Thursday, June 11, 2015

Review: theBalm Strawberry Nourishing Facial Serum

Today I have a tricky review to write but I'll try my best to get it all out. I am reviewing theBalm's Strawberry Nourishing Facial Serum which is something I've been wanting to review for awhile now but it just kept getting pushed back for other topics. The tricky part of it is that my opinion has changed during this time so the review I was originally imagining is no longer how I feel about it. So the question is, which review should I be discussing? I guess we can start with a basic overview of the product and just take it from there!

This serum is made with strawberry extract which has a ton of vitamin C (my favorite vitamin!) and is targeted towards normal to combination skin but reviews online rave that it is great for oily skin. The blend of ingredients can help prevent dark spots and freckling from sun exposure. Strawberry extract is chocked full of antioxidants that protect from free radicals. There is also a boost of alpha hydroxy acid in the serum that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Overall this seems like a great serum with a balanced set of benefits all contained in a cute little bottle with a hygienic pump top.

First impressions, it has the generic herbal tea scent of theBalm, pleasant but unexpected because I'm always hoping their products will smell like the ingredients (in this case strawberries!). The product itself is slightly thicker than liquid but still not quite a gel. About two pumps is enough to cover my face liberally and it easily absorbs into my skin as I pat it in. Immediately I find that it feels light yet hydrating on my skin, really sticking up to it's nourishing name. My first few weeks with this product has been very positive. I found that it didn't contribute to any oiliness on my face and it did appear to help with evening out my skin tone thanks to all the vitamin c. Fast forward to roughly three weeks ago, so at that point I'd been using the serum for about a month and a half, I started noticing that my face was getting shinier and I was starting to break out heavily along my jawline. I hadn't changed anything else in my routine and I was starting to suspect this serum due to the fact that it was starting to sit a little heavier on my face. I skipped a few days applying this serum and found that the oiliness reduced dramatically and I got no new acne spots.

So sadly I must give this serum a thumbs down, at least for my oily skin. The benefits it provided are just not enough to outweigh the immediate concerns of acne and oiliness. Even though it worked out for me initially, it was weird that it kind of turned on me like that, but for that reason I will not recommend anyone to pick this stuff up. This is hard for me to say because I LOVE theBalm skincare but this one was just such a horrible miss. Also a bottle of this stuff is typically $36.99 which is quite pricey for something that could potentially cause a lot of issues!


  1. It looks so amazing. I never heard of something like this. I am using Dermology anti-aging cream and I would love to try this balm.

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