Eight years ago, I was an omnivore that enjoyed eating sushi, steaks, pizza and satay. I was also eating all sorts of yummy, but healthy snacks that somehow toed on the line of unhealthy. Even though I was on the way to start my senior year of high school, my skin was going through some puberty and stress-induced changes of spots, blackheads and oiliness. My mom sent me to see celebrity dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer.
During my appointment, Dr. Lancer dropped the bomb that I was treating my skin horribly with meat, raw fish and pizza. Rather than eating all the no-no foods, he advised me to eat more greens. From there, I started to think twice about what I ate.
Flash forward to 2019, I love a cup of coffee with almond milk and two tablespoons of Moon Juice’s Beauty Shroom, count on gluten-free meals, subsist on acai bowls and avoid anything with dairy to keep my skin crystal clear. (However, I can’t keep myself away from deep fried food!) While eating the right food can obviously do wonders for my skin, the same kinda goes for the right skincare.
Enter Rooki Beauty. As a newly founded local skincare brand, they’ve been successfully launching themselves as a rising force with a superfood-based face cleanser, moisturizer and mask. They slid into my DMs, asked me if they can send some items for review and as a skincare/wellness junkie, that was an offer I couldn’t refuse. Before I continue to my review, can superfoods be applied topically to save your skin?
Okie dokes, most cleansers I’ve tried in the past are either a hit or a miss. In this case, this cleanser contained matcha, honey, Lactic Acid and a Vitamin C derived ingredient that’s known for its brightening properties. For a sensitive skinned soul like myself, I wanted to give this product the benefit of the doubt. Upon trying out this product a few times, I felt that it didn’t do much to remove the dirt on my skin compared to my Dr. Barbara Sturm enzyme cleanser; however, it made my skin look brighter.
Marketed as a superfood loaded moisturizer, it’s packed with chia seeds, lingonberries and kale. Loaded with CoQ10, Hyaluronic Acid and Squalene, these ingredients made my skin glow like crazy. But did it do anything to maintain my skin?
Upon trying out this moisturizer, I realized that the formula didn’t absorb thoroughly on my skin as it simply sat on top. Even when I layered it above my essence and serum, I still felt some stickiness on my face, which resulted in some clogged pores and a few closed comedones. As much I like the idea of this moisturizer, I feel that it works best for dry skin as it’s very rich.
Inspired by the leftover pulp from juicing, this green-rich mask has a formula that’s super groundbreaking. At first, it’s like a gel but then, it transforms into a white paste when you heat it between your palms. When I first tried it on, my face felt like it was going to a sauna. After leaving it on for 10 minutes, my skin has never felt so soft!
Although I don’t encourage this, I find that it’s becoming a lot easier for me to squeeze my pimples and blackheads whenever I use this mask as the heat opens up pores. The moment I wash it off, my skin has never felt so soft! If you’re looking for a mask that can soften up your clogged pores, this one is the best for you.
FYI, Rooki gave me samples to try out their brand.