As someone who does most of my shopping online, working in the cosmetics/bodycare department of a health food store has been a brilliant introduction to some great local, Canadian companies. One such company is Skin Essence Organics, a lovely skincare line based around plant oils, natural extracts, essential oils, and minerals. About two months ago, I received a mini training on the line and was sent home with a couple products to try out.
The first is one of the company's serum moisturizers, Nourish. I'll admit, I was more than a little skeptical going in. I'd used facial oils before, but nothing had really blown me away or made me rethink my cream moisturizers. Until now - I've definitely been feeling like an oil convert since I started using this product...
Nourish is recommended for combination and/or aging skin and is arguably the most versatile serum in Skin Essence's line. It's a beautiful oil blend that includes rosehip seed, jojoba, apricot kernel, kukui, evening primrose, carrot tissue, and meadowfoam seed oils, alongside Vitamin E and extracts of sweet orange, mandarin, neroli, and jasmine. It also contains zinc oxide and allantoin, which are both popular soothing, anti-inflammatory ingredients commonly used to treat rosacea, diaper rash and other skin irritations.
The serum needs to be shaken before each use to distribute the zinc oxide and allantoin which sink to the bottom of the bottle. Skin Essence recommends applying to moist skin and I generally mist my face with water and then go to town. It only takes one pump to do my whole face and neck, so I expect the bottle will last a good while. Nourish absorbs quickly, leaving me with skin that feels moisturized but not at all greasy. The company says each serum takes five minutes to absorb, but I have no problem applying my makeup within just a minute or two of using Nourish.
That's all great, but how about results? (Hint: It's a win there too!) I don't have much of a problem with breakouts anymore, but my skin is prone to congestion, which sometimes results in tiny bumps on my cheeks. Within the first few days of using Nourish, the bumps had cleared up, and after a couple weeks, my overall skin texture appeared more smooth and even. I've been using Nourish for roughly a month and a half now and I'm very happy with how my skin looks. This is also the first facial oil that I've felt comfortable using by itself, without topping it off with another moisturizer. It may change in the winter, but for right now, Nourish provides enough hydration for my skin on its own.
The Bottom Line
Great ingredients. Effective product. Reasonable price. Skin Essence makes four serums to suit different skin needs, so I'd venture to say you really can't go wrong! Between Nourish and my KYI Argan + Vitamin C Serum, I've completely stopped reaching for a cream moisturizer this summer. Practically unheard of around here!
Where to Buy: $15.99/31.99 from Skin Essence
Ingredients: Rosehip Seed Oil*, Jojoba Oil*, Apricot Kernel Extract*, Macadamia Nut Oil*,Hazelnut Oil*, Carrot Tissue Oil*, Sweet Orange Extract*, Mandarin Extract*, Kukui Oil*, Neroli Extract*, Meadowfoam Seed Oil*, Vitamin-E*, Jasmine Flower Extract*, Evening Primrose Oil*, Allantoin, Zinc Oxide (Non- Nano).
Disclosure: I received this product for free, but I was under no obligation to write about it.