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Today, I just wanted to run through some new affordable indie and drugstore-available skincare launches. It's not some super in-depth review (like my more high-end post with lots of actives that took me months and months to try out was), more of a whistle-stop tour, but I thought it would be fun to do something a little more off-the-cuff, so let me know if you enjoy...
Next up I have a brand new range by UK, Gen Z mid-priced skincare brand Scientia. And how cute is the packaging? This line is targeted at problematic and teenage skin. The first product here is the Scientia Pure Clarity Deep Clean PHA Cleanser* | £24. I was a bit hesitant when I saw this was described as 'deep clean' as that sounded like code for 'stripping' to me. One thing I was a fan of is that this is formulated with PHAs, which are a gentle, actually very hydrating acid exfoliant class. They actually work on more of a surface level to smooth the skin and take care of dry patches. This has a clear gel texture and it does lather lightly, but I was surprised that this wasn't at all drying and actually left my skin quite soft and hydrated after use. I went to have a look at the ingredients and actually there's a lot of good hydrators and soothers in there, so I'm not surprised it worked so well for my dehydrated skin: we have squalane, aloe, rosewater and panthenol. There's also niacinamide to calm and smooth the skin (plus help with oil production in the skin) and green tea for it's antioxidant benefits (it is a wash-off treatment so there are limits to what this product can do, but you can still glean some of these benefits). We even have succinic acid in here which is a newer-generation ingredient. There's not a ton of research on it but I'm interested to find out more about its benefits. Overall a surprisingly impressive cleanser that isn't drying but gives a mild exfoliation.
Next up we have the Scientia Pure Clarifying PHA Skin Tonic* | £24. I personally don't think you need both products: if you use other exfoliators in your routine then go for the cleanser, if you want something stronger and leave-on then I'd go for this option. This is fragrance-free, which is great, and its main ingredients are the PHAs, niacinamide, succinic acid, castor oil (to ensure this feels moisturising) and aloe. This is really gentle, it's not at all irritating on my skin and I'd recommend it for people who have sensitive skin or those who (like me) use a lot of other actives and can't be hitting the glycolic on the daily. It softens and smooths my skin and never dries it out. I really loved using this.
Lastly, we have the Pure Clarity Targeted Blemish Paste* | £16. I've been a bit cold on blemish pastes because most of them are very drying and have drying alcohols as their second, or sometimes even first ingredient. I often find that these products cause more harm long-term by causing hyperpigmentation from drying out the blemish in this way. However, this is a little different (kind of like the one Plenaire do) in that it's a paste, not something sat in alcohol (this does contain benzyl alcohol but it's over halfway down the INCI list). You just take a cotton bud, dip it in and apply it to the spot (I tend to do this when I'm just home for the day, as overnight these sorts of products can rub off on my bedding). There's salicylic acid in here, its precursor: willow bark, glycerin (to stave off any drying), clay (to remove excess oil) and zinc (to calm the area). I find this works really well at reducing redness and inflammation. If you have a big spot, it might take a couple of applications to shift it, but I would far rather that than dry out my skin.
Have you tried any of these products, or have any of them caught your eye?