When you start blogging, you have many things you dream of.
Fancy events, exclusive previews and complete luxury makeup collections provided for free are just a few of them.
Of course, sharing your opinions and interacting with likeminded people around the world is what is mentioned whenever you are asked why you started to blog, and it really is true for the most of us, but I won’t deny that a little of the other stuff wouldn’t hurt as well.
As most of you know though, these things are the exception for the majority of bloggers, not the rule. But sometimes you get a taste of what they´d actually feel like.
I my case that was when I realized that the Oskia Renaissance 360 anti-ageing & brightening supreme cream included in my Cult Beauty box was an “Exclusive Preview” launching in March 2016. Which meant I could play with it, thoroughly test it and be ready for a review with launch date! Like a proper blogger!
Granted, me and the other 10000 people that received the box, but hey, it still felt pretty great.
So without further ado, here are my thought on Oskias new launch.
What Oskia claims:
A 360 degree vitamin-rich day-cream that combats the aging process on all fronts.
Skin elasticity is improved, fine lines reduced and hydration increased, while targeted actives reduce pigmentation and fade discoloration to even skintone and brighten. Powerful nutrients nourish and enhance skin condition, supported by antioxidants and an underlying SPF 8 to protect.
Packaging and price
The full size contains 40 ml and retails for 65 GBP (84 €) on Cult Beauty here.
My sample included 10 ml, which lasted me a little longer than eight weeks.
The product comes with a pump container in Oskias classic and sophisticated white and silver packaging I have to admit I love.
Texture and scent
Lightweight, easily absorbed and without any residue on my skin, the texture was an absolute dream. Now my skin is dehydrated and aging rather than dry, so I can imagine it being not enough for dry skinned people.
The scent took me by surprise though. Judging by the packaging I had expected a barely scented product, but what greeted me was the quite strong scent of roses. A short inquiry to a fellow blogger (Hi Blanche aka “The Beauty Bloss”!) enlightened me: It is the Oskia signature scent. I am just not too sure if I am very keen on it.
Despite the strong scent it was everything I wished for. Hydrating, lightweight, working great under makeup. As far as brightening goes I wasn’t able to see a noticeable difference, but I have been brightening products for years now, And anti-aging? Well, only time will tell, I guess, but it sure does reduce fine lines from dehydration.
- Glycerin: Moisturizing
- Zinc oxide: Soothing, antibacterial
- Jojoba Seed Oil: Moisturizing, very lightweight
- Argan Oil: Mositurizing, antioxidant
- Inulin: Softening
- Galactoarabinan: Increases collagen production
- Lupin Seed: Increases collagen production
- Shea Butter: Moisturizing
- Sunflower Seed Oil: Rich in Vitamin E and linoleic acid, antiinflammatory
- Swiss Garden Cress Liposomes: anti-oxidant, inhibits MSH that leads to hyper pigmentation
- Opuntia Ficus Indica Stem Extract: Hydrating, firming
- Hyaluronate: Hydrating
- Vitamin E: Antioxidant
- Linoleic Acid: Omega-6 fatty acid
- Alcohol: But way down the ingredient list
- Parfum: Made from natural fragrance, again way down the ingredient list
Does it live up to its claims?
It has the promised effects I can actually see (hydrating, reducing fine lines) and enough ingredients to back up the other claims. I would have wished for some ingredients like Niacinamide, which I adore to fight hyper pigmentation, but I guess you cant have it all in one bottle.
Oh, and you know how I feel about SPF in your skincare: SPF 8? In a sparingly spread moisturizer? Don’t rely on that. If you go outside, use a proper sunscreen!
Update from Oskia:
After this post was published, Oskia PR reached out to me to clarify the subject of SPF 8 that seemed to be addressed a lot in the comments:
Will I rebuy?
Come winter again. I don’t really feel the need for a moisturizer throughout summer.
I just wished it smelled a little different…
Who do I recommend it to?
People with aging, dehydrated skin that want a lightweight daytime moisturizer.
People with acne-prone skin and spot marks.
If your skin is very dry though, or if you don’t like roses, look somewhere else.
Now I just need some fancy event invitation to continue my dreaming…
What are your secret wishes when it comes to blogging? Events, makeup or quitting your daytime job?
And how do you feel about rose scent?