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“Vegan” and “cruelty-free” have been big buzzwords in beauty for a while now, so when I stumbled across newcomer reduire, I wanted to see if the Korean brand’s vegan and cruelty-free offerings would be efficacious. After all, there’s no better feeling than replenishing your skin with goodness while also minimizing harm to the world. Not only are reduire’s products made of PETA-verified and EWG Green Grade ingredients, the brand also boasts a minimalist approach with stripped-back formulas, as well as sleek, modern packaging to complete its image.
Currently, the brand is home to three beautifully color-coordinated ranges: Refreshing Time, Recovering Time and Trouble Relieving Time. The Trouble Relieving Time collection, which controls sebum production and soothes acne-prone skin, piqued my interest the most, as I’m constantly on the lookout for acne-targeting goodies.
What’s in the Collection?
The Trouble Relieving Time collection comprises a toner, essence and cream. The toner comes in a sub-acidic ph 5.7 formula that helps balance skin’s oil-moisture levels and provides anti-bacterial effects. The essence offers an immediate calming effect while leaving skin moisturized. Finally, the cream, which is enriched with honey extract, penetrates quickly into skin to deliver deep moisture.
The trio’s star ingredients include patented Machilus Calming Complex, as well as tea tree leaf oil and white willow bark extract to soothe sensitive skin, heal acne, control excessive sebum and refine overall skin condition, leaving a refreshing finish. All three products have passed skin irritation tests, and are free of 20 potentially irritating ingredients. They’re packed with plenty of natural extracts, such as magnolia officinalis, portulaca oleracea, sophora angustifolia root, paeonia suffruticosa root, dryopteris crassirhizoma, forsythia suspensa fruit and cinnamomum zeylanicum bark.
What Did I Think?
I love the simple and clean packaging with its silver tone and deep green notes that are consistent across the range, and the larger containers mean these products can last me longer. Unlike most other creams on my vanity, which are housed in tubs, the Trouble Relieving Time Cream comes in a hygienic and convenient pump bottle. On my skin, all three formulas are lightweight and easily absorbed – some of my most important criteria. The toner is a thin, almost scentless liquid, while the essence is a gentle gel featuring a natural herbal scent, with tea tree oil notes coming through the most. The velvety cream has the strongest scent of the three, with a slightly bitter (but not unpleasant) aroma. The essence and cream leave slightly sticky finishes on my skin, which is my only qualm.
During my trial, I used this three-piece routine both morning and night. Overall, I preferred using it at night, as putting on my base makeup immediately afterward sometimes led to clumpy application, while using it at night always made my skin feel uber nourished, moisturized and supple when I woke up.
Although the products were light and soothing as promised, I don’t think they did much in terms of healing my acne. They definitely didn’t aggravate or worsen the condition, but they kept things stagnant at best, with no dramatic changes in general skin condition. That could simply be attributed to the short trial period, and I’m willing to keep using them for a bit longer, if only because I have a lot of hope in this brand’s mission and impact!