You’ve heard of K-Beauty (if you haven’t, where have you been? K = Korean), but have you heard of A-Beauty? “A” or Australian Beauty is the latest buzzword in town. Standing for a ‘less is more’ approach, it is a school of products and brands, from Australia, which aim to take the complication out of skincare – with simple, yet effective regimes.
The sustainable and natural brand, Sukin is the leader in this genre – with products that focus on the nourishing and natural ingredients harnessed from the Australian landscape, which are kind to the skin, but also to the planet. Sukin was one of the first companies to say ‘no’ to artificial additives, harsh ingredients and harmful processes and it continues to champion the environment by being 100% carbon neutral, is cruelty-free and 100% vegan.
Its signature Rosehip range has won many accolades, and brings a multitude of benefits. The cold-pressed natural super-ingredient at the heart of this collection combats dehydration and soothes dry, red skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and, well, making skin just look in tip-top condition.
The Sukin Rosehip Hydrating Day Cream, £18.95, helps relieve dry and flaky skin. It sinks in like a dream, leaving skin primed for make-up. It’s not too rich or oily, and leaves the face lovely and plump and nourished. The Rosehip range of products also contain Kakadu Plum, a northern Australian super-fruit, rich in Vitamin C (the most in any food in the world), and Quandong, a native peach, also rich in Vitamin C and fatty acids so it is packed with natural goodness.
Of course, at the heart of the moisturiser is a powerful blend of Rosehip Oil, which is infused with antioxidant-rich Pomegranate. These work together to deeply hydrate and prevent the signs of premature ageing. This blend of active botanicals does its magic on the skin so it looks smoother and more radiant, and the texture feels younger and velvety. Gorgeous.
It’s a good idea to use the Rosehip Nourishing Cream Cleanser, £12.95, before moisturising and as part of your daily regime. The two products work so well together. You simply massage it over the face, and rinse it off, so it couldn’t be easier. It contains a blend of Rosehip and Borage Oils, Quandong Extract, Shea Butter, Evening Primrose Oil and Camelia Oil. While it effectively removes makeup, oil and dirt, it is also completely nourishing at the same time, so skin does not feel stripped of goodness, but, rather, pampered and rejuvenated.
The Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, from £13.95, is the hero product in the line-up. So versatile, you can use it by dropping 2-3 drops into your palms and pressing, and gently massaging, over the face. Use it after cleansing, as a first-step moisturiser, instead of a serum. Or for dry skin, you can use it after your serum, and before the day cream, press it on before moisturising, or by mixing it into the cream itself, as a booster. As I said, it is versatile! It contains 70% essential fatty acids (these are amazing for maintaining the healthy building blocks of the skin) and has vitamins to help soothe, soften and hydrate the skin. These nourishing properties help to reduce the appearance of scars and combat the signs of ageing.
The oil can also be used if you like a double-cleanse routine, it helps to lift off make-up, dirt and oils. Massage it over the face, and then rinse off, using a reusable cloth or muslin, follow up with your cleanser (as above). The two-step approach with the oil allows the second cleanse to deeply clean the skin, so the complexion is left super-soft and hydrated.
Finally, as the last step of the day, use this pampering Rosehip Enriching Night Cream, £18.95, and watch it go to work as you sleep. With Rosehip Oil and Vitamin C rich Kakadu Plum skin is boosted with hydration, while Quandong and Camellia revitalises dehydrated and distressed skin, so you wake up with radiant and rested-looking skin.
*This review is based on press samples