Today’s post is all about the clean skincare brand Acure Organics. I’ve been wanting to try more products from this brand, as I’ve been very impressed with their bakuchiol and vitamin C serums, so I purchased several more products. I will discuss my experience with Acure skincare in this Acure Organics skincare review.
Acure’s products are very reasonably priced, so I purchased several products including a cleanser, scrub, serums, moisturizers, and face oils. While I didn’t love everything I tried, there are a few products that have earned a regular spot in my skincare routine. Let’s take a quick look at the history of Acure Organics:
About Acure Organics
Acure Organics, also called Acure, was founded by Kristy and Jon Guerra in 2010. Kristy was inspired to start the brand after her grandmother’s 10 year battle with breast cancer. Kristy and her husband founded Acure as a way to honor her grandmother and raise money for breast cancer research and awareness while offering safe, natural, organic, and healthier skincare, haircare, and body care products at an affordable price.
Sustainability is an important focus of the brand, from their product packaging (love the bright colors) to becoming 100% carbon neutral. Its mission is to provide eco-friendly skin wellness using clean clinical ingredients.
Acure’s products are 100% vegan and are made without parabens, sulfates, formaldehyde, paraffin, mineral oil or animal testing, as they are cruelty-free.
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Acure Organics Skincare Review
Acure Brightening Cleansing Gel is formulated with pomegranate, blackberry, and acai extracts plus lemon and orange oils to remove dirt, makeup, oil, and other impurities.
It also contains Hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn) fruit oil which has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Glycerin and sodium PCA moisturize the skin, although these ingredients don’t get much of a chance to sink in to provide benefits before getting rinsed off the skin.
I only need a small amount of gel cleanser to create a lightweight and lemony foam. The cleanser works well as a second cleanse in the evening (after using a cleansing balm as a first cleanse). I enjoy using it in the morning as my only cleanse due to the bright uplifting scent.
Foam cleansers can be drying but I didn’t notice that with this cleanser. I also haven’t noticed a brightening effect. If you don’t have sensitive skin and like foam cleansers, this one may be worth a try.
NOTE: Even though the cleanser is formulated for all skin types, it contains citrus oils which offer the cleanser a bright and uplifting fragrance, but also may irritate sensitive skin, so please take note if you are sensitive.
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Acure Brightening Facial Scrub, one of Acure’s first products and a cult-favorite, is formulated with walnut shell powder, Citrus limon (lemon) peel, French green clay, chlorella, Madonna lily, and other plant extracts to brighten the skin.
Other soothing ingredients in the scrub include marigold and chamomile extracts and aloe. Madonna lily is said to interfere with melanin production and help reduce the look of dark spots and even out skin tone. Melanin is the pigment that gives our skin color.
Upon using it for the first time, I was unsure about this scrub since it contains walnut shell powder to exfoliate the skin. I usually prefer AHAs like lactic acid, mandelic acid, or even low concentrations of glycolic acid to exfoliate my skin, so I was a bit reluctant to try an abrasive scrub, but this is a customer favorite so I figured I would give it try.
Acure suggests using up to 3X a week. Walnut shells can have jagged edges so they potentially can damage the skin depending on the size and shape, especially sensitive skin or if the scrub is overused. For a physical exfoliator, I’d prefer a more rounded particle.
You can see from the image above that it is a dark green scrub, which can get a bit messy. The scrub itself is interesting because as the French green clay dries on your skin it turns from a darker green to a lighter green. While my skin felt soft and smooth after using the scrub, I didn’t love the walnut shells and the messy application.
Please note that Citrus limon (lemon) peel and essential oils are included in the formula which may irritate sensitive skin.
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Acure Brightening Vitamin C & Ferulic Acid Serum is a brightening serum formulated with a vitamin C derivative, ferulic acid, and pineapple, papaya, and green tea extracts.
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is an oil-soluble vitamin C derivative that unlike ascorbic acid (pure vitamin C) is stable and can penetrate the skin. It may also offer some of the same benefits as ascorbic acid. This includes the ability to stimulate collagen production, fade hyperpigmentation and provide antioxidant benefits.
Ferulic acid is an antioxidant that helps to protect against skin damage from UV rays. (It also increases the stability and photoprotective benefits of pure vitamin C, even though pure vitamin C is not included in this formula.)
Ananas sativus (pineapple) fruit extract and Carica papaya fruit extract contain the enzymes bromelain and papain to provide a gentle exfoliation of the skin by removing dead skin cells. This helps to brighten and smooth the skin and improve skin texture and skin tone.
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants that protect the skin against damaging free radicals due to UV radiation and other environmental factors. It also combats wrinkles and fine lines and has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits.
The serum almost feels like a lightweight lotion that sinks into the skin quickly and leaves no stickiness. It is the perfect serum for day wear since it is filled with antioxidants that will provide protection from UV rays. It works well with makeup, too.
This is one of my favorite products from Acure and is quickly becoming one of my favorite drugstore vitamin C derivative serums. This serum is formulated for all skin types.
Acure Brightening Day Cream is formulated with Centella asiatica extract, also known as cica, plus a blend of oils to moisturize and brighten skin. It targets dullness and uneven skin tone with its lightweight formula.
The cream contains a rich blend of safflower oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, sunflower oil, olive fruit oil, evening primrose oil, and argan oil. It also contains pomegranate extract, which is rich in antioxidants and protects the skin from environmental aggressors.
This combination of rich oils makes it ideal for those with dry skin although my combination skin really liked this cream. It left my skin moisturized, plump, and with a soft glow.
I really like pairing this cream with Acure Brightening Vitamin C & Ferulic Acid Serum during the day. Both are lightweight and the textures work well together. I find that this cream strikes the perfect balance for my skin when worn with an oil-free foundation. My skin feels soft and hydrated but not greasy or oily.
Acure Radically Rejuvenating Niacinamide Serum is a newer offering from Acure that contains niacinamide, hemp seed oil & zinc PCA to balance and rejuvenate the skin. Unlike some of Acure’s other products, the ingredient list is short and sweet without any added fragrance.
The star ingredient in this product is niacinamide. Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, is a well-loved multi-benefit active. It improves the production of collagen and select proteins, which helps to firm and smooth the skin and reduce wrinkles. Niacinamide also improves cell turnover and helps fade hyperpigmentation and dark spots.
Niacinamide is a favorite of those with oily skin and acne since it helps to balance sebum production. Research has shown that niacinamide, in the form of a 4% nicotinamide gel, has comparable results to 1% clindamycin gel in the treatment of acne.
Niacinamide is also good for dry skin as it helps to improve protein and ceramide synthesis which helps to strengthen the skin barrier and reduce transepidermal water loss.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice soothes and moisturizes, while zinc PCA offers additional sebum regulating and antimicrobial benefits.
The lightweight gel serum has an elegant texture and sinks into the skin quickly. I like to use this serum during the day as I think it is doing a good job of keeping oiliness in check. I love the short ingredient list and that the formula does not contain a lot of extra fillers. This niacinamide serum is a winner for me.
Acure Radically Rejuvenating Dual Phase Bakuchiol Serum is a unique product. It is a dual-phase ampoule serum that has a top layer and bottom layer. When you shake the bottle and mix the contents, the layers mix together to create a moisturizing anti-aging serum.
The serum contains bakuchiol, a plant extract derived from the Babchi plant. Bakuchiol regulates cell behavior like retinol does, which means that it also offers many of the same anti-aging benefits as retinol like a reduction in wrinkles and fine lines, and improved elasticity, firmness, and photoaging, which is premature skin aging from excessive sun exposure. Bakuchiol also offers anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and helps to reduce acne.
The difference between bakuchiol and retinol is that bakuchiol does not come with the typical side effects that retinol does, like irritation, redness, and peeling skin. This makes bakuchiol an all-star anti-ager in my book.
The serum also contains ascorbyl glucoside, a stable vitamin C derivative that offers similar benefits as vitamin C. Curcuma longa (turmeric) root extract is helpful for oily and acne-prone skin as it is an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and helps regulate sebum production in the skin. Other plant extracts include antioxidants eggplant and holy basil both of which offer anti-inflammatory benefits.
The serum leaves your skin feeling slightly oily upon application, although this goes away after the serum is absorbed. While the serum contains a small amount of Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, it contains a higher concentration of propanediol, which is a solvent and moisturizer that has an oily feel. (The Ordinary uses propanediol in some of their serums and they have the same initial oily texture.)
Besides how fun it is to shake the bottle and watch the serum turn from blue and yellow to green, this lightweight serum is a great alternative for retinol, including those with sensitive skin. My skin drinks it up.
This is another one of my favorite Acure products. I like using it at night and pair it with the next item in this review: Acure’s overnight bakuchiol cream.
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Acure Radically Rejuvenating Overnight Bakuchiol Treatment is formulated with bakuchiol, squalane, and a variety of oils to provide rich but lightweight moisture while addressing the signs of aging.
The cream also contains Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, rich in fatty acids like linoleic acid, which might be beneficial for acne-prone skin, since research has shown that acne patients have lower levels of linoleic acid in their skin.
Helianthus annuus seed (sunflower) oil is another fatty acid-rich oil that is good for irritated sensitive skin as it protects and restores the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Squalane is a very lightweight moisturizer that helps to reduce transepidermal water loss.
Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil is also rich in fatty acids and contains reparative gamma-linolenic acid. This plant oil is excellent for irritation and helps to soothe inflamed skin. Argania spinosa kernel (argan) oil is rich in antioxidants and soothes the skin.
We’ve already discussed how bakuchiol offers similar benefits as retinol but without irritation. This overnight bakuchiol treatment is soothing and moisturizing while it offers multiple anti-aging benefits for the skin. It feels deeply moisturizing on my skin.
I’ve been using Acure Radically Rejuvenating Dual Phase Bakuchiol Serum followed by Acure Radically Rejuvenating Overnight Bakuchiol Treatment at night and wow, am I seeing a difference in my skin. My skin feels smoother and firmer without any irritation. I absolutely love the fact that it targets cells in the same way as retinol but doesn’t come along with the typical side effects of retinol.
Acure Ultra Hydrating Eye Cream contains adaptogens and green coffee to wake up your eyes while soothing and hydrating your skin.
The eye cream contains a variety of moisturizing and emollient oils, including avocado, apricot kernel, sweet almond, jojoba, olive fruit, and green coffee oil. Green coffee oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E and can help reduce the look of puffiness.
The eye cream also contains plant extracts like ashwagandha, holy basil, reishi mushroom, blackberry, pomegranate, chamomile, acai, marigold, and turmeric extracts.
While I didn’t notice any noticeable changes to the dark circles or puffiness under my eyes, I found that its light cloud-like texture is perfect for wear during the day under makeup. It leaves the delicate skin under my eyes soft and plump but not greasy.
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Acure The Essentials Rosehip Oil is derived from cold-pressed rose fruit seeds (or the hips) and is a favorite for oily skin and acne-prone skin. The oil is rich in fatty acids, specifically linoleic acid, which as noted earlier, can be helpful for those with acne.
Rosehip oil also offers anti-aging benefits for the skin. It can help to improve crow’s feet wrinkles, elasticity, and the look of acne scars. It can even help fade hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and uneven skin tone, as it inhibits tyrosinase, an enzyme involved in melanin (pigment) formation.
Sourced from Chile, this oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which also help with blemishes and acne-prone skin.
Rosehip oil is one of my favorite face oils, and this oil did not disappoint. The oil is lightweight and quick-absorbing and doesn’t feel greasy or oily on the skin. I’ll use just a few drops after my moisturizer at night to seal in all the rest of the skincare actives underneath.
Acure The Essentials 100% Plant Squalane Oil contains only 100% plant-derived squalane. Squalane is a saturated hydrocarbon and derivative of squalene (with an e), a lipid found naturally in our skin.
Although this oil will work for all skin types, those will oily skin may appreciate the lightweight feel of this oil that hydrates and moisturizes the skin. It’s also noncomedogenic, which means it won’t clog your pores.
While moisturizing and lightweight, it feels slightly heavier than other squalane oils that I’ve tried and loved, like those from The Ordinary and The Inkey List. While it leaves your skin soft supple and radiant, it’s not one of my favorite squalane oils.
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Acure Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil is a nighttime oil that contains a blend of oils and plant extracts. It should be used in place of your regular moisturizer at night.
The oil blend is a mix of sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, argan oil, grapeseed oil, kukui nut seed oil, blue tansy oil, yarrow oil, and German chamomile flower oil. Blue tansy oil is soothing and moisturizing and what gives the oil its pretty blue color.*
The oil also contains Rosa damascena (rose) flower oil which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (but also may irritate those with sensitive skin). Kale, rosemary, and jasmine extracts and vitamin E soothe the skin.
While I’m not a huge fan of rose-scented products, this oil was a pleasant surprise. It’s very lightweight and soothing and it didn’t irritate my somewhat sensitive skin. The pump bottle makes applying the oil easy. (All Acure oils come in pump bottles.)
Even though it doesn’t appear to have a high concentration of blue tansy oil, this is a lovely lightweight and soothing nighttime moisturizer that didn’t discolor my skin. Plus, it’s very affordably priced.
*Please note that ingredients are listed in order of concentration, and blue tansy is ingredient 12 of 15 so it doesn’t appear to be in high concentrations in this oil.
Final Thoughts on Acure Skincare
I think Acure Organics offers some great products and some average products. I have somewhat sensitive skin, so I’ve really been enjoying these bakuchiol products as an alternative to retinol. I’m also loving the texture and feel of their Acure Brightening Vitamin C & Ferulic Acid Serum.
One point that I’d like to note is that Acure adds citrus fruit oils and/or essential oils to some of its products. While this provides a lovely fragrance, it also may irritate those who have sensitive skin. My skin didn’t have any issues with these citrus oils, but I wouldn’t have missed them if they were removed.
Acure’s prices are very reasonable and are competitive with drugstore skin care brands. You can easily incorporate an Acure product or two into your skincare routine, whether it be a cleanser, scrub, serum, moisturizer or oil. I really love their Radically Rejuvenating line and look forward to trying more of their products.
Thanks for reading, and until next time…