After being around for quite literally decades, Proactiv is back with a brand new and improved formulation, Proactiv+ and it’s now available in the UK. Proactiv have built up an incredible fan base for their innovative anti-blemish system, but now it’s better than ever. Not only does it clear and prevent blemishes, controls oil, improves appearances and smoothes the skin, but it also helps with irritated skin, to hydrate the skin, minimise pores and it even reduces the appearance of dark marks. Clearly, all of those claims are made from the company but I’ve been using it long enough now to definitely be able to vouch for a couple of them. After a huge skin meltdown at the weekend (I foolishly switched from Proactiv+ Skincare a couple days before I went to London) I found myself using this routine very strictly. Literally in just a couple days of non-stop use my pores look smaller and clearer, I have less spots, my dry and flakey skin has vanished and I feel happy with my skin again.
Proactiv+ works by targeting the actual pore so that blemishes and blackheads can be stopped in their tracks and all this happens in just three simple steps.
Step 1 is the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator with incredible small and gentle beads, it’s a creamy mixture that lightly exfoliates your skin. It’s not the best at removing makeup, and it’s not the harshest scrub, but it definitely buffs your skin and makes it feel beautifully soft.
Step 2 is the Pore Targeting Treatment which has replaced the toner, instead this cream of salicylic acid penetrates deep within the skin to clear it out and hydrate at the same time. This is probably my favourite step as my skin instantly looks better with it. Brighter, healthier and it feels amazing.
Step 3 is the Complexion Perfecting Hydrator that is meant to moisturise and refine. Meaning that it moisturises from deep within to allow the skin to look its best. Often with spots, people want to dry them out which can cause them to look worse and then scar. Proactiv+ has salicylic in the moisturiser as well which means the spot will be fully hydrated and therefore it won’t flake or scar, but instead, leave your face quicker than ever.
Not only are there 3 steps to follow, but there’s even a beautiful Proactiv+ Skin Purifying Mask. A clay type masks that really gets to work on your pores. My skin feels instantly cleaner and it looks amazing. After my weekend away, I was a little lazy and left the facemask on for well over an hour, for a couple days in a row actually. My skin’s problems heeled up even faster and it really aided the full routine. At £16.99 for a deluxe bottle, it’s a little pricey for me to grab another, but I’ll definitely enjoy what I have left.
The last thing I received was the Proactiv+ Medicated Cleansing Body Bar and it is absolutely heavenly. I’m hoping it will help clear my arms up as it’s said to lightly exfoliate whilst unclogging pores. I have used this on my face, however, obviously with it being quite large, it wasn’t the most enjoyable. I’m definitely going to stick to using it on my body, until it’s a more usable size and then I will go to town on my face! There’s very little smell to this, as there isn’t to any of the products, and at £12.50 (that’s on offer) it’s definitely a luxury soap. However, after trying it for just a couple times, I could see why people would pay it, as it feels incredible.
I’ve really been happy with the results from Proactiv+ and although I still call myself ‘porezilla’ (no explanation needed really), it’s definitely made a noticeable change. The only downside for me is that I can’t use the skincare underneath makeup as the two creams peel against each other and don’t create the best of textures for MAC makeup. However, as a nighttime routine, or on makeup free days, it’s a wonderful skincare regime that’s perfect for oily or blemish prone skin. I’d kick myself if I didn’t add that I’m incredibly happy to see Adam Levine as one of the faces of the company, mainly for lusting reasons – what. a. man!
So, have you tried Proactiv+ before?
*Products sent for review