A couple weeks ago I put out a cry for help via instastories, asking for people to recommend cruelty free moisturising or products that would be proficient in quenching my incredibly thirsty, parched winter-skin. I was inundated with suggestion including one from Emma at Myroo who said she would some products in the post for me to try. How kind!
As I’ve transitioned by beauty regime to completely cruelty free, I’ve only come across a few stumbling blocks in terms of finding alternatives to my previous favourites. It took a bit longer to find the perfect full coverage foundation for my skin type, and a mascara that delivered the lengthening and thickness I had gotten accustomed to with my previous non cruelty free go-to. What I’m saying is that going cruelty free is relatively easy (not factoring the issue with confusing messages given from brands about whether they are or aren’t). However it’s slightly trickier to to ensure your routine is completely Vegan as well as cruelty free, so I was ecstatic when my social media plee lead me to finding out about MYROO, which is is formulated for sensitive, allergic and problem skin – the founder having personal experience of multiple allergies. It’s organic, vegan & natural, free from gluten, nut and dairy ingredients, with no known synthetic irritants, palm or GMO, fragrance free on every single product, and as I already mentioned Cruelty free, no animal testing on the products OR ingredients.
First up, lets talk about the fragrance free Superfood Balm. The box states that it is suitable for ALL skin types, from the most sensitive to the allergic. Of course I can only give you my perspective and I wouldn’t want to confirm this to be true without lengthy trialling on other people, but as someone who has a tendency to react to things, and who is has fairly sensitive skin, I can confirm that I had no negative effects after using. I’ve very much enjoyed using it over the last week.
If you are specifically looking for products because you struggle to find skincare that doesn’t contain certain ingredient you are allergic to, I thought I’d help you out my listing the ingredients, so you can read through before making a purchase.
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Carica (Papaya) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Butter, Hydrogenated Vegetable (Olive) Oil – Olea Europea – Tochopherol, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccolo), Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Olive Squalane, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Beta Caroltene, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract.
As you can seem from the list of products (which includes a lot of ingredients that feature heavily in my vegan diet) it’s jam packed with plants and natural ingredients that we know contribute to healthy and nourished skin.
Raspberry Seed Oil provides high level of Omega oils, which are known to be great for those prone to acne or wanting to ward of signs of ageing like wrinkles. Omega–3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties which will help to reduce swelling and any angry blemish redness.
We wear cucumber on our tired eyes to reduce inflammation of our puffy bags, so the inclusion of Cucumber Seed Oil will have a similar effect in this balm too. Packed full of phytosterols, it will also strengthen the skins barrier function too.
‘Plant sterols or phytosterols have the same basic function in plants as cholesterol in animals; that is, they play a key role in cell membrane function’
Research has shown that rosmarinic acid, one of the components in rosemary extract, has a calming effect on skin, which may be useful for mitigating several common skin issues, so it’s inclusion in the long list of ingredients is another thing to be happy about, as a person who suffers with multiple skin issues.
I must be the only Vegan eater who isn’t obsessed with Avocado, in fact I don’t even like it, but I’m very open to it being part of my skin routine is it’s supposed capabilities are true. Apparently it is known to hydrate, and is extremely effective on particularly dry skin, in turn reducing the appearance of fine lines too. It also offers instant radiance to the skin, which is why it is so often used in cosmetic products, such as moisturizers and cleansers.
Science aside, let’s talk about what it’s like to use. Balm is definitely the perfect description for the product, when you put your finger into the tub it has a similar consistency to a lemon curd (and doesn’t look too dissimilar either). As the label states it is fragrance free, there is no fruity or floral scent, but it does have a faint natural sort of smell – so it’s perfect if you don’t want it to distract from your chosen perfume. It’s initial finish on the skin is one of melted butter, as you rub it is there’s a slight white tinge, but then within only a few seconds it goes completely translucent – you won’t see any discolouring whatsoever. Once it is fully rubbed in, which takes only a matter of moments, you are left with a beautifully but natural looking sheen. The sort of silky smooth appearance you admire on celebrities posing on the red carpet.
I’m a fairly hairy girl, particularly for a natural blonde, so a nice added bonus is that it seems to make my arms hair appear more golden and keeps them slicked down due to the products ability to keep them in place.
Si and I have both be struggling with scale-y and dry skin this winter, so much so that at times we’ve been incredibly itchy. Before bed we have been applying this to our legs, elbows and hands in particular. We’ve been choosing to apply at night because despite sinking it to the skin incredibly well compared to most balms I’ve tried, every balm does leave a certain amount of noticeable residue on the skin. I also prefer to apply it thickly and allow it’s to do it’s nourishing thing throughout the night, without worrying about it getting on my clothes or leaving marks around the house.
We’ve both seen positive results so far and plan to continue making it part of our night time routine, particularly as recently we’ve been so shattered that there have been more than a few nights where we’ve passed out before our skin regime has happened. That’s real life thought isn’t it? By the way, if you’re daring to sport a bare leg for an evening occasion, this balm is great for giving you the A-lister leg, the slight sheen looks great when the light catches the shin bone.
Next up is the Gentle Cleanser, Apricot and Star flower (fragrance free). I have to admit I feel like I have my cleansing routine covered, I’m pretty loyal to the one I currently use because I genuinely feel it was the first product I found that made a huge difference to my 2x decade long battle with acne. However the one I currently use is natural and Cruelty Free, but doesn’t have all of the other kind and thoughtful credentials (listed earlier) that the impressive Myroo range does. This cleanser, if it proves to be good, really does cater for a lot of people’s needs and preferences and will threaten to my current number one’s position at the top if all goes well.
Apricot oil is obtained from the dried seeds of the fruit, it’s heralded skin softening effects can be attributed to its high content of vitamin C. It is known to be an excellent moisturizer for hair, face and hands and can cure damaged skin without any undesirable side effects. The kernel oil provides high levels of vitamin E too, which protects skin cells from free radicals and those useful phytosterols again showcase their soothing and anti-inflammatory powers ;
Starflower Oil (Borage, also known as a starflower, is an annual herb in the flowering plant family Boraginaceae. It is native to the Mediterranean region) is packed with Omega 6, which rejuvenates the skin’s barrier function, decreasing water and loss and maintaining elasticity. Because my skin has been so dry lately I’ve really noticed the effects of ageing (and the years of sunbathing), so this element is particularly appealing to me right now.
Much like my all time fave cleanser, this one comes with a cloth too – but this one is dual sided, unbleached and organic. They recommend you use twice daily (morning and evening). Massage 3-4 pumps all over the face and neck. Dampen the cloth with warm water and gently wipe off, completing the process again to remove heavy layers of make up. It promises to remove grease, dirt and make up without stripping, leaving the skin clean, glowing and nourished.
Out of the three products I tried for this review, while the others have a faint natural smell, this one doesn’t have a detectable aroma. It feels lovely and silky when you massage it on to the skin, and has an oily feel rather than a creamy one. It does a great job at breaking down my foundation, you can see it start to colour the oil with it’s beigeness. It’s slightly harder to remove completely from the skin with the cloth because of it’s oily consistency, which clings to the skin slightly. Therefore I would recommend going a few times over with a squeezed out cloth, before drying with a towel.
Once you’ve dried, your skin looks nourished, with a slight sheen left courtesy of the cleanser. You’ll find your skin looks wonderfully glowy and healthy and I woke up the next morning with no new blemishes, which is always a great way to start a day! At £26 it’s not cheap, but a little goes a long way and it definitely did all that it promised on the label.
Now the star of the show, and the product that answered my particular beauty problem – the Skin Boost Serum £30 (the orange product pictured below). The day it arrived in the post with the other Myroo goodies was one where I knew I’d be at home all day, and I wasn’t really worried about how my hair’s greasy three days post-wash status, and had no qualms that my pyjama bottoms were going to be my daywear attire (despite the amount of Nutella stains they had one them).
So instead of waiting till night time to put it on I decided to massage into my face to allow it to do it’s business straight away and for as many hours as possible. It wouldn’t matter if my face was shiny or not a suitable canvas for make up because I had no YouTube videos to film, or strangers to confront (apart from the poor postman).
My skin had the texture of one of those ancient oak trees before applying a few drops with the pipette applicator. Within a few moment it was transformed, it was like some freaky kind of magic, I actually started to look my age again and the desert like cracks seemed to evaporate. It sounds like I’m exaggerating or like I might be a blogger who isn’t being transparent about a sponsored post, but really guys, this product is incredible (it was on my skin at least).
The Rosehip contained provides high levels of Vitamin A, C, E to protect and support cells (encouraging renewal and reducing future damage) and again the Starflower rejuvenates the barrier function.
I’m someone who applies their make up straight after their skincare routine, so I don’t really have time to allow for products to sink into the skin. This does soak in well, but it take a little while if you cover your skin with a generous amount of the serum (which I like to do because mine is so very arid). So I’d recommend using a small amount just to nourish underneath your layer of make up, but ideally on your make up free days I’d apply a few generous drops and allow it to penetrate throughout the day, and then apply again at night. It’s so gentle (and glorious) on the skin, I felt happy to apply it generously twice a day, and wanted to apply even more just because I was so obsessed with the results I was seeing.
I don’t like hyperbole, but this Skin Boost Serum is without doubt one of my favourite skin products I’ve tried, and the fact that is Vegan, Cruelty Free, Natural, Organic, free from Irritants, dairy, nut, gluten AND sensitive, well it’s a beauty bobby dazzler.
I know times are tough right now, but there’s still some things I’m willing to spend a bit more on when it’s doable. I know how much the condition of my skin effects my confidence, and just how important feeling okay to face the world and be on camera is to my wor -life and ability to enjoy it, so for me it’s worth allocating my disposable income to effective skin products that really work for me. Also I’d much rather give my hard earned money to a company putting in efforts in regards to it’s ethical and environmental credentials, and it’s clear that MYROO are one of the kindest and most deserving companies out there.