One thing I love about Australia is the abundance of organic skin products and emphasis on naturally cultivated ingredients. Big companies like Jurlique (the Rose-Water Balancing Mist is a fave), Kosmea (the rose hip oil used as an extra hydrating facial moisturizer is bliss), Miranda Kerr’s Kora Organics (Recovery Gel Eye Cream is great) to my dedicated favourite, Aesop. What I love just as much is being told constantly that I look 7 (sometimes 10!) years younger than I am. Good genes? Maybe. But I like to think it’s because I take good care of my skin.
I grew up in Australia only 20 metres above sea level. A place where it’s 30 degrees on average most days and I have fair skin that tans well but is sensitive. It had taken me years to find a product that I loved and that worked for my skin no matter where I was – in sub tropical northern Australia, 10,000 feet above sea level in the US or in -40 degree weather in Russia. After much searching, drawers and drawers of useless products later and thousands of dollars I found Aesop.
I walked into Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall’s Aesop and spoke with a very smooth-faced gentleman (who I was convinced was wax). He reinforced that your skin type, environment where you live, and the climate need to be considered when choosing skin products. Aesop consultants are excellent at this. They do not recommend you buy anything they would not recommend for your skin type and based on their skin evaluation, if it does not work for you take it back with a receipt and get an exchange.
I love the Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream Complex (consisting of both Vitamin E and A) which is super hydrating (but not oily) moisturizer that is a blend of nut and plant extracts that’s absorbed quickly. I also love that it provides almost instant relief from dryness. No matter where I am, or what I am experiencing in terms of travelling, this nifty and quite frankly amazing moisturizer fixes my skin every time.
I also use the Fabulous Facial Cleanser religiously. It is a mild, olive-based cleanser enhanced with extracts of hydrating Aloe Leaf and anti-oxidant Green Tea. It lightly foams and leaves the skin bright, clean and feeling youthful and fresh.
Aesop Parsley Seed products are huge as well for their hydration and non greasiness. Aesop seem to fill the gap for people who have skin that is sensitive and needy. Those who skin is sensitive to the sun, burns easily but still needs moisture without over hydrating. Or those who skin is oily but dries out easily with the wrong soaps and products. Aesop is perfect.
Aesop has been around on Australian shores since 1987 and while I didn’t find them until a few years ago, they have demonstrated a keen committed to using proven and as organic ingredients as possible such as fine plant-based ingredients and non-botanical elements such as anti-oxidants. I love their company philosophy and brand, “We advocate the use of our products as part of a balanced life that includes a healthy diet, sensible exercise, a moderate intake of red wine, and a regular dose of good books.”
Have you used Aesop? What did you think?