There’s a bounty of botanical-based skin care products at Space NK meow, and here are five of my favorites at the moment.
This rich, mega-moisturizing anti-aging moisturizer has an oil-soluble version of vitamin C called tetrahexydecyl ascorbate (or THD ascorbate) that some researchers believe can penetrate skin better than old-fashioned vitamin C.
Vitamin C is notoriously fickle/unstable, but tetrahexydecyl ascorbate is stable and less irritating than other forms of vitamin C, making it suitable for peeps with sensitive skin, too.
I just started using this, and my skin, which has been drier than usual, laps it up. Along with THD ascorbate, it contains an exfoliating botanical extract called lime seed pearl, commonly known as “finger lime.” It’s a plant, native to Australia, and it contain hundreds of tiny capsules of lime juice. They look like caviar.
This cleansing oil also has lime pearl, as well as THD ascorbate, white willow bark, turmeric and evening primrose. It makes quick work of my foundation, concealer, lipstick and blush, but it makes me tear up when it touches my water lines, so I have to grab something else to remove my eyeshadow, mascara and liner.
3. Kat Burki PH+ Enzyme Essence ($100)
This lightweight pH-balancing serum contains vitamin C, and it smells like the freshest, most delicious green smoothie!
Truthfully, the scent is a big reason why I started using it.
It’s designed to brighten skin, balance its pH, prevent breakouts and stimulate cell turnover. You use it after cleansing and toning but before applying moisturizer.
I just started using it, so I can’t tell how well it’s working yet, but here’s to high hopes!
This lightweight sunscreen contains a combo of physical and chemical sunscreen ingredients. It also contains antioxidant red tea extract.
You’re supposed to mist it on your face after moisturizing, but I like to spritz a few sprays into my palm, then pat that on my face and neck, because I feel like everything gets covered better that way.
I like that I can’t feel this sitting on my skin, and it isn’t sticky.
I love using it on my neck, especially.
This foaming gel cleanser has grapefruit extract to prevent breakouts and cleanse skin without stripping it bone dry. It’s designed for all skin types, but it’s supposed to work really well for rosacea-prone peeps.
I use it at night after intensely sweaty sessions at the gym or on the treadmill because it really feels like it gets all the gunk out of my pores.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,