Superfood Skincare | Nourish Kale 3D Cleanse
The skincare ingredient spotlight is on those veggies, fruits and powders that make up the current superfood family. You may not fancy them in a fresh salad or green smoothie, but don’t worry because Nourish Skincare have got your back. You can include them in your skincare routine. And whilst the benefits of using superfoods (like kale) topically are different to having them in your diet, they definitely tally up many skin benefits. Today’s post focuses on kale but if you want to read up about other superfoods, you can check out this post.
I was kindly invited to the launch of Nourish’s new Kale 3D Cleanse. Created by Dr Pauline Hili, one of the UK’s top organic skincare experts, is this kale based cleanser. A bottle of innovative skincare science backed by leading research. It was such a pleasure to talk with Dr Pauline. Not only is she incredibly knowledgeable in her field of work, she’s also passionate about skincare and wanting to make it easy for people to look after their skin.
Nourish is a brand that I’ve used for years. All of their products are made in London, vegan, cruelty-free and organic (to some percentage) whilst also being in the more affordable bracket. They don’t make outrageous claims to cure your skin of every concern but what they do claim is backed by proven ingredients and extensive research. They are luxury organic skincare in formulation and innovation but without the hefty price tag.
KALE 3D CLEANSE
Research on the effects of pollution on the skin is rapidly growing. Although protection from sun damage is still vital, the next skincare battle is dealing with how to protect the skin from pollution. That is where the Kale 3D Cleanse comes in. With hyaluronic acid and probiotics it aims to energise, wash away the day’s dirt and create a barrier of protection against free radicals and environmental aggressors.
Kale Extract is the star of the show. Kale contains phytonutrients and an enzyme system that allows it to protect our skin from environmental damage. In the last few years, research has shown that kale can help reduce the damage caused to the skin by pollutants in the air.
Griffonia extract is an African shrub that protects the skin cells from UV damage. It is rich in the compound 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) which has the ability to inhibit cell death by UV rays. Hence, how this shrub is able to survive under the bright sun.
Algin helps to maintain the skin’s hydration barrier. It’s the salt form of alginic acid which is found in the walls of brown algae. It binds well with water within algae and thus helps to lock moisture into the skin.
Rosemary extract aims to purify and cleanse the skin.
Aqua, Sodium cocoyl isethionate, Glycerin**, Stearic acid, Cetearyl alcohol, Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Alginic acid, Helianthus annuus flower extract*, Brassica oleracea leaf extract*, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, Griffonia simplicifolia seed extract, Lactobacillus bulgaricus ferment filtrate, Pelargonium graveolens flower oil*, Ethylcellulose, Iron oxide Yellow (CI 77492), Mica, Sodium levulinate, Olibanum (frankincense) oil*, Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, Commiphora myrrha (myrrh) oil, Glyceryl undecylenate, Rosmarinus officinalis flower oil*, Glyceryl caprylate, Levulinic acid, Sucrose, Chromium oxide Green (CI 77288), Leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, Sodium hyaluronate, Populus tremuloides bark extract, Eugenol, Linalool, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Citronellol. *Certified organic.**Organic origin. Naturally present in essential oils.
FORMULATION AND INNOVATION
The formulation of the Kale 3D Cleanse is a strange one. It comes in a pump bottle and is not a gel nor a cream. It has a very light consistency, almost like a serum with a white, pearlescent colour. However, as you massage it into damp skin, it starts to turn green. Dr Hili wanted to create something different and novel within the cleansing process to provide an indicator as to how much and where had been thoroughly cleansed. Particularly with those of us who are never sure when a product has been massaged in enough or for teens who are just starting out with a skincare routine, this is a useful green light to have.
It doesn’t foam or lather much on the skin but the texture does feel more on the creamy side. It massages so easily into the skin and didn’t irritate me when used over the eyes. I actually found it quite gentle and it washes off easily with water although you are always welcome to use a hot cloth. My only issue with this (and it wasn’t something that I picked up on when I tried it at the launch) is the scent. I have a strange relationship with frankincense scents and in this case, I’m not a fan of the scent fresh out of the bottle. It’s strong and disappears as you massage it into the skin but I suppose because I don’t like it, I can smell the smallest inkling of it.
Usually, scent would put me off completely. I think it’s an important part of of the skincare ritual and being able to enjoy and relax in the process. However, my skin loves this stuff so I’m not going to deny it the pleasure. A pump of this used morning or night leaves my skin fresh and clean without a stripped, raw or squeaky clean feeling. Yes, I own a fair few cleansers that can do this too but it’s the brightness that intrigued me.
I was surprised by how bright and glowy my complexion looked after using this. It just looks so much healthier and not dull or lacklustre. I’ve used it as a second cleanse with a hot cloth and it does the job at removing makeup remnants but I prefer an oil as a first cleanse. Considering that I'm also not confident that my skincare routine is doing all it can to protect my skin from air borne pollutants, this feels like a security blanket and a protective shield.
OTHER PRODUCTS IN NOURISH'S KALE RANGE
Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser - with pomegranate enzymes for chemical exfoliation (reviewed here).
Kale Biomimetic Eye Cream - with peptides and amino acids. Probably my favourite eye cream I’ve used to date.
Argan & Kale Hand Cream - with Sicilian neroli and ginger root extract.