It goes without saying that Katy and I trial each other's products. It's not that we don't have our own, or that the other persons are particularly better, it's just a simple case of I'll always want what I don't have and I don't like to miss out when she's trying something and so I like to try it too. With this in mind, when Ameliorate offered to send Katy and I a set of skincare for us to trial between us it seemed to fit both of our needs perfectly; I wouldn't have to lust over products Katy was trialling, and Ameliorate would get two impartial opinions for the price of one; from two very different skin types. So, it was a win win situation and so we agreed and now, here we are.
We got the Body Polish, Shower Cream and Body Lotion to try out. First things first; the look of the bottles. Although these look high end and clean, I find they're a little overwhelming - there's a considerable amount of writing on them which makes them appear a little confusing at first glance, and each product looks nearly identical and although it's not offensive, I just think that in my opinion the packaging could probably be better. Having said that - all three of the products that I've trialled came in a squeezy tubes which I really like, I find them a lot neater, cleaner and easier to use than pots of body lotion or hard bottles.
So do they work? Well, I can only talk about them from my point of view and although I used to suffer from Keratosis Pilaris (also known as chicken skin, or bumpy skin on the tops of my arms) this has mostly cleared up as I've gotten older; however I can attest for the fact that looking at the results of surveys these really seem to work, and they've definitely worked well on my normal skin. Having said that, they're not the cheapest of products, which these three falling between £15.00 and £27.50.
There are definitely some hits and misses within these three products. The undeniable hit is the Body Polish - this is gritty but moisturising at the same time and, although it's gentle, it really does do a good job at smoothing and softening the skin. Goldilocks (as in not too hit, not too miss) is definitely the shower cream. I don't hate this - it foams up well and it smells clean and fresh; it genuinely does do it's job - but I just can't imagine splashing out £15.00 on a shower cream that for me is just a basic body wash.
The body lotion is definitely a miss, the big bad wolf in this goldilocks tale,. It's not that it's a bad product as such, but the smell is so heavily talc-y that I just hate the scent that it leaves on my skin. My skin does feel nourished and smooth and soft but the smell overpowers all of that for me. All in all, if I still suffered heavily from Keratosis Pilaris then I would definitely be more ranting and raving of these products, I'm sure. I used to have to splash out on La Roche Posay Iso Urea and this is much more pleasant and, on the whole, more affordable. This is, however, meant to be a good choice for all skin types and I'd have to disagree - if you have normal skin, this will likely be no better than similar products before or after.
Have you tried Ameliorate? What would you recommend?
Contains PR samples/items gifted to me by companies however all opinions are my own - please view my disclaimer for more information.
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