Oskia Renaissance Mask

Hi beauties,

Today I have a brand I haven't used before, Oskia London and their Renaissance Mask. Oskia was created by Georgie Cleeve, who was a food journalist who was introduced to the mineral MSM by her father who recommended it for the use in repairing racehorses joints. Georgie sustained serious cartilage damage in her knees due to a skiing accident. She found a remarkable response to the MSM, repairing her joints in a way her surgeons did not think was possible. A side effect of the mineral was a major improvement to the symptoms of her acne, eczema and providing benefits to her hair and nails. Georgie then began training in dermatology, physiology and skincare and after extensive research Oskia was launched in 2009.

The Renaissance Mask is a brightening and resurfacing mask designed to increase cell turnover, boost radiance and gently exfoliate fruit acids from Passion Fruit, Grape, Lemon and Grapefruit. The mask includes MSM with Swiss Garden Cress Liposomes (which reduces melanin production by 47%), Lactic Acid, and Prebiotics.

The mask is a gel texture that you spread over your skin, then massaging into the skin until it turns white. This is to activate the ingredients and also lets you know that it has been applied correctly. You then leave the mask for 10-20 minutes (sensitive skins should start off by leaving it for 10 minutes initially). Before removing, splash your face with water to turn the mask into a milk, activating the second phase, once this has happened rinse off with water.

I love Renaissance Mask, it smells absolutely beautiful with scents of rose, passion fruit and chamomile that makes it very pleasurable to use. I find it easy to use, apply, massage and then relax for 20 minutes. The results from this are brilliant. My skin is clearer, smoother and looks noticeably brighter. Because of all my pigmentation I do find it hard to notice differences in the appearance and brightness of my skin. Also my skin is left feeling moisturised and comfortable so not stripping my oily skin. This is one of the best exfoliating and radiance boosting treatments I have ever tried, but unfortunately there is a downside. The cost for 50ml is £49.50 and that's pretty much out of my price range. However, saying that it is really fantastic mask so it would be one of those extravagances I would have to save up for as the results for me are that good. You can get it from http://www.oskiaskincare.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment and Brightening Treatment

 Hello beauties

Two fabulous masks that I never tire of using are these two products from Liz Earle. I am a big fan of the range and am yet to meet a product that I haven’t loved. For me, Liz Earle is a great dependable line of skincare, bodycare, haircare and makeup that you can get brilliant results from.

Starting with the Intensive Nourishing Treatment which I actually mentioned it in my first ever post (Click here to read) this mask is a beautiful cream mask that is great for dry, flaky, uncomfortable skin. It is borage oil and shea butter based and has the gorgeous scent of Instant Boost Skin Tonic, rose geranium. I tend to use this when I’ve had late nights or perhaps when too much wine than is sensible has been consumed and it gives a much needed hydration boost. It is also quite a good indicator of how your skin is by how quickly and where it absorbs first. It usually goes in my cheeks first and then t-zone last, I do a layer on my neck and decollete too as I am trying to prevent as many lines as possible! I put on a reasonably thick layer and leave it to work for 10-15 minutes and then remove with a damp muslin cloth. My skin afterwards is left feeling plumped, smoothed and soft, I use it about once a week, drier skin types can use it more often.

The Brightening Treatment mask is glorious! This is a quick fix clay based mask, but it doesn’t dry hard and tight as the longest you can leave it on is for 2 minutes. The gorgeous smell comes from Chinese camphor which is lovely and clearing and the effect afterwards is a real rosy glow. Fabulous to use first thing in the morning or before a night out, it makes my skin feel smooth and refreshed. It’s great if your skin is dull or lacklustre and it is so fast to use. I also remove the mask with a damp muslin and then splash my face with a bit of cold water to finish. I can use this 2-3 times a week, but I wouldn’t recommend it for those with sensitive skin as it is very stimulating.

These two masks are fantastic quick fixes that can go into any routine and pep it up a bit, after all who doesn’t want hydration and a radiant glow?!

Intenstive Nourishing Treatment and Brightening Treatment are both £16.00 and available from http://uk.lizearle.com/

Till next time,

Lucy xxx