How do you keep skin looking fresh when you travel? That’s the challenge I had this past week as I embarked on a wedding, an interview, and a weekend trip to Salt Lake City. Before I left, some Tracie Martyn samples found their way to my mail and I could not be more ecstatic to put them through the paces.
British born Tracie Martyn is a celebrity facialist who runs the renowned Tracie Martyn salon in New York. Her skincare line features natural products and is known as much for its quality as it is known for its celebrity devotees including Susan Sarandon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Winslet. If there is anyone who understands the needs of the jetsetting elite, it would be Tracie Martyn, so I was keen to take the products for a tour.
Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant: The blue-green enzyme exfoliant is a mixture of powerful enzymes, skin lighteners, and fruit acids. The proposed result? Softened fine lines and wrinkles, minimized pores, and lightened complexion. The formula features pineapple enzyme, kaolin clay, kojic acid, and glycerin/squalane as key ingredients that are high in the ingredients list. The glycerin and squalane keep skin moisturized, kaolin clay sucks out pore cloggers, pineapple enzyme exfoliates, and kojic acid brightens skin. Kojic Acid has received some negative press for potential skin irritation and causing contact dermatitis with regular use, but when used in a weekly treatment such as this, I think most skin types should handle this ingredient without the negative side effects. The rest of the ingredients include essential oils to make the product smell wonderful and retain that spa like quality – think fancy spa-like seawater (hello algae).
This can be used as a scrub or a mask, and I prefer to let it sit on my skin for 10 minutes before rinsing off. It dutifully removed gunk without irritating my skin both times that I used it. My biggest gripe is that for $90 at 1.67oz, there just wasn’t enough product to make it last for more than 5-6 weeks of use. Most of my friends who have had a Tracie Martyn facial say they like this product but would not pay for it if that tells you anything, but if you want a product that contains EVERY exfoliant out there, this is a product you should add to your collection.
Tracie Martyn Alma Purifying Cleanser: Ah, a cleanser that is an actual cleanser! Meaning, in the green beauty world of cleansing oils, balms, and dirts – it’s refreshing to see something more traditional and straight forward! Now I know that there are a lot of you who love the makeup removing/hydrating properties of oil cleansing, or the “enjoy me time” feeling of melting a balm on your skin, or the energizing rub of a certain Clean Dirt – but there has always been the nagging feeling in the back of my mind that feels that we green beauties are really embracing these alternate forms because it’s so hard to get an effective traditional cleanser using clean ingredients (also, the green brands shilling these creations do a pretty good job of convincing us to buy into these). So the fact that this ‘non-groundbreaking form’ cleanser came along is ironically a breath of fresh air.
At $65 for 1.7oz, this is not cheap but it perhaps also shows why there aren’t more natural straight forward cleansers – 1. It is hard to make a good one 2. Natural alternatives to many of the agents used in normal high quality cleansers are costly or hard to come by making them expensive! For the amount you get, this is definitely one of the most expensive cleansers I’ve used. Tracie Martyn products do not come in large sizes, that’s for sure. Fortunately, you don’t need a lot of this cleanser. Although the instructions tell you to use 3 pumps, 1 was all I needed. The gel is very thick and fragrant, almost like honey scented with essential oils. Some reviews say this is low foaming, but I don’t feel this way at all – it was a foam monster, and if you can’t be away from Clarisonic, this is the green cleanser for you. And while it does a great job at removing makeup, I always use a makeup remover to ensure that everything is gone so the cleanser itself can better penetrate my skin to cleanse deeper.
The key active ingredients in this are the amla extract (or Indian Gooseberry) known for its high antioxidants and anti-inflammatory content, salicylic acid which exfoliates, and ascorbic acid which heals and brightens complexion.
A lot has been said about the scent, personally I enjoyed it. I would categorize it’s fragrance power as on par with the ila face oil but less than the Arcona Cranberry toner, so it shouldn’t be too overwhelming especially as you’ll wash the cleanser off within minutes. The scent is kind of like a cross between lime, rose, and spearmint but in the most luxurious way.
I found the high foaming cleanser to be on the drying side, as even 1 pump per application reduced my skin to dry patches around my cheeks and forehead. Another not so good about the cleanser is that it uses honeysuckle, which is called “the secret paraben” – so I’m kind of disappointed that they decided to include this preservative which means although natural, I probably wouldn’t say that it is a clean product.
Aqua (purified water), amla extract, sorbitol, coconut and soy amino acids, castor and soy hydrolized protein, decyl glucoside and lauryl lactylate, lactic acid, salicylic acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin c), malic acid, allantoin (comfrey), papaya enzymes, pineapple enzymes, silicon dioxide, honeysuckle extract, turmeric extract, spinach extract, blend of spearmint, lime and other natural essential oils.
All aside, this is a luxurious cleanser from the honey-like texture to the gorgeous fragrance to the beautiful frosted bottle with gold accents. It makes a great travel companion due to its small size and the powerful cleansing will be sure to please those looking for performance.
Has anyone else tried any Tracie Martyn products? If so, how do they stack up to your green beauty or luxury favorites?