*Salcura Bioskin DermaSerum Review

*Salcura Bioskin DermaSerumimage

Price: GBP11.99
Volume: 50ml

In combination with the Salcura Bioskin Face Cleanser, I was also asked to try out this serum, which, luckily for me I guess, I had an eczema breakout on my face that I could put the cleanser and the serum to the test. Developed specifically for adults and children above 12 years old who suffer from skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea and dry, itchy and sensitive skin, the serum provide rapid itch relief while penetrating deeper into the skin cells at the beginning of their life cycle and to make them healthier by the time they reach the surface and so we would be less likely to present with the symptoms that normally come with the ailments mentioned earlier.

All right. Enough of the science blabber. How did this work for me?  

After washing and toning my face, I applied this serum twice a day, and I massaged in a little more in the affected areas before continuing with my moisturizer. I found that the light gel formulation of this serum was easy to spread and massage onto my face and I could easily integrate it into my sensitive skincare routine; the serum was absorbed quickly and my face felt comfortable. I didn’t experience any (further) red patches or intensifying of the ones already on my face; in fact, after using this serum for about two weeks, my red patches ceased to be itchy and the redness subsided.

I’m currently dealing with the after-effects of the eczema subsiding and that’s the flaking part 🙁 However, I noticed that the serum is slowly helping with the shedding of the eczema patch and revealing normal, healthy and happy skin underneath. 🙂 Normally, I can only (really) achieve that effect when I use hydrocortisone cream that pretty much kills it on contact, the redness subsides and the flakiness starts; however, it should also be noted that every time you use hydrocortisone or any steroid-based cream, although the effects are immediate, the affected area is thinned out and it’s much more susceptible to a flare up later on. I’m completely fine with using a little more time to deal with this recurring issue when I know that I’m using a more natural method and not steroids to deal with it.

If I think about it, I’m really doing my skin a favour here 🙂  

Now, like many people who suffer from skin conditions such as eczema and generally have sensitive skin, it’s more pertinent that they know about the ingredients in the product, because they probably have a running list of ingredients that do and do not work for their particular case, and I am no stranger to that:

Purified Water (Aqua)
Glycerin (Vegetable)
Sunflower Oil (Helianthus annuus seed oil)
Safflower Oil (Carthamus tinctorius Seed oil)
Grape Vine Oil (Vitis vinifera seed oil)
Isononyl Isononanoate
Potassium Hydroxide
Sea Buckthorn Oil (Hippophae rhamnoides kernel extract)
Eucalyptus Oil (Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil)
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil)
Orange Oil (Citrus aurantium dulcis peel oil expressed)
Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer
Caprylyl Glycol
Mineral Solution (Sodium Chloride)
Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia extract)
Olive Oil (Olea europaea fruit oil)
Almond Oil (Prunus amygdalus dulcis oil)
Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract)
Lavendin Oil (Lavandula hybrida oil)
Camphor Tree Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum camphora formosana leaf oil)
Linalyl Acetate
Pine Leaf Twig Extract (Pinus species twig extract)
Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis leaf oil)
Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita oil)
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder)

For the most part, none of the ingredients in the serum has aggravated or further exacerbated my eczema; in fact, it’s worth a mention here that the company’s mandate is to use high quality and natural ingredients while avoiding ingredients that are widely accepted to be unsuitable for sensitive or problem skin. This is a definite plus for me! <3

Having tried this serum out, I would re-purchase this product on the basis of keeping it handy in my skincare cabinet, because not only do I have a separate sensitive skincare routine for flare ups, I know for sure that this serum will be a staple item that can help soothe, calm and repair my eczema patches and I can rest assured that I can start and stop with this serum whenever my skin conditions improve <3
*Disclosure: Although I was provided this product for review purposes only, I have not been compensated for this post.. The reviews and opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way by the company as a result of receiving this free product.

*Salcura Bioskin Face Cleanser Review

*Salcura Bioskin Face Cleanserimage

Price: GBP12.99
Volume: 200ml

My skin can be a bit finicky to deal with at times, as extreme weather conditions can and will — with a vengeance — make my face and skin break out into itchy, red patches that subsides into flaky patches that take absolutely forever to stop flaking and return to a semblance of its former self. This means that I can’t comfortably enjoy vacations in the snow or the sun because I know what may become of me afterwards (or even during that time).

Le sigh.

As such, during my itchy patchy days, I prefer to use natural and organic skincare that contains no fragrance (as per normal days as well) and they are able to actually do something about my itchy patches without me reaching for hydrocortisone, in addition to keeping the area well hydrated and moisturized. Recently, my skin took a slight dive as my dry and itchy eczema patches came back as a result of the recent weather changes. Since they reside on my chin and the surrounding area around the mouth and stretching slightly towards my jawline and making its way up, I was a sight to behold.

I was near tears every morning because on one hand, I wanted the damn patches gone immediately but on the other hand, I knew that putting on hydrocortisone cream on them only makes the skin thinner and the rebound come back faster than you can imagine. 🙁

Introducing the Bioskin Face Cleanser from Salcura; made from 97% natural products including Sea Buckthorn to help with healing and repairing the skin, rosemary for cell renewal and Jojoba oil for some good moisturizing properties. Being a marigold, sunshine-y colour, upon dispensing the product from the no-frills plastic bottle, the cleanser was soothing yet invigorating with both its low-foaming property and cool gel-like texture; I used this in the morning as per my usual routine where I like to use gel/lightweight cleansers to lightly wash the sleep off my face.

I’ll admit, it was a little surprising to see a gel cleanser be such a happy colour, but rest assured that it did its job right and well; free from SLS, parabens, artificial fragrances and harsh chemicals, this cleanser helped keep my sensitive, combination-dry skin feel hydrated even after washing my face, as my skin normally feels a little tight and dry afterwards. The eczema patches weren’t exacerbated or dried out even further, and instead my skin felt…some semblance of happiness despite its condition. That on its own is a win for me. <3 Seeing as I was curious as to what made my skin happier during this time, I looked up the ingredients list:

Purified Water (Aqua)
Cocamidopropl Betaine
Starflower Essential Oil (Borago officinalis leaf extract)
Green Tea Leaf Extract (Camellia sinesis leaf extract)
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana leaf extract)
Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus annus seed oil)
Potassium Hydroxide
Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoids kernel extract)
Rosemary Essential Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract)
Mineral Solution (Sodium Chloride)
Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil (Citrus paradisi peel oil)
Caprylyl Glycol
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer
Argan Oil (Argania spinosa kernel oil)
Jojoba Essential Oil (Simmondsia chinensis seed oil)

Ladies and gentlemen, I may not be a scientist but the majority of these ingredients are great hydrating and moisturizing properties to have in a cleanser, not to mention that the company’s mandate is to use high quality and natural ingredients while avoiding ingredients that are widely accepted to be unsuitable for sensitive or problem skin. Another plus for me! <3

Finally, in addition to having a healthy balance of Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9, this cleanser is safe to use for those who have dry and sensitive skin, as well as those who are pregnant and breastfeeding 🙂 This is great news for all those moms out there who need something soothing yet safe to use during this crucial stage in their child’s life 🙂

All in all, it’s pretty safe to say that I’m keeping this in my arsenal for my regular morning cleansing routine as well as my safe-zone product for when my skin is misbehaving 😀

*Disclosure: Although I was provided this product for review purposes only, I have not been compensated for this post. The reviews and opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way by the company as a result of receiving this free product.

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