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Softest, Most Comforting Hydrating Mask: Dr. Grand+

Dr. Grand+ is considered a ‘derma-cosmetic’ brand creating skin care products that are clinical-grade with anti-aging and brightening solutions.  Sheet mask is always a great way to be introduced to a new brand.

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What intrigued me about these masks are two things:

(1) ‘4 Dimensional Facial Contouring’.  Based on my understanding, this is describing the 4D stretch design of the mask to perfectly cover the entire face with minimal creasing or gap, and thus seriously treat every aspect of the skin for a noticeably lifted look, along with firmer and smoother skin.  The mask has a stretchy texture when wet and literally touches every skin surface.

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(2) The unique mask material that makes this one of the softest, most highly absorbent, and most comforting sheet masks I’ve ever used!  Now that I’m trying to mask daily, I can really appreciate the differences in mask material and texture, and ultimately the way it feels and the result it has on my skin.  The characteristics of these mask are described to contain high quality cotton linter as material, using filaments mutual self-bonding features and non-woven.  This translates to masks that has high liquid absorption and retention compared to regular cotton.  The non-woven aspect allows the mask to be highly breathable.  When the mask is wet, it is a transparent sheet with the essence permeating the filament.  When mask is dry (picture below), the intricate filament is appreciated.  The mask is stretchy, and the high essence retention allows the mask to cling tightly to the face.

Here I put the Absolute Solution Masks to test: (1) Aloe and Madecassoside Soothing Mask, (2) VitaC and Glutathione brightening mask.

Aloe and Madecassoside Soothing Mask

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WHAT IT IS

  • A soothing and calming mask

WHAT IT DOES

  • Best for achieving hydrated, plump and translucent skin
  • Gives skin a boost of hydration
  • Skin soothing
  • Improve skin barrier
  • Wrinkle improvement

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Aloe – promote skin healing, an anti-inflammatory
  • Madecassoside – anti-oxidant
  • Adenosine – anti-aging
  • Trehalose – hydration
  • G4D Active – Patent complex of active ingredients for anti-aging
    • ceramide
    • arginine
    • lysine polypeptide
    • N-actyl glucosamine
    • Sodium hyaluronate
    • Biossacaride Gum-1

RESULTS

I’ve already professed my love for the mask quality.  It literally clings like a second skin, and completely soaked with watery essence that has a mild floral scent.  I did not mind that there wasn’t any essence left in the package because I believe all the essence are effectively absorbed into the mask and slowly delivered into my skin over the ensuing 40 minutes.  The mask is still damp after 40 minutes!  I love aloe for its soothing and repairing effects and this mask does exactly as it claims: effectively hydrate the skin after one use, restore and boost moisture retention for a healthy glow.

Absolute Solution Mask: VitaC and Glutathione

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WHAT IT IS

  • A brightening mask

WHAT IT DOES

  •  ‘Tone up’ – Improve dullness and uneven texture
  • Whitening – lightening of dark spot
  • Brightens skin

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Vitamin C – anti-oxidant, help lighten scar, spots; reduce blemishes
  • Glutathione – brighten skin tone
  • Niacinamide and Adenosine – reduce skin aging, boost healthy collagen synthesis

RESULTS

A powerful blend of antioxidants, glutathione, niacinamide visibly brighten skin to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentations.  My face soaked up all the goodness while resting under this superpower fabric of mask drenched in essence.  My skin instantly feel smoother, and looks hydrated, even toned and radiant.  I can judge that one application is enough to give me immediate brightening effect.  I definitely need to restock this one, as a few application may get the full benefit of the ingredients that help to minimize fine line and dark spots.

You can find these masks at http://www.drgrandplus.com.

 

Lapothicell – Keep Your Youth

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I’ve professed my love for this brand before.  Their sensitive skin care range is just perfect for my skin.  All of their products are hypoallergenic, mild and refreshing and literally have been transforming my skin.  Lapothicell was developed through all of technology and know-how accumulated by Kukje pharmaceutical researchers under the concept of “Real Derma-Cosmetic” over the past 57 years. Their products have been accomplishing remarkable achievements based on its quality and results in Korea and is expanding into the rest of Asia and now international.  They carry all the basic skin care products everyone should own, from cleansing water, to peeling booster to sun protector.  I’m so excited to incorporate some of their Keep Your Youth products, consists of gels, serums and creams which promise to give you tangible anti-aging results and to bring back the clarity of your skin.

Keep Your Youth Eye Contour Gel 

WHAT IT IS
  • Light-weight & refreshing gel eye gel
WHAT IT DOES
  • A solution for fine lines and wrinkles around the eye
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • Adenosine
    – Increase cell regeneration
  • Centella Asiatica
    – anti-inflammatory and calming effect. Brightens overall skin tone and age spots
  • Patented ingredient, ‘Syn®-Coll
    Syn®-Coll is a mixture of synthetic peptides designed to stimulate the skin’s natural mechanism to produce collagen
    – boost collagen synthesis to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Houttuynia Cordata Extract
    – helps brighten skin and sebum control.
WHAT IT SMELLS/LOOKS/FEELS
  • Clear lightly viscous gel; glides smoothly and easily patted in and absorbed
WHY I LIKE IT
This is my first eye product in a gel form.  The advantage of a gel product is that it is thinner, and as a result, the active ingredients can penetrate deeper.  My eye is always an area of concern for fine lines, so please penetrate away!  It contains the above ingredients as well as trusted hyaluronic acid for added firmness and rich peptide to help firm skin over time as well as instantly.  The product spreads out evenly and is fast absorbing, leaves no residue yet really lock in the moisture.  I actually leave this in the fridge and the coolness of the gel offers an immediate cooling boost to awaken and refresh and reduce under-eye puffiness.  This is great for those who want a fast absorbing product instead of heavy eye cream, and is perfect for day time use and summer time.

Keep Your Youth Daily Essence

WHAT IT IS

  • Anti-aging and balancing essence

WHAT IT DOES

  • To improve elasticity of skin and thus help minimize fine lines
  • To hydrate, repair and strengthen skin’s natural barrier.

KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Adenosine- Increase cell regeneration
  • Chia seed – A source of omega-3 fatty acid, which makes it an effective skin moisturizer and helps to hold onto hydration; Helps with hyperpigmentations, and act against inflammation
  • Centella Asiatica- anti-inflammatory and calming effect. Brightens overall skin tone and age spots.
  • Patented ingredient, ‘Syn®-Coll (Palmitoyl tripeptide-3)
    – boost stimulation collagen synthesis to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Houttuynia Cordata Extract- helps brighten and clear skin and sebum control.

WHAT IT SMELLS/LOOKS/FEELS

  • Clear water based essence, with concentrated oil capsules; visible oil bubbles that burst when massaged into face; no detectable scent; Glides smooth and absorbs fast

WHY I LIKE IT

This Lapothicell essence has earned a permanent place in my beauty arsenal.  Oil and water co-exist in harmony in the skin to help maintain its equilibrium of hydration and natural oil production, help to mimic and rebuild damaged skin hydrolipidic film.  It really contains the best of both world as an oil-in-water essence.  It’s non-greasy and lightweight as a water-based essence, yet formulated to travel deepest into the skin with the oil micro-capsules to deliver the finest cocktail of hydrating botanical oils and peptides.  The consistency is slightly thicker than most essence but still ultra-light and instantly glides onto the skin to provide a burst of powerful moisture that leaves my skin fresh, soft and supple, and moisture retained for the whole day.

Tone Up Serum

WHAT IT IS

  • A brightening serum

WHAT IT DOES

  • Highly moisturizing serum that penetrates deep inside giving silky finish.
  • It also brightens and restores your skin to healthier and natural glow looking.

KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Pearl Extract – Increase skin hydration to improve skin elasticity
  • TRANEXAMIC ACID – Prevent skin Melanin production
  • Adenosine – Increase cell regeneration
  • Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 – Boost Collage and increase skin elasticity
  • Niacinamide – Korea FDA approved ingredient for brighten skin tone

WHAT IT SMELLS/LOOKS/FEELS

  • A milky light serum, feels refreshing on the skin, and has no discernible scent.

WHY I LIKE IT

I’m always on a quest for brightening serums, and it’s especially amazing when a product uses skin-safe ingredients to brighten complexion, as well as improve hyperpigmentation, dark spots and uneven skin tone; which are ALL of my concerns.  The serum is super light weight, yet so hydrating and simply feels decadent on the skin.  It boasts so many beneficial ingredients.  This has been in my daily routine for a while now and my skin is brighter, and acne scar is starting to lighten.  While it doesn’t aggressively reduce the appearance of dark spots, it does leave my skin looking brighter and more even.  I haven’t experienced any irritation and I haven’t felt the need to use any heavy coverage for scars.  I feel a good serum should be multi-functional and certainly this one not only brightens but it’s also enriched with niacinamide and adenosine that have skin firming benefits, and gives another layer of hydration to help plump and give a bouncy and elastic feel to the skin.  The price is reasonable for a multi-faceted product that provides anti-aging, skin brightening, spot correcting and moisturizing in one.

Keep Your Youth Daily Gel

WHAT IT IS

  • A lightweight daily moisturizing gel with anti-aging and skin brightening benefits

WHAT IT DOES

  • Improve dull skin, uneven skin tone
  • Softening fine lines
  • Protect and balance skin sebum

KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Pearl Extract- Increase skin hydration to improve skin elasticity
  • PhytoG-Honey Extract (from Jeju Island) – Implement skin hydration & keeps the moisture in.
  • Adenosine- Increase cell regeneration
  • Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4- Boost Collage and increase skin elasticity
  • Niacinamide-FDA approved ingredient to helps even skin tone and hydrate skin

WHAT IT SMELLS/LOOKS/FEELS

Extremely lightweight and airy; feels like a thicker version of a serum, absorbs easy and no tacky feel

 

WHY I LIKE IT

It’s the summer, so for my combination skin, I seriously feel that a good gel moisturizer is the best way to get hydrated without overwhelming my pores.  My skin is the classic combination type, some areas are parched and flaky and t-zone completely opposite. This product does a superb job of balancing skin moisture without leaving my face feeling greasy.  The Daily Gel has a cooling effect when applied, and glides evenly and smoothly.   It literally feels like I am wearing nothing since it gets absorbed into the skin immediately but my skin feels sooo hydrated, firm and elastic.  Thanks to its nourishing ingredients (including niacinamide, honey, and pearl), it recharges and quenches my skin, even on the driest of complexion days.  I find it can be a great multi-tasker as well, especially if I leave it in the fridge and can easily use it as a cool de-puffing mask, or a soothing gel for sun burns.  Additionally it leaves my face with a dewy fresh-faced glow, easy for those no-makeup or lazy days.  A little bit goes a long way, and its convenient tube form is easy for travelling and hygiene.  I feel that this may be a product that can be used on my skin year-round.

 

There you go, it’s really quite obvious I am a big fan of Lapothicell products.  I have managed to create a skin-care regime using many of their products that simply produce the results I’m looking for: improve dullness, hydrate but non-clogging, improve skin complexion and texture, with added bonus of anti-aging effects.  I love experimenting but sometimes using skin care products from one brand can work synergistically together to get the outcome I want.  More importantly, find products that work and perform well for your skin.  Do you have a brand that you love?

You can find these products on Amazon or http://www.lapothicell.com

Taiwanese Mask Obsession: My Beauty Diary

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Spa treatments are so indulging.  But when I can’t find the best of times or even an hour to visit a spa to enjoy some much deserved pampering, sheet masks at home gives me a little ‘me’ time while having a good skin treatment.  Taiwanese sheet masks always have a soft spot in my heart, with My Beauty Diary easily fulfilling my vanities.

My Beauty Diary is a well recognized face mask brand in Taiwan and they now have a sales branch in the US, making purchasing so convenient and reliable.  You can find these products at My Beauty Diary US: ibeautydiary.com/

My Beauty Diary Masks are unique in several points:

(1) They literally have a mask for every skin needs, special occasions or emergencies: brightening, firming, calming…  You name it, you can find it with MBD.

(2) They carry mask with ingredients that are tried-and-true: hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, q10, AND some very exotic ingredients such as sake, rice wine, natto; depending on your level of adventure with skin care ingredients.

(3) Their masks are: No Paraben preservatives, No alcohol, No fluorescent whitening agents and Safe for sensitive and fragile skin

(4) What I like best about them is that they are consistently high quality, yet budget friendly.  What do I mean by high quality?

Packaging: Their packaging are the smallest among all sheet masks I’ve tried, which makes them very efficient and convenient.  Each mask come with English instructions.  On the front of the package are the key ingredients and the mask function, i.e. hydrating, soothing.. and on the back of the mask contain detailed ingredient list, notable ingredients and reason for their use, as well as designated skin types and directions.  No guessing games here!

Texture/Feel: Their masks are made of tencel fibre cloth, which means microfibres are inter-weaved to allow for efficient water-bearing structure of the essence.  The tencel is ultra-thin, soft and stretchy, but so absorbable.  When the mask is wet, it is nearly translucent on the skin.  This translates to the best fitted sheet mask I’ve ever used because it literally clings to every singe surface area of my face.  I’ve left these masks up to 40 minutes at a time, and it still remains well moisturized when removed.  Each mask always comes with a white plastic backing, making it easy to disassemble and apply.

Essence: Each package contains abundant essence that are not only soaked into the mask but enough left over to treat my neck, chest, arms, legs, body et al.

Fit: I am biased on this, because I have a small-ish face.  I feel that these newest addition of MBD masks are literally designed for my face.  Every opening in the mask for the eyes, nose and mouth are in the right place, and are neither too big or small.  I love when the gentle skin around my eyes can be treated.

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Black Pearl Brightening Mask

DESIGNED FOR: Normal skin types, especially recommended for skin lacking firmness, dull or tired skin

WHAT IT DOES: Optimal whitening, brightening and moisturizing

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS: Supreme black pearl essence from Tahiti is rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids that rapidly rejuvenate tired and dull skin.  Also formualated with hydrolyzed yeast protein, skin-brightening lemon extract to effective lighten and even skin tone.  The hydrating formulation contains deep sea Red algae and Malvasylvestris exract provides immediate relief to dry skin and improves’s skin’s ability to adjust tot he environment.  Sugar maple also helps to deliver intense hydration.

MY REVIEW: I can easily see why this is one of MBD most popular masks.  The ingredient formulation is stellar, and the brightening result is certainly immediately visible.  It makes my skin more even skin tone, and really helps to bring out a translucent clarity effect, along with diminishing pores and supply of ample hydration.  I love using this mask for lazy no-make up days because it instant wakes up my skin.

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Aloe Vera Soothing Mask

DESIGNED FOR: Normal skin types, especially recommended for dry skin and skin needing relief and repair

MASK FUNCTION: Optimal hydration, calming and soothing

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS: Aloe vera contains nourishing mucopolyaccharides that are combined with the double-acting moisturizing ingredients Cosphingo x Aquaroad to formulate a remarkable skin nourishing mask.  The mask also contains kiwi, lemon, gingko and various extract to soften dead skin.  Mulberry tree bark and bearberry leaf extract provides dual-action to soothe dry and irritated skin, while control and maintain balanced sebum secretion and clarify skin.

MY REVIEW: This mask is especially great after leaving it in the fridge, as the aloe provides an extra cooling, refreshing and hydrating experience on my skin.  I love using this mask on days when my skin feels sensitive.  It quenches the thirst of my skin, while the rich blend of nutrients and plant extract help to sooth any flushing or irritation.   The moisturizing and calming effect is really outstanding, and the finish is clean and non-sticky, making this a great morning mask when I’m in a rush to get out the door.

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Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask

DESIGNED FOR: Normal skin types; especially recommended for dry skin or skin in need of immediate hydration

WHAT IT DOES: Continuous hydration, Brightening and Firming

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS: Classic and popular moisturizing ingredient, hyaluronic acid, is treated to a hi-techhydrolysis process to further reduce the size of their elements, which allows for improved penetration and humectant effect.  Additional hydrating ingredients includes aloe vera and algae.  It also contains a blend of Arnica montana and Ruscus aculeatus for skin brightening and firming by improving skin elasticity and firmness, and enhances the complexion.

MY REVIEW: This mask is superbly hydrating without being too intense or heavy, perfect for the summer time.  I can never have too much hyaluronic acid products in my skin care, as hydration is the key to skin health.  I love using this mask after being in the sun too long, to help reduce pigmentations, and when I want to brighten my skin for a big event.  This mask also contains ingredients to firm the skin, including a whole host of antioxidants and vitamins to nourish the skin and perfect as part of an anti-ageing skin routine.

What are your favorite MBD masks?  Most of these masks are $1-2, or can be purchased in boxes of 5-10, on http://www.ibeautydiary.com.

 

 

Bravura London At Home Chemical Peels

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About The Brand: Bravura London

I’m so excited to share my experiences with Bravura.  Their products have rocked my skin world this past few weeks.  Behind the brand is Amanda Elias, who developed passion for skincare at an young age, and wanted to create products that are effective and luxury minus the price.  The entire product line is developed using acids, including glycolic, lactic and salicylic.  I have had experiences with chemical peels, and I found that some peels are too harsh.  What attracted me to Bravura London’s chemical peel is the lower concentrations, and therefore am hoping for results minus irritation or peeling.
Bravura product philosophy promotes slow gradual changes rather than overnight miracles.  Additionally, they believe in creating beauty routines that leads to real beauty results.  Amanda’s blog is a wealthy of information, and she really do want to help people to improve their skin health through education and finding the right products.  There is also a free, no obligation skin consultation online, and include recommendations for different skin types, skin concerns and even pregnancy skin care.  The website also contains detailed instructions and so much information about everything  you need to know about AHA and BHA products.  Your orders will also come with a detailed instructions on how to safely do a chemical peel at home.
On top of that, how gorgeous are their packaging?  At such affordable prices, I may have to get all of their products so I can line them up for a beautiful photo-op.  Today I’ll review their two of their three at-home chemical peels: 10% lactic and glycolic acid.

10% Lactic Acid Peel (Infused with Rose)

Price: £9.59 / 30mL

WHAT IT IS

An alcohol free lactic acid peel; pH 3.75

WHAT IT DOES

Infused with rose water, lactic acid peel is a perfect treatment for dry or dehydrated skin suffering from hyperpigmentation, acne, dry/dull skin, aging skin

INGREDIENTS

Purified Water, Rose Floral Water, Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Sodium Hydroxide and Sodium Citrate.

Lactic acid is a gentler form of AHA peels, and this means that it has a lower side effect profile such as dryness, irritation, skin peeling and hypersensitivity.  This means that it is a great option for people who are prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentations as well as have sensitive skin types.  Lactic acid is also a humectant which helps skin to retain moisture, thus is a great peel option for those with dry or dehydrated skin.  Additional benefits including anti-aging by increasing cell turnover, and stimulate collagen production, as well as lightening of pigments and scars.

SCENT/TEXTURE/FEEL

Water, colorless liquid; One full dropper measures about 5ml, just perfect for one application; scent is similar to other lactic acid peels, like a sour yogurt scent as it is derived from milk

WHY I LIKE IT

Lactic acid is not as easy to find as an ingredient as other acids (glycolic or salicylic).   I was first introduced to its amazing benefit on my skin by using the Sunday Riley Lactic Acid serum.  Additionally lactic acid products almost always comes at a higher price point.  The fact that Bravura offers a lactic acid peel at such an affordable price point is simply fabulous.  Even at 10%, I did feel a mild tingling upon application, which resolves within a few minutes.  As instructed, I started out my first peel at 5 minutes and gradually added an extra minute with each use.  Following instructions for these chemical peels are SOO important.  The most immediate and visible effect for me is cleaner and smaller pores.  I feel the result of this peel is most noticeable about three to four days after the peel when my skin seems smoother and has more radiance.  It makes it really easy to create a dewy look when your skin is glowing from within.

Glycolic Acid Peels (Infused with Lavender)

PRICE: £9.59 / 30mL

WHAT IT IS

An alcohol free glycolic acid peel; pH 3

WHAT IT DOES

Infused with lavender, designed to help fade pigmentation from sun or acne, reduce appearance of fine lines, exfoliate without being abrasive and reduces acne breakouts

INGREDIENTS

Distilled Water, Lavender Water, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose.

Glycolic acid is an all around great skin rejuvenation peel sourced from sugar cane and combat skin issues such as acne, clogged pores and blackhead, as well as dull or uneven complexion.  It is the most effective anti-aging chemical peel as it penetrate the skin the deepest of all AHA chemical peels, and thus can promote improved cellular turnover, stimulate collagen, and all to reduce visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve overall skin tone and texture.   The lower concentration makes this adaptable to use even 3-4 x weekly as per website, with very little downtime.

SCENT/TEXTURE/FEEL

Citrusy scent; clear watery texture; easiest to apply with brush

 

WHY I LIKE IT

I did not experience acne until my thirties, and it definitely seem to be hormone related.  I would get painful cystic acne along my chin, and despite tendency to pick at it, it often leaves me with unsightly scars that is red and then turns brown.  Since starting to use these two chemical peels alternating at a weekly basis, my chin acne has minimized and the brown patches are finally starting to show improvement.  Don’t be fooled by the 10% glycolic.  I know this is lower than most at-home peel products offered by other brands, the results takes patience and it will come.  The best thing for me is that this is the first glycolic acid product I’ve used (peel or cream) where I did not experience any redness, irritation or skin flaking.  I do use their pre-peel Ginseng toner before hand and will review this separately.

Upon initial application, there is definitely tingling, more pronounced with the glycolic peel than lactic acid.  It subsides within minutes.  There is a slight redness with the glycolic peel immediately after, which is resolved by morning.  I usually like to do these peels at night, followed by sheet masking.  I also use light hydrating gel products (such as Lapothicell Daily Gel Moisturizer) that cools and soothe the skin, yet gentle and not comedogenic.  Keeping your skin hydrated but not suffocating it has made a world of difference in terms of how I heal and respond to a peel.  My skin never feels stripped or irritated, and the results is the best on days when my skin feels overly-congested.

 

I love that these two at-home peel can leave my skin soft, fresh and more youthful looking with no noticeable side effect.  It is one of my favorite ways to exfoliate now, as it’s gentle, has no downtime, irritation or flaking.  For me, they have been so effective at helping to maintain a clear complexion, free of hormonal breakouts, which was one of the main reasons I wanted to start doing peels.  Overall it has revitalized my skin and helping to bring the glow back, and are totally worth the ingredient, performance, and the price.   I am planning to increase the use to every 3 nights or so, and am excited to follow the progress.

Of course don’t forget to stay out of the sun when you can and use spf when doing these peels at home.

You can find these beautiful Bravura products at https://www.bravuralondon.com/

 

Beautigenix – Stem Cell Facial Sheet Mask

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ABOUT BEAUTIGENIX

Beautigenix specializes in face masks formulated with an exclusive Human Stem Cell Culture™serum and  a special blend of all natural botanical ingredients with the power to brighten, hydrate, lift and soothe.  Beautigenix stem cells are harvested at the Seoul Stem Medical Center in South Korea.  Their masks are currently found in many professional spa and cosmetic clinics throughout the US.  They carry four varieties of the Stem Cell Sheet Masks for brightening, hydrating, soothing and toning/firming.  You can find these masks by visiting their website and locating a spa near you.

STEM CELL FACIALS

Now, have you heard of stem cell facials?  It sounds intriguing and so enticing and unfortunately oh-so-expensive as well.  When I heard about Beautigenix sheetmasks and their main ingredient is stem cells, I have to give it a try and create my own experience with a stem cell facial at home.  What is the hype about stem cells and skin care?

Stem cells are incredibly unique as they have the potential to transform into any cell types by stimulating growth of new cells and encourage production of fundamental building blocks of skin such as collagen and elastin, as well as repair of damaged cell.  Stem cells have been the heat of research for scientists and in medicine for these regenerative and reparative properties.   The philosophy behind stem cell facial is regeneration of skin cells.  Aging causes loss of collagen and elastin; sun and environment causes damages to cells result in laxity in skin, wrinkles, loss of radiance and formation of pigments, spots, scars and uneven skin tone.  It is hoped that with properly formulated stem cells, they can get incorporated into your skin, revitalize the skin’s building blocks, and help to stimulate epidermal stem cells to thicken the skin, which leads to tightening, firming and prevent wrinkle formation.

BEAUTIGENIX BRIGHTENING MASK

WHAT IT IS

  • A brightening, pigment reducing sheet mask

WHAT IT DOES

  • With state-of-the-art breakthrough stem cell technology, stem cells are blended with botanical extracts to help counteract visible signs of aging, including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dehydration, dullness, and sagging.

KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Stem cells reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Niacinamide has multiple skin benefits including reducing appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness, and a weakened skin surface
  • Sodium hyaluronate smoothes and plumps the skin.
  • Trehalose hydrates the skin and gives your skin a youthful, supple glow.
  • Witch Hazel reduces swelling and blemish
  • Botanical extracts for skin brightening

Purified Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin,Glycereth-26, Adult Human Stem Cell Culture Media (330,000 ng), Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fructan, Betaine, Trehalose, Hamamelis Virginiana, (Witch Hazel) Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Phenoxyethanol, Propanediol, Arginine, Carbomer, Portulaca Oleeracea Extract, Allantoin, Zizania Aquatica Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Chondrus Crisps (Carrageenan), Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol Acetate, Diptassium Glycyrrhizate, Niacinamide, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Rubus Coreanus Fruit Extract, Nelumbo Mucifera Flower Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Bisabolol, Fragrance.

TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE/FIT

  • Soft and breathable mask, saturated with the stem cell rejuvenating serum
  • No detectable scent
  • Adheres to the face very well and thus making it easy for me to multitask; comfortable on the skin
  • Small-medium fit

WHY I LIKE IT

Beautigenix recommend that these sheet masks be used regularly two to three times weekly to get the most benefits.  I have been using these mask right after I do an at-home chemical peel, and these are the perfect skin soother to help heal and repair after the treatment.  These masks feel heavy because the material is simply supercharged with the serum, slowly delivered into the skin over the course of 20-30 minutes.  I feel that masks that are highly absorptive often contours to the face better, and really enhances moisture retention.

My favourite part of this sheet mask is massaging the serum onto my face after the mask is removed.  The serum is like a lightweight oil blending serum (perhaps due to castor oil) that really contribute to a luxury experience.  I can just see and feel that the serum has penetrated the skin, and provides instant replenishing the skin with essential moisture and create a moisture barrier for skin brightening.  It feels so light on the skin, and absorbs quickly without leaving sticky or greasy feel, which makes it a perfect mask treatment for daytime look – even under makeup or sunscreen.

I do feel that this mask produces results above and beyond what I usually expect of a facial mask.  It is of professional quality, after all!   It is unbelievably good at boosting the moisture levels in my skin, and the result is the longest lasting effect of all the masks I’ve used, while maintaining a stable skincare routine.  I feel like I just had a proper facial, with skin feeling consistently soft, plump, and looking more radiant for days.  The mask packs hydrating, plumping, and brightening punch that I feel is above its price tag with its hero ingredient: stem cell.  I can definitely see myself using this mask on a regular basis.

You can find this on Amazon ($28/single, or $220/tens) or by locating a spa near you at http://www.beautigenix.com.

Lapothicell Sensitive Skin Line

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Some of my favorite things come in blue, including these Lapothicell Sensitive Line products (Cleansing Water, Peeling Booster and Ceramide Hydra Fluid). I am seriously in love with everything about this brand.  These three products cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate with a moisturizing punch — AND the magic is that it still manages to feel light.
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I have ultra-sensitive combination skin.  It’s not uncommon that when I try new product that my skin becomes red, itchy, and sometimes dry with irritation.  Since I have used a few Lapothicell products in the past, I am so comfortable and confident in their ingredients that are designed to be gentle on the skin – yet powerful enough to get results.  I did a full Cosdna analysis of the ingredients of their Sensitive product line and no ingredients were identified as irritating or comedogenic!  The company uses fine quality, highest performing botanical ingredients backed by clinical testing that yield desired results.  Here are my review of their Sensitive Skin Range of products including: Cleansing Water, AC Daily Peeling Booster and Ceramide Hydra Fluid.   These game-changing products are the ones that deserve a permanent place in my getting-ready routine.

Lapothicell Sensitive Cleansing Water

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Price: $23 / 200mL

WHAT IT IS

Multi-tasking toner and cleansing water

WHAT IT DOES

The cleansing water removes all makeup and impurities without irritation while it helps maintain healthy skin.

KEY INGREDIENTS

Tears-C – unique component which derives from human tear provide deep cleansing to remove makeup and impurities without irritation

Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract – exfoliate by lifting impurities and dead skin cells, smooth and improves skin texture

Pantenol– cleanses and moisturizes

Centella extract – also known as Gotu Kola, well known herb that has anti-inflammatory effects and is rich in saponins that stimulate skin repair and strengthen and strength skin and minimize imperfections

WHY I LIKE IT

This is not just your typical cleansing water.  Not only does it remove makeup, dirt, oil and cleanse residue, it also mildly exfoliates with dioscorea japonica root extract to help sweeps away dead skin cells, while other botanicals prep and hydrate the skin, revealing brighter skin tone and texture.  My skin has literally never felt clearer, fresher and totally moisturized after using this sensitive water.  Previously I was using a witch hazel toner which has irritated my skin in the past.  This product has not caused any sensitivities at all.  It is absolutely true that this is designed for sensitive skin!  The formulation makes this ‘water’ safer and gentle than the water that comes from my tap and it is sooo convenient.   Some mornings, all I do is a quick swipe of the cleansing water, followed by my other skin care products.  Other ways I have used this are as a midday refresher, or at night after cleansing to whisk away any remaining impurities.

Lapothicell A.C Daily Calming Peeling Booster

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PRICE: $20 / 200ml

WHAT IT IS

  • A gentle exfoliant, which requires no rinsing
  • Specially formulated for the sensitive normal to dry skins
  • Clinically tested on improvement for blemish, blackheads, whiteheads, dead skin cells and  skin smoothness.It allows your makeup to go on easier and longer.

WHAT IT DOES

Effective removes dead skin cells and boost the efficacy of your skin care.  Also help to normalize skin’s sebum and remove dead skin cells, and impurities

KEY INGREDIENTS

Glycolic acid

Wintergreen leaf extract – high in salicylic acid helps with skin blemishes

Tea tree extract – antiseptic effect and improve skin conditions

Aloe vera leaf – heals and sooths damaged and irritated skin

Allantoin – boosts up new cell growth and can be used for sensitive skin

WHAT IT SMELLS/LOOKS/FEELS

Clear watery formula, mild floral scent; apply with pad

WHY I LIKE IT

The benefits of exfoliation – clearer, brighter skin and an even skin tone – are obvious.  Face exfoliation products can be risky business for super reactive skin, so finding one that is calming while still does the job is like a dream come true.  Lapothicell AC Daily Peeling Booster feels like a balancing and exfoliating toner without the harsh astringent feel.   Plus, it is gentle enough to remain on skin so you don’t even need to wash it off.   I apply this twice daily after cleansing.  The aloe vera in this provide a cooling effect and plan extracts help to clean and nourish skin.  The results are immediately obvious: Skin feels bouncy, smoother and simply less dull.  It also help to regulate sebum production and preps my skin for other useful products, and even makeup application is smoother.  For delicate skin like mine, I am so glad to have found this Peeling Booster which can be used everyday for the gentlest yet effective exfoliation to soft and more glowy skin.

Lapothicell Ceramide Hydra Fluid

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PRICE: $31 / 125 mL

WHAT IT IS

All-IN-ONE lotion (toner, essence and lotion) that contains 95% Ceramide and Hyaluronic acid 

A deeply moisturizing fluid that combats signs of aging to improve skin tone and texture.

WHAT IT DOES

To provide intense skin hydration, strengthen and protect skin barrier from water loss.  Specially formulated for the sensitive normal to dry skins

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

Ceramide – acts as time-release moisture, enhance skin barrier

Hyaluronic acid – transforms rough and dehydrated skin into a hydrated, healthy glow.

Botanicals for added hydration shields:  (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA,Panthenol, Pelargonium Graveolens

WHAT IT SMELLS/LOOKS/FEELS

A natural pleasant light floral fragrance, in lightly viscous milky emulsion/lotion form and spreads easy

WHY I LIKE IT

A great product can do a world of good in one bottle.  I have been loving every product in the Lapothicell Sensitive Skin Line, and this is my favorite!  When I have sensitive skin (guilty of over exfoliation at times), I am still able to use this product, and it does not sting at all; yet calms and nourishes my skin.  This is actually my first products that is formulated with such a high concentrate of ceramide, and I feel that ceramides just works for my skin.  It is super lightweight, yet super luxe lotion that leaves me with baby soft, dewy-drenched skin.  What I absolutely love about this product is that it absorbs so quickly but the amount of hydration I feel on my skin is seriously incredible; resembles that after a good sheet mask session.  It helps to alleviate any area of my skin that seems to be stressed, dried or dull,  and all the while creating a protective barrier on its surface.  I feel that overall my skin is healthier, less ‘tired’ and hydrated when I use it.  It is just such a powerful product that quenches my skin without greasiness, and just perfect for layering under makeup.  The humectant power is long lasting, and naturally fortify my skin and plump fine lines to give a dewy, youthful glow.  The bottle is substantial in size! This is such bang-for-your buck for a highly potent and concentrated ceramide and hyaluronic acid treatment!

You can find Lapothicell products on the company website: http://lapothicell.com/, Amazon, and Ebay

FULL INGREDIENT LIST

COSDNA:

Cleansing Water

Water, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Butylene Glycol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tropolone, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Disodium EDTA, Urea, Trehalose, Panthenol, Potassium Phosphate, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract,Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Propylene Glycol, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract,1,2-Hexanediol,Centella Asiatica Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate.

AC Daily Peeling Booster

Water, Glycerin, Alcohol, Propanediol, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Sodium Citrate, Gaultheria Procumbens(Wintergreen) Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Portulaca Oleracea Extract,Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil,Disodium EDTA, Allantoin,1,2- Hexanediol,Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Glycolic Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Water, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Propylene Glycol, Carica Papaya(Papaya) Fruit Water, Phenoxyethanol

Ceramide Hydra Fluid

Water, Alcohol, Triethylhexanoin, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Glycereth-26, Isododecane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20,1,2-Hexanediol, Trehalose, Dimethicone, Sodium Lactate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot)Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Ceramide NP(50ppm), Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Biosaccharide Gum- 1,Sucrose Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin,Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Beta-Glucan

You may find Lapothicell products through their company website http://www.lapothicell.com and on Amazon.

CY Lab Masks

CY Lab is a Taiwanese skincare brand, created by a beauty manufacturer that’s been in the professional spa business for over 30 years, since 1982. Though this brand is considered a professional medical beauty brand in Taiwan, CY Lab was created so that these “high-level skincare series” could now be available to you! This brand is cruelty-free and their products are paraben-free.

CY Lab Top Luxury Mask Variety Set

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PRICE: $9.50 For three or you can purchase individually

Set contains:

Top Luxury Mask – Alpha-Arbutin Skin Whitening

WHAT IT IS

A brightening mask

WHAT IT DOES

Combat dullness and uneven texture, dark spots and uneven skin tone, and help prevent aging

KEY INGREDIENTS

Vitamin C (derived from ethyl ascorbic acid) lightens hyper-pigmentation and evens out skin tone

Orchid Extract is an astringent natural plant extract full of antioxidants that fight free radicals and aging

Arbutin brightens uneven skin tones and tones down redness by prevent formation of melanin

Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Arbutin, Allantoin, Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Butylene Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Water

SCENT/FRAGRANCES

Thin but sturdy cottony stretchy material that adheres like second skin, fit for medium size face, minimal detectable scent

WHY I LIKE IT

This mask contains a highly concentrated ampoule serum that contains both vitamin C and arbutin for powerful brightening effect, while sodium hyaluronate boost moisture and support natural collagen synthesis, and orchid, which has been used in medicinal Chinese formula for thousands of years to boost antiaging and protective effect while endowing complexion with a translucent glow. The mask is a super soft cotton sheet that fit the entire face and has plastic protective layer to peel off prior to using. I left this mask on for about 45 minutes (a bit longer than suggested time) and it was just starting to feel dry. My skin skin feels so moisturized and soft and looks significantly brighter. If you are looking for a sheet mask to brighten and bring life and vibrancy to dull and lackluster complexion, I highly recommend this mask.

Top Luxury Mask – Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate

WHAT IT IS

An antiaging black sheet mask

WHAT IT DOES

Contains sea fennel stem cell extract to maintain skin’s elasticity and antixoidant to slow down signs of aging and stimulate collagen production

KEY INGREDIENTS

Crithmum Maritimum boosts collagen production, reduces fine lines, speeds cell turnover, and evens out skin discoloration

Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract is an anti-aging agent that helps increase collagen and elastin production and improve hydration

Chondrus Crispus is a seaweed full of antioxidants that works to maintain skin moisture levels

Ingredients: Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate, Lecithin, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Collagen, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Butylene Glycol, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Water

FRAGRANCES/SCENT/FIT

Soft and plush, fit my small-medium face just perfect; clear lightly viscous essence with no detectable scent

WHY I LIKE IT

I was so pleasantly surprised to find that this is a black mask. I love black mask because it means adding detoxification component to my masking experience. The mask feels even more velvety than its white counterpart. It’s literally soft and luxurious. The mask comes with a TON of wonderfully hydrating liquid with so much more left over in the pouch. No lie, I left this mask on for close to one hour and it stayed MOIST and WET! Talk about great absorptive power of this black mask! This mask left my skin looking and feeling amazing, brighter, dewy and hydrated. The best part is the next morning, when my pores looks so clean and visibly smaller. The ingredient of Crithmum Maritimum is certain intriguing to me and rarely found in other skin care products and I’m so excited to be trying their Crithmum Maritimum essence that allows me to include this ocean botanical based retinol into my routine.

Top Luxury Mask – Triple Hyaluronic Acid Intensive Moisturizing Repairing Mask

WHAT IT IS

A skin-quenching mask blended with antioxidants

WHAT IT DOES

Intensely hydrating and provide long lasting moisture; help combat dryness, dullness and uneven skin tone and texture for a smooth, healthy-looking complexion

KEY INGREDIENTS

Hyaluronic Acid retains skin moisture levels and promotes collagen synthesis

Saccharide Isomerate is an emollient naturally found in skin and helps lock in moisture

Chondrus Crispus is a seaweed full of antioxidants that works to maintain skin moisture levels

Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Saccharide Isomerate, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Butylene Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Water

FRAGRANCES/SCENT

nearly transparent, great fit, watery essence

WHY I LIKE IT

Like a cool drink of water for the skin, ultra low molecular hyaluronic acid replenishes moisture while saccharide isomerate naturally hydrate and refreshes, and seaweed extract, which contains algeinic acid, moisturizes and removes impurities. The mask is ultra light and soft. The mask adheres comfortably to the skin, giving me the ability to multi-task while improving my complexion. Formulated with only natural and safe ingredients, this ultra-soothing and hydrating mask allows pores to absorb essential nutrients and moisturizing ingredients for an ultimate hydration therapy, giving my skin a serious recharge, making it glowy bouncy all day long.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I am so impressed with all three of Cy Lab masks. They are simple comfortable on the skin and provides the instant results I am looking for from a mask: improving complexion, brighten and even skin tone, added hydration and suppleness. The ingredient lists are short yet powerful, contains only non-nonsense or fillers, and gentle for sensitive skin. These are definitely a repurchase in my books. You can find these at Amabie Shop: http://shopamabie.com or Miiru Shop https://www.miirushop.com/

KOTOHA

Every year, summers take a toll on my skin. The scorching heat, pollution, and humidity causes some damages manifesting in sun spots, hyper pigmentation and discoloration.  My hunt for brightening elixir never stops.  Kotoha is becoming one of my favorite skin care lines that brightens.

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About KOTOHA

KOTOHA is a prestige natural beauty brand, based in London, and established in 2015 by founder Yoko Obata.  The entire product line (skincare and hair care) relies on ‘shoyaku’, a Japanese word for ‘active medicinal herbs’, to keep the skin looking radiant. We already know to look towards the East for the latest skin care innovations. And sometimes, it’s the ancient rituals that have made their way into the modern world of beauty. After all, Japanese Geisha and Chinese empress all shared porcelain and glowing skin thousands of years ago before cleansers, exfoliators, or sunscreens were invented. They created quintessential beauty ideals, and symbolized true femininity and grace, which influenced many prestige, and herbal-based beauty rituals. Founder Yoko started out with incorporating natural herbal ingredients into her own skin care routine; and soon the results were so obvious, and she was encouraged by family, friends and private clients to develop these products into her revolutionary brand, KOTOHA Cosmetics London. Knowing exactly which herbs to choose, and understanding the active ingredients and the right formulations, KOTOHA brings you a line of products using ancient skin care wisdoms from the Far East, to get your skin looking radiant.

Skin Cherish Lavender Cleanser

Price: £30.00 / 110g

What It Is

  • A nourishing cleaning balm

What It Does

  • One step Cleanser that gently melts away makeup and impurities; leaving the skin hydrated and silky smooth

Key Ingredients

  • Sea whip extract (soothes)

How It Looks/Feels/Smells

  • It’s a buttery balm that turn into a milky cleanser, and smells like an aromatic and relaxing blend of herbal flowers

Why I like it

This Lavender Cleanser is by far my favorite product of the bunch.  It is designed to function as one-step oil and water-soluble cleanser.  I scoop a small spoonful into my hand and it feels silky smooth like butter but not heavy.  When mixed with a splash of water, the cleansing balm emulsifies into a light, milky emulsion.   I massage on effortlessly, and the product feels so good that it encourages me to really work it into the skin, which is no doubt good for circulation and a dewy glow.  The smooth and gentle balm removes everything from tenacious eye mascara and eyeliner, dirt and impurities while feeling very moisturizing on the skin; and it really helps to clean up the pores without leaving the skin tight and dry.   The oil component helps to prevent transepidermal water loss, and it leaves my skin simply refined and hydrated.  The water-soluble component makes this so easy to rinse off with no residue whatsoever.  My face feels squeaky clean but not stripped and I’m comfortable in doing one step cleanse when I use this.  I feel that this can be used on dry and oily complexions alike.

Moist Essence Water

Price: £28.00 / 150mL

What It Is

  • A highly emollient and rejuvenating toning water

What It Does

  • Hydrates deeply to refresh skin and give glow; anti-aging and rejuvenating facial toner; prepare skin for other products

Key Ingredients

  • Full of the ‘magical’ shoyaku (oriental medicinal herbs) including Ginseng and Peonia Lactifolia.  Ginseng is one of the most sought-after ingredients in the beauty industry for its anti-aging effects. Peonia Lactifolia has been used in the Far East for hundreds of years and helped many people develop youthful skin.

How It Looks/Feels/Smells

  • A clear liquid with natural scent; I apply with a cotton pad

Why I Like It

Some toners are meant to cleanse the skin, balance the pH or exfoliate.  This is definitely a moisturizing toner.  It really boosts skin suppleness and hydration level when applied to freshly cleansed skin.  I use this product liberally and enthusiastically because it absorbs so easy and doesn’t saturate on the skin.  It feels incredibly light and indulgent on my skin, like splashing fruit-infused water on the face.  It gives my skin a toned and refined look, and boost the performance of other products.

 

Brightening Serum 

Price: £35 / 50mL

What It Is

  • A dullness-fighting, dark spot lightening serum

What It Does

  • Even out skin tone, brighten and clarify skin, fade spots

Key Ingredients

  • The shoyaku herb mulberry root bark extract was used to treat uneven skin tone and skin pigmentation in the Far East for hundreds of years. Vitamin C – is also highly effective for treating skin pigmentation and freckle. The anti-oxidant moringa makes this serum powerful, yet it is also gentle. It helps skin look bright and clear.

How It Looks/Feels/Smells

  • This serum is really lightweight, highly moisturizing, clear lotion-like consistency; minimal detectable scent

Why I Like it

I am absolutely in love with the luxurious silky serum.  Let’s get this straight, lightening spots takes patience and persistence, so I’m not expecting to see much changes after a few weeks of using.  However, I can attest that this product works fast to completely brighten my complexion, and making the skin look healthier, clearer and plump.  The product is weightless, fast absorbing, and boast the high potency ingredients (vitamin C and mulberry root bark extracts) to back up its brightening claims.   I follow this with the Kotoha anti-aging moisturizer to get the most powerful brightening results.  And overtime, I hope to find that it will help to fade some dark spots.

 

Anti-Aging Cream 

Price: £45.00 / 50mL

What It Is

  • A facial moisturizing cream for dry skin or age 40+

What It Does

  • Hydrates skin and protects against aging environmental oxidants
  • Hydrates skin while improving brightness and texture

Key Ingredients

  • This anti-aging cream uses two of the finest ingredients available, ginseng extract and CoEnzymeQ10.  To develop the velvety texture, Kukui nut oil is added, which is native to Hawaii and high in anti-oxidants and contains Vitamin A and C, both traditionally used to treat sun damage. Other selected oils from all over the world include ellagic acid-rich pomegranate oil, hemp oil and rosehip oil.

How It Looks/Feels/Smells

  • Despite the botanical oil infusion, this cream actually feels like a water-based cream, refreshing and hydrating  without creating an oily slick.  It smells clean and natural

Why I like it

This product is formulated for busy women in their 40s who are just starting to experience natural signs of aging, while battling dullness and spots.  This is packed with natural antioxidants derived from Kukui nut oil for skin protection.  This came as a combination with the brightening serum as Kotoha’s ‘brightening set’.  I feel that the cream can be easily layered with its light and easy to absorb texture.  I am digging the creamy silky formula, which glides on beautifully.  Like all their products, I am impressed about how quickly it goes from cream to a light lotion texture as it sinks into the skin.  I don’t like products that lingers too long because I’m always rushed for time in the morning, and this one I can follow with sun screen right away.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The best part is that KOTOHA’s products are all natural and are free from well known toxic ingredients such as Paraben, SLS, SLES, artificial fragrances and artificial colours. Products are available only at KOTOHA London. As a first time client, you will receive a Special offer of a 10% discount.

Inlight Organic Skin Care: From UK to the US

Screen Shot 2017-07-15 at 3.46.30 PM.pngI’m so excited to share my review of Inlight Indulgence Collection, an UK based 100% natural and organic skin care line.  They uses the freshest of ingredients and of course no animal testing.  Simply said, the products are potent, indulge all the senses, elegant, feminine and sensual.

Inlight’s proprietary formula is  the Bio-lipophilic Matrix®at the core of each Inlight Organic Skincare product.  It consists of a specific blend of pure organic, cold-pressed oil selected for their high bio-chemical affinity to the lipidic human skin layer.  Oils are then infused with herbs and flowers and deliver a concentrated, safe and effective luxury products that nourish the skin and nurture the soul.  Why did I just choose a product line that are oil-based for my combination skin?  Well, I truly believe that the right combination of oil can help stabilize and regulate the overproduction of sebum, and actually help to balance and hydrate the skin.

What struck me about Inlight?

Care: I am always intrigued about things that are artisan, crafty or boutique.  Inlight prides in being an Artisan Luxury Skin Care.  It makes me feel that the people behind it love what they do.  I can literally sense and feel it, as if I can connect with the maker through their creation.

Aroma: The products aroma really represent mother nature in all her abundances: pure, natural.  The scent stimulates sensory pleasure in mind with its elixir of plants, fruits and nuts oils infused with herbs and flowers.

Texture: All of their products carries this exclusive silky soft and feather light texture despite being oil-based, and really facilitate absorption of the product for deep nourishing and moisturizing properties.

Ethical and Earth Friendly: All recycled or biodegradable packaging.

Ingredients and Ingredients: Very rarely do you find products that are 100% organic and naturally sourced.  All products are oil-based and water free formula containing high concentration of phytonutrients, anti-oxidants, skin-loving vitamins and essential fatty acids.  All products are free from synthetics and chemical fragrances.

 

Now lets take a look at their Indulgence Collection: 

Facial Cleanser

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WHAT IT IS

The masterfully formulated, oil-based formula makes this gentle yet effective cleanser ideal for lifting skin impurities, fighting blackheads and spots as well as removing makeup. Our cleansing balm moisturises and deeply hydrates the skin as it cleanses.

PRICE $70.00 / 90 mL (smaller 45mL has been sold out)

KEY INGREDIENTS

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Full ingredient list: https://www.hugyourskin.com/products/face-cleanser?variant=43345989898

WHY I LIKE IT

I love facial balms for cleansing for a variety of reasons.  The main one being that it’s the most effective option to remove dirt and oil without overly drying the skin.  The combination of coconut, jojoba and olive oils in this balm-to-oil formula work to cleanse skin from dirt, oil, and pollution buildup, while gamellia sinensis and green tea are gentle non-alcohol astringents that helps to balance oil, minimize pores and remove bacteria.  Together, they make one rock solid cleanser.  It feels ultra nourishing, easy to massage into skin and easy to wipe away with a damp cloth followed by the floral facial Toner with no oily residue.  It is very effective at removing all the grimes of the skin, eyemakeup and mascara!  It contains a delightful natural scents of coconut, rosemary and cypress that can awaken your senses day and night.    Your skin will be seriously blessed, not even a little bit stripped, after cleansing with this balm cleanser.

Floral Face Tonic

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WHAT IT IS

Alcohol-free fusion of uplifting earthy flower extracts.  Ideal for removing Inlight Face Cleanser and our face masks, or just as a refreshing lift during warm days.  Gentle on your skin and proven not to dry out even the most delicate complexions.

PRICE: 34.00 / 100mL

KEY INGREDIENTS

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Full Ingredient List: https://www.hugyourskin.com/products/floral-face-tonic

WHY I LIKE IT

The floral face tonic is infused with earthy floral extracts including rose, lavender, cornflower and roman chamomile, which are powerful ingredients that helps to cleanse, tone and condition the skin.  It is the only non-oil based product in Inlight yet still hydrates, refreshes and prepares the skin for better absorption of other products.  This delightful floral combination exudes a light herbaceous and earthy scent, pure and natural, subtle but distinguishable, the essence of being invited to a flower garden.  The toner brings harmony to my dull, tired skin, and can be used to refresh the skin throughout the day.

 

Facial Oil

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WHAT IT IS  

A light, protective elixir for daily moisturising with rounded, addictive notes of vanilla and rose. Quickly absorbed, ideal under make-up.

PRICE: 69.00 / 30mL

KEY INGREDIENTS

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Malva sylvestris – mallow extract – soothing, anti-inflammatory

Rosa rubiginosa – rose oil – antioxidant, skin restorative

Simmondsia chinensis – jojoba oil – nourishing, promotes elasticity

Full Ingredient List: https://www.hugyourskin.com/products/daily-face-oil

WHY I LIKE IT

A good face oil can become the defining part of any skincare routine.  This blends of essential oil claim to cover all manner of skin demands – hydration, re-balancing and anti-ageing across a broad range of skin types; formulated in the most natural way.  The oils are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids that will protect and feed the skin.  It is light yet deeply nourishing, helps to lock in moisture, and really banishes flaky patches and plump parched skin.  It feels luxurious but not heavy and provides the skin with a healthy glow.  This is also a great options for people who favour natural fragrance.

Line Softener

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WHAT IT IS

Richly packed with an exotic blend of the rarest regenerative and restorative ingredients to be found in the nature, created to deeply penetrate the skin, leaving it luminous and invigorated.  Phytonutrients fully nourishes, energize and support cell renewal.  Natural antioxidants help eliminate harmful elements and protect cellular integrity.  The elixir’s emollient will leave your skin supple and deeply moisturized, while visibly smoothing the surface and diminishing appearance of pores fine lines and wrinkles.

PRICES: $99.00 / 30mL

KEY INGREDIENTS:

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Full Ingredient List: https://www.hugyourskin.com/products/line-softener

WHY I LIKE IT

I picked this for its ability to prevent and treat lines and scar, helps clear dark marks naturally and speeds up skin’s own healing process.  This is a more intense sister of the Facial oil, so I only use a little and once to twice a week.  The ingredients are really top notch: shea butter and macadamia oil offer invaluable antioxidants in the form of Vitamins A & E and essential fatty acids.  Evening primrose, rosehip and carrot oils bathe the skin in moisture and calendula, plantain and gotu kola promote elasticity and tone.  I warm up the product in the palm of my hand the the application is so smooth and absorbs surprisingly quick for an intensely nourishing formula, without leaving a slick behind on the skin.  Skin is left feeling softer and suppler as a result.  The medley gives way to a unique soothing scent like nothing I’ve smelled before, giving it an extra boost that is wonderfully calming, rich and luxurious, and so perfect to use to relax before bed.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I need to try  more of INLIGHT products!  They offer a few gift packs filled with travel size versions of their most popular products like the Indulgence Collection, Mum’s Collection, Night Deluxe, Super Food Delight, Try Me Collection, Pamper Me Collection, and Body Beautiful Collection.  They also have a weekly finishing touch including uplifting and rejuvenating Super-Food or warming and indulgent Inlight Chocolate Face Mask to enhance suppleness and moisture once a week.  Have you tried it?

Where to buy: 

Hug Your Skin https://www.hugyourskin.com/

Founded by girlboss Lucy, who had successfully partnered with Inlight in Czech Republic and Slovakia.  Through Hug Your Skin, she brings this 100% organic skin care line to North America.

 

 

 

 

Sundays Are For Masking: Loveisderma

IMG_1673loveisdermaEvery Sunday, I try and spend a little extra time on my skin, prepping it for the busy week ahead.  Masks are my favorite way to unwind and energize and pump my skin back to good health.  Today I used Loveisderma VC Brightening Jelly followed by the brand’s hydrating biocellulose mask.  My skin looks glowy and feels so plump and soft.

Loveisderma VC Whitening Jelly

(500 g – 16.7 Fl.oz) 

Indications :This gel-based masque is formulated with a skin lightening formula rich in nourishing hydrators and brightening ingredients such as VC-IP, Vitamin B3, White Mulberry Extract and Oryza Sativa Lees Extract that help promote overall skin clarity, give the skin a brighter, fresher appearance.  Suitable for all skin types.

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Designed for: Brightens & Lightens for Luminous Complexion

Ingredients: Brightening ingredients highlighted

Water, Glycereth-26, Corallina Officinalis Extract, White Mulberry Root, Butylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lees Extract, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sorbitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Carbomer, Niacinamide, Mannitol, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Caffeine, Zinc Gluconate, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chesnut) Seed Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyglycerin, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance

Star Brightening Ingredient: White Mulberry Root

Mulberry plant has been shown to effectively inhibit melanogenesis (melanin production). Clinical trials have found that mulberry root bark extract and leaf extract from the twigs can inhibit tyrosinase activity (melanin enzyme) be as much as 50%.  You can read more about white mulberry skin whitening properties here: http://www.skinandallergynews.com/index.php?id=1059&type=98&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=216679

Review

Jelly masks are the skin care innovations in Taiwan.  Next to Annie’s Way, Loveisderma Jelly Masks are very popular.  I’ve previously used Annie’s Way Arbutin Jelly Mask for an instant brightening effect.  Their star ingredient is arbutin.  In Loveisderma’s VC brightening mask, the skin brightening effects comes from nature’s botanical extracts full of anti-oxidants, with the star being white mulberry.  A girl can never have too many skin brightening masks!  It’s so important to follow the instructions to using this jelly mask to get the most benefit.  You need to be generous when applying, leaving 0.3-0.5cm thick on the skin.  Let’s be real, I don’t measure but I certainly am generous in applying a good thick layer with the spatula.  One of the features I love about this mask is that through the process of masking, it helps to soak in into pores, dissolve and soften blackheads, making it easier to be exfoliated and cleared.  The jelly then needs to be wiped away, followed by cleansing with water.  So certainly it’s a little more diligent work than a sheet mask.  So why do I use it?  Well, I absolutely love the cooling sensation of the jelly, which also helps to detoxify and tighten pores.  The gel texture revives the skin on application.  When you scrape or wipe away the mask, it offers a dual scrub that is both gentle and powerful.  The combination of brightening and moisturizing ingredients are designed to bring maximum hydration and thus a healthy complexion to the skin.  Day after day of use, skin looks naturally revitalized, fresh, and radiant.  Two big skin concerns of mine are visible pores, and dull sallow skin as I age, and this mask certainly address both of these issues effectively.

Loveisderma Deep Hydrating Bio Cellulose Mask

(50mL)

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Designed for: Hydrating, Brightening

Mask Type: Biocellulose –  “Its unique fiber structure has been developed to fit perfectly to the human face, transferring premium skin care ingredients that hydrate and nourish skin to a more youthful, refreshed appearance. The quality of this superior fiber structure-synthesized from acetobacter xylinum bacteria-is premium grade, comparable to the cellulose fiber commonly used for wound care and medical applications. It absorbs and retains an exceptional volume of age-defying ingredients, more than any other cosmetic facial mask on the market.”

Ingredientswater, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glycyrrhiza glabra root extract, cucumis sativus fruit extract, hydroxyethyl urea, laminaria ochroleuca extract, polyglutamic acid, chamomilla recutita flower extract, lecithin, sodium PCA, sorbitol, hydrolyzed yeast protein, laminaria digitata extract, citric acid, sodium hyaluronate  

Review

First of all, what stands out about this mask is the packaging.  It is bigger than most sheet masks, and the reason it to help maintain the mask integrity.  Remember, this is a biocellulose mask so it’s slippery and sometimes finicky to handle.  Most sheet masks are folded in quarters, but this one is only in halves, along with protection of plastic protective covers.  This method helps the mask to maintain its shape and form for easy application.  The ingredients are star-studded for hydration and skin brightening: Aloe vera, cucumber, sodium hyaluronate for hydration; chamomile to sooth and refresh, and of course, one cannot have a Taiwanese mask without skin brightening ingredients including glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice).

I love biocellulose mask for the perfect adherence on the face.  It’s so smooth, so cool and squishy as if the mask is suctioned to my face, like a second skin.  It doesn’t flop off when I’m upright and allows me to move around with ease and be doing errands in the house with this mask on.  It is intensively moisturizing and soothing. Unlike cotton mask that dries at 20-30 minutes, and may be counterproductive if left on for too long.  This mask stayed cool and refreshing and hydrated.  There is so much essence (50mL) left in the packaging to massage into the face and neck!  This mask is my skin pamper, a truly luxury treatment formulated to lock in moisture for ultra skin hydration.  My skin is left softer, silky-smooth and supple with any blemishes and scars calmed and minimized.

The only down side is that they are not cheap.  This one is ~$9.00 at Beautibi, https://www.beautibi.com/ but totally worth it for the super glow-y skin, for a spa day at home or night out.