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Friday, April 11, 2014

The Organic Pharmacy Manuka Face Cream

Skincare, as it exists, is already annoying. Actually, let me rephrase that: my skin, itself, is very annoying. It's a true puzzle, in which the pieces are consistently changing, and, chances are, one piece that once fit no longer does. In practicality, my skin is a combination, dehydrated, acne prone, easily scarred racket. To cure the mess, I somehow sorted that slapping on thick creams to cure my moisture-seeking dermis was the best bet, but I'll admit that it didn't do much to normalize my combination skin. In fact, I ignorantly thought that my skin was rather "normal," until I found this moisturizer.

The Organic Pharmacy Manuka Face Cream is a "balancing light moisturizer," formulated for "blemished and congested skin," but also calming, antiseptic, normalizing, and flake reducing. Within the first sentence of the packaging, this cream was already out of my comfort zone. But the lovely Abby Fazio insisted that I give it a try. So, I did, slowly pushing its seventy-six dollar price tag over to the cashier. And when I was within two steps of a sink, I washed my faee, then slapped this on. Although, this isn't the jar you shove your fingers in to dish out the product. What do you think the tiny, white spatula is for? And this was the first plus; all potted moisturizers should come with these germ saviors. Perhaps the most surprising effect, though, was when I woke up the following morning, spots diminished (if not gone) and chin congestion subsided. The drawback, though, was that my face felt rather tight--a desperate cry for moisture, perhaps. My cheeks were a little redder, as well (in their true Rudolph fashion), but, I went through the day and realized that I was willing to make those sacrifices, for an excess oil-free day had officially been inaugurated.

With aloe, honey, marigold, rosehip, tea tree, jojoba, and, notably, manuka (the antiseptic), this moisturizer is a true wonder for oily, combination, or acne prone skin. But I still haven't released the true profundity that this moisturizer holds. I was wrong. I failed in my skin assessment, piling on those thick creams--sometimes even balms--to aid my complexion in its journey to a better place. In reality, I don't think I even came to this assessment until last week (a good fourteen days after the first application of this moisturizer) when I slapped on hydrating masks to send my skin to a less awkward-feeling state--to subside the redness and tightness. What happened? Spots, spots, and more spots, and these were the painful, under the skin ones, too; it hurt to even move my mouth. Nonetheless, I slapped myself in the face and used just this moisturizer and a cleanser to mend my complexion once more. And, within eight hours, my spots had diminished again, and, this time, there was, luckily, no Rudolph side effect and it hasn't risen since, either.

I hate being wrong, but sometimes it's essential on the road to better skin. I'd rather have the latter, anyway. And especially because I think I've found my new holy grail moisturizer; you don't hear that phrase coming from me, often.

18 comments :

  1. Ah I have exactly those problems. I've recently started using Pai and was surprised at how quickly my skin changed for the better. However, I'm still searching for THE serum of all serums... Lovely post, you're writing is really eloquent :)

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  2. This sounds brilliant, I must try it, though the price tag is a bit steep... Currently I'm dealing with minor bumps on the skin and congested pores so I think this would be perfect. Is it scented at all?

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  3. Mademoiselle natureApril 11, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Organic Pahramcy is really a brand that I want to explore more. They have really a lot to offer! x

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  4. Have you considered using more humectant moisturizers as opposed to emollient ones? This moisturizer appears to contain some glycerin, and I understand that it seems to work for you, but if it doesn't moisturize your face properly, you might end up irritating your skin. If you really love this cream, you might want to consider adding a hyaluronic acid– or glycerin-rich serum so you're adding moisture back into the skin without oil. My absolute favorite is Hydraluron, but Caudalie's Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching serum is a decent substitute until Indeed Labs finally gets its head on straight and brings that Hydraluron goodness to our fair shores.

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  5. The product sounds great... I don't think this line is carried in Canada. However, i find that this sounds a l o t more promising than something like the Skin Rescuer (which I still feel major regret for). Congrats on finding your new holy grail moisturizer. I can't get over how pleasant/amazing the ingredients sound for it!

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  6. I love anything with Manuka Honey in it... but am I willing to give up my plethora of serums and heavy night creams when I seem to do well with 'em? No, not really!
    Maybe in the morning...
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  7. I really need to try this, I love the Antipodes Manuka honey mask, I have a few products with calendula and Manuka honey in and my skin loves these two ingredients this moisturiser sounds so good :) x

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  8. Merci, merci. It's quite surprising: I never thought I'd go for a moisturizer for oily skin. I've tried both Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair and had some luck. At the moment, though, I'm trying the Indeed Labs Pepta-Bright and I'm enjoying it. x

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  9. Ah, yes--the price. I think some REN options could be just as effective. As for the bumps, manual exfoliation twice a week really helped me; I may do a post on it. This cream is slightly scented, like tea tree, but it's not artificially fragranced and doesn't contain the epic "parfum." x

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  10. I know--makeup, skincare, and body care. Ah! x

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  11. Wow--thanks for the tip. I never really thought of that. I'm using Indeed Labs Pepta-Bright as a serum right now, and, as far as I'm aware from the ingredients, it does contain a bit of a humectant, but exploring Hydraluron or the Caudalie Serum is something I'm more than willing to try. Do you have any suggestions for humectant moisturizers? x

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  12. Ah, thanks. Surprisingly enough, I slapped on the Kiehl's Skin Rescuer last night to see how it helped my skin--I think I wrote it off without much testing--and i'm actually quite pleased. x

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  13. Ha! I don't blame you. x

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  14. I have the Antipodes Mask, too, and Manuka Honey seems to work wonders for my skin. x

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  15. Both the Estée Lauder and Indeed Labs serums are on my wishlist, I've just splashed out on the REN Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum thanks to Caroline Hirons' constant rave reviews of the stuff and so far so good! x

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  16. Pepta-Bright is some good stuff!


    I'd definitely recommend those serums, and I've heard good things about the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense. It's oil-free, so it's supposedly not as heavy as it sounds. One of my friends with oily-combination skin loves it. It contains both glycerin and sodium hyaluronate.

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  17. I'll have to snatch a sample of that. Actually, I've been using the Kiehl's Skin Resucer lately and the second ingredient in that is glycerin and, whoah, my skin is much better. I think I'll try using it at night and this one in the mornings. You're a skincare goddess! x

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  18. Ooh, I've heard good things about the Skin Rescuer!


    You're so sweet. ^_^ Thank you!

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