Koena are an Australian company that focus on "giving balance back" to our skin and health. Koéna is the Hawaiian word for 'balance'.
The first time I ever came across this skincare brand was on Youtube, where I'd watched Madeleine Edwards showing several different ways to use Koéna's first product, the Dermaceutical Skincare Cream.
As someone who suffers from eczema, dry-combination skin and painful hormonal acne, I could very much relate to the struggles of finding something powerful but gentle enough to work on my skin. After seeing the many different ways the moisturizing cream could be used, I was sold.
The first thing I did was head to Koéna's website, and to my surprise, noticed they also had another product at the time, the Dermaceutical Gentle Cleanser. Koéna offered both these products in a discounted pack. The recommended retail prices listed for the moisturizer and cleanser are $29.95 and $36.95 AUD, respectively. In the Dynamic Duo pack, they come in at $62.95 AUD.
As a university student, these were quite pricy, but I was willing to invest in them if they were going to help curb my eczema and dry skin. Upon looking through their website, I also noticed their statement that 100% of the profits earned through Koéna product sales are invested into less fortunate communities. What could be better with a skincare company?
A couple of months after purchasing both products, Koéna introduced a third product, the Koena Australian Clay Mask. From the results I'd seen with the moisturizer and cleanser, I knew I had to get my hands on their clay mask. Now, you might be thinking, but don't you have dry and eczema-prone skin? I am going to explain why this clay mask works for my skin type further on.
Each of Koena's products comprise a patented formula called Resta-Plex, which features:
Glucosamine: a natural anti-inflammatory agent that assists in collagen production and repair of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Note: this ingredient is derived from the shell of crustacea (aka shellfish).
L-Glycine: an antioxidant that works to help remove free radicals, wrinkles, UVB induced skin damage and photoaging.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM): a natural chemical compound found in the body that helps promote collagen production, repair acne, and soothe sun burn and stretch marks.
All these products are fragrance free, and ph balanced.
Out of all three so far, the Dermaceutical Skincare Cream (100g) is my favourite.
This cream is very lightweight, nourishing and sinks right into the skin. It does not leave a film of any kind. It has a very soft texture that glides smoothly over any skin surface, making it the perfect moisturizer to hydrate and replenish dry, eczema-prone skin.
It should be noted
however, that this
particular cream, for me, is always itchy when first applied. It did take me a while to get used to, and sometimes, I didn't even reach for it because it was quite uncomfortable. But out of all the creams I own, I will reach for this because it continues to provide a great deal of comfort after the itchiness wears off. Koéna also mention that this tingly sensation felt with their products does go away after a few minutes, and that the itching is the result of the actives working on the skin.
The full list of ingredients for the moisturiser are:
Purified Water, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Betaine, Dimethyl Sulfone, Glycine, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Acetyl Glucosamine, Glucosamine Sulfate Potassium Chloride, Sorbitan Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, PEG-20 Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Sorbic Acid
Koéna's Dermaceutical Gentle Cleanser (150mls) is perhaps my least favourite of the trio. I feel that this product would be more suited to oily to combination skin-types, given it is a true gel cleanser that suds up with water. It is not overly soapy which I like, but has enough soap to remove light to moderate makeup.
I found this cleanser to be pretty basic. It does the job, but for my dry-combination skin it was a little stripping.
However, I did notice a bigger difference in my acne when I used this cleanser in combination with the moisturizer. Alone, not so much.
The ingredients for the cleanser are:
Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betane, Coco-Glucoside, Disodium 2-Sufolaurate, Citic Acid, Glycering, Gyceryl Oleate, Glycine, Dimethyl Sulfone, Acetyl Glucosamine, Sodium Benzoate.
And lastly, we have Koéna's Australian Clay Mask (100g). This was the most interesting product out of the three. Normally, when I hear clay masks I think "OMG, that will literally strip my skin of any oils it has left in it," but behold! Koéna's clay mask is hydrating. Aside from the Resta-plex formula, the standout ingredients are Bentonite, Kaolin, Zinc Gluconate, Licorice Root Extract (brightening agent), and Vitamin E.
When I first opened the container I was struck by how creamy and smooth it was. The texture and colour is quite similar to the popular Aztec's Indian Healing Clay Mask, but less drying. Upon first application to the face I knew it was different to other clay masks. It still has that tingly sensation, as with the moisturizer, but it quickly dries down and always leaves me fresh-faced and glowing.
The best part? You do not need to pile it on like you do with other face masks. A thin layer of this goes a long way, which is more cost-effective long-term. I would say this clay mask is perfect for all skin types.
The ingredients for the clay mask are:
Aqua, Bentonite, Kaolin, Glycerin, Magnesium, Aluminum Silicate, Propanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Glycine, Dimethyl Sulfone, Acetyl Glucosamine, Zinc Gluconate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol Acetate, Dextrin, Citric Acid.
Koéna products can be found on their website or at select chemists around Australia.
Disclaimer: These products were purchased with my own money. I am not being paid to endorse or review these products.