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Adding A New Cleanser Into My Skincare Mix

Thursday, 14 April 2016

oskia renaissance cleansing gel review, emma and the beauty blog

For the past year or two, I have loved and relied on the same cleanser - The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil. And it's great. It is reasonably priced, it removes makeup with ease and it's not stripping or tightening on my dry skin, but it's getting a little boring. I wanted to sex up my skincare routine and add some variety into the mix. And what better way to do that than buy an overhyped and very expensive new cleanser!

The cleanser in question is the ubiquitous Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. There has been a lot of chatter around this one as it is a favourite of many high-profile bloggers and that certainly peaked my interest. I then found out that it was vegan and natural so obviously, I had to test it out. 

I must admit that I am a bit of a gel cleanser noob with the exception of the Avene Gentle Gel Cleanser - which I didn't particularly care for - but this one seems to be a little different. It's more of a gel-balm-cream hybrid. It has the texture of a gel when you first pump it out, but once it emulsifies on the skin, it turns into a balmy cream that feels lovely on the skin. 

Due to its hybrid texture, it is a lot lighter than I expected. I am used to a thick oil and this certainly isn't like that, which is a blessing and a curse. The lightness of the texture makes it a perfect morning cleanser as it is very easy to rub into the skin and remove, but at the same time, I also feel like I need to use a lot to get enough to really clean my face. 

When it comes to actually removing makeup, it does a valiant job too. It's not one to use when trying to scrub off a dark smokey eye and waterproof mascara as it lacks that cleansing oomph, but for everyday makeup, it does the trick while not stripping my skin. In fact, if anything it's quite nourishing for a cleanser as it has a myriad of ingredients including vitamin D, vitamin C, pumpkins enzymes and lots of other things that are apparently great for the skin. 

As of right now, I'm enjoying flirting with this cleanser. I like it, but its €41 price tag is a little off-putting. I'm happily going to keep using it and savour every last drop as it is a lovely product, but would I buy it again? Hmm... we'll have to see about that. 

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