So recently I received this box from StyleKorean as I was very fortunately selected to do one of their Try Me, Review Me boxes! I was breaking out at that point as well so this came in time for me to try out on my stressed out skin. This box contains a toner, moisturiser and a sleeping mask.
Now, I haven’t actually had THAT much time to try these out - normally I like to give it a good 4 weeks at least but may because it was the shipping that took a little longer or when they processed it or whatever, I had just under that to give these a go daily to see what I thought about them.
Rovectin’s brand philosophy stems from the idea of restorative - restorative ingredients to gently repair damage and healing the skin. They are forward in saying that they have a “slow skincare revolution” - the brand does not believe in quick fixes, but seeing skincare as a journey and slowly restoring the skin where it is most vitalised, “to go back to where it was” and really focuses on healing.
This brand philosophy really hits it home for me - with troublesome skin I’ve always had to manage my own expectations as to how long it will take for me to really “fix” it or to repair the damage that’s been done with scarring, breakouts and etc. I strongly believe the things we do with our skin today is for the skin tomorrow.
Rovectin aims to create products free from irritating ingredients and it’s clear from their packaging - no paraben, no fragrance, no colourant, no mineral oil. All their products revolve around the restorative and revitalising mission of the brand.
So in this box there is 1 toner, 1 cream and 1 sleeping pack/mask. All pretty much essentials in hydrating and locking in moisture in my daily routine.
I’ve taken a look on the website and these aren’t actually on there - but available through Stylekorean. Price range-wise, these would be on the higher end of the spectrum.
In general the packaging is kept really simple and the products are easily accessible. I have historically had sleeping masks that come out of a jar and it’s so much better to have the product come out of a tube! Don’t get me wrong, I love fancy packaging but I’m also realistic - these are great to pack it in your suitcase, easy to take out and apply.
Cica Care Purifying Toner 260ml (RRP USD 33.17)
I love my toners and love discovering new toners that excite me. Let’s break this one down
Texture: watery; easily absorbed. You can layer this on the skin as doesn’t contain AHA or BHA. Gentle on the skin and keeps the
Scent: slightly lavender scented as it contains lavender oil (which I guess is not a mineral oil and supposedly helps with calming the skin down)
Ingredients: water mainly, but also contains panthenol (vit B5), citric acid, centella asiatica, lavender extract, lavender oil, Madecssoside. Anti-oxidant and anti-irritant ingredients, also I’m personally not too sure on the lavender front.
Efficacy: it is hydrating and keeps the skin hydrated if you’re using multiple layers, but I generally don’t use this in the evening as I do prefer my evening toner to contain some AHA or BHA to gently exfoliate. I was expecting quite a lot from this toner but didn’t really get much out of it - it really wasn’t groundbreaking for me but this could be do with the formulation this brand uses to cater to highly sensitive skin. My skin is sensitive but it does enjoy slightly “stronger” products
Anti-Irritant Barrier Repair Ultra Cream 50ml (RRP USD 41.60)
Texture: thick, but easily absorbed; a little goes a long way
Scent: none, zero, nada!
Ingredients: seed oils, shea butter, niacinimide, aloe juice, synthetic ingredients that helps with moisturisation and keeping the skin hydrated
Efficacy: I do like this cream and this is thick so a little can go a long way for your whole face. It is still easily absorbed and helps the skin to really maintain the moisture. This is a great evening cream after all the serums and etc. have been applied, this can help hold it in without leaving a greasy finish
Cica Care Sleeping Pack 80ml (RRP USD 36.38)
Texture: thinner than the ultra cream, great as last step of the routine to really lock everything in and improve the skin overnight
Scent: mild and soft, other than that nothing much!
Ingredients: Centella Asiatica, Pathenol, Moringa seed extract, Aloe, fruit and veg extract
Efficacy: I actually enjoy this product more than the ultra cream. This is easily absorbed and doesn’t leave a really silicone finish, feels like the skin has an extra layer of hydration.
Honestly I have mixed feelings about these products because they haven’t worked that well for me. Has it calmed my skin down? Maybe, but also maybe it’s the propolis serum I’ve been using as well as the Purito Centella buffet I’ve been using that just have worked miracles for me. They haven’t done anything ground-breaking and to be fair to them, they are not meant to - you are meant to use them for an extended period of time and really repair the skin from the inside with Rovectin.
The downside of that it’s really hard to measure how well they will do. At the moment they haven’t drastically improved or calmed my skin down from the kind of acne I have lately (cystic, no white heads, probably a reaction to a new product I’ve tried using).
Ultimately I can only say that these products are probably not for me. If you have super sensitive skin that just cannot tolerate many ingredients that generally would be in a lot of products, then this line is definitely for you. How these products are formulated have people with highly sensitive, easily irritated skin in mind, skin that needs some really careful loving because it will react to everything
Fortunately and unfortunately, that’s not my skin. Whilst I cannot speak for its full effacacy, I do believe, from using these for 3 weeks, that those with problematic skin will benefit from these as they would be a good constant for hydration. Then you can add in other products that help with any other skin issues you may have.
Would I splurge the money on these? Given how my skin is, probably not.