So I’m breaking my usual rule about trialling skincare products for a certain amount of time before reviewing them by posting this, but it needs to be done! I recently blogged about how excited I was about the Etat Pur range landing over here and I’m pleased to report that, having tried the majority of the products I had in my goody bag, there isn’t one that disappointed. However, the one that’s really got me excited is the Citric Acid from their actives range.
The idea of the actives is that they’re concentrated doses of treatment that deal with your specific concerns. There are actives for everything so it’s definitely worth having a mooch through their range. The citric acid is aimed at dull skin and can be used for evening out skin tone. The guide on the website is very comprehensive and suggests various different ways you can use this (as with all the products, there’s a lot of info so you know what you’re getting before you order) and I’ve been using it every night after cleansing but before moisturising. You’re supposed to do this for a week then drop it down to 1-3 times a week, but I’ve been using it nightly for ten days, purely because it’s been keeping my spots at bay without drying my skin out. It’s worth noting that this is a pretty strong treatment, so if you’re prone to sensitive skin then tread carefully with this.
I have said on several other posts that I really believe that anything citric is amazing for spot prone skin like mine, and this has been proved again by using this product. From the first day after I used this I could tell a real difference in my skin as the spots I had had shrunk drastically and I didn’t have the ‘new morning spots’ that I usually get. I’ve had 2 spots since I started using this, but not in the usual chin/jawline area; instead they’re around where my sunglasses sit which means I need to clean my sunglasses I think! My skin is more even, my spots aren’t a major issue any more and the hyperpigmentation has started to fade. I do also have an active aimed at hyperpigmentation so I’ll be using that soon, mainly as I don’t want to keep using the citric acid every night as I’m worried my skin will build up a tolerance. So my plan is to use the citric every other night and the one for hyperpigmentation every other night too.
When applying this treatment it feels a little strange as your skin feels like it’s been tightened for a few minutes afterwards as it’s drying. You also definitely do not want to get this in any open wounds; I got this in a split cuticle and boy did it sting! I did use this on an open spot and it stung too for a few minutes, but the next day the spot was so significantly reduced that I think it’s worth the pain…but you may disagree!
I would say that nothing has improved my skin as much as Skinceuticals Blemish and Age Defense Serum apart from this. I was planning to replace my Skinceuticals serum as I’ll be running out soon, but now I have this I won’t be bothering and the best part is that the Skinceuticals is around £70, whereas this is £11.60. I am astounded that something so cheap can rival something so expensive but it definitely has and consequently is now a firm member of my regular skincare.
Etat Pur as a whole have really delivered with their products so if you haven’t had a chance to check them out I strongly suggest you do. There’s a sampling service available and the prices are incredibly reasonable, so I’m just so pleased that we’ve got such a great brand readily available to us that doesn’t cost the earth. I’ll definitely be reviewing more Etat Pur products so keep an eye out for them.