Wednesday 19 December 2018

Dermikelp Skincare Review*

I've become a bit of a skincare fanatic this year. After not really having a proper routine for such a long time, this year has been the one for stepping out of my comfort zone and really finding what works for me. Whilst I think I have it covered now when it comes to facial oils, make-up removers and my fave, face masks, I tend to change up which products I use in the shower all the time. Because I don't tend to stick to just one when it comes to shower gels and moisturisers, even haircare, I was thrilled to receive a few samples from Dermikelp to try out recently.
flatlay of the skincare samples, christmas props
Dermikelp are a relatively new brand which has been designed to be sensitive to the skin and sensitive to the environment. Each product they stock contains a high concentration of nutrient and mineral rich Sea Kelp which has been carefully harvested from the west coast of South Africa. A few good facts about this - divers only harvest mature stems by hand to ensure younger plants aren't damaged and this is only done every 2 years to allow the forest to fully regenerate. Also, no part of the kelp is wasted and their products aren't tested on animals which is so important to me and something I'm really keen on working on when it comes to which beauty products I choose in future.

I was sent one of their sample packs to try out so I could get a feel for the brand which includes a gentle cleansing body wash, a nourishing moisturising lotion, a cleansing shampoo and a hydrating conditioner.

Gentle Cleansing Body Wash - The first product I tried was the gentle cleansing body wash. Whilst indulging in a bit of a pamper evening and a relaxing soak, I thought it was the perfect time to try out some of the samples. The body wash has been specially formulated to clean and soothe itchy and irritated skin, something I've actually been suffering with a little recently. I'm not exactly sure why but I've found my skin has been a little bit irritable over the last few weeks so this was actually really lovely to use. The body wash lathered up in hot water really well and I did find it left my skin feeling much softer than before. I think if itchy skin was something I had frequently, this would be a great product to use often as it really was soothing and refreshing.Dermikelp gentle body wash
Nourishing Moisturising Lotion - After using the body wash, I applied some of the moisturising lotion which was such a nice change as I don't often make the time to apply a moisturiser or body butter anymore. Like the body wash, this lotion has also been formulated specially to help those with dry and itchy skin. It's supposed to re-hydrate, nourish and moisturise. Whilst I can't say I've noticed a massive difference since using this as it's only a small sample size, I did find my skin felt far softer than usual. There were also a few areas on my arms that had been a little itchy which were instantly soothed and far less irritable after applying this. A starter kit including this, the body wash and a soothing cream is currently £38.99.
Dermikelp moisturising lotion
Cleansing Shampoo & Hydrating Conditioner - Now onto the hair products, the cleansing shampoo and the hydrating conditioner. These two particular products are supposed to be ideal for everyday use as they gently cleanse without stripping the hair of any natural oils. I don't tend to wash my hair every single day as sometimes I find that actually makes it greasier and harder to manage but for those that do, these are a great option. As both have gentle formulas they're good if you colour your hair too but they are particularly soothing for those with dry and sensitive scalps. I've had quite a sensitive scalp for years now which I do find sometimes has an affect on the condition of my hair so I was really intrigued to see how these would work. Again, as they're on sample sizes I didn't get many uses out of them but going on the few times I did use them, I was really impressed. The shampoo felt really refreshing and the conditioner left my hair feeling soft and easy to brush through. I'd definitely be interested in trying both of these again in future and seeing how my hair takes to them over a longer period of time. A starter kit currently costs £24.99.
Dermikelp shampoo and conditioner
Overall, I've been pleasantly surprised by Dermikelp. As they are quite a new brand, I wasn't sure what to expect but each of the products have been lovely to use. I really did find the body wash and moisturiser soothing on my skin yet refreshing, ideal for the colder months I think and the hair products made a nice change from my usual brands. If you want to try any full size products from Dermikelp yourself, aswell as finding out more about their story, check out their website here for more.

Which skincare brand tends to be a go to of yours in the colder months?

*Products provided for the purpose of this post

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