When I was an acne-prone teenager, I never expected to still be thinking about spots when I reached middle age.
In truth, I do have many more important things to think about now! But it does bother me that I still get occasional breakouts, especially when I’m under stress or not eating well. If anything, my 40s skin gives me more trouble than my 20s or 30s skin did. And in the past few years, I’ve also suffered with eczema, which is very clearly related to stress, as confirmed by my doctor.
The issues I have with my skin aren’t terrible, but do make me self conscious at times. As such, I was intrigued by the prospect of trying the new Feel Skin Care supplement.
Feel Skin Care’s “innovative approach to skin support” takes a range of “science backed” ingredients that the company claims reduces oiliness and builds a better skin barrier. I was particularly taken by the product’s focus on “stress induced breakouts.” I KNOW that they are a problem for me!
In this Feel Skin Care review, I talk about how I got on with the product and let you know if I think it’s worth it.
How I Approached My Feel Skin Care Review
As I explained in my Feel Vitamins review, I’m something of a convert to vitamins and supplements. After finding that taking Vitamin D in winter did wonders for my Seasonal Affective Disorder, I’ve been intrigued by what other “upgrades” I can achieve with the right combination of supplements.
I’m still experimenting, and always open to trying new things.
The trouble with reviewing supplements is that the reviews are – at best – rather subjective. You will never know how you would have looked, felt or functioned if you hadn’t taken them.
As such, I came up with the best experiment I could think of: I’d take the Feel Skin Care supplement for a couple of weeks, and keep a close eye on how my skin behaved.
Feel Skin Care is marketed as being for “breakouts and acne,” so I was particularly focused on that. While eczema isn’t mentioned on the blurb about the product, I was interested (and hopeful) that it may have a positive effect on that too.
I timed my experiment to begin when I took a cross-country trip to see family – for two reasons:
- The travel (with two young children) and extended family politics usually make such trips rather stressful.
- We tend to eat lots of pub meals and greasy takeaways while we’re away!
Usually I return from such trips with a few extra pounds in weight, and a breakout of a few nasty spots. I figured this gave me as good a chance to any to see if Feel Skin Care worked for me.
It wasn’t an experiment that would ever pass a peer review process, but I am but one lowly blogger. It’s the best I could do!
In the interests of full disclosure, I must mention that Feel provided the supplement for me to test, after seeing my review of some of their other products. However, my praise can never be bought – this is a completely true account of my experiences.
I shall begin my Feel Skincare review by talking about the arrival of the product, and the packaging.
I do like how Feel products arrange in a nice, letter-box friendly package.
The eco-credentials are on-point too. It’s all entirely plastic-free – a big tick from me and and an even bigger one from my very eco-aware wife.
The tablets themselves come in a bag that feels like plastic, but it’s actually compostable cellulose.
This stuff matters. In the drawer next to me, I have a plastic jar of vitamin gummies from a mainstream manufacturer. Feel’s packaging brings such unnecessary use of plastic into stark focus. Why use the plastic when there’s no need to?
What’s in Feel Skin Care?
Let’s move on to a really important part of this Feel Skin Care review: What’s actually in it?
First off, there are some everyday vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin C , Vitamin A, Copper and Zinc.
The more interesting stuff includes:
- L-Lysine: An amino acid that’s known to help build collagen in the skin.
- Burdock Root Extract: A traditional Chinese medicine believed to help eliminate toxins.
- Ashwagandha Root Extract: A stress reducing herb that’s said to reduce levels of cortisol (widely known as “the stress hormone.”)
- Astaxanthin: An antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, also suggested to help reduce the damage skin takes from UV light.
- Green Tea: The darling of everything from supplements to functional drinks these days, green tea has a wealth of health benefits. In this skincare context, it’s said to reduce “oiliness and skin inflammation.”
One thing I really like about Feel is that the company provides a huge amount of information on its website, covering all of the ingredients in each of its products. It’s all referenced so that you can track back to the specific scientific studies. You can read the specific information on Feel Skin Care here.
So, did it work?
As I said above, I chose a very specific time to complete my review of Feel Skin Care. I spent all the time I was away keeping a watchful eye out for any spots or signs of eczema!
Here’s a photo of me taken during the trip:
As you can see: no spots, and no eczema – and there were no spots on my shoulders and chest either – my usual problem areas.
Obviously, there’s nothing to say I would have had any spots if I hadn’t been taking the supplements. However, I was (scientifically) doing my best to get some, eating stuff like the (admittedly delicious) burger (pictured below) most days!
I’ve continued taking Feel Skin Care capsules since my return. I’ve had just one spot on my chest.
Eczema-wise, I have had a couple of break-out days but not bad ones. I’ve also had some stressful stuff going on to trigger it. In fairness, the product doesn’t claim to help with eczema. I’ll have to see how things shape out over the longer term – but it’s certainly not made things any worse.
There are a couple of things I should mention at this point. First off, Feel do state that you should take the product for 90 days for the best effect. I saw results (albeit unscientific ones) after much less time than that. I also started out only taking one capsule per day, instead of the recommended two. I always do this with supplements, just in case my body decides to take exception to something new.
As an aside, there was something else I noticed. I suffer from anxiety (and read a lot about it!) As such, I know a fair bit about cortisol (the stress hormone) and how it works. Something I’m very used to (and something I really dislike) is how I’m often woken up by a cortisol “surge” in the morning, with a racing heart and a rush of anxiety.
It may be pure coincidence, but I’ve only had this happen once since taking this supplement. To be clear, I’m not saying it’s due to taking Feel Skin Care, but it’s made me a LOT more interested in experimenting more with Ashwagandha.
As with all Feel products, you pay much less if you subscribe to a monthly supply, rather than buy them as a one off.
The standard subscription price is £14.95 per month. That’s for 60 capsules, which is a month’s supply at two per day. If you buy them as a one off, you pay £21.36 – 30% more.
I will repeat what I said in my review of Feel vitamins – I do wish there was a little less of a gulf between the subscription and one-off prices, for those who prefer to “pay as they go”.
It’s worth noting that you can get 10% off your first month of any Feel subscription product (excl. Bundles) with the code PARTNER10 here.
Feel Skin Care isn’t cheap, but it isn’t extortionate either – especially for anybody who finds the product really works for them. If I look back to my spotty teenage years, I would have far rather had this than the succession of sketchy creams, lotions and face-wash products I worked my way through!
Verdict: Is Feel Skin Care Worth It?
If Feel Skin Care works for you, I think it’s definitely worth the money.
Based on my rather limited experiment, it did seem to work for me. I certainly intend to continue taking it for now – a decision that’s been cemented somewhat by typing up this Feel Skin Care review.
As part of it, I sent a WhatsApp message to my wife saying “do you have any photos from our trip that show how my skin looked?!” I was actually rather (pleasantly) surprised when she sent through the photo above. Coupled with the fact that I’ve not since had a break-out of “fast food spots,” or any major eczema issues, I’m inclined to try it for a while longer and see if it continues.
Everybody’s skin is different. What works for me may not work for you – but if you have acne-prone skin, and want an alternative to trying yet another cosmetic, Feel Skin Care has to be worth a try.
While You’re Here:
- Read my Mancave Skincare review.
- Find out how to live in luxury on a budget.
- Read about my favourite alcohol free drinks.
- Read my review of Feel’s protein bars.