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Saturday, May 30, 2015



I hope you're all well and rested because it sure has been a long week for us all. I tested out the Ak'in by Purist skincare range this week to take it on a road-test to see whether it worked for me. I've always walked by the Priceline and David Jones store featuring the Ak'in skincare products - but never quite tried it out...until now. I was definitely impressed and amazed by these products as they have given me a great experience while using it. 

For those who haven't heard of the Purist company, they're 100% Australian owned and have been around for 15 years where they have been creating the most, natural and effective skincare products. The brand speaks natural and they've crafted their science into the Power of Purity Process - where basically all pure and natural ingredients have been extracted and carefully selected for compatibility of each skin type. I noticed that for the products I have tested out, on the packaging label it specified which specific skin type it was made for. So this aspect was really helpful for me as I made sure that the skin care product was designed for my skin type. 

Ak'in skincare products are all ingredient-rich, vegan and made with 100% natural botanical actives. It's good to know that they have been formulated without parabens, sulfates, ethoxylated or any petrochemical cleansers, propylene glycol, silicones, phthalates, mineral oils, DEA and any other artificial colours. This is definitely a long list of harsh chemicals of which you do not want present in the product that you're using on your skin and face.

For the Ak'in related products that I will be sharing my thoughts with you guys include: 

  • Ak'in - Healthy & Radiant Looking Skin - Rose De Mai Antioxidant Facial Day Creme 
  • Ak'in - Refresh & Revitalise - Sandalwood & Neroli Pure Facial Cleansing Gel 
  • Ak'in - Refresh & Soothe - Orange Blossom & Chamomile, Refreshing and Soothing Toner.
So please have a read down below to see what I thought of these beauties!

Ak'in - Healthy & Radiant Looking Skin - Rose De Mai Antioxidant Facial Day Creme

First things first. Ak'in products are completely VEGAN free, so this is definitely suitable for all you Vegans out there looking for vegan skincare products. 

The product selected is for Normal and Combination skin which looks to revitalise and your moisturise your face every morning. All you need to do is simply massage the cream onto your face with using a circular motion when doing so. The Aki'n Rose De Mai Antioxidant Facial creme sure sounds fancy. When you've used this for a few days, you'll realise that this is essential for if you're wanting to keep your face and skin really moisturised in the morning. What's the first thing that comes to mind, after washing your face in the morning? Moisturise! That's right, using the correct moisturiser for our skin type is essential because you don't want oily looking skin or breaking out of acne in the middle of the day.

Upon testing out this creme, it quickly absorbed onto my skin and the product just felt really lightweight. It's filled with an anti-oxidant rich formula combined with the most active ingredients for skin including vitamins A, B5, C, E, alpha lipoic acid and vipers bulgoss (omega 9, omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids) to help fight wrinkles and also increase the skin's suppleness and elasticity. 

What's more to the creme is that it includes many active ingredients of the following: 

  • Alpha Lipoic acid - which is a powerful anti-oxidant 
  • Vitamin A - retinol which helps with regeneration. 
  • Vitamin B5 - this is the beauty vitamin which helps to heal and soothe skin. 
  • Vitamin C - provides more clarity, lighten up skin and promotes collagen production. 
  • Vitamin E - for anti-ageing purposes and protects the skin. 
  • Omega 9, omega 3 & 6 Essential Fatty Acids - which helps with ant-wrinkles and anti-inflammatory. 
Not only does the creme can be used for a moisturisation basis, it can also be used as a make-up base. I used this under my make-up and my face felt super smooth where my foundation and concealer just went on so well. I enjoy the fact that when you apply the cream onto your face, it just glides on so easily and absorbs into my skin without leaving any residue behind. The fragrance of the creme is so refreshing and smells of a light citrus fruit and of rosehip oil. The result of using this moisturiser is that my skin feels more lush, hydrated, soft and smooth. It's so light on my skin that it's very comfortable wear. I am glad it's not of a thick and creamy feel to it. Seriously, this moisturiser is so effective when it was on my skin because not once did I get dry and flaky skin. I was in an air-conditioned environment for such a long period and not once did my skin react in a negative way. This is definitely a true investment for if you're looking for a good type of moisturiser to go under a sunscreen or foundation. The only thing this product doesn't have is SPF UV protection but that's understandable because the main focus here is the moisturiser itself. You can just easily apply sunscreen protection over it if you were concerned about the sun protection part.

The best part of the cream is that it also comes with the most important vitamins for your skin's best treatment. It's packed full of vitamins A, B5, C, E, Omega 9 and other important essentials - is what makes this moisturiser so unique and great to use. Overall it's a 5/5 stars for me!  

  • Massage onto cleansed face every morning. 
  • RRP $39.95 for 50ml 
  • David Jones, Priceline, selected health stores. 
  • Otherwise check out for more information here.

Ak'in - Refresh & Revitalise - Sandalwood & Neroli Pure Facial Cleansing Gel 

The Ak'in's Facial Cleansing Gel in Sandalwood and Neroli is for normal, combination and oily skin. It really is made to remove excess oil, make-up and impurities off your skin. The product has combined Panama Bark, Witch Hazel and Vitamin B5 which actually works to cleanse, clarify and soothe the skin. I found that by using this cleansing gel that I didn't experience any redness or skin irritations. My make-up was easily removed by the cleansing gel and my face just felt super clean afterwards. All traces of any excess sebum is completely removed as this is why I felt my skin feeling more refreshed and smooth. 

The cleansing gel is a pH balanced type of cleansing gel where it has a non-drying formula which is what actually leaves your skin feeling so smooth. Since using this cleansing gel, I found that my face looks more clearer and brighter. The smell of the gel is amazing and really nice to use when cleansing. I got a really thorough clean from using the cleansing gel and the best part of it all is that it didn't feel too dried up or irritated which is always a good thing to consider. 

The product is presented in a plastic, durable bottle in 225ml and comes with a cap where you basically have to flip the lid to squeeze out product. It's supposed to be used upside for a reason and it's good to know that this protects it from any bacteria and impurities.  Since using the cleansing gel, I have found that my face was left feeling so clean at the end of the day and also feeling refreshed. It does not lather up but instead comes in the form of a gel like form so this makes cleansing so much easier. After cleansing my skin, I didn't feel my skin becoming tight or anything so the product is very gentle to use on skin. 

The proven ingredients found in the product include of the following: 
  • Vitamin B5 - calms and soothes the skin. 
  • Chamomile - also calms and soothes the skin. 
  • Sandalwood oil - is basically an anti-septic and anti-inflammatory ingredient. 
  • Natural Panama Bark - which is your natural cleanser. 
  • Witch Hazel - refines pores. 

  • Massage during morning and night onto facial skin with damp fingers and rinse off. 
  • RRP $29.95 for 50ml 
  • David Jones, Priceline, selected health stores. 
  • Otherwise check out for more information here.

Ak'in - Refresh & Soothe - Orange Blossom & Chamomile, Refreshing and Soothing Toner.

The Ak'in in orange blossom and chamomile is a really refreshing toner which is a non-alcoholic witch hazel based toner. It has been enriched with the most pure botanics of Witch Hazel and Orange blossom. The Ak'in toner actually removes any last traces of excess oils and makeup on your skin. When I first used this toner, I was really impressed by how gentle it was and it didn't even smell like alcohol. Usually the other toners in the beauty market are made to smell like alcohol but this product steps away from that element. Therefore it makes this toner a really gentle type of cleanser for your skin where it leaves it so refreshed, rebalanced, toned and hydrated. 

What's great about this toner is that it's catered for all skin types including those with sensitive skin. It's definitely ideal for daily use in the morning and evening. When I first used the toner, I found that it really removed all traces of my mascara, foundation, eyeshadow and blush off my skin and any last trace of impurities. It left my face to absorb moisturiser so much better after using it on my face. I am so happy with the toner because it's really refreshing and soothing to use. It is enriched with witch hazel, Vitamin B5 to really look to balance and hydrate your skin. This definitely is essential when you're in a colder environment and especially when winter is around the corner. I know it's just Autumn here down in Australia but the weather temperatures are really over the place and sometimes I feel that my face needs be readily prepared for the season. 

For the product packaging, it's in a recyclable type of bottle with a small hole at the centre for easier grab of the toner.  The small nozzle actually allows you to squeeze an adequate amount onto a cotton pad and this isn't wasteful at all as you can conserve the amount of toner that you use. I love how the toner is quite natural to use and goes really gentle onto skin. I didn't experience any burns, irritations from using it. 

When applying the toner, I would apply the toner onto a clean cotton pad and then sweep this all over my face, making sure that I cover the T-section of my face. I would follow this by applying moisturiser afterwards. 

The key ingredients to note that are present in this amazing toner are: 
  • Chamomile - calms and soothes the skin. 
  • Witch hazel - refines the pores. 
  • Horse Chestnut - encourages micro-circulation and eliminates any puffiness. 
  • Vitamin B5 - calms and soothes the skin.

  • Apply a small amount to a cotton pad and onto cleansed face. 
  • RRP $19.95 for 50ml 
  • David Jones, Priceline, selected health stores. 
  • Otherwise check out for more information here.
Overall I had a great experience using the Ak'in skincare products for the first time. Definitely a 5/5 stars for me! 

Happy reading and hope you're having a wonderful weekend, 

Livia xo

Thank you A'KIN  BY PURIST for supporting me for this review. My reviews are based on my personal and true experiences. I only recommend products that I truly support.

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