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Recently I received the new mini collection from Aussie botanical skincare line Sand & Sky to test-drive. Their skincare line is definitely 'capsule' in nature and you've probably seen their clay mask all over Instagram. However, it's the Sand & Sky Australian Emu Apple Dreamy Glow Drops* | £44.90 | that stood out to me most, which is why they're my product of the month...
This serum comes in purple packaging and you dispense it through a dropper. I would warn you, though, that the oil is so light and fine that it can get on the dispenser of the dropper and make it a bit greasy. As you can probably see; this is a dual-phase oil-serum so you have to give it a good shake before use. It has a very light texture that's easily absorbed by the skin, which means you can use it during the day if you have normal to dry skin, though if you're more on the oily side you might want to keep it as part of your evening routine.
Jumping into the ingredients, the star of the show is obviously 'emu apple'. I couldn't find much information on this specific type of apple, as it appears to be exclusive to the brand, but I can say that apples in general could have some antioxidant skin benefits when applied topically. As with most superfoods; there's a good argument to say you're better off eating the ingredient than putting it on your face to reap those rewards, but this certainly isn't going to be harmful to your skin. The water phase has 5 forms of hyaluronic acid, which is always good for ensuring the ingredient is delivered to all layers of the skin through this variety of molecular sizes. Hyaluronic acid pulls water into the skin so is amazing for plumping and hydrating thirsty skin. I recommend applying serums containing this ingredient to slightly damp skin so it pulls that water in instead of trying to get it from deeper layers of your skin (which leads to the opposite of the desired effect). It also contains kakdu plum, which I've seen crop up a few times in skincare products now; there isn't a ton of research out there on it, but it does contain high levels of Vitamin C, to brighten the skin and even out its tone. Whether those benefits can be delivered directly to the skin in this form, I'm not sure. The oil phase contains lots of skin moisturisers we know can soften and smooth the skin, such as squalane, jojoba, almond and olive. Olive oil is an ingredient some people are a little wary of in skincare but, in small quantities, I find it can be pretty beneficial. The only negative I have for this product is that it contains fragrance. This is a real shame because it means I can't recommend it for those with skin sensitive to that sort of thing. It's pretty unnecessary too, so I hope they decide to drop it in the future. I personally really like this product, I don't have reactive skin and I'm fine with using it regardless, however that's a decision you have to make for yourself.
I've been using this for 6 weeks or so and I think it's the perfect balance for my normal but dehydrated skin (that can sometimes look a little lacklustre). It absorbs nicely and doesn't feel greasy on the skin, but those oils definitely help things feel softer. My skin has looked nicely plump and healthy too. I can't say I've noticed the Vitamin C has faded hyper-pigmentation or anything like that, but this serum does give me a lovely, dewy glow.
And finally, a word on the Sand & Sky Australian Emu Apple Super Bounce Mask* | £54.95 | seeing as I was just originally going to do a review of them both as a post. I did like this mask; it made my skin feel plumper for sure, however I just didn't think the effects I saw were really worth the reasonably-high price tag. Also with ingredients like Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, I just prefer something that's going to sit on my skin and keep delivering the benefits of these ingredients throughout the day, such as in a leave-on product like the serum.
Have you tried anything from Sand & Sky?