I recently picked up the Eminence Organics Red Currant Youth Shield Collection Starter Kit. It comes with four good-sized trial products that include the youth shield antioxidant complex as one of the main ingredients. This collection is targeted towards anyone looking to start early age-preventative practices or anyone who is currently working with anti-aging products (typically those in their 20s and 30s). The youth shield complex is made up of red currant, elderflower, and magnolia bark. This mix is packed full of antioxidants and Vitamin C which hydrates the skin, promotes elasticity (youthfulness), and protects against external elements/damage. Tea tree oil is also used in each of these products, helping to control oil production and reduce the signs of blemishes. Although these products are made for individuals with normal to combination or even oily skin, I don’t find them harsh or drying at all.
Red Currant Balancing Concentrate. The 35 ml bottle shown above is a full size version, the starter kit comes with a smaller trial size. This was my favourite product in the kit so I picked up the full size version knowing that I will continue to use it once I’m done the starter kit. The formula is silky, cooling, and hydrating. It contains micro-encapsulated tea tree oil which allows for a sustained release of the tea tree. This helps keep the skin bacteria free throughout the day and regulates sebum production, reducing the appearance of breakouts. It’s quick absorbing and lightweight. I’ve worn it on it’s own as well as underneath a moisturizer, depending on the day and how my skin feels. Like all the products in this collection it also contains a high level of antioxidants to protect against external elements and promote elasticity of the skin. I’m really impressed with this one.
Red Currant Rapid Infusion Masque. This masque is slowly making it’s way into my closely-knit group of favourite face masques (not an easy group to get into). It’s made with a few of my favourite ingredients and it’s so simple to use. Apply to cleansed face, leave on for 2-3 minutes, rinse off. It comes in a shower-friendly squeeze bottle so I will occasionally put this on while I’m washing my hair…too simple! The formula gently exfoliates the skin with a natural AHA cocktail derived from pineapple, lemon, passion fruit, and grape extracts. It’s only 3% AHA so it can be used a few times a week to really brighten and smooth the complexion. AHAs are great at breaking up dead skin cells and resurfacing the skin while keeping it hydrated. I will often use this masque and then apply another more hydrating/plumping masque afterwards.
Red Currant Exfoliating Cleanser. This is a long time best-seller from Eminence but a product I hadn’t tried before. It’s a daily physical exfoliator made with finely ground olive seeds. I’ve been using this one at night, mixed with a bit of water. I remove my makeup first then use this to cleanse my skin. I love the smell, it’s so refreshing. For an exfoliating cleanser I find this really gentle and it doesn’t bother my skin using it once a day. The formula is made with elderflower and magnolia bark to soothe and calm the skin. Alike all the products in the Red Currant Collection it is also very high in antioxidants and Vitamin C to reduce/prevent the signs of aging. This is a great option for people with normal, combination, or oily skin types. No complaints here!
Red Currant Protective Moisturizer SPF 30. This formula contains Zinc Oxide for broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. It’s a lightweight daily moisturizer that leaves a cooling and silky feel on the skin. I’ve only used this once or twice because I like to get my SPF protection from mineral makeup. This isn’t my favourite product from the bunch but it’s a nice option for those of you who prefer natural SPF lotions.
Left to right: Red Currant Protective Moisturizer SPF 30, Rapid Infusion Masque, Red Currant Exfoliating Cleanser, Balancing Concentrate.
Have you tried anything from the Red Currant collection? Have you tried any of the other Eminence Organics starter kits?