Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel is an effective non-foaming cleanser of a gel – like consistency, which melts into an oil and removes impurities, leaving skin clean and soft.
Facial cleansers and I do not always see eye to eye due to many variables of coconut derived foaming agents they usually contain (think Cocamidopropyl betaine, for example). For the longest, I’ve been using various carrier oils as cleansers; my skin also responds positively to oil-based cleansing balms. Whenever I’d try a cleanser, whose cleansing base is a foaming agent, my skin reacted accordingly – with itchiness and acne.
So, when Onlynaturals asked if I’d like to test Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, I was skeptical. I took a quick look over the cleanser’s ingredients, and found no foaming agent among them. I was intrigued, so I gave it a try.
The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel is, as the name says, of gel texture. It’s a peachy soft pink color, with a faint and nice rosey scent; certainly the scent is not overpowering.
The selling point of this Oskia cleanser is the gel melting into oil when in contact with the skin. As I’ve mentioned, I prefer carrier oils and carrier oil based balms for cleansing, so seeing this gel melt into an oil, was a pleasant surprise.
I only use a tiny amount of gel, massage it all over my face, and leave it on skin for 5 minutes or so, so that the oil can melt all the makeup and then I rinse the cleanser with warm water.
The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel effectively removes makeup and dirt, leaves the skin truly cleansed, while also soft. After using it for many months now, my skin did not react negatively at all – no redness, no itchiness, no acne – despite a few ingredients, which may not be skin-friendly.
This cleanser not only effectively cleans the skin of makeup and impurities, but over a longer period of use, I’ve noticed it also de-congests the skin and minimizes pores. For the morning use, it prepares the skin for smoother application of makeup. Quite productive cleanser, wouldn’t you agree?
I’ve tried using it as an eye makeup remover as well, but that did not work, as the cleanser is irritating to the eyes.
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So, how about the ingredients?
Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Aqua, Cetearyl Olivate, Sucrose Laurate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Sucrose Palmitate, Parfum (Natural), Geraniol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Citronellol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lactobacillus/Cucurbita Pepo Fruit Ferment Extract, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Sucrose Stearate, Linalool, Retinyl Palmitate, CI 77491, Jojoba Esters, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate
The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel consists of the emulsifiers/emollients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sucrose Palmitate, Sucrose Stearate; and compounds founds in essential oils: Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool (though it should be noted the essential oils, of which these compounds are part of, are not listed on the ingredients list, but going by geraniol and the rosey scent, I’m guessing geranium essential oil is one of them).
Tocopherol is Vitamin E and Ascorbyl Palmitate is Vitamin C – both antioxidants.
Dimethyl Sulfone also known as MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane) is a pure organic sulfur, found in all plants and tissues. MSM enhances the absorption of active ingredients.
Borago Seed Oil is an antioxidant with high content of gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid) and anti-aging properties.
Lactobacillus/Cucurbita Pepo Fruit Ferment Extract promotes exfoliation by maintaining balanced hydration. Contains healthy bacteria that convert elements into Lactic Acid. It refines and perfects skin’s texture. It should also be noted these ferments are used as preservatives as well – and the process they are obtained is not all that natural.
Dehydroacetic Acid is a synthetic preservative.
Potentially problematic ingredients?
- Benzyl Alcohol: it plays several roles in cosmetic industry – a solvent, masking agent/fragrance agent, preservative. While Benzyl Alcohol is also a naturally occouring ingredient, found in essential oils (jasmine, ylang ylang), in cosmetic industry, it’s mostly used the synthetic one. It is a possible skin and eye irritant, and it can cause contact dermatitis. It’s also noted it can be toxic to infants.
- Retinyl Palmitate: a form of vitamin A; it may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions when applied to the skin in the presence.
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My final word?
The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel is an effective and gentle cleanser; it cleanses the skin while leaving it soft, smooth. While the ingredients, for the most part, are not all that natural, many are derived from natural sources (mostly coconut and olive oil), there are a few ingredients, which could prove to be problematic, especially for those, with very sensitive skin.
But this gel – to – oil cleanser performs really well nonetheless.
The price is around £30 for 100ml bottle, and given how little it’s needed, I think the price is reasonable. Despite, again, a few questionable ingredients, this is a cleanser I’d gladly re-purchase, as its performance quite impressed me.
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Are you familiar with Oskia Renaissance Gel Cleanser? What type of cleansers do you prefer? Let me know!
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For more information on Oskia, please visit their dedicated brand page.
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Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel has been provided to Nature of Europe by Onlynaturals for the purpose of an honest review.