If you follow us on social media you will have seen a lot of SKOON. being featured recently. SKOON. is a South African bespoke skin care range which uses natural ingredients only – so think pure plant oils, rich butters, floral essences and botanical extracts. The range is fresh and uncomplicated, and allows you to customise your skin care and ‘make it yours’ by mixing your own natural bespoke formulations. I don’t know about you, but my skin is temperamental and prone to sudden changes in tone and texture, so it makes sense that I should be able to adapt my products accordingly. It’s genius, really.
I spent hours on their site (which, by the way, is incredible – beautiful and so informative) whittling down my shopping cart because I wanted to buy everything. In the end I decided to start with the Super Moisturiser and Concentrate Squalane (but my list of future purchases is long, believe me).
Concentrate Squalane is described as ‘kid gloves for sensitive skin’ and is ideal for rosacea and dry/irritated skin – music to my ears! Squalane is a component of your own sebum, your skin’s own natural moisturiser, so it is highly compatible with skin lipids (the skin’s natural barrier). It is classified as 100% emollient, so it is supremely moisturising and leaves the skin softer and more supple than ever before. You can either use it on its own, or mix it into your moisturiser, or even dab a little over your foundation for a subtle, sheeny glow.
I think I speak on behalf of women everywhere when I say we want our skin to look plump, dewy and healthy. In order to achieve this dream skin, you need three intercellular lipids: sterols, ceramides and free fatty acids. The absence of these lipids will leave the skin susceptible to dry conditions, which in turn leads to dull, tired skin a.k.a nightmare skin. Super Moisturiser is rich in phospholipids and is fortified with SKOON.’s unique blend of buckwheat phytosterols, ceramide 3 and free fatty acids which help restore the natural functioning of your skin’s barrier. Although packed full of moisturising ingredients, Super Moisturiser has a lightweight texture that is suitable for all skin types – Jules and I have been using it (I am dry and she is oily/combination) and it has been working like a dream for both of us.
As I mentioned earlier, you can either use the two products on their own, or you can mix them together as you see fit. I have been mixing three drops of the Concentrate Squalane into Super Moisturiser at night, and one or two drops in the morning, depending on how my skin is feeling when I wake up. The combination of these two products makes my skin sing, and I am the happiest I have ever been with my skin – for those of you who know me/have read the blog regularly, you will know that this is kind of miraculous. In a short space of time I have seen a huge improvement in tone and texture – so much so that last weekend, I didn’t wear any foundation or concealer (this is big, you guys). My skin really glows when I apply these products, and when I do put foundation on top, I look fresh and healthy all day (which is a tall order when you work in an air-conditioned office).
The Overnight Hydrating Mask* is a new release which is set to launch soon. As with all of the other SKOON. products I’ve tried, this is oil-based mask is wonderful – the organic coconut and wildflower honey blend is lovely and soothing, whilst the Nordic marine extract maintains moisture levels by trapping water molecules on the surface of the skin. I spent last weekend in the (very dry) Karoo and I wore this to bed every night – it’s a total skin saviour, let me tell you! Jules loves this mask too (so don’t be afraid to use it if you have oily/combination skin) – so much so that she included it in our most recent Monthly Favourites video. Oh PS it smells delicious – I kind of want to eat it.
Now that I have (hopefully) whet your appetite, head over to SKOON. and get shopping!