Don’t you just love skincare gifts sets?
Take Medik8 Face & Body Indulgence Gift Set, for example. It features 5 of the brand’s best-selling moisturisers to keep your skin soft and supple from head to toe. (Yes, I know it was a Christmas release, but it’s still available in the shops 😉 ).
Like, if you don’t know whether to get the hydrating serum or facial oil, now you can try both without breaking the bank. And when you fall in love with something, you can buy it separately whenever you want.
If you’ve ever wanted to try Medik8 but didn’t know where to start, the Face & Body Indulgence Gift Set is a good starting point. Here’s what it contains:
Medik8 Hydra B5
Medik8 Hydr8 B5 is like a waterfall of moisture for your skin.
This baby is loaded with Hyaluronic Acid and panthenol, two moisture magnets that attract moisture into the skin. Hyaluronic Acid is so powerful, it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water.
All that moisture makes your skin really happy: it plumps up fine lines and wrinkles so they look smaller, makes skin softer and gives the complexion a dewy glow.
Panthenol goes a step further: it has soothing properties that calm down redness and irritations. Always a nice plus in winter when the freezing weather tries it best to dry out and irritate your skin.
Medik8 Hydr8 B5 has a lightweight, gel-like texture that spreads easily, sinks in within seconds and feels refreshing on. I use it both in the AM and PM, and my skin is perfectly hydrated and supple all day and night long.
P.S. Medik8 Hydr8 B5 is a great dupe for Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel. 😉
Medik8 Glow Oil
I have mixed feelings about Medik8 Glow Oil.
On the plus side, it has some great oils. Hemp seed oil and Argan oils have moisturizing and antioxidant properties that keep skin soft and supple while fighting wrinkles.
It also has a generous dose of Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, an oil-soluble derivative of vitamin C that penetrates skin easily. Once inside your skin, it fights free radicals, boosts collagen production and brightens the complexion.
On the other hand, it’s loaded with fragrant oils (citrus, geranium and cedar wood, to name a few) that could potentially irritate sensitive skin.
My skin is pretty tough and rarely gets irritated by anything. If you’re like me, you can use Medik8 Glow Oil without problems.
The texture definitely has an oily slip to it, but it’s fairly lightweight and dries down to a dewy finish quickly. I love the subtle glow it gives my skin.
I prefer to use oils at night. I layer them over my retinol and go to sleep. When I wake in the morning, my skin feels so soft to the touch. It looks a little suppler and plumper, too.
Medik8 Nourishing Body Cream
Medik8 Nourishing Body Cream strikes just the perfect balance: moisturizing enough to keep dry skin soft and supple all day long but not so much it leaves a greasy residue all over your skin.
Thank Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride for that. FYI, don’t let the name fool you. That’s coconut oil minus the comedogenic bits. Moisturizing, but not clogging.
The cream also has cacao butter. It creates a barrier on the skin that keeps moisture in so skin stays hydrating for longer.
The catch? White tea is rarely used in skincare products. So when you find it, snap it up!
Medik8 Hand & Nail Cream
Medik8 Hand & Nail Cream gets a thumbs up from me just because it has SPF 25. I mean, how rare it is to find a hand cream with SPF at all?! Well done, Medik8.
The cream uses a new generation of synthetic filters that aren’t as irritating as the old ones we used as kids (think avobenzone or oxybenzone). The catch? These new filters are still NOT approved for use in the US. So if you live on that side of the pond, you’ll have to visit Europe to get your hands on them.
So, what are these new UV filters? Medik8 Hand & Nail Cream uses Uvinul A Plus (a.k.a. Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate) for UVA protection and Univul T50 (a.k.a. Ethylhexyl triazone) for UVB protection.
But there’s more to this cream than just SPF. Like Hydr8 B5, Medik8 Hand & Nail Cream uses sodium hyaluronate to deeply hydrate skin and leave it soft and supple for hours.
The texture is on the thicker side, but sinks in immediately. You can type, cook or whatever without leaving sticky fingerprints everywhere (unless you use too much, of course).
The small size (the Gift Set version is 30ml instead than 60ml) makes it easy to carry around with you. Even though it’s moisturizing, I like to reapply it when I’m out and about to make the most of the UV protection. There’s no way I want my hands to look older than my face, you know what I mean?
The only thing I’d do without is the geranium and orange oils. As you know, they can be irritating for sensitive skin. Mine isn’t, so I can use it without side effects.
Medik8 Age Defying Body Oil
Medik8 Age Defying Body Oil smells divine. I know the blend of neroli, lavender and frankincense isn’t the best for sensitive skin (again, it can irritate it), but if you don’t have a product with fragrance, you’re gonna love the earthy aroma. It’s like walking through a neroli field while a gentle breeze carries lavender whiffs to your nose.
The oil uses a blend of safflower, Argan, macadamia and hemp oil to create a barrier on the skin that locks moisture in, keeping it soft and supple for hours. While they’re at it, they also fight free radicals and keep wrinkles at bay.
Medik8 says you can use the oil both in the mornings and evenings. But I prefer to stick to the evening. The oily texture feels luxurious and lightweight, but it does take a while to sink in. You can’t just massage it on and get dressed straight away.
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Hydr8 B5™ Ingredients:Aqua (Water), Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Calcium Pantothenate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid.
Glow Oil™ Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Leaf Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Origanum Majorana (Marjoram) Leaf Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetivert) Root Oil, Citral, Citronellol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool.
Nourishing Body Cream™ Ingredients:Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Saccharide Isomerate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Glycerin, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Cetearyl Alcohol, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Parfum (Fragrance), Laureth-7, Triethanolamine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool, Potassium Sorbate, Citronellol, Sorbic Acid, Hydroxycitronellal, Citral.
Hand & Nail Cream™ Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Dibutyl Adipate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Behenyl Alcohol, Myristyl Lactate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Lactic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyurethane-35, Dimethicone, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Benzoic Acid, Silica, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Limonene, Citric Acid, Moringa Oleifera (Moringa) Seed Extract, Citronellol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Geraniol, Linalool, Ethylhexylglycerin.
Age Defying Body Oil™ Ingredients:Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Olus Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Caryodendron Orinocense (Cacay) Seed Oil, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Linalool, Geraniol, Farnesol.
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