Dr. Schwab’s Travel Skincare set plus Retinol Rejuvenate Night Cream
It took about a week on basic CeraVE products for my skin to calm down after using the Meaningful Beauty serum. As soon as I had clear skin again, I decided to give Dr. Schwab a try.
When I was at Spa 33 for my facial last month, I picked up Dr. Schwab’s Travel Essentials Skincare Set and also a bottle of Retinol Rejuvenate Night Cream.
Let’s look at each individual product:
Herbal Foam Cleanser
What the Website says:
Healthy skin starts with proper cleansing. Herbal Foam Cleanser is a creamy, gentle, and refreshing soap-free, oil-free cleanser with a light foaming action. It thoroughly cleanses the skin, breaking up surface oils and eliminating residue. Skin is left, soft, moist, and pH balanced. It contains anti-irritants and creates a slick film on the skin which makes it great to use while shaving.
For beauty professionals: It is an effective pro-operative cleanser which helps to prepare the skin for treatments.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Propanedial (Zemea) Corylus Americana (hazelnut) oil, Propylene Glycol Stearate SE, Quercus Infectoria (oak root) extract, Ceteareth 20, Stearic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Extract, Cyclomethicone, Thea Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Xanthum Gum, Dimethicone, Malticaria Camomilia (chamomile) extract, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Aurontium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium ETA, Ocy CA Rosmarinus Officialis Lsaf Extract CO2 and Ascorbyl Palmitate and Caprylic/ Capric Triglycerides and Ascorbic Acid and Tocopherol and Citric Acid. (Disclaimer: I had trouble reading the fine print of the ingredient list and may have misspelled a few words)
My impression: This is a nice non-sulfate cleanser that does not leave my skin feeling dry. I tried it in the shower as a shaving cream and it worked very well.
The Website claims the toner is a refreshing blend of active botanicals including extracts of Rosemary, Hops, and Hamamelis which revitalize pores and keep the skin pH balanced. A light misting naturally refreshes, stimulates, tones, and prepares skin for additional product application. Our unique herb and mineral-rich formula with Vitamin E and Aloe visibly reduces blotchiness and irritation and enhances the moisture barrier to keep skin looking soothed, smooth and hydrated.
Revitalizes the pores and keeps the skin pH balanced while helping to reduce blotchiness and irritation. Refreshes and tones the skin naturally. Main Ingredients: osemary extract | hops extract | hamamelis extract | aloe leaf extract | lemon bioflavonoids | vitamin E Herbal Toner is a refreshing blend of active ingredients which refresh and balance the skin. A light misting naturally refreshes, stimulates and tones while refining pores and preparing skin for additional treatment and product application. Our unique herb and mineral-rich formula with Vitamin E visibly reduces blotchiness and irritation, balances pH levels and enhances the moisture barrier to keep skin looking soothed, smooth and hydrated. Rosemary Extract, Hops Extract, and Hamamelis Extract help to balance the pH of the skin. Equisetum Arvense Extract & Linoleic Acid, combined with Lemon Bioflavonoids and Allantoin, help to keep the skin clean while reducing irritation. Vitamin E Tocopherol and Vitamin E Linoleate with a blend of Citric Acid refresh and tone the skin naturally.
Ingredients: Water, Propanedial (Zemea), Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Rosmarinus Officialis (rosemary) extract, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Polysorbate 20, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Bioflavinoids) Extract, Linolenic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Pinus Taeda (Pinetree) Extract, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA. (Disclaimer: I had trouble reading the fine print of the ingredient list and may have misspelled a few words)
My impression: It’s nice, but I am not convinced that it’s necessary. But then, I think most toners are not necessary. At least this one has no alcohol and did not leave my skin feeling dry or flaky.
Bamboo Cream Peel:
Product Description from the package insert:
Get radiant skin! Bamboo Cream Peel is a microdermabrasion cream peel that gently sloughs off dead surface cells. Natural bamboo, jojoba beads and crushed almonds mildly exfoliate without creating micro-tears on the skin. It is non-irritating and gentle enough even for sensitive skin. Bamboo Cream Peel will leave you with skin that feels wonderfully soft and silky.
My impression: I was not able to locate the ingredient list for this product. It is a gentle exfoliating scrub that worked well and did not irritate or dry my skin. I’m not a big proponent of mechanical scrubs since you can make a very effective one from baking soda and a bit of liquid cleanser. But since this came with the kit, I tried it and did not dislike it, but was not overly wowed, either.
Product Description from the package insert:
A luxurious daytime moisturizer that is lightweight yet concentrated with powerful free radical exchangers which enhance skin’s moisture and encourage the proliferation on healthy, new cells. Effective natural ingredients including Grape Stem Cells help to slow the signs of aging and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Organic extracts and ceramides hydrate and soften for a visibly smoother, firmer texture and a glowing complexion.
My impression: I was also unable to find an ingredient list for this cream. This is a lovely cream that absorbs quickly and has no greasy residue. It is labelled for “all skin types” but I found it not quite moisturizing enough. I think it is a better match for oilier skin types.
Rejuvenate while you sleep! A natural Retinol based moisturizer which helps to provide healthier, younger-looking skin. It smooths skin texture, lightens hyperpigmentation, and balances skin coloration. Pure, natural Retinol plus Vitamins A and E and time released liposomes help boost epidermal cellular activity while skin is at rest. Visibly improve skin’s radiance and minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles without irritation. Grape Stem Cells in our advanced Alphasomes® skin care delivery system fight off environmental damage and help protect against and reverse the signs of aging.
Ingredients: Water, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, C12-13 Alkyl Lactate, Cetearyl Ethylheanoate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Phopholipids, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Squalene, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Methyl Gluceth-20, Tocopherol, Glycerin, Arctostaphoylos Uva-Ursi (Bearberry) Extract, PEG 18/18 Dimethicone, Pentapeptide 6, Retinyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Thea Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Niacin, Vitus Vinifera Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Panthenol, Rosmarinic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Retinol, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Allantoin, Ascorbic Acid, Botana Vita Complex, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Oxy CA (Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract) CO2 and Ascorbyl Palmitate and Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides and Ascorbic Acid and Tocopherol and Citric Acid.
My impression: This lightly scented cream absorbed quickly. After a week and a half of use, my skin seems brighter, and I received compliments on my glowing skin when I took the cat to the Vet’s Office. I had a few dry patches which I attribute to the combination of retinoids (which encourage cell renewal) and salicylic acid (which is also a chemical exfoliant). When I started applying a thin layer of argan oil after the retinol cream had absorbed, the dry patches vanished. Going forward I might try using the Retinol Rejuvenate Cream every other night.
In summary, I liked the Dr. Schwab products, but other than the Retinol Rejuvenate Night Cream did not find them to be super-special. I definitely would not purchase the Bamboo Cream Peel outside of the kit. The Retinol Cream is lovely and effective; I would buy this again. I appreciate that Dr. Schwab is made in San Diego and uses a high percentage of herbal ingredients.
Have you tried Dr. Schwab products?