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Why I’m Loving This Brand That’s Making My Skincare Refreshingly Simple

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How many times have you said, “urgh my skin looks so dull” or, ‘FFS I look so tired’? Those of a mature age will understand the perils of having menopausal skin. And we all know what ‘period face’ looks like. 

I was recently introduced by my friend, Instagram, to Faace. The brand, which was recently invested in by three dragons on Dragon’s Den (the UK equivalent of Shark Tank), literally tells it how it is and targets specific skincare concerns and scenarios in each of its 8 addictive products. 

Names like Tired Faace Mask, Stress Faace Moisturiser, Menopause Faace Daily Cream, Period Faace Mask and Dirty Faace Gel Cleanser make it instantly obvious to the consumer what each one is for and which they should go for. 

 

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Just pick one as per your faace’s needs (see? It’s catching) and know that whatever your issue, there’s a product in the range there to nurture you.

Here’s what I thought of the brand, its functionality and, most importantly, the formulas.

 


A brand that ‘gets it’

When you’ve got your period or you’re feeling menopausal there’s no real word for how your skin looks. It just doesn’t. look. right. And when you’re feeling knackered or you’ve not been committing much time to your skincare regime lately, you just need a brand to tell you exactly what you need. 

You don’t want the hassle of explaining it, or to spend time researching the proper ingredients. You just want to go straight to a product, and have it spell out what you’re going through so that you can buy it, use it and feel better.

 

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I genuinely feel like Faace gets it. For example, if you spend lots of time at the gym, running for public transport or working outdoors in the heat and your skin needs a break from all the pore-clogging sweat, then you’d go straight for Sweaty Faace Mask (which fights blemishes, unclogs pores and is packed full of antioxidants). 

Choose Dull Faace Creamy Cleanser if, according to the packaging, you’ve “forgotten what glow looks like,”. Or Tired Faace Mask, which contains things like caffeine and vitamin C for when your skin needs to look more awake.

See what I mean? Just point to the word you can relate to the most and you’ve found your skin’s new best friend.

 


The formulas

The morning my package arrived, I had started my period after experiencing a rough few days prior. Breakouts, oiliness and just general imbalance. Sigh.

Opening the box and seeing what has since become one of my favourites in the range – Period Faace Mask (£27 in the UK and $35 in the US) – was like someone had answered my hormonal prayers. For a start, it smells of comforting, soothing, balancing lavender. Just what my period face needs once a month – a bit of TLC. 

 

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It also contains hyaluronic acid to keep skin hydrated, green tea to improve its overall appearance, zinc and clary sage to fight breakouts and white willow, a derivative of salicylic acid to reduce pore size. The label was basically a checklist of my skin’s symptoms that morning and all boxes were ticked.

What I love is that you apply every Faace product your way. In this case, “in a thin layer to prime or as a lightweight leave-on mask, in a thick layer as a heavier mask for 5 minutes, 20 minutes, or overnight,” says the packaging. 

The choice was mine. And quite frankly, when I am hormonal, it’s better for everyone to always let me be in charge.

I chose the 10-minute option and it felt cool and soothing as soon as it touched my skin. I inhaled the smell which instantly made me feel relaxed and like I should go and sink into my soft bed as soon as possible. 

Afterwards, my skin felt clean, soft, calm and better. As did I. I used it every single night during my period and sent out a little virtual hug to Faace for understanding what I needed.

 

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Another one of my favourites is the Stress Faace Moisturiser (£34 in the UK and $44 in the US). In a stroke of genius, it is packaged like a stress ball. I know, GENIUS. But before I got carried away, I remembered it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

According to the packaging, it contains everything you need to combat stressed skin and make it brighter and less fraught in two hours. Ingredients like organic aloe vera, organic shea butter and organic sunflower seed oil help to soothe the skin, whilst hydrating it. 

And the fragrance is meant to make you feel less stressed too thanks to things like jasmine, ylang ylang, geranium, and patchouli. And I can’t disagree. I’m a sucker for the smell of jasmine – instant ‘ommm’.

 

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And then there’s the Filthy Faace Face & Body Bar (£14 in the UK and $18 in the US) which is a bar of soap with a difference. For a start, it obviously smells great. But what I love is that it’s full of lovely oils like sweet orange, coconut and olive oil to avoid stripping the skin like other soaps can. 

It also lifts away dirt and it’s better for the planet. I use it from head to toe and end up feeling more clean and lovely than I do when using a synthetic-smelling shower gel that’s been packaged in a plastic bottle.

Each product is a different colour so can be little collectors’ items for your bathroom cabinet, if you’re into that sort of thing. Once you’ve got them all or a few, not only do they look pretty but you can dip in and out of each one according to your mood or skin/life status.

Treat them like your very own skincare companions, who are there to support you and who understand your needs, whatever your skin is going through. 

 


What other users are saying

I’m not the only one who seems to love the brand. Fern T on wearefaace.com says “my skin is so much better around my period since using this – can’t recommend enough”.

Kathryn C says, “Tired mask is super refreshing, super cool and super reviving. In fact, it’s just super! Just saying…” And Sarah P says about Menopause Faace, “It lasts really well, I use morning and night without having to skimp on it. Feels wonderful on my face.”

 


Overall value for money

This is definitely a mid-priced range with most products costing around the £30 mark. When you think of the overall convenience as well as the results the products give your skin, I think it’s worth the money. 

 


The takeaway

Faace is clever and quite frankly, it’s what we all needed. No silly gimmicks, long scientific words or any need to overcomplicate matters. If you’re feeling ‘periody’, get the one that says period in the title. If your skin is feeling a bit dirty, choose the cleanser that says dirty. Simple.

Finally, there’s a skincare brand out there that doesn’t cost the earth and covers the bases we actually need covering. 

The only one I have yet to try is Menopause Faace Daily Cream & Mask. It hasn’t quite reached my age bracket yet but when it does, I have a no doubt it’ll guide my skin through.

This is not an #ad. More like a thank you letter to Faace for creating something so simple, yet so functional. I feel seen! And other brands might want to take note.

 

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The former Beauty Editor of Glamour UK, Philippa has been a beauty and lifestyle journalist for over 16 years, picking up countless tips and tricks from makeup artists, hair stylists, dermatologists and celebrities. In that time she’s written for names like Cosmopolitan, The Sunday Times Style, The Telegraph, Grazia, Refinery 29 and Byrdie. Philippa lives in the UK with her husband, two children and their hyperactive cockapoo, Paddy.

Expertise: Makeup, hair care
Education: Oxford Brookes University
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