The Oskia Renaissance Duo

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Oskia had a big moment last year when every British beauty blogger seemed to discover the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel at the same time. In the midst of all this hype, I was lucky enough to experience the Oskia Glow Facial at the Berkeley Hotel for what was by far one of the best facials I’ve ever had. Safe to say I went back for the facial once or twice before I moved to New York and bought every product they use during the treatment. My esthetician told me that the Cleansing Gel and Renaissance Mask were so similar in formulation that you only really need one because they can be used interchangeably as a mask and cleanser. Since I hate making decisions, I bought both and now have backups ready for when I finish these two.

The mask is a thick jelly texture and turns white when rubbed into the skin. In her review of the product, Caroline Hirons says she accidentally used this as a cleanser the first time she used it, but the results were so amazing that she continues to use it that way. If you love the idea of a super creamy cleansing balm that you really need to work into the skin for a good few minutes, you can definitely use this as a cleanser. As a mask, this exfoliates dead surface cells with fruit acids, lactic acid and prebiotics and reveals brighter and softer skin after 20 mins. A note for all of you who are sensitive to fragrance: this smells pretty strongly of rose, a natural and soothing rose albeit, but still very noticeable.

The Renaissance Cleansing Gel is definitely the star of the range and has received praise from every blogger and her mother. This pink gel comes in a beautiful, elegant white tube and transforms from a gel to a thick oil when worked into the skin. I prefer to use this on a dry face either in the morning or after an oil cleanser at night and I notice that my face always looks more hydrated after use. I don’t use this every day because I find if I use it too often small spots emerge on my cheeks over the course of the day. With a cleanser this thick you have to use a wet washcloth or a flannel to remove it or else your pores will be in major trouble.

These are very luxurious treats and are amazingly brightening even when used just a few times a week. Although there aren’t any stockists in the US, both Cult Beauty and Beauty Bay offer free worldwide shipping for the products. Will you give Oskia a go? Which product are you most interested in trying? Let me know!

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