Sunday, 26 April 2015

Review | Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel



After reading many a rave review on the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, the itch became too much, I had a £5 NDuldge reward to spend at Space NK, and the purchase happened. I was suuuper excited to try this given the multiple glowing reviews hovering around beauty blogs across the net, including my favourite blogger, VDM. Couple this with the fact that it's good enough to be stocked on Cult Beauty - SOLD. 

Before I get into my thoughts on the cleanser, it makes sense that I share the current state of my skin. I'm currently really DEHYDRY (dehydrated and dry - I wanna make this word a thing?!) Up until the last year, my skin has always been pretty normal - I've never had any major issues - no major oiliness, dryness or acne, so I've been pretty lucky. But recently my skin and I just haven't been getting along and it's driving me mad! I've started getting literal dry patches which just look and feel horrible. I'm working on that situation as we speak, so I will report back if I find a magical solution to all the dryness! 

So back to the Renaissance Cleansing Gel - I'm going to start with the good points and move onto the bad. At this point I would mention it's important to bear in mind that skincare is an extremely personal thing, so what works for one person, may not work for another, and my comments are just my personal view of the product!

Good points:

  • This stuff smells divine - apparently it's rose chamomile. Whatever it is, I find it super relaxing and spa-like. 
  • The colour - it's a gorgeous pinky-peach shade - not necessarily important but lovely none the less! 
  • The packaging - I like the pump, it's easy to dispense the product and isn't too bulky for travelling with. 

Bad points: 

  • The cleanser claims to dissolve all make up, but I find it really tough to remove my mascara with this. I'm someone who likes every scrap of make up off my face before bed, and I don't necessarily want to triple cleanse to achieve that result. My Body Shop chamomile oil does it in around 10 seconds and this cleanser definitely doesn't match up.
  • I apply this to dry skin as instructed and rinse off with warm water. On initial contact with my skin, it feels nice and luxurious, however that's where the good times end. I'm not sure if it's because I have dry skin right now or not, but once I have massaged the product into my face, it seems to disappear, and there doesn't seem to be anything to 'rinse off' if that makes sense! 

I wanted to love this cleanser so much given all the hype around it, and I know I'm in the minority when I say I'm not in love with it. I am currently using it as my morning cleanser - it wakes up my skin, but it just doesn't cut it for my evening skincare routine. Who knows, maybe my opinion will change! 

Have you tried the Renaissance Cleansing Gel? What are your thoughts? 

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