Stella Ciollo, founder of this truly unique skincare range, believes that good, effective skincare needn’t contain toxic ingredients and parabens procured at a great expense to the environment, let alone at the expense of women’s skin and health.
Skoon do not condone any formulations that might be carcinogenic or harmful to your health. They source locally and encourage local production of ingredients wherever possible. They also reject the concept of testing products on animals on the absolute strongest terms.
The SKOON. brand began because of an article Stella found in a newspaper years ago, which stated that a woman will host, on average, 515 ingredients on her body, at any given time – because of the way modern cosmetics are formulated. It occurred to me that there are very few "good" alternatives – and if she wanted to make a difference, she’d have to roll up her sleeves and make something happen. She just had to get this project off the ground.
Stella started her own professional laboratory and worked with a chemist full time to produce the best-in-class natural formulations, using highly potent, effective actives and ingredients. Stella researched natural ingredients, travelling far and wide to find superb quality actives and suppliers - whilst her chemist formulated ways to maximise the natural properties of each ingredient procured.
WHY I LOVE THEM
As someone who has struggled with acne and sensitive skin for most of my life I am incredibly weary when it comes to advocating a skin care range.
There are so many natural skin care ranges on the market and of course some of them are beautiful and effective, however my poor face doesn't have the luxury of being able to test products without consequences.
I have been down another natural skincare road with a local brand and it followed with a year of struggle after I finally thought my acne was under control.
The difference with Skoon is that their formulas are scientifically formulated with the finest ingredients. They make it their mission to stay up to date with the most luxurious and beneficial formulations in natural skin care. Natural actives that are supported by clinical studies mean that Skoon products are not only effective but also scientifically proven.
Skoon focuses on being honest and pure. Kind, clean, ethical procurement and production that is strictly against testing on animals. This undercurrent that runs through the soul of their business along with a heart for local had me at hello. Their products are pure, highly effective luxury.
THIS MONTHS CURATIONS
RUBY MARINE HYDRATING MASK
MY ALL TIME FAVOURITE
Overnight moisture boost with wakame and hyaluronic acid to entrap moisture on the surface of the skin. Soothes and hydrates while you sleep.
The Ruby Marine will always be one of my favourite masks. For me it's complete luxury in a jar. It smells absolutely beautiful, and when you wake up in the morning your face looks plumper, hydrated and glowing.
Out of all masks that I have tried, this is the one I keep going back to.
AM/PM: Smooth a generous layer of overnight hydrating mask onto clean or moisturised skin.
Blend a small scoop of mask with a dollop of moisturiser in the palm of your hand and smooth over face and neck.
SOENTJIES 2 PACK
I adore the Christmas packaging developed by Skoon, especially these little Soentjies that can hang from the tree until Christmas day.
This lip balm is a cult-favorite, smooch-tastic must have to get you all dolled up for Christmas.
The pack comes in two cool flavours, Pĩna Colada and Karoo Royal, packed with nature's heavy duty oils and butters to make your lips soft and kissable.
THE DREAM TEAM
AM & PM - THE GOLDEN COMBO
You could say the AM + PM Dream Team is Skoon's golden child.
When used in combination, each one helps explode the potential of the other’s actives. A healthy dose of Vitamin C in the morning and a dollop of Vitamin A in the evening. What could be more perfect? Plus, founder Stella Ciolli has put together a Vitamin A blog to really help you understand how it all works.
Whilst Retinol can't be used by everyone (see below), and suncream is non-negotiable, this combo is a must!
Since incorporating Retinol into my routine I have seen such positive effects on my fine lines, texture and acne scarring. I am taking advantage of this miracle ingredient before any babies decide to join the family!
AM: Smooth a few drops of WOW-WOW WONDER onto clean, damp skin. Misting skin after applying the serum will enhance actives. Lock in the moisturiser with a SKOON. concentrate or moisturiser.
PM only: Smooth a dollop of Retinol 0.1 % resurfacing moisturiser onto clean skin, at night only.
Alternatively mix a bit of Retinol 0.1 % resurfacing moisturiser and a bit of daily moisturiser and apply onto a clean skin.
Broad spectrum SPF is recommended for day use when Vitamin A is topically applied at night.
NOT SUITABLE FOR USE DURING PREGNANCY.
BASIC 4 SENSITIVE SKIN STARTER KIT
TRY BEFORE YOU BUY
I love that SKOON makes these starter kits available to enable us to test products before investing in larger bottles of product that may not agree with our skin!
This Basic 4 Minipot kit for sensitive skin provides you with the essentials to calm and sooth distressed skin.
If you aren't sure which kit will work best for you, take the skin assessment for more guidance from SKOON themselves.
This might be the best Christmas gift this year! All about that Skin-vestment.
30 ml GEL-TO-MILK Cleanser + makeup remover
Remove makeup, cleanse and nourish with super plant oils.
15 ml PHYTO LIGHT Beauty aid moisturiser
Soothing moisture with probiotics, β-glucan + botanicals.
5 ml SQUALANE Therapy concentrate
Soothe + calm.
15 ml RUBY MARINE Overnight hydrating mask
HA + marine actives to soothe and plump while you sleep.