It’s December now, which is exciting because it’s Christmastime, but also not so exciting because it’s getting colder and the dry air is wrecking my skin. Luckily, I was given an entire line of skincare products to try out a few weeks ago from the UK skincare company AEOS, which stands for Active Energised Organic Skincare. I was testing all of the products all throughout November so now I want to let you know what I think of them! Keep reading to see my review of the AEOS Optimal Essentials kit as well as the AEOS Enriching Spelt Hand Cream.
AEOS Optimal Essentials
I was sent the blue version of the AEOS Optimal Essentials kit to try. It came with a guide with instructions on how to best use and apply the products along with each product’s ingredients. The AEOS line is a three step process - Renewal, Rebalance, and Replenish - to be done in both the morning and the evening. They recommend using the entire line on its own for two months, but I did also use my Clinique face soap and toner as well as my Sephora makeup remover last month. The kit is 10 pieces which I believe are all travel-sized products and costs about $100, but I’ll also list the individual full-size products’ approximate prices. The Optimal Essentials kit is meant to be an introduction to the AEOS range so you can see if the line suits your skin. I’ve never used so many skincare products at one time in my life so it was interesting testing this.
In the morning, you use the gentle cleansing lotion followed by the gentle exfoliant on damp skin. AEOS stresses to use everything in the order they suggest so the products work best, so I tried to follow that. This step was what I did instead of using toner and I think it was a lot better for my skin - I’ve been using a pretty harsh toner and I think it contributed to the dryness of my skin right now. The “gentle” part of these products is real and they smell nice too.
The evening version of the renewal face consists of the cleansing oil dé-maq and the dew facial wash. I didn’t use these two as much since I already have a preferred makeup remover and face wash, but it was cool using a cleansing oil for the first time. I like how it melts away my makeup but I’m not a fan of the oily residue it leaves behind. It’s also not as effective when I do my full waterproof mascara routine. Otherwise these two felt nice for cleansing my skin at night.
So this step and the next one probably did the most to make my skin feel and look better. The energizing conditioner is a really hydrating kind of product that you just rub all over your face and then follow up with the refreshing hydrating mist. I spritz that a couple times over my face and then just lightly press it in. It feels so hydrating and I can really feel it giving my face the moisture it needs.
Realive Serum($155) + Enriching Moisturizer ($90)
I’ve always wanted to try a serum and this one didn’t disappoint. The realive serum a moisture-packed fluid that glides all over your face and feels like it’s adding a lot of hydration that your skin may have lost. The final step, the enriching moisturizer, is supposed to seal in the moisture from all the other products. I’m not as big of a fan of this moisturizer as the serum since it just doesn’t feel as hydrating, but it’s still a soothing final step to lock in moisture.
I didn’t try the body product as much as the face products but I thought these were a nice touch to the essentials kit. I didn’t really feel much of a difference on my skin after using the shower gel other than a general fresh and clean feeling. I used the body lotion mostly on my elbows and knees alongside other lotions and it did add to the soothing feeling of my body moisturizing routine.
Enriching Spelt Hand Cream($125)
The hand cream I tried was a full sized pot. I have really dry hands like all the time so experimenting with different creams is always good for me. I wasn’t a fan of the scent at first since it’s a really intense scent (I’m not sure how to describe it) but it eventually grew on me. I think this cream worked really nicely on my hands and introduced moisture back into them instantly. The hydration of the cream definitely penetrates your skin without leaving your hands greasy.
Overall I thought the AEOS Optimal Essentials Kit and the Enriching Spelt Hand Cream were very effective and helped my skin look and feel better. The kit is a great introduction to a full skincare regimen if you want to start dedicating time to revitalizing your skin. However, it’s a pricey kit and the individual products are even more expensive because of the line’s biodynamic organic properties so you will probably be able to find comparable but cheaper skincare products.
Would you try out the AEOS organic skincare line or a skincare regimen like it? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading, please come back soon! ♥