Along with the GENTLEMASK T-Tox Cleanser, Jen from BEAUTIBI also sent along the SIMPLISTIC Supreme Salve. Have you ever heard of SIMPLISTIC? No? It’s okay.. Me neither. In any case, since I got both products on the same day and I was testing them out for the past week and a half or so — I am gifting you all with another review! A wombocombo! This product was a little harder to review and test because I can only use this at night, and because it’s the first time that I’m incorporating an AHA/BHA product into my routine I had to proceed with caution! ; u; not really. But I did a lot of documenting and photo-taking for this product!
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review by a company for my honest opinion, and I am not being paid to write this. My review, images, impressions and thoughts are all my own, unless stated otherwise. While this product may or may not have worked for my skin, it may or may not work for yours – remember, your mileage may vary (YMMV)!
Links: The links regarding this product provided in this review were given by the company, and will be marked with an ** (since I am not sure if it is an affiliate link or not). Otherwise, I do not currently have any affiliate accounts anywhere yet.
Quickie (for people like me who look things up at the store)
- Skin feels soft the next morning
- Do not need to apply on the entire face
- Can be used for spot treatment
- Must wear sunscreen for the next couple days after use (sad news for lazy people)
- Tingly feeling immediately after application (during the first couple of times that I tried it, it gets less tingly afterwards.. but still kind of tingly)
- Might be a little pricey? $24 for 30mL, but since it has a lot of active ingredients in it… hmm (on the fence about the price)
- AHA/BHA/actives – some people might not like using acids/actives and it takes time for skin to get used to, especially if you’ve never used actives before
Will I buy it again
Maybe! I’m still new to beauty, skincare and the whole bit about acids, AHA and BHA. I think when I’ve done more research on it and thoroughly understand the benefits and cons of acids, I will probably consider buying this again.
Price (Subject to change)
$24USD on BEAUTIBI
Claims/ Description of this product
Helps target skin concerns such as skin tone, skin texture, keratin, sebum and pigmentation. The product also moisturises skin and removes dead skin cells over night.
At first glance, the packaging as a whole looks really simple – the design of the box etc. The product comes in a white cardboard box. The box does not have a single word of English on it besides the name of the product and the brand name. Inside the box there is an info card (which I didn’t take a picture of, but if you’re curious leave a comment and I can!) with a small section in English which gives you the instructions on how to use the product.
While the box itself didn’t have a seal or anything like the GENTLEMASK Cleanser, the product itself had a sticker on it (that you can easily peel off). You might be thinking, well how is that supposed to signify that the product and contents are sealed and stuff right? Well..
There actually is a seal! It’s a little metallic sheet that covers the hole where the moisturiser comes out. Does that ease your heart a bit now? It did for mine haha :)
With this packaging, I like how it’s in a tube and is easy to access, and that you can just put the lid back on to avoid having any external factors change the product. Buuut, with this being an AHA/BHA product, I wasn’t sure if it would be okay for me to put this on the back of my hand as I applied it all over my face (since it’s all acidic and stuff). It can easily be solved though – since I’m a paranoid little human, every time I used this I used a cotton swab/Q-Tip to apply it on the areas that I was hoping it would help with, then blended with my finger.
With so many fruity extracts and actives at ingredients, I wouldn’t be surprised if this product can’t be stored for a very long time. Well, in general most products after opening it should only last 1-2 years!
Chamaecyparis Obtusa Water, Glycolic Acid, Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aronia Melanocarpa Fruit Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Betaine Salicylate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Beeswax, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Olivate, Polyacrylate-13, Sorbitan Olivate, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Centella Asiatica Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Butylene Glycol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Polyisobutene, Glucose, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polysorbate 20, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract
As always, I ran this through the handy dandy CosDNA! There are several ingredients to watch out for if you have sensitive skin, or allergies. The ones in red are the ones that might be either irritants or can cause acne. The ones in pink are the ones that are 3 or above in terms of safety.
Glycolic Acid (the main AHA ingredient) – I was a bit curious about this product because it’s so high up on the ingredients list and has a 4 for safety.
I did a little bit of reading, and I think the reason why it is rated a 4 for safety is because if you’ve never used acids before or any AHA/BHA product, the skin needs to get used to it. (This is why patch testing is important). However, some skin may react to it and cause irritation if the percentage of Glycolic Acid in the product is too high. It does say that AHA + BHA is 7% in the product, so I think the % and amount of it in the product is a good amount and not too dangerous. But seriously, patch test! If you want more info on Glycolic Acid, you can read it up here <- I found this really helpful but I don’t want to type everything out because there’s so much info on it..
Almost scentless, but if you try to smell it.. the smell is a little off-putting (like a chemically smell probably from the AHA/BHA). But, it is mixed with a fruity scent. The off-putting smell comes first though.
The texture of this product is like a hybrid between a gel and a cream. It’s pretty thick, not like the gels that I normally use. Surprisingly easy to blend though!
It doesn’t move around or anything when I put it on my hand and tried tilting it (because it’s so thick?). It’s interesting how it’s a gel but it doesn’t really slide around. Most of my gel moisturisers do that!
The instructions on the brown cardboard sheet are to:
Apply proper amounts on overall face or place of concern every day or 3-4 times per week. Remember to use sunblocks during the day.
I apply it either before or after my last step (moisturiser). If I apply it before, I wait a bit before I apply my moisturiser because my skin feels a bit tingly right after the application so I wait a bit until it doesn’t tingle anymore just to be safe.
The moisturiser might look thick, but when you spread it out it’s pretty gel-y and really easy to spread. Hehe, I recently got a tile from the bf and I’ve been using it to do ‘swatches’ on some products because it’s pretty fun to see look.
Also! Even though the application might look quite heavy, it’s actually pretty light wight and absorbs quickly into the skin. I usually feel the tingles around 2-3 seconds after applying it.
Lastly, NEVER FORGET SUNSCREEN the next morning after you apply it. Your skin is more vulnerable to sunlight after using AHA/BHA and acids etc. Take care of it!
Okay, so for this product, I tried to do a bunch of before and afters of the places that I used it as spot treatment. I used it to see if it would help (from right to left)
- Picture 1: Bring out this acne? I think I have under my skin – it’s the greyish/purplish spot that you see on my skin
- Picture 2: Lighten/make my sun spots? and comedomes disappear
- Picture 3: same as picture 2
- Picture 4: Flatten/smooth out the comedomes on my chin
Sorry for the lighten differences, and since I didn’t use it every single day, I’ll comment which one is the before and after photo! There were just too many photos to edit so I only put dates on them ; u ;||
January 8: The first day that I was using it, the pictures I took are the before I started using the supreme salve.
January 9: The next day, I took pictures to see how one night of application would affect my skin. I didn’t really notice much of a difference. My skin was a lot softer and kind of smoother though.
I stopped using it for two days or so and then I went back to use it again! It did recommend daily or 3-4 days/week, and since my skin probably isn’t used to acids I figured I’d slowly ease my skin into it.
January 11: These pictures are the before I start using the supreme salve again! This time I added the product to my chin because I was curious to see if it would help smooth out the little bumps and things I have there.
January 12: The next day! While the coloring of the sunspots and bumps are still a bit dark, I did kind of notice that the bumps were less bumped out. Haha, what I mean is that they seem to have flattened a bit even though it’s still there. Again, my skin felt pretty soft and smooth after using it. Also! this is the before photo for the next day because I used it again that night.
January 13: The next day! Not much progress, but some bumps are less bumpy compared to before. I don’t think it did much for the sunspots in terms of lightening or de-bumpifying, but it seemed to work on comedomes and acne. Skin felt smooth and soft.
I also applied it on a tiny acne I had right under my nose. I didn’t photography it, but I would notice the next morning that it was a lot less red, and less noticeable.
I feel like if I want to see visible results on my bumps and comedomes I might after to apply it every single day. But I’m so lazy when it comes to suncreen. Don’t worry! I’ve been wearing sunscreen every day since I applied it. I will update you guys if I see any difference after using it for another couple weeks.
But as for if it’s immediately effective – I think it is effective on acne, and some comedomes. But not for sunspots and dark spots. As for skin texture, it made my skin a lot smoother and softer the next morning, but some of my bumps were still bumpy. So it might take a longer time to see the results. It didn’t really work for the bump that I think is an underground acne. It might not be acne and I could be wrong but that bump is still there. It did help lighten the colour though! But it’s still kinda dark.
To be fair though it’s claims were “skin tone, skin texture, keratin, sebum and pigmentation” and didn’t really include making blemishes or sunspots go away. But for skin texture I did notice a difference. Keratin and sebum are a little hard to test and see the results of. But yea – my skin felt nice the next morning! Only in the specific spots that I applied it though hahaha.
All in all, it’s pretty decent. I like how it makes my skin feel the next day although I probably won’t use it on my entire face because I don’t think my skin will be happy that I’m suddenly bathing it in acids and actives. The effects don’t show immediately, or at least I don’t think they do? Should they? It did work immediately for certain things like acne, and smoothing the skin. But not for all the bumps. Hmm..I’ll continue using it whenever I see any new comedomes and acne bumps though. I really like how I can use it for spot treatment. What I don’t like is the fact that I have use sunscreen everyday for the next while. That’s because I’m incredibly lazy though… Before this, I’ve never heard of SIMPLISTIC but now I’m curious about their other products :)