It seems that there are two types of product junkie out there: those who swear by the wonders of chemically induced modern miracles, and those who avoid them at all costs and opt for the wisdom of Mother Nature wherever possible.
Increasingly it is this latter breed that is taking over. Perhaps the hum of the traffic, the general buzz of day-to-day life, or the omnipresent force of technology that leaves us pining for something more natural. Whatever it is, the search for chemical free products leads us into a whole new minefield of terminology and half promises … that is, until you are introduced to Premae Skincare.
Sporting a triple whammy of ethical and ecological promises, the brand uses 100% vegan and natural ingredients, has a 100% non-animal testing policy, and are the first 100% allergen free focused wellbeing brand (it’s all very well having organic products, but if you are allergic to nuts and the product contains almond oil, the fact that someone without a nut allergy could theoretically eat it, is really neither here nor there). Couple that with recycled packaging, and we have warm snugly feelings all round.
However impressive the CV though, the ultimate question, is what are they like to use? So as the biting wind and January/February snow took hold, and in turn began to wreck and ravage my already oversensitive skin rendering me reptilian, it seemed like as good a time as any to sample a new facial routine.
Radiance Boost Cleansing Oil for Dry Skin
A clear gel with a ‘herby’ scent thanks to the Clary Sage oil, you apply the cleanser with cotton wool, and it gently lathers a bit like a soap, but rather than drying your skin out it moisturises at the same time. The laconic acids work to tighten the skin, and it does have a soothing effect where a lot of cleansers seem to act more like paint stripper – much appreciated in aforementioned arctic winds. It is a little sticky as it starts to dry, but that is where phase two comes in … although I would recommend wiping another cotton bud to remove any excess product before applying the toner.
Radiance Boost Tonique for Anti Ageing
Somewhere in the recesses of my memory I recall my mother schooling me in the benefits of a three step cleansing routine, and key amongst it, is toning. The great beauties throughout history have sworn by the mantra – cleanse, tone and moisturise; and any therapist worth their aromatherapy oils today will tell you the same thing. It is this part that has always been my personal favourite, leaving your skin feeling clean and fresh, and this toner took it that little step further. Pleasingly cold as you apply it, it removes any remaining stickiness from the cleanser and as an alcohol free product, manages to do so without stinging any broken skin or drying it out even further. In fact, post use, my face felt hydrated – it is the sort of product you kind of want to have in spades when you are on a long haul flight, just to spritz on occasion, and in fact, given the size of the bottles, you could do just that.
Triumph Face Balm
The Triumph Face Balm looks, frankly, like a little pot of lip balm. It doesn’t look like something you are supposed to apply all over your face, for fear of spending the rest of the day looking like an oil slick. It is a hard substance, like cold beeswax, although I have the sneaking suspicion that the summer time will see it forming something closer to honey, but digging out a pea sized amount that melts into your fingertips, it is absorbed quickly into the skin, and gives the kind of deep hydration that results in a dewy complexion. Contrary to initial fears, it actually mattifies the skin, and provides ongoing moisture throughout the day. It is also supposed to work on age spots, sun spots, scarring and blemishes.
Overall, the Premae products were a pleasure to use, and as someone who never wants to appear to be making a fuss with their appearance, I was also particularly pleased with the size of the bottles; rather than having to carry litres of product, these are compact and convenient to carry. My only wish, is that this was a brand I had discovered as a teenager, given that they have product lines suited to a variety of skin conditions, including acne.
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