Lately, my top concerns in skincare are the following: moisturizing, damage recovery (i.e. from wearing makeup, sun, harsh acne treatments), and knowing what ingredients are in the products. These are, I believe, essentials for being kind to your skin — especially during the winter when it’s freezing outside with biting winds and mainly cloudy days, and when the sun does come out, it reflects off of everything and blinds you/gives you a weird sunburn.
Winter is downright rude to our faces, and when I had the opportunity to try out some of Graydon’s luxury skincare products, I was looking for things that would combat the harsh elements. Every product I tried was not only super moisturizing and luxurious, but also made with plant-base in mind.
Here’s the low-down on Graydon Skincare: the (Canadian!) brand was started by Graydon — I’m aways surprised when this happens even though I know the name has to come from somewhere — and founded on the philosophy that effective and nourishing skincare products can be made from “plant-powered” ingredients, sometimes things you might even eat, such as berries, avocado, and broccoli.
I’ve definitely used a home-made avocado and honey face mask before, so the idea of using natural ingredients on the face is not a new one to me, but I was curious about a brand that seems so committed to it.
The ones I was able to get my hands on are: the Keto Cleanse, Berry Rich Cream, Aloe Milk Cleanser and All-Over Elixir. After three weeks of using these products, I can say I was wholly impressed by their quality and the effect they had on my skin — keeping it soft and moisturized even when it feels like the entire world outside is drying out and freezing up.
But let’s go into a more thorough breakdown of the products. Keep in mind I did use all of these together and created a nighttime routine out of the process, but I’m sure the products could all be used on their own depending what you’re looking for.
Key ingredients: coconut oil and ghee.
The Keto Cleanse was definitely the most interesting product for me, but not my favourite. Of course, I’ve seen the micellar water cleansers and whatnot on the market: one-step makeup and dirt removers that can simply be massaged into the skin. The Keto is different from those products because it does recommend using a cleanser afterwards, but it also promises to get rid of makeup and grime on your face from the day. The label recommends using one drop of the product on the entire face, which I did every night.
I will say that for the amount of makeup I wear, using a different makeup remover for my mascara was necessary, but the Keto drew all of the foundation out of my skin no problem. It smells like coconut and wears like an oil. Not an unpleasant experience, and it’s nice to feel like you’re putting moisture back into the face when you take off your makeup.
The product comes in a small bottle, but even after using it every night for weeks, I didn’t make much of a dent as very little is needed to cover the entire face. This is a great product for anyone who needs that extra cleansing step in their routine.
Aloe Milk Cleanser
Key ingredients: aloe vera, rosemary extract, vitamin oil, grapefruit oil.
The Aloe Milk Cleanser might be the favourite product that I tried. It’s just really pleasant to use. That sounds weird, but it’s the best way I can describe it. Pleasant because it has a very subtle scent, which I prefer in cleansers, and it feels cleansing without feeling drying. Your skin doesn’t have the supercharged clean feeling you might get from an Oxy cleanser, but it also doesn’t feel like you need to dunk your head in olive oil for ten minutes after using it.
What I liked the most about this cleanser was how gentle it was on the skin. Not to say it isn’t effective — it was able to remove any oil left over from the Keto Cleanse — but it didn’t irritate my skin, which has a love/hate relationship with most cleaners.
Key ingredients: sunflower oil, rice bran oil, camelina seed oil, grapeseed oil.
The elixir is a good product and that’s where I’ll leave it. It’s good. It does everything it says it will: it hydrates the skin and doubles as a pretty nice aromatic massage for the face and neck. With chamomile and sandalwood elements, it smells like a massage parlour, and I mean that in the best possible way.
After putting on the elixir, my skin was always left feeling super moisturized and glow-y — and a little oily, but that was always absorbed by the skin. Here’s where I run into a slight problem. The elixir may have caused my skin to break out, but that’s difficult to confirm. Due to the fact that the elixir is made with plant oils, it’s definitely possible, as my skin got a little shinier and I had a slight increase in number of pimples. This could also have been caused by a number of factors such as stress or hormones, so I have yet to confirm causation.
Even though the products are recommended for all skin types, I will say, if you have acne-prone skin like mine, maybe give the elixir a small test run before using it on the entire face. If you have dry skin, then this bad boy is about to become your holy grail.
Berry Rich Face + Eye Cream
Key ingredients: strawberry fruit water, yoghurt extract, jojoba seed oil, cranberry, blueberry and raspberry seed oil.
In terms of moisturizers, my criteria are as follows: I want my face moisturized without being clogged and I want it to smell good. That’s right, I want my face to smell good, mainly because I’ve had lotions on before where I didn’t like the scent and it drove me nuts.
First of all, Berry Rich cream smells like berries, which is just fantastic. In terms of its moisture capabilities, I was really impressed with it. The cream feels thin when you have it on your fingers, but it leaves the skin soft and smooth. In the name of science, I tried it without using the elixir first and was just as impressed with how light it felt while also effectively moisturizing the skin. The cream also works for the under-eye areas, which was a bonus as I am unfortunately already thinking about that area of skincare. But I mean, anytime is a good time to start, right?
You can learn more about Graydon and find their products here.
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