For immediate visible results, I find nothing perks the skin up more than good old fashioned exfoliation. I like physical exfoliators as I like being able to feel what is happening to my skin. I do however tend to use powder exfoliators rather than a gommage so wasn’t sure how I was going to get on with the new Living Nature Skin Revive Exfoliant* I was sent to try. Living Nature is a New Zealand brand that proudly states on the packaging that it is “certified natural”. I actually wasn’t sure what this meant as in the UK “natural” has no legal meaning and can be slapped on packaging willy nilly. Turns out that Living Nature’s do have something to shout about. The “Certified Natural” accreditation comes from BDIH, an auditing company based in Germany. The organisation has stringent criteria for natural beauty manufacturers covering everything from how raw materials are sourced to environmental impact, genetic modification, irradiation, animal testing, and more with annual reassessment. Naturally, Living Nature use organic and wildcrafted botanicals and do not use synthetic preservatives including parabens, SLS, silicones, petrochemicals, artificial fragrances or genetically modified or irradiated ingredients.
Plants and botanicals, unique to New Zealand are the stars of the Living Nature range. The Skin Revive Exfoliant contains the intriguing Kumerahou plant. Rubbing the leaves and flowers with water produces completely natural suds, which is pretty amazing to see (i’ve seen videos online). The plant has strong antimicrobial properties and locks in moisture so has long been used as a natural soap and in traditional Maori medicine. Living Nature use Kumerahou throughout the range as a natural alternative (or should that be the original) to SLS.
Anyway enough geeking about ingredients, on to the Skin Revive Exfoliant itself.
It has a creamy texture with scrubbiness coming from biodegradable jojoba and candelilla wax beads, which I found to be effective but not too aggressive on my dry, sensitive skin. There is a very gentle whiff of menthol and a hint of the associated cooling sensation on the skin when you use this which I was worried my sensitive skin was going to have a Diva moment about. I’ve used Skin Revive Exfoliant numerous times with no reaction. My skin feels almost squeaky clean after use, but without any of that stripped, tight feeling and zero signs of irritation.
I like to cleanse and exfoliate in one step, usually adding a powder exfoliator to an oil cleanser and rinsing off in the shower. The Living Nature Skin Revive Exfoliant lets me kill two birds with one stone. I personally wouldn’t use this in the evenings as I like to take my time with a balm cleanser and use one product that can remove makeup too which this isn’t suitable for.
Living Nature Skin Revive Exfoliant is billed as being suitable for all skin types, particularly acne-prone, who can use it daily. I have dry, sensitive skin and use it around twice a week as my morning cleanse. All round I really liked the Living Nature Skin Revive Exfoliant. It was pleasant to use, did the job and good to know that I’m avoiding ‘dirty’ ingredients.
Living Nature Skin Revive Exfoliant, 75ml, RRP £27.50 www.botanicalbrands.com
Living Nature Skin Revive Exfoliant ingredients: Aqua (water), Glycerin (vegetable glycerin)**, Cera alba (beeswax), Cetyl palmitate, Sorbitan palmitate, Sorbitan olivate, Stearic acid, Stearyl stearate, Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla wax) wax, Jojoba esters, Decyl glucoside, Sucrose cocoate, Xanthan gum, Caprylic capric triglyceride, Glucose, Pomaderris kumerahou flower/leaf extract, Parfum (fragrance)*, Glucose oxidase, Lactoperoxidase. *From natural essential oils: Citronellol, Limonene. **Certified organic.