Long time no see! You may recall that I mentioned the Dr. Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel in my June Favorites and since then I have been loving it even more. It has been a godsend because heat and humidity have caused my skin to become significantly more oily and more prone to break out. This gel has been a tremendous help in preventing breakouts and could benefit many of you who have combination, oily, and/or blemish-prone skin types and are struggling with finding the right product to moisturize your skin during Summer.
The Dr. Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel is a hydrating treatment that contains antibacterial ingredients and can be used in a few different ways. The texture is nothing like my other moisturizers. It’s a gel, but is slightly runny (when I first tried it I thought I had opened a toner instead of a moisturizer). The consistency is similar to plain aloe vera gel (which is the base of the product), but unlike aloe gel it does not leave a sticky film on the skin. Upon the application it makes the skin feel moisturized, refreshed, and soothed.
My first and favorite use for the Organic Soothing Gel is as a daytime moisturizer. The texture is so light that I can use it on the most humid, hot day and never look like a greasy mess. It leaves the skin satisfactorily hydrated (at least for my skin type) and comfortable to where I can apply makeup on top without incurring any dry patches. It leaves no shine or oiliness on the skin at all and it sinks in quickly.
My second favorite use is as a post-shaving, calming treatment. I can’t rave enough about how it soothes irritated skin and calms the redness with a refreshing, “cooling” sensation. I used to use a simple aloe vera gel, but as I mentioned above, aloe vera gel can leave an uncomfortable sticky film on the skin, while this product does not leave any residue.
My third way to use it is to prevent and to heal breakouts. To be honest, I have not been breaking out much lately thanks to a stellar combination of skincare products and a decent amount of sleep. However, I was very naughty a few days ago and I picked on my skin (yes, I am aware that it was not a smart idea), which resulted in a few nasty spots. When I realized what I had just done to my skin I applied some Soothing Gel hoping that it would help some. Not only did it sooth the spots, but they were already healing and looking better by the following morning.
The formulation includes several wild-crafted herbals. My beloved, soothing Chamomile is one of them, together with Myrrh, Frankincense and Wild Fennel, which are all powerful antiseptic ingredients that promote the healing of skin. Lemon Balm is an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory herb that speeds up the healing process. Vitamin B and Vitamin C complexes are also included in a base of Aloe Vera Gel and Witch Hazel. This is the full list of ingredients:
aloe vera gel*, witch hazelº, grape alcohol*, greater nettle*, wild chamomileº, myrrhº, european elder*, sweet weed*, french lavender*, curacao orange*, benzoinº, rosemary*, olibanumº, wild fennelº, balm mint*, sea oakº, atlantic kelpº, red seaweedº, natural vitamin b complexes, vitamin c complexes, 100% pure essential oils.
*Certified Organic, ºEthically wild-crafted. Gluten free. Vegan.
You may also notice less common ingredients like the Atlantic Kelp and Red Seaweed. Sea Kelp is rich in minerals and antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory. However, I think that it was included in the blend especially for its detoxifying and healing properties. The Soothing Gel is in fact highly recommended for acne-sufferers, as well as for eczema and rosacea sufferers. Red Seaweed promotes cellular regeneration and it is also being studied for being a powerful antibacterial. It would seem that bacteria doesn’t stand a chance against all these amazing ingredients, and that is why I think that the Soothing Gel is so effective at preventing and healing breakouts. (If you fancy reading it, I found an interesting article about the beneficial effects of Marine Algal Compounds in Cosmeceuticals that you can read here).
While I usually love herbal scents, I cannot say that I am a big fan of this product’s scent. However it is not offensive and does not linger, and it is such a helpful product that I honestly could care less of how it smells! It also comes in a very generous size. Despite the fact that I have used it every single day for the past month I have barely used up 1/6 of the bottle.
If you have oily or combination skin, or if you are searching for an extra light-weight, hydrating product with blemish-preventing benefits, the multi-tasking Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel is definitely worth trying (I see myself repurchasing over and over again in the future).
I purchased the Dr. Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel from The Detox Market.
Is there any product from the line that you have tried? If so, what was your experience?