I had a rocky start with Jurlique’s Herbal Recovery Gel. When I first started using it, it coincided with a little breakout. This breakout was later traced to a particularly delicious packet of caramel biscuits. After sorting out that little episode, I’ve been using this antioxidant cocktail for weeks now to try and assertain how it performs.
I’m a fan of the packaging – it feels very sturdy and the pump delivers very accurate doses of the product. However, I didn’t really feel that this mixture of herbal extracts with traces of Vitamin C, A, and E, really did a huge amount for my skin apart from deliver some extra moisture under my regular moisturiser. I also noted that one of the first ingredients in this serum is alcohol, which is odd in a product which is touted to be natural.
I think the key to this product is written on the box: ‘maintain balance’. When I drop whatever serum I am using in favour of the Herbal Recovery Gel around ‘that time of the month’, I don’t get a single, solitary pimple. It works even more effectively than the Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel that I’m been playing around with for months now. I think I can attribute this success to the small amount of lactic acid in the Herbal Recovery Gel, which is known to be a very mild exfoliant and clean out pores. Whatever the reason, this has now become my ‘go-to’ product when I break out, or think I might break out.
I do find, however, that sometimes when I apply this product it the smell makes my eyes sting for a few seconds, but I’m hesitant to use this as a strike against the product. After years and years of contact lense use, my eyes are still a little damaged and sensitive, so what affects me may not affect your normal eyes. In any case, it only happens occasionally, so I’m quite happy to keep using this product as a zit zapper.
I think this serum would suit a young person with combination skin who wanted something to boost their moisturiser and prevent breakouts. It would also suit someone like me who wants an easy to apply product which neutralises breakouts. However, if you’re after a serum that will tackle anti-aging issues, try a Vitamin C serum.
I purchased Jurlique’s Herbal Recovery Gel from Apothica.com for USD $48 plus $22.67 shipping to Australia.