Get a Winter Glow with Alli Chung and S.W. Basics Cream

This post comes from customer and actor Alli Chung. You might recognize her from her role as Detective Taylor Kim on CBC’s Coroner, or from her previous review for usAlli recently tried SW Basics Cream and shared her thoughts on it. 


Use: Morning and Night, even on your lips.

How Much: I use very little during the day, as a little goes a long way! It can be a bit shiny if you use too much, just dab some off and rub into your hands. In the evening I put on a thicker layer so I wake up with that glow. It’s super hydrating, especially in the winter months so I don’t use much else with it. Sometimes I might add a drop of Pomegranate oil or Rose Hip Seed Oil and mix it in my hands before applying onto my face.

Real Talk Review: I absolutely LOVE this product. FULL STOP. I’m actually in love with it. I started carrying it in my bag and want one in my car, home, purse and anywhere else I can leave it. From its simple ingredients, convenient packaging and natural luxurious fragrance, it had me at Hello.  

Let’s start with the ingredients. There are only 3!

Ingredients I Love:

Organic fair trade SHEA BUTTER: The well deservedly famous Shea Butter. Shea butter is a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree. Shea butter has been used in Africa and many other locations for years to improve skin and hair.  Most of us are familiar or have heard of Shea butter, and it’s amazing benefits. The smell is rich and nutty and it has a buttery consistency. Many studies show that it is especially good at penetrating the skin and contains 60% fat, making it highly emollient. But Shea does more than just moisturize, it delivers key anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing fatty acids right into the skin. The benefits of Shea butter come from its chemical makeup. Do you like smooth skin? Shea aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic, and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long-term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction. It’s antioxidant. Antioxidants are important anti-ageing agents. They protect your skin cells from free radicals that can lead to premature ageing and dull-looking skin. Shea contains vitamins A, E, and F, all antioxidant vitamins that promote circulation and healthy skin cell growth. If the nuts are getting you worried, don’t be. It’s safe for all skin types. Shea butter is technically a tree nut product. But unlike most tree nut products, it’s very low in the proteins that can trigger allergies. In fact, there’s no medical literature documenting an allergy to topical Shea butter. In love yet?

Organic COCONUT OIL: Another skin hero you may be familiar with. Coconut oil is used in many natural face products and here are a few of the reasons. It's naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, moisturizing PLUS...  it smells like vacation. Coconut oil is composed primarily of nourishing fatty acids, including vitamin E, and is especially high in lauric acid. The results of a 2009 study found that lauric acid could reduce inflammation and the number of bacteria present. Goodbye Acne! 

Dry skin? Coconut oil hydrates skin deeply and helps to improve skin elasticity and collagen production. It is also known for its anti-ageing properties, with Vitamin E and Vitamin A, combating free radicals. Its multitasking powers put coconut oil in a league of its own.

Organic OLIVE OIL: The other star ingredient, last but not least, is Olive oil. A favourite of Cleopatra’s, or so it’s been said. It’s naturally high in squalene, an oil that mimics your skin’s natural sebum, so it’ll leave your skin barrier extra smooth and soft. It’s also full of antioxidants that work to fight environmental skin damage. Another plus, it’s rich in vitamins. According to the International Olive Council, olive oil has many vitamins, including A, D, and K, as well as vitamin E. And if you’re ever searching for natural makeup remover without harsh chemicals…Olive Oil to the rescue! It breaks apart makeup and moisturizes and replenishes delicate eye area all in one go. Cleo would be proud of you. 

Overall, this cream is a winner. The simplicity of this product and the abundance of its benefits are hard to ignore. It is amazing that a product with only 3 ingredients can offer so much – I’ve witnessed it first hand. I’ve been using this product now for over a week and my skin feels plump and hydrated, even in these harsh winter months. You may think, with these three ingredients, I could DIY, and make my own. I’ve tried, the consistency just isn’t the same. This cream is whipped to perfection and melts to a perfect consistency when you pat onto your face with your fingers.  It absorbs quickly and keeps you hydrated all day long. This product is the definition of less is more. Perfection.

I couldn’t ask for more in packaging, it’s bright, light and convenient (Fits in a purse/small bag). It’s in a squeeze tube. I love products that don’t require you to put your fingers or scoops into them, which could contaminate the product over time, as well as let oxidation break down the natural ingredients.  

S.W. BASICS products are organic, fair trade, fragrance-free, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulphate-free, phthalate-free, 100% non-GMO, and Vegan. They are very affordable and a delight to have in your life. Basically, this product is top-notch and everyone should have one nearby. Your skin will thank you for it.


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Alli Chung is an actress currently based in Vancouver. Canadian born she is of Swedish, Irish and Chinese descent. She has made guest star appearances on TV shows such as Amazon’s The Bold Type (2019), Hulu’s UnReal (2018), and most recently wrapped a major recurring role as Detective Taylor Kim on CBC’s Coroner (2019). Other acting credits include Syfy’s The Expanse (2016) and Dark Matter (2016), A/E’s Damien (2016), FXX’s Man Seeking Woman (2016), YTV’s The Stanley Dynamic (2014), Showcase’s Almost Heroes (2011) and Lost Girl (2010). She also appeared in the infamous horror series SAW 3D. She can be seen in a lead role in the highly acclaimed film, Mariner, which was an official selection for TIFF 2016, was one of TIFF’s Top Ten Shorts in Canada, and screened in the shorts corner at Cannes Film Festival 2017. Alli is interested in giving a platform to underrepresented voices, diverse filmmakers and artists. Alli’s unique look and talents have seen her morph into many different comedic and dramatic roles.
Follow Alli on Instagram @alliashleychung



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