I've been on a mission to banish my 'chicken skin' (properly termed Keratosis Pilaris) for as long as I can remember.
KP is an unsightly skin condition, usually in the form of dry, rough, red bumps on the arms, legs and other areas of the body.
You can read more in my previous post, but in short, KP occurs when the skin over-produces keratin and builds up in the hair follicles forming keratin plugs causing 'bumps' in the skin.
I was very kindly sent these skin smoothing, 'alpha hydroxy therapy' products by Ameliorate, which were specially developed to provide a solution to chicken skin.
The founder, the very lovely Annette, like me grew up plagued by this annoying skin condition and after spending years trying different lotions and potions in the hope for smooth, silky arms to no avail, she set out to develop a body lotion that would provide an answer to KP. A product which she is extremely proud of and they have since released accompanying products.
I've been using these products for a few months now, giving them a good time to see how well they work [nothing happens over night of course!], and now they're almost empty I can review them for you.
Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Lotion* (£27.50)
The star of the show, their body lotion is the first UK made lotion specially developed to help with the appearance of KP. It contains lactic acid providing intense hydration and encouraging the skins natural exfoliation process, breaking down the keratin inside the hair follicle and encouraging the natural shedding process.
It has won many awards including the Cosmopolitan Beauty Lab Awards 2015 & Pure Beauty Awards 2015.
I was advised to use this twice a day for best results, which I did, in the morning before getting dressed and in the evening after my shower. I soon learnt not to use it after shaving in the shower though as it stings a little. Ouch! The cream is a really nice, thick consistency and dries really quick, so I could dress straight away.
Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Polish* (£19.50)
This polish contains gently exfoliating lactic acid with micro-dermabrasion granules and a unique multi-active moisturising complex to slough away dead skin cells, moisturising and conditioning.
I was advised to use the polish BEFORE getting into the shower, which was a new one for me. But I guess it makes sense, so the granules are not just washed away before they're given chance to work. I use this around 2-3 times a week. It's a real 'scrubby-scrub', which I love.
Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Mitt* (£12.50)
To kick start the exfoliation process, this mitt, made from an innovative fabric weave, is designed to be gentle on the skin to sweep away the top layer of dead skin cells to allow for the products to work effectively.
I use this mitt every evening before my shower. It's not at all abrasive and the fact that it's black means you can actually see the dead skin cells on the mitt after use!
Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Shower Cream* (£15.00)
The shower cream includes moisturising ingredients that replace vital moisture in the skin that many shower products may strip away, re enforcing it's natural moisture barrier. The ingredients help to nourish and condition while cleaning your skin.
I've been using this every single evening in the shower. It's un-fragranced and feels lovely on the skin.
I was really excited to see results after using these products. As a range, I think it's fantastic. The packaging is perfect and the passion behind the products is clear.
I enjoyed using all the products, they're all lovely to use and feel great on the skin.
Unfortunately, I haven't had the great results I was hoping for. I've read amazing reviews, so maybe my skin is just in a league of it's own!! I adore the body polish, if you read my blog often you'll know I have a bit of a thing for body scrubs, and this is up there in my favourites. My skin does feel a little smoother after I use the products, but after a couple of hours, it's back to it's dry, bumpy state. I'm really disappointed as I was hoping I'd be rid of my KP but it's very much still there.
Please try it for yourself though. The products really are lovely and are surrounded by positive reviews, so give them a go, I hope they work for you!
Me... I'm still on the mission to get rid of my chicken skin!