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I am not over exaggerating when I say 'I cannot live without this product'. I had this product recommended to me during a pamper evening that was being held at the Meadowhall Store and I have been using it ever since. I adore it.
What They Claim;
The folks over at The Body Shop claim that their Seaweed Pore Perfector 're-balances excess oil' and 'gives clearer looking skin'. It is a 'treatment gel' that is designed to 'minimise the appearance of pores'. If it does all that then surely I must have the most amazing skin after using this product for over a year?
What I say?
Almost. Whilst I don't profess that this is a miracle cure in a bottle, it has gone a long way in improving the appearance of my skin. I apply the serum after toning and before moisturising. I tend to just apply it to my T-zone and chin area as these are my problem areas. I get congested skin that looks oily, spotty and inflamed. It isn't pleasant but since integrating this product into my daily skincare regime I have noticed a distinct improvement in the quality of my skin in these areas.
The areas look smoother and calmer, as well as clearer and with a more even skin tone. I don't have particularly obvious pores but my skin is less oily and stays matte for much longer.
I love the packaging of this product, it's clean and fresh and the dispenser is perfect. You get just the right amount to cover your T-zone in each pump. I like that you can clearly see how much product you have left (essential when you use it every day-no one likes to run out of a Holy Grail product unexpectedly) you can get every last bit out of the packaging and although £11 for 15ml might seem expensive the product has lasted me for several months with generous daily use.
I love how this product feels on my skin. Unlike many treatments made for oily skin it isn't drying, it actually feels rather moisturising and cooling when initially applied. It has a very light, fresh fragrance and glides over freshly cleansed skin, absorbing evenly and quickly.
Price and Availability
The Seaweed Pore Perfector is exclusive to The Body Shop and you can purchase it in-store or on-line. It is priced at £11 for 15ml of product, which sounds like a lot but in comparison to other pore perfecting products on the market this is actually quite cheap, especially when it's so effective.
Would I buy again?
The seaweed extract claims to lessen the excretion of surplus sebum, troubles leading to blemishes and improves the tired skin. Apparently the seaweed extract is a natural ingredient full of vitamins, iron... used for centuries... carbohydrates, protein... blah blah blah. I know what the product manufacturing companies say but the whole explanation as to what's in it for what reason seems to go through one ear and out the other. I know what it's 'supposed' to do, but what I'd really like to know is what it 'actually' does. So here we go.
I have a sort of a dried out oily skin (which is improving in terms of its moisture content thanks to all the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils I use now!) but oils are produced rather quickly even after cleansing. I have some large pores around my nose as well as black/whiteheads around and on the nose area. So a perfect skin to try out the works of this Pore Perfector really.
This Pore Perfector is to be used in small amounts, selectively on the area of skin where the excretion of oil is at its peak. Namely, the T-zone and the area around the nose where your pores desperately need improvement. And the beauty of this product I found was that you can even apply this Perfector on makeup. Now that's very useful since it doesn't allow you the excuse of "I can't apply this 3 times per day because I'm out and I have makeup on" which works with the majority of skin care products. An additional bonus is that it doesn't rub off the makeup either. Since the bottle itself is very light (thanks to Body Shop's environment-friendly plastic) and small so it can fit right into your cute makeup pouch. No problem.
The texture of the Pore Perfector is somewhere between a yellowy translucent ointment or gel. It's not sticky at all and it absorbed rather quickly when spread on the skin. It feels a bit like emulsion step of the skin care regime which seems to moisturise. There is a gentle 'cool' scent reminiscent of the sea so I think that must be the seaweed extract.
Since adding more oil to oil can be disastrous and I was using this product to 'improve', I actually bothered to find out about its oil content by leavingi a blob of this product on oil paper. The answer is, almost none. The oil paper showed almost no darkening and there was even a hint of moisture left on it so I'd say it's safe to use for those with oil skin. Yay!
Now as for the results: it takes at least five days of three-times-a-day regime for you to start seeing the difference this product makes. But after around five days I noticed the decreasing of the pore size on my nose and also a decreasing in number of blackheads. The deep pores around the nose area may have become shallower but the size of the pores on my forehead definitely improved. I would show you the before and after photos if I could but I can't on this website so you'll just have to settle for words.
After ten days, the improvement was evident; all the while using this product, my dead skin around the area had disappeared, which I was thankful for. I also noticed tightening of the pores and the biggest of them becoming shallower. The number of blackheads definitely decreased which worked to create a clean and light complexion overall. The use of oil paper also decreased noticeably and my skin felt hydrated. Overall I think this balances the level of oil and moisture very well for the skin.
I seem to have used around a third of the product within ten days so I think the 15ml bottle is a month's worth for me. Given the 12 months expiry period I suppose it's a good deal but perhaps the bottle could be slightly bigger so that I don't have to keep popping in and out of Body Shop.
The main problem I seem to have with my skin these days is open pores, which aren't too bad most of the time, but when I wear foundation I find there's no way to cover them without actually making them more obvious. Nightmare. So anyway, in my long and neverending search for a product to sort out my open pores I came across this Seaweed Pore Perfector for £9 in The Body Shop and thought it was worth a try.
The Body Shop claim that this lightweight gel treatment is specially formulated to target specific problem areas such as enlarged and blocked pores, excess oiliness and occasional blemishes, and with regular use over time it will help to improve the appearance of large pores.
For £9 you only get a really dinky little bottle which, whilst it does look kinda cute, holds a mere 15ml of product, which is not a lot for something that you could potentially need to use on your whole face. The bottle has a pull off lid which fastens very securely, and a pump action top with a smooth action making it easy to get the right amount of product out.
The product is a smooth, silky feeling gel texture which smoothes effortlessly over the skin, and sinks in almost instantly to give an instant matte finish to the skin. The skin is left feeling fresh and clean, as well as smoother and softer. The gel does have a slight seaweed scent to it, but it's not really strong enough to be noticeable once applied to the skin which suits me just fine.
As I've already mentioned, you do only get a very small amount of this product, and if you were only using it occasionally or just on a very small area this would be fine as you do only need to use quite a small amount. However, if you're going to use it on a regular basis you will find it will run out extremely quickly. I started off just using it on my nose, which took just one pump of the product, and after just over a week I realised I was almost half way through the bottle, so to use it daily will work out very expensive.
I do find this product quite good in some ways, but really poor in others. I've used it regularly and have seen absolutely no difference in the appearance of my pores, which was the main reason I bought it in the first place, so I was more than a little disappointed there. However, I do find it makes an excellent base for makeup, seemingly filling in the pores temporarily to leave a smooth base so that when I apply my foundation it doesn't show up my open pores even more like it normally would. It's also very lightwieght and once it's applied I can't feel it on my skin at all, it just leaves it feeling smooth, fresh and matte.
Overall I'm afraid I can't really recommend this product as it doesn't technically do what it's supposed to and it's very expensive for the amount you get. If it was cheaper I would have recommended it highly as a makeup base, but as it stands it's just far too expensive and will disappear in no time.
A lightweight gel that targets blocked pores, excess oiliness and large pores /