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We already know what a tragic disaster my skin was this summer. After many months of trial and error, using countless products and cursing the humidity and grime of the city, it’s FINALLY, finally, once and for all, awesome again. Like getting compliments on it wonderful. Thanks to a lovely representative from A.C. Care cosmetics who gifted me the Ultimate Care collection, my skin has never, ever looked better. (Seriously!)
I’ve always been pretty skeptical of acne care lines, especially as someone who doesn’t have severe acne. I always just want to take care of the little problem spots and hormonal breakouts, but things usually end up disastrous. I’ve found that acne care lines typically are super drying, and have the tendency to leave my skin a dry, flaky, even more broken out mess. When I was given the opportunity to try this line, I admit that I didn’t have the highest of hopes. But man oh man was I wrong!
According to the A.C. Care website, A.C. Care is a company devoted to bringing glowing, acne free skin. They say:
“A.C. Care is at the forefront of natural and organic cosmetic products from Korea – combining both natural ingredients and cutting edge science to give you perfectly flawless looking skin. From the moment you use A.C. Care Cosmetics, you will immediately begin to notice your skin being gently cleaned and repaired – giving you that wonderful fresh feeling of your skin being more smooth, glowing and radiant than ever before. The best part is that everything in A.C. Care Cosmetics is completely natural – and all of the active ingredients are natural. That means, when A.C. Care touches your skin, it works with the natural skin processes to amplify healing and repair without harming your body in any way. “
The A.C. Care Ultimate Cure line consists of the Bee Repair Complex, Water Essence, Bee’s Cure Serum, and Bee’s Foam Cleanser. I have been incorporating all of the products into my nighttime routine for about 6 weeks now and I’ve definitely seen a significant improvement in the texture and tone of my skin. Best of all, NO BREAKOUTS. None. Not even a hormonal one. (…well, I got ONE pimple this past weekend after I spent the night downing sugary alcoholic drinks…sugar+my skin = disaster) I don’t know what sort of witchcraft they’ve put into these products, but they’re the real deal.
What makes the A.C. Care line unique is the use of bee venom as one of the main ingredients. All of the products contain bee venom, along with other ingredients such as royal jelly extract, calendula flower extract, and tea tree extract. Be warned that if you’re in any way allergic to bees, you may not want to try any of the products from this company.
I wanted to review the 2 standout products from the line, starting with the Bee’s Cure Serum. Seriously, if there is nothing else you buy from this line, get the serum. It’s incredible. According to the website, the Bee’s Cure Serum is the only serum on the market to be formulated with 100% organic ingredients sourced from S. Korea. The serum claims to treat every single root cause of acne at once, including excess oil, bacteria, blocked pores and inflamed pores.
The Bee’s Cure Serum is packaged in a small, lightweight plastic container with a pump top. Thank god for pump tops! It doesn’t feel cheap, but it also doesn’t feel super luxe either. You get around 30mL or 1.01 oz of product in the container. I’ve been using one pump a night for the past 6 weeks and it’s well over half full. I would guess that it would last around 3 months or even longer if you didn’t use it every night.
I use the Bee’s Cure Serum during my nighttime routine, after I wash my face (with the cleanser from this line and my Clarisonic), and apply my Missha First Treatment Essence. I only use one pump on the back of my hand, and apply it to my problem areas: chin, forehead and cheeks. It has a light, gel like consistency and has a faint scent that I can’t particularly place. It smells slightly medicinal. At any rate, the scent isn’t cloying or overbearing, nor does it last on the skin. It dries on the skin quickly and doesn’t leave it sticky. My skin doesn’t really feel moisturized after using it, but it’s not a moisturizing serum. After the serum dries, I apply the Bee Repair complex, which I’ll be reviewing next week. I personally like to apply my serums and skin treatments at night so I don’t have a layer of makeup sitting on top of them. Of course, you can definitely use it during the day if you want.
I noticed a difference in my skin about one week/one and a half weeks after using the Bee’s Cure Serum. My skin is definitely more even and bright, feels soft and smooth, the acne scars are slowly fading, and best of all, NO BREAKOUTS!!!!
This is me a few weeks ago. It’s a no filter, no makeup, after my nighttime skin routine picture, so I could show you how even my skin is. Like a lot of African-American women, I have hyper-pigmentation, but since I started using the A.C. care line my skin tone has evened out. I caught Johnny staring at me just the other day, and he told me that my skin looks the best it’s ever looked (and we’ve been dating almost 8 years…HUGE). My biggest problem area, my forehead, is finally smooth again! I do still have a giant acne scar on my cheek from a nasty pimple I had before I started using the collection, but it has faded significantly.
And another, no filter picture, this time with makeup. I’m wearing MAC Mineralize Foundation SPF 15 in NC45, NARS Taj Mahal blush and MAC Private Party lipstick. My skin is breakout free, minus the pimple on my cheek from drinking a ton of sugar this weekend. CRY. But the amazing thing about the Bee’s Cure serum is that it makes your pimples drastically improve. It was shaping up to be a pretty nasty one, but the serum really made it heal much, much faster than normal.
You can find the A.C. Care Bee’s Cure Serum on their website. It retails for $52 but you can get it on sale for $47. And yes, I know that price is a bit above the average price range for a serum. However, I believe that it does end up being cost effective since it lasts for such a long time. It’s the only negative to an otherwise incredible product.
Disclosure: Financial compensation was not received for this post. A sample product was gifted from A.C. Care Cosmetics. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own. This is the first, and only product reviewed on my blog so far that I have been gifted.
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