It's been a while since I featured any skincare on the blog, so I thought it was about time I rectified that! I wanted to feature a couple of products I've been using recently, in conjunction with my Origins Gin-zing moisturiser and face scrub.
If you've not heard of Claudia Louch before then you're in for a treat. The Claudia Louch brand was started up by... you guessed it, Claudia Louch. She's an internationally-renowned natural holistic skin specialist, nutritionist, pharmacologist and health scientist and has a clinic based in Harley St, London. They focus on Phytomedicine (plant-based medicine) and botanical skin care, it's this approach which means you won't find any parabens in their products.
So, that's a bit about them - lets see how I got on with their products.
Chamomile face wash
It's a light foaming gel face wash with chamomile - apparently chamomile is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-allergen that is ideal for nourishing the skin, who knew? :) Well, I might not be able to comment in that level of detail, but I will say this: it smells absolutely gorgeous, it's a soft gentle slightly sweet scent. You only need a small amount of it (about pea-sized), lather it up in your hands with some water and massage it into the skin. It leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished. I tend to use it on days when I'm not using my Gin-zing face scrub to give my skin a rest and re-hydrate.
It'll set you back £37.40* which might seem a tad expensive, but you do get a lot of product for your money (240ml) making it my biggest face wash by far, much bigger than my Clarins one which cost just over £20 (125ml) making this one on par price-wise.
Botanical firming toner
This little beauty "is an alcohol-free toner containing natural active ingredients of aloe vera, chamomile and Japanese green tea to refresh, rejuvenate and firm the skin after cleansing". It has a similar scent to the chamomile face wash but more delicate. I use this after the face wash or my face scrub, and before my moisturiser. It helps to take off any residues and prep my skin for the moisturiser. It also contains cucumber extract which help to tighten pores (something I desperately need!). I apply it by pumping out some product onto a cotton pad and swiping over my skin. You can also apply it with your finger tips, but personally I much prefer using a cotton pad.
Much like the face wash, this also costs £37.40* and for that you get 40ml of product (in very nice packaging) :) I think with these products, the money is really going towards decent ingredients to make a high quality product. I'm not saying there aren't other more purse-friendly products out there which might well suit your skin better, but for me these have certainly worked their way into my daily/weekly routine.