Banish – Entering the world of Grooming

As you may know I’m a hippy to the core. I wash my hair less than once a month only with conditioner, don’t use soap to bath and have only this year (because it was a gift) started wearing cologne.


Banish Acne Scars

I was excited when Banish contacted me to try out their products, since it’s probably about time I manned up and started taking care of how I look ;) So here we go, a review of the Banish skin care kit:

First Up


Since I’m very new to all of this, I felt a bit lost most of the time, and wished there were clearer instructions on how to go from hippy to metrosexual, because honestly I feel like I did most of all of this wrong.

I mean, I probably could have googled some advice, but in my current state of being that’s a bridge too far and this experience hasn’t really helped me to the other side tbh.


Dealing with the Banish team has been great, they’re super professional, courteous and helpful, and I can see that they’re interested in the experiences of their customers. I wasn’t super impressed with presentation of the products though once they arrived. Highly over packaged, with a broken carry bag that doesn’t fit everything.


On to the products, of which there were a couple, kinda making me anxious about all the strange stuff I was about to put on my skin. But I breathed deeply and took a shot at

The Banish Roller


This is their main product, and seems to be quite in vogue right now in terms of skin care. There are tiny needles on this roller thingy that you run over your face, which poke into your skin. This is supposedly good for you.

You then spread another ointment over your skin, which is also supposed to be good for you. I made Antonio do this since he’s more used to this sort of thing. Also, the advice of using painkillers before the treatment made me a little nervous of doing this as my first foray into serious skin care.

Pumpkin Enzyme Masque


I love that it’s free of both cruelty and vegans, because I hate both those things ;) The mask felt foreign and slimy on my skin, and burnt a bit also…is this normal for skin care products? My skin did feel smooth afterwards, though I don’t really have a proper frame of reference here.


Activated Charcoal Clay Masque

Instructions: Add water or your favorite liquid…it was a toss up between tea and vodka.


It was also pretty uncomfortable, which I guess is just the cost of beauty these days. But really there is no description of what this stuff would supposedly do for me.


Vitamin C Beauty Elixir

“Spray, whenever wherever’… you feel like smelling of rust for the rest of the day.

Is it just me or should there be way more description about what each product is supposed to do for you? Like ‘use this for dry skin’ or ‘for oily skin’ or ‘to bring back lost lover’.

So here’s the before / after shot of Antonio once he used the products for three weeks. Personally I didn’t experience much difference, but this may be due to my naturally healthy skin. This skin care regime may have been more beneficial to someone with severe acne scars or otherwise very bad skin.

You can check out more about Banish on their website and their Instagram account @banishacnescars.


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