I was dubious about this product line. You will know later why. So before I decided to this product review, I Google-ed more about tea tree extract itself to know for myself if it’s really scientifically proven to help heal pimples and the like. Here’s Huffingpost Style’s say on it,
The component responsible for tea tree oil’s bacteria-fighting abilities is “believed to be terpenes,” explains Aurora DeJuliis, a dermatologist and aesthetician who runs the Aurora DeJuliis, MD European Medical Spa in New Jersey. “Terpenes is a type of volatile oil that has been shown to destroy bacteria.”“Tea tree oil works on pimples because it has disinfecting and soothing properties,” says Dr. DeJuliis. The oil penetrates the blockage between your skin and sebaceous glands and it’s also good at “disinfecting the pores, and drying out whiteheads and blackheads,” she says.
So it’s safe to say it works on everyone, right? Not really. Here’s my say on it..
About two months ago, I was on a desperate need for a facial treatment. My acnes were getting worse by the week and it seems like there’s no cure to it. While in Robinsons Magnolia, I decided to check out The Body Shop and there I was offered their Tea Tree Line that came in a small green pouch with four of the four tea tree products in it.
It was less than Php 1,000 and I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try them out. It’s a bit expensive for my liking but I know The Body Shop is known for its good product line. If it would work on me, then I would be getting what I paid for, if not more. Besides, the mini set is worth a try if you’re jumping from one product to the next, and it’s cheaper than the individual bottles, albeit bigger. A regular bottle of toner is around Php 500, so unless you’re aiming for that specific product, I suggest you try the smaller bottles first.
Before I jump to my full review, let me tell you something about the products.
Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash (60 ML or 2.0 US FL OZ)
According to it’s bottle description, this intense daily cleansing removes impurities, for clearer looking skin. Like what all the there products in the pouch says, it’s is suitable for blemished skin.
My thoughts on this:
I resolved to use this facial wash every time I shower or just wash my face to see if it’s really effective. I wouldn’t know if I don’t use it consistently. It has a menthol smell to it, but nothing that’s too irritating to the nose, although it might need some getting used to especially if you’re not a fan of this flavour.
I do not use it directly as a facial wash. I use Celeteque first because it’s mild yet clears the face of oil and really gives you that clean feeling. I have an oily face so I need something like this before proceeding with the tea tree facial wash. My final say: I’m okay with it. I doesn’t sting, it’s doesn’t feel weird on the face. I don’t have any complaints about it, except that for an oily face like mine, it’s not that cleansing. If I solely use it for facial wash, I will have to use it twice, which might bring an intense menthol fragrance.
Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner (60 ML or 2.0 US FL OZ)
Sweeps away traces of impurities for clearer looking skin. Leaves skin looking mattified. Infused with tamanu oil.
My thoughts on this:
The toner is a bit stingy but it only shows that it’s working and it’s healing your face. You will notice that it accumulates powder at the bottom of the bottle, but apparently, it’s the cornstarch that makes the product matte and dry easily once you apply it on your face. Shake it well before using. Personally, I use a cotton ball when I use this toner after I shower, but despite having a clean face, the cotton ball always ends up being off-white, sometimes brown. Eww. I have observed during the day that it tends to be itchy on spots where you have big pimples, but I believe it’s the drying chemical that does it while in the process of healing your acnes. It doesn’t have any weird smell and is non-greasy. I also apply this at night after I shower.
Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion (15 ML or 0.5 US FL OZ)
No description, except Suitable for blemished skin, which also shows on all other products.
Honestly, I’m not sure when I should use the lotion and the oil separately. I just assumed that I need to use the lotion during daytime since it can also be used as a moisturiser before putting on make-up. So I use the tea tree oil at night. I can’t tell that it’s 100% effective since I haven’t used it on its own yet, but as far as I can see, it’s not doing anything special to my face. I can blame it or the oil, but we’ll see where my patience to test each one separately will take me.
It’s composed of a non-sticky white cream. You only have to use a little amount; a five centavo, or even half of it, will suffice. I apply it all over my face after I shower in the morning. It has the same distinct menthol scent as the other products.
Tea Tree Oil (10 ML or 0.33 US FL OZ)
It says on the bottle to apply the product directly on the face. Although I read that part just now (LOL), that’s what I’ve been doing since Day 1. Again, I only use it at night. So my nightly ritual is to take a shower and wash my face with the facial wash, apply the toner all over my face with a cotton ball, and apply the tea tree oil on affected areas. It takes seconds to dry but it leaves this greasy feeling on the face. This is not an issue if you’re only using it at night like I am, since you’ll only be sleeping. I highly suspect that this is the product that’s making my pimples worse than when I started using the products. Read on to know why.
Effects of the tea tree line
After a week of using all four products on my face religiously, I saw results. My face was starting to clear. It must be a miracle! I continued using it and a few weeks after, about a month, I began having pimples again, this time they were growing bigger and faster. I blamed it on my hormonal imbalance, of course, but after a few days, I realized it was the tea tree products that were worsening my already bad pimples. I stopped using the products for a week, even the facial wash, and went back to using my mild Celeteque facial wash. Nothing significant happened after that. After I week, I resumed using the tea tree products but not all at the same time. Gradually, the pimples subsided. After a few days, my jaw and cheeks started getting red again, pimples began forming on my forehead and chin.
Now I feel helpless.
I tried using the tea tree lotion at night instead of the tea tree oil and it helped dry my pimples for a bit. I’ve only used it for one night as of this review. I might be staying away from the tea tree oil for now. But I will continue using the facial wash, toner, and lotion.
I’ve had high hopes for this product line but I guess not everything works on everyone. It really depends on your skin type, as well as your genes. I read somewhere that you can’t just heal what’s wrong on the outside; you also have to heal your body from the inside so you also have to take vitamins and stuff. Let me back this up with a few dislikes on tea tree oil itself, not specifically on The Body Shop’s tea tree products.
Also, take a look at your eating, sleeping, and daily habits. You might be making your pimples worse with what you’re eating, or maybe you’re not having enough exercise or any form of physical activity at all. Exercising helps you to rid of the toxins from what you eat, but food cleanses your body on the inside overall. Make it a habit to change your pillow sheets every two weeks or when necessary, and as much as it feels good to cuddle with your stuffed bears after a long day, refrain from nuzzling your face on them. Hair is oily in itself and tends to accumulate a lot of dust. The same goes with toy furs. That said, also tie your hair up while sleeping so nothing would irritate your face. Change your towel every day or at least every two days, or better, use a separate small towel for your face alone and change it every two days or so to avoid clogging dirt.
Before I end this blog post, here are some photos of my face as of today, November 10.
What about you? Have you tried any or all of the same tea tree products?
Have you had problems with your pimples as well? Got any acnes that were so hard to get rid of? What did you use to treat your face?
Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.