Friday, 25 March 2016

THE NEW FRESH ROSE SKINCARE DUO & THE CULT ROSE MASK

Rose is this season's beauty buzz word - well, along with charcoal, sheet masks, vitamin C and - yeah, you get the idea. The point is, the pink stuff is a hot topic, and for more reasons than it just looks pretty in a pot.
The oils that come from the rose petal are packed with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins - and when used in skincare, can help calm redness, rehydrate dry and flakey skin - and because the oils have anti-inflammatory properties, there's a lot of science behind the benefit of using it to treat conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis.

With that said, I've been looking for a nice rose cream to try out, as my dry and patchy skin (as I'm sure I've mentioned repeatedly) is the BANE of my life. So when I got hold of the new range from fresh, I eagerly put it to the test. Here's what I thought...
A little bit about the range...

The rose face mask, in the picture on the left, has been around for around 15 years now (yep! that long), and because it's been their cult product, they've decided to launch two newbies alongside it - a rose deep hydration face serum and a rose deep hydration face cream.

THE SERUM
I'll admit, I don't actually normally use a serum. I have sensitive skin, so I find that the less I use, the better. But this was so lovely, that I might just start using one. It's got cucumber extract in it, so it feels really cooling to apply, and sinks in very quickly. The texture is nice and light, which is good, because I don't like the feel of too much product on my skin.
I noticed my skin looked brighter about two minutes after putting it on, where it normally would have had a red tinge. It might be because of the rosewater in it, since that's good for taking away redness.

I apply a pump of it before my face cream. I know there's some debate about which comes first, but I like to let the serum soak in a minute or two on bare skin. I've been using it for a few weeks now and I can honestly say I think there's an improvement in the actual tone of my skin - it just looks a little bit brighter.

THE CREAM
I expected the cream to be seriously thick, but it isn't, it almost feels like a gel. Again, it's got rosewater and cucumber extract in it, but it's also got something called 'hydropatches' - that are meant to sit on your skin and form a protective barrier, to keep the moisture levels up.

I really really liked this for the first day of using it. It made my skin feel so soft, and it didn't leave a greasy film on it. And this isn't to say it didn't do its job, but it wasn't thick enough for me. After two days I had dry patches around my nose and cheeks, and I had to revert back to my usual moisturiser. I think this would be amazing for anyone who hates thick, emollient-like creams - and it makes a great day cream. My advice though is, if you have very dry skin, use a creamier, rich one at night.

THE FACE MASK
I can see why it's done so well over the years, because I love using it. It's got little flecks of rose petal in it, coated with a cooling gel.
They say you can use it daily, because it's gentle, but I tend to use it once a week. The good news is that a little bit of it spreads a long way, but I have to say, the pot really is quite small, and it isn't cheap. So maybe once a week is enough! Leave it on for around 10 minutes then rinse off.
I took it away on holiday with me and it worked wonders at soothing my skin when it had seen a little too much sun.

The serum costs £44 and the cream £34 - and you can pick them both up from next week (1st April!) from Harrods, fresh boutiques and fresh.com/uk. The face mask is out now and you can get it here for £47.

Have you tried fresh before? I'd love to know if you have a favourite from their ranges! x


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