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Oskia Perfect Cleanser Nutri-Active Cleansing & Nourishing balm, £35
Review: “Homegrown, holistic and high-performance, Oskia is a UK brand with impeccable natural and nutritional credentials. It’s so creamy and silky it’s tempting to eat it (you probably could…) but hold off and treat your face instead. And that’s just what this balm feels like on the skin - an indulgent treat. The cleanser is formulated with MSM, one the most bio-available (the body can use it) forms of sulphur which serves to support collagen production, speed up cell renewal and keep inflammation at bay. It’s also packed with essential fatty acids, prebiotics, vitamins A & E and omegas 3 & 6. It’s probably as health-giving as skincare gets, but I didn’t find it quite as purifying as promised in that it didn’t remove makeup as effectively as I’d hoped.
“Otherwise, unless you have oily, extremely acne prone skin, I’d say that this protective, nourishing balm deserves a spot in your cold weather beauty armoury. The product’s thick, velvety texture encourages you to massage your face thoroughly, which in itself stimulates blood flow and keeps skin looking peachy, and my skin felt baby soft post removal (you might want to use a flannel to remove all residue). As is the case with many cleansing balms, I think you’d reap the most rewards by using this product as a ‘second cleanse’, after removing makeup with a micellar water for instance. Definitely worth making time for.”