It’s a Perfect cleanser

05/11/2013

Oskia Perfect Cleanser review
My skin care, just like my diet, is something I take very seriously. So much so that I can spend months looking for a new product that I’d be 100% happy with. Needless to say, the amount of research that goes into every single purchase can eventually put me off making a switch even if and when I really fancy one.

A couple of months ago, after lengthy goodbyes and pitiful comebacks, I finally made a decision to change my cleanser. I was pretty happy with my old one, particularly when it came to make-up removal, but somehow I sensed there was something else out there waiting for me as far as my daily skincare routine was concerned. I looked for days and weeks until, finally, I came across a British-grown gem, Oskia.

Of course, I heard about the brand before, but my problem was that I heard too much of the good stuff about them and it felt, in a way, as if I was almost pushed into making a purchase. My stubborn and sceptical self definitely didn’t like it.

Still there was one thing that made me very curious. The cleanser I found contained MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), one of the substances our body needs to build collagen fibres. Normally I used MSM for my arthritis-suffering clients for this is how the MSM was initially introduced to the market (and me). After dealing with my  own injury I suddenly realised that collagen isn’t just a part of the bone or cartilage, but muscles as well, and some of mine (the torn ones) could certainly do with a boost. So I took a supplement and, the science bit aside, it turned out to be a miracle worker (yes, seriously).

The impressive results made  wonder about the role of MSM in skin maintenance (since the largest organ is built of collagen) and since Oskia was the only company offering skincare containing both organic ingredients and MSM, I ordered a couple of samples to try. The night of my first introduction to Oskia Perfect Cleanser was like fireworks.

I absolutely loved it. And not just me – my skin loved it even more. It smelled wonderful. It felt creamy. It didn’t irritate (and trust me, my skin is not so easy to please). Its formula was packed with organic ingredients, oils, vitamins, minerals and high-tech additions of a natural origin in a form of the abovementioned MSM and probiotics – everything our skin could possibly need to feel beautiful, loved, pampered and spotless (MSM, probiotics and zinc would take care of the latter). I only needed a small amount, so the full size tube suddenly didn’t seem expensive and actually lasted for ages.
Although I saw the difference within a week, I proceeded using my new best friend for a month during which my face developed sort of a glow and smoothness about it.

So I thought I’d share… Just in case you have been looking for a special something in your life, too.
The Perfect cleanser is available at Cult Beauty, Mankind, Zuneta and Beauty Expert and costs £32.50

P.S. Just in case you are thinking of the supplement, I would urge you to consult a nutritionist (me or your local one) and avoid running into the nearest shop  – it’s not always safe as the quantity needs to be chosen according to your needs, plus some of the supplements available for the general sales are made from the synthetic ingredients that may cause side-effects.

P.P.S. Here is a full list of ingredients (as you can see, no parabens or other nasties): Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glycerin, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Decyl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Glyceryl Cocoate, Tribehenin, Glyceryl Behenate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Coco Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Aqua (Water), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Alcohol, Methyl Sulphonyl Methane, Zinc Glycine, Inulin, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citronellol, Geraniol

28 comments:

  1. Great review. Thanks for sharing, love. If you get a moment, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest interview. :) xo

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  2. I do not know about this product. I'm curious to try it!
    Alessia
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  3. now you have me curious! My skin is so difficult. I feel like I've figured out what I can and can't eat, but as far as skin care...I can't seem to switch from proactive which I know isn't the best for my skin long term.
    I'll have to look into this more!
    XO, Gina
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    1. Please do, Gina. It really made a difference in my case. I will also blog about a couple of other things I have tried recently, so keep an eye on the blog. Sorry to hear you have to use Proactive as it's full of paragons. :( Perhaps, it's worth giving Vichy a try - they have a range with zinc in it, which is good for problem skin. x

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  4. Hi Natalia! I didnt know about this brand, what a shame! The cleanser really sounds and looks like the best and perfect ever. I've carefully read your review and the fact it contains MSM made me curious to try it too. I pay much attention on my skin care as well as the diet, the formula of this product is excellent. Have a good day dear, kisses! xo

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    1. It's quite new, Lilli and mostly known in the UK, I think… But really is worth trying. x

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  5. I like new products especially on skincare. Thanks for sharing and the visit to my blog.

    xo
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  6. thanks so much for the review!

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  7. Love your blog! I'd love it if you check out mine and tell me what you think!

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  8. I've never heard of this brand, it looks amazing and I'm always keeping an eye out for good skin care products!

    xoDale
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  9. Thanks so much for your comment, it means a lot!
    I need a new cleanser so thanks for sharing!

    Have a fantastic day,
    -Kati

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  10. I'm hearing more and more about collagen in products. natalia, is this a skin care line? great review.
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    1. Kim, Oskia is a skincare line - they have a couple of cleansers, eye cream, masque, cleanser and a couple of creams. As for collagen, I've seen a few products containing it, but am a little bit sceptical as far as their benefits are concerned. You see, collagen is, in a way, a final product, a protein that works as a building block in connective tissue fibres, while MSM is a substance (in its natural form it is found in food, but is destroyed during cooking…) that is necessary for building the collagen (along with other helped like, say, vitamin C and proteins). In a simple way, if we picture collagen as a brick then the MSM will be the sand or clay that brick is made of. In products, unlike collagen, MSM also works as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
      Ah, and before I forget. A very important moment. Collagen in skincare and supplements is often derived from either algae or crustaceans (shellfish in a way), so the latter can cause an allergic reaction in some people (me, for example).
      Back to Oskia… As far as I understand they are the only brand that use MSM in skincare. I might be wrong, but I think they even have a patent on it. x

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    2. Awesome! Got it. I'm going to check out this skincare line. The mask on my blog today plumped up my skin and it made it soft, but after using all of the masks I didn't see any difference in the fine lines in my face. Tomorrow, a company gave me some collagen chews (and they claim fine lines would dissipate). It didn't happen. It did make my hair feel really soft and my nails grew. But that's about it. You're good at this Natalia! Thanks! Take a look at tomorrow's post if you have a chance and the ingredients. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on that product too. I gave them a sweet rating because it did do 2 out of 3 things. hahahaha Have a great evening.

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  11. This is so interesting, Natalia - I've had nutrition on my mind a lot lately, as it seems I haven't been getting enough of anything I need on my vegetarian diet and I'm really having to revamp the way I eat to put a lot more focus on particular nutrients. Although it hasn't come up with my doctor, I expect that the lack of nutrients I've been unintentionally living with has had an impact on my skin and hair. Perhaps it's time for me to look for a cleanser with MSM!
    xox,
    Cee

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    1. As a nutritionist, I'd say fix your diet first. Basically start with the bottom of the issue and see how it goes, otherwise change in your skincare routine can mask the problem rather than help you correct it. Once the diet is dealt with, add the new skincare.
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  12. I will definitely check it out, I was looking for a good facial cleanser!!
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  13. Very interesting, I am going to look for something similar if I can find it. While I try different things here and there, I stick pretty religiously to Kimberly Sayer of London because her natural products are so mild and agree with my sensitive skin, but you have intrigued me!

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  14. Dear Natalia, many thanks for your interesting review. I can imagine that this is really an alternative to the cleanser from Klapp which I use since decades but sometimes it´s time to change to something better :)

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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  15. Wow sounds impressive. I am in the market for a good serum. It is winter I am getting older it is time I need a good serum.

    Allie of Dressing Ken

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  16. I so appreciate great reviews like this from other people with sensitive skin!

    Kate from Clear the Way
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  17. Interesting, I need to check more into this, since I have sensitive skin. Thanks so much for this review, I've not used this brand cleanser before. I do usually change my skincare routine for winter months though. :) /Madison

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  18. Thank you for your thorough review, Natalia. I know I can always count on you for good advice when it comes to nutrition and beauty products and I highly value your opinion. As a parenthesis, I've always thought that those beauty pages in fashion magazines are useless, I've never read them, and I could never trust their reviews.

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  19. Hey Natalia - thanks so much for this review, think I might have to give it a go immediately. I've been thinking that my skincare routine needs a little somethin' somethin', this sounds like just the ticket!

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  20. I've been very tempted by this recently. I live in the UK, so it shouldn't be too hard to order. Your review was great.

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