I tried £500 of tropical skincare and here's what I really thought


Tropic Skincare is the beauty brand on everyone’s lips right now. Affordable, cruelty-free, sustainable and packed with responsibly sourced natural ingredients, it's no wonder searches for this product and the brand's smart skincare routine finder, which matches you with the perfect routine, continue to increase. But is it worth the hype?
From targeted serums with powerful ingredients like exfoliating lactic acid, to masks with skin-clearing and hydrating ceramides, the range rivals popular brands like The Ordinary, REN Natural Skincare and Pai. While it may not get much attention, it is quickly becoming popular.
But what does a skincare-obsessed beauty editor think? Click through to read honest reviews of some of Tropic Skincare's best-selling products and how to incorporate them into your daily routine.

Tropic Skincare, Smooth Cleansing Complexion Purifier, £20
This reminds me of Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish, £18. It's creamy, smells great, and makes makeup disappear. However, my skin and eyes are very sensitive to fragrance, so it's great that you can choose the unscented version before trying it.

Tropic Skincare, Clear Skies Cleansing Powder, £20
Powder beauty products are currently booming as brands consider their environmental impact. With just a few drops of water, it turns into a blue paste and then a white foam, perfect for a second cleanse after makeup removal. My skin felt very clean but not uncomfortable. Just make sure to keep the lid on tightly so the powder doesn't spill out.

Tropic Skincare, Clear Slate Deep Cleansing Powder, £20


This mint powder turns into a deep cleansing foam in water and my oily skin loves it. I use it at night after my skin comes into contact with makeup, pollution, and everyday grime. I also think it lasts longer than my usual foaming cleanser. Here too, it is important to close the lid, otherwise the powder can easily escape. If you're traveling with it, I recommend putting some tape on the lid.

Tropic Skincare Juicy Greens Exfoliating Toning Serum, £18


This toner has a blend of polyhydroxy acids and alpha hydroxy acids designed to gently exfoliate the skin and help it absorb any leftover product. I honestly didn't notice much of a difference other than helping my tired skin recover at the end of the day. However, I like its subtle cucumber flavor.

Tropic Skincare, Morning Mist Soothing Toning Essence, £18


In my opinion, toner is not a necessary step in skin care. They barely work for me, except in the summer when I need to cool off at my desk. I honestly didn't notice a big change in my skin when I used this after cleansing and pre-moisturizer, but it was really refreshing and prepped my face for makeup, so I might Just a convert. If your skin is very dry and tight, adding hydrating hyaluronic acid and hydrating squalane oil can be beneficial.

Tropic Skincare, Peel Peel, £44


This includes lactic acid, AHA (or alpha hydroxy acid). It gently exfoliates the skin's surface, leaving it looking brighter, smoother and softer. It makes my skin glow over time. The only real downside is that the formula has a very fruity scent that I can smell on my skin for a while after application. It fades throughout the day, but if you're very sensitive to scents like me or they tend to irritate your skin, this might not be the product for you. Instead, try The Ordinary's Lactic Acid 5% + HA, £5.50, for a more subtle effect.


Tropic Skincare Glow Berry Brightening Serum, £48

Considering all the goodness here (10% glyceryl ascorbic acid, vitamin C and glycerin, antioxidant super berries and skin-restoring kangaroo paw flower extract), I was surprised at how lightweight it is. This stuff is quickly absorbed into the skin. I'm not sure if it really brightens that much, but it definitely leaves my face feeling soft, hydrated, and plump. I think this is a great addition to your winter skincare routine.
Again, the only downside is the smell. Don't get me wrong, it smells amazing
– Honestly just like the summer fruit squash. While I enjoyed drinking from it, I found it a bit overwhelming when I put it on my face.

Tropic Skincare Rainforest Dewy Hydrating Serum, £44


Another serum from Tropic; another win for the brand. In addition to ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid, your skin is treated with a dose of soothing anti-inflammatory periwinkle fern extract and elasticity-boosting botanical peptides. This is definitely the choice for those with dry skin who suffer from central heating in autumn and winter. The smell here (a light grassy scent) is not that overpowering, which I really appreciate.
Due to the botanical extracts in this formula, sediment often appears at the bottom of the bottle. Don't worry, it's natural. All you need to do is shake well before use.

Tropic Skincare, Elixir Brightening Omega Oil, £28


What I really like about Tropic serums and oils is that you get a lot of product for your money, and this is bigger than any dropper bottle product I currently own. While it's a little heavy for my acne-prone skin tone, mature, dry skin will absorb it. It is rich in omega fatty acids, which nourish dry areas and make the skin soft.

Tropic Super Greens Nutritional Boosting Oil, £44


It tastes just like you'd imagine considering all the green goodness in it: like a green smoothie for your face; powerful and earthy. I'm not a huge fan of the scent, but I love what it does to my skin. After a few weeks of use, I noticed a difference - my skin looked noticeably brighter and fine lines were reduced.I also really like the idea that vitamins and nutrients (from cold-pressed broccoli, kale and avocado oils, restorative green coffee oil and fatty acid-rich tamanu oil) can protect me from pollution and other daily Injury from irritants.

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