Skincare Review: Dr. Roebuck’s

In this great search for perfect skin, amongst all of the new products and new brands to try, one thought kept returning to me: what is it, exactly, that I’m putting on my face?

These days, we focus so much on the ingredients in our food. Clean eating is trendy, and proven to be effective. Everyone’s looking for the most natural ingredients they can find and labels proclaim things such as, “No preservatives,” and “No artificial flavours.”

Do we think the same way about our skin?

I haven’t until recently. Until I began paying attention to the skincare products. Until others showed me that there can be alternatives.

Some alternatives are very natural, things like homemade masks made with ingredients found in your kitchen. Other alternatives are still store-bought, but they’re brands that claim to have nearly all-natural products.

One of these brands is Dr. Roebuck’s, an Australian skincare line established in 1978, now available in Australia and Canada. The line was founded by the actual Dr. Roebuck, which was exciting to discover, and is now maintained by his twin daughters, Kim and Zoe. The products are all manufactured to be Paraben and BPA free. According to the company’s manifesto, Dr. Roebuck started the brand with the intention to create skincare products that were free of everything except the necessary ingredients to treat dry skin.

Upon reading the ingredients lists on the products, it is clear that goal is maintained today. Few of the products have more than 10 ingredients (and if you compare that to another drugstore product, that’s pretty good), and for those that do, the ingredients are pronounceable. You know what they actually are, save for one or two preservatives so the product doesn’t go mouldy on you.

Over the course of two weeks, I’ve tried out four of Dr. Roebuck’s products and let me tell you, this is some pretty good stuff.

Face

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When I began testing the products, I decided to alternate using the Face and Pure creams. Face is designed to rehydrate the skin and prevent wrinkles. Now, I haven’t seen much on the wrinkle prevention front, probably because I’m still a bit young for those, but this cream made my skin really soft. It’s gentle and nice to wear. I wore it both during the day and at night, and it wore well underneath foundation. I can’t say much about it other than it’s a really lovely face cream. No spectacular results, but as far as moisturizers go, it’s one of the best ones I’ve tried.

Pure

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Pure is another one of the best moisturizers I’ve ever tried. Hands down. While Face moisturizes and prevents wrinkles, Pure’s purpose is to moisturize problem skin. We could debate about what problem skin really is, but for me, it made my skin feel both ridiculously smooth and refreshed. I’ve never used a moisturizer before that made my skin feel clean. Usually I find a moisturizer dampens the clean-skin feeling because it’s, well, moisturizing, but Pure seemed only to enhance the freshness that came from Polish and Tone.

Polish

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By now, I’ve tried quite a few face scrubs and masks. It comes as no surprise that my skin felt clean and refreshed after using Polish, but it comes with a bit of surprise that I experienced no irritation. At all. In other skincare reviews, I’ve mentioned I have sensitive skin. A change in detergent can have me breaking out in rashes. This always makes me hesitant to try skincare products like facial subs and masks that have powerful cleaning ingredients. I’ve tried Polish a few times and have never had any irritation from it. This is the mask sensitive-skin folks have been waiting for.

Tone

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My very first thought when I used Tone for the first time was, Geez, I haven’t used a toner since high school. Back then I had teenage skin and teenage confidence and I tried nearly every Clean & Clear product. After high school I stopped using toners because I didn’t see the point in them. Why are they necessary? What do they actually do? Tone is supposed to brighten, tighten and smooth the skin. Nothing to report on brightening, but I will say after consistently using the toner, I found the pores on my nose had tightened up a bit, which is great if you have blackheads like I do.

Final Thoughts

In this day and age, we are not short of natural skincare lines. The question now is, which one do I use? There are characteristics across the board that most of these brands share: some good (no testing on animals) and some not so good (a consistently higher price point). A brand like Dr. Roebuck’s is similar to others on the market in what it promises. I can’t speak for every natural skincare brand, but I can attest to the fact that Dr. Roebuck’s seems to deliver on what they promise. Like many of these reviews, the trials I conducted on the products are short-term. Long-term results can only be determined by long-term trials. That being said, my short-term tests were all successful. My skin has felt so clean and healthy the last week that I’ve been avoiding wearing makeup and covering it up. For someone who wears foundation almost everyday, that’s saying something. This is, in my opinion, a great brand with great products. If you are in the market for a new skincare brand to try, I will suggest giving Dr. Roebuck’s a whirl.

Top 10 Beauty Instagram Moments

Summertime beauty regimes are currently glowing all around the world. “No-makeup” makeup looks, surf-sun touched lobs, and a bronzy tan may be the key rules dominating your summer beauty guides, but we are always seeing a new dimension of beauty on Instagram. These ladies are redefining beauty images- From makeup, skincare, nail trends and hair ideas, here are the top 10 beauty moments from Toronto and beyond.

1. @ireneisgood

This shot is an outfocus from her iconic rainbow hair. K-beauty sensation and model Irene Kim is rocking the dewy makeup look with a touch of glitter.

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2. @justcodi

Aussie beauty label Dr. Roebucks is taking over the Toronto beauty wave, seen at Way Home. We love that their products are packed with natural ingredients- happiness (baby soft lips) guaranteed all summer long.

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3. @jamiejchung

White shirt and denim paired with bold berry lips- a signature Jamie Chung look that we can’t have enough of. xoxo

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4. @melissaandre

Quite possibly the best way to spend a Sunday downtown with your girlfriends. Princess treatment at Her Majesty’s Pleasure on King West- manicures✔️ cocktails✔️ blowout✔️

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5. @biancavenerayan

We know that Toronto’s Bianca Cavenerayan of Kastor & Pollux always has her face on check, and in simple terms, we’re talking about- strong brows, a few freckles, highlighter, and muted lips. Flawless.

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6. @nail_unistella

Rising nail artist Eunkyung Park of Unistella proves that Gucci vibes doesn’t only belong on bag or shoes.

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7. @p1m_toronto

Gwyneth Paltrow made an appearance at Holt Renfrew‘s Bloor Street flagship store to launch Juice Beauty. We are loving the sleek hair and soft makeup!

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8. @thecureapothecary

The Cure Apothecary is definitely one of Queen West’s gems. All organic shelves at this beautiful beauty boutique kindle our hearts for new products.

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9. @jodiblk_ 

Toronto’s blogger babe Jodi shares her YSL Beauty favourites. Take note from this beauty flatlay + dazzling packagaing!

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10. @flawlessbeauty_1

Sneak peek of this bold look on model India for our upcoming Fall issue. Stay tuned, as we are currently in the works of the best issue to date!

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