If there’s one skincare topic I’ve covered numerous times on Fresh Beauty Fix it’s radiance. Glowing skin never gets tired – pun not intended. The word ‘glow’ has cropped up in so many skincare product names, this trend is here to stay. Even looking at the rise in ingredient-led skincare, the likes of niacinamide, vitamin C and acids all point towards an over-arching theme: achieving radiant healthy-looking skin. So when Nourish informed me they had launched skincare essentials kits, the one that caught my eye was unsurprisingly the radiance collection. This British organic, vegan and cruelty-free skincare brand seems to have a bit of a thing for minis kits: one of my early blogposts reviewed their Protect starter collection, and it seems the brand has kept to a winning formula of four products to create a comprehensive skincare routine: cleanse, refresh, treat, moisturise.
Since my skin has evolved from combination to dehydrated I rarely use gel cleansers which can make my skin feel too tight and have me reaching for hyaluronic acid before my face is fully dry. Balms and cream cleansers feel much more suited to me nowadays but I am weary of overly heavy formulas. This lightweight 95% organic cream offers the right balance between effective cleanser and gentle ingredients with a delicate soothing rose scent, a common thread throughout this radiance range. As already reviewed in my Dive into Veganuary blogpost, I find this product works best applied with hands straight onto skin and removed with a damp flannel.
Since reading Caroline Hirons’ Skincare I am obsessed with spritzing – a facial mist that is. Whether as a post-cleanse pre-treat step or throughout the day to refresh dull skin in between Teams calls, toning mists are growing on me as multi-purpose tools to instantly cool and brighten up tired skin. This 97% organic Refreshing Toning Mist contains soothing aloe vera and brightening foxberry, I can imagine come summer this would be fantastic straight out of the fridge, but at the rate I’m spritzing I doubt there’ll be any left by spring.
I don’t wait for the toning mist to dry, I go straight in with this hydrating collagen-boosting serum to repair skin and enhance radiance. Hyaluronic acid of course makes an appearance, as does Alpine Foxberry again and brightening Tonka Bean. You don’t need a lot to cover your face and neck so this 15ml bottle should last a decent amount. Apparently the serum can be applied over the moisturiser – that’s right, after the cream – for a dewy finish. That goes against everything I’ve been taught (treat first then hydrate, apply from thinnest to thickets formulas) so I’ve yet to take the plunge and give this method a go, but if there’s dewy skin to be had, I’ll go there.
No skincare routine is complete without a moisturiser. Regardless of skin type – yes even oily skin – there will be a moisturiser out there for everyone. Apparently the formula contains ‘a special Bio-extract of South American Tonka Bean capable of absorbing ultraviolet rays and emitting visible light to boost skin’s luminosity’. I’m not sure about how visible this visible light is, but although the consistency feels thinner than I’d expected, the moisturiser still delivers a well balanced dose of hydration that lasts throughout the day.
Once again Nourish deliver on their skincare kits. The only part I’m not a fan of is the bag – yes it’s fair trade organic cotton, and yes it’s hand made by Freeset which creates positive employment opportunities for women affected by sex trafficking in India (as was their Christmas 2020 gift set range) – call me shallow but it’s just not that attractive. I am however always impressed at the affordability of Nourish products, considering the quality of the formulas. OK so we’re not talking The Ordinary pricing, but they are in a league of their own. This Radiance Skincare Essentials Kit is worth a generous £38 but will only set you back £29 – that’s a 24% saving and a great way to trial the full range before committing to the full sizes or picking your favourite – the cleanser gets my vote.
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