This week has been super crazy! I finished my last finals of Naturopathic medical school (I can’t explain how happy I am). Now I only have a quarter of clinic and then a summer filled with studying for boards keeping me away from finally being an official ND! This also means, I’ll have a lot more time to give to my posts, so I’m really excited about that. The weekend after finals was Persian New Year’s, which means I hopped from house to house, saw tons of family, and had more rice than I would like to admit! It’s such a fun time for my family and I, but it’s definitely draining. My husband and I decided we needed a relaxing Sunday to follow all of the craziness so we chose to walk around the Lido Marina. If you live in the Orange County area you should definitely check it out. They have completely redone the area, added really cute stores, and a super cute new coffee shop which I’m all about!
Anyways, as we were walking around I noticed the most amazing botanical aroma and saw it was coming from a skin care store. Obviously, I had to go check it out and saw it was an Aesop store. I had passed Aesop before in LA on Abbot Kinney, but didn’t have time to go in, so I was excited to have time to browse the store that day. Guys ,this store is everything! It is simple and clean, filled with skin care, and smells delicious. The store also has a huge stone sink where you can sample and play with any of their products. I looked like a kid in a candy store, and my husband had to calm me down multiple times. There are a lot of “natural” skin care stores opening all over Southern California…like so many. It’s hard to know which are good quality and which are just trying to ride out this natural trend. Aesop is definitely here to stay. This Australian brand was created in 1987, and is still super successful, so they’re obviously doing something right. All of their products are plant based and made with high quality ingredients. Their packaging is extremely simple, and the Australian Country Manager of the company says it’s because they want all of the focus to be on the amazing product inside. Pretty cool! The company doesn’t spend money on typical marketing or celebrity endorsements, instead the funds go to research, product development, and trials. Basically, their focus is on creating the best quality product possible using botanical and man-made ingredients created in their labs. Apparently they don’t have to pay celebrities to talk about them, because people like Kourtney Kardashian love their products. She’s raved about them multiple times on her app (yes I paid for that…).
Naturally, I wanted to buy everything in the store, but I’ve been working on that (and I had my husband there help limit me ;)) I just ran out of my Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, which is my go to spot treatment along with the Kate Somerville Eradikate, so I decided to give their spot treatment a try. I was all for trying their Control Gel because it contains Niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3 that’s awesome for acne. It’s been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and can help to reduce oil production. Some studies have shown that it reduces redness and hyperpigmentation, making it great for those super annoying acne scars. I also decided to buy a hydrating mask, which is weird for me because I tend to always gravitate towards drying or anti-blemish masks. I already have a lot of those types of masks so spending money on another didn’t seem like the best decision. Also, I’ve also started trying some at home microdermabrasion, so I thought a soothing mask would be great post-micro. I’ll have a blog post about the PMD at home Microdermabrasion system soon!
Here are the products I purchased:
Blue chamomile facial hydrating mask: “Aqueous gel facial masque formulated with soothing, nourishing botanicals to leave skin feeling refreshed, softened and replenished.”- Aesop website
I have used this three times since purchasing and I’m obsessed! It has such a fresh scent, and feels cooling and soothing on the skin. Unlike a lot of other hydrating masks, this one is super light and has a gel like consistency. The consultant at the store said it is great for acne prone skin, because it hydrates, purifies, and helps uneven skin tone and texture…I was instantly sold! I followed the directions on the bottle and left it on for 30 minutes. My skin definitely looked more even and plump after, so I’m not complaining.
Control Gel: “This gel formulation contains an impressive list of ingredients known for their astringent and soothing properties. Effective without stripping or dehydrating the skin.”- Aesop website
I think I might have found my new go-to spot treatment. I have tried everything, and I’m not exaggerating. From drug store, to high-end, to small little brands from different skin spas. I’m so picky, because I have stubborn pimples and only certain things work for my skin. One thing that’s also hard is that my last favorite was pink. It wasn’t as big of a deal when I lived alone, but after moving in with my husband I started feeling bad about leaving pink spots on our new bedding. A lot of my other spot treatments contain benzoyl peroxide, which works great, but can be really irritating to the skin. It also bleaches colored fabrics…I definitely ruined a lot of the towels and bedding we received as wedding gifts which sucked. It’s also really thick and balls up under makeup, so it’s hard to use it in the morning. The point of all of this is to say that I really love that this is a clear gel. It doesn’t stain or spot your bedding or towels, and it wears great under makeup so it can also be used in the morning! So far I’m loving this product. I’m about to start my period and have one of those super painful and massive cystic pimples on my cheek. I’ve been applying this three times a day and it’s probably 1/4 of the size after one day…which is great!
So far I’m loving these products I’m really excited to try more of their products in the future! Have any of you tried Aesop before? If so, what did you think?