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NeoStrata SKIN ACTIVE Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum

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NeoStrata Company, Inc., just launched one of their most potent serum to date: NeoStrata SKIN ACTIVE Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum.  This supercharged serum is formulated with a proprietary triple anti aging complex (Aminofil®, Gluconolactone, and Hyaluronic Acid) to help with ‘volumize and sculpt skin, filling the look of deep wrinkles and improving the appearance of skin laxity.’

Notable Ingredients: 

  • Smooths skin with Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid 0.5% – Due to its unique small size, LMW Hyaluronic Acid penetrates skin’s surface to attract moisture, providing hydration to visibly improve skin texture.
  • Volumizes slack skin with Aminofil® 1.25% – Patented amino acid derivative, concentrated to help reinforce the skin’s matrix and target skin’s Hyaluronic Acid to volumize, plump, and firm skin for a more lifted appearance.
  • Renews tone with Gluconolactone 8% – This hydrating Polyhydroxy Acid and chelator helps to reduce oxidative damage and gently increase cell turnover for more even tone.

Directions

In the morning and evening, apply 3-5 drops of Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum after cleansing and follow with a favorite moisturizer.

Why I Love It

This serum has become an absolute essential in my routine.  I have used many of Neostrata products in the past, and this is definitely one of my favorite.  Their ingredients and results are always clinically proven, and the ingredients in this serum are stellar.  I’ve been using this for just two weeks now and my skin is reaping the benefits.  The texture of this product feels luxurious and divine on the skin.  The consistency is light, but concentrated.  Two drops are sufficient for the entire face and neck.  It spreads likely silk, and completely absorbs into the skin within seconds.  It gives a taut feeling to the skin upon application, instantly give my skin a more firm and toned looking complexion.  Best of all, the serum is lightweight enough to be applied around the eye areas, which also gives a lifting effect that makes my eyes appear less tired.  Apart from the outstanding lifting effect, this serum also delivers long lasting hydration.  It keeps my skin hydrated and supple for the whole day.  It also helps the makeup to glide on beautifully.  Need I say more?

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MIDNIGHT BLUE YOUTH ACTIVATING DROP

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PRICE: $30.00 / 20ml

What It Is: An anti-wrinkle product designed to firm, contour and brighten the looks of skin

What It Does: Contains powerful growth factors (EGF, bGFG) and 95% raw material for anti-aging effects: help to restore appearance of skin’s elasticity, resilience, tone and texture

Ingredients: RH-Oligopeptide- 1, RH-Polypeptide- 1, Butylene Glycol, Vaccinium Angustifolium Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Chlorphenesin, Guaiazulene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine.

Texture/Feel/Fragrance: Light watery consistency like a toner; non-oily, non-sticky; best to pat the product in, no detectable scent

What I Love About It

After three weeks of using this product, I have come to conclusion that this is one of the most comforting and beautiful products I’ve used.  The texture is thin but hydrating and smoothing.  It spreads beautifully.  The blue tint somehow makes this so calming to apply as part of my night time routine.  I apply this right after toning, and because it is so light, it makes it so easy for me to apply my other skin care products to follow.

The ingredients are stellar, and it’s so important to note that there are only 10 core ingredients without purified water, so it is a very high concentration and high strength product, not compromised by fillers.  What does EGF do?  It activates cellular regeneration, which as we all know slows as we age and the result is super-boosting of overall skin youth.  Certainly the most noticeable result for me is more even skin tone, and more resilient and bouncy skin.  In terms of skin discoloration and age spot, as ewll as wrinkle reduction, it is too early to tell.  But overall it helps me in maintaining a healthier-looking skin.  The real lovely part was that this product has no scent, no irritation, and just pure age-combating bliss that is totally worth the $30 investment.

 

 

3 Step Regimens for The Minimalists

IMG_4041.PNGLeegeehaam is a brand that just completely blow my mind ever since I entered into the world of Korean beauty.  As much as I love going all out when it comes to my skin-care routine, sometimes I just don’t have the time.  Thanks to LGH, they have created a well-thoughout-out three-piece sets (Hyal-5), and let me tell you, this minimalist approach can yield just as impressive results as my complex ones.  This trio is perfect for all skin types, and all four seasons.  Read on!

According to LGH websites, these products are intended for

  •  dehydrated skin suffering from skin tightness and roughness
  • for those looking for all year round moisturizer
  • for immediate and intensive hydration
  • for minimizing appearance of fine lines, flakiness, and tightness
  • and looking for a moisturizer that forms a strong barrier for the optimal hydration level

WHY I LOVE IT

The Hyal 5 products are described to be a ‘true oasis for your dehydrated skin, designed to ‘fill, retain and protect’ moisture.  These products features a 5-Hyaluronic complex – a proprietary blend of five different forms of hyaluronic acid – sodium hyaluronate, hydroxypropyltrimonimum hyaluronate, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, sodium acetylated hyaluronate and ascorbic propyl hyaluronate that penetrate deep through all layers of the skin, to amplify skin’s hyaluronic acid level for the ultimate long-lasting hydration.  Vitamin B5 and B3 hen form a strong moisture barrier to help retain all the moisture.

Step one is an ultra light but slightly viscous toner that just infuses the skin with youth-boosting hydration that immediately tone, hydrate and soften my skin.  I also find that it helps to reduce redness and gives an even appearance to the skin.  It absorbs quickly and set my skin ready for the next steps.  It’s perfect for a 3-skin method in the morning, and 7-step at night.

Step two gives the skin the ‘drink’ it needs to maintain optimal moisture balance.  Viscous but smooth in consistency, this ampoule’s hydrating power are real.  Just a small amount goes a long way.  It doesn’t leave any stickiness or residue on my face.  I feel that this ampoule can fit into any skincare routine that needs an extra hydration boost.

The last step just seals the deal.  The moisturizer is gel-like in texture, and so comforting and cooling when applied.  The cushiony cream has a ‘burst’ feel when applied, and really just releases a flood of moisture into the skin, and then absorbs completely without any stickiness.  By the end of this step, my skin feels uniquely indulgent and deeply nourished.

I remember coming back from the deserts of Arizona, which left my skin feeling and looking parched and worn out. I started using this trio immediately, and they just completely revitalized my skin.  The products really help to keep the moisture in and make fine lines and wrinkle disappear.  LGH Hyal-5 trio are a soothing and hydrating dream-come-true for skin that just can’t stay hydrated.  It’s awesome for shine-prone skin like mine because it gives a natural all-over magnifying finish.  Find this trio at Leegeehaam GLOBAL.

Fabulous Gel-to-Oil Cleanser by Healavie

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Healavie Cleansing Oil Gel

WHAT IT IS

A gel cleanser that becomes an oil to cleanse, and then transforms into lotion to hydrate the skin

WHAT IT DOES

It cleans and softens the skin while removing makeup.

FRAGRANCE/TEXTURE/FEEL

Mild citrusy scent, a yellowish honey-like soft gel that melts into the lightest of cleansing oil

WHY I LOVE IT

When you massage this innovative gel cleanser onto your skin it transforms to a lightweight, cleansing oil that leaves skin clean, soft and perfectly balanced, never dry or stripped.  It literally metal away even stubborn, long-wear makeup and impurities.  Formulated with a variety of vitamins and 100% best Korean wild grass that contains the vitality and energies of earth, the oil then turns into a hydrating lotion that literally invigorates the skin and soften and hydrates without clogging pores or leaving any oily residue.  It was gently on my skin and had an uplifting, sweet citrusy scent.  The end result is simply fabulous: plumped, baby-soft and glowing skin that makes the rest of my skin care routine a breeze.

 

Softest Mask, Creamiest Serum – Healavie Sheetmasks

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Sheetmasks are no doubt an integral part of my skin care routine.  I try to incorporate at least one every single day.  overtime, daily masking has brought my skin to a ‘next level’, and have helped my skin to have a constant bouncy and supple feel, and never dehydrated.  I’ve tried many, many masks, and this Healavie mask is definitely going into the categories of ‘my favorites’ based on results, ingredients and feel.  It really gives my skin a boost of radiance, brightening, hydration and the love it needs, and it’s just sooo SOFT and CREAMY!

WHAT IT IS: An intensively hydrating sheet mask that boost radiance, brightens skin and deeply hydrate for a brighter, even toned complexion

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Fruit extract from Sea Buckthorn, also known as “Vitamin Tree”, moisturizes and brightens the dry and dull skin.
  • The extract also contains vitamin C, which nourishes and brightens the exhausted skin.
  • It contains 10 different kinds of herbal ingredients, which help toward moisturizing, calming, hydrating, whitening, and wrinkle improvement effects.
  • Hydrating Ingredients + Brightening Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Niacinamide, Dipropylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Sophora Flavescens Root Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Dimethicone, Methyipropanediol, Maltodextrin, Butylene Glycol, Betaine,Beta-Carotene, Stearic Acid, Squalane, Sorbitan Stearate, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Silica, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ceramide NP, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, t-Butyl Alcohol, Cholesterol, Caprylici Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine HO, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Phytosphingosine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethylhexylglycerin. Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Trisociium EDTA

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WHY I LOVE IT

Let me tell you why I’m a now a huge Healavie fan.  The sheet masks are made of cellulose – an eco-friendly, biodegradable fiber that really helps with mask adherence, making them completely slip and drip-free.  The texture of this mask is divine.  Just think the softest, silkiest mask sitting on your face for twenty minutes!  Each mask is packed literally with a whooping 30 mL of serum, that completely soak the mask.   After 20 minute, all that 30 ml of serum goodness has penetrated and transferred to my skin.  Some sheetmasks, you can still feel a lot of products trapped or retained in the mask.  Not with this one.  It really is so ideal for dehydrated skin, deeply conditions the skin and leaving it quenched and velvety soft.  Additionally my face looks so rejuvenated and brightened.  The beautifying effects last for one to two days, and it really shines for me as an event night refresher to make my skin look amazing.  The left over serum is ‘creamy’, with a barely-three floral scent, and it glides on like the most hydrating moisturizer.  As the serum and mask dries, my skin is dewy, but not greasy or tacky.  With many herbal and botanical ingredients that hydrate, soothe and plump, these masks are excellent value considering the quality and result.

You can find them at Cali-J, an LA based Korean beauty and fashionable ion boutique.

 

 

Anti-Aging Multitasker: Bueno Meditech

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What attracted me to Bueno Meditech are its ingredients.  It is a relatively new, luxurious Korean brand that really pushes forward skin care products in all its glory with research on cellular level and bioactive substances.  Just look at the power ingredients that forms the foundation of this brand.

Epidermal Growth Factors (EGF) and Multi-Growth Factor (MGF):  Growth factors are at the cutting edge of anti-aging science.  it’s truly unique because they communicate with your cells to create more collagen and elastin, which keep skin smooth and firm for a healthy, youthful complexion.  It maximizes and synergistically work with the anti-aging benefits of other ingredients such as peptide.

Peptide: molecular links of amino acids that help your skin to produce collagen, the foundation for firm and elastic skin.  Properly formulated collagen can send a “message” to your skin that it has lost collagen and needs to generate more, thereby improving skin texture, tone, thickness and fine lines and wrinkles.

Galactomyces:  There are numerous scientific studies that show that galactomyces ferment filtrate is effective in moisturizing, brightening, controlling sebum production, decreasing acne, and increasing elasticity; hence its popularity in many Asian skin care brands, including SKII, Dr. Jart, COSRX and Benton.

Volufilin: This is new to me but it sounds absolutely fabulous.  We lose fat as we age, resulting sagging, dark circle and deep wrinkles.  Volufilin is extracted from the roots of Asian botanical Anemarrhena asphodeloides, in an oil-soluble excipient. It promotes body volume by a cosmetic lipofilling-like effect. It stimulates adipocyte differentiation and proliferation, and promotes lipid storage leading to an increase of adipocyte volume in the fatty tissue.

Additionally, the brand emphasizes on natural philosophy by using nature’s finest ingredients, and is free of paraben, benzophenone, talc, phenoxyethanol, mineral oil, propylene glycol, color, sulfate and BHT.  The high tech and natural formulations really help to focus these products on being an anti-aging multitasker.  Growth factors and peptides alone can address multiple aging concerns at once, tackling all kinds of issues from wrinkles to dark spot to loss of firmness and elasticity and everything in between.  The ultimate result is skin that is refined, rejuvenated, and ultra hydrated.    I’m so excited to share these products because not only are the ingredients top-notch, every single product also gives an exceptional user experience with its texture, seamless absorption, feel and look on the skin.  It pairs so well with my other daily essentials including vitamin C and AHA, with no adverse reaction or irritation.  More than just high quality, the packaging is absolutely gorgeous and pleasing to the eye.

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Pore Tightening Toner with EGF + Galactomyces 80%

 

PRICE: 34.70 / 130ml

WHAT IT IS: A pore clearing, gentle exfoliating and hydrating toner

TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE/FEEL: thin clear liquid, no detectable fregrance, non-greasy and absorbs quickly

The synergistic combination of 80% of Galactomyces and MGF complete some heavier anti-aging benefits: boosting collagen, fight fine lines and firming the skin.  Additionally this toner also relies on portulaca extract, heartleaf, and tea-tree extract to purify and hydrate the skin.  These ingredients are highly effective for exfoliating dead skin cell, clarify pores, sebum, and provide black/whitehead control.  I really believe a good toner preps my skin for better absorption of other products, and certainly this particularly one helps me to achieve a clean oil-free canvas at the first step of my routine.  The texture is very fluid, most suited to be applied with a cotton pad.  However I usually like to apply toners with my hands and pat it in (3X in the morning and 7X at night).  Because of the thin texture, there can be some spillage of the product when using my hand.  I don’t detect any fragrances. Not only do I have combination to oily skin, my skin is also sensitive with age spot and hormonal acne along the chin.  This toner has clarified my skin, reduced my pore size and dramatically evened the tone of my skin. Additionally, I find that my oiliness in the mornings has been dramatically reduced. I highly recommend if you have any of the issues I have. I have been using it twice a day it makes a huge difference in about two weeks.

Shiny EGF Peptide Serum for Anti Aging

 

PRICE: $97.40 / 40mL

WHAT IT IS: An all-in-one serum for antiaging, skin brightening and silky hydration

TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE/FEEL: Gel-like, no noticeable smell, silky feel

Aside from peptides, this serum also contains some skin-favorites including filtered snail slime and hyaluronic acid (hydration, hydration, hydration), adenosine and niacinamide (skin brightening), and natural ingredients (fresh aloe, sea fennel seeds) to fight inflammation and irritation.  These ingredients promises skin repair, drastic refining of wrinkles, restoring of skin firmness and elasticity, as well as evening and toning of skin texture.  The serum has a thin gel-like consistently with no noticeable smell.  It is extremely easy to apply, absorbs quickly into the skin and it does not feel greasy.  I feel that it really helps to soften and firm the skin, and plump any fine lines and wrinkles.  I also love the silky feel.  If you can splurge, this proved to be a worthwhile investment.  The smoothness and even tone of my skin lets me go without makeup.  Compared to other products with similar high quality ingredients, this is actually affordable.  It really is quite an all-in-one concentrated solution.

 

Trouble, Acne-care Emulsion with EGF + Peptides + Teatree extract

 

Price: $30.40 / 130ml

WHAT IT IS: A skin-soothing and calming emulsion, that also REALLY hydrate the skin

TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE/FEEL: lotion-like, no scent, light weight and fast abosrbing

This product provides skin with an emulsion of intensive hydration and powerful antiaging ingredients (peptides, MGF) to battle lines and wrinkles before they become more serious.  Also, it contains suitable ingredients for troubled skin such as tea tree and heartleaf extracts, perfect to keep calm my adult acne.  But the time I get to this step (after toner, and serum), I already love how this makes my skin feel so much that sometimes I cheat and use it as my daytime moisturizer only.  It seems to give my skin that supple, healthy and brightened glow.  It has a nice thick texture and goes on smoothly, absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave any greasy or oil.  I love the fact tht it doesn’t irritate sensitive skin.  This is the first step after serum that really gets my face feeling hydrated and soft.  What I especially love is how this improve the texture of my skin.  The pump dispenses the exact amount that is  enough for the face and neck so I think a bottle will last for quite a while.

EGF, Peptide, Volufiline Cream

 

PRICE: $42.80 / 1.7 ounce

WHAT IT IS: A highly potent anti-aging moisturizer that helps to plump skin, fine lines and restore lost volume

TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE/FEEL: medium-to-thick cream, no scent, concentrated enough for dry complexion but won’t clog oil ones

EGF-9 Advanced Eye Cream for Face delivers healthy vital energy to the skin with high- concentrated MGF, Peptide, and Volufiline.  It is a versatile product that is delicate enough to treat the skin around the eyes, and potent with moisturizing, firming and brightening ingredient to revitalize any dull complexion.  Even within a few days of use, I can feel that my skin feels different.  My skin’s so much hydrated, and just overall soften complexion.  With a few weeks of use, my skin looks so much brighter and smoother from within, helping me one step closer to get that translucent glow.  Overall it just make my skin look younger.  It’s a thicker cream, but it’s not greasy.  It comes in an 1.7 ounce container with a spatula.

 

I absolutely love the results of using all of these Bueno Meditech products together, perfect for those who are looking for a moisturizing and brightening anti-aging care.  These peptide-heavy product provide all in one solution that are important for my skin looking younger, and the results are obvious.  It gives my skin a subtle radiance and glow that no makeup can provide.  You can find this beautiful set on Amazon, or through the company website.

Earth’s Recipe

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As summer is nearing the end, it means cooler weather and a drop in the humidity.  I’m slowly saying goodbye to the lightweight products that I have been slathering on all summer.  It’s time to bulk up with a heftier hydrators.  Heavy does not mean greasy.  It means finding a product with right hydrating ingredients.  Earth’s Recipe Toner, Brightening Serum and Moisturizer has been go-to skin routine.  The brand philosophy suits my pursuit to live more simply, naturally and conscious of the environment.  They use earth-friendly ingredients and never test their cosmetics on animals.  Each product is created to hydrate and illuminate the skin.  All of their products contain the brand’s secrete ingredients known as Tremella mushroom, that can hold 5X more moisture than its size, and rich in Vitamin B1, B2, D that detoxes and prevents the skin from aging.

Energy Boosting Toner – This toner is designed for nourishing and moisturizing the skin with its lineup of amazing botanical extracts with powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-wrinkle and brightening effects (japonica, licorice, soybean, orange, bergamot) The texture is light and thin, which makes it absorb into the skin quickly.  But it is so powerful in reaching the deepest layer, making my skin supple and soft.  The natural ingredients provide amazing moisture for any skin type and really keeps my skin in balance, and revealing the natural clarity and glow.  In addition it will brighten and decrease wrinkles.

Gigawhite Radiance Serum – My routine always contain a brightening serum.  This one contains some powerful ingredients: Gigawhite complex which is a blend of botanical extracts including Edelweiss, Peppermint, Veronica, Primerose and Lemon balm to improve the appearance of dark spots, promotes even skintone, and boosts radiance.  Also contains tranexamic acid, the star ingredient in one of my brand favorite Shiseido White Lucent line, that has ‘skin lightening’ effect on pigments and melasma as powerful as hydroquinone, minus the side effect.  The serum is clear, and the texture is silky and smooth.  It blends into my skin with ease and the formula is highly concentrated.  A little certain go a long way with this products.  I love the pump dispenser because it delivers the same amount of product every time.  It’s also got a lovely scent that keeps your skin smelling fresh while it moistens.

Moisture Bound Cream – Last but not least, the star product of this line.  I aboslutely love this moisturizer because I feel like it reduce the presence of fine lines by really plump and hydrate the skin.  It contains ceramides, which are the essential and healthy fatty acids that occur naturally in the skin but need to be replenished during the cooling months.  Also formulated with white jelly natural herbs that are rich in collagen and bean ferment extract and yam complex that sooth and revitalize tired skin.  This is a perfect daily moisturizer for both day and night time.  During the daytime, it has a luxuriously silky texture that spreads into a thin layer that plumps the skin for the ultimate makeup base.  At night, I apply a thicker layer to get the full benefit of intense hydration that improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and support the natural hylauronic acid.   No fragrance, none-pore clogging, and simply works to help my skin reveals radiance and brightness from within.

 

You can find all of Earth’s Recipe’s fabulous products the company website through Amazon.

Power Enzyme Duo By Jan Marini

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Jan Marini needs no introduction.  It is one of the most respected brands in professional skin care.  Today I’ll review their dynamic enzyme duo that uses proteolytic enzymes to lift away makeup and impurities, and gently resurface the skin to help achieve healthy, smooth and polished skin!

ABOUT THE DUO

Clean Zyme cleanser and Skin Zyme mask are supplemental home care exfoliation products that have the ability to remove dead skin cells without harming sensitive or irritated tissues. Use anytime for an immediate polished look! Intended to be used as a pair. Both products are also great when used as part of a comprehensive skin care regimen.

CLEAN ZYME CLEANSER

PRICE: $30 / 4oz

Key ingredient: Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract – A natural source of malic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates skin.

Directions: Clean Zyme should be applied in place of regular cleanser and left on 1 to 2 minutes. Remove with a clean, wet and wrung out washcloth using lukewarm water. Blot dry.

My Review

This is a non-foaming gel cleanser that is very effective at removing day’s makeup, dirt and oil, as good as any oil cleanser, without drying the skin.  The key ingredient in this resurfacing cleanser is a gentle AHA, malic acid that breaks down dead skin cells, and help to unclog pores and prevent buildup that cause blackheads and pimples.  Potent antioxidants (vitamin E) and botanical extracts nourish skin and protect it from environmental stressors and free radical damage.  It has a light ‘fruity scent’, likely due to the combination of orange and papaya fruit extracts.  Unlike other AHA cleansers I’ve used in the past that sometimes can sting, this one is super gentle on the skin with no tingling and help to maintain skin moisture barrier.  It rinses easy without leaving any noticeable residue, and really works well with sensitive or even post treatment skins.  I always like to leave the cleanser on my face for a few extra minutes to allow the fruit acids to work their magic.  I’ve noticed significant cleaner pores and less breakouts and even faster recovery from breakouts.  As advised, I use this cleanser after the Skin Zyme Mask and the combination always leave my skin feeling unbelievably clean, silky and soft.

What I love about this product is

  • Gentle on skin; no tingling irritants or overly drying cleansing agents.
  • Remove excess oil and makeup without stripping skin.
  • Rinse without leaving a noticeable residue.
  • Contain minimal fragrance.
  • Work well for the intended skin type.

SKIN ZYME MASK

PRICE: $60 / 2oz

Key Ingredient: Papaya Extract – Taken from papaya fruit, this ingredient is an exfoliant with antibacterial properties.

Directions: Apply Skin Zyme in a thin even layer over entire face (and neck, if desired) and allow to remain for up to 20 minutes. To remove Skin Zyme, apply a small amount of Clean Zyme to face and massage very gently to achieve emulsification. Remove with a washcloth and splash face 10 to 15 times with lukewarm water. Blot dry and follow with usual Skin Care Management products and/or moisturizer.

My Review

I love my weekly sunday masking ritual.  For the last few weeks, this Jan Marini mask with green papaya enzyme has been my secret weapon for combating dull and congested skin.   It has been an absolute skin saver for my adult-acne prone and sensitive skin.  First of all, the mask smells amazingly citrusy and refreshing.  I’m definitely a citrus-scent gal.  The mask is green in color and the texture is that of a silky smooth cream.  I love using a warm cloth to open up my pores first, and then apply a thin even layer of the mask on the face, and then kick back and relax for twenty minutes.  I remove the mask with the Jan Marini Clean Zyme Cleanser, and literally after every single JM masking session, my skin would go from dull to vibrant.  This mask contains antioxidants, fruit enzymes, skin brighteners, and healing agents.  Natural fruit enzymes from papaya extract help break down dead skin cells.  Dull complexions are revived as vitamin E and sunflower oil soften and nourish-leaving skin revitalized, hydrated, and glowing.  It makes my skin very smooth, and really help breakouts to heal.  It never leaves my skin red or irritated.  It’s such a great pampering session that immediate detox my skin from inside out.  This is definitely a restocking item in my skin care ritual because I’ve noticed that continual use of this luxurious formula really help to increases radiance and softness for a renewed appearance with visibly minimized pores.

You can find this dynamic duo on the Jan Marini’s website: https://www.janmarini.com.

‘Less is More” – Mode Blancs

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Sometimes ‘less-is-more’, especially on those mornings where I just need a few extra minutes of sleep, and a few less minutes to spend on my skin care.  There are several beauty companies dedicated to simplified yet optimized skin care routine to maximize results.  I first heard of Mode Blancs at Kcon.  All of their products contains natural ingredients derived from the nature and birch sap, and are free of artificial fragrances, animal testing, color pigments, synthesized preservatives and synthesized surfactant.  Mode Blancs has two lines of product (1) Functional (for anti-aging and skin brightening), and (2) Moisturizing with a simple three-step: Toner, Emulsion and Moisturizer.  Let me tell you, everything about these trio feels luxurious from texture, to feel to how it ultimately look on my skin; much more than I would expect from just using three products!

Their names carries the brand’s main philosophies:

M: minimize harmful element/unnecessary element

O: organize natural cosmetic based on birth extract

D: develop hypo-allergenic cosmetic

E: enhance customer satisfaction

Of course, I had to jump on using the Functioning line designed to combat fine lines and for skin brightening.  The brand describes these products as “Mild prescription with functional ingredients provide anti-wrinkle, whitening effect without irritation.”  The core of the Functioning line contains the following natural ingredients and their functions:

  • Betula alba juice ‘birch’ – this one is all about skin brightening.  Birch juice is a small molecule and thus skin can effectively absorb the product and all its nutrients.   Birch has naturally-occurring niacinamides, fruit acids, minerals, and most importantly, vitamin CThe pairing of adenosine helps to even out skin tone while botanical extracts with anti-oxidant properties  helps protect the skin and help to lighten pigments and brighten skin complexion.
  • Hydrolyzed algins – considered a ‘skin conditioner’ with antioxidant and water binding properties.  It is rich in proteins, vitamin A, sugar, starch, vitamin B1, iron, calcium, magnesium, copper,  most of which are benefitial for the skin to improve appearance of aging skin
  • Adenosine – According to Paula’s Choice, it’s a yeast-derived ingredient that has an important cell-communicating ingredient with anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory effects.  It supports healthy cell function which in turn gives smoother and thus more youthful skin.
  • Botanical extracts: cleansing, anti-inflammatory, enriching and nourishing

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Toner

PRICE: $31 / 120mL

For me, toner is as crucial as cleansing.  It is an extra step that helps me to eliminate any impurities, as well as help to restore skin’s natural pH balance.  I like this toner because it is alcohol free, which means my skin can be refreshingly cleansed and toned without being stripped of its natural moisture.  I can easily apply this by soaking a pad, and this help to gently yet thoroughly remove any residual impurities from the skin.  I then pat this product in to get all the benefit of the birch infused nutrients and minerals to replenish and recharge the skin with moisture, fight aging and even redness.  The texture is thin and easily absorbed.  The fragrance is light in floral.  The astringent properties of birch normalize oily zones of skin while making skin smooth and providing it with a sense of comfort and freshness.  My skin always feels smoother, softer and more resilient, with a harmonious balance of moisture and oil.

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EMULSION

PRICE: $31 / 120mL

How to use: Apply proper amount to palms and spread it on my face all over softly.  Pat lightly to make it absorb in the skin.

The texture of the product is heavenly.   One pump deposit a droplet that’s creamy white, soft and bouncy, and then it spreads like a luxurious facial oil, gliding on and cooling the skin with application.  You can just see and feel the product forming a film of hydration on the skin and with gentle massage, it gets absorbed so quickly feeling like second skin but softer, brighter and clearer and definitely more moisturized.  There is a mild floral scent that is delightful to the senses.  I did not experience any breakouts or irritation.   The pump bottle makes dispensing of products easy, hygienic and convenience.  For the price, this is a huge amount of product that will last me a long time.  For combination to oily skin gals, this emulsion may be enough to give soft, plumped and hydrated skin.  Now that the weather is cooling down, even for my combination skin, I find following the emulsion with their functional cream, gives me an additional layer of glowing, without being too heavy or greasy.

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Function Cream

PRICE: $33 / 50ml

I’m all about effortless and lightweight skin care, so this cream is like a dream.  As soon as I opened the jar, mild floral scent is fresh, genuine and tangible.  On the first touch, I’m greated with a gentle, almost gel-like texture.  The magic doesn’t stop there as the cream absorbs quickly making the skin instantly feels more firm and plump, and just a hint of healthy glow to the eye.  I massage the product gently yet firmly into all areas of the face using an upward circular motion, and I find it really help to penetrate the formula.  I think it gives my skin some nice clarity and brightness.  I love that it’s packed with an anti-aging punch too.  I feel this cream is perfect weather for all year round, light enough for warmer weather, and moisturizing enough for cooler temperatures.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This trio is no joke. A balancing and brightening toner to tone and provide antioxidant benefits, and a light emulsion for the day and ultra hydrating moisturizer for all year round.  The products pack a punch in terms of wonderful natural ingredients to treat uneven tone, hyperpigmentation, skin aging and hydration, hydration, hydration, with just 3 steps!   I will definitely continue to use these products and  I can’t wait to see the benefits it will bring to my skin over time.

 

 

 

Brand Highlight: Anticanus

 

Anticanus is a relatively new Korean skin care brand, who is well-known for their Moisturizing and Whitening Masks!  Their name ‘Anticanus’ is Latin for ‘anti-aging’, with philosophy to provide natural yet scientifically sophisticated and effective at-home skin care products.  I always have to make sure products or brands that I try have mission that align with mine.  Anticanus select the highest quality ingredients, infuse them with potent plant extracts and nutrients to make them effective for every unique skin type. The result is beautiful, glowing skin.

They vet on their ingredient: the main ingredient in their masks is Edelweiss extract, imported from Switzerland.  They vet on safety: ingredients are natural and masks are made of all-natural cotton and cellulose.  They vet on their mask shape and size: ensuring that as much of the facial skin is covered as possible.  Well, simply put, the packaging, the ingredients, the scents and the – well – everything about their mask was impressive.

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Edelweiss extract imported from Switzerland: star ingredient in this mask that contains all sorts of great compounds that beneficial to the skin including cleansing properties, powerful antioxidants, calming properties.  Thus this is a powerful force in many anti-aging skin care products, that helps protect skin from environmental stressors while nourishing the skin and providing an overall soothing, calming effect.

Moisturizing Dream Mask

WHAT IT IS: Moisturizing Dream Mask helps your skin healthy using edelweiss extract from Switzerland and fresh ingredients

  • Long lasting moisturizing effect : Edelweiss from Swiss provide your skin with lightening effect and prevent water evaporation
  • Additional moisturizing ingredients: trehalose, allantoin, canola flower, macadamia seed oil, sodium hyaluronate
  • Anti-wrinkle and whitening effects : Adenosine and niacinamide provide anti-wrinkle and effects
  • Ingredients patent listed : Common bean extract, ceramide, Blue lotus extract
  • Vitalizing with natural ingredients : Canola flower, Allantoin, Macadamia provide skin with sensitivity relieving, reducing inflammation, vitalizing effects

Whitening Dream Mask

WHAT IT IS: Cosmeceutical mask sheet product with anti-wrinkle and whitening multi functions.

  • Long lasting moisturizing effect : Edelweiss from Swiss provide your skin with lightening effect and prevent water evaporation
  • Anti-wrinkle and whitening effects : Adenosine and niacinamide provide anti-wrinkle and effects
  • Additional whitening ingredients: niacinamide, citric acid, phaseolus vulgaris (kidney bean) seed extract, Leontopodium alinum flower/leaf extract
  • Ingredients patent listed : Common bean extract, ceramide, Blue lotus extract
  • Vitalizing with natural ingredients : Canola flower, Allantoin, Macadamia provide skin with sensitivity relieving, reducing inflammation, vitalizing effects

WHY I LOVE THESE MASKS!
The packaging itself is sleek and beautiful.  The mask is thin and super soft, made of natural cotton, and saturated in clear watery essence containing edelweiss extract imported all the way from Switzerland!   It gives the mask a subtle floral scent.  Trehalose, ceramide and sodium hyaluronate are added to provide skin with continuous moisture.  Additionally botanical extracts are included for ‘moisturizing’ and ‘whitening’.  The mask can be a little tricky to apply because it’s so thin, but once it’s adequately placed on the face, the adherence is amazing.  The fit is medium (not too big nor too small), and the openings for the eyes and nose are perfect in size, not leaving too much skin exposed and untreated.  I left the mask on for more than 30 minutes, and upon removal, my face felt so soft, nourished, and bouncy (I love bouncy supple skin).  Skin tones appears more even, and any redness is diminished.  There was plenty of serum left to pat onto my neck and the rest of the body leaving me feeling overall hydrated and refreshed.  Both of the face masks are great at moisturizing dehydrated skin, revive dull skin for a brightened complexion.

You can find these product through ‘Try Program” http://www.08liter.com/ (3 X photo credits)