Saturday, 15 July 2017

Current Skincare favourites: Featuring Nourish, Samaya Ayurveda and A'Kin


Three skincare products that have made it consistently in to my routine lately, I use the word routine lightly because let's be honest it is part of what I do to keep trying new things. Not sure if anyone else feels the same, but the hot weather really makes simplify my skincare choices, when it's hot and sticky all I want is to feel less hot and sticky! I have been using mists liberally, they are heavenly in the hot weather and have a few on rotation, some in the bedroom some downstairs for use during the day. Generally though I have found a simpler routine works better for me when it's warm, so here are three products I have been thoroughly enjoying.

Nourish Skin Renew Cleanser - (£20 for 100 ml) I have said before that I think Nourish are a brilliant brand, consistently good quality and innovative with ingredients choices, especially given that a large part of it's range is certified organic by the Soil Association. Skin Renew is one of a range of cleansers formulated by Nourish, I talked about the 3D Cleanse recently which is incredibly unique in it's formulation but skin renew is if I honest the cleanser I would pick to use on a daily basis, keeping 3D cleanse for post gym or days I had been in London. It's a thick creamy cleanser, cream cleansers are great for most skin types, they won't aggravate oily or acne prone skin but they work equally as well on dry and sensitive. It's also the type of cleanser I would reach for if I was only going to have one cleansing product in my stash, because it works well as a morning cleanse, make up remover and second cleanse.

The Nourish skin renew feels like a full fat cream rather than a wishy washy lotion, it gives plenty of slip on the skin and works well on daily products. It has a very faint smell of ginger, lightly spicy and has the signature Nourish Kale extract as well as other ingredients such as Argan and Rosehip oils. It leaves the skin feeling clean, but obviously not stripped. It's comparable to other favourites of mine such as the Pai - Camellia and Rose cleanser. The Nourish cleanser is certified organic, vegan and cruelty free too.

Samaya Ayurveda Pitta Anti-Ageing cream (£89 for 50 ml) I have spoken about Samaya before and I think it is true to say they are one of my favourite high end brands. Samaya is a brand based on the ancient principles of Ayurveda, they have three ranges based on the three Ayurveda Dosha types Pitta, Vatta and Kapha. The products have a really luxurious feel to match the luxurious price point, this is a brand that wouldn't look or feel out of place at any high end department store beauty section. My dosha is pitta and so far I have tried the Pitta cleanser (Review here) and the Pitta Anti-ageing cream.

First thing to say is that this cream is super light, but nourishing and hydrating enough for my dry skin. The jasmine scent is simply amazing and makes daily application feel like a special ritual. It comes in a glass bottle with a pump, I use two pumps all over my face and neck. I can't really comment on any anti-ageing benefits after several weeks of using it, but I have noticed it is fantastic for redness prone skin like mine. The ingredients feel calming and soothing and shortly after application I notice any blotchiness in my skin is diminished. The interesting blend of Ayurvedic botanicals make for an interesting read, Gotu Kola, Saffron and Shatavari extract. Absolutely gorgeous product that feels like a dream on the skin.

A'Kin Hydrating mist toner (£12.50 for 150 ml) This is another one of the new releases from A'Kin, I think they are on a bit of roll with them if I am honest. Just like Nourish this is a brand that is consistently good in it's offerings, I have only found a couple of products from them over the years that aren't favourites. This hydrating mist toner is a great budget friendly spritz, it has a light fresh scent and uses coconut water, green tea and chamomile.

This mist is great before oils, as a spritz during the day and over clay masks to keep them from drying out. This toner is lovely to use and great value, especially great for the summer months. A'Kin are all vegan and cruelty free too.

Ana x


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