As a MD, PhD, focused on dermatology, I am very picky when it comes to skincare. I see the skin, which is our biggest organ, not only through the beauty aspect, but also as a gate to our inner ecosystem. What we put on our skin gets inside the body and can either help us thrive or harm body’s inner delicate balance. What’s more I’m a proud vegan, on the mission for spreading the world with the Green Revolution, aiming for the best, high quality, natural, eco products, both for my clients and myself. That’s why my reviews are always honest and pure – the same way as the skincare products should be.
I’ve tried each of the Summit skincare line products for more than 2 months. This period of time, allowed me to truly experience how it influences my skin short and long term.
The face, body and hair care lines were founded on sustainable principles to provide high quality fair trade, natural personal care products. The greatest advantage is that the company uses only natural, high quality, ingredients, sourced from Vanuatu Islands, to create their products. Company makes all of their products at The Distillery on site, by hand. They distil essential oils and mix them with other natural and organically grown ingredients sourced from the Islands of Vanuatu to make creams, balms, soaps, and sandalwood hydrosol based health & body products. If you have a chance to visit the place – you can have the pleasure to observe the whole production process. What’s crucial, they don’t test on animals and make the production process, together with labeling, extremely transparent, without any dirty secrets.
What’s more, not strictly connected with using the products per se, but still of a huge value for me; the Summit supports local entrepreneurs and growers. Company believes in cutting out waste of all kind and they care for the environment. Packaging is all handcrafted by the Summit team from recycled cardboard, hand made rosettes for gift packs and other local materials. Those aspects play a huge role for me and I’m looking for this kind of information, BEFORE even putting anything on my skin. Why? Because those facts help me to determine if I can trust the company, before even consider trying their products.
My top 3 products:
Simple yet effective start for a skin’s morning routine, as well as night cleanse. It’s ideal for removing makeup and deeply cleaning the skin. This cleanser does an excellent job, removing all of my makeup! I’m left with clean, soft skin. With a gentle oil blend of virgin coconut oil, pure avocado oil, and pure ylang ylang Oil, it’s no wonder that I fell in love with this product. Plus the scent – it’s really relaxing.
An exotic, free of artificial chemicals, blend of nature’s finest tropical essential and nut oils. This skin food, as it states, is truly nourishing, naturally soothing and hydrating. I wasn’t surprised when my skin reacted to it so well. It made my skin soft, hydrated and glowing. I like using a little bit more of it at night to provide even more moisture and anti-aging benefits. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is very hydrated and refreshed. I love the consistency of the cream – creamy and quite thick, yet not leaving greasy marks. The only minus that one could point is the smell. First time I found it very strong and woody, but it’s just a matter of preference. After a while I really appreciated the scent as it helped me to relax and feel the tropics even in the middle of the winter.
Research has shown that coffee extracts boost could be beneficial to the skin, with regard to reducing puffiness, because of their anti-inflammatory properties and brightening/reducing dark under-eye circles by increasing circulation. Facial and Body Polish is a powerful, yet very gentle skin exfoliator. It leaves the skin super soft and moisturized. The package size (50g) could be bigger, when considering using it as body polish. As it has wild honey as one of the ingredients, some strict vegans may have a second thought before using it. The scent – for me is magical and exotic, but may be to strong for some people. It’s more of a personal take. You won’t know if you don’t try!
After using the Summit skincare line, I found my skin firmer, repaired and replenished. As I have dry, demanding skin, they helped a lot, especially during the cold wintertime.
My skin feels and looks amazing after using this combo! Putting my scientific hat on: the line has potential to help with so many skin issues, like for example acne, fine lines or hyperpigmentation. All of the products seem to last for a while, even with everyday use.
I highly recommend trying the Summit skincare line. Not only your skin will thank you, but you will also help to heal the world.
Agnes Frankel, MD, PhD