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Treatments (Face) -Garden of Wisdom -Garden of Wisdom Pineapple Wine Exfoliating Gel

on 9/27/2018 10:17:00 PM

I have dry, acne prone skin, and find that the pineapple red wine exfoliating gel is gentle enough to use 2-3 times a week. Afterwards my skin looks healthier and feels softer. It is one of the rare exfoliators that doesn't leave my skin feeling tight or irritated. My other favorite way to exfoliate is by using a mask of plain, nonfat yogurt, but using the GoW mask is much more convenient. Only a thin layer is needed, the texture is smooth and you can definitely smell the pineapple and a bit of wine. It's a pretty pleasant masking experience.

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Treatments (Face) -Garden of Wisdom -Mandelic Acid Serum


I started out with the 5% no alcohol/seaweed and after 2 months stepped up to the 10%. What I love about GOW is the ingredients - clean, simple and above all effective! No fancy packaging or story required, these are products for those who are serious about their skincare.

I used this on a night time only, twice per week using my fingertips. The texture is like a toner and very watery so I had to be careful not to let any drip onto my clothing as it would change the color (something I was aghast to discover happened to a brand new dress). I found it did tingle although I wouldn't say it was uncomfortable in any way. Quite possibly due to the addition of Hyaluronic acid and Panthenol, I didn't need to wait the 20 minutes as I didn't feel it necessary to follow with a moisturizer. Obviously for drier skin types that require hydration afterwards, the 20 minute wait will be inevitable. For me 2-3 minutes drying time in front of a desk fan and I was good to go.

Results: This helped reduce the appearance of prominent pores on my nose and the area immediately adjacent to my nose, either side. Also by the time I was on the 10% I noticed my skin tone looked brighter and a touch smoother too. I would repurchase this.

Selena x

~ My HG list ~

(I've sampled many 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, as I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora. Thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective)

1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: Jack Black - Intense Therapy
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Treatments (Face) -Garden of Wisdom -Rosacea Serum

on 6/26/2018 10:55:00 PM

My rosacea was flaring up, so I bought a sample of the Garden of Wisdom (GoW) Rosacea Serum to see if it would help. I began using it twice a day, and I am seeing great results with no flushing. I have oil skin (but no acne). I read some reviews here that it dried out peoples' skin. I have not had that problem, but it may be related to having oily skin or it may be related to using it in conjunction with GoW's Rosacea Oil Blend. This product is a bit expensive, but it seems to have helped my skin.

GoW's website states: Our Rosacea Serum fights rosacea redness with a mixture of seabuckthorn seed oil and mandelic acid,by getting to the root of the problem -- rosacea mites. These are mites that live on skin, and an over abundance of them causes sensitivity, inflammation, and the notable redness common with rosacea. Also very healing, it helps to repair skin and calm it as well. This serum may cause stinging or tingling, because it is causing the rosacea mites to stir and become upset at first. After a few applications, however, the stinging should go away.

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Moisturizers -Garden of Wisdom -Clearly Pure HA serum

on 5/5/2018 7:45:00 PM

I have tried several HA serums in the past- Skinceuticals (very expensive), Reviva (good but recently reformulated) The Ordinary (broke me out) and Hada Labo (irritation)- however I find Garden of Wisdom to be the most effective and best value of the ones I've tried. I do however have a feeling hyaluronic acid is slightly irritating to my skin, but I still think it's a well formulated product though. I really appreciate GoW for their simple formulations without any unnecessary ingredients, which can be great for finicky sensitive skin and you only need a tiny drop per application, so very good value too, I just don't think it's right for my skin.
UPDATE: This ended up really irritating my skin fairly badly and I'm still recovering.

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Treatments (Face) -Garden of Wisdom - Salicylic Acid 2%( Alcohol Free) Serum / pH 2.5

on 5/4/2018 9:41:00 AM

This works so well for my finicky, dry skin- I use it as a spot treatment and it isn't drying at all for me (unlike The Ordinary and PC SA products). Fragrance free, lasts forever and extremely effective without making skin too flaky, it's almost moisturizing although I would still be a little hesitant to apply on broken skin but that goes for any acid. I used it on several large cystic zits I developed from the OCM and it took down the redness and pain very quickly. The only downside is the slight 'filmy' almost greasy, texture when dried, which makes more tricky to wear in the daytime however that is a very minor negative.
UPDATE: This ended up really irritating my skin in the long run sadly, I haven't experienced such a bad reaction for a long time. 3 months later and my skin still isn't back to normal, I cannot understand why it caused such a severe reaction as I have used lots of bha products in the past, so possibly the preservative used was to blame... all I can say is please patch test!

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