It has recently been revealed that we women come into contact with a staggering average of 515 chemicals a day. Now that’s just chemicals used in our everyday skin care and makeup routine so I’d hate to see what amount chemical compounds we slather on our skin during a pamper routine!
Many chemicals used in beauty products are also found in your average household cleaners that are linked to skin sensitivity, allergies and the outcome of some minor skin problems.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to scare you from wearing your favourite perfume, washing your hair with that silky smooth shampoo or dabbing on that brightening eye cream. I just want to show you what we smother onto our bodies can affect our skin type and the way it looks. Just because that product says it aids in ‘banishing blackheads’ or has ‘healthy’ consumable ingredients such as grapefruit doesn’t mean its natural nor that it will do the job without affecting the rest of your skin.
I’m a huge believer of using natural, cruelty free and organic products that are free from those sulphate nasties. No, I’m not vegetarian or vegan and I won’t go as far not buying a lipstick because it contains a chemical. However when it comes to my skin I know how it can react, how quickly blemishes appear and how dry it can get (strangely) in the Summer, so I like to use products that are as natural, calming and nourishing as possible.
So, with a New Year comes a new skincare regime. SkinSincere is an organic, natural, cruelty free, chemical free, vitamin packed (try saying that in one mouthful) skincare brand based in Shropshire and created by Gemma Allies. Being a healthy lifestyle enthusiast I was lucky enough to be sent some products to try and have now adopted these as my new natural skincare regime! So what makes these products so great?
Aloe Vera Cleanser
Product – The consistency of the cleanser is quite thick with a creamy base and natural aloe vera scent. It contains extracts of apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, plum kernel, aloe vera leaf juice and palm kernel oil so is extremely nourishing and a healthy source of food for your skin.
Application – It’s advised to pump the product onto a cotton pad and wipe over the face however I preferred to massage the product over my face and then gently work a cotton pad over the skin. It worked impressively well to melt away my makeup and remove any excess dirt/ oils without the need to use 100 cotton pads in the process.
Result – The cleanser itself left my skin feeling hydrated, clean and refreshed. I was impressed to see that before using any other product the cleanser had already aided in calming any small breakouts.
Aloe Vera Skin Polish
Product – The product has a light to medium oil like consistency with small beads of pumice stone to gently exfoliate the skin. It also contains extracts of apricot kernel, coconut oil, avocado oil, crushed walnut, palm kernel oil and aloe vera leaf juice.
Application – As mentioned the consistency is quite ‘gloopy’ which as first I wasn’t too keen on as the application was a little messy upon transfer and meant the product separated over the skin too thinly (for me personally). However the consistency could aid in distributing the product thinly over the skin so it doesn’t irritate or harm and I did find that it worked perfectly with facial brush! I use a manual one and massaged the product around the skin in swift circular motions.
Result – The polish left my skin feeling smooth, soft and super clean. Surprisingly for a face polish it also didn’t irritate any breakouts and left my skin feeling fresh without any redness.
Aloe Vera Moisturiser
Product – A thick, almost whipped consistency with a familiar natural aloe vera scent. Best thing about this product is a little goes a long way! It contains extracts such as aloe vera, olive oil, sunflower seed, coconut oil, shea butter, oatmeal and apricot kernel oil.
Application – I scooped a small amount of product onto my finger (a little more than 5p size) and massaged the product into my skin in an upwards motion. The product does take a little extra time to work into the skin but after a little extra TLC my skin drank up the product and felt amazing.
Result – The moisturiser left my skin feeling incredibly soft and hydrated without leaving any grease or tackiness. It helped to calm my breakouts before applying my makeup and almost felt like it left a protective barrier (similar to a primer).
After using the 3 products in a skincare regime for just over a week now I was impressed to see that my ‘indulgent festive’ breakouts had cleared quite quickly and my overall skin looked healthy and happy. So if you’re after a New Year, new natural skin care regime you should check out SkinSincere and their impressive range of products that give you bang for your buck!