If you’re not familiar with Ultraceuticals, do yourself a favour and get acquainted with the Australian professional grade brand. The products are cruelty free, and also free from all the harsh chemical ingredients such as propylene glycol, parabens, synthetic dyes or synthetic fragrances.
With my combination skin prone to breakouts, it is essential for me to cleanse my skin very thoroughly, and I’ve been loving the Ultraceuticals Ultra Balancing Gel Cleanser, which has been designed for normal to oily skin types. This cleanser promises to cleanse the skin and remove makeup and impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. And while I did find it efficient with removing makeup, personally I’ve loved it as a second cleanse (sometimes with my Clairsonic or Foreo too). That way the added ingredients of Aloe Vera, Cucumber and Oat Kernel Extracts , along with the salicylic acid helps clean my skin deep down every single pore, washing away excess oil, and helping to keep my skin softer, smoother and clearer and brighter as well, and all without leaving my skin feeling tight or dry.
Then there’s the Ultraceuticals Ultra B2 Hydrating Serum, which is an oil-free serum suitable for all skin types. It contains Provitamin B5 (Panthenol) and Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) combined with high levels of Hyaluronic Acid to synergistically help restore vital moisture balance and provide long lasting hydration. It also helps support the skin’s lipid barrier function and restore critical hydration levels within the skin, and thereby also helps to plump and reduce fine lines and wrinkles
While my skin again is combination, and I generally do not feel it lacks in the moisture department, it does tend to get drier in the cooler months of the year. I was initially a little scared that it would make my skin congested and cause it to breakout, but in actual fact I feel that it has somehow helped normalise the oil production, making it feel less greasy. And within days of using the Ultraceuticals Ultra B2 Hydrating Serum, my skin is left softer and smoother, and dare I say more glowing and thus youthful too. The serum comes in an a convenient pump bottle and it take just a few drops twice a day before your usual moisturiser.
The Ultraceuticals MD Ultimate Red-Action Moisturiser is a moisturiser developed to help address the major skin concerns of ageing and pigmentation, by supporting the skin’s essential lipid barrier function and Natural Moisturising Factor. The cream contains among others vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), and plankton extract which have been shown through clinical study to help reduce the appearance of facial redness associated with photo-ageing and sensitive skin. Now I don’t have either sensitive skin, nor feel I am plagued with facial redness – but what I do have, is skin that is showing signs of photo-ageing, so I still happily put it to the test, but naturally cannot really speak of the true effects of this skin in regards to redness. I found the cream slightly too thick for me to use during the day, so have only been using it at night. And I have enjoyed seeing it add lots of extra moisture into my skin, leaving my skin feeling and looking soft and smooth.
I always struggle finding a good SPF that doesn’t make my skin break out, which one of my reasons why I am not only loving the Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Mattifying Daily Moisturiser SPF50, but its the best sunscreen I’ve ever used on my troublesome skin also as unlike many other sunscreens, it doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or shiny, but actually has a mattifying effect, and it doesn’t leave that dreaded white cast on the skin either.
The sunscreen has a massive SPF50+ to protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, which I really love. I also love that it has added anti-ageing ingredients such as odium Hyaluronate, Panthenol and Niacinamide to support the skin’s lipid barrier function and help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven texture and loss of firmness. The light cream, absorbs quickly into the skin, and due to being non-greasy its perfect for using under makeup too. It comes in an easy to use pump tube in a huge 100ml tube – which I do feel justifies the slightly higher price – only issue is that you’ll have to use it up within 6months of opening, so personally I’d probably prefer a tube half the size to ensure the freshness.
These products are truly lovely, and I am so hooked on especially the cleanser and the SPF and know I’ll be wanting to repurchase these again and again when they run out. And being so impressed with these products, I am also very keen to explore more of their huge product range.
Ultraceuticals Ultra Balancing Gel Cleanser – RRP: $52 / 200ml
Ultraceuticals B2 Hydrating Serum – $89 / 30ml
Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF50+ – RRP: $72 / 100ml
Available from David Jones and Ultraceuticals and select salons and stockists
Ultraceuticals MD Ultimate Red-Action Moisturiser – Available from select salons only