If any of you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that Val came back with a vengeance. Who is Val? Oh, well she’s the pimple that pops up on my cheek whenever I eat poorly and this time she brought a friend. Now Val is not your typical blemish, she’s not just a slightly raised red gal under the surface of my skin. She is large and in charge, sits on the skin instead of underneath it and when people see her they know she hurts just by looking at her.
Whenever my skin is troublesome (which happens more often than not because I am always trying out new products) I usually like to switch to an acne/blemish specific skincare routine to try and maintain my skins’ optimal oil levels. Well this skincare system review was two birds with one stone because I was able to try out something new while trying to evict Val and her friends.
Abundance Naturally was kind enough to reach out to me and send me some Thursday Plantation skincare products featuring Tea Tree Oil, an ingredient often a popular choice for treating acne due its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
My first interaction with Tea Tree Oil was not a pleasant one. It was when I was very young and got head lice and my mother over-washed my hair with an extremely abrasive hair cleansing system. While the shampoo was effective in killing those gross little suckers I still remember how much that shampoo burned my scalp and every time I get a whiff of Tea Tree Oil I associate it with a burning sensation.
Tea Tree Oil is linked with calming down redness, swelling and inflammation however I know that mixing essential oils on your own can be intimidating especially when Tea Tree Oil is so potent. Although you can buy pure essential Tea Tree Oil from Thursday Plantation they also offer an entire skincare line with Tea Tree Oil as their star ingredient so you don’t have to worry about mixing your own formulas.
Tea Tree Face Wash Foam
Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Toner
This was the product I was the most apprehensive of when it comes to trying Tea Tree Oil skincare since toners can be a bit abrasive in nature. Made up primarily of witch hazel, a natural astringent that tightens pores, the toner also contains some soothing ingredients such as aloe vera and lavender so it doesn’t have that burning sensation other toners have.
I did find that there was a bit of grit to it and left a bit of a tackiness to my skin which I didn’t mind since I try to avoid products that really strip my skin. However if you prefer that squeaky-clean feeling you probably won’t like the slight residue on your skin afterwards. Again, this product was a steal at $13 CAD.
Tea Tree Face Cream
The system was definitely effective and Val didn’t stick around as long as she normally does. I normally find Tea Tree Oil products to be very drying and harsh on my skin but the Thursday Plantation system was ultra-gentle even when I wasn’t. The cleanser was hands down my favourite item from the entire collection. One of the biggest pros of this skincare collection is definitely the cost at less than $50 for all three products.
I did notice a decrease in the severity of some of my blemishes and they were less raised. Reviewing the progress photos I also noticed that my skin was a lot less flushed and oily overall. I would definitely recommend these products to anyone that had oily or troublesome skin as long as they didn’t mind the scent of Tea Tree Oil as well as wore little to no makeup. With the spring season trickling in slowly and temperatures going up and down day to day my skin has been excessively oily so I will be sticking with the Thursday Plantation system to balance out my skin while waiting for warmer weather.