Skincare has become a recent interest of mine directly resulting from the continual search for a solution to alleviate all my skin issues.
I grew up with very clear skin, but during my prime teenage years I experienced acne unlike anything I’ve experienced before.
Unlike the rare occurrence of whiteheads I was used to in my younger years, the acne I was experiencing was deep cystic pimples, especially across my cheeks. Not only were these bumps impossible to get rid of, but they left hyperpigmentation and dark marks on my skin.
As a person of colour, post-inflammatory pigmentation is very common and hard to reverse after the bump comes up. Although my active acne isn’t the worst it could be, the accumulation of this scarring leads to an overall appearance of an uneven skin tone that makes me feel conscious about embracing my natural beauty that is contrary to what I preach.
Mad Hippie is a skincare brand that has been on my “beauty bucket list” for the longest time. As it’s sold very conveniently at my beauty and food heaven, Whole Foods. I frequently eye its packaging and product collection.
I was drawn to Mad Hippie for a myriad of reasons. Not only are they deemed one of the cleanest and most effective skincare lines out there, but they engage in multiple practices to uphold their corporate responsibility. Mad Hippie donates a portion of their profits to conservation, prints their labels in soy ink, runs their factories on alternative energy, uses the only BPA-free airless pump bottles available on the market, and constantly lives out a mission to become a pioneer in the beauty industry by championing safe and powerful skincare.
Beyond that, Mad Hippie focuses on improving signs of ageing and discolouration from sun damage and other external factors. While their product line is targeted towards the dryer and more mature skin types, many of their products agree well with all types based on many customer reviews.
There are lots of amazing Mad Hippie products that you can find at madhippie.com, Ulta, and Whole Foods in addition to many other online retailers. In the morning I applied the oil and Vitamin C Serum and at night I applied the Exfoliating Serum and the oil depending on the weather. Here is my review of each individual product over the course of 30 days:
Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum
One of Mad Hippie’s most popular and highly acclaimed products. This serum uses a stable form of Vitamin C called sodium ascorbyl phosphate, Vitamin E, ferulic acid, hyaluronic acid, konjac root, chamomile extract, and clary sage to brighten skin, combat discolouration and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
This was my favourite product of the three! Not only does this hydrate and give my skin an immediately brightened glow but over time it really helped with my hyperpigmentation across my skin; Especially on the top of one of my cheeks. In all, it gives a really healthy look to the skin. My only critique of this product is that it didn’t prevent the uprising of cystic pimples and whiteheads.
Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum
A great night time serum with alpha-hydroxy acids to slough off dead skin cells and unclog pores. This product contains glycolic acid, lactic acid, apple stem cells, gigawhite (deemed the natural alternative of hydroquinone), matrixyl synthe ‘6 (an advanced peptide to revive the skin), sodium hyaluronate (a salt of hyaluronic acid that is said to work better than hyaluronic acid in some cases), white tea, goji berry, and ceramide.
This product was my introduction to using acids in skincare. It was very light when it came to exfoliating, so if you have sensitive skin then you will love this. The product was a great start to implementing acids in my skincare, but once I got used to it, I felt like I needed a higher percentage of it to change my skin enough. The product has a lot of great actives in it however that would work fantastic on mature skin. For an exfoliating serum, this formula is unique in not drying out the skin and providing hydration! Unfortunately, it didn’t prevent the cystic bumps from forming on my skin. But overall, it made a good partner to the day serum.
Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil
This facial oil uses argan oil, sea buckthorn berry, blueberry extract, pomegranate oil, camu camu berry, broccoli extract, raspberry seed extract, strawberry extract, goji berry, hemp seed extract, grape seed extract, and sunflower seed oil to provide antioxidant support, anti-ageing benefits, and hydration whenever needed.
I have used facial oils in the past with quite bad experiences. However, this one blew me away with its luxurious spa-like experience and quick absorption. After hurting my skin before Mad Hippie by trying to reduce the severity of its oiliness, experiencing hydration was really a treat! I would highly recommend this product for those who are looking for a facial oil to soothe their skin. As the weather started to warm up, I came to not need the additional hydration however, dryer skin types may need this all year round. Additionally, this oil is a great product to do facial massages and jade/quartz rolling with as it softens the skin so incredibly.
My skin definitely looks and feels better than when I started! While I have to scour for a different solution to manage my hormonal breakouts, these products do a great job at bettering the skin from the inside out. Also, this line really targets discolouration in a powerful manner!
The components of this brand from its choice in product ingredients to its environmentally conscious production, make me love the serums and oil even more because I know I am making a difference, however small it may be by choosing this company to be an integral part of how I take care of my body.
I will say that I don’t think the products 100% agreed with my skin type. I was prepared for this since Mad Hippie considers itself an “anti-ageing” product line. I see this being fantastic for dry and mature skin types.
In fact, after using the latter products for a month or so, I offered up the products to my mother, who was in search of a good skincare regimen. Her skin is extremely sensitive, so it usually rejects anything she puts on it. Mad Hippie was one of the rare exceptions, which I think is an enormous testament to how great the products can be for many! Her skin not only is less dry, but it has a healthy glow and feels much more youthful.
Lastly, I have to mention that the customer service team at Mad Hippie was very kind and helpful in providing me with information and attending to my questions. This brand is very personal with their products and customers, which is so great! I am excited to try some of their other products, specifically the sunscreen, which I plan on purchasing for warmer weather.
For those of you trying to find a good natural skincare routine, give Mad Hippie products a try! The results take time – at least a month, but they will ensue when you meet the right products that target your problems perfectly.