I always approach new skincare products with caution. Mainly because I am still in a 4 year battle to entirely rid my face especially, of eczema. But when Sönd Skincare got in touch to ask if I’d like to try their Starter Kit, I said yes. Maybe it was their chic packaging, or the fact I believed their claim that it was suitable for sensitive skin, or maybe I was just tired of my current skincare products… Read on for my full review.
“Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.” From a face that oozed grossness, so much so that I’d cry when I woke up in the morning because it hurt so much (the fact I looked disgusting also may have had something to do with it) it took me 4 years to repair the skin above my eyelids. I am still battling with the dry skin under my lip but it’s a LOT better. So why would I change my skincare once I’d gotten this far?
To be honest, it was out of curiosity. Would Sönd be able to sort out that last patch of dry skin, finally? After all, they’re for sensitive skin…
The Starter Pack that I was sent is rather cute and contains four minis of their Hydrating Face Spray, Revitalising Face Serum, Replenishing Face Oil and Energising Supplements. All in understated glam black and white packaging; they looked far too modern for my antique dresser table.
These four items make up the whole range of Sönd Skincare products and they are all based around silica. Silica is naturally found in our bodies although it becomes less abundant as we age. As well as helping promote mineral balances within the body, it can also help balance hormones too. It’s thought that silica can also strengthen the immune system. So how does it affect skin? The main argument for a silica-rich skincare range is because silica is a big component of collagen, which is the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissue. You can find silica in many foods, including bananas, spinach (is there anything which spinach doesn’t have?!), root vegetables and brown rice.
Now, I’m really not one who spends a lot of time on my skincare regime. It consists of washing my face in the morning with a non-allergenic, gentle facewash and then I lather on pink cream which I get from my Chinese Herbalist. The Sönd Starter pack recommends spritzing on the Spray first thing after a shower, before applying the serum followed by the face oil. What a palava! This would add at least 2 minutes to my 30 second regime. And I had to take tablets too? Pffft. This was hard work!
However, they say that ‘hard work’ pays off. I found myself actually enjoying applying the products and it didn’t take as long as I feared and whilst I waited for the spray to soak in, I’d be getting my clothes ready for the day. Initially, the spray stung a little, especially around the tender area under my lip, but not for long. The serum soaked in well too and whilst the face oil sometimes made me feel like my face was a little too shiny for my liking, I feel like it helped prevent dryness throughout the day. The serum and the oil were especially beneficial on a dry patch that I experienced under my eyes and within a few days that disappeared.
I was a little less sure about the tablets – weird that I’m happy to put things on my skin but not put things into my body – but I was happy to give them a go, especially as they contained minerals which I knew were good for skin health, such as magnesium and vitamin E.
The tablets far outlasted the skincare products. The tablets lasted me a month, whereas the skincare in the starter kit ran out after 10 days, with the spray finishing first, followed by the serum and then the oil. However, it was enough to feel like they were doing my skin good. According to Sönd’s website, after 28 days of using their skincare products participants saw a 48% increase in hydration. I’m not sure about the details of who and how many people were involved but even after 10 days of using it, I felt like my skin was drying out less quickly.
As to whether the products sorted my last patch of dry skin? Not quite! But then I had only used it for 10 days…
I was impressed with Sönd Skincare. I found the products easy to apply and they were great for my skin which is extremely sensitive. Even though I liked the spray, I have some reservations about the fact that it uses Ammonium Laurel Sulphate. I did some research a few years back about Sodium Laurel Sulphate and have avoided buying products with it in since, and so would need to do a bit more research to make up my mind as to what I think of ALS. So far, there’s been mixed information online.
Who’s it for: Those who want an easy skincare regime and have sensitive skin
How much: £25 for the starter kit (comes with free delivery!). Full size products cost from £24 for the spray.
Where from: Buy it from their website