Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Oqibo Skin care - Purifying Cleanser & Toner, Hydra Restore cream and Skin Refining Exfoliator - Review

A few weeks ago I got a lovely email from the team over at Oqibo who wanted to know if I'd be interested in testing out some of their skincare items for review. They asked if there was any type of product I wanted to try but I didn't have anything specific so, based on my skin type, then sent me a selection of products that they thought might work for me - Enter the Oquibo Purifying Cleanser & Toner*, Hydra Restore Cream and the Skin Refining Exfoliator

The team were so lovely, sending me the nicest letter to accompany the products and letting me know that they'd sent me what they thought would work with my combination skin and that their skincare expert recommended me using the exfoliator as a face mask (which I was quite pleased about, I love a good face mask!) They also stressed that they wanted an honest review, which is good as that's the only type that I do, and so here it is! 


Their claim for the  'Purifying Cleanser & Toner' is that it's 'An ultra-gentle cleansing gel that regulates sebum and protects the natural healthy balance of your skin' and the site also states that it's supposed to do this whilst being non-drying. 

As you can see, the packaging is nice and simple, which I quite like, it exudes quality - This face wash retails at £23.65 and is currently on offer to get 100ml extra for your money. It comes out from the bottle as a pale pinky coloured gel that you lather in your hands before applying to the skin; I absolutely love the gentle minty scent that it has, it smells amazing and it feels silky smooth on the skin as well as being cooling and refreshing.

I am loathe to, ever, say that a skincare product is the sole reason for an improvement in skin as there's so much involved in what gives us good or bad skin but I have, most definitely, seen a Big improvement in my skin since I've started using it. Obviously there could be other factors but I do feel like this product is a part of why my skin is clearer; it's not cleared up, but it is clearer, a big reduction in blemishes and the ones that I do get are So much smaller. I'm open to the idea that this may change once other factors change, too, but so far so good - So Very very good (honestly, best skin I've had in So long. 



The claim for 'Hydra Restore Cream' is that it's 'A lightweight moisturiser to restore, hydrate and protect for visibly smoother, more radiant and healthy skin.' - It has the same, sleek, packaging as the other products and it retails for £33.15 on their website (links in the titles of the products).

I've been really enjoying using this moisturiser in the mornings - It's definitely got a lightweight feel to it and it absorbs into the skin so easily, you don't need a lot to moisturise the whole face and I feel like my skin retains its moisture all day and it's definitely helping to maintain the quality of my skin. 


The claims for the 'Skin Refining Exfoliator' are that it is 'A dual purpose skin polishing exfoliator that remineralises and hydrates as it whisks away dull and drab surface cells, leaving behind a smooth and radiant complexion.' - I was sent it in a few little sachets but the product itself comes in a 50ml tube and retails at £23.95. 

The little sachets that they sent me are great in terms of using it as a face mask as they are just enough for one mask so I'm  not using too much of the product at once. The exfoliator felt really good on my skin, the initial scrub wasn't too hard and I don't feel like it irritated my skin as some exfoliating products can, but as I left it on for around 5 minutes it felt really refreshing. When I washed it off my skin felt soo smooth and the next day it carried on that way. I did find that a few small blemishes appeared the next morning but I feel like that might be a purging effect and that it brought out some of the impurities - It's quite hard to know if that's true, but that's how it felt to me.

Conclusion: They asked for honesty and I am being totally honest when I say that I've really enjoyed using this range. As I said before, I genuinely feel like it's impossible to say that skin care has Definitely had an effect but I do feel like I've had a big improvement in my skin whilst I've been using these three products. Obviously it depends on skin type as well as a multitude of other factors but if you do have the money to spend a little extra on skincare then I really think that this is a range to consider, maybe it'll work for you as well as it has worked for me?

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