The older I’ve gotten, the more terrified I have become of ageing. I’m at that really awkward age where I haven’t shown any signs yet, but I absolutely need to develop a great skincare regimen ASAP. I’m still too young for harsh anti-ageing products, but I do need to do more than just wash my makeup off. Besides a few lifestyle changes, this also meant that I needed to commit to a few products.
After months and months of research, I became a huge sceptic. I learned that there are ingredients in skincare products that are actually not that great for your skin, including SLS and some alcohols. I once asked on Instagram if anyone cares about whether or not their cleanser contains SLS, and about 80-90% said no. Many people believe that SLSs aren’t actually harmful. Although many consider the dangers of SLS a myth, I am not willing to take that chance on my skin. After all, one’s skin absorbs what one puts on it. Rather than shrug it off, I’ve decided to play it safe with completely natural, chemical-free products.
This is where Hey Gorgeous comes in.
Peach & Rosehip Seed Cleanser
Out of all of the cleansers that HG has to offer, this one spoke to me the loudest. Firstly, it is very gentle. HG goes as far as saying that this cleanser can be used as an eye makeup remover. Another important ingredient is the rosehip seed, which treats overexposure to the sun’s rays (one of the leading causes of ageing). The last ingredient that HG mentions on their website is seaweed, which is just wonderful, healthy food for the skin. A cruelty-free cleanser packed with well-rounded ingredients- how could I not?
I don’t know what I was expecting when the cleanser arrived, but I didn’t expect it to be creamy. That was my own stupidity, but I was a little bit down because I prefer gel-like face washes for my oily skin. However, I have been using this cleanser every morning and every night. I put some on my fingers and apply it to my dry face (after removing my makeup), and I like to leave it on for a minute or so before washing it off. The consistency and smell remind me of peach yoghurt, which I can only assume are due to the Peach & Orange Blossom Distillate and the Xanthan Gum respectively.
Peach has always been one of my favourite scents, so I enjoy the subtle, peachy scent! The cleanser leaves my skin feeling soft, nourished and hydrated. It does a lovely job at getting rid of any excess oil without drying out the skin. My paranoid mind is so at ease using this product, and I know that I will continue purchasing this 250ml bottle well into the future.
Ingredients: Peach and Orange Blossom Distillate, Rosehip, Extract of Nori, Maple Sugar, Spirulina, Xanthan Gum
Vitamin C Age Defying Serum
Prior to purchasing this product, I asked HG on numerous occasions if the Vitamin C products are okay to use on very young skin and I was told that it is a great time. Vitamin C is a very good, mild anti-ageing ingredient that one can incorporate into one’s skincare routine during one’s 20s. L-Ascorbic Acid and 15% Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) are two of the main ingredients in this 30ml serum, and they are used to boost the skin’s collagen.
I actually did get quite a fright when I first pumped a little bit of this serum into the palm of my hand. It looks and feels just like water! I had never used a serum prior to this, but I always thought that they were oily. Later, I found out that the watery consistency is for quick absorption and the minimalism is to not dilute the efficacy of the Vitamin C. It makes complete sense! I dispense two pumps of the serum into the palm of my hand, rub my hands together to warm up the serum, and then I pat it into my face. Before applying moisturiser, I leave this serum on for about one or two minutes.
I will probably repurchase an HG serum after I have emptied this one, but I might decide to choose one targeted at any current skin concerns, like the Banish & Repair serum or the Pore Perfection serum (although I definitely could layer them all as well). I don’t have any visible signs of ageing, so I cannot vouch for the Vitamin C serum right now.
Ingredients: Distilled Water, L-Ascorbic Acid, (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) (MAP) Vit E, Evening Primrose, Vegetable-based Glycerin
Vitamin C Age Defying Moisturiser
Much of what I said about the Vitamin C serum applies to the Vitamin C moisturiser too. This moisturiser can be used to seal in the serum, to make the skin look younger and improve the skin’s texture- without all of the nasty ingredients. The only downside to this could be that coconut oil is one of the ingredients, which many people do want to avoid due to the fact that it clogs pores.
I really like the consistency of this moisturiser. Although it isn’t watery, it is not thick and a little bit truly does go a long way. I use this every morning and night, and my skin isn’t left feeling heavy or oily. Instead, it feels hydrated and plump. I have been able to wear this moisturiser under makeup too, with no problems at all. As with all of my skincare products, I usually bring it all the way down to my neck. There is a light SPF factor in it due to the fact that I requested the addition of Non-Nano Zinc Oxide, which was done free of charge.
Ingredients: Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba, Grape Seed, Apricot Kernel Oil, Rosehip Seed, Evening Primrose, L-Ascorbic Acid, MAP, Grapefruit, Patchouli & Ylang Ylang essential oils
I bought the Revitalising & Rejuvinating Eye Cream during Hey Gorgeous’s Cyber Monday sale (30% off!!!), which I am currently waiting for. I have heard wonderful things about it, so I am keen to incorporate it into my daily skincare routine. I also really want to get my hands on their Marshmallow Whipped Mousse (it smells amazing), Gingerbread Cookie Room & Linen spray, Mineral Mud Face & Body Mask, and some of their sulphur-free hair products. I’ll have to wait until after Christmas though (priorities).
Which Hey Gorgeous products have you tried?
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