Skincare Review: Georgette Klinger Honey Cleansing Gel and Charcoal Drying Lotion

A few months back, Georgette Klinger sent me these products to try.

The Honey Cleansing Gel ($24) promises to cleanse, soothe, and detoxify the skin using honeysuckle extract, chamomile extract, and marula oil. Following the name of this cleanser, it smells and feels like honey upon application. It was weird, yes, like a sticky serum but for cleansing. I prefer my cleansing to be in a foam form and I want them lightweight. I also want them to not leave a film after cleanser so I didn’t reach for this often.

I rarely get blemishes but I do get them. When I do, I need something to quickly zap and heal them. I used the Charcoal Drying Lotion ($19), which is an overnight spot treatment that unclogs pores and treats inflammation and irritation using salicylic acid, activated charcoal, zinc oxide, sulfur, camphor, calamine, and white willow bark.

With my fair share of drying lotion experiences, I expected this product to deliver fast and best results. The formula was what got me pumped up because I know for sure what charcoal can do to my oily skin. The smell was strong but bearable. The texture is just like any other drying lotion. There was a mild throbbing tingle when I first swabbed this on my skin. I found that this works best when the blemish isn’t in its full form yet. It takes about three days for this to flatten inflammation and redness. For full-blown zits, and acne patch after applying this would best help quicken healing.

The Georgette Klinger Honey Cleansing Gel and Charcoal Drying Lotion were provided by @georgetteklinger. Available at georgetteklinger.com

Skincare Review: Nektar Botanicals Black Tourmaline Detox Mask, Hibiscus Antioxidant Glow Mask, Cactus Flower Radiance Elixir

Something about using Nektar Botanicals makes me feel like I’m really taking care of my skin. It must be the all-natural ingredients, coupled with the fact that their products just straight up feels nice on my face.

As someone who loves masks, I got excited to get two masks from a brand. When I want to strip off all the impurities that have built up over the past few days, I lather on the Black Tourmaline Detox Mask.

Made with activated charcoal, spirulina, dandelion root, and white willow bark among other ingredients, this face mask never fails to make my skin feel a lot cleaner and detoxified.

And when I want to rejuvenate my skin, the Hibiscus Antioxidant Glow Mask has become my go-to. It’s made with french pink clay, goji berry powder, marshmallow root powder, raw cacao, and other natural ingredients. The mask wakes my skin up, giving it a kick when it starts to feel dull and lifeless.

What I like the most about these masks is how well they work together. I used both alternately and noticed how my skin got much smoother, to add to the fresh and clean feeling it left. The rough texture around my face was gone, and so were the random blemishes that had been bothering me.

Outside of the clay masks, their Cactus Flower Radiance Elixir promises youthful-looking skin without fine lines, texture, and wrinkles. It did a fine job, but the scent was very strong and smelled too much of plant extracts. This meant that I couldn’t use it for too long without being bothered by the smell. Maybe those who weren’t too sensitive to strong scents would like it more.

Out of the three, I enjoyed using the masks the most as they are gentle, detoxifying, and a joy to use.

The Nektar Botanicals Black Tourmaline Detox Mask, Hibiscus Antioxidant Glow Mask, Cactus Flower Radiance Elixir were provided by @nektarbotanicals.

Brand Overview: Oh+August

Promising to strengthen, brighten, and soothe tired, stressed skin without irritation, Oh+August create skincare products that are #crueltyfree and #vegan. Their products are also formulated without parabens, sulfates, silicones, gluten, talc, and carcinogen.

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Surprisingly made in a watery texture, the Detoxifying Charcoal Mask ($60) aims to cleanse the skin, eliminate dirt and oil, and minimize pores using activated charcoal and kaolin clay. On my first try, the #facemask gave off a burning sensation. I thought it was just normal, but after removing the mask, my face got red and I had bumps on the next day. I got the same result when I gave it a second try. So, this mask might be a little strong for me.

The CC Serum ($60) has that runny and quick-absorbing consistency that I always enjoy. It promises to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkle, improve firmness, reduce discoloration, and even the tone of the skin using vitamin c and citrus stem cells. After a month of use, this has lightened the dark spots on my face and left it radiant. I also like how it left my skin hydrated yet not oily. Despite me not seeing its firming benefits, this is a good option for those who have #oilyskin and are looking for their first #vitamincserum for brightening.

Made with shea butter and vitamin e, the Lip Balm ($10) works to smooth, nourish, moisturize, protect, and heal dry lips. This is a typical #lipbalm that you can’t go wrong with. If you’re a fan of shea butter, you should go for this.

Advocating skincare for a cause, Oh+August supports the rescue and foster of unwanted pets by contributing a portion of their profits quarterly to a variety of animal rescue organizations.

These Oh+August products were provided by @ohandaugust. Available at ohandaugust.com