Trying Herbal Essentials Skincare For The First Time

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I'm sure by now you'll know that I love trying out and testing new skincare products and brands I've never tried before. In this post, I'm talking about Herbal Essentials who are a cruelty-free Himalayan inspired skincare brand. Their products are quite straight to the point which I really like and they're on the pretty-affordable side and easily accessible but I'll talk about that later in the post. 

The PR company who look after Herbal Essentials kindly sent over four products for me to try out for myself. First up is the Foaming Face Wash with Ginger & White Lily extracts RRP £18* which I'll admit, I thought I probably wouldn't get along with just because I rarely get on with foam face washes as they tend to either dry out my skin and make it flaky or make my skin feel really tight after using them. But I was pleasantly surprised with the Foaming Face Wash from Herbal Essentials because it didn't upset my skin at all. It's soap-free which I think is what makes a big difference and it's just a really nice face wash to use in the morning. It also has a fresh, gentle scent which I like. I haven't used it as a makeup remover because I feel like if you want to take makeup off really effectively then an oil-based product is the best way to go but they do claim it can effectively remove makeup as well. But I personally like using it as a morning face wash and I would pick it up again for that alone. It's literally the first foaming face wash I've come across in a while which doesn't cause me any issues. 

Next up is the Firming Eye Gel with Sodium Hyaluronate and Aloe Vera RRP £28*. Now I'm almost 26 I'm really trying to crack down and make sure I use eye gels and creams daily. The Firming Eye Gel is suitable for all skin types which is great and it's just a really nice refreshing, lightweight eye gel. I don't think I've seen any dramatic improvements whilst using it but I do think it's a good one to just wake up your under eyes first thing in the morning and I've found it's a good product to pop on when my eyes are feeling tired from staring at my laptop screen for too long when I'm working. If you're trying to move away from using single-use under-eye gel patches then this would be a good alternative and you could even pop it in your fridge to make it nice and cold. I do like the Firming Eye Gel and I would potentially pick it up again but my favourite eye serum from Transformulas is less than £10 more and I do feel like I see and feel more of a difference when I use that over the Herbal Essentials offering.

They also have a Gentle Renewal Scrub RRP £12* which is a physical facial exfoliant containing Walnut Shell Powder, Kaolin, Shea Butter and Honey. I was a little apprehensive when I saw it contains walnut shell powder because it usually means that it's a really gritty exfoliator. However, it definitely lives up to its name and is more of a gentle exfoliator. It's formulated with pure Himalayan Spring Water and is also high in essential minerals, such as Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium which all help to boost skin renewal like the rest of their products. I think it's a great exfoliator to pick up if your skin is sensitive or is just going through a sensitive spell. Even my mum who has really sensitive skin has tried this and liked it and her skin is really awkward to cater for usually. 

Lastly is the Nourishing Cream RRP £20* which is aimed at normal to dry skin types. It contains nourishing Apricot Kernal Oil, Aloe Vera and Sweet Almond Oil. I was expecting this to be a little bit too much for my oilier skin type because products which are described as nourishing tend to be on the heavier side and I also just prefer to use a gel moisturiser these days. However, I've found it works fine with my skin type and I really like how it's in a pump bottle too. The cream isn't heavy like I thought it would be and it doesn't take ages to sink into my skin which is great because I hate my skin feeling tacky whilst products sink in. It is a moisturiser I'll reach for more when my skin is having a more "normal" day and when I'm not breaking out but I do like it and I think it's a good price. 

You can pick up Herbal Essentials products from their website and they offer free UK delivery if you spend over £25.

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