Monday, January 14, 2013

Review - Relogy Natural Acne Treatment

In December I received the Relogy Acne Treatment System to try out. I was really looking forward to trying this since it's made using natural ingredients without the drying that some other acne treatments have. It also offers a unique no rinse formula that no other acne system offers. I wanted to give this a thorough review so I used it exclusively for 30 days. Below is a breakdown of each product I used and my thoughts. 


Relogy Rinse Free Foam

Ingredients: Rinse-Free Foam Acne Treatment:  Water, Salicylic Acid (from Willow Tree Bark), Benzalkonium Chloride, Sodium Laurel Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Clycoside, Sorbitol, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, PEG-75, Meadownfoam Oil, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methyl Paraben, Propl Paraben, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (orange) Extract, FD&C Blue #1. 

What they say:  Relogy's Rinse-Free Foam penetrates deep into the skin's surface to start clearing acne immediately, while soothing naturals promote a healing, redness reducing, anti-inflammatory effects. Tough on acne bacteria, this product is still gentle, smells great, and feels silky on your skin.  And, it's 100% benzoyl-peroxide free! 

My thoughts: First off let's discuss the smell. I can't quite place it, but it smells kind of like a cleaning product but not really at the same time. I just can't quite describe it, because the smell isn't offensive in any way and smells clean and nice, but just not MY favorite scent. Of course this is completely subjective, so you may like it. 

Relogy states you can use the foam as a cleanser and rinse it away or you can leave it on. I found this an interesting concept, but wasn't sure how I felt about not rinsing away a cleanser. I recently started using Sulfate Free Shampoos, and the 4th ingredient in this is Sodium Laurel Sulfate. This is what makes it foamy. My hair has been so ridiculously healthy since making the switch, it makes me wonder whether I should eliminate this ingredient from all products that touch my skin. So the fact that it is one of the main ingredients in this product AND I can leave it on my skin, made me a little hesitant. But since all my other cleansers to date have SLS as an ingredient, I figured I would use it but just rinse it away. I did this for the first two weeks. And then after a particularly bad break out, I decided to not rinse it away and the results from one day to the next were rather impressive! The acne wasn't completely gone, but pretty darn good. I feel this product definitely reduced the size of the acne and reduced the redness. I am impressed! Smell aside, this is a great product, I plan on keeping on hand.


100% Natural Skin Balancing Lotion


Ingredients:  purified water, certified organic coconut oil, certified organic jojoba, emulsifying wax, glycerin, certified organic coconut milk, allantion, phenoxyethanal.  



What they say: 100% Natural Skin Balancing Lotion is the ultimate side-effect preventer, keeping your skin soft, with just the right level of hydration for smooth, healthy, glowing skin.   

My thoughts: Let's discuss the smell again. Talk about a 360 degree difference! This smells like coconuts! I'm not talking that fake coconut lotion smell (which I also love). I am talking about the real deal, break open a coconut, take a whiff and ahhh smell!  So again this is MY personal take on the scent. But OMG! I love how this smells. It makes me hungry and thirsty every time I use it, which could be a downside, but I just love it. 

How did it perform? Well I tried the Rinse Free Foam with the lotion and without so I could see if I could tell the difference between each product. I feel that the Rinse Free Foam works great with or without the balancing lotion. My skin needs moisture, so the balancing lotion was perfect. I really like how smooth it makes my skin feel and how it smells. I don't feel it added to the effectiveness of the Rinse Free Foam. It doesn't claim to be a moisturizer, but it feels just like one, so I treated it as such.  I believe that everyone should apply moisturizer at least twice a day regardless of age. So this is a great bonus product. On the downside, at 38 I am all about anti aging moisturizers and moisturizers with sun screen. This product has neither benefits to it. I would love them to add a few more products to the line that offer these benefits. But if anti aging is not a concern for you, then this is a great basic moisturizer to use. 

Targeted Spot Treatment with Seaweed Extract

Ingredients: Water, Glycereth-18, Glycereth-18 Ethylhexanoate, Ethoxydiglycol, Salicylic Acid, Lactobacillus/Bean Seed Extract/Sodium Glutamate Ferment Filtrate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Hydrolyzed Chondrus Crispus (seaweed) Extract, Menthol, Bisabolol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanolm Ethylhexylglycerin

What they say: Targeted Spot Treatment Uses seaweed extract from the Chondrus Crispus plant, gathered from the icy waters along the rugged coastal regions of the North Atlantic.  It is also used as a natural exfoliate to remove dead skin cells, which can block pores.  Lactobacillus/Bean Seed Extract is a pro-biotic used for its anti-inflammatory properties.  Rosemary Leaf Extract is known to protect skin cells, fight signs of aging and the formation of dark spots.  The effect of stress and toxins on skin are lessened by Rosemary Leaf, as it safeguards a protective protein known as HSP70.  Tea Tree Leaf Oil offers a natural, skin-friendly way to clear acne due to its antiseptic properties for treating wounds and preventing infections, and Salicylic Acid, made from Willow Tree Bark, provides an extremely effective and targeted treatment for acne spots and can improve the look and feel of the skin. 

My thoughts: I loved this. The ingredients are great, and it did exactly what it said it would. I could just apply this to a specific spot and see results the next day. I tried this on it's own without the other products and loved to see how well it worked. I usually dab Tea Tree Oil as a spot treatment, but Juan hates the smell, this has the benefit of Tea Tree Oil with some other great ingredients and is scent free. Combined with the other products, this is amazing. I added this as a final step when using together with the other two products. 

I had a particularly bad flare up so I took a quick pic of the before Day 1 and After Day 2 just using the Rinse Free Foam applied at night. I washed my face with the foam and then followed it up with dabbing the foam on the spots where the acne flared up. The second photo is the next day when I woke up. 
Before: the photo didn't capture just how bad this is. I have about 5 spots across my forehead between my eyebrows. They were tiny and very very red. I have another on my nose and to the side of my nose. My skin is usually pretty good, so these spots become very noticeable to me.


You can see how the acne shrank and is no longer red in just one night! The acne is still there, but barely visable. 

Final Thoughts: I really liked this system. I like that it is made using natural ingredients and it is simple to use. I'm seriously impressed by the Rinse Free Foam. Side note: I recently saw another blogger who has been using the system and will be doing a review soon and I had no idea she was using this product. But she has struggled with acne and has been looking for that magic product. When I saw her, the first thing I noticed was how amazing her skin looked! her acne was clearing up and she was just glowing! I told her how great I thought her skin looked and that's when she told me she was using this product and how much she loved it. She's in her early 20's and not concerned with anti aging in her products just yet, so this is perfect for her. I'll post once her review is up so you can read about her experience.

For me, I would like to see anti aging and sunscreen in this product. I would also like to see an exfoliator. I didn't exfoliate my skin for an entire month using this product and my skin showed it. Granted if I wasn't reviewing this product, I would have exfoliated anyway, but because I wanted to give an honest review of this product, I only used Relogy for a month. I would also like to see them sell each product individually. As much as I love the smell of the Balancing Lotion, I really need something with anti aging benefits and sunscreen. 

Where to buy: Relogy is available on their site: http://www.relogynow.com and retails for $49.95 for a 60 day supply of all three products. I have been using this solely for 30 days now and I have a little more than half left of both the Rinse Free Foam and Balancing Skin Lotion. I have only used the spot treatment as needed and it still feels pretty full. I think the price point for this product is great and if you are struggling with acne flare ups, you may want to give this product a shot. I am really impressed with the overall results I have seen with this product. 

*Products were sent to me for evaluation and review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

6 comments:

  1. I love it that you are ready to expose your flaws so we can benefit from your experience ! Thank you Maria :)

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  2. do you have any recommendations on acne scare removers?

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  3. Hmmm...interesting. I am thinking of trying it out for I have some acne on my forehead that I really want to get rid of.

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  5. I love it that you are ready to expose your flaws so we can benefit from your experience I love it that you are ready to expose your flaws so we can benefit from your experience

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