Tula is one of those brands that has always fascinated me and has been on my “to-try” list ever since I first heard about it a few years ago. It might have been the vibrant blue packaging that captured my attention, but its the brand’s philosophy that really sucked me in.
Basically, for those who aren’t familiar with Tula, it is a clean brand that offers products formulated with probiotic ingredients that work to balance the natural microbiome of our skin and create healthier skin.
Our skin has a microbiome, which is essentially just a fancy way of saying there’s a whole ecosystem of bacteria that lives on our faces. Try not to think too hard about it lest you want to be grossed out. Bacteria isn’t inherently bad though. We have both good and bad bacteria that live on our skin in harmony (ideally). When they aren’t living in harmony; however, our microbiome can become imbalanced, which opens the door to all kinds of skin issues and irritation.
At the time, this type of skincare was kind of a revolutionary and buzzworthy. Probiotic skincare was around, sure. You could find a brand here and there that would carry a specific product or maybe a line within the brand featuring and marketing probiotic ingredients. I can think of a few right now.
But a whole brand whose entire foundation is probiotic science in skin? Kind of unheard of. Naturally, I wanted to know more. Does it work? What will it offer my skin that my current skincare routine can’t? Is a bacterial imbalance what’s causing my skin issues? Is this something I need to consider if I want to achieve healthy skin?
Well, I’ve finally gotten around to it. I’ve been testing out six Tula products since late November as my staple skincare routine. I haven’t been using any other products. I really wanted to see how these products worked and interacted with each other in order to give you the best review of the brand that I could. Still, Tula carries so many other products outside of the six we’re going to talk about today. I’m also going to put it out there… I’m human. And I know it’s awful, I know, but sometimes a girl gets lazy and doesn’t do her skincare at night because she wants to crawl into her bed and not come out of it for the next eleven hours. So there are a couple nights that I did skip. To be as fair as possible, I did go over two weeks to try to overcompensate for this.
Lastly, I want to mention to avoid some confusion that a lot of my Tula products are mini or deluxe sized as well as might be in some older packaging. All of these products do exist in full sizes and updated packaging that I have linked for your convenience.
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1. Purifying Face Cleanser
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When I first lathered up this cleanser, the scent is what stood out to me the most because it was such a clean, fresh scent. I found it comforting because it felt like a scent that I’ve smelled before in my childhood. Almost oceanic? The lather itself was nice. I found adding less water to it at first will give you better suds. The cleanser itself was both gentle and effective. My skin being oily and acne-prone could probably benefit from a bit of a deeper cleanse, but overall this is such a good, simple cleanser for most all skin types and I do like it!
2. Get Toned Pro-Glycolic 10% Resurfacing Toner
I love a good chemical exfoliant—these days it’s what does the trick for my textured skin. What threw me off with this one, is the directions say to use 1-2 pumps, but that’s barely enough to saturate a cotton pad, which is what I’m used to doing. I wanted to follow the instructions though, so I did as I was told. What else struck me as interesting was the fact that the texture of this product leans more toward “gel” rather than “liquid.” I didn’t experience any redness, stinging, or sensitivity even though I was using this morning and night. I don’t have sensitive skin though, so your experience might be different. All in all, I’d say this is a good gentle chemical exfoliant and will help with texture and radiance!
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3. Illuminating Face Serum
I’m not typically one to gravitate toward radiance boosting and illuminating treatments (even though if I’m being honest my skin does need it). I just have so many other issues that I choose to treat that glowing skin kind of gets pushed to the back burner. Also partially because I worry products like these will clog my pores and exacerbate all of my other issues. And I did struggle a bit with this. I found what was best for my skin was to layer this product over the one I’m going to talk about next. Once I discovered that, it worked wonderfully for my skin because I was able to effectively treat both concerns! As for this product itself, the texture is nice and thick—a little tacky to the touch. Two pumps is all you really need and then just gently press into the skin!
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4. Acne Clearing and Tone Correcting Gel
So I’m a bit of a cheater…because this is the one product that prior to this little experiment I had actually already used (and loved). I wasn’t planning on incorporating it into this trial for that reason, but after a few days into testing all these products, I found what was missing for my skin was that acne treatment. I just couldn’t go without it! As I mentioned I found a way to layer it with the other serum in this routine and it worked like a dream. This product is a thin, gel texture that dries down quickly (which is why layering with the Illuminating serum is perfect because it brings that hydration and radiance back into the skin).
The Acne Clearing + Tone Correcting Gel really does what it says it will! My skin feels so much less congested when I’m using this and it’s gentle enough for daily use. You might not necessarily need this. Normal or dry skin can definitely skip this, but for oily and acne prone people this is a MUST.
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5. Glow and Get It Cooling and Brightening Eye Balm
This product is probably one of the most popular products Tula makes. It’s certainly the one I hear about the most, and I’ve been dying to try. As you can see here, it is a twist-up balm stick that you apply directly to the under eyes. It has a slight blue tint (so be careful not to apply too much). They have several others for example that come in rosy or peachy tints that I want to try next! The rose in particular would probably be great for color correction.
This balm truly feels cooling on the skin and helps with puffiness. My only qualm is I wish it offered more hydration, but it doesn’t claim to and isn’t an eye cream so I’m not upset about it. I would still use another eye cream, and then use this as needed. Great in the morning or throughout the day when you need a little wake-up or refresh.
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6. Hydrating Day and Night Cream
My stand out product—this one is my absolute favorite of all the products I’ve mentioned! If you’re in the market for a new moisturizer, literally look no further. This one is packed with hydration while still feeling super lightweight. It truly melts right into the skin and leaves you with hydration that lasts all day. Sometimes I find moisturizers are so lightweight that they don’t really sink into the skin; they just kinda evaporate away—which is also not ideal for oily skin because that just means I’m gonna produce even more oil. That’s not the case with this one! It is a cream texture, not gel, but I don’t find it heavy at all and that’s saying a lot considering I have oily and acenic skin and thick greasy products scare me. This product has been treating me so well this winter, but I can see myself using year-round and repurchasing. I can imagine it’s great for a wide range of skin types.
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Bonus: So Polished Exfoliating Sugar Scrub
I wasn’t going to include this one in my review as I wasn’t using it; however, there was one night where my skin just felt like it needed a good deep scrub. I cracked open this bad boy, and am I glad I did! It’s been a while since a scrub has impressed me. These days I’m all about a liquid AHA/BHA toner to meet all of my exfoliating needs. This scrub is honestly so good though. It smells like pineapples. I don’t know if this is artificial or irritating (it wasn’t to me), but I do know this product is formulated with pineapple enzymes that offer some chemical exfoliation in addition to it being a physical exfoliating scrub—which I love. As for the physical exfoliating agents, it’s formulated with sugar. As I worked this gently into my skin, all the sugar granules literally melted and dissolved until they were gone. I was honestly so taken aback by this! Maybe it’s common and I just haven’t tried enough sugar scrubs, but I love that it does this! It made me feel comfortable knowing it wasn’t going to harm my skin. This product is the perfect hybrid of mild, non-abrasive physical exfoliation and an introduction to chemical exfoliation. It’s so gentle and great for beginners and people with sensitivities to exfoliants (be wary of fragrance though), but literally I would recommend this to anyone I am absolutely obsessed!
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All in all, I’m super impressed with all of the Tula products I’ve tried! I would definitely recommend them to just about anyone. Based on my experience, I feel like they’d work on a lot of skin types. I’m definitely going to continue using these products until they’re gone, and I also might look into their acne skincare line (so let me know if you want me to review that). Out of everything mentioned today though, I would have to say my favorites are the acne gel, cooling eye balm, moisturizer, and scrub!
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