Monday, 26 May 2014

Reviewed - Skinfood Skincare

Happy Monday everyone!  Over the past month I have been trialling out Skinfood products in a bid to try and clear up my problematic pores so I thought I would share with you my findings and how I enjoyed the products.

Skinfood Cleans All

With Manuka honey, kiwifruit, limeflower extracts, sunflower oil and aloe vera.  Skinfood's Cleans All is a paraben-free facial cleanser gentle enough for make-up removal and leaves skin soft and supple.

Cleans all is a beautiful natural cream cleanser, whilst I prefer to use a foaming cleanser in the morning I have been using cleans all on a makeup remover pad every evening for the past month and it is true to the product name, it definitely cleans all!  From day wear makeup to a full face of evening make up cleans all did exactly what it said it would with minimal effort, I found it to be very gentle and I did not have to scrub into my skin to remove all traces of make up.  I initially tried using the product by massaging into my face with fingers and rinsing off with water, however I found that using cotton make up remover pads to remove the product worked best for me.

The natural oils in the formulation left my skin feeling soft, supple and clean without that 'squeaky clean' feeling.  The natural anti-septic properties of Manuka honey helped to control breakouts, I always have hormonal break outs during 'that time of month' but found that when using this product the breakout was very minimal. 

Cleans All swatch and make up removed from one eye

Skinfood Exfoliating Scrub

With walnut shell, cucumber extract, Manuka honey, aloe vera, sweet almond and lime to cleanse, Skinfood Exfoliating Scrub refreshes tired skin.

Oh I am in love with the exfoliator, I exfoliate at least every second day in the morning while showering and this product does not disappoint.  I love that the exfoliant in the product is natural walnut shell rather than those horrible plastic microbeads that have gained so much media attention lately.

The product is very thick and creamy which helps to give an even application, there is also a fairly decent amount of exfoliators in the product which I love, so many scrubs out there have very few exfoliant particles in it compared to the solution which means you have to scrub for quite a while to get the desired result.

This product delivered on all promises, it cleanses, removes dead skin cells and debris whilst leaving my skin soft and smooth without irritating the skin, I can most certainly say that I have noticed a small reduction in my pore size and the amount of whiteheads on my cheeks which I can only put down to this product.

Exfoliating Scrub swatch

Skinfood Mud Masque

Our masque is rich in natural minerals found in the volcanic muds of New Zealand.  The masque works as a deep cleanser to soften and relax the skin.

This is a very affordable masque that actually works!  The formulation is smooth and smells really good, I have used clay and mud products before and found some of them to be a little gritty with I did not enjoy. To apply I use an old foundation brush which really saves time and ensures and even application, as the product dries you can literally see it working its magic, I noticed tiny dark spots appear where my pores are which was the masque drawing all the oil/debris out, it was like a vacuum effect! 
Unlike some other face masques I have used this product did not crack a lot when I made facial expressions, it certainly did crack a small amount however not to the point that when you smile small tiny powdery specks fall off your face onto your clothes! 
To remove I used a damp face cloth and placed it on my entire face to dampen the product, I found that by doing this the masque was a lot easier to remove.  The final product was beautifully smooth skin, clean pores and well balanced skin.
Mud Masque swatch and close up of dried masque showing debris being pulled from pores.
Skinfood Light Moisturiser
Rich in peach oil, manuka honey, avocado, elderberry and marshmallow extracts with a light orange scent, Skinfood Light Moisturiser is a non-oily and paraben-free facial moisturiser that gently refreshes leaving skin silky smooth and hydrated.  It contains ingredients that help repair and restore collagen and elastin.

Out of all the products listed above I get the most use out of this product as I use it in the morning and also at night, I was pleasantly surprised by the formulation as a lot of other moisturisers I have used in the past that claim to be 'light' are quite watery and not all that hydrating.  This light moisturiser was definitely not watery, it is creamy and feels amazing on the skin.

In the morning I use this right before I apply my primer and BB cream, I use a small amount and really work it into my skin concentrating on the drier areas of my face, I have found that I don't need to use as much primer and BB cream as I did before as this product really aids in preparing the skins surface for other products.  In the evening I apply this after using my cleans all and when I wake up I have noticed that my skin is not as oily as it used to be when using other products.

Light Moisturiser swatch.

Overall I have to say that I have really enjoyed my Skinfood experience, their products are all cruelty free, natural based and paraben free and well as being made in New Zealand.  They are extremely affordable and great value for money with products ranging from $2.89 to $14.99  Their product range also includes body bars, body butter, lip balm, facial cleaning wipes, tanning moisturiser, nourishing hand cream, SPF facial moisturiser, nourishing facial moisturiser and shaving gel.

I highly recommend you check them out online and discover what natural products can do for your skin.

(Disclaimer:  This post is not sponsored in any way by Skinfood NZ, I purchased these products at full retail price from the Skinfood NZ Website.  All opinions are honest and original)

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