These last few weeks I’ve been under a fair amount of stress. It appears that even an organized and usually calm person as I am, can be thrown out of ordinary life into chaos by hectic and sudden changes. However, one thing that I’ve managed to actually keep organized was my skincare routine. It sounds funny when I say it, but having a consistent skincare routine in all this chaos, was somehow assuring. At least, I didn’t have to worry about my skin going crazy along with me.
MOSSA Youth Defence Cream Mousse (200ml)
MOSSA is a new Latvian brand, which is actually the little sister of MADARA. To be entirely fair, I spotted MOSSA before I knew that it was related to MADARA, but because I like MADARA, I bought it partly because both brands are the same company.
The cleanser is described as a cream mousse with white currant AHA fruit acids for a clean, fresh, and glowing skin. I expected it to be somehow foamier rather than creamy, but it does remove makeup well and cleanses the skin. It does contain alcohol, and I usually can notice it in a product, but not this time. The cleanser’s gentle and leaves my skin clean, fresh, and happy. I didn’t see any glow, but I don’t really believe that’s a job for a cleansing product.
Available online at My Pure and other stockists (only in a few European countries) for approximately $12/£10.
MADARA Organic Micellar Water (100ml)
When all this micellar water madness started, I was very skeptic about it. Who would have thought that I would fall in love with this MADARA micellar water so much? This was my second bottle of this precious product (I’m saying ‘was’ because I took these photos two weeks ago and since then I’ve finished the product), and I was using it as a toner for cleansing/toning my face after removing makeup with another cleanser. It completely removes any trace of makeup left after washing the face with the cleanser, and I feel like my skin is freshened up and revived after using it. I’m definitely going to repurchase the third bottle soon.
INLIGHT Organic Floral Face Tonic* (100ml)
I used to skip a toner in my skincare routine in the past, I was just too lazy to use it. It was much simpler to wash my face and dab some cream on it. Done. However, when I decided to have a skincare routine that would actually be consistent (well, as consistent as a bloggers skincare routine can be), I committed to using a toner twice a day, every day. After some time, I could see that it actually made a difference: my skin became smoother and brighter. I have dry combination skin, so a continuous use of a toner also made my pores less visible. So don’t skip a toner, it’s important.
I really like this INLIGHT floral face toner because it’s made with only pure and organic floral waters such as rose, chamomile, lavender, and cornflower. We all know how beneficial each of these floral water is! The Toner is also alcohol-free, gentle, and refreshing. I think it would be loved by everyone, with any skin type. I’m switching it up with Madara Micellar Water.
The only downside I can think of is that it doesn’t have a dispenser. The dispenser comes only with the bigger size (200ml). Other than that, I like it, it’s great.
Inlight Face Tonic goes for $30/£24 at Naturisimo.
Astrida Naturals Carrot Seed & Geranium Moisturizer* (59ml)
Here’s the deal. So many times when I try new moisturizers for dry skin, I get the same result over and over again. It’s that sticky, heavy feeling, which, despite having dry skin, does not feel good or comfortable. It might work for intensive treatments, but for daily moisturizers – not so much. So I was delighted to try Astrida Naturals Carrot Seed & Geranium Moisturizer and to find out that it’s what I call an amazing moisturizer. I-want-to-constantly-touch-my-face kind of amazing! It hydrates, softens, and makes the skin feel comfortable without a ton of cream and stickiness on my face. It’s light, comes with a pump, and the scent is pleasant. What more can you ask?
If you have oily skin, you would be more pleased with the Tea Tree & Sage Clarifying Moisturizer. Also, there’s a very VERY tempting Mulberry and Licorice Brightening serum in its range as well.
The moisturizer goes for $26/£22 and is available online at Astrida Naturals.
INLIGHT Organic Superfood Face Mask* (50ml)
My only face mask at the moment is this highly cleansing and moisturizing super-food face mask from INLIGHT. Just a few facts to show what we’re dealing with here: the mask is suitable for vegetarians, certified by Soil Association and Cosmos, AND have won Natural Health Magazine Beauty Awards 2014. Pretty impressive, right?
The first thing you will notice about it is, of course, its green color. The color comes from spirulina powder, which is also a powerful skin clearing ingredient. I’ve tried using spirulina powder on its own (mixed with water) in the past, and it was great, except it made my skin feel tight after using it. However, since this mask combines spirulina with moisturizing ingredients such as rose oil and shea butter, the skin feels lovely, and the results are even more pleasing. This is the type of treatment that can save dehydrated, thirsty skin from dullness and make it look more radiant. It doesn’t come cheap, but it’s a good investment, in my opinion.
The Superfood Mask is available at Inlight and goes for $36/£32 for 50ml.
So here’s my simple skincare routine for this Spring. I didn’t include it, but I’m also using Maya Chia The Super Couple Serum a few times a week and loving it to bits.
Have you tried any of these products mentioned in this post? Are there any you’d like to try?