Aroma Cleanse - Fresh Purifying Gel
This is probably one of the best face washes I've ever tried. Each morning and evening I've been using water to lather this up in the palm of my hands, and a muslin cloth to gently massage it into my skin. It leaves my face feeling silky smooth every time, and I'm actually smitten with it! I find I'm left with the perfect base, ready to apply my make-up, and that's before I've even started with the other products in my routine. The ingredients include Ylang Ylang, which is great for purifying and balancing the skin, Melaleuca (aka Tea Tree oil), which can help with skin infections, problems and imperfections, and Green Tea which tightens pores and removes impurities.
* Beauty Tip *
Choosing to use products that include Ylang Ylang can benefit your mental health as well as the condition of your skin. It's an antidepressant and helps to prevent panic attacks, amongst many other things!
Aroma Cleanse - Fresh Matifying Lotion
I've been applying this to damp cotton wool pads and using sweeping movements to cover my neck and face. The ingredients are similar to Fresh purifying Gel, and include Ylang Ylang and Green Tea, which will enhance the benefits off these essential oils even more. It also includes Papaya extract, which is an amazing ingredient that has the ability to dissolve dead skin cells. I've spoken about Papaya a lot in the past, because I think what it can achieve is amazing. Taking away all those dead, dull looking skin cells leaves the skin looking radiant, and is great for preventing blocked pores. I find this prevents me from getting blackheads or breakouts.
Ylang Ylang Purifying Serum
This clever serum is designed to be applied after toning, just before moisturising. I'm always a little reluctant to apply oil first thing in the morning, as my skin has enough of its own in places. There's no need to worry with this little gem though, because it drys in no time, leaving a non-greasy finish. Again, the essential oils include Ylang Ylang, but also Clary Sage which is great for keeping excess oil at bay, and Rosemary, which has a purifying effect and helps with dry skin. This is brilliant for me because I have a combination of dry and oily skin, which can be difficult to treat. Other ingredients include Lemon, which is great for tightening pores and Lavender, which can be very repairing to the skin. If I have a spot, or a graze of some sort on my face, I make sure I'm applying my serum, because I know it will be gone within a few days.
Shine Control Oxygenating Fluid
I use this as my day moisturiser, and find that it is just right for my skin. You have to be so careful with moisturisers if you have combination or oily skin, because the last thing you want to do is add more shine. Skipping the moisturiser step is not an option, so I'm always on the lookout for one that's going to create the perfect day base. I think this is it! As with every other product in this range it contains Ylang Ylang, but the key ingredients that regulate the production of sebum and tighten pores are Chrono-Purity Zinc Spheres and P-Refiner Technology. Now, I won't lie - I don't know much about them, but they work! It also has White Water Lily Extracts, which are great for soothing the skin, and Vitamin C which is good for Cellular activity. The more the skin renews itself (within reason), the better its appearance, and for me I find this helps spots and imperfections to disappear much quicker, the same as when using Lavender.
Ylang Ylang Purifying Night Balm
As you can see from looking at the picture of this product above, its much thicker than the others, and that's because it was created to be perfect for night use. As my skin is repairing itself over night, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Lemon and Lavender are working their way into my skin, and again, my imperfections are reducing. The ingredients are very similar to the ones in the serum, but vegetable oils from Passion Fruit, Camelia and Hazel Nut have been added, hence the more concentrated texture. The benefits are pretty much the same as when using the serum, but on a much larger scale.
Overall, I love every product in this little purifying starter kit, and that's quite unusual for me. My skincare routine never consists of all one brand, but right now, with Decleor it does. I think the bag that the products come in looks really classy, with the golden leaf and branded zip. I can easily find which one I'm looking for because it is clear, and the sizes are just right if you're off travelling for a week. I highly recommend buying this as a way of trying out Decleor, without splashing out on the full sized versions.
The Decleor Purifying Starter Kit can be purchased here for £16.60.
Have you ever tried Decleor products? When it comes to skincare, would you say you are more of a high-street/drugstore or high-end/salon exclusive type of person? I would love to read your thoughts in the comments box below.