I am super excited to kick off another 30 day experiment – and this time I’ll be using Leahlani Skincare products.
I can’t tell you how many requests I receive every single month to review Leahlani products.
And I can understand why…
Leahlani Skincare is an artisanal skincare line based in Hawaii using fresh local botanicals, nectars and beauty oils. There’s something about the line that just gives the impression of it being nurturing, nourishing, and healing.
The creator, Leah, is a dually licensed esthetician and botanical alchemist, who struggled with cystic acne.
I like skincare lines created by estheticians because of their hands-on experience. They’re not formulators isolated in a lab, but working with real people, with real skin problems. They see and understand how ingredients and formulations interacts with the skin, and what can help.
And Leah herself use to have severe cystic acne. For a lot of us here, we can relate to that (I sure can!). Just looking at her product line and the ingredients she uses, everything looks gentle, balancing, and nourishing. There’s no harsh ingredients and she uses a lot of ingredients compatible with acne prone skin.
A big stand out for me is her intent of “creating a line of skincare that would transform a routine into a ritual”. I personally love skincare that is intentionally created not only to benefit the skin, but also a sensory experience. It takes your self care routine to the next level and you look forward to it.
Which Leahlani products did I choose?
I’ve known about Leahlani Skincare for many years. But up until now, I haven’t had a chance to try any of her products.
So, all of this is new to me!
When I was selecting the products for the 30 day experiment, it was really hard to choose. I wanted to try everything! But in keeping with my preference of using a core “minimal” skincare routine, I stuck with the basics.
My skin type these days is normal dehydrated. I’m 43 so I have lines and wrinkles. I also have acne prone skin. And therefore I have to be very careful with my diet and skincare products I use. Recently, I stopped breastfeeding my daughter Skye, and due to the change in hormones, my skin is sensitive, red, and prone to breakouts. It will take some time for my milk supply to dry up and my hormones to normalize.
For this 30 day experiment, these are the Leahlani Skincare products I will be using:
- Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil (daily cleanser)
- Champagne Serum (daily serum/moisturizer)
- Meli Glow Illuminating Nectar Mask (1-2 times/week treatment mask)
Check out today’s video to see all the products, a demo using everything, and my first impressions.
Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil
Out of all three products I purchased, I am most excited to try the Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil.
We all know how much I LOVE oil cleansing.
Out of all the different products and methods of washing my face, oil cleansing works the best for me. I find it does a fantastic job at cleaning my skin, while at the same time it’s moisturizing. My skin is most balanced when I’m using an oil cleanser.
I am excited to try the Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil because it contains pineapple and papaya enzymes, which gently exfoliates the skin.
I also like that this oil cleanser can be rinsed off clean with water. You don’t need to use a wash cloth to remove it.
As I mentioned earlier, since stopping breastfeeding, my skin feels sensitive and is a little red on my face. Being able to wash my face with a cleansing oil without a washcloth is something my skin needs right now.
The Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil is said to be suitable for all skin types, including the most sensitive to the most oily, acne prone skin types (and every other skin type in between).
The base carrrier oils in this cleanser is Macadamia Seed Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil, which I presume will be gentle and nourishing.
I am planning to use the Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil morning and night to wash my face. If need be, I will do a double cleanse with this cleanser at night to fully remove sunscreen and/or makeup.
CLICK TO SHOP: Leahlani Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil
The Leahlani Champagne Serum is labelled the “balancing serum”. And on the product description it is used to combat redness and inflammation. I can’t tell you how much I need this right now!
I chose this serum because it contains Grapeseed Oils, Rosehip Flower Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil. All of these oils are very compatible with acne prone skin. Depending on the ratios used, this oil can potentially be easily absorbed and moisturizing as well.
The Champagne Serum also contains Calendula Flower extract, Green and White Tea Leaf extract, Chamomile Flower Oil, and Blue Tansy Oil. These are known to be very calming for the skin.
I chose the Champagne Serum because I am hoping it will be a multi-tasking product that will balance and calm my skin, hydrate and moisturize it, and keep breakouts and inflammation away.
The Champagne Serum is suitable for all skin types, but is said to be especially beneficial for dry and sensitive skin prone to redness and inflammation.
I plan to use the Champagne Serum as my treatment serum and moisturizer in the morning and night, after cleansing with the Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil.
CLICK TO SHOP: Leahlani Champagne Serum
*UPDATE: Since posting this review/first impressions, Leahlani Skincare changed the name of the Champagne Serum to Happy Hour Balancing Serum. The product formulation is the same, just the name and packaging has changed.
Meli Glow Illuminating Nectar Mask
To put together a complete skincare routine for the 30 day experiment, I like to always include somesort of exfoliant or treatment product. Personally, I much prefer facial masks over a physical exfoliant or scrub, because I find them to be gentler, and sometimes they can be a multi-tasker a well.
I’ll tell you right now, it was really hard to choose between all of Leahlani masks. They all look so good!
I chose the Meli Glow Illuminating Nectar Mask because it’s suppose to be moisturizing, hydrating, and give your skin a glow. It also contains some clays which I find helps with the clarity of your skin, keeping clogged pores, blackheads, and breakouts at bay.
I don’t have dry skin, but I have dehydrated skin, and I liked that the Meli Glow Illuminating Nectar Mask exfoliates and hydrates all at the same time.
The Meli Glow Illuminating Nectar Mask has such an interesting combination of ingredients including honey, clays, hyaluronic acid, vitamin c ester, fruit oils and extracts, and an array of essential oils and enzymes.
I’m very curious to see how this works out.
The Meli Glow Illuminating Nectar Mask is suitable for all skin types, and is said to be especially beneficial for dry, combination and mature skin.
I plan to use the Meli Glow Illuminating Nectar Mask once or twice a week, after cleansing with the Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil, followed by moisturizing with the Champagne Serum.
CLICK TO SHOP: Leahlani Meli Glow Illuminating Nectar Mask
UPDATE: Since writing this blog post, I’ve completed the 30 Day Leahlani Skincare Experiment. Check out my results and the full Leahlani Skincare review.