As most of you know, I am extremely particular about what I put on my skin, and tend to avoid any skincare products that contain harsh chemicals that I can’t even pronounce let alone know what they are. My general rule is if I won’t put it in my mouth then I won’t put it on my skin. In South Africa, we are super fortunate to have so many emerging skincare brands that are swapping these chemicals for organic natural ingredients and I am beyond excited to introduce to you my latest discovery, Deity Skin.
Handmade in Cape Town, Deity Skin is a vegan skincare range of traditional herbal remedies created by Ashleigh-Jane, a natural skincare formulator and the craftswoman behind this plant-based and cruelty-free brand. Deity skincare contains no more than seven natural and respectfully sourced ingredients, making it’s simple yet effective composition perfect for those with sensitive or problem skin like me. I’ve managed to find weird and wonderful concoctions to keep my acne at bay, but I really wanted something that would not only keep my skin clear, but also healthy and rejuvenated.
Cue the latest range from Deity Skin; I took a break from using any of my usual skincare products and exclusively used the following four Deity Skin products for one week. I wanted to truly experience it’s effects in order to formulate an honest review before recommending it to anyone.
Part cleanser and part exfoliator, this Tea Tree and Poppy Seed Face Polish is the first step in the regime, gently buffing and cleaning my skin of any dirt or pollution. Using a penny-sized amount, I mix a few drops of water to blend and activate the mixture, and apply it to my face and neck in circular motions before I rinse it off. It leaves my skin feeling fresh and detoxed, with that lovely tingling sensation that clean skin gives you. But most importantly, my skin doesn’t feel dry and stripped of it’s natural oils. I love this because the oil-cleansing method was becoming a bit too demanding (also I’m lazy), and this is a quick and easy way to get the same results.
Definitely my favourite part of the entire routine is spraying this Aloe, Rose and Frankincense Toning Mist onto my face. After cleansing, I spritz this mist across my face a few times (probably more than recommended but it feels so good!). Not only is it a real treat for the senses, it has a cooling effect and helps calm and soothe my skin. But the real star is the Rose Quartz, a gemstone that reduces redness and fine lines. Needless to say this Toning Mist will remain a crucial part of my skincare regime.
After toning, I warm two to three drops of the Rosehip Seed and Avocado Face Oil between my fingertips and then lightly pat it onto my skin while it’s still damp. I use it as a serum before I apply my daily moisturiser, and because it’s fast-absorbent, it doesn’t leave an oily residue which is great. It’s naturally high in vitamins A,C and E which is perfect for my blemish-prone skin, so I use it in the evenings as a sort of healing treatment.
Once a week I like to pamper my skin and apply a mask of some description. This Face Mask contains two highly acclaimed ingredients: activated charcoal and turmeric. Activated charcoal is praised for it’s detoxification properties, while turmeric exfoliates and soothes redness and inflammation. To apply it, I simply mix a spoon full of the dry mask with an equal amount of liquid, usually an apple cider vinegar and water solution, then apply the paste to clean, damp skin and leave it on for 15 minutes while I relax in the bath. I then rinse it off with warm water and a facecloth, after which I follow through with the Toning Mist and Face Oil. It’s like tiny fairies are dancing on my skin afterwards!
I really can’t fault this beautiful brand; I’ve used these skincare products for 6 days and it’s made my skincare routine something to look forward to. My apple cider vinegar-calamine lotion humdrum can be quite uninspiring. It’s also really comforting knowing that the environment does not have to suffer for my skin. I’ve always hated pouring anything toxic or chemical-laden down the drain, and now I don’t have to.
In collaboration with Deity Skin