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  1. Review: Elemis Super Food AHA Cleansing Glow Butter

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    Hi everyone,

    I hope you are all ok and doing well in this crazy year we are all having!

    At my end, I am STILL not able to work so have been spending lots of time pampering myself and hanging upside down in downward dog (doing yoga).

    So today, I will be sharing my thoughts on a new product I have been trialing. It's the Elemis Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter.

    This product is orange but doesn't stain your skin and has a unique gel-cream-balm lightweight texture and is not as solid as the usual Elemis cleansing balms. I would advise that you refrigerate the product during very warm weather as mine arrived with some leakage during the last hot weather spell.

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    Like the Elemis cleansing balms, their new Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter is another multi-purpose product and can be used as a makeup remover, cleanser, or as a mask.

    In terms of the ingredients, you will find skin cleansing, nourishing, and brightening properties:

    "Brightening Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) from Pumpkin and Acerola Cherry help to reveal a fresh-faced glow.
    Mango Butter and Chia Seed Oil, rich in omega fatty acids, nourish and hydrate the skin.
    The fragrance, sulfate, and mineral oil-free formula leaves skin feeling deeply cleansed and nourished
    Lightweight hydrating formula won’t leave skin feeling dry or stripped"

    I have been using the AHA Glow Cleansing Butter about 2-3 times a week for a couple of weeks now. I use it in the morning and apply a fingertip amount to my forehead, cheeks, nose, chin, and neck, massage it in and then leave it on whilst I drink that first coffee of the day. I then remove the product with a clean, damp facial cloth.

    I have not tried to remove my make up with the product yet as, to be honest, I haven't been wearing any during lockdown! If you do decide to use the product this way, I would avoid the eye area and use your usual eye make up remover instead.

    The verdict?

    • The Elemis Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter definitely leaves my skin feeling clean, fresh, and hydrated (but not greasy) which I love as I have dry/oily combination skin.
    • I have not noticed that my skin looks more radiant but then my skin is not dull or lacklustre at the moment, more so in autumn and winter months so this product will be useful to try then.

    I would say that this product is ideal for anyone who has normal, dry, dry/oily combination skin and possibly even oily skin. It is also going to be a winner for those who prefer a hydrating cleanser which does not strip the skin and those who enjoy a multi-purpose product.

    Will I repurchase?
    Definitely! I love the texture and the results and am intrigued to use this product during the cooler months when my skin definitely becomes more ashy, dull and lacklustre.

    The cost of the Elemis Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter is £30 for 90ml and is available on the Elemis website.

    Stay tuned for more skincare reviews as I have been spoiling myself and the treatment room to some new goodies.

    Unti next time, stay safe

    Zoe

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  2. Review of the Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamin B5

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    If you have not heard of the Ordinary, they are a Canadian skin care  brand which sit under the umbrella of their parent company Deciem.

    The Ordinary is a range of skin care products which are highly affordable and which contain highly effective ingredients for a wide variety of skin issues.

    For the past 4 months I have been using a variety of their skin care products for different skin care issues.  I am 47, have dry/oily combination skin, fine lines, wrinkles and melasma (darker patches of skin) on my forehead.

    Anyway, today I wanted to share my thoughts on the Ordinary's Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamin B5.  Hylauronic Acid is a humectant which means it is able to draw water from the skin and the atmosphere around us to help to hydrate and give a plumped appearance to the skin.  Therefore it is a useful product for dry or dehydrated skin.

    Please note, if you live in a very dry climate then Hyaluronic acid may actually dry your skin out.  I am lucky that I live in Manchester which is often humid (although grey and overcast lol) due to the high amount of rainfall we have so I am ok to use this product.

    Compared to other brands, the Ordinary's Hylauronic Acid is really affordable at only £5.90 for a 30ml bottle.  It has a clear lightweight gel texture and is unscented.

    Ingredients List:

    Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Glycerin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

    In terms a skin care routine, Hylauronic Acid can be used both day and night and in conjunction with other skin care products.  It can be applied after cleansing and toning as a serum but before your moisturiser.  If you use any other serums, apply it before any milky emulsified serums.

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    For me personally I found that the Ordinary's Hyaluronic Acid was causing other products I placed over the top of it to pill.  So instead of ditching it, I decided to just add it to my toners.  I either use Frankicense Toner by Neal's Yard or make my own concoction with Organic Rose Water and Neroli (Orange Blossom Water) to make a hydrating toner or facial mist.  I add 2 pippettes to 100ml of toner.  

    About once every 2 weeks I make my own Kaolin Clay mask to purify my pores and skin. So I use the hyaluronic acid as an ingredient in my mask mixes   Basically I mix the kaolin clay with rose and neroli water and add 1/2 a pipette of hyaluronic acid.  This helps to hydrate my skin and really counteracts the drying effect of the kaolin clay.

    For me, the Ordinary's Hyaluronic Acid is a keeper and I wish it was available in larger 100ml bottles as I enjoy using it as an ingredient to add to my concoctions.

    If you would like to purchase this product it is available here on Deciem's site.  Shipping is free for orders of £25 or more and it normally takes about 4 days to arrive although their website says it can take up to 10 days.

    If you are new to the Ordinary, there is a useful regimen guide  which will help you to choose products suited to your skin type.  Alternatively you can email them and ask them for recommendations.

    I hope this post has been helpful and given you some ideas on how you can use the Ordinary's Hyaluronic acid in your skin care routine.

    Until next time

    Zoe

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