constant change of temperature from chilling winter winds, to being inside with the heater going - so in spite of its greasiness, I always have to up my skincare and use something that is more hydrating. So when I was offered to trial a selection of products from HydroSkin Skincare, I naturally said yes. 

HydroSkin is an Australian boutique skincare range that believes less is more and consequently the products are made without all the unnecessary toxins including no parabens, sulphates, fragrances or other chemical nasties that can irritate the skin. Rather the products contain beneficial ingredients, of which 95% have been sourced locally from Australia.

One of HydroSkin key ranges, is the 3, which aims to soothe, plump, hydrate and brighten skin, reduce redness, fade age spots, reduce little wrinkles and refresh healthy skin tone, - and essentially HydroSkin says that these are the only products you need, no need for 'eye creams, neck creams, rejuvenating creams'.

The 3 Steps Set contains:
  • Hydro Mist for brighter, less pigmented skin 
  • HA Serum for increased collagen production and plump, wrinkle-free skin 
  • C Moisturiser to lock in hydration, fade age spots and defend skin from free radical 
In addition to the 3 Step range of products, I was also sent the HydroSkin Cleanser, which is a very gentle no-fuss cleanser, that still removes all my makeup (except for my waterproof eye makeup, but I always prefer to use a specific eye makeup remover anyway!), without drying out my skin or making it feel irritated. It contains among others Chamomile Roman to calm acne, rashes, eczema, wounds, dermatitis, and dry and itchy skin, as well as water-soluble olive oil to hydrate and prevent the skin from becoming dry or tense after cleansing. Polyglucosen derived from sugar starch, which is an alternative to sulphates, only it is very mild and non-toxic.

After cleansing you follow with the first step of the 3 Steps routine, which is the Hydro Mist, which contains among others Vitamins B3 and B5 to help lightening the skin and fading age spits, while humectants penetrates deep into the skin to help retain moisture. It also contains aloe vera to help soothe and calm the skin, and hyaluronic acid to help nourish the skin, preventing moisture loss and improving hydration. Overall, the Hydramist aims to help reduce hyper-pigmentation, hydrate, brighten and lighten the skin, and also fade age spots, reduce red blotchiness, improve hydration and soften wrinkles.

The Hydro Mist is used morning and evening after cleansing by applying 10-12 pumps to the face, neck and chest, personally I find that a bit much, and have feel about 6 or so pumps is sufficient. The Hydro Mist feels lovely and cooling on the skin, and leaves the skin lovely to touch, and I love that it has next to no scent. While the skin is still damp from the Hydro Mist, you apply the next step, the HA Serum,

The HydroSkin HA Serum contains miniHA™ and Hyaluronic Acid, to help add rapid hydration and increased plumpness, firmness and luminosity to the skin. You apply 3-4 pumps to the palm of your hand, rub together an apply evenly to the damp. The serum is very light in consistency (so perfect for my combination skin!), and spreads easily, and absorbs very quickly into the skin, without any greasiness. Again, it has next to no fragrance.

While the skin is still damp from the HA Serum, you apply the final step, the C Moisturiser. This moisturiser contains a stable form of vitamin C that helps reduce redness and minimises fine lines and wrinkles, increase collagen, lightens the skin and defends against free radicals, all, without irritating the skin. In addition, the moisturiser among others also contains Vitamin B3, and hyaluronic acid to help lighten the skin and fade age spots as well as add increase skin hydration.
The C Moisturiser is to be used twice daily, morning and night, after they Hydro Mist and HA Serum, by applying 3-4 pumps to face, neck, and chest. Follow with UV protection in the morning. 

This moisturiser is slightly thicker than I personally prefer for my skin type and it consequently also take a few moments to absorb into the skin. But once it has, it does leave the skin feeling soft and smooth. It has a slightly odd scent, but it is very faint, and fades quickly, so certainly nothing that bothers me. 

Finally, I also tried out the HydroSkin Salt Scrub with Alaea Red Clay, a volcanic red clay that is a purifying, all natural exfoliant. This facial scrub helps give the skin a deep cleanse, and detoxify the skin from pollutants and toxins, encouraging the production of new skin cells, to leave the smoother, brighter and more glowing.

From the infusion in the volcanic pools, it contains up to 80 natural minerals and electrolytes, including potassium and magnesium, as well as it has an added base of avocado oil and olives.

It is super quick and simple to use, just take a scoop and massage gently into the dry face, neck and decollete for 30 seconds, before rinsing it off, although if you want a deeper cleanse, or have oily/problem skin you can leave it on for up to five minutes, which I have been doing.

The mask also has a slightly odd scent, but again, nothing you can't tolerate, and it has a gorgeous red colour from the clay, which also means that it is slightly messy, so personally I prefer to simply rinse it off in the shower!! And afterwards my skin is definitely feeling and looking clearer and brighter, with my skin less greasy and pores clearly refined.

But what were my overall thoughts on the skincare range… I have to say that I am really enjoying them. My skin is clearly loving the intense moisture, and thankfully it has tolerated it without breaking out, something it often does when exposed to new and rich skincare products. It did take a little getting used to that you have to apply the next step while the skin is still damp from the previous product. I do have quite a bit of increasing pigmentation and also more and more lines and wrinkles, and while neither has reduced dramatically, I can tell a difference and that my skin generally is looking and feeling softer, smoother and plumper, and dare I say also more radiant.

I've enjoyed using all the products, and they are definitely perfect to help combat any winter dryness, but come spring and summer when my skin again tends to become a little greasier, I could suspect that especially the moisturiser will become a little too rich and heavy for my skin.

The products come in stylish silver and white bottles with pumps that makes them easy to use too - and they look so stylish and luxurious, and I do love that the products are not only Aussie, but also free from all the nasties too. If you want to up your skin care this winter, then you really should check out these products.

HydroSkin 3 Step - RRP: $193 /Hydro Mist 150ml, HA Serum 30ml, C Moisturiser 50ml
HydroSkin Hydro Mist - RRP: $39 / 150ml
HydroSkin HA Serum - RRP: $79 / 30ml
HydroSkin C Moisturiser - RRP: $75 / 50ml
HydroSkin Cleanser - RRP: $35 / 120ml
HydroSkin Salt Scrub with Alaea Red Clay - RRP: $30 / 125g

Available from HydroSkin

* Products have been kindly provided for consideration, and have reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy. 


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