Earlier this month, Naturally SASE Skincare by Fiafini Inc. sent me their Hydra-Purifying Cleanser 3 in 1 and their Advanced Hydra-Illuminating Skin Therapy 4 in 1. As a gal who loves all things skincare, spa days, and self-pampering, I couldn’t wait to test their products. Remember, everyone’s skin is unique, and what works for me may not work for you.
What is Naturally SASE?
The philosophy behind Naturally SASE began with Founder and CEO Stasia Serafini’s motto: Simple is more. I’ve found the less is more philosophy to be true with just about everything, except books, coffee, and kittens. According to their website, Naturally SASE seeks to do “for beauty what the iPhone did for technology – simplifying and eliminating the need for extra stuff” by delivering “the power of several skincare products into just two without sacrificing results.” This is huge, especially with Korean-inspired multi-step skincare regimens being all the rage. As much as I admire the time and thought put into that type of skincare, I don’t have time for a 12-step skin care routine on a day to day basis, and I don’t think a lot of moms, working gals, or college students do either.
Before trying out Naturally SASE, my skincare ritual consisted of Origins Checks and Balances face wash (morning and evening), followed by Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 in the morning and Ultra Facial Cream in the evening. If I’m wore makeup, I’d remove it with micellar water and a cotton ball. A couple times a week, I exfoliated with a gentle scrub. In the past I’ve used Arcona (which I looove) and Boscia’s Exfoliating Peel Gel, but am currently using Biore to save a few bucks. I’ve tried at least a half dozen eye creams, and tested serums and oils, always searching for the perfect addition to my skincare routine, but not finding it. As someone in her late 20s, I want to boost my current skincare routine while staying relatively low-maintenance and keeping the cost down. I have sensitive, normal to dry skin, with the occasional hormonal or stress-related breakout. This means I like to cleanse with something creamy instead of foamy, exfoliate once a week, and slather on a rich moisturizer. When thinking about my ideal skincare routine, I want a great cleanser, moisturizer (with SPF for day), eye cream, and serum.
Hydra-Purifying Cleanser 3 in 1
The Hydra-Purifying Cleanser 3 in 1 is the first of two steps in Naturally SASE’s skincare regimen. As 3 in 1 product, it claims to cleanse the skin, exfoliate, and act as an express hydrating mask. This product does have honey in it, which might be an allergen to some. (Always check ingredients and make sure the product is agreeable for your skin.)
When the cleanser arrived, the cap had popped off a bit, and some of the cleanser had leaked out. This didn’t leave me with the best first impression, but I was able to readjust the cap back on and wipe off most of the cleanser around the edges. One pump was all I needed to wash my face.
The cleanser has a really pleasant citrusy smell. If you’ve ever smelled Delsym’s cough syrup, specifically the orange flavor, this cleanser smells exactly like it. Cough syrup? Trust me, the orange syrup tastes like candy. Crazy, I know.
I tried the cleanser first without using micellar water to remove my makeup. I don’t wear a ton of makeup on a day-to-day basis, but there was still a lot left on my face after cleansing. I was able to double-cleanse and remove all my makeup, save mascara. I did end up needing to use an eye makeup remover. Now, the Hydra-Purifying Cleanser 3 in 1 doesn’t claim to remove makeup, but I wanted to see if it could, just to make my routine that much easier.
If I already removed my makeup, the cleanser worked as intended. My skin felt clean, didn’t feel too tight, or feel like it had a filmy residue. There were few instances in which I double-cleansed, even if I removed all my makeup beforehand, because I like to really feel that super-clean skin feeling.
I also used the cleanser as an express-hydrating mask. Following the instructions, I applied a thin layer to clean and dry skin and left it on for 15 minutes. It felt similar to having a rose-mask on, or a comparably moisturizing and fragrant mask. It took a bit of work to remove the entire mask from my face once the 15 minutes were up. Even though I didn’t have a lot of the product on my skin, I had to use a washcloth to feel like I was able to remove it completely, or else I felt like there was some cleanser still clinging to my skin.
Overall, I liked using the Hydra-Purifying Cleanser 3 in 1, but didn’t love it. I have a hard time spending $45 on a cleanser, especially when it’s the one part of your skincare routine that you slap on and rinse off. The most I’ve ever spent on a cleanser was $30 for Dr. Dennis Gross, and that felt like a huge splurge. For now, I’ll keep using my $20 Origins face wash. If I felt like the Hydra-Purifying Cleanser 3 in 1 really exfoliated my skin, I might splurge $45, but I’d rather put the $25 I’d save not buying it towards an exfoliator I love.
Advanced Hydra-Illuminating Skin Therapy 4 in 1
The Advanced Hydra-Illuminating Skin Therapy 4 in 1 is a balmy gel that claims to have all the benefits of a moisturizer, serum, eye cream, and neck cream. Because I always want to know what I’m putting in my body and on my skin, I did some digging, and went through all their ingredients using the ingredient dictionaries from Paula’s Choice and DHC Care. It’s got a ton of antioxidants, wrinkle fighters, and vitamins, as well as a ton of other happy-skin stuff. The only downside is that it doesn’t contain a sunscreen, so you’ll need to pop one on your skin if you’re going outside after the moisturizer is absorbed.
First off, the packaging is ideal. To get the product out, you take off the cap, and gently press down on the container. The product will be dispensed in a dollop. This is great, because when you unscrew the cap off your moisturizer, you’re letting oxygen get in and slowly break down the product. It’ll still be fine to use, but over time, it won’t be as effective. For the time when you’ve used almost all of your Advanced Hydra-Illuminating Skin Therapy 4 in 1, you can unscrew the top of the package and scoop out the remaining product out with a finger.
The texture is a cross between a serum and a gel and has a fresh, clean scent. The closest comparison I can make is Clinique’s Moisture Surge. It’s lightweight, but doesn’t have the typical moisturizer feel to it, which I didn’t mind. I smoothed it over my face morning and evening, and dotted it gently around my eyes.
It worked as a nice base for makeup. I didn’t have to grab a primer, which was nice. If I went out, I did have to throw on SPF over the top of the the Advanced Hydra-Illuminating Skin Therapy 4 in 1. Fortunately, I’ve got SPF in my foundation, so I was covered there. However, I’m the kinda gal who is super fair skinned, and who was left wanting that extra SPF boost in my morning moisturizer.
My face felt smooth in the evening after patting this on, but after a half hour or so, I often felt like I needed to slather on more of the product because my skin started to feel tight. Even though I didn’t pat on any oils when my skin did feel a bit tight, my skin got flaky or got patchy as a result of the product.
I’m curious to see how my skin feels after one to two months of using the Advanced Hydra-Illuminating Skin Therapy 4 in 1. While it seems like a lot of money at $110, when you break it down, it’s not a whole lot more than you’d normally spend on a moisturizer, serum, and eye cream (and neck cream if you need it), especially if you’re buying department store skincare. You might end up saving money with Naturally SASE. I think that this product would be ideal for people with normal to oily skin, because of its gel-like consistency, as well as mature skin that needs something delicate. If you do purchase this product, please remember to pop on that SPF in the morning, because sun-protection is the #1 anti-aging prevention you can do.