Today, it’s the turn of Allies of Skin again but this time I’m reviewing their Molecular Saviour Probiotics Treatment Mist 🖤
If you want to refresh your mind on what probiotics do, you can take a look at my blog post ‘Everything You Need To Know About Probiotics’.
BRAND: Allies of Skin
PRODUCT: Molecular Saviour™ Probiotics Treatment Mist
*FYI, Allies of Skin have changed the name of this product from a repair mist to a treatment mist. The formulation will be primarily the same, apart from the removal of essential oils (like rose and juniper oils). This is why my product photos show a different name!
INGREDIENTS: See bottom of page.
- pH of 3.5-4.3
- Contains lactobacillus ferment
- Packs in 5% Niacinamide and 6 Antioxidants
- Contains colloidal silver
- Contains the very gentle PHA – gluconolactone
- Synthetic fragrance-free
I’ve Got *Insert Skin Type Here* Skin, Can I use It?
Allies of Skin state that this treatment mist is suitable for all skin types – especially thirsty, dehydrated and problematic skin.
My skin is normal-to-dry and prone to breakouts so this mist couldn’t be any more perfect for my skin!
Get comfy, there’s always plenty with Allies of Skin 😉
Lactobacillus Ferment is a powerful non-living, lab-created probiotic. It’s properties include being antibacterial and antimicrobial, as well as being able to protect the skin from environmental aggressors.
It’s made by fermentation of the Lactobacillus microorganism and has shown to be helpful in killing harmful bacteria and maintaining a healthy, balanced skin microbiome. Lactobacillus ferment has also shown promise in the treatment of rosacea and acne. Studies from 2012 showed that 5% was needed to show effectiveness with acne, but for reducing skin sensitivity 1% showed good results.
We can safely assume a good percentage within this mist as Lactobacillus Ferment is number 5 on the ingredients list.
There is also Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate Filtrate which is another probiotic that has soothing properties for the skin.
Niacinamide Is Present!
5% is contained within this mist which is an optimal amount to produce the following skin benefits:
- Improve the appearance of enlarged pores
- Soften fine lines
- Increase ceramide levels in the stratum corneum (outermost layer of skin)
- Decrease TEWL (transepidermal water loss) in dry skin
- Improve the appearance of uneven skin tone/hyperpigmentation
- Brighten dull skin
- Strengthen a weakened skin barrier
- Reduce the damage from UV light and environmental attackers
- Repair past damage done from the above ⬆️
- Protect the skin from bacterial attack (good for acne sufferers!)
*If you would like to know more about niacinamide, you can check out my dedicated post to it here*
No, Not One But SIX Antioxidants
Antioxidants work to protect your skin from the oxidative stress and damage that can be caused to our cells by free radicals, such as oxygen.
You have silk amino acids; a hydrating antioxidant that penetrates the skin’s surface to boost skin’s moisture levels. Silk amino acids can also deliver essential nutrients for optimal cell growth. You have ergothioneine which protects the skin from UV radiation. There is also glutathione, a powerful antioxidant which works to prevent free radical damage and repair signs of premature ageing. It has the added benefit of brightening skin too. Lastly, I’ll mention acai berry which offers anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful antioxidant.
We’ve only looked at 4 out of the six contained within the mist!!
Contains Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver is basically small silver particles suspended in water. It has anti-fungal, -bacterial and -inflammatory properties, which makes it a great ingredient for those with inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, redness and rosacea. This is because it fosters a healthy, balanced skin microbiome which means the skin’s barrier is better protected and happier!
When it comes to acne, silver works in a unique way to combat acne-causing bacteria. It attaches itself to the proteins on the cellular wall of the bacteria and disrupts its metabolic processes which leads to its death.
Lastly, silver has soothing and purifying properties and can kick start the skin’s natural reparative processes.
Now, not everyone agrees on silver in skincare. Paula’s Choice rate silver in their ingredient dictionary as a ‘poor’ ingredient as they say it can potentially be sensitising to the skin. I haven’t experienced any sensitivity myself and I can tell my skin likes colloidal silver. However, like everything, we are all different as to what our skin likes! So, I would strongly recommend doing a patch test (like with anything new to your skin!), if you react then don’t continue using the product.
Yes, we haven’t talked about the mango extract and the peptides! Allies of Skin state that the mango extract included in this treatment mist is a natural alternative to phyto stem cells (plant stem cells) that promotes hydration. It also targets age spots and brightens skin. FAB! And yes, you read correctly… this mist contains 2 peptides as well! There’s Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, both have beautiful skin-restoring and age-delaying benefits.
One more thing to mention, the spray on this product is powerful! Allies of Skin state that this mist has a heavy molecular weight and concentration and so this means product dispersion is on the heavier side, compared to regular mists. I personally love it as I can feel plenty of product saturating my skin with a minimal amount of spritzes.
It Stings The Eyes
There is one downside to this product and that is that it stings to HELL AND BACK if you get it in your eyes! Obvious solution to this issue is to close your eyes whilst spraying it and avoid spraying directly over your eye area. I do this and find it works perfectly well this way.
Another thing I want to highlight is that I have definitely seen other people mention that this mist leaves a film-like feeling on the skin. Which I don’t disagree with. However, because I then applied other products over the top of it, I didn’t notice it!
The only time I did notice the film feeling was when WFH. I tried using this mist in the middle of the day, over my sunscreen, to refresh my skin. However, it felt really tacky to me and so, I decided to stick to using this as a toner only! I don’t mist in the day normally anyway, I just wanted to try it out! Allies of Skin state that this mist has an anti-evaporation formula and so this could explain why it feels like a film is left behind compared to ‘regular’ mists?
I also want to mention (in case anyone else has experienced it), I had a small purge the first 2 weeks of using this product. Now, I’m thinking it’s either because this was the first product that I’d ever used which had a probiotic in or it’s because of the Gluconolactone in it (which is a polyhydroxy acid/gentle chemical exfoliator). The spots I had were very small, red dots and some whiteheads but it really lasted no longer than 2 weeks!
*One final thing to raise, is that the version of the mist pictured has essential oils like rose and juniper in which may upset some sensitive skin types. The new version will not have these in, however (as seen by the INCI list at the bottom of this page).
How Do I Use This Product?
Allies of Skin advise to use this product daily (AM/PM), after cleansing and then follow up with serums, moisturisers etc. They also say that you can spritz throughout the day to refresh makeup or over sunscreen.
As mentioned, I use this product as a toner only. I spritz onto my damp, post-cleansed skin, then with my fingertips massage it in. About 4-5 spritzes seems to be the amount I use, for reference. I do this both AM and PM. I also adore the smell of it! Awful at describing smells so I’ll save myself the embarrassment but it’s lovely!
Gimme The Deets…
Price-wise, she’s another that’s pricey. There’s no denying that but as I’ve said countless times, Allies of Skin pack a punch with every single product they formulate. This mist is no exception to that, it really is a treatment for skin that is dehydrated and prone to acne and redness – just see the INCI list below for proof!
To be honest, I’m so glad Allies of Skin are changing the name because, as I say to many people, this product is way more than a mist, it really is a treatment. I can’t say it enough! The proof for me was when I finished this mist and started another toner. Within the 10 days of finishing it, I had small, not hormone-related, breakouts. To me, it felt like this was because of an increase in bad bacteria on my skin’s surface. Perhaps because of a reduction in the amount of probiotics I was using (of which this mist is full of as we’ve seen from the upsides section!). I also had a return of a lot of redness in my face (which if you’ve read my previous blog posts, you’ll know I’m very self-conscious of!). These two factors alone were enough for me to stop the new toner and purchase another bottle of this to begin using again.
Anyway so ramble over, 50ml = £57. This mist lasted me 6 weeks with twice daily use.
Where Can I Buy It?
Normally you can purchase this product from alliesofskin.com, Space NK, Cult Beauty, Amazon, Beauty Bay and Feel Unique to name a few. However, as the product is being renamed I believe it’s not available anywhere, just yet! Allies of Skin have said they hope for it to be available by the end of September – fingers crossed!
In regards to the time you have to use the product in, once opened, it lasts 6 months. In terms of storage, she doesn’t require anything special.
Stick Or Spin Again?
Well, spoiler alert, I’ve already told you that I’ve repurchased this! So unless I find another toner/mist that can compare to this… imma be sticking with it for the foreseeable!
Not exact alternatives to be honest as this product is quite unique!
Anyway, in terms of a probiotic product in mist form, there’s Zelens Z Balance Prebiotic & Probiotic Facial Mist, 50ml = £48.
And in a toner form but not a mist, there’s Gallinée Prebiotic Face Vinegar, 200ml = £23.90.
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Love & Knowledge,
S A M A N T H A
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INGREDIENTS: (this is the new INCI list that has the EOs removed, will be available end of September according to Allies of Skin!)
Aqua (Water), Polysorbate 20 (cleansing agent – good), Niacinamide (antioxidant/vitamin/skin-soothing & restoring – best), Propanediol (a glycol that can enhance the absorption of other ingredients – good), Lactobacillus Ferment (a probiotic – best), Gluconolactone (exfoliant, polyhydroxy acid – best), Mangifera Indica Fruit Extract (mango, skin-replenishing, emollient – best), Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate Filtrate (skin-conditioning, soothing – good), Yogurt (skin-protecting – average), Zinc PCA (skin-conditioning/?age-delaying/acne-fighting – best), Bisabolol (skin-soothing/plant extract – best), Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract (antioxidant/plant extract/acai – best), Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract (antioxidant/plant extract/natural fragrance/cucumber – good), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (skin-conditioning/plant extract – good), Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Silk Amino Acids (skin-conditioning/antioxidant – no rating), Silver (skin-conditioning – poor – I don’t agree with this rating), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Callus Culture Extract (skin-conditioning – no rating), Ergothioneine (skin-soothing/antioxidant – best), Glutathione (skin-restoring/antioxidant – best), Glycerin (skin-replenishing/restoring – best), Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract (skin-conditioning/antiseborrheic – no rating), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (plant extract/preservative – good), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (skin-restoring/peptide – best), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (skin-restoring – best), Chrysin (skin-conditioning – no rating), N-Hydroxysuccinimide (skin-softening – best), Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole (cell communicating agent – goodie), Xanthan Gum (thickener/emulsifier/texture enhancer – good), Calcium Gluconate (skin-soothing – good), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative/skin-conditioning – good), Sorbic Acid (preservative – good), Sodium Benzoate (preservative – good), Sodium Gluconate (skin-softening – good), Steareth-20 (cleansing agent – good), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster- average), Phenoxyethanol (preservative – good).
*Ingredient info & ratings from Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary & Incidecoder (my personal faves for ingredient ratings)*