First Impressions: Emma Lewisham’s Skin Reset Serum and Supernatural Face Oil
BY ROXY ALLNUTT
Multi-award-winning clean skincare brand goes from strength to strength.
15 NOV - 2022
A concentrated cocktail of essential ingredients delivered directly to the deeper layers of your skin.
To be honest, the concept of clean beauty has always appealed to me, but unfortunately, not much out there is all that clean. Greenwashing is, of course, something we have seen a lot of in the past few years, with skincare brands persuading consumers to buy their products because one or two nasty ingredients have been left out. Manipulative marketing has been the death of some brands, but many still get away with it. But thank god, the Emma Lewisham team don't take the term "clean" lightly.
The Emma Lewisham brand was founded to make a meaningful difference in the beauty industry. Answering calls for highly effective, natural, and clean products. The company is globally renowned for its circular and carbon-positive practices. In addition, they exclusively employ EWG-approved substances in their products. Regarding safety and sustainability, Emma Lewisham has outlawed more than 2,700 substances used in conventional cosmetic products.
I’ve been hunting for the best skin serums and oils for my routine. The dermatologists of Tik Tok recommend using serums and facial oils above anything else as they contain shitloads of active ingredients — meaning they contain physical go-getters that deliver. I am super excited to talk about my experience with the Emma Lewisham brand with their Skin Reset Serum and their Supernatural Face Oil.
Skin Reset Concentrated Skintone Serum, $148
When it comes to serums, in particular, it takes a lot to wow me before I'll buy anything. However, they are the backbone of my daily routine, so any deviation from them might bother me. I know pretty quickly what’s working and what’s not. My acne scarring and uneven skin tone have been notoriously difficult to cure. I have been using a "consistency is key" approach, with which I have seen improvement, but I know I could probably be doing a lot more.
I've been using the Me Today Daily Serum every morning as part of my skincare routine for a long time. I've been afraid to stop. But after hearing nothing but praise about Emma Lewisham's Skin Reset Serum on Instagram from several of my friends, I knew I had to put it to the test.
I’ve worked this gem into my routine for 2-3 weeks. My t-zone and cheeks look brighter and calmer. The pigmentation around my cheeks has softened. I broke out on my jaw, which was unusual, but I figured it was my skin bingeing. I also had a bit of flaking skin around my forehead. Though this cleared up quickly, and my scarring cleared. The product glides onto my skin so nicely, it’s not sticky at all. I can feel my skin soak it up, with little residue left over.
The solution contains a variety of plant-based actives that work together to suppress melanin and brighten the skin, such as vitamin C, niacinamide, and plant stem cells. As a skin-lightening serum, it ranks highly among what I have tried. Unfortunately, this is also one of the most expensive serums I have tried.
Supernatural Face Oil, $140
Strangely, I heard about this face oil before I learned about the entirety of the Emma Lewisham brand. My go-to barista and I are super close and chat about all things beauty and gossip every morning. She tried this product after seeing on Tik Tok that retinol solutions can induce total skin transformations. But she was going on and on about how it was a more natural version, which may make the side effects harmful. "You have got to try it," she said with conviction. So I was on standby to see her results, and funnily enough, at this time, Emma Lewisham broke the internet with its leading movement for circular skincare.
With Emma Lewisham being all the buzz and my love of the Aotearoa-based brand, I finally hopped on board the Emma Lewisham train. Sophie has a lot of Emma Lewisham stacked in her cupboard so I requested a few of the products to trial. This bottle, along with the serum above, I have been using religiously since. The Supernatural Face Oil is essentially a retinol substitute found in nature. It is as potent as retinol but without the bothersome side effects. It includes three concentrated forms of vitamin A, including bakuchiol.
On the first application, I found that this oil did burn a lot. I have sensitive skin so this may have been too active for my skin type. Knowing I’ve had highly sensitive skin for years and I was finally urged to treat my condition from the inside. After taking six omega-3 capsules daily I have strengthened my skin by having far high lipid levels, from this I have been able give the oil another go.
It's no exaggeration to state that this face oil has forever altered the course of my skin game. The scars from my chin acne have lightened, and my skin seems more supple and radiant than ever. It feels and looks quite opulent when applied, there is no fragrance (which I prefer), and the packaging is a bonus. If you, too, are looking for something to give you a brighter and more even complexion overall (without the need for cheap fillers and irritating ingredients), this is gold class.