The skin rundown before we delve in; I have normal skin with the tendency to be oily at times. I am extremely adamant about wearing sunscreen as well as removing all traces of make-up before bed. I do not smoke and I drink more water than necessary (it's probably actually an excessive amount). While I do get the occasional breakout I would consider myself to have "nice" skin. I don't get any skincare treatments such as facials done anymore because I live in Vancouver and am going to be poor forever.
If any of you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that Val came back with a vengeance. Who is Val? Oh, well she’s the pimple that pops up on my cheek whenever I eat poorly and this time she brought a friend. Now Val is not your typical blemish, she’s not just a slightly raised red gal under the surface of my skin. She is large and in charge, sits on the skin instead of underneath it and when people see her they know she hurts just by looking at her.
Whenever my skin is troublesome (which happens more often than not because I am always trying out new products) I usually like to switch to an acne/blemish specific skincare routine to try and maintain my skins’ optimal oil levels. Well this skincare system review was two birds with one stone because I was able to try out something new while trying to evict Val and her friends.
Abundance Naturally was kind enough to reach out to me and send me some Thursday Plantation skincare products featuring Tea Tree Oil, an ingredient often a popular choice for treating acne due its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
My first interaction with Tea Tree Oil was not a pleasant one. It was when I was very young and got head lice and my mother overwashed my hair with an extremely abrasive hair cleansing system. While the shampoo was effective in killing those gross little suckers I still remember how much that shampoo burned my scalp and every time I get a whiff of Tea Tree Oil I associate it with a burning sensation.
Tea Tree Oil is linked with calming down redness, swellness and inflammation however I know that mixing essential oils on your own can be intimidating especially when Tea Tree Oil is so potent. Although you can buy pure essential Tea Tree Oil from Thursday Plantation they also offer an entire skincare line with Tea Tree Oil as their star ingredient so you don’t have to worry about mixing your own formulas.
TEA TREE FACE WASH FOAM
Oh boy, oh boy, do I love a good foaming cleanser. This natural soap-free cleanser removes excess sebum (that’s the part of oily skin that makes those yellow looking pimples - ewwww) without stripping your skin of its natural oils. It is less abrasive than other Tea Tree Oil cleansers I’ve tried previously. It does contain chamomile which is also used to tone down redness while being milder than Tea Tree Oil. I found this foaming cleanser to be effective in the mornings however in the evenings I did opt to double cleanse as this didn’t remove stubborn makeup on it’s own.
Because it is meant to combat excess oiliness on your skin I would not recommend it for dry skin types. This is a STEAL of a deal at $15 CAD and I would definitely repurchase this, especially in the summer when my skin is more prone to being oily.
TEA TREE & WITCH HAZEL TONER
Toner is one of those skincare steps that it seems like a lot of people skip, but if you have oily skin toner should be your BFF to keep your skins’ pH balance optimal while removing excess dirt, makeup and oil. Seriously, sometimes when I have showered and cleansed my skin I still find that using toner removes excess residue from my face and neck.
This was the product I was the most apprehensive of when it comes to trying Tea Tree Oil skincare since toners can be a bit abrasive in nature. Made up primarily of witch hazel, a natural astringent that tightens pores, the toner also contains some soothing ingredients such as aloe vera and lavender so it doesn’t have that burning sensation other toners have.
I did find that there was a bit of grit to it and left a bit of a tackiness to my skin which I didn’t mind since I try to avoid products that really strip my skin. However if you prefer that squeaky-clean feeling you probably won’t like the slight residue on your skin afterwards. Again, this product was a steal at $13 CAD.
TEA TREE FACE CREAM
I wanted to like this more. It has so many good for you ingredients like shea butter and rosehip oil (both of which are natural moisturizers). However the moisturizer had an extreme white-cast to it and because of how bright the lotion applies I found myself really having to work with it to get it to absorb into the skin and it didn’t want to layer well with my existing serum and makeup routine.
After the first few weeks I reserved the moisturizer for evening time use only. I think this moisturizer would be ideal for anyone who has oily skin and wears little to no makeup or has a low-maintenance skincare routine. It shouldn’t come as a shock at this point that this is also extremely affordable at $16 CAD.
The system was definitely effective and Val didn’t stick around as long as she normally does. I normally find Tea Tree Oil products to be very drying and harsh on my skin but the Thursday Plantation system was ultra-gentle even when I wasn’t. The cleanser was hands down my favourite item from the entire collection. One of the biggest pros of this skincare collection is definitely the cost at less than $50 for all three products.
I did notice a decrease in the severity of some of my blemishes and they were less raised. Reviewing the progress photos I also noticed that my skin was a lot less flushed and oily overall. I would definitely recommend these products to anyone that had oily or troublesome skin as long as they didn't mind the scent of Tea Tree Oil as well as wore little to no makeup. With the spring season trickling in slowly and temperatures going up and down day to day my skin has been excessively oily so I will be sticking with the Thursday Plantation system to balance out my skin while waiting for warmer weather.
The fine print: as I previously mentioned, these items were gifted for me for product review consideration however as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. This post was not sponsored and none of the links above are affiliate links. Cross my heart, pinkie swear.
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