Reader Review: BeFine Food Skin Care
The motto of BeFine Food Skin Care is ‘You are What you Eat’, which is a little disconcerting because this invariably makes me a couple of pints of beer and a plate of fish and chips.
Considering my current obsession with putting only pure and natural things onto my body (thanks to TIA), this is something of a paradox. And thus it was that I was delighted to try out the BeFine Morning and Evening samplers recently, which include a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer each chock full of natural ingredients good enough to eat (although you are encouraged not to do so on the side of the box).
I have to begin by saying that my main concern in life these days seems to be with my prematurely aging skin (genetics, Florida sunshine, too many aforementioned beers). But I have sort of figured out that coating myself in the most expensive creams on the market while not even bothering to take my makeup off might be an exercise in futility. And so it was that I resolved to start a ‘regime’, as scary as that sounds, and have been on the look out for a suitable product line for general skin maintenance.
BeFine Food Skin Care will certainly be a contender, providing a well-produced and nicely priced option overall. The products come loaded with natural goodies such as pomegranate, oats, rice, sugar, ginger, etc.; all ingredients with a healthy record of ‘do-gooding’ in the skin department. The Gentle Cleanser, for example, contains sugar, mint, oats, and rice, and is gorgeous, light clear lotion that leaves the skin bright and squeaky-clean. And because the entire line is fragrance free, the minty ‘zing’ the cleanser gives is simply refreshing rather than feeling like a resuscitation device. In fact, all the products have a very subtle scent, which is a good thing considering that the Night Cream ($19.99, 1.7 fl.oz.) contains cocoa; I am happy to let it sink in beautifully rather than wanting to lick it off my body.
Having said that, I am kind of tempted by the Exfoliating Cleanser ($15.99, 4 fl.oz.). It contains brown sugar, sweet almond, and oats, and is a delicious treat for the skin. Although I found the size of the grains a little harsh for my face, it is fabulous on the body and my legs have become noticeably smoother. The nice thing about the scrub is that the sugar dissolves, so I can still use it on my face after working it down in my palms for a couple of seconds. I have noticed that the pores on my nose have become much smaller after using this product and no longer seem to be full of gunk (apologies!)
I think one sign of a well-made cosmetic is that a little goes a long way, and this is certainly true of all the BeFine products I tried. I also like a couple of the design features that enhance this: the pump for the Gentle Cleanser and the spray for the Firming Toner ($15.99, 3.4 fl.oz.) allow for very economical use. I have been using the samples daily for the last week or so, and I reckon that I still have enough for at least another month.
There are a couple of things I am not that keen on, however. The Daily Moisturizer ($19.99, 3 fl.oz.) is a little greasy for my face. It also contains a sunscreen and sadly that wreaks absolute havoc with my skin. This is a shame because it also contains pomegranate, which is a fabulous antioxidant and also intensifies the effects of sunscreen. I have been using it on my hands, though, and the lotion soaks right up, leaving only a healthy sheen and a clean scent.
Another slight disappointment was the Firming Toner, which contains ginger and willow bark. I found it to be a little sticky at first, and then it leaves my skin much too dry. But then I have never really been a huge fan of toners anyway. I think on younger, less high-maintenance skin, both of the moisturizer and toner would work well.
I only have good things to say about the Lip Serum, however. This is my absolute favorite of the line, and I carry it now at all times. It gives a beautiful sheer tint for the day, and with a bit of natural lip liner, it is sufficiently luscious for night. I finally plucked up the courage to smile at ‘hot guy’ at the gym this last week, having just applied some, and I swear he couldn’t keep his eyes off my lips. Well…ok…it was probably more of a passing glance, but this does represent significant progress after a year of me refusing to make eye contact. At least the Lip Serum seems to be more effective than the fish and chip residue that has been my mainstay up until now. This could be the beginning of a whole new me.