Remember when drugstore skincare was Nivea, Garnier, Boots own brand (which has admittedly stepped up its game in recent years) and not much else? Well, these days you can find so many amazing, high-quality, innovative products in Boots and Superdrug! I recently talked Super Facialist, and have a French Pharmacy skincare feature coming up, but today is about the all-natural option: Sukin (which I was going to mention in my Underrated Brands round-up but thought it deserved its own post!)
Purifying Facial Masque* | £10.15 | This is a deep-cleansing kaolin clay mask formulated with aloe vera and rose hip. Although it hardens on the skin, as you'd expect, the balance of nourishing ingredients stops it from being drying or sucking the moisture out of my skin. It leaves my skin fresh, clear and purified after use and isn't anything too intense. It's great to use once a week to get that really deep cleanse and is comparable to the more expensive Niod Flavanone Mud*.
Hydrating Facial Masque* | £11.95 | This is a wash-off hydrating cream face mask that I've been reaching for a lot recently. It's lovely for giving me fresher, smoother skin, making my dehydration lines look less visible. It has a nice overall plumping effect. It's packed full of natural goodness including avocado oil, mango seed butter and papaya enzymes (for a gentle brightening effect). You really can't go wrong with this one and I definitely recommend checking it out.
Foaming Facial Cleanser* | £7.95 | This is a product that does the job for me, though it's not really something I get wildly excited about. It's a clear gel foaming cleanser but it doesn't leave my skin stripped. I also like that it comes in a pump bottle because for me this is a morning cleanser and it just makes things that bit quicker and easier! It leaves my skin fresh, clean and oil-free, which I like, I'm just not sure it would replace my other favourites (like Glossier's and Oskia's). It contains aloe, chamomile, green tea, rosehip and more.
Micellar Cleansing Water* | £7.95 | I think this is the one product I didn't really get on with out of the little haul I got from Sukin. This has good reviews on the Boots website and I know a lot of the other popular micellar waters aren't all-natural, but I can only talk about my experience! I did find that this worked well enough for removing makeup (though I have to use a little more product than with my usual Bioderma) but I just didn't find it that gentle. It slightly stung my eyes and does smell slightly odd - though the latter I can forgive because it's free from artificial fragrances. The ingredients include aloe, chamomile and cucumber, so I'm not sure why it made my eyes water like that!
Facial Moisturiser* | £7.95 | This was a real standout from the brand for me: I just think this is a really good moisturiser that works and it's less than £10! Again, it comes in that handy packaging that's perfect when you're in a rush. It has such a lovely texture that I think would work for most skin types. It has a nourishing texture but does dry down to a satin finish. It's moisturising without the grease and smooths my skin nicely.
Hydrating Mist Toner* | £7.95 | This is another product that other people seem to like a lot but didn't really do it for me. It does give that instant boost of hydration and I really like that soothing effect but I don't feel as though it lasts. I mist this onto my face liberally and still feel like I need to reach for it again within 10 minutes! It contains good stuff like chamomile and rosewater but I just wish it gave more lasting relief from dryness and irritation.
PawPaw Ointment* | £6.99 | I love these multipurpose balms and this is a nice big tube that will last me a while. It contains papaya and castor seed oil that nourishes my lips and any dry patches of skin - I tend to use it overnight on my face as otherwise it can get a bit shiny! Overall this does the job and I like it.
Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil* | £19.95 | This is one of the pricer products in the Sukin range but it's still pretty affordable for rose hip oil. I really, really like this stuff - I'm a huge advocate of this ingredient as it hydrates and evens the skin tone. This is a lovely formula that isn't greasy and doesn't smother my skin or break me out. I use this overnight and I wake up in the morning with smoother skin and any dry patches softened.