Don’t get me wrong. I still believe in the ritualistic effect an elaborate skincare routine has. But over time, I’ve come to realize that going back to basics is important. You only really need a solid basic routine with an addition of your needed actives (retinol, vitamin C, etc.), and you’re good to go. So that’s what I’ve been trying to do. And in my current rotation is the Althea Bare Essentials set.
What’s in the Althea Bare Essentials set?
Since they’re the essentials, the kit consists of a cleanser, a toner and a moisturizer. (I wish they squeezed in a sunscreen to call it a day, but it might come in the future. Who knows?) They come in frosted white packaging that’s chicly basic and super clean. Love it!
I’ve been trying the line for a week now. Although it might not be enough to decide whether these would be staples in my kit, I thought I’d share my early impressions on them.
The Althea Bare Essentials Contour Cleanser is a cream cleanser that’s a bit dense in consistency. It’s similar to Pond’s cleansers. It lathers up nicely, although the foam is quite thick. I noticed it has capsule-like particles, which burst onto the skin when massaged. It has a nice refreshing scent, too, and it gives a slight cooling effect to the skin. It has ice plant that’s said to be great for calming the skin and lemon verbena leaf that’s rich in vitamin C.
I use a teensy bit of this with my Foreo Luna Mini 2 and I get a squeaky clean feeling after I rinse it off. I understand how some people might not like this because it doesn’t leave the face feeling moisturized. But I’m liking it so far. They say you can use it as a mask, too, but I’ve yet to try doing it.
The second step in the Althea Bare Essentials routine is the Primer Water. It’s like a toner and essence in one that helps balance the skin’s pH after cleansing and prepares it for the moisturizer. This one reminds me a bit of THEFACESHOP’s Rice Ceramide Moisturizing Toner, only this is a bit thicker.
It has a tea-like scent to it that I love. It also has snow lotus that’s said to be great for smoothening the skin’s texture and brightening. It also contains a “dewdrop” formula that rejuvenates the skin and moisturizes it. I can’t say for certain that this has helped in brightening my complexion or smoothing out my skin’s texture (because I use retinoid), but it’s definitely great for moisturizing the skin.
The last product in the regimen is the Fixer Cream. It’s a lightweight cream that promises to pack a lot of moisture. I’m happy to report that the claim is true. It truly is lightweight and hydrating. This soap-smelling cream has trehalose that’s said to be great at trapping moisture in the skin. It also contains antioxidant-rich wild green tea and extra-hydrating Baobab Tree extract.
I’m liking this so far, too. My only gripe is that it doesn’t have a spatula. Of course I can just use a cotton bud, but just think of how many I’d waste. I can also just use my fingers, making sure they’re clean. But I think products in jars should just always come with a scooper for ease of use (and lesser chance of contamination).
The verdict on the Althea Bare Essentials set
Overall, I’m pleased with my experience with the Althea Bare Essentials set so far and will continue to use it. Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what you think!
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