There’s been a definite emphasis on supporting local businesses and incorporating cruelty free products into our daily lives recently. These are definitely two causes that I can get behind which made me pretty darn excited to try out some skincare products from Skoon.
A proudly South African, Cape Town based company, Skoon. produces natural and organic skincare and body products that are comprised of pure plant oils, rich butters, delicate floral essences and botanical extracts. When it comes to preservatives, they only use natural preservatives (like Lactobacillus Ferment and Zinc PCA) and quite a few of their products are preservative free. Besides not testing their products on animals, they also demand Animal Declarations from all of their raw ingredient suppliers to make sure that they are completely cruelty free. Skincare with a conscious – I like it!
I received tester sizes of five products suitable for sensitive skin (which are completely safe to use during pregnancy) and so I did what any beauty crazy girl would do – I had a pamper session! Keep reading to see what I thought of each product that I used…
Cleanser + Make Up Remover (R460 for 100ml): The first thing I want to point out about this cleanser is that it is soap, fragrance and preservative free which is like hearing the angels sing for those of us with a more sensitive skin. This cleanser is soft, creamy and infused with grapeseed oil, coconut oil and naturally derived vitamin E. It has a oily gel consistency and feels quite thick when you apply it (I applied it with dry hands to dry skin) and so you may want to add a tiny bit of water to give yourself more slip. It could just be my imagination but it honestly felt like the product warmed up on my skin which felt amazing! Before removing the cleanser completely, I added more water to turn it into more of a milky cleanser. Once removed, my skin did not feel stripped and even though it felt ever so slightly tight (I have yet to try a cleanser that doesn’t leave my skin feeling a bit tight), it was not at all uncomfortable. It takes a lot for me to be blown away by a cleanser, and it really does not happen often, but this one has stolen my heart.
Beauty Aid Cream (R650 for 50ml): I’ve always found moisturisers formulated for sensitive skin to feel quite heavy, this one is surprisingly light-weight compared to others. It is also fragrance free so it doesn’t have a particular floral scent that I’ve become quite used to sensitive products having. Because this is made specifically for people that have very dry or sensitive skin, it has a high dose of anti-oxidants in the form of Rooibos. Balloon Vine Extract and inter-cellular lipids soothe and protect damaged, fragile skin. After applying this moisturiser my skin definitely felt more protected, but not in an oily layer way, just not as exposed to the elements – I hope that makes sense.
Overnight Hydrating Mask (R420 for 30ml): Holy moly, this mask smells amazing! It is scented with a drop of vanilla which makes me wish that it was edible. The whole point of this organic coconut and wildflower honey mask is to trap water molecules on the surface of the skin and store them at a deeper level to improve your skins hydration levels – the ingredient that does this all important job is Nordic Marine Extract. This mask is very different from your average mask because of its oil consistency as opposed to a creamy one. It’s such a pleasure to pop a thin layer on before hopping into bed, knowing that when I wake up, my skin will feel plumped up and as soft as a baby’s bottom. In the morning, I find that there is only a small amount that needs to be removed – my skin absorbs the majority of this masks goodness. This product has to be my favourite out of the lot and it is most definitely going onto my (ever expanding) “To Buy Soon” list. Just a tip: because of the oil consistency, be sure to lay a towel over your pillow for the night so that you don’t ruin your linen.
Moisture Now Serum (R440 for 15ml): If its hydration and anti-ageing you’re after, this product is for you! Besides containing Nordic Marine Extract like the Overnight Hydrating Mask, it also has Hyaluronic Acid in it. If you haven’t heard about the magic this is HA, let me enlighten you: HA is a humectant (water loving ingredient) that can hold up to 1000 times it’s weight in water. It acts as a water reserve and so when the skin is starting to feel a little bit parched, it simply pumps out some of the water it’s been storing. In terms of anti-ageing, you will be happy to find the ultimate line erasing ingredient, Niaciamide in this serum. Blended with Organic Damask Rose Floral Water, this serum has a very subtle, pretty scent but nothing overpowering at all. Between the two treatment products I was sent, this one feels lighter to me and so I use it during the day. It feels like putting (very precious) water onto your skin – it is absorbs immediately and my skin didn’t feel tacky afterwards. I definitely noticed that my skin looked healthier and that its texture appeared a lot smoother. I think that I would have to use this product for a good few weeks to be able to honestly say if it helps with lines, but based on how my skin has reacted to all of the products so far, I don’t doubt that it would have a great effect.
Squalane Concentrate (R525 for 15ml): This is the thicker one of the two treatment products – it almost feels like a light facial oil to me and so I have been using it as my night treatment. I don’t actually apply a moisturiser over this as I find that it is quite rich on its own. Like the Moisture Now Serum, it sinks in beautifully and my skin has a healthy glow when I wake up in the morning. I think that this could look really lovely if you add a tiny amount to your foundation – besides the skin health benefits, I think that it would give you that extra glow. Squalane is an emollient that is completely oil free and is compatible with the skins lipids and so works wonders on skins that suffer from rosacea, extreme sensitivity, dryness or irritation.
Overall I am ridiculously impressed with Skoon. as a brand! Their products are simple and not complicated to use, and I really love how you can customise everything to suit your needs. I don’t think that they are badly priced either, I found that a little goes a long way with all of the products that I tried and so they should last you a good 3 months when you purchase the full size.
If you haven’t been on their website, best you pay it a visit as soon as you are finished reading this post. It is incredibly informative and they have a great online shopping system so you can stock up from the comfort of your couch.
Have you tried any of the Skoon. products? I would love to know if you have and what you thought so let me know in the comments section below.