Skincare obsessions – PATYKA

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My skin has been in a fantastic shape lately. I’ve been wearing just tinted sunscreen as my foundation, since I feel like I don’t need that much coverage anymore. And I’m loving every second of it.

There are many factors going into a nice skin, but good skincare products are definitely a crucial part of it. I’ve been using these products for over a month now and I am a bit obsessed (in a healthy way!).

A while back one of my good friends was complaining about her skin and asking me for an advice. She wanted a quick, easy solution to her skin problems. “Just give me an easy package with all the products”, she said.

Well, I’m pretty sold on these products and it’s the full package. Makeup remover, cleanser, toner, serum, a moisturizer and a mask for weekly use. Basically all the essentials you need for a good skincare routine. Oh – and did I mention they are also luxurious, organic, French (well, that country does seem to know beauty!) and affordable?

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Here’s how my bare skin looks at the moment. It might not look perfect to you, but to me it’s fantastic. I have some discoloration mainly from acne scars, but all in all my skintone is quite even and my skin looks healthy with a nice glow.

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PATYKA REVIEW – ORGANIC, LUXURY & AFFORDABLE SKINCARE

PATYKA recently came out with *three new product ranges and nine new products. CLEAN – a cleansing range, HYDRA – hydration range and DETOX – a purifying range. The price range for the products is 14,90€-34,90€.

I’ve been using the brand’s products before and I already knew – kind of – what to except. Great ingredients, nice scents, lovely consistencies and beautiful packaging.

The new products are still quite different to PATYKA’s usual products for three reasons: they are more affordable (like, a lot more affordable), the packaging is different (I actually prefer this packaging to the usual all white) and the ingredients are different in a way, that the most expensive anti-aging ingredients are left out.

But here’s the thing: I don’t feel like anything’s missing. And it may be because of my combination skintype. I have oiliness, but my skin can also get dry. I need good cleansing and lots of hydration. And that is what you get with these products. I would recommend them mainly to normal, combination and oily skintypes. But if your skin is dry, you still might want to try the HYDRA serum & lotion and the oil makeup remover – those are awesome and definitely not drying.

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PATYKA CLEAN RANGE – Cleansing

*PATYKA Melting Cleansing Oil

This cleansing oil removes makeup and sunscreen easily. I think oils are the best for makeup removing. They do the job, while taking care of the skin. This cleansing oil contains jojoba oil and apricot kernel oil and has a subtle vanilla floral scent (that all the clean range products have), which I love.

*PATYKA Detox Cleansing Foam

A nice foam cleanser, that is very effective yet gentle, when used on top of the oil. I recommend using it that way, not rinsing the oil off before the foam. But if your skin is oily, you can get away with first using the oil (and rinsing it) and then cleansing your skin with this foam. This dreamy foam contains aloe vera and moringa extract.

patyka clean soothing milky toner consistency

*PATYKA Soothing Milky Toner

This milky toner is probably my favorite product out of the clean range. The consistency in this toner is interesting – it’s like a liquid gel and I can’t think of another toner like it. I use this like this: I take two drops on my palm, rub it between my palms and then apply it all over my face and neck with my hands. This soothes my skin while giving it a nice glow. Contains aloe vera and mallow extract.

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PATYKA HYDRA RANGE – Hydrating

*PATYKA Intensive Hydra-Soothing Moisturizer

There are two moisturizers in HYDRA range and I got the intensive one for dry skin. At first I was a bit bummed out, because there is also the *lighter version of it. However I decided to try it anyway and it turned out to be awesome for my skin for nightly use. And since it’s so nourishing, I only need a tiny amount of it. I mix it with argan oil, because argan oil is a part of my skincare routine always. This moisturizer contains lovely things like shea butter, jojoba oil, mango butter and an anti-iflammatory soothing bisabolol. If you have combination skin and want a lotion that works for day use as well, the *lighter version might be a better choice!

*Patyka Hydra-Booster Serum

As far as hydrating serums go, this is my new favorite. It contains the good old hyaluronic acid as well as tremella extract from an asian mushroom, which are great ingredients for hydration. And this really does feel hydrating – and also soothing. I use this serum twice per day, after my toner. If you suffer from dryness, believe it or not, a lightweight serum like this might just be the solution.

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PATYKA DETOX RANGE – Purifying

*PATYKA Detox Charcoal Mask

This charcoal mask was a pleasant surprise to me. It has a slight peppermint scent to it, which I usually hate, but in this it works (and it’s not too refreshing, if you know what I mean?). The consistency is also something very different to what I expected. It’s almost like a gel-clay mask. Sometimes purifying masks can be a bit too purifying, but this left my skin feeling clean, plump and hydrated. Contains charcoal, green clay and algae extract.

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All in all, I am very happy with PATYKA’s new products. For me, they tick all the boxes.

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I’m (still) very interested in natural and organic cosmetics. Even though nowadays I use both synthetic and natural products together, I prefer organic ones in my skincare.

Now I’m no expert when it comes to ingredients, but I still read INCI-lists and recognize some ingredients that I love, because I’ve noticed that they suit my skin really well. These are ingredients like aloe vera, jojoba oil, shea butter, argan oil and birch sap. You can find a lot of these ingredients in natural skin care products.

By the way, I think it’s funny how in cosmetics it’s always advertised, that the product contains some plant-based ingredient, but when you look at the INCI-list, it’s actually listed at the very end. Meaning, that the product doesn’t really contain that advertised ingredient as much as one would think. But when you look at natural products – the advertised ingredients are actually the first ones on the list. Meaning, that the product really contains a lot of that advertised something.

In lotions and creams it’s obviously not just about the ingredients – what’s important is how the product performs. How does it feel on your skin? Does it apply smoothly? Does your skin feel lovely afterwards? With synthetic cosmetics the feeling is usually pretty lovely – silicones bring special smoothness to the skin. I feel like that’s one of the things, that kind of separates synthetic and natural cosmetics from each other, how they feel on the skin.

Natural cosmetic industry is advancing all the time however and now there are products, which can make your skin feel and look smooth. I have found a particular brand, which has made a good impression on me. The products make my skin feel lovely.

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products are pr-samples

I got a few products to try out from Mia Höytö from a pr-company called Sugar. Now that I’ve tried them for a few months, I can share my experience and crush on them: they are just lovely!

Mia Höytö is ecocertified cosmetic brand from Finland. The packaging of the products is simple yet beautiful – which is obviously the first thing I pay attention to. A beautiful jar in the bathroom makes you happy by just being there and it’s nice to keep at sight (I own so much cosmetics, that hiding them seems impossible anyway). I consider these luxury products, even though they are not that expensive.

Earlier I talked about the fact, that my skin feels lovely using these. The consistency is made to be so good, that the product slides well on the skin and leaves a nice soft finish. I remember talking about this with my friend and with Mia Höytö (yes, her – the amazing woman behind the brand!) at the organic cosmetics convention – the serum we tried there felt like silk on our skin – totally different to any other natural products we’ve tried. In other words: it kind of felt like it had silicones in it (even though it absolutely does not contain them).

Mia Höytö Cosmetics Lumous serum

Out of the three products that I tried, that particular Lumous -serum rose to be my favorite. It’s very lightweight, it absorbs quickly and it suits my skin type. I use it under my cream daily.

Mia Höytö Cosmetics Valo Eye

I also tried Valo -eye cream. It felt nourishing and very moisturizing without being too heavy. A little goes a long way with this one, so a small jar lasts long.

Mia Höytö cosmetics Helmi

The third product I tried was Helmi -mask. I used it this way: I applied it on dry skin, let it dry so it becomes see-through and then with damp fingers and circular movements I exfoliated my skin, before rinsing it off. If you want the treatment to be gentler, you can skip the last part and just rinse it off. Or if you’re in a hurry, you can just exfoliate your skin and skip masking. The mask absorbs impurities, exfoliates and brightens the skin. I like this mask, when I want to treat my skin gently. It doesn’t feel as efficient or drying as some of my other purifying mud masks, but especially during Winter, it’s only a good thing.

Altogether I liked the products and I think they are lovely – so if you’ve thought of trying them out, I recommend. You can learn more at globehopecosmetics.

I think natural cosmetics has taken a huge leap forward. People use more and more natural cosmetics and the gap between synthetic and natural isn’t that big anymore. I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject – do you use natural cosmetics or do you prefer synthetic? Why?

In the end the biggest reason for me to use natural products is the environment. Natural products don’t burden our planet as much. There is a lot of micro plastics still in many products and they end up in our seas. Sunscreens are one of the worst products, when it comes to the enviroment. Though I have to admit there is a big difference between synthetic and natural sunscreens – and it’s one of the few synthetic products I still use. But if I check the facts, natural sunscreen beats synthetic ones 10-0. If you want to read more about that, check my post dedicated to that.

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photos of me: Inka Lähteenaro

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