Regular readers will know that I am a skincare fanatic. I am particularly interested in the recent trends in skincare where we are seeing brands that are transparent when it comes to ingredient list and they have affordable products e.g. The Ordinary and The Inkey List. I was introduced to the SKIN functional skincare brand by @Glamology_ZA who commented how much it resembled The Ordinary and I was immediately intrigued.
About the brand
This is what they say on the website: SKIN functional is a range of products expertly formulated using optimal concentrations of effective and trusted ingredients to restore and maintain skin’s ideal functioning. The brand was created to demystify skincare jargon and misinformation to deliver honourable skintelligence. Equipped with skintelligence, you can confidently adapt your skincare program to your everchanging skin needs.
Each product contains ingredients that have earned the right to be there, leaving no room for redundancy. Delivering potent treatments that bring you everything your skin needs with reproducible results.
SKIN functional currently stocks 16 products in their range. There is a variey of products that are targeted at exfoliation, hydration and anti-ageing. Unlike The Ordinary and The Inkey List, the products here have names such as: Smoothing Gel, Exfoliation Facial, Texture and Blemish Tonic etc. The brand does a good job of explaining the product benefits and the type of skin types it is suited for.
What I bought & buying experience
After being excited about the brand, I decided to put it to the test and try out some products. I bought the Hydration Juice (2% hyaluronic acid and 4% B5) and the Vitamin A (0.5% Retinol). I paid a total of R530 including shipping – there was a 20% off promotion at the time of purchase. What mostly impressed me was how quickly my product was shipping – within 30 minutes of paying for it, I received a message that it was shipped. I placed the order on a Friday and I received it on Monday morning. My order also arrived with a guide of how to use the products that I bought over and above the instructions on the packaging.
The prices for most products are in the R200 to R290 range which 2 products retailing for R485 and R550. For comparison, I used the hyaluronic acid product from The Ordinary (R133), The Inkey List (R136) and SKIN functional (R230). The brand is obviously pricier than the others but when you consider that they are local, they ship very quickly and you don’t have to worry about custom fees – it is worth the higher price in my opinion.
NOTE Currently Cult Beauty is not shipping any products to South Africa during the COVID-19 global pandemic, so we can’t buy from them currently.
Let me know if you’ll be buying anything from SKIN functional
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