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Skinfinite “the balm”- reviewed and recommended


Did not aggravate oily skin


No visible change in fine lines
August 1, 2011 Reviewed by Mark 12 Comments
A real multi-tasker for all skin types

Products that multitask are always popular, but it seems especially so for guys who want a no fuss routine.  One recently snagged my attention when Marta sent me Skinfinite’s “The Balm” ($45) to try out.  “The Balm” is billed as an after shave/after sun cream-gel moisturizer formulated with ingredients to soothe, heal and also to address anti-aging.  Recommended for all skin types, notable ingredients include RejuvenOx (perfluorodecalin) purported to increase oxygen and moisture levels in skin and aid in wound healing and smoothing of wrinkles, Antarcticine (pseudoalteromonas ferment extract) helps skin retain water, has restructuring and anti-wrinkle properties, and Arginine (L) and tamanu oil (calophyllum inophyllum seed oil) to act as anti-inflammatory, promote healing and aid in wrinkle prevention.

Checking out Skinfinite’s website, I was intrigued by their skincare collection, as their products center around peptides, epidermal growth factors, plant stem cells, retinols, hyaluronic acid, alpha & beta hydroxy acids, and antioxidants. Their peptide serums were especially appealing and chock full of several of these ingredients.

First impressions are always important, and right out of the box “the balm” hit a positive note with excellent packaging.  Lift the clear protective lid from the jar and the entire lid is a push-top pump for super easy dispensing while protecting the product from contamination.  Thank you Skinfinite!

While I think of a balm as having a heavy texture, this is just the opposite – a lightweight and silky gel consistency that is non-greasy, smooths on easily and absorbs well.  After shaving, I applied “the balm” to a slightly damp face and neck (only areas I shaved) instead of my usual toner in the morning and also applied it to the same areas in the evening.  A little bit goes a long way so only a small amount is needed for the face and neck.  Since many moisturizers can aggravate my oily skin I was pleasantly surprised to find this one didn’t (not one break-out while using it), but did leave my skin feeling lightly moisturized for several hours.  It also seemed to leave skin a bit more plumped after a few days of consistent use, although I don’t see any apparent change in a couple of fine lines yet.

After having fallen victim to the sultry summer’s bumper crop of mosquitoes, I also applied “the balm” to some bites to see if it might make any difference in healing.  (Although not exactly scientific, since I didn’t have any nicks or cuts while shaving, I worked with what I had to evaluate healing properties.)   Of five mosquito bites, I applied it to two and left three untreated.  The mosquito bites I applied it to actually healed well before the untreated bites.

So after a month of use, I found I like “the balm” because it does soothe the irritation after shaving, moisturize, plump a bit and help heal skin.  It is fragrance free, easy to use, multi-tasks well and is worth checking out if you’re looking to simplify your routine.


Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbitol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Perfluorodecalin, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Hydrolyzed Casein, Bisabolol (L‐alpha), Arginine (L), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Lysine HCI (L), Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Allantoin, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Totarol, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate *Certified Organic

  • September 8, 2011

    by Mark

    Hi Susan - it will be a few weeks, but keep watching and I will review one of their serums. Thanks for your question.

  • September 8, 2011

    by Susan

    I recently stumbled upon the Skinfinite product line and was searching for reviews when yours popped up in the search results. Do you think you will ever review their derma roller and any of the serums? They have a deal to get $15 off the derma roller when you purchase a serum (on their website), but I'm wondering which one to use? So many options, not enough reviews yet :(


  • August 22, 2011

    by Mark

    This was a good find and I'm glad you're carrying it in the shop, too.

  • August 22, 2011

    by Marta

    My husband just admitted that he loves "the balm". He's promised to write a review too!

  • August 18, 2011

    by Marta

    Mark, thanks again for your review. We have this product in the shop now.

  • August 10, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    This is great news, Heather. Thanks for sharing it. I am trying to rejuvenate not only my hands, but arms and legs, as well. It's been a long, trying 18 months (more...) I'm trying to reawaken from and the skin of this aging body needs all kinds of TLC. ~jk

  • August 9, 2011

    by Heather Key

    After reading your review on "the balm" from Skinfinite, I read one of the questions that Julie Kay asked about using "the balm" on her hands. I wanted to let you know that I use "the Balm" every day and I LOVE it! I work in an office and deal with lots of paperwork and so my hands are dry and cracked but since I have used "the balm" I have discovered a difference in how smooth and soft my hands are again. Once again I LOVE this product and can not get enough of it. I especially love using it after I shave my legs. They have never looked better, and don't even get me started on how wonderful it works after I have been in the sun just a little too much! ;-)

  • August 8, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    Thanks, Mark! You're a peach...=) ~jk

  • August 8, 2011

    by Mark

    In response to Julie Kay’s inquiry to using “the balm” as a hand cream, I began using the remainder of the jar on one hand at night before going to bed. As I compared each morning, I did find that the treated hand felt more moisturized and a bit softer and smoother than the untreated hand, but for the short duration of the test I can’t say it was enough time to see any conclusive overall difference in either hand. Since this is a light moisturizer designed more for the face, it’s likely not what you’re looking for, Julie Kay. That said, I do think this is a good quality product and would even merit a place in the TIA store. Hope this helps you out, Julie Kay!

  • August 2, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    Thanks, Mark- I'll sit tight... =) ~jk

  • August 2, 2011

    by Mark

    Hi Julie Kay - good to hear from you. Although I didn't try it on my hands, I think it may be too light of a moisturizer for most people to use on their hands. However, I do have a bit left in the jar and will begin a test tonight applying to one hand only and will reply back to this post in a bit with my results.
    I often do try products that didn't do well on the face on other areas, so this was a great question.

  • August 1, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    Mark- how would The Balm work as a hand cream?

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