Review – Oskia Citylife Cleansing Concentrate

Today’s review is about another Oskia product that I’ve been using lately. Introducing the Oskia Citylife Cleansing Concentrate – a lightly foaming cleanser from Oskia’s NEW anti-pollution range that leaves skin pH balanced, fresh and free from pollutants, make up and impurities. I was introduced to this product via one of Caroline Hirons’ videos on the brand overview of Oskia. However, what really spurred my decision to purchase was the fact that this cleanser is at pH 5.5!

 

This cleanser has a beautiful pH of 5.5!

 

As usual, ingredients are below for your reference:

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How does the Oskia Citylife Cleansing Concentrate fare?

Oskia Citylife Cleansing Concentrate is a low-foaming pH balanced cleanser that’s enriched with some pretty interesting ingredients. Vitamin F & Aquacacteen, a refined cactus stem cell elixir, calm, hydrate & protect irritated skin. Willow Bark extract & Phytic Acid gently exfoliate. Malachite, rich in copper, protects against environmental oxidative stress and detoxifies. Vitamin A, C & E boost skin health & protect. MSM, the most bio-available form of sulphur, Eucalyptus & Lavender soothe the skin. However, the internal critic in me is highly sceptical that a product that is on your face for at most 1 to 2 minutes would be enough time for all those ingredients to have any effect.

In any case, I had a gut feeling that I would like this cleanser even before I use it based on the fact that it is a low-pH foaming cleanser and I was right! I not only like this cleanser, I love it! For my dehydrated combination-dry skin, this cleanser is perfect as either a second cleanser after removing my makeup in the evenings or as a single morning cleanse. It works well either way and always leaves my skin feeling fresh and comfortable! Now, because I’m so used to double cleansing in the evening, I didn’t try to use it to remove my makeup. The fact that I wear very water resistant sunscreen and a super waterproof Japanese mascara means that I highly doubt this product would be able to clean them off thoroughly. Also, I’m not quite sure if drier skins would take to a foaming cleanser but I don’t think that it would be as stripping as other foaming cleansers.

The only con I could think of with this product is that it is relatively pricey. £36 for a 40ml sized cleanser isn’t exactly affordable for many people but I guess that it’s tough to measure the worth of many things due to different perceptions from different people. Just buy the best that your skin likes and you can comfortably afford! If you are in the market for quality skincare and you don’t mind paying higher prices, you can consider this cleanser.

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from Cult Beauty Online. It retails at £36 (40ml sized).

If you are based in Singapore, Bud Cosmetics Online also stocks this product. It retails at S$69 (40ml sized).

Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

I’m Taking A Short Break…

Break-time

Hey guys, I’ll be taking a short break for around 2 weeks from my blog since I’ll be overseas to attend the wedding of a family member.

I’ve also realised that it’s going to be the start of Chinese Lunar New Year festivities very soon! Here’s wishing all my Chinese readers a very happy Lunar New Year and may the God of Fortune spread good fortune and riches to all of you during the Year of the Earth Dog! Gong Xi! Gong Xi! 祝您在新的一年里财源滚滚,祝福滔滔,幸福绵绵!新年到来,给您拜个早年,春节快乐!

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Review – Oskia Renaissance Mask

Oskia’s Renaissance Mask is one of the products that was included as part of the Cult Beauty X Caroline Hirons box in Dec 2017. I’ve used it roughly once or twice a week for around 2 months and I’m ready to provide my verdict on it. Oskia is not a common brand in Singapore. In fact, I think that very few people in Singapore would actually be exposed to this brand. However, I came across this brand a few years ago when quite a few of the beauty blogs that I’d followed were raving about their Renaissance Cleansing Gel. Therefore, even though I didn’t really try to explore this brand at that time, I was quite aware of its existence.

Oskia is a brand that was launched in 2009 by Georgie Cleeve. The backbone of Oskia’s skincare range is an ingredient called MSM. A natural form of organic sulphur, MSM boosts collagen production, promotes circulation and helps decrease inflammation for a brighter, younger looking complexion. Interestingly, MSM was first introduced to the market as a joint supplement for race horses about 30 years ago by Georgie’s father. When Georgie had a serious cartilage damage in her own knees caused by a skiing accident at a young age, she began taking MSM supplements to repair the damage. She experienced a phenomenal response to the MSM and her joints repaired more than any surgeon had thought possible. However, she had made a surprising discovery when she was taking those supplements. There was major improvement in the symptoms of her acne, eczema and generally poor skin, together with striking benefits to her complexion and the condition of her hair and nails. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Ingredients

Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Olivate, Methyl Sulphonyl Methane, Sorbitan Olivate, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Maltodextrin, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Passiflora Quadrangularis Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Alcohol Denat., Xanthan Gum, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Inulin, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Ribose, Petasites Japonicus (Butterbur) Root Extract, Lecithin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Bisulfite, Phenoxyethanol, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool, CI 77491 (Iron Oxide)

How does the Oskia Renaissance Mask fare?

Oskia’s Renaissance Mask is dubbed as a “peel in a mask”. This mask is a beautifully buttery soft balm that turns from pink in its jar to white once it is massaged into the skin. It is formulated with MSM, natural fruit acids (such as papaya fruit extract, lemon fruit extract, pineapple fruit extract and grape fruit extract) as well as lactic acid (an AHA) and prebiotics to gently exfoliate, leaving the skin smoother, more refined and illuminated.

This mask actually reminds of a lot of the FRESH Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask (Read my review of it here!) in that it’s an exfoliating mask that relies mainly on fruit acids to do the job. However, I think that the main difference between these 2 masks lies in their texture. While the FRESH mask has a marmalade jam-like consistency, the Oskia mask has a soft luxurious creamy texture. Also, even though I love its effects, sometimes the FRESH mask stings my face a little if my skin is feeling more sensitised than usual. However, the Oskia Renaissance Mask is quite gentle despite containing a variety of ingredients that are meant to exfoliate your skin. I have never felt any stinging sensation or tightness while I had this mask on. I think that even sensitive skins should be able to use this mask comfortably (although I would always recommend a patch test first for sensitive skins!). In fact, although the instructions call for you to rinse off this mask after 10 to 20 minutes, I actually forgot that I had the mask on (since it feels so comfortable on my skin) and I only remembered to rinse it off after one hour. After I removed the mask, I noticed that my complexion was glowing and the skin feels very soft, smooth and velvety. I especially like to use this mask as the first step during my Sunday facials to just gently slough off the dead skin cells and prepare my skin for all the subsequent masking that I would do on my face.

If you are interested in trying Oskia’s products, I think that the Renaissance Mask is a very good place to start with. I feel that this product will make you understand the ethos and philosophy of the brand, as well as letting you experience the difference in their ingredients.

Where can you find it?

I bought it from Cult Beauty Online. It retails at £51.00 (50ml sized).

If you are based in Singapore, Bud Cosmetics actually stock this brand as well. It retails at S$98 (50ml sized).

Thank you for reading!