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. It has been shown to be 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 out a few products from Oskia’s skincare range as they are quite expensive and I can’t really afford to purchase them all at the minute. Much as I would love to, I just don’t have the funds to do so. Of all the products in the collection the one I had heard the most positive reviews about was the Renaissance cleansing gel (priced at £29.50). As it really intrigued me and was something I could actually afford, I went straight ahead and ordered a bottle from Beauty Bay. I bought the bottle late 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 cleanser I have used. Firstly you only need one pumpful of product to successfully cleanse your entire face, well maybe two to remove heavy makeup. Secondly the beautifully delicate rose-scented pink gel formula will turn milky in consistency when water is introduced. It then leaves an oily residue behind on the skin.
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 am 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 am more of the latter nowadays. There is no need to wet the skin first. The gel is great for really getting into the makeup even stubborn mascara, eyeliner and brow gel seems to just glide off. After I have massaged it in well I add a little tepid or cool water and continue to massage. The consistency of the formula now changes to a milky and slightly foamy mixture. I then rinse my face with tepid water or use a muslin cloth to remove as I like to say, all the gunk from my face. At this stage the skin is left feeling and looking squeaky clean. The cleanser itself leaves a lovely light oily texture on the skin which feels really nice. I then gently pat my skin dry and continue on with the rest of my skincare 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 ingredients that help nourish dull dehydrated skin and help treat problematic skin. I have quite sensitive skin but I find this cleanser soothing and gentle on my skin. I have heard it is safe and beneficial to use on eczema, psoriasis and acne prone skin. So my overall thoughts, well it is a bit pricey but you do get a lot of applications from a bottle. 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 facemask and the handcream but there are some products that are just too expensive and I honestly could not afford to buy them. I am talking over the €100 mark per product. To be honest I don’t think I could ever spend that type of money on a skin care product even if I had the money. Maybe it is because I am so used to spending my money on medication and Dr’s fees these days that I have forgotten what it is like to spend money on myself. I would love to see the entire range become 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 heavily researched and packed full of quality ingredients isn’t cheap but I think if they were more affordable more people would buy them. I know I certainly would.
If you are looking for further information regarding Oskia’s renaissance cleansing gel or any other product from their skin care range, I would highly recommend popping into Space NK. They are one of the only stores in Dublin to physically sell Oskia skincare products. Other than that they can be purchased online from their official website, Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty.