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Scandinavian skincare is the next beauty phenomenon on the global beauty scene – it’s garnered attention thanks to its functional packaging, no-nonsense formulations, ingredients sourced from Mother Nature, sleek and cool designs and simplistic approach to beauty regimens. I dare say that S-beauty is the Nordic equivalent to Asian beauty trends, K-beauty and J-beauty. Below, find four tried and tested Scandi Skincare products:
Update: My mistake - this brand is German! I knew it somewhere in my subconscious but it slipped past me. I'll describe it anyhow, but I assure you that the rest of the products are indeed of Scandinavian heritage.
About the product: Never have I been this satisfied slathering on a beauty product. You know the feel when you put paint on a canvas using a delicious amount of colour on the tip of the brush? That’s the feel I get. Only instead of infusing a naked painting with an exorbitant amount of paint, I caress my face with a rich, silky smooth and comfortable blend of oils that keep my skin moisturized and smooth.
The shake is infused with hyaluronic acid, red algae extract and a mix of jojoba oil, coconut oil and soya oil – a potent blend of ingredients that hydrates and smoothens skin.
Additional notes: vegan, suitable for all ages and skin types (especially dry skin), the cool blue nuance comes from the mineral malachite.
So many promises, the best ones broken. My cheeks are slightly red and most of my face is covered with large, stubborn pores – conditions this serum is created to battle. Sadly, I haven’t noticed any changes in these areas. As opposed to the Blemish + Age Serum I wrote about in SKIN SAVIORS.
The bright side it that it’s an exquisite gel-like serum that feels good on the skin, maintains skin’s moisture and won’t clog pores or worsen an oily complexion.
Additional note: This product is praised by beauty reviewers who’ve claimed their pores have vanished, the redness has reduced and their skin tone has become more even. I’ve spoken to the dermatologists and founders of the brand, listened to their seminar and witnessed the documented effects of the products.
I can say that I have no doubt that this serum is a miracle worker for someone’s skin. Unfortunately, not for mine. As with all serums and creams and lotions in the beauty realm, it’s important to know that not everything will work for you.
I’ve despised coconut oil well over a decade! Thank you, Malibu Coconut Rum…
I haven’t been able to stand it since my unfortunate meeting with the liquor. Coconut scented candle? God no. Coconut body butter? I’d rather go with strawberry.
Until now. It only took me 10 years and this pretty tube to start appreciating the praised coconut oil. It has come to be one of my go-to products to keep my body parts soft and hydrated. It’s a multi-product, but I only use it as body lotion, lip balm and hand cream. It can also be used as a makeup remover, hair conditioner and facial moisturizer.
Additional notes: The cream comes out as a bit stubby, but quickly melts between the fingers and glides on smoothly upon application. The coconut oil adds a desired gloss to the lips – not a long-lasting one, but still.
A cream that gives your skin a slack. Being a die-hard fan of using active ingredients, this gentle moisturizer has been a real treat to apply to skin when it’s time for a vacation from exfoliating acids and harsh treatments.
Additional notes: excellent during the extreme months of winter. A saviour for irritated, sensitive and dry skin.
Like cleansing skin with a silk cloth. Deliciously soft cleansing lotion that glides over skin as smoothly and effortlessly as a dolphin rides the wild waves of the ocean. Another calming product that I much prefer to use when I’m taking a break from harsh acid cleansers and toners.
During Halloween we say yes to scary makeup, scary costumes and scary parties. But what we don’t want is skin that give us the creepers. That’s why I’ve picked out a few Halloween-inspired skincare saviours for the ones who don’t want a canvas bathing in fake blood and glue.
Active charcoal, 3 types of mud and NeoGlucosamine act as powerful deep cleansers, removing impurities, dirt and oil while exofliating and refining large pores.
For all skin types. Ideal for acne-prone and oily skin.
Floral waters and botanical oils come together in this calming and nurturing two-phase cleanser. Suitable for all skin types.
Colder degrees result in drier skin. Infused with black rose oil, macadamia nut oil and almond oil, this face oil will give your skin a well-needed hydration boost.
If your skin looks tired and lifeless, or your pores are clogged, this enzyme peel should be the only pumpkin you stuff your face with this Halloween. Pumpkin enzyme, AHAs and aluminium oxide crystals work together to remove dead skin cells and give your skin lustre and new life.
Camelia, rosehip oil and essential fatty acids moisturize, soften and stabilize your skin’s moisture levels. Ideal for thirsty skin.