Balancing Skin Concentrate
YourGoodSkin’s Balancing Skin Concentrate is designed as a multi-tasking gel-cream to improve skin in five different ways, but it has some drawbacks that means it’s not the best option to consider.
The packaging is good: it comes in plastic tube with a pump dispenser. The texture is lightweight, smooth, and absorbs quickly, leaving skin feeling immediately softer. It’s best for normal skin, since it’s not moisturizing enough for dry skin, and is a bit too moisturizing for oily skin.
Although labeled as a “concentrate,” there isn’t a truly robust mix of one particular ingredient over another. Instead, there’s a mix of skin conditioners, skin-replenishing ingredients, and a couple of antioxidants. These are all good for skin, but it’s not a powerhouse formula by any means.
There are also a couple of ingredients here that would be better left out. One of them is drying alcohol and although it’s not here in the highest concentration, it’s listed ahead of many of the good ingredients. The other offender is irritating, perfume-like fragrance, which is quite strong and lingers for about an hour after you apply it.
While not a bad product, this just isn’t up to the standards you’ll find in other, more worthy moisturizers.
- Gel-like cream absorbs quickly.
- Contains skin-conditioning ingredients, skin-replenishing ingredients, and antioxidants.
- Packaged to protest its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Contains some drying alcohol.
- Includes fragrance, which can trigger skin irritation.
Restores & maintains skin's natural balance. Designed to improve 5 key signs of visibly healthy skin; skin texture, skin tone evenness, radiance, moisture levels & oiliness.
Launched in 2017, YourGoodSkin is the result of an alliance between UK pharmacy mega-brand Boots and American drugstore giant Walgreens. According to company lore, YourGoodSkin is the result of years of development and research involving scientists, dermatologists, and thousands of members of its target audience—women looking for skin care products to address their specific concerns.
In fact, the brand says it surveyed thousands of women and had them test the products before they went to market. This resulted in over 20 products claiming to address a wide range of skin concerns, from dryness to acne.
Consumer testing before finalizing products for launch can deliver some helpful insights and valuable feedback, but a brand’s scientific understanding of what skin needs to improve—and what it doesn’t need—carries even more weight than anecdotal evidence.
YourGoodSkin gets more right than wrong, and it’s certainly a value-priced collection. While there aren’t any true anti-aging powerhouse formulas in the mix, there are some decent moisturizers for those on tighter budgets.
The brand excels at cleansers and makeup removers, with even a couple of top-notch scrubs included; this category is where we recommend directing your time and attention.
The biggest misstep YourGoodSkin makes is in its approach to treating acne and oily skin. Nearly every product designed for these concerns relies heavily on an old-school, irritating approach that includes drying alcohol, fragrance, and even sulfur, all of which can serve to make oily skin and acne worse.
For more information on YourGoodSkin, visit https://www.yourgoodskin.com/.
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