Short answer: Yes, we are!
Reviewing skincare products from the Nigerian beauty industry will not be complete without giving the large market of “all natural organic skincare products” a try. It’s no secret that all natural skincare brands do not have the best reputation in recent times. There has been a lack of trust when it comes to shopping from brands that source the ingredients of their skin and bodycare products organically. People see them as ineffective or a one way trip to botched skin simply because these products hardly go through any regulation or quality control unlike chemical based products. However, this does not dismiss the fact that there are many ‘all natural skincare brands’ who ensure that their products pass through quality assurance checks and are particular about ensuring the safety of their products for all skin types.
As a lover of all things skincare and someone who DIY’s face masks and body scrubs, I still find that internal bias to products with active ingredients and powerful chemicals, but a good balance of both never hurt in your skincare routine, especially when you find one that is trustworthy.
So, of course I had to put you on to vegan, all natural skincare brand, Audacious Skin, who specialize in all skin related issues and aim to help women make an audacious statement through the health and glow of their skin. I tried their newly released Pumpkin Masque, bestselling Balance Oil and their Neem And Aloe Black Soap and here is how it went.
Neem and Aloe Black Soap
Let me start by saying I am obsessed with the smell of black soap! Black soap has been highly acclaimed as one of Africa’s best kept beauty secrets, but there seems to be a love/hate relationship with black soap. There is rarely an in between, as most people find that it tends to dry out and irritate their skin. I’ve had great experiences with this best kept beauty secret, so I was excited to try out Audacious Skin’s Neem and Aloe Black Soap and it did not disappoint! My skin felt instantly smoother and softer after one wash and I was shook.
We all know Aloe from the popular Aloe Vera plant for its soothing and healing properties. However, this is my first time using any product with Neem as one of the ingredients, so of course I did my research. Neem from the ‘Neem plant’ has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it perfect for deep cleaning and for healing irritated skin.
Audacious Skin’s Neem and Aloe black soap also comes in a liquid wash which is perfect for sensitive skin as it is less harsh and drying to your skin. I find the liquid black soap to be perfect for my face and the regular black soap for my body, but make sure to moisturize properly afterwards as I noticed it can be a little drying to the skin if you live in harsher weather.
This is by far the star of the show. Audacious Skin recently released a Pumpkin Masque perfect for those with dull skin as pumpkins are rich in Vitamin C. The masque, which also contains glycolic acid, gently exfoliates the skin while keeping the skin hydrated after rinsing it off. Thanks to the snail extract present in the masque. The masque initially reminded me of a jelly masque which is known to provide the skin with long lasting hydration. Although this is my first time hearing of pumpkin as a skincare ingredient, I do know it’s packed with vitamin c; which is my favourite ingredient for a healthy glow.
The key to making the most out of any face masque is consistency and while I did not notice drastic changes instantly aside from the immediate cooling and hydrating effect it had on my skin, I found that over time with weekly consistent use, it made a difference in the overall look and appearance of my skin. I presently do not use any Vitamin C serums in my skincare routine, so it was nice getting that extra boost from the Pumpkin Masque without having to add an extra step to my daily skincare routine. The Pumpkin Masque is a five star product in my opinion and has officially become a staple in my self-care Sunday routine.
Overall, I am pretty satisfied with all the products and I believe they will make good staples in any skin or body care routine. If you are looking to build or switch up your skin/body care routine or are looking to add more natural products into your self-care routine, then Audacious Skin is just the brand for you.
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