When I was in my early teens, my skincare routine pretty much consisted of Clearasil and whatever I could steal from my mum's bedroom shelves. However, for those more skin savvy than teenage Milly, Elemis have a range of Freshskin products, specially formulated for young skin from teens to early twenties. All the products have active raw ingredients in, and are free of some of the nasties like parabens and alcohol that you sometimes find in other skincare ranges. I had a bit of a test of some of the products, and here are my thoughts...
Peachy Perfect Gentle Face Wash, RRP £12 (100ml)*
The face wash is very gentle, and feels calming on the skin - but still with a real feel of being fully cleansed. It has a barely-there clean, pleasant scent, and I'm a big fan of products having pumps, as it's much easier to dispense. Although the price is more than I'd usually pay for a face wash, I was amazed at how tiny an amount you need to use to really get a lather out of it, so the bottle will last me absolutely ages, making it decent value for what you're paying! It's definitely gentle enough to use on a twice-daily basis, and I felt that the chicory, elderflower and lemon ingredients invigorated my skin.
Softly Softly Daily Moisturiser, RRP £20 (50ml)*
The Softly Softly Daily moisturiser is a non-greasy product, enriched with the likes of seaweed, rosehip oil and sweet almond oil to soothe and soften skin. Like the face wash, it comes with a pump dispenser, and again, you only need to use a little bit. The scent is similarly clean and fresh, but a bit creamier (is creamier a way to describe a scent?!), like any other high-end moisturiser. It did feel slightly tightening on application, but at the same time my skin felt moisturised and softer overall.
Deep Clean Purifying & Magical Moisture Quenching Face Masks, RRP £15 (6 x 7ml sachets)*
The Deep Clean Purifying mask is a clay mask, aimed at rebalancing and, quite obviously, deep cleansing skin. After applying the sachet, you leave on for 10 minutes as it solidifies, then rinse off (I used a muslin cloth to help with this bit!). I really felt it having an effect on my skin, which looked brighter and clearer after I used it. The Magical Moisture Quenching mask felt a lot more like a moisturising mask, about the consistency of hair conditioner, and has white lupin, arctic cranberry seed and apple extracts. Although I preferred the Deep Clean mask slightly (I'm a big fan of clay masks as they have that REALLY WORKING feel to them), I did find that this one really did a good job of quenching my skin with moisture, and as with all the products had a very light, clean scent. It's just a shame the masks don't come in tubes - although the single-use sachets are handy, I do prefer masks in tubes as I find the same amount tends to last me longer.
Overall, I think the range has a great selection of products for a basic skincare range, and an introduction to looking after your skin from a young age. Although the prices are higher than what I think I'd have paid as a teenager, the range is great for those new to skincare and I can definitely see parents buying this for their children as an 'introduction to skincare' type present. Elemis also do a Freshskin Discovery Kit, featuring taster sizes of the face wash, exfoliating face wash, day and night moisturisers and Deep Clean face mask, which would make a lovely gift for a younger relative, as well as anyone looking for a simple yet effective gentle range of the basic products
The range is available from FeelUnique (although I've also found the Discovery Kit for £15.99 rather than £19.99 at SalonSkincare!). For more about the range and the other products, visit the Elemis Freshskin page.
What skincare products do/did you use as a teenager?
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