When a brand claims that it's pure and/or natural, I wish to believe that they are telling the truth. When a brand's name states a claim, I want to trust that the ingredient list reflects the name. Sometimes company's will state that their product is pure or natural, when really there are only a couple of ingredients in their list that are. Pure + simple, a Canadian skincare line and holistic, Ayurvedic spa, delivers the promise that their name on the bottle states.
Within the past year, I have become more aware of ingredients in beauty and skincare products. I am very conscious and aware of what I put in my body, but I haven't always been mindful of what I put on my body. It's crazy to think of all the chemicals and harsh ingredients that are in everyday beauty products that may not be causing visible damage externally, but could potentially cause harm internally in the long run. Our skin soaks up everything we put on it!
When I discovered Pure + simple online, I did my research and read into their ingredients to determine if they were actually 'pure' and 'simple'. True to their name, all ingredients were simple to understand and extremely pure. They also are natural and some ingredients are even organic. I read several reviews to gauge what other Pure + simple users were saying about the product and the majority of reviews were very positive. I was excited to try the brand.
They say it takes a couple of weeks to a few months to see any drastic changes in skin when beginning a new skincare regime or using a new product, so I took that to heart when starting the line of Pure + simple skincare products.
The products I reviewed are all gluten free, vegan and nut free (except for the Pure Skin Face Oil, which contains nuts).
I really love this mask. It's cooling, calming and my face feels very refreshed when I wash it off. Sometimes I find that a mask will leave my face feeling stripped and tight, but this does the opposite. My skin feels nourished. I actually have it on while I'm writing this post! The mask is suitable for all skin types and is best known for its hydrating and calming properties. When I first got the mask, I was using it once a week, now I only use it a couple times a month. It has lasted quite a while and you don't need too much to cover your face. It's a gel consistency and smells like cucumber and aloe. The bottle indicates to keep it on for 15-20 minutes, but sometimes I will get wrapped up with what I'm doing and will leave it for 45 minutes. I would recommend this mask to anyone, but particularly those with breakouts who want a bit of relief. It doesn't magically cure your breakout after 20 minutes, but it does help in calming inflamed skin.
The one thing that frustrates me with skincare products are moisturizers. I find that moisturizers will either be too oily, or not oily enough and leave my skin feeling dull and dry (something that a moisturizer should not do!). I am so excited to say that the Pure + simple Skin Softening Moisture Lotion is the best face lotion I have ever used. It is lightweight, without being too light and not doing the job. My skin doesn't feel oily after I apply it and it soaks into my skin nicely, allowing me to apply makeup without having my face feeling heavy. The aroma is very lovely, with an underlying rose scent, while not being overpowering. Before I was using this lotion, I had tried another all-natural lotion that unfortunately clogged my pores and didn't do anything for my skin. I began to wonder if 'all-natural' actually had any benefits in healing skin. Fortunately it does and I have to say that since using this lotion, my skin has become more clear and soft. The bottle has lasted me about four months, and I use two pumps twice a day. I will definitely be getting another bottle once this one runs out.
I'm not going to lie...I was a little nervous using this at first because I thought that it would add extra moisture that my face didn't need. After my aesthetician told me I should start using it prior to applying moisturizer, I did and I am very happy with the results. I've been using it for three weeks now and I can confidently say that I have seen an improvement in my skin tone. My skin is beginning to look more even and it feels more hydrated. The Pria Cocos Extract in the ingredients is known for its ability to reduce inflammation and skin sensitivity. I can vouch for that - it has made a huge difference in my sensitive skin. I apply one pump after cleansing my skin and once it's soaked in I apply the Skin Softening Moisture Lotion.
This mighty bottle of pure oils can be another addition to your skincare regime. I don't apply it to my face due to the fact that I find the three-step regime I'm doing now works well for my sensitive skin and I'd rather not add in a fourth product to disrupt any of the improvements that have been happening so far. I have been using it as an overnight hand moisturizer though and my hands have never felt more soft! The oil is supposed to be great for helping to reduce breakouts and congestion and contains ingredients that help balance the skin's own oil production. I'm planning on introducing it in a couple of months after I see how well the serum has worked.
Everyone's skin is very different, so these four products I tried may not work for your skin. There are, however, several products that Pure + simple has for a variety of different skin types and conditions. The price of the products is high, but a little goes a long way and the quality reflects the price. I would highly recommend checking out their site, or taking a trip to one of their stores in Toronto. They also offer a variety of spa services...their 'Urban Renewal Facial' is on my list of things to-do!
Have you tried any products from Pure + simple? I would love to hear what you think - add any reviews in the comment section below!