I don’t really have a set skincare routine – partly because I’m not that organised but also because I like to test and experiment with new products.
I’ve been using Sukin products for a couple of years I think now – including moisturisers, toners, masques, cleansers and scrubs.
One of my favourites (which I have used a couple of tubes of now) is their Facial Scrub from the Super Greens range. I always need to have an exfoliator for my face because I’m always getting awful flaky bits everywhere! My skin is dry but then oily like I don’t even know, but what I do know is that I love this scrub!
One of the best thing about it is that it DOESN’T CONTAIN PLASTIC MICROBEADS. If you’re reading this and are kinda like hmm yeah cool, don’t really get it, loads of cleansers contain ‘microbeads’ to supposedly exfoliate and smooth you skin, but really they’re made out of shitty plastic which gets washed into the ocean, affecting all of the beautiful marine life that live there. That’s not cool. They can even be bad for your skin, causing tiny cuts or micro-lacerations rather than gently exfoliating your skin.
One of the best alternatives to microbeads is Jojoba Beads. Jojoba beads are white, odourless, hard free flowing microspheres, derived from of jojoba oil (definition from Pure Nature NZ). They’re 100% natural and biodegradable.
Sukin products are also Sulphate-free. Sulphates have not been proven to be bad for your health, they are found in lots of personal care products including shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, shaving foam and facial cleansers. In cleansers, they function as surfactants: water- and oil-soluble compounds that when combined with water, foam and emulsify greasy substances (Best Health Mag). Sulphates are high foaming, meaning you don’t have to use much of the product. Sulphates are synthetic ingredients, often derived from petrolatum or petroleum jelly. So going sulphate-free is about sustainability, as petrolatum is a non renewable resource. (In saying that though, there are still some sulphates which are derived from coconut oil which is renewable!)
The Sukin Super Greens scrub contains Jojoba beads and bamboo as exfoliants (woohoo no plastic!) and a blend of kale, spirulina and parsley for a healthier complexion.
Sukin’s website says:
Micro Jojoba beads and ground bamboo offer the skin a gentle polish to remove dirt and impurities. A blend of Kale, Spirulina, Chlorella and Parsley impart detoxifying antioxidants and vitamins on the skin, while Pineapple, Licorice and Lime peel promote a clear, radiant complexion. A burst of Cranberry provides an invigorating scent to refresh the senses. Can be used more than once a week.
I love this facial scrub (and the scent) and I definitely use it more than once a week! My skin feels so much fresher after using it and all the flaky skin is scrubbed away (ew lol). I usually follow with a Sukin face moisturiser straight after, and I also like to use their mist toner for extra hydration.
A few years ago I probably wouldn’t have even cared about the skincare products I was using, but it definitely feels good to be natural products, and more importantly, a brand that is so focused on sustainability! Their tagline is ‘Skincare that doesn’t cost the earth’ and they stick to it!
Recyclable packaging, being Carbon Neutral, No Animal Testing/Vegan and Grey Water safe. If you don’t know what any of this means, I am thinking about writing another post on it soon, otherwise head over to Sukin’s Sustainability page. They are making an active effort to ensure that their brand is not only good for you, but doesn’t harm other aspects of the environment too.
Finally, Sukin products are affordable, in my opinion. The scrub is around $15 or less (I’m pretty sure) but you can also get Sukin box sets with a few products in it for a good price too!