Sunday, November 22, 2015

Introduction to Enkido Skincare from Australia

I discovered Enkido Skincare somehow through a natural skincare forum. It's a line from Australia that makes no-frills skincare for sensitive skin. They have an online shop and there's actually free international shipping if you purchase more than AUD 100! Since the AUD exchange rate has been pretty good recently and I needed to replenish my skincare, I decided to try their products. 

Here's a breakdown of my overall first impression of the brand - they have 4 main lines of skincare, namely Hydrate (for dry skin), Clear (for oily/acne-prone skin), Calming (for sensitive skin), and Synergy (for aging skin). The ingredients for most of the lines are pretty similar, except for certain added ingredients. 

Calming - Has the least ingredients to prevent aggravation of sensitive skin. Includes colloidal oatmeal to calm skin (base ingredient for all other types)
Hydrate - Has additional hyaluronic acid, green tea, niacinamide and beta-glucan
Clear - Has additional white willow extract (salicylic acid) for light exfoliation of blocked pores for congested skin, plus beta-glucan, hyaluronic acid and licorice root extract
Synergy - Ingredients same as Hydrate, with the addition of blue green algae, ginseng extract, licorice root extract, cucumber extract and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)

(Background on ingredients: Colloidal oatmeal soothes skin, beta-glucan helps to firm and tone skin, hyaluronic acid is hydrating, blue green algae replenishes nutrients, green tea extract is an anti-oxidant, ginseng extract is for stimulating cell growth, licorice root extract is for evening skintone, cucumber extract is soothing and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is for preventing age spots and for collagen production).

Now, looking at the products by type - for skincare they have cleansers, infusions, moisturizers, facial scrubs and treatments. 

The cleansers comprise a gel foaming cleanser, a cleansing milk, a make-up remover liquid, a cleansing oil and a very simple oatmeal cleanser. The gel foaming cleanser is good for all skin types. The cleansing milk contains olive oil and may be good for drier skin. The make-up remover liquid is good for all skin types and it's probably similar to Bioderma's (just more expensive - it includes colloidal oatmeal, beta-glucan and hyaluronic acid too). The cleansing oil contains olive oil and coconut oil (which is comedogenic), so I won't try it because I have acne-prone skin. The oatmeal cleanser is just pure colloidal oatmeal, I thought it was a little expensive so I didn't get it this time. 

As for the moisturizers - there are moisturizers for each line, and you can select the consistency you want, in either fluid, lotion or cream form. The fluids have a base of vegetable glycerin, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, niacinamide, olive oil and olive squalane, so it feels very light (I tried the Clear Fluid). The lotions have pretty much the same base ingredients (minus glycerin), just that a larger proportion of olive oil is included, which should give it a slightly heavier texture. The creams have also pretty much the same base (minus glycerin), with the addition of olive oil and olive butter as the main ingredients, which give it the thickest consistency. I noticed there is no moisturizing cream for the "Clear" line for acne-prone skin, probably because olive butter can be comedogenic. (So I probably won't try any of the creams.)

The infusions are just water with the various ingredients for each line added in. Enkido also has a bunch of scrubs, a mud mask, a hydrating mask, a night serum and an eye cream. 

For my first purchase, I got the Clear Moisture Fluid, Clear Infusion and 2 bottles of Foaming Cleanser, which I will review in my next post. :) 

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