SBC (Simply Beautiful collection) is a British beauty brand, founded in 1988 with many years of botanical know-how. Harnessing the potent powers of the finest quality and naturally derived ingredients, 1990 saw SBC create renowned ranges of powerfully active natural skincare and body care that really works.
Hang on to your collagen, for dear life…
From the age of around eighteen, our skin’s precious collagen starts seeping away, albeit slowly – but still, that does not make it ok. What can we do to slow the process? Firstly, the obvious – Don’t smoke, sleep and eat well, perhaps take a multi-vitamin? I’m already doing all of those things but for me, there’s one lesser-known collagen thief – hot baths, I once read that prolonged bathing in hot water can break down the collagen in our skin, and in the long run, cause sagging. I’ve never been a fan of hot baths for this very reason, tempting as it is – I’ll only indulge occasionally and stick to a shower instead.
Of course, there’s any number of collagen infused skincare products available, but not all are the same. Without wanting to bore you with too much detail – some of these products contain collagen from an animal source, which means our skin can’t actually absorb it properly. However, with SBC there’s something fishy going on – collagen sourced from fish is a smaller molecular peptide which can be absorbed much more readily into the skin layers right where we need it. Before you run for the hills – SBC source marine collagen as a by-product, which means the fish are not killed for the purpose of producing skincare, for me, knowing this makes it a little more palatable, plus I want to be clear on what I’m actually using.
SBC is proud to be a cruelty-free brand. Their product ranges are also free from SLS (sodium laureth Sulphate – a surfactant used to increase the foaming action), and MIT (Methylisothiazolinone – an antimicrobial preservative). A company with its own laboratories, chemists and new product development team, certainly inspires confidence, as knowing the provenance of my skincare is important to me and something which isn’t always as transparent.
I’ve been putting some SBC collagen-specific products to the test – a rather unusual gel formula moisturiser, a day/night face cream and a three in one cleanser with shammy cloth. The first thing you’ll notice when trying the cleanser is the gorgeous scent. It has a rich consistency and feels really nourishing to use, suitable for effectively removing eye make up and gently exfoliates to boot. I found it leaves my skin really clean, fresh and supple.
I’ve switched things up trying this cleanser as my usual go-to is an oil-based formula but, a change is as good as a rest, so they say. If you’re looking to try something different in terms of cleansing then I would definitely give this three in one a try. I’m pretty sure you’ll love it.
The collagen gel is something new to me as I’ve not used this type of moisturiser before. It’s suitable for use both on the face and body and has a pump dispenser for convenience. I found it absorbs fairly quickly, but does have a slightly tacky feel until its completely absorbed. The gel has a subtle, fresh scent which doesn’t linger. As a water-based product, it feels lovely and cooling on the skin. I like to layer it under the day/night cream as I find this works best for me. Slathering the gel all over post-shower is a quick and easy way to get some moisture into your skin, without that greasy feel often left by regular body lotions. The vibrant pink of the product makes a pretty addition to your dressing table.
The SBC Shammy
I’m really impressed with the shammy, It works brilliantly to remove make up and literally cleans and dries your skin in one wipe. I love It, and thoroughly enjoy using it. Having been a fan of my trusty muslin for so long, this SBC Shammy is a game changer. If you’re in hurry, this will be become your go-to, particularly for your bedtime cleanse. It behaves in the same way as a traditional “chamois leather”, and dries out hard. When you’re ready to use it again simply rinse it in warm water until it becomes soft and pliable. Whilst the shammy is dry, it’s far less likely to encourage bacterial growth in between uses which is another plus.
The Collagen Day & Night cream smells equally as good as the cleanser and has a luxury consistency and feel. It’s comforting to apply, absorbs well with no sticky residue. I’ve been using it both in the morning and evening and have woken to smooth skin, plus, I’m confident knowing I’m getting a boost of that all-important collagen. I’ve enjoyed using these SBC products, and really can’t find anything negative to mention. My parcel even arrived in a fab, reusable box tied up with a pretty pink branded ribbon.
How about you? Do you love to bring some collagen to your skincare routine? Have you tried SBC before? I’d love to know your thoughts.
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