Cure-all: Yuli Skincare’s Panacea Elixir

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While Yuli Skincare’s line was just introduced by Spirit Beauty Lounge, there is no shortage of blog posts and reviews about their products. And the buzz is very positive. I was taking a wait and see attitude until recently. You see, my skin took a trip to breakout town. Suddenly those posts about Yuli’s Panacea Elixir became harder to file away. Panacea means cure-all and in the case of this product, the name is fitting as it seeks to address several things. They describe it as a: multitasking toner that rebalances skin, refines skin texture, primes skin’s delivery system for corrective regeneration, delivers intense lasting hydration, and decongests skin of excess sebum, toxins, & waste. That’s a big list! But first let’s get back to me…

So as I was saying, my skin went crazy and the breakouts were different from the occasional hormone-related spot. The pimples (ugh, can’t we just start calling them spots like the Brits?) were in places I normally don’t break out and there seemed to be new ones every morning and night for a few days. You know when you’re like: oh, hell no? I knew the breakouts were in reaction to something so I started to eliminate products quickly. (Aside: I have since narrowed it down [I think] to either a non-clean bronzing powder that I had pulled out of my stash for spring OR a new clean mousse foundation. I am okay with dumping the bronzer, but the foundation is harder. I am working up the guts to try it once more. Read more about my clean foundation exploits here and here.) While that was going on, I kept remembering the stuff I had been reading about Yuli’s Panacea Elixir (the very awesome blogger neimansidealist called it a staple and her battle armor!) and decided to order it. Between that and Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask (and eliminating possibly problematic products) my skin finally got back to normal. The Panacea Elixir definitely didn’t help the breakouts by drying them out with alcohol. Rather, it helped calm the whole situation down and got things cleaned up and healing without drying or stripping. It has a base of moisturizing aloe so it has a barely viscous texture that rubs in and dries smoothly. I spray it on my face section by section then rub it in with my fingers and it makes my skin feel calmed, toned, and plumped up. I really like the way my skin feels and (finally) how it looks.

Here is what’s in it:

D-Aloe barbadenis, R. damascena (rose) hydrolat*, H. italicum (helichrysum) hydrolat*, L. angustifolia(lavender) hydrolat*, H. virginiana (witch hazel) hydrolat^, H. italicum/L. angustifolia (helichrysum/lavender) hydrolat*, frequency enhanced water, vegetable glycerine, C. sativus (cucumber) extract, N. officinale (watercress) extract*, biodynamic fruit enzymes, trace minerals complex, colloidal silver

The ingredients are all familiar and known for their ability to tone, hydrate, and balance. To get a better sense of what the major players in this do and how they compliment one another, read about their key actives here. What else…well, I would definitely consider Yuli a luxe product line. You can see the quality and care taken with the ingredients and that comes at a price. Luckily, you can get it in 3 sizes, there is a $12, $36, and $58 option. The scent is hard to describe. It’s pleasant and smells sort of like what I imagine making tea with dried rose petals and herbs would smell like. It’s packaged in a glass bottle that is very dark so sunlight won’t affect the product. But I also can’t see how much is left and I am going to buy a back-up because I don’t want to be caught unawares! I must say, I am really loving the whole “greening” of my skincare routine and this is one of the best discoveries I have made. Kudos Yuli.