Christmas gifts part two: brands & products

As I said in part one of my post on Christmas gifting, I try to choose and buy my gifts mindfully, read more

Fancy a skin ‘trainer’ and mind guru from Nourish Skincare ?

If you follow me on social media or subscribe to my website you probably know that I work with Nourish skincare ( I am part of a team that is an exclusive distributor of this natural British brand in Russia and I believe in full disclosure when it comes to writing about products or brands on my website, so you know the full picture ). Having started using Nourish products pretty much since the official launch of the brand, I continue to do so as a consumer – in part because I like the products and because they work for my skin, in part because it is a necessary and pleasant part of my job, after all if I don’t try the products myself ( or have feedback from my testers ) how can I recommend it to you or write about it ?

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Part of any beauty brand’s success in a very tightly saturated marketplace is the ability to never rest on its laurels and to respond to customer feedback and requests. Nourish used to have wonderful body butters for four different skin types (

Relax,
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Xmas Gift Ideas: Kale magic trio from Nourish Skincare

=&0=&Throughout this year kale has been hailed as the magic ingredient in your diet but Nourish skincare was one of the first to introduce kale extract it into skincare.

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Their Xmas special ‘Kale Trio’ is a wonderful introduction to the power of kale and features the following three of best-sellers:

Kale Biomimetic Eye Cream

Argan & Kale Hand Cream and

the new Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser.

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Autumn Skin Series, part 6: a triple treatment in one from Nourish Skincare

With most women being pressed for time it’s not just the efficacy that we look for in skincare it is also the multi-tasking aspect that we want as well. After all, if we multi-task daily, can’t our skincare do the same? Dr Pauline Hili, founder of Nourish Skincare and her team are always open to their customer feedback and their recent launch, Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser is the testament to that.

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Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser works as cleanser, mask and enzymatic facial, so no wonder it was nicknamed ‘Urban Armour’ for the skin. It works by gently yet effectively exfoliating your skin to allow a healthier, smoother and fresher complexion to emerge at a time when our suntan has faded, it is cold outside and radiators are keeping us warm inside. Pauline, a pioneer in results-driven bioactive formulations, was one of the first to introduce kale into skincare formulas. Organic Kale Extract (rich in betacarotene and Vitamins C & K), used in this product, helps to increase suppleness of the skin, as well as reduces the appearance of wrinkles and redness. Other note-worthy ingredients here are:

– Probiotics that stimulate collagen synthesis, oxygenate skin cells and cellular renewal;

Griffonia Extract that acts as a protective shield against environmental aggressors to which we are sadly exposed daily. It helps to revive and lift the skin, as well as reduce fine lines. Its blend of carbohydrates provides a unique defence mechanism that supports your skin matrix.

Phytoactive Pomegranate Enzymes gentle exfoliate your skin surface but also help to clear away dulling cellular debris that can trap pollution and grime. Pomegranates are known as very effective antioxidants which help fight free-radicals like environmental pollutants thus delaying the signs of ageing in our skin.

Argan Oil helps to heal skin tissues. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and protects against sun exposure ( you do need a separate sun protection product though, even in winter time, but do remember that your body requires at least 15 minutes of direct daily sun exposure in order for you to top up your Vitamin D, which is essential for immunity and bone health ).

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Now that you have the scientific facts on board, let’s proceed to the ways to use this product effectively.

As a Cleanser: Massage over wet skin & rinse. It feels very gentle & therapeutic on the skin and when you wash it off your skin not just looks healthier and brighter but feels baby-soft as well. I also love its uplifting, minty smell that wakes up your senses – a multi-tasking result of a revitalised complexion and sunnier mental disposition.

Daily Mask: Smooth over dry skin and leave for about two minutes. Wash off with warm water, spray your face with tonic and let it be absorbed by the skin. Follow it with your usual serum, moisturiser or face oil.

Weekly Facial: Apply as mask. After five minutes spritz your face with Nourish Toning Mist or warm water to soften; massage your face and rinse with cool, but not cold water. Pat you skin dry.

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I want to finish this review by gently reminding you how important it is to nurture yourself. Mothers are often beset by guilt but I can honestly say that making time for yourself, even if it is for 10 or 15 minutes a day, will make for a happier family environment & increase your productivity at work. ‘Me-time’ will also boost your well-being, as well as your complexion and have a positive effect on your sense of self. A happy you, a happier world!

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Exclusive Nourish skincare product launch on Feelunique.com

 If you ready my blog on a regular basis, you might remember me interviewing Dr. Pauline Hili, founder of Nourish skincare last year. I got a real buzz from talking to this idea-buzzing, yet slightly shy woman and has become a fan of Nourish skincare as a consequence. At some stage Pauline actually asked me if I wanted to be on a tester panel for their products and I happily said yes.

In December I received a lovely pot of cream that I had to use for a week and then fill in my feedback questionnaire, but after a couple of days I came to the conclusion that my skin and the cream weren’t exactly meant for each other, even after a very promising start. I gave honest feedback to Pauline, who was encouraging and wanted honest feedback. Within a few days I had another sample of the cream and we happily bonded. After using the cream religiously for a week, in the morning and evening, my skin looked brighter, clearer, a bit plumper and I certainly felt quite happy to go out at times without wearing any foundation or tinted moisturiser or BB cream.

Well, the cream just had its official and exclusive launch on Feelunique.com ( so you can only buy it direct from them and not even Nourish website carries it ) at the introductory price of £19.50.       

It is called  ‘Argan Skin Renew’ and is part of Nourish skincare treatments range.  This rich moisturiser ‘aims to repair, protect and hydrate your skin (especially in this cold weather)’. In my case, it also brightened and plumped the skin.

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Argan Skin Renew’ is formulated in the company’s London lab, using only natural and organic ingredients and it is certified organic by the Soil Association. The cream contains bio-active peptides, essential vitamins and a special blend of high-omega emollients to improve the texture of your skin, restore hydration and rejuvenate your skin ( it feels quite thick when you dip your finger in the pot but the skin seems to absorb it very quickly leaving behind a very soft skin surface, to which you can almost instantly apply your usual make-up.

If you are interested in the list of ingredients, it goes as follows:

 Aqua, Simmondsia chinesis (jojoba) seed oil*, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, Glycerin*, Cetearyl alcohol, Palmitoyl tripeptide-5, Cetearyl glucoside, Sodium levulinate, Levulinic acid, Argania sponosa kernal oil*, Selaginella lepidophylla (rose of Jericho) extract, Lactobacillus ferment, Crambe abyssinica (Abysinnian kale) seed oil, Borago officinalis (borage) seed oil*, Rosa caninca (wild rose) seed oil*, Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Glyceryl sterate, Sodium hyaluronate, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice powder*,  Tocopherol, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil*, Potassium sorbate, Bisabolol, Zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract, Commiphora myrrha (myrrh) oil, limonene. *Organic Ingredient

I asked Dr. Hili what lead her to develop this product and she said that ‘the product was developed following on from the success of the ‘Argan skin rescue’ and the requests for an emulsion based product.  The Rose of Jericho, also known as the ‘resurrection plant’,  is the most impressive plant to come past my desk in a very long time and makes a perfect partner for argan oil. It was featured on David Attenborough’s programme just this week.  The plant has one of the most sophisticated mechanisms for maintaining the integrity of its enzymes and vital structures under extreme pressures and environmental stress.  The extract used in this product provides protective, moisture-retentive and repairative benefits of the secondary metabolites, produced by Rose of Jericho during stress.  The iridoids from this the plant achieve potent anti-aging, water-holding and soothing effects. This, combined with the benefits of hylaronic, borage, rosehip and frankincense make it a fantastic product for improving the skin and slowing key signs of ageing’.

I wondered if this product was developed as a follow-up to Nourish Argan Skin Resue serum, which I absolutely adore for its gentle, yet enticing smell, texture and effect on not only my skin, but my hair as well. Dr. Hili’s reply to that is that ‘ it is a complimentary product to the argan skin rescue, as both of them have been designed to improve skin’s health ‘.

In terms of product ‘exclusivity’ to Feelunique.comNourish team is actually working closely with FeelUnique team to ensure product has wide reach to bring its benefits to the global beauty community and consider it to be a ‘very exciting opportunity’ for the brand.

All I can say is that it definitely has my vote of confidence, but more importantly, that of my skin. And it certainly has been both educational and exciting to participate in the testing of this product before its launch.

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