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My Exfoliating Toner Rage: Bravura Revitalizing Ginseng Toner with Glycolic Acid 5%

IMG_2198.PNGPRICE: £12.40 / 150mL at bravuralondon.com

WHAT IT IS

  • An alpha hydroxy acid toner for normal to dry and sensitive skin

WHAT IT DOES

  • Ideal to balance skin’s pH after cleansing
  • Prepare skin for treatment
  • Tone, firm, tighten the pores and refine skin
  • helps diminish superficial sun damage and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • pH 4.5, to allow moisturizers to work more efficiently on a pH balanced skin

INGREDIENTS

  • Ginseng: therapeutic and stimulating properties as it is a natural oxygen supplier to the skin
  • Glycolic acid 5% with Ammonium hydroxide: exfoliate by loosen excess accumulation of skin cells; boost collagen production, moisturize skin
  • Witch hazel: toning and astringent properties
  • Aloe vera – healing and soothing, increase skin water content through humectant mechanism

Purified Water, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Horse Chestnut Extracts, Glycolic Acid and Ammonium Glycolate, Glycerin, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate, Ginseng Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Biotin, Polysorbate 20, Fragrant Oil.

TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE/FEEL

  • Mild herbal smell; clear liquid toner, hydrating and soothing on the skin; no tingling or irritation

WHY I LOVE IT

The packaging is just divine in this sunshine frosted glass.  I’m all about no-nonsense skin care, meaning every product I use in my routine needs to have a function.  This one does a wondrous job sweeping away dead skin cells that settles on my skin and in my pores and leaving it clean, and glowing.  Aloe vera helps to attract and help the skin to retain moisture; Ginseng helps to tone the skin and speed up cellular turnover, while witch hazel deal with excess oil and breakouts.   It leaves my skin feeling so fresh, clean and moisturized, and is perfect to use before Bravura acid peels.  Gentle enough to use on a daily basis, this product gives some serious results without over-working the skin. Packed with ingredients that resemble many cult favorite like Pixi Glow Tonic, Biologique Recherché P50, this one is definitely the most sustainable purchase for the wallet.

Bravura is topping my list this year as a favorite skincare brand.  Share some of your favorites!  You can find this at bravuralondon.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

Benton Papaya-S Sun Cream SPF50+ / PA ++++

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Sunscreen helps lower skin cancer risks, and prevents dark sun spots and other UV-related skin damages, so YES PLEASE Benton, I will add another sunscreen to my collection.  Thank you for this opportunity to provide an honest review!

WHAT IT IS

  • A water-sweat resistant physical and chemical sunscreen

WHAT IT DOES

  • Offers the highest sun protection factor in Korea SPF50+/PA++++ against both UVA and UVB
  • Offers skin care benefits including sebum and pore control, hydration, and brightening

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Physical Protectors: Titanium dioxide, zinc oxide
  • Chemical Protectors: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine
  • Skin Nourishing Ingredients:
    • Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water(43%) / Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract –  Rich in vitamins and contains polyphenols, minerals, and papain, all important in keeping skin healthy and beautiful.
    • Carica Papaya Seed Oil – Extracted from the seed of the papaya, Papaya Seed Oil helps to make skin supple and smooth. Also, the oil helps skin to retain moisture
    • Papain – Papain is a protease obtained from the papaya. It is effective in pore care, controlling sebum and dead skin cells.
  • Skin Brightening Ingredients: 
    • Niacinamide and adenosine

HOW IT SMELLS/FEEL/LOOK

  • Lightweight, ivory milky cream texture
  • Water-in-oil emulsion, allowing easy spread
  • Has a small amount of temporary white cast which goes away when product is tapped or messaged; Hydrating and dewy finish
  • Scent of geranium (an essential oil)

REVIEW

The consistency resembles a light cream but not runny, so it did not run into my eyes (I can be a klutz at times).  Upon initial application, the product appears pasty and creamy but once I massage and tap gently a few times, the product gets completely absorbed into my skin quickly.  I do have fairer skin on my face, and the finish is neither thick nor sticky, neither shiny nor matte.  The papain ingredient is suppose to help in controlling and balancing oil as well as prevent pore clogging.  Overall it gave my face a bit of a brighter and dewy not greasy appearance.  However by midday, some of my natural oil is starting to seep through, and my t-zones needed a little bit of dabbing.  I do feel that this product has a better grip on my skin than my daily sunscreen.  Even when I’m in the water, I feel that the product has great staying power, which is fabulous.  It is a little bit heavier than what I would like to use as a daily sunscreen, however I will not hesitate to grab this on the weekend or days when I’m going to be spending a lot of time outdoors, be it in the water or exercising, as this product can last me longer through the sweat and the heat.

Benton has provided the product for review purpose.  All opinions are my own.

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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.

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.

Sun Lovers Rejoice: Taiwanese Sun Screen BEVY C

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Devoting July to spending more time out doors.  Whether I like it or not, sunscreen is a must.  I’ve tried Japanese sunscreens (who hasn’t used a Biore?). I’ve fallen in love with a few Korean sunscreens (Lapothicell Natural Mineral and Troiareuke UV Essence). I thought my life is complete.

Then luck struck, and I won a sunscreen product from Bevy C, a Taiwanese brand, and am impelled to share my experience.  Spoiler alert: I’m obsessed.

About Bevy C

While Bevy C is new to me, it’s a very popular brand in Asia (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia).  What is Bevy C?  “Bevy” meaning a group of ladies, while “C” is derived from the French word “Chic” meaning trendy.  BEVY C. symbolizes a brand of professional skincare products developed specially for the modern, sophisticated women with lifestyle and trendy mindset.  Bevy C carries a variety of skin care products designed to give women confidence in their skin, makeup on or off!

BEVY C Perfect UV Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+ PA++++

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Ingredients

Active Ingredients (UV Filters)

Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate 6.00%, Dithylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate 4.00%, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane 1.50%, Benzophenone-3 1%

Other Ingredients

  • Epilobium angustifolium flower/stem extract: willowherb – anti-inflammatory
  • Ohlorogine: kelp – anti-oxidant
  • Terminalia catappa leaf extract: indian almond – moisturizing, toning and anti-aging
  • Sambucus nigra flower extract: brightening

Designed for: All skin types

Review

Like my beloved Biore sunscreen, this one has a high SPF for both UVA and UVB protection without compromising on the texture.   Bevy C retains its lightweight feel yet contains multiple active sunscreen ingredients which strengthen UV protection force. Adding willow herb extract, kelp and plant sterol ingredients, the product also help to maintain the proper moisture and repair, and fight against skin aging.  I really like this sunscreen for a variety of reasons.

Texture: This is one of the most important features I judge in a sunscreen.  Bevy C has a light, permeable non-greasy feel, easy on the pores.  It has a milky transparent natural bright color, and is so fluid and blends on the skin easily and smoothly.

Finish:  It preserves the hydrated texture of your skin, but doesn’t appear greasy, since it dries matte almost instantly.  Though the lightweight formula isn’t pigmented, I feel that I could wear it alone for its beautifying effects on a good skin day and as a primer on makeup-essential days.

Fragrance: Not detectable, no chemical sunscreen scent.

Protection: Chemical sunscreen, and provide ample broad-spectrum UVA and UBV coverage

Final Thoughts:

My first Taiwanese sunscreen is a success!  The price point is comparable to many Korean sunscreens, but pricier than the beloved Japanese Kao Biore products, minus the alcohol, and in a bigger packaging (30mL in Biore compared to 50mL).  The stable chemical filters makes this product thin, spreads easily and making it functional and wearable for daily use.  The product also has potent botanicals and ingredients pumped into the formula for additional skincare benefits: Cocoa, yeast, kelp, willowherb, almond extract, all working together to intensely hydrate and nourish skin, which at this point should be a standard feature for all SPF.  There is mild brightening effect, almost like a CC cream or a primer, and doesn’t look ashy.  On my light NC21 skin with yellow undertones, it helps to neutralize some of the sallowness of my skin, giving my skin a healthier appearance.  It’s no secret this gem has made me enjoy sunscreen as part of my skin care routine.  It’s ultra-light, doesn’t leave a ghastly white cast on the skin, layers as the perfect makeup base and provide high spf 50 coverage for my island tropical living.  Definitely a repurchase for me!

Where to Buy:  ~ $27.90 on Ebay or Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Troiareuke GPS Mask

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I’ve recently reviewed Troiareuke’s Seoul Aesthetic Cushion and UV Essence Sunscreen, which has become my daily essentials.  Troiareuke is a house-name brand in Korea professional and spa-settings with their customized skin care treatment, especially suitable for sensitive skin.  Now that they are making their skincare products available for at-home use.  I’m so excited to share with you my experience with this GPS mask, the first of its kind on the market.

What IS A GPS Mask?  

This is a Bio-cellulose mask, which claims to be able to restore skin and identifies the areas of skin that needs moisture and nutrition.  I mean, seriously the idea behind it is ingenious and fabulous.  Apparently this has been a Korean flight attendants favorite.  Like all of Troiareuke skin care products, this mask is free of paraben and can be used for sensitive skin after chemical peels or laser treatments or sunburns.

Price: $45 for a box of 5 at www.kbeautybay.com

First Step:  O2 Mask Cleanser

Key Ingredients: Green tea extract, lemon extract, orange extract, papaya

Review: This is a revitalizing gel-to-foam cleanser that delivers oxygen and skin essentials while using natural surfactant agents to cleanse the skin.  Oxygen treatment is a relatively new innovative concept, and has been made popular in many spas for years to help breath new life into a lackluster complexion.  Oxygen is vital to our life and unfortunately levels of it diminishes in the facial tissue with age due to worsened blood circulation.  It only makes sense that restoring oxygen to the skin will be beneficial to the health of the skin, and is designed to help the penetration of other ingredients to rejuvenate skin’s appearance and create a more radiant look.  This cleanser is also enhanced with Vitamin C &E (green tea and orange extracts), two of the most effective treatment for the skin.  Vitamin C is photo-protective and Vitamin E is considered the most important oil soluble vitamin and a free radical scavenger.  Papaya extract contains papain and chymonpapain with exfoliating properties, while lemon extract (rich fruit acid) can help to absorb oil and cleanse the pores without stripping the skin of its natural oil balance, and lighten age spots and clear facial discoloration.

I used about a dime-size of translucent gel and massaged into the skin with circular movement using fingertips.  The cleanser started to turn white, formed oxygen bubbles within about 10-15 seconds.   At this point, the product is easily manipulated into every surfaces of the face.  It feels cool and refreshing.  At the time when I used this, my face was dull and needed some serious treatment.  I liked this cleanser for a number of reasons.  It felt extremely gentle and pure, yet deeply cleansed and melted away makeup and oil.  It also delivered delightful ingredients to my skin.  The foam is a soothing texture and easily rinses clean without any residue feeling.  There is no intoxicating scent.  The difference is immediately obvious.  I feel that it left my skin feeling squeaky clean, brightened, soft and energized.  Overall it provided balance to my skin, and replenished the right amount of moisture.   I wish they would sell this cleanser in a bottle because I can definitely add an oxygen ritual to my skin every day to feel refresh and awake.

Second step: Bio Cellulose GPS Mask

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Key Ingredients: Gold extract, allantoin, witch hazel extract, squalene, lavender oil, tea tree leaf oil

The mask itself is an ultra fine bio cellulose mask which comes with two protective layers.  One layer to be peeled off immediately after removal from packaging; then apply the mask with the middle layer in contact with the skin, lastly peel the third layer off after mask is in place.   It looks, feels and attaches like a second skin.  I don’t think I have ever used a mask that had such a perfect fit and contact with the skin.  The size is a great fit for my face, more so on the smaller side.  The specialty high-tech upgrade is the GPS technology, which to my knowledge is the first and one and only GPS mask on the market.  I’m not sure how this technology is formulated into the mask but I can tell you what I felt when using this mask.  I noticed that areas of my face which tends to be drier or irritated (chin, around my lips, as well as a few spots on the cheeks) felt cooler than the rest of the face.  We all know that a quick chill in sheet mask is calming, and delivers de-puffing, and anti-redness benefit in a truly cool guise.  These must be the areas of my face that needed extra blessing.  The mask has a minimal floral scent and ingredients are beauty lover’ (including myself) favorites: gold extract (anti-aging, anti-inflammation, and lighten pigmentation), squalene (moisture retaining and anti-oxidant), and witch hazel and lavender oil (calming and anti-microbial).  It is so intensely nourishing that it fully saturated my face with hydration.  The effect is undeniable – a plumped-up deep nourishment, skin texture felt firmer and supple, skin tone evened and calmed and that made my skin look well better into the next day.

Third step: Cell Energy Cream

Key Ingredients: galactomyces, bifido extract, olive, apricot stone oil, ginseng extract; no mineral oil

Finally the last step, an energizing cream that helped to seal in all the moisture.  The scent is slightly herbal.  The cream is silky soft and is easy to spread and melts into the skin, leaving it moisturized but not feeling heavy.  For my combination skin, I feel that this cream is great to wear during the daytime because it absorbs quickly without any greasy feel.  My skin felt more soft and bouncy immediately after.  I used this 3-step mask at night and I usually prefer to use a thicker layer of cream on my face at bedtime.  Regardless, it made my skin feels super soft and provided enough hydration lasting into the next morning.  I feel that all skin types can benefit from this cream.  It dries matte yet hydrating and it contains some great nourishing ingredients that makes the skin feel and look great.

 

Final Thoughts:

This is such a great mask.  Even after one application, I am amazed at how soft and positively hydrated my face feels.  It certainly belongs in the luxury mask category with each step diligently formulated and deliberately designed to get your skin looking healthy and beautiful.   It also comes at a luxury price.  It is ideal for the busy modern person, for traveling, a long flight or if you are looking for a all-in-one 3 step treatment that works fast and delivers spa-like results in no time.

A Mask for Every Skin Needs: Timeless Truth

I’ve accumulated a number of face masks that I regularly incorporate in my skincare routine.  I love trying out different mask textures that target specific skin concerns.  For instance, charcoal sheet mask to draw out impurities and minimize pores, bio-cellulose for the maximum delivery of ingredients.  Seriously sheet masking possibilities are endless.  Timeless Truth is a Taiwan beauty brand that harnesses this endless possibilities, combining Asia’s innovation in biotechnology and love of nature’s purest ingredients, to develop masks that are BOTH material and ingredient driven.  Many of their masks are found at various luxury hotels such as the Four Seasons and spas across Asia to Europe to North America.  However they also cater to consumers who wish to enjoy these luxury mask experiences in the comfort of their own home with affordable masks at every price points. Their masks are composed of many of beauty lover’s favorites: hyaluronic acid, peptides, stem cell, and collagen.  Here are a couple I tried and loved.

Snow Algae and Hyaluronic Acid 

Category: Regenerating and Firming 

Price: $6.75

Material: Biocellulose is the gold standard for hydrating and treating skin, the purest natural fibre material from good bacterias, that holds 100X their weight of serum, and provides skin-tight dermal adhesion, allowing the mask to transfer all the active ingredient super efficiently.

Ingredients and Review: Indulge a little with this super cooling, Timeless Truth best sellers.  The mask boast their star ingredient, Snow Algae, which is a  a very hardy plant found on the glaciers and compact snow in Switzerland. The extreme conditions that this ingredient endures gives it an amazing properties that can actively help to protect the youthfulness of the skin. The light but creamy serum is absorbed quickly by the skin, thereby helping to plump out fine lines and wrinkles. The Snow Algae extract simultaneously boosts collagen production and nurtures and supports healthy skin by offering intense nutrition and hydration.  Say goodbye to signs of fatigue and strain, my skin is left feeling firm, plump, and refined with a soft velvety touch.

Radiant Transformation Black Charcoal Mask

Category: Purifying

Price: $2.10

Material: The Black Charcoal Masks are made of rayon fibers with natural purifying charcoal added during the manufacturing process. Charcoal has unique absorption properties which draw out dirt and oil, eliminate blemishes, promote healing and retain moisture.

Ingredients and Review: When my skin feels a little clogged and oily, I love pulling out a charcoal mask.  More than just a charcoal mask that purifies, this mask uses a highly concentrated formulation of beneficial ingredients such as tranexamic acid for skin brightening, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil and sodium hyaurlonate for moisturization, while yeast extract and rice extract help to improve skin tone.  The mask is sooo super saturated and feels very smooth on the skin.  The mciro-particles of charcoal helps to detoxify pores of impurities that causes dullness for a fresh and radiant complexion.  The mask also does a great job to mattify and sooth the skin, minimize shines and reduce the appearance of outbreaks.

Hydra Soothing Moisturizing Tencel Skin Mask

Category: Moisturizing 

Price: $2.00

Material:  Tencel Skin, specific fiber property of mask manufactured and patented by Lenzing Company in Austria, which offers a translucent silky experience to pamper your skin. The featherweight mask has unique structure provides optimum absorbance and compatibility with serum for the ultimate at home facial experience.

Ingredients and Review:  Moisturizing doesn’t have to feel heavy, and I’ was so delighted to try out this incredibly lightweight, almost translucent mask that is one of the most intensely hydrating masks I’ve encountered.   The mask is infused with botanicals including olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, rice extract, sodium hyaluronate, spirulina platensis extract, and radish root ferment filtrate, all designed to maximize and preserve skin moisture.  You can’t have an Asian sheet mask without some brightening ingredient, and citric acid is naturally found in citric fruits and juices, and is an alpha hydroxy acid that resurfaces and retexturize the skin for a brighter, more revitalized complexion.  There is a whooping 30ml of hydrating serum!  The mask’s thin yet sturdy nature of the is designed to follow every facial contours so that every surface of the face is able to fully benefit from absorption of the essential and nourishing ingredients.  The combination of ingredients makes this the ultimate mask that deeply hydrate and replenishes the skin’s moisture level for a more even and brighter skin tone.

Herbal Rejuvenation Immortelle Mask

Category: Brightening and Illuminating

Price: $2.00

Material: Soft touch – A cotton series designed to deliver effective ingredients for the results you can feel, with a budget-friendly pricing.  The material is a thicker type of cotton material, sturdy yet gentle on the skin.

Ingredients and Review:  If your skin is looking a little lacklustre, this mask is perfect to bring a glow that comes from within.  The mask is infused with organic immortelle extract (cell regeneration), herb essence (moisturize), vitamin E (skin healing) and hyaluronic acid to help overcome dryness and dullness, and leaving the skin more even toned and fresh.  The fit is a perfect contour to the face, and mask material is soft and silky, and allows outstanding delivery of the serum while keeping it sheer enough to breath.  It left my face feeling refreshed, brightened and hydrated.

Apple Stem Cell and Collagen BioCellulose Masks

Category: Anti-aging

Price: $6.75

Material: Biocellulose

Ingredients and Review: Apple Stem Cells and Marine Collagen is the ultimate duo combination!  Extracted from Swiss Apple and using a state-of-the-art biotechnological process, the stem cells provide the skin cells with nutrients to stimulate collagen and elastin production for firmer and healthier skin as well as encourage human cells to hydrate, heal, repair and delay signs of aging.  Marine Collagen helps to promote the suppleness and elasticity of the skin thus reducing signs of fatigue and dehydration.  This mask hugs the facial contour for even penetration of the active ingredients.  When my skin is craving elasticity and in need of something clarifying, the coolness of biocellulose sheet with these powerhouse ingredients awakes, energizes and tones the skin for the ultimate fresh and rejuvenated appearance.

Final Thoughts

These luxuries Timeless Truth masks are definitely worth it.  With mask of every material and skin-loving ingredients, you will definitely find one that leaves your skin hydrated, plump and glowing in just 20 minutes.

Where to buy

Canada: www.timelesstruth.ca