Skincare Review: AlumierMD

About my skin before we delve into the product review, step by step: I have what is considered normal skin that is generally clear with the occasional breakout. I wear medium-heavy makeup daily and am now very diligent about cleansing my face thoroughly before bed. I wear sunscreen daily, treat myself to a deep cleansing moisturize masque weekly after doing an extensive facial steam.

I’m going to say the thing we’re not suppose to say out loud after the long period of rain we had, but is anyone else over summer? My skin does not adjust well to drastic changes in the weather and it’s been letting the world know with breakouts and some serious hyper-pigmentation (think freckles, but not as cute). My sweat glands have been in overdrive due to the extreme heat leaving my skin with an oily finish and patchy foundation. While I normally stick to hydrating and anti-aging skincare products I needed to switch to something lighter and specifically made for oily skin.

Truth be told, I’m a bit out of my element when it comes to skincare products for oily skin because up until this sweltering heatwave I have never had what I would consider oily skin. Luckily AlumierMD came to my rescue with some skincare products meant to keep my skin glowing, not glistening.

The Ingredients

AlumierMD is comprised of an internationally renowned team of scientists and physicians that have come together to bring forth the most effective formulations using optimal medical-grade ingredients. Products are formulated using only the highest grade of ingredients at the correct percentages proven by clinical studies. All AlumierMD products are free of parabens, sulfates, petrolatum and dyes. AlumierMD does not do any animal testing on their products. What makes AlumierMD unique in comparison to other skincare brands I have tried in the past is that it’s only available at select doctors’ offices and on their website.

HydraClarite Moisturizer

HydraClarite is a moisturizer made for oily and blemish prone skin. While it may be tempting to skip the moisturizer all together if you have oily skin, oily skin still needs moisture. It’s hard to find that balance of dewy radiance and greasy mess in the summer, but HydraClarite takes the guesswork out of the equation. Made with lots of powerful ingredients, such as sea whip and meadowsweet extract to soothe irritation and improve the look of oily skin, this light moisturizer absorbed quickly and left no residue. With continued use I did notice a difference in my skin and found that it helped climatize my skin to the heat.

The downside? If you’re sensitive to smells you might want to stay clear of this moisturizer. There are no added fragrances and perhaps it’s all of the extracts and oils used from nature, such as Canadian willowherb, this moisturizer smells like dirt. Literally when I asked a friend what she thought my face smelled like, she said I was scented like a garden. While the scent eventually disappeared, for a few minutes after application my face smelled like freshly picked produce. ($60.00)

AluminEye

One of their best selling products, AluminEye is an eye cream that targets the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and puffiness around the eyes. As someone who is perpetually exhausted I’ll take all the help I can get to look more awake and bright eyed. With good-for-you ingredients, such as vitamin B3 for a hydration boost, it’s easy to see why this is a customer favourite. AluminEye also contains light-reflecting and soft-focus ingredients that immediately lighten the appearance of under-eye darkness reducing my need for heavy undereye concealer, a blessing in the unbearable heat. ($80.00)

The Verdict

Do I think these products work? Short-term, yes. I will be continuing use of both products throughout the summer to see if it makes a significant difference in my skins overall appearance, but so far I have noticed that my skin is less oily and my undereye area is brighter. Also worth noting is that their packaging is a twist-up pump that was easy to twist down and lock, making it ideal for travel.

Downside, I hated the scent of the HydraClarite. It was enough for me to ask friends if my skin smelled funny and I was self-conscious that the smell was lingering on my face. But if you don’t mind smelling like a  freshly picked tomato and your skin is on the oily-blemish prone side, check out AlumierMD for some dermatologist quality skincare.

AlumierMD was kind enough to gift me a few skincare goodies to try out and review for Style by Fire. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the brand nor their affiliates. 

Vicki Duong

Writer

Vicki Duong is a self-proclaimed multifaceted fashion hustler. Since moving to Vancouver in 2013 she has styled editorial shoots, costumed for film and television, worked in fashion distribution and wholesaling and wardrobed for world tours. When it comes to shopping she keeps the planet and its inhabitants in mind by purchasing sustainable, ethically produced, or second-hand whenever possible.

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