Skoon skincare

Skoon

It was way back in January of this year when I placed my first Skoon order. I had seen Azraa from Prettiful Blog talking about the trial pack she received from Skoon. At the bottom of her blog post, she listed the prices and a link to the trial pack. I clicked on it immediately and ordered.

Unfortunately, at the time of paying, I didn’t realise that Skoon had actually discontinued their trial packs but they very kindly sent me an email saying they would honor the order.

Basically, I haven’t looked back. I ordered 3 trial packs from them (each were catering to a different skin concern) so I could try out a bunch of different things. I am still making my way through the sample pots, so really, if you’re at all interested in the brand, head over to the Skoon website and get yourself a few travel sizes – the packaging has since changed (more superior now, in my opinion) and they really do last long enough to give you a good idea of how it will work for your skin.

Skoon Cleanser + Make-up Remover (Gel-to-milk)
This is the star of the show for me. As you can see in the picture above, I have the full size (100ml) product. This is quite a natural smelling product, so just a heads up to anyone sensitive to scent.

I pump about a R1 size onto the back of my hand and dot it around my dry face. At this point, I usually still have my makeup on. I dab on my forehead, a bit on each cheek, a little on each eyelid and whatever’s left on my nose and chin. Then, the rubbing begins!

Because I’ve distributed the product across my face, it doesn’t tug at my skin and instead feels really balmy. As I work the remover into my skin, it turns into an oil. I make sure to get it between my eyelashes – don’t be shy! Next, I wet my hands and carry on rubbing the remover into my skin. At this point, the cleanser becomes a milk. When I’m ready, I rinse it off!

Easy as that. My skin always feels amazing after this, and super clean without feeling stripped. It’s soft, smooth and ready for the next step.

Skoon Ruby Marine Mask
This is the first pot at the top of the pic – sorry about the quality. I got this as a sample when I purchased the full size cleanser. I really didn’t think it would work for my skin – I have combo/oily skin – because I have read reviews about how intensely hydrating it is, but the helpful ladies at Skoon told me not to worry. I will never doubt another word!

So, I usually use this mask after I’ve exfoliated, as I like to combine exfoliating and hydrating treatments. This is a solid balm… Think coconut oil. Scrape your nail or utensil across the top and you will get a nice little chunk to work with, and believe me, a LITTLE goes a LONG way. I like to warm this up in my hands and then apply it to my face. It spreads amazingly well, and although my face does look super shiny or greasy while this is on, it doesn’t make me break out. I usually keep this on overnight and wash it off in the morning. Love it. Seriously.

Skoon Purifying Cleanser
This is the second little pot. The purifing cleanser is actually a clay cleanser (also called Whitewash) and again, totally amazing for combo/oily skins. I like to use this after I’ve used the makeup remover if I’m feeling particularly congested.

Like the other Skoon products I’ve tried, this stuff is NOT stripping. But this pot of magic really does leave your skin clean. I think this may have to be my next buy. I’m just afraid I will go through it way too quickly. I tend to use quite a bit of this (my sample pot is on its last legs). I slap a thick layer on my still wet skin, massage it in and leave it on for a minute or two before washing it off. So nice.

Skoon Moisture Gel Superfluity
We’re almost there! This is a moisturiser, and is recommended for someone who wants a light moisturiser… so basically, someone like me. They do have a moisturiser for every skin type though, so definitely check out their selection.

I think their website describes this moisturiser as light, without a heavy feel, and I totally agree. I find it sinks in really fast and leaves my skin hydrated but not sticky to the touch, and it holds up really well under foundation. I can’t say the same of all the moisturisers I’ve tried in the past!

If I need an extra dose of moisture, I usually mix a drop or two of their concentratesinto the moisturiser… which leads me to…

Skoon White Cloud Manuka Concentrate
According to the website, this is not an oil but an emmolient… so that’s cool? It apparently promotes the reduction of breakouts and if you have blackheads, this is a good one.

My skin is incredibly good right now so I can’t say for sure if it’s this, a combination of products, a steady skincare routine or just luck, but I really like this stuff, and I would probably go ahead and buy the full size.

As mentioned, I mix this in with my moisturiser if I’m having a spotty moment, or just feel like my skin could do with some TLC.

Skoon Rosehip C+
And this is the stuff I usually use when I have a lot of redness (as in, all the time) or my skin is being super sensitive. Rosehip is supposed to be really good for your skin and this mixture contains a bunch of skin-loving ingredients, so why not?

Needless to say, I’m a big fan of Skoon. I think they’ve done an amazing job, creating products than can be mixed and matched depending on your skin concern and I especially love the fact that you can customise your skincare regime using their various concentrates. It’s very hands on and makes me feel like a proper chemist 😉

I look forward to seeing what else these guys come up with… Until then, I’m pretty much loving everything I’ve tried.

May favourites

May favourites1

  1. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
  2. Shopping and lunching with Jess
  3. Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum
  4. Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush
  5. MAC Fix+
  6. Birthday burgers with friends
  7. Sheet masks (aka how to look like a serial killer…with good skin!)

Good riddance to June

I feel like I can breathe again. For a moment there, it felt like my heart was drowning. This month, my brain really showed me how incapable it is at correctly analysing situations, so much so, I was left in a flat spin and feeling more panic than I have in a very long time.

That aside, there were some highlights…

  1. Kamersvol with Jess. I used some of my birthday money to get a few skincare goods (Skoon and Skincreamery). We had brunch and champagne while we were there. Perfection!
  2. Sunday meet up with friends. We went to JC’s and had a good early supper, half price cocktails and a much needed chinwag
  3. Lunch thanks to the boss. It was his birthday in June, so he treated us to burgers. So good!
  4. Father’s day breakfast was delicious 🙂
  5. A good friend’s birthday party. Exactly what I needed!

This month I have some major goals, mostly all finance related. NEED. to. SAVE. But also, I have a few appointments I need to schedule/save for and they’re the sort that dent the wallet 😦

I also didn’t publish a want-list last month. I got a lot of amazing things for my birthday, so I’ve been focusing on finishing up old stuff and using new stuff. I also feel like want-lists make me want to spend more money… Which I’m trying to avoid. BUT I think I will be buying a few things this month anyway.

Onto the empties!

Dove Purely Pampering Shower Cream with Shea Butter and Vanilla (500ml)
Love this stuff. I needed something to fill the gap so I got this. It was on special at Clicks or Dischem. It’s always my fall back.

Skoon Hot Cloth Cleanser Nkuto Butter (10ml sample pot)
A while ago I bought a bunch of trial size stuff from Skoon and I’ve been making my way through it all. I swear, I haven’t tried anything I don’t like from this brand yet! So, this is a hard/solid butter, which you scoop out. I warm it in my hands and then rub it over my dry face to remove makeup/or remnants of makeup. I then use a warm washcloth to remove the butter. Left my skin feeling soft and clean. Love!

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Liquid Foundation – 02 beige clair (sample sachet)
The shade was too dark for me, but I still wore it to work, just blended down my neck so it didn’t look off. I’m definitely going to be the 01. I loved how this applied. It has a very liquid consistency that just melts into the skin. It really is no work at all. I did get a bit oily throughout the day, though, so not formulated for oily skinned girls but I may actually seriously consider it as a winter foundation because it is so nice.

Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser
I bought 3 of these, so I’m on my second one as I type this. There was a 3 for 2 going on at Dischem and since I can’t find my usual Body Shop Cool and Creamy Wash ANYWHERE, I had to go for this (my second favourite morning cleanser). It’s simple, moisturising (but not too moisturising) and perfect for no makeup days. It gets the job done without freaking out my sensitive skin.

Woolworths Love Your Skin Extreme Moisture Hand and Nail Cream
Love the scent of this. Love how moisturising it felt – probably the glycerin. I didn’t repurchase as I have another hand cream floating around.

Agadir Argan Oil Moisture Mask with Keratin Protein – Sulfate free (Sample sachet)
I got this sample with my Olaplex No. 3 treatment. I reallllly loved this! It smelt amazing and oh my gosh, so thick! Seriously. This stuff is heavy duty and my hair loved it. I may consider this in future, to be honest!

Clarins Extra-Firming Day Cream (30ml deluxe sample)
My mom gave me a few of these – she gets them regularly when she buys her day/night cream (also Clarins, obv). I freaking love this stuff. I always end up using it around winter time, and my slightly (very slightly) less oily skin just loves it. I think they’re giving these away because the line has been discontinued? Someone, confirm this? I would buy this in full size but it’ll probably be in pot form (which I hate) and these deluxe samples come in squeezy tubes (yas!)

Kiehl’s High-potency Skin-firming Concentrate (Sample)
I really, really loved this. My skin felt so smooth and soft the next morning after applying this. Does anyone know how much this goes for? I did Facebook Kiehl’s but never got a reply. This is something I would consider saving up for. With the sachet, I got about 4 days use, and every single day was a good skin day. I do have another sample of this (YAY!) but I’m not using this right now.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads
You get 60 pads in this tub, and I think it’s like 2.8% glycolic acid. I must say, I didn’t see too much of a difference using these. Sadface! But I do want to spring for the Extreme version (which is like 5%) Maybe the reason I didn’t feel like this was doing anything is because I’m using the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum, which is pretty damn amazing.

Esse Microderm Exfoliator (full size, 50 ml pot)
This lasted forever. This felt so luxurious and creamy. When they say microderm, they really mean it. You can’t feel the exfoliation at all – perfect for sensitive skins. I really loved this, but I haven’t repurchased cos I have Ren’s Glycolic Exfoliator stuff to get through first.

As you can see, I’ve used a lot of skincare this month, mainly because I’ve really been focusing on my skin since turning 29 *sob* I’m hoping this coming month is just as good!

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