I've been trying out adding two new skin care products - a serum from a brand that's new to me - Elemental Herbology, and a face scrub from one of my favourite budget friendly brands - Organic Surge.
When I think 'serum' I usually imagine a clear, watery, gel type product, so I was quite surprised when I first tried cell food and found it was white and slightly thicker in consistency than I expected. In every other way though, it's what I'd expect from a serum.
Elemental Herbology Cell Food is a radiance and vitality serum which, according to the blurb on the box, contains a 'power house of proteins, vitamins and anti-oxidants' to counter the skin damaging effects of ageing, lifestyle and the environment. It is designed to awaken dull and under-nourished skin and is said to be perfect for use on long haul flights, when the skin needs an extra boost of hydration.
Elemental Herbology as a UK brand is known for their use of bio-actives and anti-oxidants. Cell Food contains no less than fourteen actives and six anti-oxidants. It's also packed with olive squalane to condition and soften the skin, and aloe and rose damask water to help soothe and calm sensitive skin. Plus, it contains three patented ingredients - Kombuchka™ to increase radiance, quality and vitality of the skin, Rovisome® ACE to deliver a strong anti-oxidant complex and Phylderm® Vegetal C2 to stimulate cellular renewal to increase radiance.The serum smooths over the face easily and sinks in quickly, and the dropper is handy for dispensing the right amount. After using this my skin feels nicely plumped up (kind of like it's been 'fed' I guess!). There's a bit of a lingering fragrance to the product, although it's not unpleasant it is quite strong. I've been using this morning and night before my normal moisturiser and I think it is keeping my skin better hydrated and generally I've noticed my skin looking a bit more glowy when I'm using this. Unfortunately the one area of my face that doesn't seem to like this so much is where I have some congested skin, so I've stopped using this on my whole face and am now sticking to just the more dehydrated bits. The serum is recommended for all skin types, but I have a rather complicated combination!
*Elemental Herbology Cell Food costs £45 for 30ml and you can get it at SpaceNK or online from Elemental Herbology.
My skin's had a real bit of pampering as I've also been trying out a facial scrub from Organic Surge whose products are always natural and organic and free from parabens, SLS and other nasties. This is their skin perfecting face polish with pure rosemary and lemon essential oils.
I like to use face scrubs in the shower - I'm not really sure why, but that's what I tend to do, and it sort of reminds me to use them too. This one from Organic Surge has a lovely fresh smell which is perfect for waking me up too. Although I keep trying to stick to advice I've been giving about only using facial exfoliators at night, sometimes I can't resist a light scrub in the morning, and this facial polish works because it's not a heavy duty product at all - the exfoliating granules are fairly small, quite sparse and not too rough, so no matter how hard you rub, you'll get a gentle scrub with this product.
Don't get me wrong, sometimes my skin needs an overhaul with a seriously vigorous scrubbing, but products that deliver that kind of punch are best reserved for using occasionally, like once every two weeks. This one's just right for using every day or every other day.
*Organic Surge skin perfecting face polish costs £6.49 for 75ml and it's available at organicsurge.com