astara basic care for oily skin

Reviewed by TIA Community Member on September 24, 2014


by Erin

I'm in my 20s, and when I began using the Astara Basic Care for Oily Skin ($94), I was in desperate need of a quick fix for my acne woes. After years of having a clear face (with some minor bumps along the way), my face had decided to sprout a field of bumps on my forehead and cheeks out of nowhere. Regardless of whether it was stress or a slight change in my diet, I needed to get back to my smooth, clear complexion—and fast.

The kit came with samples of five different products, each with its own special defense mechanism in fighting acne. The Blue Flame Gel Cleanser ($42) is supposed to be used first to cleanse the face of any dirt or other impurities that are present from the day’s occurrences. The Blue Flame Purifying Toning Mist ($39) is to be sprayed onto a cotton pad and gently spread across the face immediately following a thorough cleansing and rinse with the gel cleanser.  The Blue Flame Purifying Treatment ($52) can be applied to the face in a thin layer first thing in the morning and at bedtime in order to smooth blemishes and  unclog pores, leaving oily skin feeling fresh and less greasy. The Blue Flame Oil-Free Moisturizer ($46), can be used both in the morning and at night, depending on how  dry or oily the skin may be. The Blue Flame Purification Mask ($42 in the shop) is to be applied to the entire face two or three times each week (or to specific problem areas as needed). When used as a full mask, it should be left on until hardened and rinsed off; when used as a spot treatment, it can be worn overnight.

Since I was experiencing an issue with acne during the time that I used the kit, I decided to use each product as recommended: the gel cleaner nightly and the toning mist immediately following. In the morning and each night before bed, I’d apply the purifying treatment and oil free moisturizer. Although my skin is very oily, it can become easily irritated, so I decided to apply the purification mask to my entire face only once a week.

Within three weeks of using the Blue Flame Purification line, my skin had become much clearer. Although my face was not devoid of each and every blemish after three weeks, I was completely satisfied with the product because it left my skin feeling much brighter and healthier, while boosting my confidence along the way. After around five weeks of use, I had completely finished the kit and had very clear skin. I recommend the Blue Flame Purification Line for use by anyone who may experience periodic acne breakouts. Although results are not immediate, the product is effective over time.