Wednesday 16 May 2018

A Walk Down The Memory Lane With Ziaja's Marine Algae Skincare Range!

Hello, my loves! Today, I am very excited to be bringing you a very special post in collaboration with Poland's biggest skincare brand - Ziaja. As cheesy as this may sound, I have always felt very sentimental about Ziaja - it was my beloved Nan's all-time favourite skincare brand. I grew up around their products, and I still have memories of getting into her skincare stash as a little girl, playing around pretending to run my own beauty shop (I told you it'd be cheesy!). Living in the UK for the past eleven years, I have definitely missed their products, so I was over the moon to find out that they actually have an online UK shop! It was so excited to get my hands on these (very affordable!) goodies again, and it definitely brought back some memories, as well. Hope you enjoy today's review!

For this review, I've decided to try out Ziaja's Marine Algae range, partially because I love anything that reminds me of the ocean. This particular line, rich in retinol and blue algae, is targeted at 30+ normal and dry skin. Whilst I am only turning 26 in a couple of months, I actually don't have any anti-ageing products in my skincare routine, so I thought this could be a good opportunity to finally try some out! Here is the official description and my thoughts on each products included in the range:

Ziaja Deep Moisturising Cream (£3.96)
Ensures long-lasting moisturising effect, revitalises the lipo-structure of the epidermis, improves elasticity of the skin. Protects the skin from premature ageing. Contains UV filters which protect the skin against harmful sun-rays and photo-ageing.

I typically prefer to use this one at night (as the final step of my evening skincare routine), as it is quite thick and takes a little longer to absorb. I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and as much as I haven't noticed any real improvement in the elasticity of my skin, it is still a nice, thoroughly hydrating cream. It's completely fragrance-free, and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. The texture is incredibly rich, so a little goes a long way when it comes to application. For such a budget-friendly product, I think this one performs really well, so I'd give it an honest 3.5/5.

Ziaja Active Firming Cream (£4.74)
Strengthens the collagen and elastic fibres. Smooths the epidermis and reduces the wrinkles. Revitalises the lipo-structure of the epidermis. Improves the moisture and elasticity of the skin. 

This cream is very silky and light compared to the first one, and more suitable for daily use. I like that it absorbs really quickly and doesn't leave a greasy residue on the skin, making it lovely for wearing under makeup. I've been using this daily for a few weeks now, and whilst I can't really speak for its firming qualities; it is definitely a handy little moisturiser that's great for everyday application. It makes your skin feel very smooth and refreshed, and for such a low price, it is a great purchase, which I'd rate 4/5.

Ziaja Smoothing Enzyme Peeling (£3.44) 
Sky-blue enzyme peeling for daily care of 30+ skin. Peels off dead epidermal cells. Perfectly moisturises and softly brightens the skin.

I was a little worried about using this, as my skin is very sensitive so I am quite cautious about exfoliating in general. From my (very limited) skincare knowledge, enzyme exfoliators are typically suited for skins prone to breakouts and clogged pores (story of my life!), so this one gave me hope, and it didn't disappoint! This is actually a very gentle exfoliator - it didn't end up irritating my sensitive skin at all, which was definitely my main concern. It was easy to apply and wash off with warm water, and it left my skin feeling clean and smooth. I am honestly impressed with the results, and can see myself repurchasing this as part of my regular routine - this deserves a 4.5/5!

Ziaja Micellar Cleansing Water (£3.56)
Micellar cleansing water with toning substance of natural origin for daily care. Contains algae and proviamin B5. Gently removes make-up and the excess of sebum from the epidermis. Prevents dehydration and soothes irritations. 

This is the only product in the Marine Algae range that I wasn't overly keen on. Whilst not at all bad, it just wasn't that great at actually removing the makeup. It took a lot of rubbing to get rid of the eyeshadow, which probably wasn't the best for my eyelids! Aside from that, this micellar water is great at soothing and hydrating the skin. I like using it after my makeup's been fully removed, and I think that it works great as a toner. However, if you want something that will be effective at removing makeup, this might not be the best, so I'd give it an honest 2.5/5.

Ziaja Smoothing Eye Cream (£3.56)
Strengthens the collagen and elastine fibres. Effectively smooths the wrinkles. Perfectly moisturises the epidermis and accelerates its regeneration. Prevents loss of firmness. 

This has to be one of my favourite eye creams ever, and I'm honestly so happy that I've discovered it. I have some seriously dark, gloomy circles under my eyes; and as I've been using this cream daily for the past few weeks, I've definitely noticed a difference. Whilst I don't have any under-eye wrinkles that need smoothing out (yet!), I've noticed my skin looking a lot brighter and healthier since I've incorporated this into my routine. The cream is also very light and absorbs quickly, so I like to apply it in the morning to wear under makeup. It's a fantastic find, especially for such a low price - an honest, happy 5/5!

Overall, rediscovering Ziaja skincare was a fun experience, and, having grown up around their products - it definitely brought back a lot of memories. The brand is still amazing 20 years on, and still very affordable. Marine Algae is a lovely, budget-friendly range - not a single product cost over £5, so it's really great value for money. I'd recommend it especially if you're looking for something that will thoroughly hydrate your skin. The eye cream is a must if, like me, you suffer from serious under-eye circles! And, if the Marine Algae range doesn't sound like something for you, Ziaja offer a huge amount of products for all skin types. I was kindly sent a huge number of sample products, so I am very excited to delve into the different ranges that they provide. And if you're looking for budget-friendly skincare that also works, I'd definitely recommend that you check out their online shop!

Have you tried any of the Ziaja products? What skincare finds have you been loving lately?
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