If I had an unlimited amount of money, I would do a lot of things. Buy a house, pay off my car, pay off other debts, pay off my parents’ debt, and…get a professional facial once every couple of months. Getting a good skin care facial is life-changing – at least I think so. I’ve only had a few, but each time I’ve had it done, my skin looks so good.
I’ve had a few done at the Del Monte Spa in Pittsford. If you live in the Rochester area, you should definitely check them out for massages and facials. The best part may or may not be the delicious tea that is served in the locker room (okay, maybe not the best part). Last time I was there, I got suckered into purchasing these Correcting At-Home Peel Pads by Kerstin Florian. Well, not suckered. But, considering the cost of the pads were almost as much as my facial, I was a bit skeptical (just keeping things honest with y’all!).
The good news? I was impressed. I’ve been using those pads for a while now, since there are 50 pads in a jar, and they work wonders. I have oily skin that has texture, large pores, and occasional blackheads and breakouts. The pads really do instantly brighten and refine my complexion, just like the product description claims. My skin usually feels a bit tingly after, but that’s because of the exfoliating action that removes impurities, excess oil, and dry cells to reveal smoother, more radiant skin.
I was beyond excited when Kerstin Florian reached out to me recently, to see if I was interested in trying more of their products. My response was…YES! Duh! I’ve been testing out five new products, which I will describe in detail below. Spoiler alert: I love them all.
What is it? A deep cleansing formula that gently yet thoroughly removes makeup and impurities, rinsing clean to leave skin soft, supple and refreshed. Rich in botanicals and protein.
My thoughts: This cleanser, which I use daily in the morning and at night, makes me feel so fresh (and so clean, clean #Outkast). I think it has a clean smell, a super lightweight texture, great packaging, and works well to breakdown makeup, cleanse your skin, and leave you feeling amazing.
What is it? A gentle yet effective scrub that refines and balances skin as it removes dull surface cells and impurities without stripping or irritating. Rich in jojoba seeds and botanicals.
My thoughts: I normally use this exfoliator in my shower a couple times a week. I typically apply self-tanner to my body and face at least once a week, so I like to exfoliate my face with this product before I self-tan. The scent isn’t the greatest – it’s definitely not bad, it just doesn’t have a particularly good scent to it. I’m fine with that, though, as I wouldn’t want anything artificial in my skincare.
What is it? This water-based botanical-infused toner refreshes and soothes any skin type, restoring pH level and optimizing absorption of moisturizer, serum or other treatments. Rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants, and botanicals.
My thoughts: I love this toner! I live for a good toner, especially with my oily Italian skin. I apply toner after my skin is freshly cleanser, and prior to serum and moisturizer.
Rehydrating Neroli Water ($36)
What is it? Kerstin’s iconic aromatherapy water infused with the essence of bitter orange blossom uplifts, freshens, and soothes the skin, body, and senses.
My thoughts: For the super extra basic betch, so in my case, much needed! I love spraying a generous amount of this Neroli water all over my face, neck, and chest. It smells amazing, hydrates your skin, and gives you a great glow.
What is it? A lightweight, anti-aging moisturizer that balances and hydrates skin as it regulates shine and offers powerful antioxidant protection. Rich in raspberry cell culture, peptides, and botanicals.
My thoughts: This is a great final step to my skincare routine. I pump out a quarter-size amount of the moisturizer to my palm and gently apply to my face and neck. I love the consistency because it isn’t too thick, it doesn’t clog my pores at all, and it makes my skin feel super smooth.
Have you heard of Kerstin Florian before, or have you tried it? What are your thoughts?!