It’s Friday! I only have this weekend and I’m back to work 😦 I’ve been getting a few things done this week but I have mostly been spoiling myself and having a good time.
As far as I can remember I have never had a complete skincare set from one company so when I received this set from Sukin as a present I was excited to try the products out.
Sukin is a company which I have seen in health food shops in my area but I’ve never tried any of their products before. The company aims to provide natural skin and hair care which is high quality yet affordable. Their formulations are kind to the skin and kind to the earth. They are cruelty free and refrain from using animal derivatives in their products. They are also a carbon neutral business and use recyclable packaging. Their formulations are grey water safe and biodegradable, and they avoid micro plastics so their products are eco friendly. The only contentious issue I can see with their products is their use of palm derived ingredients. The ingredients which they use in their products are cold pressed, solvent free 100% natural essential oils and botanical extracts which have maximum effectiveness and purity.
The products I received were a scrub, a cleanser, a tonic, two serums and a moisturiser.
The first product I tried was the detoxifying facial scrub from their super greens range. I like that this scrub uses a mixture of jojoba beads and ground bamboo in place of micro plastic beads which I never thought worked too well for exfoliating anyway. The formulation contains kale, spirulina, chlorella and parsley which all help to detoxify the skin. It also contains pineapple, licorice and lime peel for a radiant and clear complexion. The particles in this product are fine and gritty and are encased in a creamy solution of lotion thickness, the product didn’t irritate my skin when I used it. The scrub smells fresh and sweet, like orange sherbet. I had no issue using it and washing it off and found that it did make my skin feel softer afterwards and it took care of all but my most stubborn dry patches. However, I didn’t feel like my skin was any clearer than usual after using it. I use this a few times a week now and have almost run out, although the 125ml tube has lasted me a while. You can find this online for around £10.
Ingredients: water (aqua), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, cetearyl alcohol, bambusa arundinacea stem powder (bamboo), cetyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, jojoba esters, spirulina platensis extract, chlorella vulgaris extract, petroselinum crispum (parsley) extract, brassica oleracea acephala leaf extract (kale), glycerin, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, rosa canina fruit oil (rose hip), citrus aurantifolia (lime) peel oil, ananas sativus (pineapple) fruit extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, fragrance (parfum), tocopherol (vitamin e), citric acid, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol.
After I use the scrub I tend to use the foaming facial cleanser, their best selling cleanser. It’s supposed to be gentle and especially good for oily skin, which I do suffer with. I like that the cleanser comes in a pump bottle because I feel like it’s less fuss, and I tend to apply it in the shower with a cloth or sonic cleansing brush. It’s another product which smells like citrus. It does foam a little as you use it which I enjoy and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin at all. Once my skin is dry the transformation is amazing, there’s not an ounce of oil on my face but my skin is not dry or tight, it’s super soft and feels cared for. The feeling of being oil free lasts overnight as I sleep and I don’t have to worry about blotting my face before applying my foundation in the morning. This is honestly the best skincare product I have ever used, I am so pleased with it. The 125ml bottle retails for around £8 online.
Ingredients: water (aqua), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, cocoamidopropyl betaine, decyl glucoside, peg-150 pentaerythrityl tetrastearate, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract (chamomile), camellia sinensis leaf extract (green tea), hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, glycerin, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, rosa canina fruit oil (rose hip), oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, citrus tangerina (tangerine) peel oil, citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, vanillin, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, limonene, linalool.
After I dry my face post shower I then apply the clarifying facial tonic from their oil balancing range. The solution contains a few antioxidants to help purifying the skin, it aids in preventing breakouts, and helps to calm and soothe the skin. The product also reduces pores and balances excess oil. This product also smells like citrus but it also had notes of spice, a warming almost masculine sort of scent. The tonic dries quite quickly on the skin, leaving it feel a little tighter than usual but not uncomfortably so. I found it helped with my oil production and did slightly reduce my pores but not as much as I would have liked. I did like the product but I could just as easily cut it from my routine. The 125ml bottle is around £8 online.
Ingredients: water (aqua), glycerin, cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, cydonia oblonga leaf extract (quince), camellia sinensis leaf extract (white tea), aspalathus linearis leaf extract (rooibos), chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract (chamomile), epilobium angustifolium extract (willowherb), punica granatum fruit extract (pomegranate), vaccinium myrtillus fruit extract (bilberry), caprylyl/capryl glucoside, sodium cocoyl glutamate, polyglyceryl-5 oleate, glyceryl caprylate, citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, backhousia citriodora leaf oil (lemon myrtle), citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) leaf/twig oil (petitgrain), citric acid, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, limonene, linalool.
When I’m done with the tonic I apply the antioxidant eye serum, this product rehydrates the eye area, improving skin elasticity and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I wouldn’t say this product has much of a scent, it’s creamy and feels thick on the skin, needing a bit of a rub before it sinks in. My eyes feel nourished after application. I have seen no improvement in my eye bags or dark circles, though I have noticed a small reduction in the small lines I have in that area. Overall I haven’t noticed a massive improvement after using this so I don’t know if I would purchase it again as the 30ml bottle retails for around £16 online.
Ingredients: water (aqua), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, rosa canina fruit oil (rose hip), oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, borago officinalis seed oil (borage), tocopherol (vitamin e), cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, arctium lappa root extract (burdock), urtica dioica (nettle) leaf extract, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol.
Once the eye serum has dried I then apply the facial recovery serum to the rest of my face. This is another product from their super green range and it provides the same detoxifying effects of the scrub. The serum aims to provide a healthy, youthful glow to the skin. Again, I didn’t notice a scent to the product, the texture is thinner than the eye serum so it’s a little easier to apply. After applying the serum my skin is super soft, I have noticed there is more life to my skin but this could also be from using the other products in this range and may not have solely resulted from using this serum. The 30ml bottle is around £16 online.
Ingredients: water (aqua), caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, glyceryl stearate, decyl oleate, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, tocopherol (vitamin e), xanthan gum, sodium stearoyl glutamate, daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil, euterpe oleracea fruit extract (acai), lycium barbarum fruit extract (goji), spirulina platensis extract, chlorella vulgaris extract, petroselinum crispum (parsley) extract, brassica oleracea acephala leaf extract (kale), fragrance (parfum), lactic acid, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, geraniol, linalool, citronellol.
The final step of the skincare regime is to apply the facial moisturiser from the sensitive range. I don’t really like the pump on this product, I feel like it needs the most gentle press or you end up wasting a lot of product. I didn’t detect much of a scent from this cream. It applies well, sinking in after a few passes over the skin and my skin is soft after applying. However, my skin was irritated, which is a bit worrying seeing as it is specially formulated for sensitive skin, maybe I am slightly allergic to one of the ingredients. I get a little redness and mostly feel an uncomfortable tingling sensation, this passes after a few minutes and there are no lasting effects. Another problem I have with this product is that it nullifies the effects of the cleanser, I wake up with more oil on my t-zone than when I began the regime and this upsets me. So in sum, I wouldn’t buy this product for myself. You can find it for around £8 online.
Ingredients: Aqua, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, rosa canina fruit oil (rose hip), theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, tocopherol (vitamin e), cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract (chamomile), vanillin, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol.
So during this skincare journey I have found some products that I really like, and some that I just don’t. There’s definitely some products here that I would keep as part of my permanent skin regime. I also really like Sukin’s ethics so I will continue to buy their products. I’d like to try their masque and facial oil, hand and nail cream and their hair and body treatments.
Hope you have a lovely weekend,