Garnier SkinActive range: my honest review

Garnier SkinActive range: my honest review

When it comes to skin care, i’m totally out of the loop.

My skincare routine has basically just extended to some simple kind to skin moisturiser and some boots own brand makeup wipes.

I know I know, you’ll all be screaming into your laptops at the fact that until about two months ago, I still used makeup wipes.

But they’re just so convenient!

Until this year, my very minimal skincare routine had always worked fine. I’ve been lucky enough to have pretty tame skin. Maybe a little oily on the forehead side with the occasional hormonal chin mountain, but most of the time i’ve been pretty lucky.

But for some reason, in my 23rd year of living my skin decided to turn on me.

The amount of spots i’ve been getting has probably doubled, and they’ve been appearing in places i’ve never had them before.

Like my jawline?! I mean seriously…spots on my jawline?! Why?

After doing a bit of research into why you might get spots in certain areas, it appeared to be either down to hormones or stress. And this is what I find is the case for most of my breakouts.

Before doing anything drastic I decided to make a few small lifestyle changes:

  • I started washing my makeup brushes more frequently: something I think probably a lot of us are guilty of is not washing our brushes nearly enough, me included. I threw out one of my really old ones, and now attempt to wash my brushes every week.
  • I started tying my hair up more: I often leave my hair to dry naturally, but as it’s so long it falls down onto my neck meaning the oils and shampoos from my hair are resting on my jawline and neck.
  • I stopped wearing scarfs all the time: In winter I wear big scarfs all the time, it’s my thing. But similarly to having my hair around my neck constantly, my scarves were probably picking up bacteria which would then rub off onto my neck. (sorry if this is grossing you out a little – I realise it’s not the loveliest topic!)
  • I tried to go makeup free 1-2 days a week: This is something which just makes my skin feel better and gives it the chance to breathe.
  • I got back into healthy eating: Whilst we can’t be healthy all the time, I know that constant binging on crisps and chocolate will effect my skin, so I try to make a conscious effort to think about my skin when making food choices.

After making these changes, I did start to notice a difference. The spots around my jawline have pretty much gone, and the ones that appear on my face aren’t as frequent.


I also decided it was time to make a skincare change and to finally stop removing my makeup with wipes, so I purchased a few items from the Garnier SkinActive range.


Now i’ve been using the range for about a month, I thought i’d let you know exactly how i’ve got on with each of the products.

And if you’re anything like me – a total skincare virgin, this might just help you out!

Garnier SkinActive – Refreshing botanical gel wash with Aloe Extract


I’ve never used a face wash before. See, I told you I was new to this!

But what I like about this product is I can use it in the shower. I just use a tiny amount in the mornings, give my face a quick scrub and that’s it.

Admittedly, I haven’t noticed any massive benefits to using the face wash but I do like the feeling of using this wash. It’s refreshing and cleansing and I genuinely feel like it does a good job at simply washing away any dirt.

If anything I think it actually dries out my skin a little, but for me that’s ok as I tend to get oily skin.

Garnier Skinactive – Refreshing botanical cleansing milk with Aloe Extract


This is my favourite of the range.

I use a pea sized amount of this moisturiser after my shower and it is such a refreshing feeling.

As the wash tends to dry my skin a little, this cleansing milk does just the job of getting rid of that after shower tight skin feeling and leaves my face feeling super soft.

It smells great and feels light. I get no sense of it being too thick and clogging up my pores.

Garnier SkinActive – Refreshing botanical toner with Aloe Extract


I’ve actually been using this in combination with a boots micellar water to remove my makeup. I get the bulk off with the water, and this helps to remove the residue.

I’ve also tested is out by using just this product to remove my makeup, and whilst it does the job, I end up getting through quite a lot.

I like the feeling of this toner, but I have to say i’m not 100% sold on it’s benefits.

If I could use it on its own to remove makeup, I’d be happy.

Overall i’m happy with these products however I haven’t noticed a huge improvement in my skin. I’m still getting a similar amount of breakouts and actually when I first introduced this range into my routine I started getting some extra unwanted face mountains.

I guess that’s just my skin being mad at me for introducing to something new.

I like the feel of the products, and whilst they aren’t showing any huge benefits I know they’re being kind to my skin.

For now my plan is to persevere, and maybe things will change in a month or so.

What are your favourite skincare products?

Esther xo



  1. May 3, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    It’s so nice to see that I’m not the only one lacking in the skincare routine area! Face wipes are just convenient aren’t they! In terms of my own products, I really recommend the Liz Earle cleanse and polish ☺️ It’s life changing!! xxx

    • May 4, 2018 / 7:45 am

      Yes I really need to give those products a go!! That might be my next venture! xxx

  2. May 19, 2018 / 9:35 am

    Depending on what kind of skin type you are, I would definitely recommend the Garnier Pure Active Range as well. I have oily, blemish prone skin and that worked absolute wonders for me so I would definitely recommend it.. 🙊 I love the sound of the Cleansing Milk from this range though, so I may have to try that myself! 😍

    • May 21, 2018 / 11:39 am

      Oh really!? Thank you so much for the recommendation I will have to take a look at that! Sounds like we have the same kinda skin, and the cleansing milk is lovely! xx

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