I mentioned the Samaya Anti-Ageing Cream* in my post about my winter evening skincare and I thought I’d write a proper review, now that I’ve been using it for a good couple of months. As I mentioned then, Samaya is a relatively new, all-natural, brand based on Ayurvedic principles, using “finest authentic elements of Ayurveda, marrying them with clinically proven active ingredients and anti-ageing compounds, to provide effective skincare through a relaxing, holistic experience”. So far, so marketing speak. However, the moisturiser itself is lovely.
To determine your dosha, and thus which of the three ranges would suit you and your skin, there’s a short questionnaire about all aspects of your ‘self’ – I’m ‘pitta’. I’m fairly skeptical about this kind of thing generally, but it did end up describing my skin fairly accurately: “sensitive and irritable, susceptible to wrinkles, sunburn and inflammation”. The Pitta range includes a Hydrating Cleanser, an Anti-Ageing Cream, and an Anti-Ageing Treatment oil, all formulated with jasmine, neem, lotus, turmeric, saffron, gotu kula, and Shatavari, aimed at helping to balance and hydrate.
The Anti-Ageing Cream smells incredible – although I’m not usually a fan of jasmine, the scent is relaxing and soothing, which is lucky because it really does linger on the skin. The texture of the moisturiser is more like that of a lotion than a cream; it’s a very viscous fluid that needs a bit of massaging in but does pack a big punch of hydration. Since incorporating it into my routine my skin has had fewer dry patches, and it hasn’t caused any irritation or breakouts (something that happens relatively frequently with new products). I’ve been using it in the evening, after a serum or oil, and it doesn’t bobble or react with any other product.
I’m not a huge fan of any product claiming to be ‘anti-ageing’ – there’s nothing wrong with ageing! – but I know it’s a huge selling point. Have I noticed any reduction in fine lines? Yes, but only those caused by dehydration, which is to be expected from a good moisturiser. All of the products come in gorgeous packaging, with solid cylindrical outer cases which make an oddly satisfying ‘pop’ as you pull the really rather pretty frosted glass bottle out. I was also kindly sent a sample of the Vata Hydrating Cleanser* and really liked it as a second cleanse, so I’d definitely be interested in trying the Pitta version once my stash of cleansers goes down a bit…
Samaya is a spendy brand – the Anti-Ageing Cream is £89 for 50ml – but the products are free from, among other things, mineral oils, petrochemicals, and sulphates, and both of the items I’ve tried have been effective and lovely to use.
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