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I tend to keep my skin care routine as simple as possible. This is really important for those with sensitive skin, and even more so for those like me who suffer from skin conditions like atopic dermatitis (eczema). Each individual with sensitive skin may or may not react to different ingredients, which makes finding products that are friendly yet effective exceptionally difficult. In winter, skin sensitivity heightens as dryness in the air makes the skin feel itchy, tight and in some cases even painful, so regular moisturizing is fundamental. On my everlasting quest to find products that are sensitive and dry skin-approved, I stumbled onto re:p. and tried it out, hoping it would salvage my crying winter skin.
re:p. (Real Elemental Practice) is a cruelty-free and organic skin care line by NEOGEN, with a focus on all-natural products that are also environmentally responsible and sustainable. Even their packaging is made of recycled materials and printed with soy ink. What sets re:p. apart from many organic skin care brands are its effective and smart product formulations. The brand also values high-quality natural ingredients that enable their products to condense skin care routines without compromise.
What is it? A toner, essence and emulsion in one, infused with antioxidant-rich lotus seed, avocado and olive extracts to nourish, improve elasticity
Does it work?
The Multitem carries a rosy scent and a water-gel texture that melts into a water-like consistency that is quickly absorbed by skin. As my skin is currently extremely dry and sensitive, applying this on a freshly cleansed face triggered a stinging sensation. But about 30 seconds after applying, my face felt calmed and moisturized. Once dried, the finishing is velvety and holds moisture even better than some of the face creams I’ve been using.
What is it? Soothing and deeply moisturizing overnight mask formulated with lemon balm, apple mint, tea tree, basil, olive oil and niacinamide to promote healing and to fortify the skin barrier.
Does it work?
This feels like an even more nourishing version of the Multitem, as it has a thicker and richer texture but doesn’t leave heaviness on skin. It takes about the same amount of time as the Multitem to dry to a velvety finish. I applied a coin-sized amount after cleansing and toning before hopping to bed. To my surprise, my skin felt pretty soft when I woke up, without the tautness and flakiness I had suffered every morning in the past few weeks.
What is it? A calming mineral clay mask made of kaolin that gently rids the skin of debris as well as crushed herbs such as chamomile and calendula for added soothing effects.
Does it work?
This clay mask has a rich herbal scent that reminds me of the Chinese medicinal wine (dit da jow) that my mom used to give me to treat bruises and swellings. Like usual clay masks, the texture slowly thickened as I applied it on my face, prompting a speedy application to ensure an even amount was on before it dried.
After about 10 minutes, some of the formula seemed to have dried a little bit, but it was still relatively easy to wash off with water. When I was washing it off, I noticed that it got rid of some more dead skin, even though I had already exfoliated beforehand.
After patting my face dry with a towel, I realized the majority of the stubborn dry patches that were bothering me for days were gone, and my face hadn’t felt this refreshed for a while. If it was summer, I’d let my skin breathe for a bit longer before finishing off my skin care routine. But as my skin is ridiculously dry, taut and sensitive at the moment, I quickly put on my face oil and night cream.
What is it? A nourishing peeling clay mask made of kaolin and enriched with hand-crushed rosemary and peppermint to strengthen, moisturize and gently exfoliate impurities and dead skin cells.
Does it work?
As its ingredients list suggests, this clay mask smells exactly like a blend of rosemary and peppermint, with a thick, creamy texture that is surprisingly easy to spread on skin. Even though the mask was kept at room temperature, the herbs in the mask actually gave off a cooling effect. Even after 10 minutes of use, my skin felt rather calm and soft.
Halfway through trialing, my skin already felt a lot better. I used the Multitem combined with my face oil two times a day, and the stinging after application was hugely reduced as my skin became less dry. The Bio Fresh Mask With Real Calming Herbs was surprisingly drier than the Real Nutrition Herbs version, but I felt it actually visibly removed more dead skin from my face than general face scrubs. I was rather skeptical of the smell at first, since I’m not a fan of peppermint or rosemary, but the mask’s herbal scent turned out to be rather therapeutic. The All-Night Moisture & Relief Mask delighted me with an unexpected level of nourishment, surpassing night creams and sheet masks that can’t penetrate super dry and sensitive skin.
Overall, I’m pretty surprised and happy with the effects these re:p. products have on my Sahara-level dry skin. I’ve actually felt and seen real improvements in skin texture after one week of continuous use of the Multitem and overnight mask, and single use of each clay mask. I feel that these will definitely suit the needs of all skin types for winter, as the products leave a refreshing or velvety finish that isn’t heavy. Those who are sensitive to scents may find the Multitem and overnight mask a little off-putting, but I loved both!