Product Type: The Body Shop body care
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Pore Perfector living up to its name
The Body Shop Seaweed Pore Perfector
Member Name: goldenbat666
The Body Shop Seaweed Pore Perfector
Date: 05/12/09, updated on 28/01/10 (845 review reads)
Advantages: Tightens pores, improves complexion, gets rid of blackheads!
Disadvantages: The bottle is rather small when the product actually goes fast
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.
Summary: Improves pores, decreases blackheads, controls oil