Monday, 3 March 2014

Yin Yang Skin Renew (review)

Yin Yang Skin Renew
How much should a product's superficial appeal affect your opinion of its desirability? This is an issue that's cropped up while using this face moisturiser from Yin Yang. You see, while it has many positives, there's one issue that makes itself known every time I use it and that is the cream's fragrance. And it's not just me that's questioning the appeal of the cream's scent; my Mum's also working her way through a tube and she isn't keen on it, either. As you'll see below, Skin Renew is a good moisturiser but neither of us can wait to use it up and try something else – purely because we don't like the smell!

I openly admit it seems silly to 'go off' a skincare product because of it's scent; after all it's not affecting the performance, but let me explain... there's no 'parfum' added to this cream which would be a good thing, except that what essential oils are included combine to create a smell that reminds me vaguely of rotting fruit. It's not too strong, but there's a definite acidity to the fragrance, like overripe citrus fruits, which stays on your skin after application. This is probably down to the orange peel oil, but it's not fresh and zingy like you might expect, but soggy and old like a half-peeled tangerine left on the worktop for a few days.

But enough of the negatives – and rest assured that is the only significant one – other aspects are much more positive. It's fairly thick, pure white and very nourishing. It's designed for 'mature' faces, and I can well believe it. It's a tad too rich for my normal-to-oily complexion, but if you have drier or older, tired skin this cream would be ideal. It sinks in effortlessly (yes, even on my skin type!) and leaves it feeling super soft and smooth. Leaving aside olfactory senses, it certainly feels like a very high quality product.

This feeling is enhanced by the packaging, which is high quality with an effective pump dispenser and a detailed, easy-to-read blurb. Yin Yang point out here, quite correctly, that “as oestrogen levels fall, mature skin is prone to age: collagen production declines leaving the skin looser … and skin density reduces.” Skin Renew contains isoflavones, zinc and vitamins A and E (amongst other things) to help combat these ageing effects. All Yin Yang products have a “pH value of 4.5–5.0 which is perfect for the health of the skin’s protective microflora.”

It's suitable for night-time use, as there's no sunscreen. Neither my Mum or I have reacted to this product which is free of all parabens, petrochemicals and detergents. Instead it is made with natural, botanical ingredients; some of which are organic. Yin Yang have a lot of experience in creating skincare products, having been established for over forty years, starting out in Carnaby Street in London in 1973!

Yours and Woman magazines both rated this cream very highly, and I can see why. It's just the issue of smell for Mum and I. It shouldn't matter, but it does. Well, to us it does, anyway. If you're not in the slightest bit bothered by a product's scent, and you've got slightly maturer skin or dry patches that need tackling, then by all means give it a go. It's under seventeen pounds for 50 ml, but a little goes a long way so it's OK value for money. For the rest of you who'd prefer a product that works AND is superficially desirable, try to find a shop that'll let you test it first to see if you can get on with it.

Extremely nourishing
Strange smell!
Leaves skin smooth, soft and plump
A bit too pricey
No horrible ingredients; lots of nice ones

Suitable for dry and/or mature skin


Brand: Yin Yang

Size: 50 ml
Price: £16.95 (£33.90/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Aqua, Coconut Oil, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Wheat Germ Oil, Soya Flour, Zinc PCA, Geranium Essential Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Citric Acid, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral


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