08 September, 2015 What’s New: Rio Rosa Mosqueta Skincare*
I was recently introduced to a lovely new brand called Rio Rosa Mosqueta. Featuring a streamlined selection of skincare and bodycare, the range focuses on the anti-ageing benefits of rosehip seed oil – a powerhouse ingredient that has been proven to diminish visible signs of ageing in mature skin. I really liked the look of their branding, and the fact that their products feature a minimal ingredients list. My skin has been erratic to say the least in the last month, so I’ve been in desperate need of some fuss-free skincare!
They contacted me to see if I’d be interested in trying out one of their products, so I gave their Skin Brightening Exfoliator* a go. I’ve typically steered clear of physical exfoliants (I avoid St. Ive’s apricot scrubs or anything with micro-beads like the plague), but the combination of rosehip seed oil, avocado, shea butter and natural bamboo powder sounded too good to pass up. I’ve been using this three times a week for two weeks, so I feel like I’m ready to share my thoughts!
First of all – a little bit about the product itself. The Skin Brightening Exfoliator claims to help sweep away dead skin cells and impurities, and restore moisture to dry and parched patches. This claim is basically identical to any other exfoliant I’ve used, so I wasn’t too surprised. However, the difference between this and typical exfoliants is the texture, and the softening, nourishing effect this has on my complexion. Creamy but lightweight, it feels like it’s almost a mousse, which is heavenly when your skin is tight and flaky. It applies like a dream, and could even be left on as a mask if you wanted to. I apply a few drops of water to the exfoliant and slowly massage it into my skin in upward motions, paying special attention to my cheeks and chin (where I often experience the most congestion).
Once it’s all rubbed in, I rinse away with warm water and pat (never rub) dry with a muslin cloth. The bamboo powder is so fine and silky that it doesn’t scratch my skin at all, meaning my skin looks cleansed and healthy, rather than red raw. The additional inclusions of avocado, sunflower and chamomile all help to soothe and moisturise, without leaving a sticky film on my skin. It’s great to use in the shower after cleansing, or mixed in with an oil cleanser for a gorgeous facial treatment.
In the last two weeks, my skin looks more hydrated and supple, and makeup application is a lot easier on a smoother ‘canvas’. I can’t tell whether the rosehip seed oil is making much of a difference, but overall, the scrub seems to be just what my skin has needed. I’m happy to say that I’ve been pleasantly surprised, and would recommend this if you’re on the market for an inoffensive, gentle and radiance-boosting scrub that doesn’t break the bank!
You can pick up the Rio Rosa Mosqueta Skin Brightening Exfoliator here for £8.95. It’s vegan-friendly and completely soap-free. The only alcohol content is cetearyl alcohol, which comes from coconut and acts as an emulsifier. Totally OK with this and didn’t notice any irritation at all.
Thanks to Rio Rosa Mosqueta for sending this lovely scrub over!
What do you think? Which physical scrubs are you loving right now, or do you prefer acid-based ones? Let me know in the comments below!