For this instalment in my ‘Cruelty-Free Focus‘ series, I’m going to be zeroing in on skincare, because let’s face it guys, it’s VERY important. The skin is the biggest organ in your body, and caring for it should take priority. Since I started my new job in beauty, I’ve been lucky enough to try out some fab brands but the one that impressed me most so far is British-based skincare label OSKIA. Taking its ingredients from naturally-derived sources, their formulas feed the skin with a plethora of ingredients while removing impurities and protecting against elements like sun damage and free radicals. Sounds uh-mazing, right?
What Makes OSKIA Ethical?
I’m not going to beat around the bush here, OSKIA is luxury. Luxe with a capital L. It’s an investment, but it’s worth it. Not only are the products results-driven, but they are all cruelty-free, most are vegan (bar some milk peptides), packaging is made from glass or sugar beets (those containers pictured!), and their factory harnesses renewable energy in a lot of its processes. There’s nothing better than getting behind a brand with good ethics, right? Now, onto the main event, the products…
OSKIA Essential Products
OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel
Swap your foaming cleanser for this sweet-smelling gel cleanser. The Renaissance Cleansing Gel is a gorgeous rose shade that transforms from gel to oil, melting away makeup to leave your skin feeling fresh and radiant. I’ve been using this as part of my double cleanse – usually when I wear heavier makeup, this can be relied upon to remove any stubborn product, and it leaves my skin feeling fab. My 100ml is around the £35 mark, but you can get the 35ml for around £15 to try it out before you commit.
I am obsessed with serums. Like, absolutely love them. I have a whole bunch of them, all with different purposes to supplement my skin, but I hadn’t owned a tinted one until now. OSKIA’s nutri-bronze serum is that instant holiday glow in a bottle! I think what I love about it is that it ticks a whole load of boxes. It’s an eclectic mix of makeup for the face, but also the body, with anti-ageing properties and vitamin E for protection against free radicals… but also hydration through hyaluronic acid *inhales sharply* SO MUCH GOODNESS.
It’s hard to encapsulate how much is going on in this tiny bottle but I will say, it’s lovely. I’ve been using it as a makeup base for the face, and also an instant bronze for the body: a little goes a long way, and that’s why I think it’s worth it. This is available in 30ml for £58.
OSKIA Super-C Smart Nutrient Beauty Capsules
Oh man, these look good enough to eat don’t they? These opulent orange hearts deliver an intense dose of vitamins (think C and E) in serum oil form, and their compact form makes them perfect to travel with too. Best applied to the face after cleansing, the oil drips from the heart once you pinch the capsule open. 60 pieces will set you back £62, but you can opt for the refill of 30 for £32 if you’re looking to try them out.
OSKIA Eye Wonder
I hadn’t ventured into eye serum territory until about a year ago, and damn, I don’t understand why I didn’t invest earlier. Although I don’t tend to have dark circles, I do love how instantly brightened and refreshed the eyes look after using this formula. Again, a little goes a long way with this, and its perfect for morning and evening, applied over the whole eye area. The 10ml Eye Wonder will set you back £52, but I found it on sale for £39 on Beauty Bay.
OSKIA Renaissance 360
Finding your staple moisturiser can be tough, I’ve only managed to find a few that my sensitive skin actually likes, and the Renaissance 360 is one of them. A vitamin-rich anti-ageing day cream, it’s packed with skin-loving nutrients and provides a whole heap of moisture for thirsty skin, with a small level of SPF too. The 40ml will set you back £76, but I found it on Beauty Bay for £57.
And there you have it, all the OSKIA essentials. Let me know if you’ve tried the brand, and what you thought of it, or comment below to let me know which cruelty-free brand you’d like me to review next!