The Skincare Company Exfoliant Serum: An Instant Holy Grail

Note: This is a sponsored post.

Just before I get to the review, I have to admit that this sponsored article was exceedingly difficult to write. Sponsored reviews consume a lot of brain juice because the review still has to be honest even though it’s a paid one. There’s a fine line between raving about it because you really like it or raving about it because you’re compensated to do so. This is the first time I’ve ever done a sponsored review and it should have been published weeks ago. The reason I mulled over it for so long was because I had difficulty bringing the message across to you without making it so damn glowing just because I was compensated for it.

Y’see, I was hoping to find something I won’t like about this product just so it doesn’t seem so damn positive. Then again, if I didn’t like the product and said I did, I’d be lying and you’d so call me out on it. This is my dilemma: I love this product. I really didn’t expect to like it that much. But if it’s such a glowing review, then you’d call me out on it because hello, I was paid for it.

Know what I mean? Can I just say please take my word for it, it’s really good and you must try it out? Geez, Tine. Presumptuous much? But really, even if I wasn’t compensated for this, I’d still sing praises about it because it’s just that good.

After rambling on for 3 paragraphs, we really should get to the review, shouldn’t we?

The Skincare Company Exfoliant Serum

The first time I heard of The Skincare Company was at the beginning of the year when the PR for the brand contacted me and asked me if I’d like to try out their products. There was a lot of going back and forth about getting more information about the brand and the products. The Skincare Company reminded me of one of my favourite no-nonsense skincare brands, Cosmetic Skin Solutions. They were all about effective active ingredients without the fluff. They’re not as affordable as Cosmetic Skin Solutions but for what they do offer, they’re definitely cheaper than mainstream beauty brands like Estée Lauder, Clinique, Clarins, etc.

I was kindly sent a few of their skincare products to try and the first one I checked out was the Exfoliant Serum.

The Skincare Company Exfoliant Serum Ingredients

Description:
The Skincare Company’s Exfoliating Serum with alpha and beta hydroxy acids is designed to significantly improve skin texture. It removes dull, dead surface cells to aid in the stimulation of cell turnover. Therefore helping reduce skin discoloration and excess pigmentation. AHAs and BHAs have been proven to assist the condition of decongested and acne prone skin. Exfoliating Serum also enhances the penetration of other active ingredients of your skincare routine (vitamin A, B and C etc.). All the benefits of AHAs without the irritation! The formulation is predominately lactic acid based and should be used only at night.

The serum is a thick clear gel that absorbs very quickly onto the skin. In fact, I was surprised as to how quickly it was absorbed because most serums I’ve tried can be quite “wet” and take a bit of time to absorb. This one is almost instantaneous. It feels very sticky at first; in fact, it feels a bit like clear glue. During the first few seconds, my hands feel as though they’re stuck to my face. But very soon after, it’s back to normal. I don’t have to wait at all before applying my moisturiser.

The Skincare Company Exfoliant Serum

Here comes the kicker: this serum gave me almost instant results. I know! It baffled me greatly when I had super smooth skin the very next morning. I expected to only see results of the serum after at least 6 weeks but my skin was already visibly smoother the next morning. I didn’t make any changes to my skincare routine; the Exfoliant Serum was the only new product I introduced to my routine.

The only negative bit I encountered about this serum was that it stung my skin the first time I used it. It contained lactic acid and I knew that it was going to make my skin tingle because all of the serums that contains lactic acid have made my skin tingle. It was quite a sharp pinch on the skin. I was rather apprehensive in using it again the next night despite the great results for fear of that pinch again. Fortunately, that first pinch was the first and last time I felt. The serum didn’t sting my skin at all after the second and consecutive uses. Also, I felt that fragrance wasn’t necessary in the product. It’s an ingredient often added to cosmetics to mask the smelliness of some of the other ingredients and as the scent for the serum is very subtle, it’s quite an unnecessary addition.

The Skincare Company Exfoliant Serum

It’s now been almost 3 months of using the serum and I’m well impressed with it. I only use this serum at night and already it’s given me great – and more importantly, quick – results of smooth skin. My skin is visibly smoother, lines less pronounced and my skin less oily in the mornings. It didn’t break me out, not even once.

The Exfoliant Serum reminds me somewhat of Dr Lewinns’ S8 Super Hydrator Serum. Their textures are similar even though the Exfoliant Serum is slightly thicker. The Super Hydrator does as its name suggests: it hydrates. The Exfoliant Serum exfoliates. They don’t do any more neither do they do any less. I don’t normally layer the Exfoliant Serum with other serums but when I do, I only do it with the Dr Lewinns Super Hydrator.

Will I purchase this serum once it’s finished? Most definitely. In fact, I have 1/3 of the serum left and I’m already planning to place an order for another bottle very soon. This has knocked my favourite Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer (also a chemical exfoliant serum) right out of the park. This puts the serum on the Holy Grail pedestal, which is one heck of a record for me because it’s been a very long time since I’ve liked a skincare product that much in such a short amount of time.

The Skincare Company Exfoliant Serum

The Skincare Company Exfoliant Serum retails at AU$85.00 for 45ml. Previously, you can only access products from The Skincare Company at selected medical skin clinics but you can know get them online from their website.

What I like about it: Very quick results of visibly smoother skin with less pronounced lines on my face. I’ve never gotten this quick results that didn’t come from chemical peels.

What I do not like about it: Very sticky gel that feels a bit like glue, stung my skin during my first application (but no more after that), unnecessary addition of fragrance, not readily available to try out in stores.

PS: Now you know why this sponsored review was hard to write, eh?

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9 comments… add one

  1. Hilary

    Tine, you don’t need to fret – we know you’re not a sell out (unlike a couple of blogs I’ve recently read, despite what they claim in the post!), the fact your fret about whether or not its all ok just shows that.

    What a fabby review – oh dear mr bank account – yet *another* product BA has reviewed that we might have the purchase. :o

    It does sound pretty darn good, and defo what I need with my stupid skin at the moment. Now to justify $85 to my husband…..ho hum…. :D
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Hilary. You have no idea how relieved I am to hear you and the other readers say that. I’m very impressed with this serum and it’s more than comparable to other more expensive and high-end brands. For me, it’s worth the dosh. :)

  2. Allison

    No problem on the sponsored post, Tine. What an interesting product. I have never heard of an exfoliant serum, meaning something that you leave on for several hours and I guess it exfoliates when you finally wash your face? Interesting. I have such sensitive skin that anything that makes it tingle is a no no for me. I was using an exfoliating pad from Radical Skincare, a brand I usually love, but something in the ingredient list (alcohol?, retinol?) definitely made my skin tingle initially, and then it just didn’t agree with my skin after a few weeks of use. I had to stop. So now I’m being super careful. But isn’t it great when you find a new product that just exceeds your expectations?!
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    1. Tine

      It’s a chemical exfoliant serum so it’s like a mini peel on the skin with the lactic acid. Yeah, it did sting my skin even though it was only once. I won’t recommend this to those with sensitive skin. I’ve tried a sample of the exfoliating pads by Radical Skincare and thought it was all right. Didn’t sting my skin, thankfully, but since I only had a small sample, I can’t tell whether it really worked on me or not.

      Oh I know right? Love discovering products that surpass my expectations. It’s like, first use and BAM! Phwoar! :D

  3. Beth and Beauty

    No problem on the sponsored post, Tine. I don’t understand why people get so upset about sponsored or affiliate blog posts. At least I feel like at least 95% of the time that a sponsored blog post is more honest any day than a commercial they watch on TV. Any way, I have never heard of an exfoliating serum either. I will be looking into it more now that I do!
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Beth. It’s a bit difficult writing a very positive sponsored post because it begs the question: did she give it such a rave review because she really likes it that much? Or did she sing praises because she’s paid to do so? It’s tough finding the right balance. Know what I mean?

      Exfoliating serums have been around for a while now. Clinique’s Turnaround serum is a chemical exfoliant and was what kickstarted my skin to smoothness. Estée Lauder has one too (I think it’s the one in the green bottle). This one’s cheaper and I find gives quicker and better results.

  4. Genevieve

    This looks like it would be a great product for my face. Just a quick question; you said you had overnight results…did your skin continue to improve, or did it plateau shortly after you began using it?

    1. Tine

      Hi Genevieve, my skin continued to improve and once it reached what I call the pretty bloody fantastic point (as smooth as it can be), it maintained the smoothness. There was no deterioration in results.

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