A year ago, I was neither conscious nor cautious about picking up new beauty products to try. Ever since early spring, when I had quite a bad eczema flare up, I’ve learned that being educated in the products we choose to coat our faces with is exceptionally important. Our skin, especially facial skin, is delicate and constantly exposed to external aggressors like free radicals, UV damage and air pollution.
For the past two months my skin care regimen has been dramatically reduced to mainly safe-to-use and natural products. This immediately cleared all the acne and pimples I previously struggled with, and have kept my eczema under control. I’m getting into the habit of checking the ingredients of new skin care products I want to try on SkinCarisma, which is a handy online analyzer that breaks down all the pros and cons of a product’s featured ingredients and formulas.
SIORIS is a clean beauty brand that promises peak freshness in all of its products, while being completely free of animal-derivatives and petrochemicals. I’ve noticed that most of their products have a rather short shelf life of 6 months, which is due to the brand’s preservative-free approach. I feel like it’s time for my weakened skin to regain some much needed pampering and nourishment, which is why I decided to give SIORIS a go after getting my basics covered on clean beauty.
Step 1: Cleansing & Exfoliating
What is it? A mild facial cleanser infused with a blend of nutrient-rich macadamia seed oil, plum water, as well as extracts from coconut and corn to condition skin while also getting rid of impurities and dead skin cells.
I use the Cleanse Me Softly Milk Cleanser as a second cleanser in my morning and night routine. I usually pump 3-5 times to get an adequate amount for cleansing my face. Since it can also be used as a makeup remover, I use 2-4 pumps with a thin cotton pad like the Toner Mate 2 in 1 Cotton Pad from Dear Klairs before gently swiping and pressing on the harder-to-reach areas of my face.
Does it work?
With a light citrus scent, this cleanser works just like its name: milky, and it cleanses softly. It doesn’t leave any taut feeling at all whether I use it as a makeup remover or face wash. But I do notice that it’s able to get rid of leftover makeup residue based on the remnants on the cotton pads.
What is it? A low-pH and 100% natural exfoliator made with 86% oats, 10% brown rice flour and 2% fish mint.
When I first twisted open the cap to give it a light whiff, I instantly knew that I was going to like this all-natural scrub. I’m a huge sucker for oats, not just to eat but also for use on my skin. Oats are rich in antioxidants while also being naturally moisturizing, and they have a healing effect on damaged, irritated and inflamed skin.
The My Soft Grain Scrub can be used together with the Cleanse Me Softly Milk Cleanser to form a gentle-on-skin exfoliating formula. Right now, I use the combination twice a week. I’ve been refraining from using any type of exfoliators on my face for a few months now, but by blending both of these products together, I can control the amount of face scrub and milk cleanser I want to use on specific areas, which can vary depending on my skin condition that day.
Does it work?
Finding an exfoliator that is effective yet gentle enough for dry and sensitive skin is a constant struggle. I’ve tried chemical exfoliators like AHA, BHA and PHA, but there’s a much more satisfying sensation when using physical scrubs. So far, no breakouts, no increased irritation nor inflammation, and most importantly, I love the product’s therapeutic smell and texture!
Step 2: Toner
What is it? An innovative 3-in-1 product that functions as a toner, mist and serum; its nourishing formula contains 78% organic citrus Juno fruit water, along with other natural essential oils to instantly revitalize and hydrate skin.
Ever since trying the Troiareuke Moisturizing Ampoule, finding another good toner in a spray-bottle has almost been impossible. But the Time Is Running Out Mist seems to be a worthy opponent, and has topped the chart as one of my favorite post-cleansing products. I usually spray it over my face in a circular motion about 2-3 times, and then gently pat for absorption with my palms.
Does it work?
At the moment, I’m using it both morning and night right after I come out of the shower, and it instantly calms my skin, complete with a refreshing citrus scent. Because I have dehydrated skin, the hydration from the mist alone isn’t particularly long-lasting, but it’s perfect for instant relief, and leaves a dewy and fresh feeling that is more suited to summertime.
Step 3: Cream
What is it? An intensely moisturizing night cream enriched with plant-based oils such as Tamanu oil, alongside extracts derived from green tea and centella asiatica to deeply moisturize and soothe irritated skin.
The first thing I noticed when I tried the You Look So Young Night Cream is its pale green color and unusually pungent smell. It’s a dark, musky and earthy scent that strangely reminds me of Indomie’s Mi goreng instant noodles. I later discovered that the scent of the night cream actually comes from the Tamanu oil.
Does it work?
Because of their oil-rich formula, night creams are usually really thick with a tendency to leave skin with an oily sheen (even on dry skin). But despite its consistency, this night cream leaves a non-greasy and supple finish instead. I’m currently using 2 pumps of it on my face after the face mist every night, and maybe an extra pump for extra irritated areas.
After following this routine for two weeks, I’ve noticed gradual improvements on fine lines that started forming from my last eczema flare up. My face is still extremely sensitive at the moment, so the cleanser and mist alone can only temporarily soothe irritations and itchiness. However, the night cream, which I also started using as a moisturizer before putting on makeup, is a true holy grail – it instantly soothes and calms my extremely sensitive and dry skin, leaving it feeling nourished without any discomfort. The only thing that I’m slightly unsure of is the unusual scent, which may be a bit of a turn off for some.
On a side note, to go with its clean and organic formulas, all creams and serums from SIORIS are packaged in airless-pump bottles. This is to prevent the product from being continuously exposed to air, which also creates a longer shelf life while also keeping the formula fresh.
I wholeheartedly recommend this routine for those who are looking to get into all-natural and vegan skin care, especially people with dehydrated and sensitive skin just like mine. Honestly, your skin will feel so good, like a detox but more pampering! I’m currently eyeing up other products from SIORIS like the Always With You Body & Hand Milk, Bring The Light Into Your Skin Serum and the oh-so-pink A Calming Day Ampoule to incorporate into this routine.
Have you tried any of SIORIS’s products?
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