Price: From $39.00
Where to Buy: www.awecosmeceuticals.com.au
I love hearing about wicked new vegan products on the market, so when I AWE Cosmeceuticals asked if I wanted to try some of their stuff I naturally jumped at the chance.
Here’s the 411 on AWE:
- Australian made
- Australian owned
- No nasty stuff like sodium lauryl sulphate, parabens, harsh chemicals or known irritants
- No artificial fragrance or colours
- Biodegradable formulations
- Minimal, recyclable packaging
- All but one product is vegan (the Hydrating Mask contains honey so avoid that one!)
- A focus on Ayurveda
The first product I tried was the Skin Polish ($29), a combination of light exfoliants, antioxidants and micro jojoba beads and fragranced with rose and jasmine. I tend to go a little OTT with exfoliating and end up with super dry skin but used once a week, this formulation left my skin feeling hella smooth and refreshed. The jojoba beads are SO fine they blows my mind and don’t feel harsh on the skin like chunkier exfoliants I’ve tried.
I then followed that up with the Derma Roller ($69), a multipurpose tool designed to help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, scarring and hyperpigmentation. I had never heard of derma rolling before and was a tad freaked out by the concept but it was actually quite a nice little ritual. Tiny needles are gently rolled over the skin in different directions in order to create itty bitty punctures so that platelets are released. This then stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in plumper, fresher skin. Derma rolling also opens up the skin so that cosmeceutical products can penetrate deeper and work more effectively. This sounds like an absolute nightmare but is reasonably painless and I did notice my skin looking and feeling a lot fresher after use. I don’t know how effective it is at reducing wrinkles and fine lines but I guess time will tell!
The Calming Serum ($45) is the perfect partner for the Derma Roller as it contains natural anti-inflammatory ingredients to help soothe the skin after treatments like IPL and derma rolling as well as sun exposure. I have been using this stuff for a couple of months now and absolutely love the way my skin feels after I chuck it on. For a second it feels kinda sticky but it rapidly absorbs into the skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth.
I’ve been lucky in that I’ve always had pretty fuss free skin but I’ve really noticed a change in the texture of my skin over the past couple of months. I’ve been wearing a lot less makeup and sticking to mineral make up on a daily basis so I can’t give AWE all the credit, but I think the combination of these changes has my face looking as fresh as a daisy (plus a vegan diet helps too!)