One of my absolute favourite things about blogging is getting the opportunity to try out new products, new brands and most importantly for me; new skincare. Skincare is my thing you see. As excited as I get when I try sparkly new make-up, it can't equal the feeling you get when you find an excellent moisturiser or a really good cleanser. Your skin thanks you for it and it means you're providing the best possible base for all that aforementioned fancy new make-up!
I was delighted then when Polish skincare brand, Ziaja sent me three products from their new SenSitive range to try out. I've given them all a thorough testing over the past couple of weeks and these are my findings *puts on nerdy glasses*:
This was actually my first foray into micellar waters so I can't compare it to any others but for me, this really works. Containing 0% parabens, alcohol or perfume this is perfect for those with sensitive or easily irritated skin and contact lens wearers. I tend to veer on the dehydrated side with skin prone to a flare up if it doesn't agree with the sort of heavy duty ingredients that are loaded in to a lot of cleansers. I also wear contacts so this ticks a lot of boxes for me. I pop a bit on cotton wool, wipe over my face and it removes all traces of my make up, whilst cleaning my skin but not leaving me with that awful tight feeling I've experienced from other cleansers in the past. I generally use a separate eye make-up remover but I do that with every cleanser I use. It's a no-rinse formula but I still wash my face after use, purely out of habit. This is an absolute winner of a product and at only €4.50 for 200mls you genuinely can't go wrong. Even if you don't have sensitive skin, the bottom line is, this works, it's good value and appears to be good for your skin. Yay!
SenSitive Skin Soothing Day Cream
This is a gentle emulsion with moisturising and protective properties for sensitive, dry or itchy skin. Again, there's 0% silicones, mineral oil or perfume which is always good news and it does have an SPF of 20 (really important for me as I won't leave the house without sun protection on my visage). In some ways, this is a bit like E45 or Aqueous cream (both of which I've turned to in the past when my skin has been suffering from dry patches etc) except that unlike those, the Ziaja day cream sinks in quickly, it's light on the skin so is perfect for popping on pre make-up and most importantly, it moisturises my skin, leaving it feeling comforted and soothed. I haven't tried the evening version of this but for a daytime moisturiser, this is ideal. Again, you're only looking at €6.99 for 50mls.
SenSitive Skin Enzyme Peeling
Again, confession, I've never used an enzyme peeling mask before..I know, bad form but I've always feared that I'll end up like Samantha in that episode of Sex and the City where she gets a chemical peel and has to wear a black veil over her face to Carrie's book launch as she's too terrifying otherwise. Obviously, that didn't happen here. Unsurprisingly, this gently peels old dead skin cells and smooths and softens the skin. Once again, it has 0% silicones, mineral oil or perfume. Now, I exfoliate a couple of times a week with a grainy exfoliator but as someone with sensitive skin, using a non-abrasive mask to freshen up my skin seems like more of a no-brainer. I smooth a small amount on my skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes (usually having a bath in that time) then rinse off with warm water. I was genuinely impressed with how soft my skin was after using this and my foundation went on a lot smoother the following morning. This will set you back only €4.99 for 60mls and as a little goes a long way, you'll get great value from this.
So there you have it, you could get a whole new skincare regime for less than €17! This is definitely worth checking out if you have dry, sensitive or easily irritated skin or, like I said, if you just want to try out some new products that work and without spending a small fortune doing so!
You can read more about Ziaja on their Facebook page, HERE. Let me know in the comments if you've tried anything from Ziaja and if you'll be picking up any of these products yourself!