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Neutrogena: Not All Face Masks Are Created Equal

I worked with Neutrogena to bring you this post!  Neutrogena is just one of those skin care brand that I really trust.   They have done it again, with their new newly released mask collection.  It comes in two forms, hydrogen sheet mask and single-use mask shot, and seriously merge skin care with lifestyle and aesthetics.

The hydrogen sheet mask comes in three flavors with the key ingredients being hyaluronic acid for skin hydration, niacin amide for skin brightening and seaweed extract for skin refreshment.  The hydrogel sheet mask incorporate innovate technology from South Korea fuses with nourishing essences with a polymer derived form seaweed to form a translucent flexible sheet. Single mask shot comes in two varieties of hyaluronic acid overnight mask and clay mask for detoxification.

Hydrogel Sheet Masks

I tested out two of their hydrogen masks: Radiance Boost Brightening (niacinamde), and Deep Clean Purifying (seaweed extract), and absolutely loved them.  I am a sheet mask addict, and it’s not usual that I will get to use three or four a week.  These masks had me at ‘hello’ at hydrogel.  This special type of material offer the highest level of absorption and create a layer between the skin and the environment, ensuring that the nutrient essence gets absorbed deeply into the skin.  Some hydrogens are stiff, but this one is seriously as soft as hydrogen sheet mask can come.  The mask is a littler slippery to apply at first but adheres so well to the skin, and forms a nice tight barrier.   Initially there is a scent that is almost medicinal but natural floral way.   I kept it on for half an hour and the mask still felt moist.  My skin definitely feels a lot calmer after using this.  The essence has a heavy punch to it, and is just super hydrating, nourishing and soothing.  My skin feels so spoiled when I use this.  When you remove the mask, there is no oily feels.  Skin just looks and feels so much glowy and better.

Deep Clean Purifying Wash-Off Clay Mask

This mask contains two kinds of mineral clay (bentonite from OWyoming and kaolin sourced rom Australia) that act as natural absorbents – gently drawing dirt and oils out of the pores so they can be washed away.  Packaged in neat, portable pods, and are perfect for travel or use on the goal.  What impressed me about this clay mask is how effective it was to remove dirt and clean pores, and help to reveal a smoother baby soft, pore-refined complexion.  It also helped to control the oil on my t-zone and mattified my combination skin.  The texture is thick but went smoothly on the skin and dried quickly.  After removing it, it left my skin feeling cleansed and excess oil absorbed.  It literally make my makeup a dream to apply onto whenever I use this product.  I have sensitive skin and is prone to redness and I did not experience any irritation with this.  I also did not use the whole pod of product to get the results.  Each pod allowed me two applications, which is a beautiful value.  Overall this is a great mask to pop on before a big night out for youthful skin and improve makeup application.

With regards to any Neutrogen product, it’s rated so highly in books because it is accessible (at any local drug store), prices are affordable and never fails on performance.

You can find these products, all for $2.99 at any drug store or www.neutrogena.com.

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Skincare Relationship Goals: What’s your #SkincareStatus

IMG_4995I loved this partnership with Neutrogena that allowed me to determine my current skincare status and choose a product line that is designed to treat my concerns. Although I have combination skin, I really do find that as I get older, my skin is feeling dehydrated and desperately need hydration. So choosing their Hydro Boost product line was perfect.

I incorporated the following products into my morning and evening routine:

(1) Deep Clean® Purifying Clay Cleanser & Mask (daily am and pm)

(2) Deep Clean® Purifying Cooling Gel Scrub (every other day)

(3) Hydro Boost Multivitamin Booster (daily am and pm)

(4) Hydro Boost Gentle Cleansing Lotion (daily pm)

(5) Hydro Boost Water Gel (daily am and pm)

Cleansing

I never slack on cleansing routine, because cleansed and exfoliated skin help skin-care product penetrate better. I love that these effective products options are all under $20.

The core ingredient of the Deep Clean Purifying cleanser and Cool Gel Scrub is salicylic acid.  Both are gentle and does a fabulous job at cleansing skin and fight breakout at the same time.  The cleanser is a foaming cleanser, and feels like ocean water for my face.  It is gentle on the skin and does have drying effect most salicylic acid washes give.  The scrub has a super creamy formula with, leaving my skin feels smoother than ever. I love that it is not abrasive, and the pearlescent color is so stunning.   The fresh scent are a great wake-me-up.  Skin is left soft, smooth and seriously refreshed.

At night I use the Hydro Boost Gentle Cleansing Lotion.  It feels like an oil cleanser but without the grease.  It is effective in dissolving the makeup, and sebum on my face, while also softening, nourishing and brightening my skin.  Formulated with hyaluronic acid, it’s clinically proven to increase skin’s hydration level and lock it in – for instantly soft, supple, and refreshed skin.

Serum and Gel Moisturizer

The serum booster and moisturizer are the perfect combination to add glow to the skin. Both products goes on like liquid silk in a gel form, and it does not leave the face greasy or shiny.  They are designed to penetrate deep into the skin working to infuse and lock moisture into the skin.  Immediately after using these two products, they give my skin an overall healthier, brighter complexion; and also my makeup application so pretty.  These products are created for people with extremely dry skin, and it shocks me every time that such a lightweight texture product can feel so moisturizing and help my skin stay hydrated throughout the day.  The best part is that they are such affordable and effective hyaluronic acid options that provide visible results.

I feel these products are the best hyaluronic acid serum especially for this price point.

After following this Neutrogena inspired hydrating routine, I felt my skin had more of a natural glow, less breakouts and red areas.  I believe this is a combination great cleansing, exfoliating and hydrating products!

Details About the Product from their website:

Hydro Boost Multivitamin Booster
Price: 18.99
Intensely hydrates and energizes the look of dull, tired skin. This face serum with purified hyaluronic acid helps improve skin’s moisture barrier against dryness.
This hydrating serum for dry skin contains vitamin E and purified hyaluronic acid, a compound that occurs naturally in skin and acts as a sponge for dry skin by absorbing up to 1,000 times its weight in water.
For best results, use serum after cleansing and before moisturizing, or simply add it to your favorite face moisturizer.

Hydro Boost Gentle Cleansing Lotion
Price: $8.99
Mild, fragrance free formula melts onto skin to instantly remove traces of dirt, oil and makeup without greasy residue.
Dermatologist tested for sensitive skin to complement a healthy skin moisture barrier and increase hydration level within skin’s surface

Hydro Boost Water Gel
Price: $19.99
Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel instantly quenches dry skin and keeps it looking smooth, supple and hydrated day after day.
Our award-winning and best-selling water gel formula absorbs quickly and instantly delivers intense hydration. And it contains hydrating hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin and acts as a sponge, absorbing up to 1,000 times its weight in water.
This formula leaves skin more supple and smooth. Plus, it’s an oil-free moisturizer, so you can wear it alone or under makeup as a smooth, velvety primer.
Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores). 100% alcohol free
HOW TO USE: Apply evenly to face and neck after cleansing.

Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser
Price: $8.99
Gently exfoliates whiles boosting hydration for instantly soft, refreshed skin.
This lightweight gel-cream cleanser with naturally-derived skin smoothers effectively removes dirt, oil and dry surface skin. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, it’s clinically proven to increase skin’s hydration level and lock it in – for instantly soft, supple, and refreshed skin. Gentle enough for daily use.
HOW TO USE: Wet face. Apply to hands, add water and work into a lather. Massage face gently. Rinse thoroughly.

Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel
Price: $8.99
Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel boosts hydration for soft, supple skin. This lightweight gel cleanser transforms into a silky lather that effectively removes makeup and impurities.
With hyaluronic acid, the formula is clinically proven to increase skin’s hydration level and lock it in, leaving skin refreshingly clean and touchably supple, every time you cleanse.
Soap-free. Oil-free. Paraben-free. Hypoallergenic. Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
HOW TO USE: Wet face. Apply to hands, add water and work into a lather. Rinse thoroughly.

 

June Jacobs: Respect the Ritual- Make it yours.

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Aside from cleansing the skin, I truly believe that exfoliation is a ‘must-step’ in a good skin care routine. I look forward to seeing the visual improvement in my skin clarity, which drives me to look for amazing and fabulous exfoliating products. Of course, you can’t exfoliate without hydrating the skin.  So this June Jacobs Valentines products are the perfect duo.

I always preferred chemical exfoliation because I feel it is less ‘abrasive’ for my sensitive skin.  However, more recently I have discovered some great exfoliant scrubs that are gentle and yet effective. Since starting to use this June Jacob product, I have learned to incorporate manual exfoliation at least once weekly and reserve chemical exfoliation for a more intermittent use.  The granules are smooth, round and feels so gentle on the skin.  A light touch is all I need to slough off the dead skin cells.  More importantly you need to take care of exfoliated skin and the mandarin mask is just divine.

June Jacobs products are formulated under the philosophy that the skin’s absorption of pure ingredients and active botanicals without harsh chemicals achieves the highest level of efficacy in enhancing overall skin wellness. It is more then just skincare. It’s a lifestyle and a culture. It’s a ritual full of passion and devotion.

About the Products

Sensitive Formula Mandarin Polishing Beads

PRICE: $44 / 112ml, 3.8 fl oz
 “Paraben and preservative free, this gentle face scrub with a natural aromatic of mandarin oranges formulated especially for delicate skin with allantoin helps to soothe sensitive skin while non-abrasive jojoba micro beads gently sweep away surface dead skin cells. Natural soy bean extract and vitamin E nourish skin to silky smoothness. Powerful patented anti-oxidant blend of white, red and green tea extracts combined with goji berry, pomegranate and grape seed extracts help to neutralize free radicals, protect skin from environmental toxins and combat the visible signs of premature aging. Leaves skin ultra soft, visibly healthy and radiant.”
Key Ingredients:
White, red and green tea extracts combined with goji berry, pomegranate and grape seed extracts help to neutralize free radicals, protect skin from environmental toxins and combat the visible signs of premature aging.
Directions:
After cleansing, apply a small amount of scrub and add water. Massage in a circular motion concentrating on areas of congestion. Rinse with water and pat dry. Follow with toner, eye cream, serum, moisturizer and sunscreen. \
Why I Love IT
This scrub is perfect for those who have sensitive skin.  I have read that if you prefer a mild exfoliating scrub, look for one with jojoba beads – they are gentler on the skin than harsher scrubs and better for the environment that scrubs with plastic micro-beads. I enjoy the citrus smell of this product. It is especially refreshing in the mornings.  This citrusy face scrub really helps me to smooth away dry, dull spots and evens out skin tone for positively glowing skin.  The creamy base is also infused with soybean seed tract that has natural moisturizing benefits to restore dry skin to leave skin feeling hydrated and smooth.
PRICE: 52.00 /120ml, 4.0 fl oz
“This refreshing moisture gel masque imparts a bouquet of fresh mandarin oranges to awaken the senses. Algae extract and hyaluronic acid act as humectants, retaining moisture in the skin, revealing an improved tone and texture without adding excess oils. Powerful patented anti-oxidant blend of white, red and green tea extracts combined with goji berry, pomegranate and grape seed extracts help to neutralize free radicals, protect skin from environmental toxins and combat the visible signs of premature aging.”
Key Ingredients:

White, red and green tea extracts combined with goji berry, pomegranate and grapeseed extracts help to neutralize free radicals, protect skin from environmental toxins and combat the visible signs of premature aging.

 

Directions:
After cleansing, apply a generous amount to the face, neck and décolleté with the fingertips or a soft masque brush. After five to ten minutes, remove all traces of masque with water and pat dry. Follow with toner, serum, moisturizer and sunscreen.
Why I Love It
One of the most important things, if you have dry skin, is to follow your exfoliant with a good moisturizer.  This jelly-like masque is very refreshing, the scent is citrusy, pleasant and divine; AND it makes my skin super soft and hydrated.  The jelly texture makes it so cooling and depuffing when applied.  Even better when I remember to leave it in the fridge for a bit before application.  After removal of the masque with water, my face always look so plumped, as if I had a very restful night of sleep.  I highly recommend this for those tired mornings where you need an instant pick-me-up.  More conveniently, it’s a also a perfect size for travel.  The one container will likely provide me with 6-8 uses.  If you suffer from dry skin and need hydration, this masque is an absolute saviour.

Taking The CHUDA Challenge

I’m so excited to get the opportunity to try this ‘miracle’ cream from Chuda.  It’s designed to be a multi-use, multi-tasking all-in-one skincare phenomenon.  Some of the features of the cream from the website include renewal treatment at night, either worn alone or over another cream or serum; hydrating treatment that instantly smooth fine surface lines, shrink pores and matte skin to a satin finish, anti-aging treat that firm, tone, lift and tightens the collagen/elastin of the skin, and anti-inflammatory treatment for scars, sunburns, acne, and post procedure.  The miracle compound is known as
“The Remedea Compound”, a centuries-old skin care secret made up of six key ingredients—male pine flower pollen, beeswax, propolis, olive oil, calcium carbonate and rose oil—is at the heart of the complex and makes every jar five times more effective than typical over-the-counter options.  Additionally the cream is full of highly concentrated, curated blend of medical grade actives, including cross linked sodium hyaluronate for hdyration, palmitoyl tripeptide to stimulate rebuilding of collagen, vitamin B, C and D providing antioxidant protection and skin repair and renewal, glycoaminoglycan boosting hydration and elasticity, yeast that helps with tissue repair and inflammation,  and  allantoin to minimize irritation and encourages skin healing.

Excited yet?  Here are my thoughts after close to four weeks of use.

 

Well, this cream simply met all my expectations.  It hydrates beautifully without leaving a greasy film, which is great for my sensitive and acne prone skin.  The second I apply this one my face, the thick balm-meets-cream richly moisturizes any dry flaky spot and delivers hefty nutrients to nurse and plump my skin back to life.  Some people have found it to be too heavy to use during the daytime.  I have taken the Chuda challenge and used ONLY this product in the morning after cleaning.  I find that it gives my skin enough hydration, bouncy and supple feel, equivalent to a multi-step skin care; in addition to providing almost an occlusive type of effect in sealing the hydration in.  It also saves me A LOT OF TIME in the morning.  Additionally despite the ‘thick’ texture, it is not comedogenic and my face simples feels supple and moist.  The red and gold accent compliment the packaging and in general, I’m so happy to discover this product and am excited to see what the brand has to offer in terms of any expansion into other skin care products.

CHUDA WEBSITE How To Use: Mornings and evenings, warm a pea-size amount of Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream between fingers and apply all over the face, including the under eyes, neck and décolleté. Can be applied directly to clean skin or layered as the finishing step in your skincare routine. Additionally, use to spot-treat areas on the face or body experiencing extreme dryness or redness associated with sunburn or a non-invasive cosmetic procedure.

For a limited time, CHUDA is giving an exclusive 50% off promo code: CHUDA365, $75 (50mL), usual retail is $150, expires 04/20/18.

 

A Simple Yet Effective Routine For Pigments and Aging – MD Complete

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I am so ready to recharge my skin’s with the MDComplete skin care products specifically designed for pigments and aging, definitely two of my top skin concerns.  What attracted me to these trio products are the powerful formula that uses retinol to reduce the appearance of pores and signs of aging, revealing a healthier looking skin. Even better, these products are gentle enough for daily use, and the products really works fabulous together to smooth skin texture without causing any dryness or peeling.  This products are ideal for those with concerns about aging skin, pigments, and large pores.  In addition to the active retinol, these products are packed with fruit extracts that hydrates and prevent moisture loss.  Even for myself with sensitive skin, I have not noticed the irritation that can be associated with some retinol products. 

What I love more is that it only takes two steps in the morning and night to obtain dermatologist-level skincare results.  I’m impressed with the results so far.  My favorite of this trio has to be the retinol Vitamin C concentrate as it seems to be the missing ingredient in my skin care.  I have been using Vitamin C serums for a long time now and have seemed to reach a plateau in treatment of my pores.  Once I added this product, these are some stubborn dark spots that seems to be going away, as well as some acne scars.  It’s really like liquid gold.  After just a few weeks of using this easy yet complete system, my face feels moistened and cool to touch and it just glows.  I am very happy I got a chance to try these products.  Please read the detailed ingredients and benefits about the products below.

About The Brand

“Dermatologist-level results made simple, effective & complete.  MD Complete Skincare was created to provide access to dermatologist-level results in the appearance of skin tone & texture without a prescription. MD Complete transforms gold standard dermatologist prescribed skincare protocols into simple, effective and complete regimens at a fraction of the cost of prescription regimen counterparts.”

Retinol Vitamin C Concentrate

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Price: $19.99 / 0.5 fl oz (15ml)

How it’s Different

  • Unlike other serums this product is pure concentrate — it’s not diluted with water (which is often the first ingredient in other products).
  • Provides dermatologist levels of Retinol, as much as 5-10 times higher than other products.
  • Ideally suited for derma rolling, with naturally derived essential acids, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C.

Benefits

  • Improves radiance & brightens complexion
  • Evens skin tone and refines skin texture
  • Also great for nourishing hair, scalp, nails and cuticles.

Key Ingredients
Pure Retinol (Vitamin A) and Vitamin C (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate) help improve skin tone and radiance
Vitamin E (Fruit Seed Extracts, Tocotrienols) nourishes skin and works synergistically with Vitamin C
Fruit Seed Extracts (Cranberry, Pumpkin, Tomato, Raspberry, Nigella Sativa) provide nutritious oleic, linoleic and linolenic acids along with a variety of skin nourishing plant sterols that support healthier looking skin. These extracts also provide a valuable source of carotenoids – the pigmented nutrients in fruits & vegetables that are linked with improving radiance.

Wrinkle & Radiance Remedy 

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Price: $39.99 / 1 fl oz (30mL)

How It’s Different

  • Uniquely hydrating and high potency Retinol and Vitamin C treatment
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, firms skin. In clinical studies, it was proven as effective in improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and radiance as the leading prescription skincare regimen as well as in-office laser treatments performed by dermatologists, at 1/3 and 1/10 the cost.*
  • Smoothes & evens skin tone and texture for a younger-looking complexion

Key Ingredients

Pure Retinol up to 10X the retinol levels of traditional drug and department store products, and supplemented with nutrients that enhance the performance of the retinol for better results
Peptides help reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smoothes texture
Vitamin C improves the appearance of fine lines, skin tone and radiance. MD Complete uses the more effective and more expensive variants of Vitamin C for better penetration and better results.
Fruit Seed Extracts (Cranberry, Raspberry, Borago, Black Cumin) provide oleic, linoleic and linolenic acids along with a variety of skin nourishing plant sterols that support healthier looking and feeling skin.

Eye Wrinkle Corrector

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Price: $28.99 / 0.5 fl oz (15mL)

  • Reduces crow’s feet
  • Reduces fine lines
  • Lifts and firms

How It’s Different

  • Hydrating eye cream treatment
  • Reduces appearance of crow’s feet & wrinkles
  • Firms skin around the eyes
  • Brightens skin tone for brighter, more youthful-looking eyes

Key Ingredients

• A potent mix of Peptides help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smooth texture
Vitamin C improves the appearance of fine lines, skin tone and radiance. MD Complete uses the more effective and more expensive variants of Vitamin C for better penetration and better results.
• A highly concentrated combination of Ceramides & Essential Fatty Acids strengthen the skin barrier and stimulate collagen production
Fruit Seed Extracts (Cranberry, Raspberry, Borago, Nigella Sativa) provide nutritious oleic, linoleic and linolenic acids along with nourishing plant sterols that support healthier looking skin. Vitamin E nourishes skin and works synergistically with Vitamin C for a more refined tone and texture. Vitamins A & B nourish skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Hyaluronic Acid plumps and firms skin

 

 

New Year – New Face Wash

First post of the new year and I’m so excited to share a fabulous find: Neostrata Glycolic Foam Cleanser.  I have always been a fan of Neostrata and this cleanser is not an exception.

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PRICE: $40 / 3.4 fl Oz

WHAT IT IS: A potent, pH-balanced, foaming facial cleanser for experienced Glycolic Acid users who prefer a deep cleansing.

WHAT IT DOES: Contains 18% glycolic acid that helps to smooth skin texture, 2% lactobionic acid that enhances exfoliation and unclog congested skin to prepare skin for optimal benefits of the regimen that follows

KEY INGREDIENTS: Glycolic acid, Lactobionic Acid, Arginine-Amphoteric

pH:  4.5

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MY THOUGHTS:

I feel that my current cleanser was not enough to keep me pimple free and give me that extra glow. I read reviews prior to using this and this cleanser absolutely delivers on its promise.    This is one of the best glycolic cleansers I have ever used. I have oily-combination skin and I use this every day at the end of the day for the last month. This takes off every bit of makeup, dirt and everything on my  face very easily.  I even use my make up remover just to check, and the cotton pad is always as clean as ever.  If you read about different types of cleansers recommendations based on skin types, foam cleansers are designed for oily-combination skin because it helps reducing oil and can help with acne.  Some foam cleansers can be drying but certainly not this one.  This cleanser exfoliates the skin really well, cleans the pores, and makes my skin feels super soft.   It controls oil, keeps my skin fresh and help it to more successfully fend off breakouts.  The result?  My skin is left feeling clean, incredibly soft and nourished.  This bottle will last me a long time because a small amount of cleanser is all I need to work up a nice lather to clean my whole face!  Thank you Neostrata for making another fabulous product!

 

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NeoStrata SKIN ACTIVE Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum

Happy Friday!  I worked with @NeoStrata” to bring you this post and campaign.

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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?

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.

 

Purito 인천 Serums- PURI (Purifying) + TO (soil as in chinese pronounciation)

I won’t lie.  I am the proud owner of several serums.  Every serum has its own purposes and targets my specific skincare concerns, but the ultimate goal is to deliver highly potent and powerful ingredients into the skin.  So what are my skin care concern?   In my mid-thirties, my skin is starting to look dull and uneven, certainly sun spots are starting to plague around the higher points of my cheek bone and even around the eyes, light wrinkles are starting to form, and then there is the monthly hormonal cystic acne….sigh…

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I recently added Purito Vitamin C and Snail serum to combat some of these issues.  All of Purito serums contain a mix of functional ingredients like niacinamide, vitamin C and fermented ingredients, along with botanical extract and essential oil.  For dull complexion, sun spots and acne prone skin, I am forever dependent on a good vitamin C serum.  This powerful antioxidant helps to protect the skin, reduce inflammation, enhance skin’s repair process and increase collagen.  Of course, hydration is the key to supple and youthful skin, so the snail filtrate combined with hyaluronic acid serum provides me with the ultimate moisture retention, while niacinamide improve skin elasticity, and increase ceramides level and strengthen skin barrier.

 

All the serums are 10 free system which mean they are free from paraben, Ethanol, surfactant, artificial colorant, artificial fragrance, triethanolamine, phthalein, triclosan, petrochemicals, and benzoyl.

Snail Repair Advanced 91 Serum

PRICE: $15.90 / 60 mL on Amazon

WHAT IT IS: A fast acting moisture treatment power packed with 90% snail mucus extract, hyaluronic acid, aloe leaf extract and healing essential oils

Ingredients: Saccharomyces/snail secretion ferment, filtrate (91%), Glycerin, 1,20-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Betaine, Sodium hyaluronate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Allantoin, sh-Oligopeptide-1, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus (apple) fruit extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Petargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Lemon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Canning

WHY I LOVE IT

Snail Slime is known to deliver rich hydration and soothe troubled skin.  It also carries antioxidant component that brighten complexion and reduce signs of wrinkles.   This serum is really a multi-purpose serum.  It flaunts natural botanical ingredients like cucucumber, camellia, apple and aloe that protect and soften the skin.  It smells great, texture is like lighter than most serum, unlike most ‘snail’ or ‘mucin’ serums.  It glides very easily over my skin and has a lovely silky texture that I am a huge fan of.  The texture is one of my favorite things.  It makes the serum super fast to apply without tugging at my skin.  It also leaves no stickiness and has no detectable scent.  It moisturizes without being too heavy, and really wake up and smooth the skin.

 

Pure Vitamin C Serum

PRICE: $15.90 / 60 mL on Amazon

WHAT IT IS: A potent Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid (94%) serum with hydrolyzed collagen, white flower complex, and red ginseng, designed to provide anti-wrinkle, and brightening effect.

Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate liquid (84%), Ascorbic Acid (10%), 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Arginine, Human-Oligopeptide-1, Hydrolyzed Collagen, NElumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Magnolia Liliflora Bude Extract, LIlium Tigrinum Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Tuber Magnatum Extract, Pyrus Malus (apple) Fruit extract, Red Ginseng Extract, Sodium Polyacrylate, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA

WHY I LOVE IT

An antioxidant serum is a powerful addition to any anti-aging routine, especially when it comes to minimize sun damage and spots, as well as to prevent wrinkles and provide skin protection.  Vitamin C is the creme de la creme of antioxidants.  It is typically used to improve the overall appearance and texture of skin – especially hyper pigmentation, and counteract damage caused by age and sun exposure.  As a result, I incorporate a vitamin C product both in my morning and night time routine.  The Purito vitamin C combines pure ascorbic acid with a balanced blend of ingredients including: arginine, aloe vera and collagen.  Each of these ingredients work in conjunction to help in reducing signs of aging, including reversing the effect of sun damage, tightening sagging skin and prevent onset of other age-related skin troubles.  This unique blend is designed to dramatically increase collagen production in the skin, giving it a more ‘plumped’ up youthful appearance.

The serum comes in a plastic opaque bottle.  The product is very thin, texture and color resemble that of my most beloved Skinceutical Phloretin C&F.  Similar in effect, it does help to keep my complexion bright, and skin tight and smooth.  It also helps to fade acne scars and reduce pore size.  However, I do find that it can be irritating especially when used on treated skin.  When I use it, it still tingles a bit upon application and cause slight redness that settles within a few minutes.  I have not noticed prolonged discomfort or adverse effect, as long as I am careful on not using this product too soon after a peel or laser treatment.  Your experiences may be different.  I feel that certainly this is an affordable and effective option for vitamin C serum, that’s packed with anti-aging power.

 

 

 

Pore Care: Elizavecca Milk Piggy Hell-Pore Bubble Blackboom Pore Pack

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Elizavecca is well-known for their ‘pore care’ products including their Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask, and Hell Pore Clean Up Nose Mask.  Their newest products in the pore care line is the Milk Piggy Hell-Pore Bubble Blackboom Pore Pack.  Rather than a peel-off mask like their previous nose mask, this one combines best of their previous two masks: clay and bubbles and is made excellent for sebum absorption, deep cleansing and mild exfoliation.

I love products that contains charcoal, because this one ingredient is really a magnet for sebum that the skin produces to clog pores and impurities soaked up from the environment. Charcoal has the ability to penetrate deep into pores and draw them out, leaving pores cleaner and thus minimized, and overall skin looks smoother and refreshed.

WHAT IT IS

  • A magnifying charcoal mask that help to detoxify and cleanse the skin

WHAT IT DOES

  • Deeply cleanse pores by drawing out sebum, while clearing and preventing breakouts

INGREDIENTS

Water, Glycerin, Stearic acid, Cocamidopropyl betamine, Lauric acid, Potassium hydroxide, Charcoal Powder (4%), Myristic acid, PEG-400, Lauramide DEA, Glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, soluble collagen, polysorbate 20, beeswax, sodium hyaluronate, allantoin, sodium polyacrylate, panthenol, disodium EDTA, tocopheryl acetate, phenoxyethanol, carica papaya fruit extract, rosmarinus officinalis extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, sapindus mukurossi peel extract, fragrance

RESULT

Well, first of all, Elizavecca never failed to impress me on their cute packagings.  There is a pig illustration with a before and after face covered by the mask.  It’s a squeeze tube, which is more hygienic than a tub, I feel.  The masking experience can be messy to my sinks at times.  I let the mask sit for 5-10 minutes as recommended.  I always love how my face feel after this mask.

The ingredients are stellar.  4% charcoal draws out deep-seated debris to purify pores, while various acids (Laurie acid, myristic acid, and papaya fruit extract) helps with gentle exfoliation.  Additional botanical extract help to keep the mask hydrating without stripping the skin.

The mask experience is very pleasant.  The texture is thick but smooth and easy to apply.  It’s NOT a ‘DRYING’ or “PEEL-OFF” charcoal mask.  It stays hydrated on the skin, and upon rinsing with water, it transforms into a grayish colored foam, which I gently massage to get an even deeper cleaning.  I imagine its exfoliating acids loosening the build up of sebum and bacteria.  The rinsing off is not tedious like some charcoal mask.  Rather it washes off fairly easily with no residue.  My face is always left matte, and noticeably less inflamed (courtesy of its soothing botanical extracts).  And the best part is it doesn’t feel stripped or dry.  I leave this in my shower to use while showering so the steam can open up the pores.  I have been using it at most twice a week, and love following up with a hydrating sheet mask for a multi-masking session.  I can confidently say that this mask works so well on my combination/oily, acne-prone skin.  My skin is less oily in the T-zone, pores are less noticeable and has been excellent at preventing new breakouts.