Parched skin can be tricky to combat at any time of the year, but mine suffers more in the winter, as I expect yours might do too.
In outright combat with central heating, poor weather, a nasty cold that turned into sinusitis and, erm, more wine than normal (it was December), my skin was feeling slightly tighter (read. dry) than usual.
I hunkered down, deep into my beauty cabinet, to flush out as many face masks as I could, while also finding a very good use for a new product that I had asked to trial from Bristol-based Amphora Aromatics.
You’ll know that I’m a fan of Amphora Aromatics’ oils – I use the Rosehip Seed Oil (link to blog post here) constantly – so when I spotted that they had a new hydrating face gel and loved the texture on the back of my hand, I asked if I could review and share the info with you.
I don’t think I’ve used a gel instead of a cream or oil-based moisturiser before, but honestly I absolutely loved the way this product immediately melted in to my skin, leaving it silky to the touch. I wanted to learn more.
What the brand says:
AA Skincare’s vegan-friendly Rejuvenating Rose Hydrating Face Gel is the perfect pick-me-up for dry and tired complexions. Like a health drink for skin, used daily, it can help slow down signs of ageing such as pigmentation, fine lines and small wrinkles. Light, refreshing and suitable for all skin types, it is packed with soothing and rejuvenating ingredients such as Comfrey, Rose Geranium, Lavender and Carrot Seed Oil.
What I say:
If I’m honest, I assumed because it was a gel there would be some tackiness to the skin on application, but no, my skin was super smooth from the moment I applied it, using a half a teaspoon-size blob each time. I used it twice a day, finding the push down pump applicator really easy to work with and used most of the 50 ml pot (RRP £6.96) in 30 days.
My skin felt hydrated and soft, but on some days, due to the skin issues mentioned above, I went back to the bathroom and added a further layer of Rosehip Seed Oil – only in the morning – for that extra boost I obviously needed.
I guess on those days the gel acted as a nutritious serum in my skincare routine – adding an initial layer of natural ingredients. Certainly, two layers of moisturising product wasn’t overkill for me. I like to layer it up!
You might be interested to know that there are other products in the range that complement and work with the gel, which includes a Frankincense and Rose Cream (best seller) and a moisturising lotion and toner of the same name.
As my skin was in dire need of some extra TLC I also had a pot of the Frankincense and Rose Clay Face Mask (100ml pot RRP £7.98) and as you can imagine I made good use of it. Deeply cleansing, I found the mask gave my skin a real boost, shaking off the dull, tired look it had developed, leaving it looking brighter and feeling more nourished.
To use, it was simply a case of slathering a layer over face and neck and leaving the mask on for five mins, while I had a catch up on Instagram 😉, then I washed it off with a clean face flannel (I buy mine from Superdrug or Primark, as suggested by a friend, you don’t need anything expensive)
It was a good month, in the end, and I really loved and would recommend the products. You can never have too much armour in the cabinet, can you? If you’re interested in these products you can find out more by visiting www.aaskincare.co.uk.
Also, please let me know what you’ve been using. We need all the help we can get.
Have a great weekend.