Oskia are a British natural skin care company founded by the lovely Georgie Cleeve. Georgie creates amazing innovative skin care in her Welsh factory using Methyl Sulphonyl Methane or MSM for short as the wonder ingredient. MSM is a natural form of organic sulphur which she discovered quite accidentally as being greatly beneficial to the skin. So how did she discover this wonder ingredient? Well her dad had used it as a joint supplement for horses. After a ski accident as a child damaged the cartilage in her knees, her dad used this MSM to try help treat the damage. Not only did the cartilage repair extremely well but the overall appearance of her skin, hair and nails seemed to greatly benefit from it to. To me as a scientist the very idea of discovering another beneficial use for a compound really excites me. Afterall some of the greatest advances in medicine were discovered purely by chance.
After years of being a successful food journalist and having received training in dermatology and physiology, Georgie focused in on the overall nutritional benefits of MSM and how she could adapt them into skin care products. She also firmly believes in the importance of a healthy balanced diet in achieving healthy looking skin. All of her skin care formulations are developed alongside an amazing team of nutritionists, dermatologists and skin care experts.
I have only tried a few products from Oskia purely because they are quite expensive and I can’t really afford to purchase them. Out of the entire collection and a product that I had heard raving reviews about, the Renaissance cleansing gel (priced at £29.50) really intrigued me and was something I could actually afford to purchase. I ordered it from Beauty Bay last year and it is still going strong. It’s like the never-ending bottle! Knowing my luck I will go and use it tomorrow night and it will be the last pumpful.
This cleansing gel is completely different to any other cleansers I have ever used. First of all only one pumpful is needed, well maybe two for heavy makeup. Secondly the beautiful delicate rose scented pink gel formula on contact with water will turn milky and then into an oil. Yes the mind boggles. This is some serious funky science here. I’m telling you science is fun.
Before I explain what exactly is in this beautiful smelling and intriguing formula, I will briefly explain how to use it. I tend to use it as my first cleanse every night (yes I’m into the whole double cleansing thing). Before I start my nightly ablutions I apply one pumpful (or two) of the gel to my entire face and massage it in (sometimes it contains makeup sometimes it doesn’t). I’m more of the latter nowadays. There is no need to wet the skin first. The gel is great for really getting into makeup even stubborn mascara, eyeliner and brow gel seems to just glide off. After I’ve massaged it in well I add a little tepid or cool water and continue to massage. The consistency of the formula should now appear milky and slightly foamy. Then I rinse my face with water or use my muslin cloth to remove as I like to say, all the gunk from my face. At this stage your left with a spotless clean face. The cleanser itself leaves a lovely light oily texture to the skin which feels really nice. I then gently pat my skin dry and continue on with the rest of my skin care regime.
The cleanser itself contains some seriously good ingredients. It is packed full of skin loving vitamins A, C and E, omega 6, starflower oil, pumpkin seed enzymes, MSM and chamomile and rose oils. These are all fantastic at nourishing dull dehydrated skin and treating problematic skin. I have quite sensitive skin and I find it lovely and soothing to use. I have heard it’s also safe and beneficial to use on eczema, psoriasis and acne too. So my overall thoughts, well it is a bit pricey but it really does last. I can’t see myself getting sick of it anytime soon either. Will I go on to purchase anything else from the range? Well I like the sound of the face mask and handcream but everything else is just crazy in price. I’m talking over the €100 mark. To be honest I don’t think I could ever spend that much money on a skin care product. It’s not like I’m flush with the cash, even if I was I still couldn’t justify it. I would love to see the entire range becomming more affordable but I can’t see that changing purely based on my opinion. Don’t get me wrong I do understand the costs associated with producing products especially ones so researched and full of goodness isn’t cheap but I think if they were more affordable more people would buy them.
If you are looking to check out the Renaissance cleansing gel or anything else from the Oskia skin care collection, I know they are available to purchase in Space NK. Other than that I know they can be purchased online at Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty and shipped over here.