Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Another week, another guest blogger here at Get Lippie. Seona was lovely enough to offer to try out a couple of products for me, and we're looking at Purity Skincare this week. Purity say that less is more in beauty (a philosophy with which I heartily concur), and, according to their website, they have some pretty serious organic credentials. They say:
"Purity Organic Skincare is a British brand, conceived and created to bring intelligent, sustainable and organic beauty to each and every one of us. Purity Organic Skincare is EcoCert certified, with 98% of the ingredients of natural origin and an average of 82% of the ingredients processed from organic farming."
We were sent some of their facial exfoliator and their anti ageing serum and mask to try -sadly I couldn't try these products as I was in the middle of trying another skin care range, the reviews of which I'll bring you soon - here's Seona's opinions:
"I am an unlikely person to review skincare. I am rubbish at looking after my skin. I manage to take my eye makeup off, but I go to bed with my foundation still on. I do wash my face in the morning and moisturise, but that’s about it. So when my face started breaking out it probably wasn’t surprising. I was therefore very happy to help Get Lippie out by trying some of the new Purity Organic Skincare range.
This is billed as a deep pore exfoliator and contains ground coconut shell to do the exfoliating, with coconut oil, sweet almond oil, glycerine and aloe vera to do the moisturising. The coconut shell is the first thing I noticed, it’s kind of scratchy. Yes I know exfoliators are meant to be, well, exfoliating, but this is one of the bad boys. The first time I used it I didn’t take account of this and promptly took the top off a spot. Not quite the exfoliation I was after. The exfoliating bits are also quite dispersed, so sometimes it’s very scratchy, and sometimes nada.
However, with a lighter touch I got much better results. It is a little scratchier and more dispersed than I normally like my exfoliators, but it certainly did the job. I am prone to blackheads on my nose and it often feels a bit bumpy to the touch. This left my nose smooth and bump free.
Which brings me on to all those oils. You certainly notice them. In between the scratchy coconut shell, the lotion feels incredibly rich and soft on the face. I loved it, I wanted to take the shell out and just have the facewash. Afterwards my face still felt lovely and soft, without that ‘tight’ feeling some cleansers and exfoilators can give you.
I can’t say I’d rush out and buy it myself, but it certainly does the job. If the exfoliation was a little gentler I would, but I prefer a gentler, every day exfoliator.
Anti-ageing serum & mask
The face mask left me bemused to start with. It’s a thick gel like mask, again fragrance free. The instructions on the pot say to smooth over the face and either rinse off after 10 minutes, or leave on. Leave on? What, not remove? Weird. It was only on reading the accompanying info that I realised it’s “leave on overnight”. So not forever then. But still, how’s that work then?
Well it didn’t first time. I like to put my face masks on in the bath. I’m relaxing, it’s convenient, I’m all steamy so I figure it must help open the pores. However, I don’t think it’s the right way to do it, as using this mask in the bath means it’s always too wet to leave on. And it didn’t seem to do much to my skin either, except leave it a bit shiny.
So I tried again, treating the mask properly this time. Out of the bath, away from any steam, nice thick layer on the face. Now, this mask is suitable for sensitive skins, so I wasn’t expecting it to dry. But it did. And how! Within about a minute it had dried on my face and I got to do that hilarious “pull funny faces and feel the mask crack” thing. It’s not just me that does that, right? This was fine at first. But it kept getting tighter and I found the sensation quite unpleasant. Plus bits kept flaking off my face. I couldn’t leave it on overnight as it felt too “there”. So I left it for an hour or so and then washed it off.
I have to say, this worked much better than I expected. My face was exceptionally smooth afterwards. I had an independent tester on hand to verify this, he agreed that my skin was very soft. It didn’t feel ‘cleaner’, but this isn’t billed as a mask for deep cleaning. It says it will help boost your skin’s natural regeneration process, repair the skin, boost moisture retention, and improve the look and feel of your skin. It certainly improves the feel, it plumped up the little lines around my eyes that appear when I’m dehydrated, and left me glowy. Did it improve my skin’s natural regeneration process? I have no idea. I’m not even sure I know what that means. But I liked my super-soft skin and I would definitely buy it myself. But I don’t think I’ll ever sleep in it, too weird."
Purity Organic Skincare is available from Superdrug or online at purityorganicskincare.co.uk and cost between £4.99 to £8.99, but a little bird tells me that ALL purity products will have £2 off during January, so snap some up!