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 a 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 / approx $12 – £8 (available only in a few European countries, though)
MOSSA is a new Latvian brand, which is actually the little sister of MADARA. To be completely 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 clean, fresh and glowing skin”. I expected it to be somehow more foamy 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 notice any glow, but I don’t really believe that’s a job for a cleansing product.
Ingredients: Aqua, Cocoglucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Alcohol, Glycerin***, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavander) Floral Water*, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Ribes Rubrum (White currant) Berries Extract*, Lactic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Aroma, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)****, Potassium Sorbate, CI 77019 (Mica)****, Limonene**. EcoCert Certified.
MADARA Micellar Water 100ml / approx $17 – £12
When all this micellar water madness started, I was very skeptic about it (read the full review). 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 2 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 and 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.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Leaf Juice)*, Rosa Damascena (Rosa) Flower Water*, Hamamelis Virgin Iana (Witch-Hazel) Leaf Water*, Glycerin**, Paeonia Lacti Flora (Peony) Root Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Glucoside, Sodium PCA, Xylitylglucoside, Propanediol, Potassium Sorbate, Anhydroxlitol, Lactic Acid, Xylitol, Aroma, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phragmites Communis Extract, Poria Cocos Extract, Rhamnose, Glucose, Glucuronic Acid. *Organic. ** Made using organic ingredients. EcoCert Certified, vegan, nut-free. gluten-free.
INLIGHT Organic Floral Face Tonic* 100ml / approx $35 – £24 (also available in 200ml with dispenser)
I was skipping a toner from 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 routine can be), I committed to use a toner every day, twice a day. After some time, it really showed: my skin became smoother and brighter. Also, though, I have dry skin, there are some visible pores on my nose. A continuous use of a toner made them less visible. So don’t be like me, 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 waters are! The Tonic is also alcohol-free, gentle, and refreshing. I think, this is the toner that will be loved by everyone, with any skin type.
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 love it, it’s perfect.
Ingredients: Rosa damascena (rose flower water), Anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile flower water), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender flower water), Centaurea cyanus (cornflower flower water), Citrus grandis (grapefruit seed extract). Certified by Soil Association, vegan.
ASTRIDA NATURALS Carrot Seed & Geranium Moisturizer* 59ml / $24
Here’s the deal. So many times when I try new moisturizer 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 everyday moisturizers – not so much. So I was very excited 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.
If you have oily skin, you would be more pleased with ASTRIDA NATURALS Tea Tree & Sage Clarifying Moisturizer. Also, there’s a very VERY tempting Mulberry and Licorice Brightening serum in its range as well.
Ingredients: Water, *Unrefined Shea Butter, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Jojoba Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable Source), Horse Chestnut Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Phenoxyethanol & Caprylyl Glycol & Sorbic Acid, Carrot Seed Essential Oil, Geranium Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Neroli Essential Oil. *Organic.
INLIGHT Organic Super-food Face Mask* 50ml / $57 – £45
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 you’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 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 other, moisturizing, ingredients such as rose oil and shea butter, the skin feels lovely and 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.
Ingredients: Sesamum indicum (sesame oil), Cocos nucifera (coconut oil), Cera alba (beeswax), Solanum tuberosum (potato starch), Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Helianthus annuus (sunflower oil), Hordeum vulgare (barley powder), Zea mays (corn starch), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), Rosa rubiginosa (rose oil), Adansonia digitata (baobab powder), Spirulina maxima (spirulina powder), Citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange oil), Oenothera biennis (evening primrose oil), Daucus carota sativa (carrot root extract), Hordeum vulgare (barley extract), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary extract), Boswellia spp (frankincense oil), Spirulina maxima (spirulina extract), Linalool*, limonene*, geraniol*, citral*.
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.
*indicates gifted item
Have you tried any of these products I’ve mentioned in this post? Are there any you’d like to try?