Monday, 22 August 2011

Oskia Get Up & Glow; worth the hype?

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Rating: 1-5/5. It's a tricky one, get to the review to see what we mean.
Available @ Lovelula for £64.50 (inc p&p to the UK); Naturisimo for £64.50 (inc p&p to the UK); & Oskia for £64.50 (inc p&p to the UK).

Winner of the 2010 Natural Health Beauty Awards Oskia's Get Up & Glow promises to brighten and firm, even skin tone, smooth the appearance of fine lines, protect against everyday environmental, seasonal and lifestyle damage, while also providing essential cell nutrients to help improve cell health long term. And should leave skin looking revitalized, healthier and smoother with a youthful, radiant glow

According to reviews across the internet this is another miracle serum and from the looks of things, people have loved it. Made in the UK & not tested on animals, this product was up there on our list of things to try.

According to the product description it's for all skin types, but is excellent for dry, mature and hormonal skin. So we figured that we'd put it to the test amongst different age groups. It won't meet scientific standards, but it should give you an idea of whether this product is suitable for you or whether it will end up taking up precious space in your bathroom cabinet.

The Serum is lightweight, absorbs quickly and is packed full of 5 superfoods, some of which are featured in Oskia's Beauty boost cream (MSM, apple stem cells, hyaluronic acid) and the remaing 2 are Butterbur root extract and Ribose (links in the following descriptions lead to scientific studies).

Butterbur root extract, commonly used as a herbal remedy for migraines & seasonal allergic rhinitis, is used to do something to the skin...unfortunately we can't find any research to back that up. Historically it's been used to help wounds heal, but it can also cause a rash...hmmm.

The review

So, we tested this product on
  • 4 15-19 year olds,
  • 7 20-30 year olds,
  • 6 30 - 40 year olds,
  • 11 41 - 50,
  • 10 51-64 year olds,
  • 2 pregnant ladies
We also tested the product over make-up (as recommended by lovelula) to see what the results would be. Our total testing time took 2 months.

Before we begin everyone loved the fact that the packaging is totally recyclable, the appearance is sleek and the scent is neutral. It's also isn't that bulky, whereas it's sister product (get up and glow) is.

The 15-19 year olds noticed no difference, we know that you don't need potions and lotions at that age. But the description did say that it was excellent for hormonal skin.
Over make-up the results weren't huge, other than sucking up the moisture from their skin and making their skin feel very tight. 2 of them developed an irritation rash that took a few days to disappear :( (sorry girls!)

Among heavy smokers in the 20-30 group, this lightweight wonder did everything it was supposed to. Seriously amazing results. Their skin was brightened and they were given a radiant glow that didn't fade.
Sadly, amongst the rest of us it made the skin really tight and, after a few hours, really dry. Which meant we had to supplement with Trilogy's Rosehip oil (post coming soon), the contents of a vitamin E capsule or coconut oil to get any benefit from it.
Over make-up it dried our skin out too, again the heavy smokers benefitted but the effects weren't as long lasting as using it straight on the skin.

In the 30 - 40 year old group, results were mixed, with 5 of the 6 testers opting to use it every few days swapping their favourite cream in and out. All in all, they loved the cream but didn't really notice a difference when compared to their day-to-day beauty routine.
Over make-up it gave a slight glow, but not enough for all of them to increase usage of the serum.

Our 2 pregnant ladies, enjoyed using the cream but it didn't add to their radiance. On the plus side it did moisturise. Both of them are avoiding make-up so we have no results there.

The groups that got the best benefit from the cream were the 41 - 50 year olds and 51-64 year olds. Ladies, if you fall into the 40+ age group then this cream is for you. It knocked years off our testers and really nourished the skin. To be honest we don't know why the product has been aimed at the younger generation.
Used over make-up it gave them all that extra oomph and really added to their overall look. Amazing.

All in all Unless you are over 40, 20+ and a heavy smoker/drinker or have prematurely aging skin then this isn't worth the pricetag. If you do fall into one of those groups; what are you waiting for? click on the links, get your product and nourish your skin; you deserve it.

Thanks to our testers and thanks to you for reading!
Have you ever used Oskia's get up & glow? what did you think?

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Water, MSM, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, benzyl alcohol, whey protein, zinc glycine, ribose, malus domestica fruit cell culture, limonium narbonense flower/leaf/stem extract, saccharomyces ferment filtrate lysate, galactoarabinan, panthenol, biosaccharide gum-1, inulin, alpha glucan oligosaccharide, butterbur root extract, parfum (natural fragrance), citronellol,geraniol, linalool, carrageenan, lecithin, xantham gum, tocopherol, dehydroacetic acid, phenoxyethanol, lactic acid, potassium sorbate.
May contain: Caramel, Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 75470 (carmine), silica.

1 comment:

  1. This post was awesome. I've been thinking about getting get up and glow for ages now and I'm really glad I found this. thanku for saving me money.
    keep up the good work.