Years ago I barely washed my face on a daily basis. Fast forward to 2014 and I’ve had the opportunity to try out many different products. Today, I bring you my review of eraclea skin care.
Known as a “unisex beauty routine”, eraclea offers a three step system including a cleanser (daily bamboo exfoliant), a serum (intensive repair and protect serum with Vitamin C) and a moisturizer (pure hydration with zinc). Here’s my rundown product by product:
Daily Bamboo: This exfoliant is a a gentle and good cleanser with a neutral smell and little fragrance which makes it ideal for those with sensitive skin like me. Actually all of the eraclea products I tried worked well with my skin and were non-irritating which is something you look out for when you have finicky skin. The exfoliant is pretty smooth with small bamboo particles that provide gentle scrubbing power. It works pretty well. However, I did have a few zits pop up while I was using the system but there’s really no way of knowing why that is. I can say that, however, that if you’re looking for acne protection, this probably isn’t your best stand-alone product. The product sells for $40 for 4 oz/120 mL.
Intensive Repair and Protect Serum: This serum was a positive in the eraclea line up. I actually really enjoyed using this one (it’s even good post-shave). With the addition of Vitamin C, it was also good to know that my skin was getting some benefits when I used the serum. The other big positive was that the product readily absorbs into the skin, avoiding the all day slippery feeling in humid air like the Pure Hydration product gives you. All in all, I feel it’s a solid serum and when combined with the pure hydration moisturizer it also gave me a little skin tightening sensation which let me know that I was also fighting off wrinkles at the same time. The product sells for $75 for 30 mL at eraclea.com.
Pure Hydration: This last step in the eraclea system is a good daily moisturizer, but maybe too good. In my trials with the product I realized that it sort of sits on top of my skin and didn’t ever seem to absorb completely. If you partner that up with the baking summer heat, not only do you get sweat but the moisture in the air also seemed to reactivate the moisturizer leaving my skin feeling super slippery. Not fun. Perhaps I might have a different experience in the non-humid months but it definitely wasn’t enjoyable in NY’s increasing humidity. The product sells for $80 for 30mL.
Overall, eraclea offers a flexible and usable line up of products that is good for both men and women. Personally, I was a big fan of the eraclea daily bamboo exfoliant while the pure hydration formula isn’t the best for long days in the summer heat. All in all, there’s something here for everyone, but it comes at a premium price. The only question you have to ask yourself is, “is it worth it?”