Oskia’s brand new Renaissance Cleansing Gel has finally launched and readers of A Model Recommends can, for this week only, get two for the price of one! That’s one for you and one for your friend, sister, mother, aunt – whoever’s in your good books. (Or, if you’re anything like I am with your precious beauty buys, “one for me and one for…er…me.” Sshh.) I wrote about the new Renaissance Cleanser a couple of weeks ago as I had a little pre-release sample and I promised to give you an update. So here it is:
This cleanser is a little more than a cleanser. It’s a juicy, bouncy gel that looks pink and smells rosy and has a combination of choice ingredients that all help to resurface, rejuvenate and generally brighten the skin. (It reminds me of liquidised Turkish Delight. Not that I’ve ever put Turkish Delight in the liquidiser, but…you know what I mean. Sumptuous, gelatinous, gorgeously rosy and soft.) As a cleanser, the Renaissance Cleansing Gel – or, to give it its full name, the Illuminating Vitamin Facial Cleanser – is very efficient. It removed heavy makeup without a problem, but I like to leave it on for a little longer, almost like a semi-mask, because it seems a shame to immediately wash it off. When you do want to remove it, you simply add water and it turns milky. Perfect for a quick wash, if you prefer it, but – as I said – I like to give it some time.
The Renaissance Cleansing Gel is suitable for any skin type – I especially like the fact that if your skin is feeling a little dry or tight, you can simply splash it off with water and it leaves the skin feeling moisturised, whereas if you want a deeper cleanse you can do the whole shebang with a flannel or muslin cloth. It doesn’t leave any kind of oily residue – it’s slightly lighter and fresher than a cleansing balm – but it still has that unctuous kind of texture that you can massage in and have a proper old clean with.
Ingredients in this include pumpkin enzymes to deep cleanse pores and gently exfoliate dead skin cells away (one of the reasons I like to give this a few minutes to get going on my skin), vitamins C, E and A (do loads of good stuff, including protecting against free radicals and restoring good skin texture) and also Oskia’s nifty little trick, MSM, which has anti-imflammatory properties to calm and soothe the skin.
Works for me! A gel texture isn’t one that I’d normally associate with a deep cleanse product, but this has definitely changed my mind. It’s a brilliant companion for the Renaissance Mask, but also a good everyday cleanser if you’re in for a spot of regular luxury! The buy-one-get-one-free offer is exclusive to A Model Recommends readers, you just need to enter this code* at the checkout: Amodelrecommends09. (Cleansers are £32.50 each for 150ml, but with the offer, £16.25. Nice!) *PLEASE PUT TWO CLEANSERS IN YOUR BASKET AND THEN APPLY CODE, OTHERWISE IT WON’T WORK