4 June 2015

Rodial Super Acids X-treme Cleanser & Facial Scrub Review

Rodial is a new brand to my stash and I was rather excited to try them out.  I mean they launched dragon's blood skin care range, it doesn't get any bad ass than that!  I've always admired their packaging and intriguing names.  I've been trying out the Rodial Super Acids X-treme Exfoliating Glycolic Cleanser and the Rodial Super Acids X-treme After Party Facial Scrub for the past 6 weeks and here's what I think!
Rodial Super Acids X-treme Cleanser & Scrub Review - Aspiring Londoner

Rodial Super Acids X-treme Exfoliating Glycolic Cleanser Review - Aspiring Londoner

Rodial Super Acids X-treme Exfoliating Glycolic Cleanser (£29)

The cleanser is packaged in a pump which is actually great for everyday use, not great for travelling.  I love the lime green packgaing as well, it looks fresh and just energising.  The Rodial Glycolic Cleanser containc glycolic and lactic acid to help gently exfoliate and give even-toned brighter skin.  It also claims to balance oil production and smooth skin texture.  The cleanser has a gel consistency and smells quite fruity.  It's not overpowering as you can't smell it once washed off.  And the gel consistency isn't foaming or drying like traditional gel cleansers can be.  I use it as a second cleanser in the evening and only cleanser in the morning.

I usually apply a dollop to dry skin and massage gently avouding my eye and lip area.  Then I add a little water and massage more.  Then I slowly add more and more water and completely rinse my face.  It doesn't feel harsh on my skin and I haven't had any reactions to it.  After washing my face, the texture of my skin feels smooth to touch and looks visibly brighter.  I feel like I don't have to exfoliate my skin as much.  I don't think it has done much for my pigmentation/acne scarring but I love how smooth my skin feels and I don't have to use an extra acid toner step.  After using it for 3 weeks, I started noticing that around my nose there is a reduction in oil.  My nose area didn't look as oily with makeup, and I could go without powdering as much.  This is such a good outcome, as a lot of cleansers promise 'oil balancing' but hardly any delivers.  Overall I'm impressed as it's given positive results and delivered on claims!

Rodial Super Acids X-treme After Party Facial Scrub Review - Aspiring Londoner

Rodial Super Acids X-treme After Party Facial Scrub (£45) 

If you've been reading my blog a while, you know I don't use manual exfoliators much.  In the name of research, I gave it a go.  I used it once a week as I felt it might be overkill to use an exfoliating cleanser and a scrub.  The packaging is a standard tube with screw top lid.  

The scrub has a creamy consistency with scrub particles in it.  They're not too small which is good, beacuse I find micro scrub can feel a little harsh on my skin.  I used it after removing my makeup.  I took about a pea sized amount and gently spread around my face and concetrated on the parts where my skin felt a little dry.  Then rinsed of using lukewarm water.  My skin afterwards felt really smooth and soft!  Especially on my forehead where it's the driest and th outer sides of my cheeks.  I was quite impressed as way back when I did use scrubs, my face used to feel quite sore and look a little red afterwards.  The next day my foundation went on really well and I could even apply with my fingers (this method usually makes my foundation look patchy).  

The scrub contains glycolic and salicylic acid which really helped with clogged pores.  I get this problem quite a lot, where they later become blemishes.  I found that the scrub helped to reduce this.  The price tag did feel a bit much, but as I used it once a week I imagine this will last me the better part of a year!  In the summer, I especially struggle with clogged pores - so thank God for something to combat them with!

Have you tried anything from Rodial Skincare?  What do you think of the Super Acids range?  Share recommendations in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!

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Some of these items have been sent to me for review purposes.

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