Can you hydrate your skin with rhubarb?

Can you hydrate your skin with rhubarb

Well, what do you think?

Can you hydrate your skin with rhubarb?

For the last week I’ve been trying the new Superskin Face Serum from Liz Earle, which contains rhubarb as one of the active ingredients. Not to worry, the serum isn’t just rhubarb based, it is actually packed with a lot of natural ingredients including: olive leaf, jujube, pomegranate and Persian silk extract.

Liz Earle Superskin Face Serum Active Ingredients

The full ingredients list includes: Aqua (water), Glycerin, Heptyl undecylenate, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Borago officinalis seed oil, Albizia julibrissin bark extract, Rosa rubiginosa seed oil, Propanediol, Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil, Sclerotium gum, Olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, Citrus aurantium amara (petitgrain) leaf/twig oil, Lavandula hybrida (lavandin) oil, Anthemis nobilis flower oil, Rheum rhaponticum root extract, Zizyphus jujube seed extract, Punica granatum flower extract, Citrus aurantium amara (neroli) flower oil, Maltodextrin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium polyacrylate, Glyceryl behenate, Polyglyceryl-6 distearate, Xanthan gum, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Levan, Benzoic acid, Hydrolyzed algin, Linalool, Jojoba esters, Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, Dehydroacetic acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cetyl alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 beeswax, Decyl glucoside, Alcohol, Sodium ascorbyl phosphate, Parfum (fragrance), Citric acid, Sodium benzoate, Geraniol, Limonene, Ascorbic acid, Phenylethyl alcohol, Citral.

I have reached that stage in my life when a serum becomes a necessity not a choice, if I want to keep my looks for longer. Having dry skin means that all those age related imperfections show even quicker on my skin due in part to the dryness. I need something which will not only slow the signs of aging but most of all I need something to help me keep the right levels of skin moisture.

I am pleased to say that Superskin Face Serum delivered everything as stated on the packaging! The serum does even skin tone as promised, it does lift and firm; it does plump and smooth but most of all it does keep tabs on skin hydration.

I’ve been using this serum for just one week but I am not able to fault it in any way. It is simply perfect.

Liz Earle Superskin Face SerumThe Superskin Face Serum comes in a pump bottle, which makes dispensing of it a pure pleasure and a very easy job.

The serum itself is kind of greyish / greenish in colour (it reminds me of olives, so maybe it could be said to have an olive colour). Its texture is not too thick and not to runny, it is just right for spreading with ease. As to the fragrance, well I am not able to put my finger on it, it is herby, not too strong; I am normally quite fragrance sensitive but this one doesn’t bother me at all, at first I even thought it may be fragrant free… but no, the fragrance is there it is just gentle and it really doesn’t stay all that long either.

Liz Earle Superskin Face SerumAfter application the Superskin Face Serum will leave your skin super smooth; you can really tell the difference between those parts of your skin where the serum wasn’t applied and where it was. The skin is really soft and it feels well moisturised. The serum is light and is absorbs into your skin within seconds, not minutes like some do; it has a non-sticky formula and it doesn’t leave any oily film on your skin also as some serums tend to do.

The Superskin Face Serum is priced at £48 for 30ml. It might not be super cheap but taking into consideration its ingredients and the fact that you only need one pump of it for a single application, I would say it is priced just right.

I can honestly recommend this serum. I couldn’t find anything wrong with it. Even the fact that it contains alcohol which normally would mean that it makes my skin even drier, doesn’t seem to have any effect this time. I guess another of the more active ingredients are counteracting the alcohol.

The Superskin Face Serum is a lovely product and if you are looking for a new skin serum to add into your daily routine then I suggest you look no further!

Have you ever used any Liz Earle products?

Which face serum would you recommend?

*I received this product for free as a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network Research Panel.

Replen 10 – Helping your skin stay younger for longer

Replen 10 - Helping your skin stay younger for longerReplen 10 is a range of anti-ageing products created by Genève Labarotoire which contains an advanced collagen and hyaluronic acid formula clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

There are four products in the range.

Replen 10 Wrinkle Reducing Collagen Powder
It will instantly smooth the skin surface and fill in existing lines. Long term it can help with: reduction of wrinkles and fine lines, erasing of skin imperfections, preserving the skins strength, restoring the skins elasticity, hydrating and stimulating cell regeneration, protecting the adult stem cells in the dermis, rejuvenating fibroblasts, reactivating collagen synthesis.

Replen10 – Helping your skin stay younger for longer

Replen 10 Wrinkle Reducing Face Masks
Wonderful all round face treatment which will make your skin look and feel younger. The mask will tackle wrinkles and fine lines as well as dark circles around your eyes; it will help to even the skin tone out and improve the moisture levels of the skin; it can be also used as an after sun aid.

Replen 10 Wrinkle Reducing Eye Masks
These masks are especially designed to take care of your eye area. They will help with the reduction of wrinkles, dark circles and restore much needed moisture.

Replen 10 Wrinkle Reducing Lip Masks
Created specifically with the lip area in mind, this mask can help reduce any wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth area and again improve the moisture levels of the skin and thus minimise any signs of aging.

To get the products fully tested I asked my Mom for assistance. I wanted to get the opinions of someone impartial, but also from someone whom I can trust completely that they will tell me their truthful and honest opinion.

Well, so what did my Mom think about the range?

First complements came in regards to the packaging itself. The entire range looks and feels extremely luxurious and would make for a wonderful gift.

Replen 10 – Helping your skin stay younger for longer

Secondly, all the masks are easy to use and Mom found them extremely relaxing. The first time she had the full face mask on she actually fell to sleep.

Third, they work! I think this is the most important feedback I could receive. Mom told me that after a month of use she can see a huge difference. There was a slight improvement after just one use but not as significant as after long term use.

Now I have to buy some more as they recommend that to achieve maximum results you are supposed to use it once a week for a 4 week period… Oh, well I better go shopping!

Have you ever used Replen 10 products?

Would you recommend them to a friend?

*Products featured in this post were provided free of charge for review purposes.

Review: InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel

Hello everyone! This lovely sunny morning I would love to share with you a new beauty product I’ve discovered lately (or should I say: was offered the chance to discover) – InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel. I don’t agree to review beauty product very often simply because I always check what’s inside them first and that can put me off but in this case I really liked what this eye gel is made from, so here it is…

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel is an ultimate gel to battle dark circles, puffiness, small wrinkles and bags under the eyes.

It is made from natural organic ingredients and it contains no parabens, sulfates or alcohol.

The full ingredients list looks as follow: Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe, Matrixyl 3000, Palmitoyl Triepeptide-3, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Plant Stem Cells, Cucumber Hydrosol, Organic Jojoba Oil, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Silk Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L’Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Wildcrafted Vinca Major (Periwinkle), Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice), Wildcrafted Euphrasia Officinalis (Eye Bright), Wildcrafted Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi), Organic Gotu Kola, Boswellia Serrata (Frankincense), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel - PackagingReview - InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel comes in a 50ml pump dispenser bottle (my favourite type of packaging for beauty products). It is securely foil wrapped so you can be sure that product is brand new and unused. After opening you will have to pump it a few times and then finally the gel emerges… after this priming it will simply come out after every small pump.

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel in use

The gel itself is kind of milky in colour; it’s not too thick and not too watery… it has a texture as you would expect from a gel product, I guess. It’s quite lightweight and it spreads with ease leaving a slightl cooling sensation on your skin. It doesn’t get absorbed immediately; it needs about 30 seconds to “dry out”. After this time you should experience a slight tightness of the skin where the gel was applied; it’s not like wearing a mask which has just dried out but I can definitely feel the difference on the skin when comparing it to parts of my face which the gel didn’t touch.

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel doesn’t give the full effect right away but I have to admit that after just a few days of using it, during a night time only, I could definitely see the difference – my dark circles are much less defined and the puffiness is almost completely gone. The skin under my eyes feels much tighter now and for sure is much less baggy.

My InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel costs just £16.95 for a 50ml bottle. Taking into consideration its ingredients and what it can do, I would say it is a steal.

I am not very good with keeping non essential routines but I do try my best not to forget about this eye gel. It really does make a difference to my appearance so why go back to baggy dark circles under my eyes?

Do you use any eye specific products?

Have you tried anything from InstaNatural?

MyPure Choice – Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant

MyPure Choice – Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant

This month I would like to share with you my view on Gentle Facial Exfoliant from Trilogy.

Website description on MyPure states:

This extremely gentle, creamy treatment removes dead skin cells and surface debris that dull your skin’s appearance. Active honey enzymes and camelia oil help to lift dead skin cells while non-abrasive jojoba microspheres buff them away. Omega and vitamin rich evening primrose and certified organic rosehip oils assist healthy skin renewal while sweet almond and calendula oils condition.

I would say it is a pretty accurate description of the product but let’s have a closer look at it.

Packaging: Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant comes in a tube like container. It has an outer packaging in the form of a cardboard box. Both tube and box contain all the relevant information about the product (the box itself has much more detail including ingredients and warnings). I was pleased to discover that it is recyclable packaging; big plus in my eyes.

MyPure Choice – Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant.

The tube itself has a security foil so you can be sure that product is brand new and has never been used or opened beforehand.

MyPure Choice - Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant.

What struck me as a little odd was the fact that the tube seemed to be half empty; a slight case of over packaging I would say.

Price: £21.50 for 75ml (currently £19.35)

Ingredients: Aqua (water), Kaolin, Prunus amygdalus dulcis oil, Glyceryl stearate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin (vegetable), Cetearyl alcohol, Zinc oxide, Rosa Canina (rosehip) seed oil, Oenothera biennis seed oil, Camellia oleifera seed oil, Tocopheryl acetate, Macadamia ternifolia seed oil, Sodium stearoyl glutamate, Calendula officinalis flower extract (and) glycine soja (soybean) oil, Honey (mel), Citric acid, Dehydroacetic acid (and) benzyl alcohol, Parfum, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool

MyPure Choice – Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant .

Texture and scent: Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant comes in the form of a white cream. I was trying to take a close up of the exfoliating particles but they are hardly visible to the naked eye. You can feel them under your fingers when the product is in use but you can’t actually see them. The scent is quite gentle, very pleasant and sweet but it doesn’t stay long on your skin.

In use: I can really describe it with just one word: gentle. It rinses easily and leaves my skin extremely soft and smooth… and most important – it doesn’t cause any “aggravation” or redness despite my dry and sensitive skin.

Final thoughts: I like it and would recommend it to others. If you are looking for a gentle and natural exfoliant with no GMO I think Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant might be just the right product for you. You really don’t need strong harsh chemicals in products in order to keep your skin well exfoliated.

MyPure Choice - Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant

I think I would really like to try some other Trilogy products now 🙂

Do you use any Trilogy products?

If so, which ones and would you recommend them?

* Products featured in this post were provided for free by MyPure for review purpose.

MyPure Choice – Alva Caffeine Shampoo and Conditioner

If you remember my Christmas Wish List, I was after some new hair care products… I picked caffeine shampoo and conditioner for thinning hair from Alva to satisfy my need for something new.

Alva Naturkosmetik is a range of certified organic skin care products made in Osnabrück, Germany. Alva was established in 1988 and is now one of Europe’s leading natural skin care brands. The Alva range is split into several categories offering skin care items such as deodorant, shower gel, body lotion, hair care products as well as make up and a whole range of anti-ageing skin care, products for sensitive skin and acne prone skin. Their range is extensive and I am sure everyone would be able to pick something to suit their needs.

MyPure Choice – Alva Caffeine Shampoo and Conditioner for Thinning Hair

As an introduction to the brand I picked the Alva Caffeine Shampoo and Conditioner for Thinning Hair. Both these products are formulated with organic caffeine to stimulate circulation to the scalp, helping to strengthen both the roots and the hair follicles. Both, shampoo and conditioner are:

  • Natural product
  • Certified organic product
  • Not tested on animals
  • Suitable for vegetarian
  • Suitable for vegans
  • Paraben Free

Now let’s take a closer look at them.

MyPure Choice – Alva Caffeine Shampoo for Thinning Hair

Alva Caffeine Shampoo for Thinning Hair with Organic Caffeine

Ingredients: aloe vera, aqua, sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate, cocamidopropyl betaine (plant derived surfactants), citrus aurantium dulcis (orange fruit) water, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (plant derived emulsifier), caffeine, fragrance (natural), sodium hydroxide (pH regulator), citric acid, sodium phytate (antioxidants), limonene, linalool

Price: £15.00; currently on special at £13.50

Packaging: 250ml plastic bottle shaped container with top opening. The open-close mechanism is very secure and it doesn’t open as easy as one might want. I personally like it as it means that someone must really want to open it in order to get to the contents, but I can imagine this being a problem for elderly people especially those with arthritis. The bottle contains all relevant information including product description, direction for use, ingredients, manufacturer, measurements and best before date.

In use: I must admit it is totally different to all my previous shampoos. Alva Caffeine Shampoo comes in the form of a see-through watery like liquid. It is very runny and its texture is more like water than a gel, which I would expect from the shampoo. On the first wash it does lather, on the second wash it lathers slightly. Intellectually I know that less lathering means less chemicals in the product, so I am totally fine with this lack of “foam”. The shampoo must be left for 2 minutes before rinsing, which is not a problem but it helps to read the instructions 😉

Final thoughts: Water like texture takes a little time to get used to. I like the gentle orange fragrance, which doesn’t stay on your hair for long but does make the whole bathroom smell lovely when the shampoo is in use. The two minute leave in time possibly makes it unsuitable for that quick morning shower routine. It is however perfect for an evening bath time routine, when you really want to pamper yourself.

MyPure Choice – Alva Caffeine Conditioner for Thinning Hair

Alva Caffeine Conditioner for Thinning Hair with Organic Caffeine

Ingredients: aloe vera, aqua, citrus medica limonum (lemon fruit) water, jojoba oil, cetearyl alcohol (stabilizer), fragrance (natural), glyceryl stearate citrate (plant derived emulsifier, caffeine, galactoarabinan (larch extract), xanthan gum, pca glyceryl oleate (plant derived conditioning agent), citric cid, limonene, linalool

Price: £14.35; currently on special at £12.92

Packaging: 250ml plastic bottle shaped container with bottom opening. It is the same style of bottle that the shampoo is sold in but this time it stands upside down. This is actually very clever as the conditioner has a much thicker texture and the upright position helps with getting the contents near the exit thus helping with the dispensing of it. The bottle has the same secure open-close mechanism and it contains all the relevant information including product description, direction for use, ingredients, manufacturer, measurements and best before date.

In use: Again, something different to what I was expecting. The conditioner comes in the form of a pure while gel (it really reminds me of an old style toothpaste) but with one key difference – it is extremely light. It is a pure pleasure to use. I am not really sure how to describe it… maybe Jojoba Oil or Aloe Vera gives it this “magic” texture… whatever it is, I really like it.

Final thoughts: I am unable to fault it in any way. It spreads with ease, it smells lovely and it leaves my hair well nourished and smooth (which isn’t the case with every conditioner). Again it has to stay on your hair for 2 minutes but I would expect that from a “healing” conditioner.

#MyPure Choice – Alva Caffeine Shampoo and Conditioner for Thinning Hair

So would I buy it again?

Yes. I would definitely buy both shampoo and conditioner. As a team this products work really well. I remember feeling the difference after just one use. My hair felt somehow stronger and they had much more life in them. After weeks of using it (which actually amounts to 6 uses, as with my dry hair I do not have a need for daily wash) I can see less shedding for sure. My brush doesn’t pick up so many “loose” hairs and my pillow is no longer covered with them in the morning.

Would I change anything?

If I could, I would make both products smell the same. I know that this might not be an option as they aren’t made from the same ingredients but I like harmony and different fragrant are not ideal for my nose.

Would I recommend it?

Yes. If you experiencing increased hair loss due to thinning hair this duo might be perfect for you. Their price isn’t outrageous and in my humble opinion they really work well, so it is worth paying.

Have you ever used any Alva products?

Do you have any experience with hair care products designed to strengthen your hair?

I would love to hear about any other recommendations you might have.

* Products featured in this post were provided for free by MyPure for review purpose.