Review: Kosmea Moisturising Lotion SPF 30, Radiance 24/7 Youth Boost & Rose Hand Cream
I was lucky enough to get my hands on some Kosmea goodies recently and have been testing them out thoroughly these last few weeks 🙂 All of Kosmea’s products harness the benefits of organic rosehip oil. Rosehip oil is full of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Kosmea’s rosehip oil is made up of 80% fatty acids, which means that you can count on the quality of the oil. Fatty acids hydrate the skin and help support collagen and elastin. What else does it contain? Trans-retinoic acid, which is a form of vitamin A. As you know, vitamin A is one of my favourite ingredients because of it’s ability to repair sun damage and oxidative deterioration of the skin. Rosehip oil also contains beta-carotene and lycopene (antioxidants) which also help protect the skin against further UV damage. Perfect! The only issue you may have with using rosehip oil is that it can be a little unstable, so products should be kept out of the sun and must be used within 6 months of opening.
I was super excited to try Kosmea’s Moisturising Lotion SPF 30, as they have recently reformulated their sunscreen. The packaging states that the sunscreen contains a ‘fresh new scent’. I was expecting a scent of cucumber or green tea (as they are in the ingredient list) but I have to say that the sunscreen just smells like rosehip oil to me (what does rosehip oil smell like if you have never smelt it before? Potpourri, to me it’s 100% potpourri lol). Now while this may not be the ‘freshest’ scent out there – it is natural as Kosmea doesn’t use artificial fragrances in their products. This is a big plus should you have sensitive skin.
I was also expecting this sunscreen to be a tad heavy perhaps, as it is meant to work as a moisturiser also. It’s however surprisingly light weight and I would say that it’s finish is matte (big surprise there!). The cream does have a tint to it and I also suspect that this is from the rosehip oil (even though rosehip oil isn’t to high in the ingredient list). This isn’t a problem for me, as once the cream is applied to your face, there is no visible tint left on the skin *except* if you don’t blend the cream out well enough around the edges of your face (and around your eyebrows). I have a feeling that this is also because the sunscreen is a physical sunscreen – containing zinc oxide as it’s main sun blocker (and hence, will sit on top of your skin).
Physical sunscreens are perfect for sensitive skins and zinc oxide is often used in soothing products (including baby products – even nappy rash cream!). If you’d like to read about the benefits and differences between physical and chemical sunscreens check out two of my Sunscreen 101 posts here and here. I think is great when sunscreens contain some antioxidants to counteract the oxidative stress your skin may experience when being out in the sun, and Kosmea have added green tea, rosehip seed oil and rosehip fruit extract into their sunscreen. The sunscreen also contains aloe vera and cucumber which are soothing. Caprylic triglyceride (a fatty acid derived from coconut oil) is very high in the ingredient list but as I mentioned, the sunscreen isn’t heavy at all, and doesn’t leave a film on your skin. I actually don’t think this moisturiser slash sunscreen would provide enough moisture for dry or even normal/combination skin, so I would definitely recommend wearing it over your daily moisturiser. This is also a great product to try should you be hesitant about trying pure rosehip oil on your skin if you suffer breakouts or acne. It’s a great sunscreen if you are looking for a physical sunscreen and if you have sensitive or oily skin. You can buy this baby online from Kosmea for $44.95 and the tube holds 50ml of product.
Ingredients: Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 200mg/g – Purified Water (Aqua), Isoamyl Laurate, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Sorbitan Stearate, Sucrose Cocoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Phenethyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499.
Another product I was very eager to try was Kosmea’s Radiance 24/7 Youth Boost serum. This serum contains a number of oils, but Rosehip seed oil is the star ingredient of course! It’s meant to be very rich and hydrating.
Here is what Kosmea says we can expect from the oil serum:
“This unique blend of antioxidant rich berry oils combine to give your skin a powerful hydrating boost, leaving skin looking radiant and youthful. Certified organic rose hip, sea buckthorn, and pomegranate oils rich in antioxidants to help protect against the visible signs of skin ageing.
Soothes fine lines and wrinkles
Protects against the visible signs of ageing”
I have to admit I was a little hesitant in trying this oil (just a touch though, as I was very curious). I did try a pure rosehip oil back in the day when I was fighting acne and it did make me breakout more. I think this is because like coconut oil, it can be a little heavy on the skin (and becomes solely an occlusive moisturiser if you apply to much). I think the blend of oils works better for me. What other oils does it include? Apricot kernal oil, camellia seed oil, seabuckthorn oil, pomegranate oil, rosewood oil, raspberry oil, rose geranium flower oil and rosemary oil.
It is still a touch to heavy for me (to use in the morning) but it’s not as shiny as coconut oil can be. It is very hydrating, so it would be a dream for dry or mature skin. I have found a way to include it into my skin routine however. How? by adding it to my foundation. I add two drops of this rosehip oil blend and a little liquid illuminator. The effect? Dewey, youthful, hydrated skin! It doesn’t leave my face excessively shiny or greasy this way. The other way to incorporate this rosehip oil into your routine if like me, you are a little worried about it being to heavy, is to add it into your daily or nightly moisturiser. It will boost the moisturising properties of your cream and add an antioxidant kick! Otherwise, using it like a serum (as Kosmea recommends) will give you the full effect of this little gem.
My favourite base products of the moment? YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone and Kosmea’s Radiance 24/7 Youth Boost. Below you can see the three products on the back of my hand, and further below, the three products blended together on the back of my hand. You can see the gorgeous yet natural looking sheen left on my skin. I’m in love with the effect it gives! I was previously using Dior’s Hydra Life serum for this purpose, but as it’s almost gel like in texture, it wasn’t giving me the dewey finish I wanted.
The oil has the same scent as the moisturising lotion – so it smells like a rose potpourri. It does have that orangey tint to it, but when mixed in with other products, I don’t notice the tint transferring onto my skin. The bottle I have is 20ml and retails for $39.95 on Kosmea’s website. You can also buy a 10ml sized bottle for $21.95 if you are unsure if this oil would work for you but you still want to give it a go! The oil comes with a dropper dispenser and just be sure to close the cap tightly when you are done using the oil.
Ingredients: Rosa Eglanteria (Rose Hip) Seed Oil*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil*, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Berries Extract*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Extract*, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Extract*, Pelargoniun Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Farnesol, Eugenol, D-Limonene, Citral. *Certified Organic.
And last but not least we have the Kosmea Rose Hand Cream. I’m always on a look out for a great hand cream as I hate the feeling of dry skin on my hands. The Kosmea Rose Hand Cream includes in it’s formula nourishing oils like rosehip seed oil, jojoba, soyabean oil and olive oil. Other ingredients include, white tea extract (a great antioxidant), shea butter, carrot extract, aloe vera and rose flower water.
Again, I was expecting this hand cream to be very hydrating and possibly heavy because of the ingredient list. And it’s actually very ‘light’ texture wise. If you hate the feeling of sticky hand creams or even just the feeling of moisture residue on your hands – this cream is for you! It sinks in so very quickly and only leaves the scent of rose behind (rose potpourri if you will 😉 ). It is quite a strong scent, so if you don’t like rose to much, it may bother you. It is a little to light in hydration for my for my liking, but my mum loves it!
The Kosmea Rose Hand Cream sells for $19.95 on Kosmea’s website and you receive 50ml of product.
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Until next time,
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