The “clean beauty” concept is becoming more and more popular, as people opt for beauty products formulated with natural ingredients. No surprise, really, when you consider the harmful additives found in many off-the-shelf skincare and makeup brands. Enter Nordic Glow, a new online shop stocking Scandinavian skincare products that use organic, plant-derived ingredients sourced from nature. Here we put three natural facial products – a serum for sensitive skin, a PHA peel and a gentle face cleanser – to the test!
#1 Supermood Beauty Sleep Absolute Bliss Serum, $134
“Though I’ve never been prone to acne, my skin has long had to endure the consequences of an active lifestyle. From beach days to midday tennis and ski holidays abroad, I feel I’m constantly battling the elements.
To add to the mix, my skin can be relatively dry, so I always look for concentrated formulas that promise maximum hydration. I’ve always put a high level of trust in Scandinavian products, mainly for the purity of their ingredients and the extreme weather conditions they aim to combat.
The main ingredient in this serum is sea fennel stem cell extract, supplemented with natural oils such as coconut, argan and pomegranate seed oil. The combined effect of these, plus hyaluronic acid, promises ultra-moisturised, refreshed and firmer skin.
I initially found the consistency of the serum to be rather ‘watery’, unlike the thicker formulas I’m used to. But I’ve applied the serum religiously for two weeks, followed by my regular daily moisturiser. Although I see no evident signs of firmer skin, I have certainly noticed a brighter complexion and reduction in eye bags; likewise my partner recently commented that I’ve been looking ‘fresh-faced’. Coupled with a hydrating cream, I believe the serum will continue to serve as a positive addition to my skin regime.”
– Leanda Rathmell, Production & Client Services Manager
#2 Viola PHA Peel, $66
“I’ve had oily, acne-prone skin for most of my adult life. Recently, I started incorporating more acids into my skincare routine, including an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) glycolic toner. I was therefore very excited to try the Viola PHA Peel as it contains an ingredient I’ve never used before – polyhydroxy acid (PHA), which is said to be much gentler than AHA. Despite its exfoliating properties, it doesn’t cause too much photosensitivity after use. This means that you don’t have to avoid direct sunlight after using it – perfect for our climate here!
The slim bottle comes with a pump, which is brilliant for travelling, and a pump dispenser that makes each use hygienic. I did notice the product’s strong, distinct smell the first time I used it, but it didn’t bother me much as the scent dissipates upon application. There may be some tingling sensation on your skin for the first few seconds after you’ve applied, but this is normal when it comes to using peels.
The consistency of the product is thin and watery, so it spreads easily all around your face and décolletage. I usually leave it on cleansed skin for five minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water, and proceeding with my usual night-time routine of toner and moisturiser.
I felt a difference with the texture of my skin after the first application! My skin remained soft and smooth throughout the entire time I was using this product. What I really like about Viola is how gentle it is as a skin surface exfoliator. I had always assumed the only way to smooth skin was to physically scrub all those dead skin cells away. Had I known about acids much earlier, I would have ditched abrasive, messy facial scrubs a long time ago!”
– Liana Talib, Production & Client Services Manager
#3 Egoboost Gentle Foam Wash, $49
“I have sensitive, combination skin so when I’m on the hunt for a good facial wash, I always look for one that’s gentle yet effective in getting rid of impurities on the skin. I am very happy to say that the Egoboost Gentle Foam Wash ($49) fits the bill. I love the fact that it’s made with natural and organic ingredients like chaga mushroom extract and argan oil. Because it’s so gentle, it didn’t cause my skin to break out, dry out or develop rashes. The foamy texture feels luxurious and it doesn’t leave my skin tight after every wash. However, do note that this wash is not really made to remove heavy makeup. If you’re someone who likes to wear full makeup, you’d have to use a makeup remover first followed by the wash to remove it completely. I would say this foamy facial wash is great for morning use.”
– Grace Bantaran, Marketing & Memberships Manager
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