Blueberry Cranberry Oxygen Facial Scrub from Derma Nu – #Skincare Review

 

Girls,

I have got the Oxygen Facial Scrub from Derma NU here. Derma Nu are another American beauty brand who sell here in the UK and they have some amazing skincare products for both men and women. Check out their website here. I was gifted the scrub for review purposes about two weeks ago now and I have used it a couple of times already. So, lets get a move on with this review, hey!

What is it?

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Derma Nu say the scrub is:

  • Loaded with blueberries, cranberries and vitamin C which infuses the skin with powerful anti-oxidants fighting the signs of aging.
  • It GENTLY exfoliates while oxygenating the skin with vitamins and minerals found in the detoxifying berries and herbs that make up this scrub.
  • Pomegranate, rhubarb and dandelion lend their youthening bioflavonoids to this blend, while jojoba beads, olive and hibiscus decongest the pores and exfoliate the skin for smoother, younger and glowing skin.
  • The scrub is formulated with 70% organic ingredients, this plant-based anti-aging Facial Scrub has the highest percentage of natural and active ingredients for maximum potency.
  • Paraben free and non-comdogenic.
  • Not tested on animals.

First Imressions

When I first seen the tub, I didnt think much of it to be honest. It is a small 50ml, semi-opaque plastic tub and it has a grey shimmery screw top lid. It looks inexpensive, quite plain and it’s really nothing special, appearance wise.

After screwing off the lid and seeing the ‘scrub’ for the first time, I thought ‘eugh!’ – It really doesn’t look appealing at all! – It is brownish in colour and has a grainy, jelly like texture! I put my nose to the inside of the tub to check it wasn’t something it shouldn’t be and I was delighted when I got a lovely whiff of berries and not something else, phew!

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It really does smell very nice and fruity and I think it is down to the cranberry essence. So, although it doesn’t look pretty – it smells quite good. Plus my lovely Mum has always taught me to never judge a book by it’s cover – so I went ahead and used it anyway, hoping it would work better than it looked!

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Good things…

  • it smells fruity
  • very gentle on sensitive skin
  • amazing ingredients, a few are organic
  • enriched with many organic ingredients and natural oils
  • rich in vitamin C, aloe vera and amino acids

Bad things…

  • it doesn’t look appealing
  • it looks like shit, lets be honest
  • at £14 it is a bit on the expensive side
  • on the Derma Nu website they say the scrub will look like this:

(completely different to the brown one that I received)

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Thoughts…

Most facial scrubs I use are harsh on my sensitive skin and I often find my skin feeling delicate and a little sore but after using this on my face the exfoliatting were gentle abrasive on my skin. After washing it off my skin, I was left with a soft, smooth and moisturised face and after using a few times over a weeks course, my complexion brightened up and it helped to remove dead skin cell build-up on my face.

I’m quite pleased with the ingredients too, there are a-lot of organic ingredients in there and plenty of natural oils which are proven skin saviours. Organic Aloe Vera is quite high up in the list and it also contains Cranberry, Blueberry, Pomegranate, Rhubarb and Tangerine essential oils too so there is a lot of goodness in the facial scrub.

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Most exfolliating scrubs contain harmful plastic microbeads but Derma Nu have used olive seeds, jojoba beads and hibiscus buds as the abrasives instead so skin is being is exfoliated gently and safetly with natural ingredients which is great!

This Oxygen Facial Scrub is definately something I’ll be using in the future. I wouldn’t say I would use it every day but I will use it once a week or whenever my skin needs a pick-me-up or it is looking dull and tired. It is only a small 50ml tub but a little bit of the really does go a long way so I would imagine it to last a while.

What I loved most: The lovely berry scent still lingered on my skin for hours afterwards, leaving it smelling of blueberry muffins! Yum!

You can buy the Blueberry Cranberry Oxygen Facial Scrub from Derma Nu here. It is £14.27 for a 50ml tub.
If you are from the USA you can get it here for $15.95.

 

Love

Katie x

*P.R sample / all opinions are my own*

Review: The Best ‘Glycolic Cleanser’ EVER EVER from InstaNatural

 

Ladies, Gents….

I think I have found the best facial cleanser EVER!

It is a Glycolic Cleanser from an American skincare brand, InstaNatural, who have a huge collection of natural skincare & hair products that have all been made cruelty-free. I’ve been using the cleanser for just over a month now and I really, really, really like it a-lot! I have been using it twice daily; in the morning and again in the evening and because I like it so much – I have added it to My Favourite Products.

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What InstaNatural Say:

‘Our deep cleansing Glycolic Cleanser uses the exfoliating benefits of Glycolic Acid to break down dulling build up, helping to soften and brighten the skin. Infused with natural calming extracts and collagen supporting Arginine, this cleanser helps reduce the appearance of pores, signs of aging, and discoloration.’

Glycolic Acid removes pore clogging skin cells that can cause skin to breakout

Arginine supports the production of collagen, which helps the skin appear firmer and lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Exfoliating ingredients increase cell turnover, helping to slough away dulling skin cells and reduce the appearance of fine lines and discoloration

Soothing extracts provide antioxidant support to guard skin against irritation and daily aggressors

Gentle cleansers remove excess oil and debris without stripping or drying the skin

First Impressions:

The cleanser came in a outer box which was attractive looking and pretty enough to be given as a gift to someone. The cleanser itself was in a recycable plastic bottle with a silver, dispensable lid. There is a generous 200ml of product in the bottle and because you only need to use a small amount each time, one bottle will last quite a while. My bottle is still half full even after a month of using it twice daily. The cleanser has a semi-gel like, runny consitency and it is clear, transparent and free from artificial dyes.

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Full Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside*, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine*, Lauryl Glucoside*, Sclerotium Gum*, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hydroxypropylsulfonate Lauryl-Glucoside Crosspolymer*, Glycerin*, Coco-Glucoside*, Propanediol*, Xanthan Gum*, Phenylpropanol*, Glyceryl Oleate*, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate*, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters*, Arginine (L-Arginine)*, Potassium Sorbate*, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf (Chamomile) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Lactic Acid*.
*Naturally Derived

What is Glycolic Acid?

Glycolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid which has been naturally derived from sugar cane. It works by removing dead skin cells, thus bringing fresh, new skin to the surface. Because the cleanser contains AHA’s, it will increase skin sensitivity to sunlight so it is recommended to use a suncreen and limit sun exposure whilst using it. The percentage of Glycolic Acid within the cleanser is unknown and InstaNatural say they can’t disclose this information as it is proprietary and what makes their formula unique. Come on InstaNatural, spill the beans.

Directions: Apply a small amount to dampened skin, massaging gently to create a lather. Concentrate on troubled areas, such as the t-zone. Rinse with water. Follow with appropriate serum and moisturizer. For best results, remove makeup before use.’

What I thought about it?

I love it! It has seriously improved the apperance of my skin.I have noticed a huge difference in my complexion which was dull and appeared dry and de-hydrated before I started using it. The very first time I used it, my complexion was brighter, appeared radiant and my skin looked plumper and super clean. It did leave a little shine on my face but my skin didn’t appear oily or greasy, instead it looked raidiant and kind of glowing, I liked it. Since I began using it I haven’t had any pimples or spots show up on my face either and no blackheads have shown up either, overall my skin looks healthier. I love how my skin looks and feels after using it. I have to mention it seems to have knocked a few years of my age too and I think my skin looks more youthful, ha! Glycolic Acid has actually been recommended as an anti-ageing treatment and I can definately see why!

What I didn’t like?

The only thing I didn’t like about the cleanser was the smell. I’m not a big fan of it! It is quite a mild scent which does smell natural, herby and plant based but it’s not my cup of tea, whatever it is! I wouldn’t say it was repulsive, it is just that my nose doesn’t find it pleasant and the two don’t get along. Saying that, I have seen other reviews of this Glycolic Cleanser and there are many people who actually like how it smells so maybe it’s just me. So… yeah, the scent doesn’t appeal to me but it definetly won’t and hasn’t put me off using it.

It is quite expensive too I think. It was priced at £49 a few weeks ago but it’s around £20 now as they have put it on sale, I’m not sure how long the sale is on for either but it better be for good as there is no way I’m paying £49 for a cleanser. I’d rather have crap skin to be honest. Ha!

Will I use or buy it again?

Big fat YES! I have already bought another bottle since! My skin is looking amazing so I’m happy!

You can get it on Amazon. UK: here. It is £19.97. | American girls can get it here.

Has anyone used Glycolic products before? What is the most you have ever spent on skin care?

Love

Katie x

Disclosure: This Glycolic Cleanser was gifted to me from InstaNatural for review purposes.