We Review SkinCeuticals' Phyto RangeDecember 13, 2016
For cooling, comforting, and skin-restoring benefits, look no further than SkinCeuticals’ Phyto products, including Phyto+, Phyto Corrective Gel, and Phyto Corrective Mask. While each item boasts its own set of reasons as to why it’s a must-have, they all share the same objective: to make your skin look and feel its best. Ahead, I share my reviews of SkinCeuticals Phyto+, SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel, and SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque. Peep my thoughts on each—plus, their benefits, how to use them, and who they’re best suited for—below!
SkinCeuticals Phyto+ Review
Why We Love It: Phyto+ is a soothing gel formulated with botanical extracts cucumber and thyme combined with arbutin and kojic acid and hyaluronic acid, which can help improve the appearance of dark spots, discoloration and the overall appearance of skin. The result? An overall brighter, more even, and radiant looking complexion.
There was a point in my life where I was incredibly negligent about sunscreen use. I’d apply SPF prior to a beach day, but wouldn’t reapply after two hours. And I certainly wasn’t wearing it daily. Once I realized my major skin care mistake, I began to view sunscreen like a second skin. Unfortunately, some damage from harmful UV rays had already been done. My face is studded with dark marks and spots in some areas. I’m happy to report that after about a month of using Phyto+, I noticed a reduced appearance of dark spots on my complexion! They’re definitely still there, but are much less noticeable compared to when I wasn’t using this gel. I look forward to seeing what happens to my complexion with continued use of this product. I also love how lightweight and gentle it feels. It’s not uncomfortable to wear at all, which makes me even more likely to use it during my daily routine.
Recommended for: All skin types.
To Use: Twice daily, apply a small amount of Phyto+ to areas of discoloration.
SkinCeuticals Phyto+, $82
SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel Review
Why We Love It: Phyto Corrective Gel is formulated with active botanicals of thyme and cucumber, hyaluronic acid, mulberry (otherwise known as Morus Alba Root Extract), and more, making it an ideal moisturizer for problem or sensitive skin types. The formula can not only help soothe and calm skin, but also offers excellent hydration to help promote a fresh-looking complexion.
Unlike heavy-duty moisturizers that weigh down the skin, this oil-free formula is incredibly lightweight and gentle. It absorbs quickly without leaving a sticky or uncomfortable feel on the skin. Since a few drops go a long way, the gel moisturizer will likely last for a good while. For the price, this is certainly a bonus. It also helped alleviate that tight, uncomfortable feeling that sometimes occurs after spending a long period of time outdoors exposed to the elements.
Recommended for: Sensitive, acne-prone and/or problematic skin.
To Use: Using your fingertips, apply 2-3 drops of Phyto Corrective Gel to face, neck, and chest. The formula can be used on other areas of the body as needed.
SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque Review
Why We Love It: SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque is formulated with active botanicals of cucumber, thyme, and olive, a calming dipeptide, and hydration powerhouse hyaluronic acid. This intensive calming facial mask cools on contact (a bonus if your skin feels warm!), helps comfort skin sensitivity, and restores natural radiance and smoothness. It’s the perfect mask to use when your skin is experiencing any temporary reactivity— the blotchiness, dullness, and dehydrated, tight feeling skin can experience due to any number of seasonal and/or daily factors including: sun exposure, dry weather, salt water and chlorine, retinols and astringents, and external aggressors.
This mask is one of my absolute favorites, especially during the warm summer months. The gel-like formula is intensely hydrating and comforting on my skin, and that cooling sensation just can’t be beat on a scorching hot day! But I also like to use it during the wintertime when cold, windy conditions have a tendency to suck the moisture right out of my skin, leaving it feeling dry and dull. One application of this mask helps patch my skin back to its former (hydrated!) glory.
Recommended for: All skin types, especially those with temporary skin reactivity.
To Use: Phyto Corrective Masque can be worn three ways: as a leave-on, rinse-off, or overnight treatment. Apply a generous coat to a clean face, chest, or neck morning or night, making certain to avoid the eye and lip area. Allow mask to remain on for 10-15 minutes. If desired, rinse with cool water. Keep it on during the day to help comfort compromised skin, or overnight for additional replenishment while you snooze. You can use the mask up to 2-3 times a week or as needed. If used post-procedure, consult a physician prior to application.