Friday, 14 May 2010
Bakel skin care review
The Q10 B5 formula is designed to calm sensitive skin. I've been using it alone at night, and underneath my sunscreen in the morning. I haven't been using any other serums, although my sunscreen is also a treatment product (either the Sarah Chapman spf 15 or the Chantecaille spf 30.)
My skin has definitely been less prone to flushing over the course of the month; I've experienced less redness if I go from a cold temperature into a warm room, for example. I like the texture very much; the first ingredient in this product is aloe vera, and it's a light gel texture that sinks in quickly. I did find at times that my skin still felt a bit tight in the evening without any other moisturiser; I applied samples of either the P-Lipic or the Vit E-A formulas over the top.
The Q10 B5 formula was not moisturising enough for my eye area, and pretty quickly I started using my Sarah Chapman eye cream again. I could have used the Vit E-A in my eye area, but as I already had an eye cream that I like very much I opted for that instead.
I did find the formula particularly good on the handful of nights during the month when I'd been out; it is very quick to apply and I found that my skin didn't look as grotty as I'd usually expect it to after a late night with some booze.
I'm not convinced by the 100% active ingredients claim. In my opinion, these formulas do have carrying agents. I could stretch to aloe gel being an active just about, but water? Water isn't an ingredient that I'd pay £80 for if it was all a product contained and it is the first ingredient in the Jaluronic and the Malic formulas. I don't have a particular issue with that, as the carrying ingredients used are ones that don't cause problems for my skin, but I think that the 100% active ingredients claim could be questioned on this basis.
Summary - very good product, I like it a lot, but I'm not quite convinced enough to spend £80 to buy it myself. I've just bought the Elemental Herbology Cell Food Serum to use instead, and I'll see how I get on with that. If you have incredibly sensitive skin that reacts to most products, or if you are specifically looking for formulations without a huge list of ingredients, then it may be worth trying Bakel.
Disclosure: product was provided without charge for consideration for review.