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Raw Gaia MSM Organic Beauty Cleansing Serum Review

Rawgaia MSM Organic Beauty Cleansing Serum

I am a fully fledged cleansaholic, always intrigued by anything a little different. The Rawgaia MSM Organic Beauty Cleansing Serum caught by eye and made my pick of Spring cleansers. I’ve just finished the bottle so thought I’d share my thoughts on it.

Rawgaia is an all-natural, artisan skincare company based in Brighton with all products certified to Soil Association Cosmos organic standards, the Vegan Society and Leaping Bunny Cruelty Free International.

What is MSM anyway?

I was drawn to the Rawgaia MSM cleanser because I’ve never tried a cleansing ‘serum’ before and it contains MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane, also known as dimethyl sulfone/ methyl sulfone) which I’ve recently been taking as a supplement for my nails.

Rawgaia MSM organic beauty cleansing serum for dry skin

The white powder is the MSM supplement

MSM is a sulphur compound that is found in all living organisms. It has got a great PR team 🙂 and has been dubbed “THE beauty mineral” due to its high sulphur content which boosts collagen and keratin production so great for hair, nails and skin strength. There is research showing that MSM has an effect when topically applied as well. Many use it to treat inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis.

What is a Cleansing Serum anyway?

To be perfectly honest I don’t know but it sounds good right? It seems to be a term used in k-beauty and I don’t recall seeing another Western ‘cleansing serum’ – if you have please do let me know. From my experience, this the Rawgaia MSM Organic Beauty Cleansing Serum is basically an oil cleanser with serum-like properties in that I used it more as a treatment rather than a cleanser as such.

So on to the product itself…..

Rawgaia MSM Organic Beauty Cleansing Serum* Review

Rawgaia MSM organic beauty cleansing serum for dry skin

First Impressions

The Rawgaia MSM Organic Beauty Cleansing Serum is a light textured oil housed in a glass bottle with a pretty blue coating. It has a light scent with nothing particularly leaping out.  First drop and my skin practically exhaled when I applied it – it feels lush.

Rawgaia MSM Organic Beauty Cleansing Serum Ingredients (see bottom of page for full INCI)

The 97% organic ingredients includes a roll call of the most skin repairing, superfoodtastic oils including avocado, hemp, baobab, broccoli seed, chia seed as well as anti-ageing frankincense essential oil. There are also some rarer Amazonian oils including acai and andiroba.  Rawgaia infuse the MSM in cold pressed oils, which means the nutritional content, which heat damages, is all retained.

The Rawgaia MSM Organic Beauty Cleansing Serum Performance

The luxuriant oil blend is super nourishing on my dry, sensitive skin and I almost didn’t want to wipe it off. Wipe it off you must though, as it is non-emulsifying, which means no disruption of the skin’s acid mantle and skin isn’t left feeling stripped. The instructions state that it can be used to remove eye makeup however I found that doing that made my super sensitive eyes sting so I avoided the eye area. In any case, as it’s rather pricey per ml, I certainly wouldn’t waste it removing makeup. Think of it as a treatment. At £30 for 50ml it is at the very top end of what I’d spend on a cleanser.

How I Used The Rawgaia MSM Organic Beauty Cleansing Serum in My Routine

I liked to use this either in my weekly facial or in the evenings, twice a week or simply whenever my skin needed it. After cleansing with a micellar (my favourite is this one) if I’d worn makeup or a wash-off if I hadn’t, I would massage a full pipette of the cleansing serum on to my dry face for at least five minutes and then leave it on my skin for another ten minutes before removing with a warm wet cloth. It’s also great mixed with any exfoliating powder masks. I follow with a mist, serum and/or oil.  MSM makes skin cells more absorbent so other products applied after the cleanser are more effective.

I loved how my skin looked and felt after using Rawgaia MSM Organic Beauty Cleansing Serum. Nothing dramatic but softer, brighter, soothed and somehow protected.

If you’re looking for an oil cleanser with serious skincare benefits, the Rawgaia cleansing serum could be your skin’s new BFF.

Rawgaia MSM Organic Beauty Cleansing Serum, 50ml, £30 rawgaiabyjessica.com


Rawgaia MSM Organic Beauty Cleansing Serum Ingredients: PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL*, CANNABIS SATIVA (HEMP) SEED OIL*, ADANSONIA DIGITATA (BAOBAB) SEED OIL*, BRASSICA OLERACEA ITALICA (BROCCOLI) SEED OIL*, SALVIA HISPANICA (CHIA) SEED OIL*, BOSWELLIA CARTERII (FRANKINCENSE) OIL*, DIMETHYL SULFONE (MSM), COPAIFERA OFFICINALIS (BALSAM COPAIBA) RESIN*, CARAPA GUAIANENSIS SEED OIL*, EUTERPE OLERACEA FRUIT OIL*, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL*, TOCOPHEROL (VITAMIN E), HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, LIMONENE**
* Organic ingredients ** Occurs naturally in essential oil, 97% Organic of Total.

*Disclaimer: press sample provided for review purposes 

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