Winter Skincare: Rio Rosa Mosqueta
This month I have decided to try something new in preparation for the cold winter ahead (currently upon us in the form of snow I think). My usual cream cleanser finished and I wanted to do what proper ladies do and start a fancy skincare routine. Who knows, maybe one of these days someone might notice and comment on my radiance. I hope it makes me look like a golden angel with this thing called glow that all girls want to shine off their faces. On to the review…
Rio Rosa Mosqueta Cream Cleanser
Sensitive skin and eczema-friendly
After testing for a couple of weeks I can confirm this Rio Rosa Mosqueta Cream Cleanser* is brilliant for sensitive skin. I was happy to see sunflower oil as the second ingredient meaning it takes make-up off without fuss, keeping my nighttime routine to a minimum. I am like a small child, I get tired easily and at night I just want to go to bed. I dislike faff on most occasions. (Since when is occasion spelt with one s?). The cream cleanser has no real scent, and has a good thick consistency. I noticed it has helped heal my patch of eczema on my eyelid which has got quite red, itchy and flaky.
I like the packaging, I was particularly happy they chose a squeezy tube design rather than a pump. There’s something a bit annoying about spending a lot of money on a natural cleanser and you can’t get the product out. Strangely I’ve had malfunctioning pump dispensing apparatus lately. Plus squeezy tubes can be cut open to get to the little bit stuck at the bottom. Waste not, want not etc.
Value for money
At £8.95 for 100ml it’s one of the more affordable natural and organic cleansers on the market. One for the repurchase list? Yes. I’ve had no breakouts and it gets the job done, leaving skin soft after removing.
The Rio Rosa Mosqueta Cream Cleanser is packed full of natural and organic ingredients, chosen specifically for optimum skincare benefits:
Water, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Ceteryl Alcohol (from coconut), Glyceryl Stereate, Octyldodecanol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glycerin, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosa Mosqueta) Seed Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, P-Anisic Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate / *from organic farming
- Babassu oil contains 70% fatty acids to hydrate skin. It’s anti-inflammatory, non-comedogenic and improves eczema (Dermatology Times, 2011).
- Rosa Mosqueta oil was once described as the ‘Fountain of Youth’. It has remarkable benefits for damaged and distressed skin (African Journal of Biotechnology, 2004).
- Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, mild astringent and healing medicine. It’s also been shown to treat eczema, being 60% as effective as 0.25% hydrocortisone cream (Case Western Reserve University, 2010).
- Avocado is an excellent moisturiser and has been found to beneficial in the treatment of atopic dermatitis (Journal of the German Dermatology Society, 2010).
- Horsetail has a naturally high concentration of silica (one of the highest in the plant kingdom) useful for healthy skin. According to Mountain Rose Herbs, it is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antioxidant.
The remedy to winter skin woes
Last winter I suffered from horrible dry patches on my forehead and nose thanks to the cold winter weather. As everyone knows, the way to prevent this is to moisturise properly. Acne sufferers will sympathise my wariness of using too many products especially oily day creams and serums. I’ve cautiously been applying 1 pump (about 2 drops) of this Pure Chilean Rosehip Seed Oil* every 1-2 days in the evening after cleansing. I’m pleased to say I haven’t had any sensitivity nor acne outbreaks. My skin feels noticeably plumper, softer with a lot less flakiness.
Price: £10.49 for 20ml. Considering it’s non-GMO, cruelty-free and only a few drops are used per application, it’s quite reasonable. Recommend? Yes!
Rosa Affinis Rubiginosa (Rosa Mosqueta) Rosehip Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).
As mentioned above, rosehip oil is well known for its beauty benefits. It’s been used for centuries for its skin-healing properties. The high fatty acid content makes it an excellent moisturiser. More recently it has been recommended for patients experiencing skin damage following radiotherapy, as it does not have the side effects of steroid creams (Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 2005). Researchers have found rosehip oil beneficial to prevent skin damage from UV radiation. Topical application of antioxidants to the skin (such as Vitamin E in tocopherol and Vitamin C in rosehip oil) has been shown to reduce acute and chronic photodamage (Pharmacognosy Review, 2011). Talk about a multitasking hero herb!