I keep finding so many beauty products at craft shows. And once again, I will be reviewing new skincare products, this time by LimeLight by Alcone.
While crafting, I ran into Karen Torres, a beauty director who reached out to me when my mom let it drop that I run this blog (thank you mom). Karen, who you can reach out to at 312-401-0004 (or find her on Facebook) was gracious enough to load me up on 7 different samples from LimeLight’s skincare collection (as well as books and pamphlets on their cosmetic line).
Karen gave me the following LimeLight samples. Click on the product names to go straight to their reviews:
- Dream Clean – Aloe & Soapberry for normal to oily or acne-prone skin
- 26.00 USD (4 oz)
- Masque of Zen – Clay & Tea Tree Oil for normal to oily or acne-prone skin
- 38.00 USD (4 oz)
- Must Dew – Palmarose & Sunflower Oil for all skin types
- 28.00 USD (1.8 oz)
- Calm Balm – Aloe & Kendi Oil for normal to dry skin
- 26.00 USD (1.8 oz)
- Creme of the Crop – Shea & Safflower for all skin types
- 38.00 USD (8 oz)
- Bamboo Renew – Bamboo & Lemongrass for all skin types
- 38.00 USD (7 oz)
- Forty Cure Creme – Tamanu Seed & Lavender for all skin types
- 34.00 USD (4 oz)
What is LimeLight by Alcone? LimeLight is a professional makeup and skincare brand often used by celebrities and professionals who desire their cosmetics to also act as skincare benefits and vice versa.
In their own words:
“Incredible makeup and skin care for everyone…
At LimeLight, we empower people to achieve their goals and dreams and to inspire others to do the same. Our family-owned company was founded in 1952 to provide professional makeup to the stage and film industry. Now we are expanding our reach to help women everywhere look their best every day with our all natural skincare line and personalized makeup palettes.
Be Amazing Every Day with LimeLight!”
-Michele Gay & Madison Mallardi
-Co-Founders | Aunt & Niece
Expectations & Impressions
LimeLight by Alcone recognizes the need to keep toxic chemicals out of the blood stream. Their skincare line claims to be made free of harmful chemicals and significant skincare results that guarantee health on the outside and inside. This is LimeLight Glow, a skincare regimen that can be tailored per season and something I might be able to try as a seasonal thing come Spring. For now, I will start out with my expectations per product.
The LimeLight magazine Karen Torres gave me had a 2-page glossary on their key ingredients and what they do for your skin. Since these are samples and I don’t have enough product for a long-term test, I am going to quickly test their assertions from their book and give my first impressions (probably in a span of 1 – 2 mornings).
LimeLight’s Dream Clean cleanser is actually great for me as I have oily skin and that is who this was made for. I am assuming the product is salt-free as LimeLight asserts that the foaming is due to the Soapberry. That must mean that the aloe is the moisturizing agent.
Expectations for Dream Clean
Here is how LimeLight describes Dream Clean’s four key ingredients:
- Aloe Vera – helps heal the skin, creates a “shield” to keep pollutants out and moisture in, and promotes redevelopment of new, healthy skin cells
- Soapberry – this plant contains natural saponins that cleanse the skin. These extracts have been proven to inhibit melanin production, reducing the appearance of age spots and sun damage. Saponins also fight bacteria, which makes this a great cleanser for acne-prone skin.
- Extract of White Tea – this extract offers antioxidant benefits to the skin cells.
- Spirulina Platensis Algae – is known to provide firming qualities to the skin as well as substantial hydration.
So as far as LimeLight’s goal to keep pollutants out of our skin, they’ve done the right thing with Aloe Vera, which is known as a shield against the elements. However, I had to do some researching on Soapberry and the mystical “saponins” that came up about them. Soapberry is under the Lychee family, and is named such because the fruit-pulp is traditionally used as soap.
These saponins are actually a real thing according to http://www.phytochemicals.com. Saponins are known for their antibacterial, surfactant (cleansing) properties, as well as their detergent properties (hence the promise of less melanin production). I expect that this cleanser will help lighten my face (and some of my dark areas) while keeping my face protected….maybe even a bit waxy. I am not sure about the spirulina because last I researched, spirulina is not known to be an effective topical agent. Spirulna works well as an antioxidant when taken orally, so we’ll have to see how well it works topically.
Impressions of Dream Clean
My impressions of LimeLight’s Dream Clean were positive. I did notice right away that the product was far different from what I am using right now, which is the Face Bar by Kimberly’s Kupboard (I’ll review that later). I noticed the firming agent in the Dream Clean immediately. My face was not “soft”, so to speak, but felt far more clean as if there were a deeper cleanse going on. It also smelled very nice when I applied it. However, the liquid runs fast, so make sure you are on your toes ready to catch it.
I don’t feel like the Dream Clean dried out my face–but that is coming from someone who has an oil-controlling face mask on right now. I did not get any allergic reactions to the Dream Clean, and I felt it did the job without any side effects. My face also looked nice and radiant when I got out of the shower. This indicates delicate ingredients for sensitive skin. Good job LimeLight, your Dream Clean did the job!
LimeLight’s Masque of Zen is also made for oily skin, and as someone who really enjoys masks, I’m excited to see whether or not it will work for me. My judgments will most likely focus on how easy it is to apply it and what it smells like. I’ll also focus on whether or not it dries my face out as that is something that even oily-faced people do not want.
Expectations for Masque of Zen
Here is how LimeLight describes Masque of Zen’s 4 key ingredients:
- Montana Clay – nothing much said about Montana Clay, only that it seems to be a spreading-agent (if that’s a thing). I’ve been told though that clay is high in iron and other minerals that help keep the skin strong.
- Tea Tree Oil – long known as a natural combatant to bacteria that causes acne and inflammation. It is also known to cure almost all microbial diseases.
- White Carrot Oil – rich in Vitamin A that improves the health of skin cells.
- Cinnamon Bark – this ingredient from Sri Lanka is a mild astringent and helps regulate bacteria without throwing off the skin cell balance. I also found that there is a difference between the Ceylon Cinnamon found in Sri Lanka and the “fake” stuff called Cassia Cinnamon–which is cultivated from other areas around the world. Just something to note for later purchases.
As someone who loves to add Tea Tree essential oil to her routine, I am excited to use this product to help clear up any oil build-up. Tea Tree has a very “mint” scent and “tingly” feel to it when applied topically. In fact, peppermint and tea tree oil go together very well for any DIY skincare recipes. I can see myself using the Masque of Zen when I have a breakout that lasts longer than a day or if I have left my makeup on overnight. This can help to fight that bacteria that naturally grows in clogged pores. The cinnamon in the Masque of Zen will also help to clean out those pores and I trust that the Vitamin A will strengthen the cells so that I am not stripped of my top layer of skin.
Impressions of Masque of Zen
Impressions: Very Positive
So I had a breakout that lasted longer than a day. I attempted to regulate my oil production with green clay, but I was still pretty oily. So I decided to try this Masque of Zen. I will say that I did not get that “tingly” feeling that I was expecting. However, I felt this time my oil production was far more regulated after just one use than it had been in a long time.
The Masque of Zen was easy to apply and dries very quickly. It has a very “salon” scent and becomes a little flaky after it dries. I was told to leave the Masque of Zen on my face for 10 – 30 minutes. I had the masque on for about 20 minutes and found it to be very rewarding. The Masque of Zen was very easy to clean off (only gently wipe away with a wet clothe) and left my skin very soft (which I was genuinely surprised at). I found that my face was reacting far more strongly to this masque as the Masque of Zen is technically an enzyme peel. So the point was to get rid of my dead skin cells and restore my pH balance. My skin feels far more relaxed now that I have taken the masque off and I can tell it is far more shiny than it had been (the complexion was very dull).
LimeLight’s Masque of Zen is hard to see on the face as it blended very well with my skin tone. I prefer this personally in a masque because it’s super distracting when you have this masque on your face and your family keeps looking at you. Although I felt my skin reacting to the Masque of Zen, I did not get an allergic reaction or feel like it hurt my face in any way. As I mentioned, I was surprised that the masque left my face soft. My skin did not feel dry or cracked, and I am not sweating right now as I have been doing for the past week (hence the breakouts). I am looking forward to the sweat in my pores drying a bit more and the bacteria that is causing my breakouts to die (that got dark).
Feeling my face right now, it is much firmer than it had been before. I was impressed by how much the Masque of Zen regulated my skin and I do plan on buying the full product for future spa days.
LimeLight’s Must Dew face oil is made for all skin types and is meant to add a moisturizing layer to the skin. This would be something I can see for when you exfoliate. The Must Dew would work well after an enzyme peel or exfoliation. I like the idea of having this extra layer for those with dry skin as they need the moisture more. Also, think winter time people! Moisture and balm masks are the truth (so long as they do not suffocate your pores).
Expectations for Must Dew
Here’s how LimeLight describes Must Dew’s 3 key ingredients:
- Palmarose Oil – this therapeutic oil refreshes skin and reduces inflammation.
- Helichrysum Oil – this extract has been long recognized for its ability to stimulate the production and protection of new cells.
- Schisandra Fruit Extract – reduces over-active cell turnover, which can leave skin dry and inflamed.
So I did some digging, and I found out that Helichrysum is indeed a “Cytophylactic“, which means that it can help recycle cells. This is great for those of us who both love to recycle and love to have cells. And in all seriousness, this makes a great wound healer and can perhaps, with more testing, advance our medical therapy to treat collagen loss and the like.
It is true that if you have “over-active” skin turnover, it’s essentially taking off that first layer of skin. You are gong to get dry and red skin and you’re not going to like it (especially now in winter-time). I expect the Must Dew skin oil will not only hydrate and nourish my skin, but also help it generate new cells. As I mentioned, this balm is what you wear after a peel or exfoliation. You want to make sure that you lay down new sod when you rip off that top layer. Or you get a dust bowl. Your choice.
Impressions of Must Dew
My sister, Mary, has dry skin that becomes red due to the fact that she doesn’t moisturize as much as she should. Lately she has been attempting to work more on her face and get it back to a moisturized and healthy state. So for the test on LimeLight’s Must Dew, Mary was my test subject.
Mary put the Must Dew on after she washed her face. She didn’t add any essential oils–something we’ve been doing lately–and put it on under her eyes as well. Mary gave me the following report: “The Must Dew was very helpful in keeping my makeup on. It also helped to reduce the dark circles under my eyes throughout the day. When you first put the Must Dew, it is a bit greasy, but then absorbs very well in about 30 seconds. It didn’t smell like much–it only smelled like oil. It kept me hydrated throughout the majority of the day. It didn’t make my skin particularly soft, but I didn’t get an allergic reaction or itchiness. I would recommend LimeLight’s Must Dew to people who have dry skin. It stays on the skin well and doesn’t stay on the top layer.”
I agreed, and when Mary put the Must Dew on, her face was very clear and looked very dewy. Mary doesn’t often look dewy, and Must Dew did the job. Looking at her face after the day was done, she still had a slightly dewy glow.
LimeLight’s Calm Balm is made for normal to sensitive skin types that may react easily to ingredients that house parfume (perfume) or other “stronger” irritants. I also had done some earlier digging on how a balm is categorized. Balms, according to New Beauty Magazine (Winter-Spring 2017 ed.), are substances that are meant to lay on top of the skin and protect it from outside irritants. They are opposed by cream, which are meant to be absorbed (“Behind the Science: The Balm Evolution” 84 – 87).
Therefore, this balm can be used for a variety of things such as a protector, moisturizer, cleanser, and more. However, I would advice putting it on the face and skin too often, as this suffocates the pores and therefore causes breakouts due to dead skin buildup.
Expectations for Calm Balm
Here’s how LimeLight describes Calm Balm’s 4 key ingredients:
- Candida Saitoana Extract – stimulates cell detoxification and is proven to smooth the skin.
- Aloe vera and Opuntia ficus-indica stem extract – together these two extracts provide long-lasting, penetrating hydration and help calm dry and sensitive skin.
- Rare Indonesian Kendi Oil – provides omega 3 fatty acids to help improve the health of skin cells.
- Carrot Seed Oil – rich in Vitamin A that improves the health of skin cells.
Candida Saitoana Extract has had some science applied to it in France at the University of Limoge. The research in France wanted to determine if the process of autophagy–the process of cell detoxification, would increase in cells when Candida Saitoana Extract was applied to them. The scientists found an increase LC3 protein synthesis–a marker of autophagosomes. Through more clinical testing, they determined that Candida Saitoana Extract improved complexion and reduced the amount of oxidation in the cells (see full article).
Aloe Vera and Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract are great for hydration and are known to keep the skin calm. Omega-3 Fatty Acids are great for the skin when taken orally. I don’t know too much about what this will do for the skin when applied topically. According to Oregon State University, Omega-3 Fatty Acids are great for the skin’s health when applied both orally and topically (Source). So I do expect that this balm will help against the wind and rain and all that, but I do hope that these benefits penetrate into the skin. According to New Beauty’s balm article, the balm is not as efficient as creams in penetrating the skin. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Impressions of Calm Balm
Impressions: Mostly Positive
So far so good. I am wearing the calm balm right now because I had to use a peel (my skin was getting really oily). There seemed to be a lot more of the Calm Balm than any of the others I tried, even though there really wasn’t. This leads me to believe you get your money’s worth if you are going to use this for your face and whole body.
Calm Balm smells very, very good. I enjoy having it on and inhaling it in. However, I am writing this review with my hair up behind me right now because the Calm Balm is very “oily”. I am not sure if it’s because I used so much per square inch of my face, but it also left an oily-looking sheen on my face that I can’t hide.
It does dry a bit, but it takes some time. It definitely feels like a liquid balm, and it does not soak into my skin. So I kind of look like a wax figure. I am not red or do not have any allergic reactions. The Calm Balm also soothed my face as the skin there was a bit raw from the peel. I felt better after having it on. I also was a little more harsh on my nose because I needed to de-clog the pores. The Calm Balm hasn’t entered my pores, so that helps to avoid them getting filled so fast again.
So other than the annoying feeling of oil and grease, the Calm Balm mostly works for me and my skin. I enjoyed using the Calm Balm, and it is nice and delicate on my face.
Now we’re getting somewhere when it comes to penetrating the skin with powerful ingredients. If we are stepping away from the balm, LimeLight’s Creme of the Crop is giving us a way to actually heal the skin from the deepest part of our skin’s surface. According to the same New Beauty article I mentioned before–“Behind the Science: The Balm Evolution”–you can either protect the skin with a balm (balms are not exactly meant to heal or put ingredients into your skin) or you can put whatever ingredients you desire into your skin through creams. According to Nerida Joy, a celebrity aesthetician, “…powerful ingredients in a cream will reach deeper levels than a balm” (87).
So since this is a cream, I will expect that these ingredients will get into my skin and provide me the benefits that they promise.
Expectations for Creme of the Crop
Here’s how LimeLight describes Creme of the Crop’s 2 key ingredients:
- Shea Butter – this high quality shea butter is extracted from the shea nut in a way that doesn’t decrease the benefits of this oil. The shea butter is purchased from an African production corporation that harvests responsibily to keep the indigenious shea tree thriving.
- Lavender Water – soothing and hydrating ingredient that absorbs into the skin.
I also looked into LimeLight’s Creme of the Crop’s ingredient list because it seemed odd to me that they would only feature 2 ingredients. Especially ones that are so basic. I have those two ingredients in my bathroom, I can make this myself. I did find that the Creme of the Crop also has a couple of very healthy and powerful ingredients such as Rosemary Leaf Extract and Sunflower Seed Oil. Really great ingredients for moisture and healing. Also, rosemary has the ability to calm the skin and reduce irritation. I expect these ingredients to really keep my skin healthy and calm.
Impressions of Creme of the Crop
I can feel the Shea butter, most definitely. Creme of the Crop is very thick and I would not recommend it for full body use because you’re going to have quite a workout blending it. But Creme of the Crop does remind me of Naturopathica’s Lavender Protective Moisturizer SPF 17 with the way that it feels and how it absorbed (which is really well). It also smells very similar to Naturopathica’s Lavender Protective Moisturizer, and leaves a slight “waxy” layer on the hands, even when the hands are dry. The Creme of the Crop is not too greasy and not too thick to the point where it won’t absorb.
The Creme of the Crop came out like any other white lotion, thick and malleable. It also made my hands feel very calm and reduced the redness (as I had let them get dry before I tried Creme of the Crop) on my skin. Overall, great lotion, just much better for small areas, not full body–unless you enjoy that sort of work.
So you get more of this product in a jar than the rest and that is because it is a full body scrub. Now, I’m not going to go into DIY and how easy it is to make your own scrub (it is). We’ll just focus a minute on how effective body scrub can be for healthy skin cell turnover. According to the Nature of Body Message site, there are several benefits to body scrubs:
“[they] gently remove dead skin cells, dirt and oil from the outer layer of skin. This helps to unclog pores and expose your skin’s underlying healthier layers…The natural oils produced by our our body are often lost during showering and bathing. Body scrubs have a rich, moisturizing base which provides needed hydration…the firm, circular motions used during a scrub help to improve circulation and increase the skin’s firmness.”
I don’t know how many of these assertions have been truly been put to the test. However, as someone who enjoys a good scrub at Bath and Body Works at one of those fun testing stations, I can assure you they all seem to do just as described above. With that said, I expect LimeLight’s Bamboo Renew to do just that for my full-body experiment.
Expectations of Bamboo Renew
Here’s how LimeLight describes Bamoo Renew’s 4 key ingredients:
- Walnut Shell – naturally exfoliates and removes dead or dry skin cells.
- Bamboo Powder – this ingredient, from the hill forests of India, makes skin more vibrant.
- Algae and Rice Extracts – these extracts provide firming agents.
- Milk Thistle – known for its exceptional moisturizing.
Now, I have looked into walnut shell as an exfoliate, and have heard good things. But I also wanted to get a Negative Nancy opinion and found one on Ethereal Aura Spa’s site. The article is called “Why St. Ives Apricot Scrub is Terrible For Your Skin- You Can Start Feeling Guilty Now”. The author mentions that they work with acne patients and when they tell the author what they use on their skin, it prompted this article. Regardless of St. Ives and their products, this particular St. Ives’ product (the Apricot Scrub) has fine ground walnut shells in it. According to the author, walnut shells” …creates microscopic tears in the top layer of the skin. This allows surface bacteria enter into deeper layers of the skin” (Lauri Shea, 2014).
The reason I bring this up in regards to LimeLight’s Bamboo Renew, is that I have been told time and time again not to put exfoliates that are too harsh on my face. Therefore, my dear readers, do not put LimeLight’s Bamboo Renew scrub on your face. Don’t put any body scrub on your face. You know what can exfoliate your face? A paste of almond milk and brown rice powder. Rinse it away, do not scrub. Your face is too delicate for sugar, walnut powder, or salt. Be careful with what you put on your face.
Bamboo Powder has anti-inflammatory properties that help calm the skin (perhaps after that exfoliation process). I don’t know about vibrant, but perhaps it’s because it helps the redness go down. LimeLight’s Bamboo Renew also has algae and rice extracts and these are definitely great for exfoliation and firming. Also, milk thistle will bring back some of that moisture (just don’t forget to lotion up after).
I expect that this scrub will get my body nice and soft because, for body, these ingredients are gentle. I also expect to be well moisturized and refreshed.
Impressions of Bamboo Renew
Impression: Very Positive
Well, I was right. LimeLight’s Bamboo Renew was very helpful in clearing away the dead skin cells and providing a smooth top layer. I was weirded out at first when I opened the sample because it wasn’t any sort of liquid or creme. It was a paste of sorts–very grainy. And when I used it, I was surprised that the little package could actually cover my whole body. It was surprisingly spreadable when a little water was applied to it.
I spread this grainy Bamboo Renew all over in the shower and found it easy to apply and rinse. As I was doing so, I didn’t notice any roughness or redness. I also did not get an allergic reaction to it. You all have to understand that I dry brush before I shower, so the extra scrubbing did not bother my skin at all. I rinsed it off and the scrub went straight down the drain easily and without all that goo that is usually associated with body scrubs. I loved this and I will probably buy it for full-time use.
Forty-Cure Creme (w/ Tamanu Seed & Lavender)
My first thought as I read the description of the Forty-Cure Creme was “are they talking about tea tree?”. I looked into it and didn’t find any evidence that there’s any connection. But it has that same “cure all” vibe to it that tea tree does (although evidence for tea tree cures are weak). This creme does sound promising, even though it is trying to sucker me in with all those cures. I am impressed with the Eczema and Rosacea bits, as I have had Eczema before and many of my friends get Rosacea. If LimeLight’s Forty-Cure Creme can give those with Eczema or Rosacea a daily moisturizer that can help, I would love to promote this product.
Expectations of Forty-Cure Creme
Here’s how LimeLight describes Forty-Cure Creme’s 3 key ingredients:
- Tamanu Seed – also know as Foraha, this giant tree in Tahiti is dubbed by locals as the “forty-cure tree.” We get ours from Madagascar and it has many pain-relieving properties. Great for healing chapped skin, caused by environmental factors or Eczema.
- Organic Lavender and Egyptian Rose Geranium – from Bulgaria, these have strong cellular repairing properties.
- Blends of Oils – these oils, in addition to hydrating, create a therapeutic and calming aroma.
One site in particular, the Tamanu Oil Skin Care site, is obviously dedicated to singing the praises of Tamanu Oil. But what is helpful about their site is their list of articles, both scientific and personal, of Tamanu’s uses. According to the scientific inquiries into the seeds, it does help with psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema (Source). As long as the right amount of the substance is in this creme, it should work.
When it comes to Lavender and Geranium, I am usually the one singing their praises. LimeLight calls the Geranium “Egyptian Rose”, but it’s not really a rose. Rose essential oil is so valuable (priced anywhere around $150 per .5 oz) that it makes calling Geranium “Egyptian Rose” sound cooler. Geranium is awesome by itself and should have its own quality–not tied to Rose. Lavender is also amazing at calming the skin. The other key ingredient, “Blend of Oils”….do they mean the lavender and the geranium? Because that’s a blend of oils right there, so I don’t know if they’re repeating themselves. But overall, seems very promising for those with rough and red skin, and I can’t wait to test it.
Impressions of Forty-Cure Creme
Impressions: Mostly Positive
LimeLight’s Forty-Cure Creme was very thick. It was almost too thick in some ways because it sits on top of the skin unless you really rub hard to get it all blended. I did not get a greasy vibe from it though…more of a waxy film on the top of my legs after I applied it. This leads me to believe that the “healing chapped skin” aspect of it from the Tamanu Seed was true. It acted very much like a mix between a cream an a balm because it can help guard from environmental factors.
Contextually, I used the Forty-Cure Creme after I had dry-brushed, shaved, and exfoliated my legs. I knew that that was a lot of scrubbing, and potential micro-tears could be present. To avoid bacterial infections (which leads to pimples) and to protect the skin from drying out, I chose to use the Forty-Cure Creme to test it when it was needed most. I did like how it seemed to protect my legs from the elements. I have to take take pains to avoid that aweful itchiness that plagues my legs every time I shave. This time I did not feel any of that at all. My legs were as good as gold and I was not sitting their angry because of irritated skin.
My only warning is that you should not use the Forty-Cure Creme if your skin is fine and you don’t need to protect it. I used this in a specific situation where I knew my skin would be raw and vulnerable. So I took the chance on the Forty-Cure Creme and it passed in flying colors. But be sure that you are using this in the right context or you are just wasting it.
What it’s like in the LimeLight by Alcone
And now I am out of the LimeLight (by Alcone) and I have learned some things along the way. LimeLight by Alcone does a wonderful job using all natural ingredients, but also rarer ingredients that take their products to the next level. I was surprised that they don’t choose to go with the same look and feel to their skincare products that other companies do (such as their Bamboo Renew). Their products are also very concentrated, so you can even dilute them if you want/need to.
I enjoyed trying packet after packet and learning more about this very interesting company. LimeLight by Alcone does a wonderful job in developing skincare products that actually take care of you skin and don’t just charge you a lot of money for ingredients that sound interesting. They do their research and market it to the right people. For example, they market their products based on the type of skin you have or what can be harmful on the face. These are the companies you want to look out for as they will take care of you and your skin.
I would recommend to all my readers to look more into LimeLight by Alcone. Do your own research, know your skin type, and you can’t go wrong.