Monday, 6 April 2015

Sukin Sensitive Facial Moisturiser Review

I came across Sukin Sensitive Facial Moisturiser in my quest for a more natural skincare routine. As I'm prone to hormonal breakouts, I wanted to try the one that was developed for sensitive skin. It has fewer ingredients than the original. I've had this for a few months, hence the faded packaging:



Claims

A moisturiser that is:
  • lightweight and gentle
  • absorbs quickly to deliver hydration 
  • promotes radiant, balanced skin

Benefits

  • As claimed, the moisturiser is lightweight and absorbs quickly.
  • The ingredients are mostly natural and did not irritate my skin. 
  • Slight, pleasant vanilla scent
  • Affordable
  • And:


Drawbacks

  • Did not work well under makeup in the winter, (however, it is marketed as a 'light moisturiser')
  • Mainly natural ingredients; except one (or two) that are strange additions to a moisturiser specifically created for the "Sensitive" range...Ceteareth-20 (See below for my opinion) 

Ingredients

Aqua, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose Hip), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Vanillin, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract.


Natural and/or beneficial
Some might find irritating 
Irritant/toxic?: Ceteareth-20 is used to enhance skin absorption, but has been shown to contain impurities that are highly toxic by Environmental Working Group, And it's listed as the sixth ingredient.....
Phenoxyethanol : Often used as a preservative in natural cosmetics, as an alternative to parabens, but has shown to be toxic, but is lower down the list so this probably shouldn't bother most people.




I usually have normal to oily skin, that is prone to the occasional hormonal breakout. But this winter, while changing to this lotion, it became quite dry. So if you have normal to oily skin all year round, this would be an ideal moisturiser for you.

I sometimes wore two to three layers when:

  • I had drier cheeks during the winter, and 
  • under makeup, for a smoother application.

This lotion would work the best for those with normal to oily skin, or even as a light night cream over a serum or facial oil. It is probably not heavy enough for those with very dry skin. 
I also use this during hot, humid, summer days, when I prefer something less heavy. It is a better, natural alternative than a lot of the silicone-heavy moisturisers on the market. 

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