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Skin Care Serets for a Head-To-Toe Glow

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Skincare isn’t just reserved for the face.  The skin below the chin needs some TLC as well.  I’m going to share with you to a lovely brand called Fernberry that formulate an all-star lineup for the face and body.  All of products carries ultra nourishing formula including lip conditioner, body scrub, hand and feet cream.

The star ingredient for Fernberry is Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, which is a hyaluronic acid on speed, that holds 1000X its weight in water.  It is designed for 24 hour moisture by binding sodium haluronate units into a 3-dimensional lattice structure. As enzymes break the bonds of the lattice due to daily metabolism, Sodium Hyaluronate units are released and are allowed to move freely. This enables skin to be continuously replenished with Sodium Hyaluronate over long periods of time.  By combining science with nature using traditional botanical beauty ingredients, rich in antioxidants and vitamins, these products seriously delivers instant and long-lasting results in keeping skin hydrated, youthful and radiant.  Additionally, all of their produts are free of preservatives, fragrance and colors.

Mochi Lipstick Nourishing Conditioner

Price: $23 / 10g

‘Kiss dry lips goodbye! Mochi Lips contains a luscious blend of yuzu, tsubaki flower, sweet almond and sunflower seed oils to immediately soften & condition your lips.’

Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Beeswax, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Citrus Junos Peel Oil, Citrus Junos Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Water
To ensure my lips are ‘on fleek’, I always need a good lip treatment. Fernberry has developed a wonderful natural lip conditioner, with a stacked lineup of super-hydrating ingredients – yuzu (a citrus fruit), tsubaki flower, sweet almond, beeswax and sunflower seed oils, called Mochi Lips. All these mix together with Fernberry’s specialty of Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer make this the perfect soothing moisture treat for my lips, just like ‘mochi’. This lip conditioner is expressed through a tube, and a silky smooth oil texture that doesn’t disappear from lips the way other balms do. Instead it leaves my lip pampered and glossy with a healthy, stick free shine. During the daytime, it layers well with lipstick, keeping lips moisturized without causing it to slip and slide around. At night, this lip treatment keeps my lip smooth and hydrated until the morning. The ingredients are natural, which means there are fewer things for the sensitive skin on and around the lip to have an allergic reaction to.

Moisturizing Mousse Ultra-Fine Daily Body Scrub

 

Price: $35.60 / 150g

“Feel the difference instantly! Moisturizing Mousse contains ultra-fine sea salt that scrubs away dull skin and cleanses pores, leaving you with revitalized skin. This light, fluffy exfoliator is gentle enough for everyday use. Chamomile flower soothes the skin, while argan and jojoba oils deliver silky softness. The restorative benefits of blueberry and yuzu also melt away stress and fight off pesky free radicals.”

Ingredients: Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Sodium C12-13 Pareth Sulfate, Sodium Lauroyl Methylaminopropionate, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Peg-2 Laurate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Argan), Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Leaf Extract (Bilberry), Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract (Bilberry), Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Fragrance

Fernberry has recommended to use this product after about five minutes of steamy shower to soften the skin first.  The sea salt is ultra fine, making this one of the more gentle scrubs for the body, and delicate enough to use on a daily basis.  In fact it has replaced my routine body soap for now.  The scrub looks like a soft white slushy that transforms into a light fine foam that exfoliate and cleanse the skin.   It really contains just the right ratio of skin-sloughing properties (sea salt) to moisturizing elements (argan oil, jojoba oil and chamomile), and an amazing natural fragrance that is energizing, yet relaxing enough to feel like I stepped out of a luxury spa.  The rich and indulgent scrub gently yet effectively exfoliates to remove dead skin cells without overdrying.  After rinsing off, my skin feels nourished, soft and smooth and smelled faintly of this scrub’s decadent scent.

Petals & Cream Softening hand Cream

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Price: $24.70 / 50g

Petals & Cream contains cherry blossom extract which retains moisture to give your skin a soft, dreamy glow. Enriched with Japanese plum and yuzu, our fast-absorbing hand cream is packed with vitamins and antioxidants that smooth and balance skin tone for more youthful and elastic skin. Tsubaki oil softens cuticles, while shea butter restores nutrients and vitality in nails.”

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Carbomer, Citrus Junos Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Prunus Yedoensis Leaf Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol

After facial care, hand cream is the second on my list of beauty priorities.  Our hands shows signs of aging, sometimes even more than our faces.  Dark spots, loose skin and veins really can reveal the aging process.  A good hand cream can be a powerful defenses against signs of aging, and Fernberry has created a product that shows my hands some serious TLC.  It doesn’t just lie on the surface – it soaks into the top layers, soothes and softens even the driest skin.  The gentle formulation that doesn’t irritate sensitive or eczema-prone skin.  It has a hydrated but non-greasy finish.  It has a herbal tea-smell that soothes and smooth skin immediately and lasts for a few hours.  It leaves my hand so soft, plumped and thus younger looking.  I apply it every morning and night for optimum results.  If you care about smooth hands and not heavily scented hand cream, then give this one a try, you won’t regret it.

Replenishing Smoothie Conditioning Foot Cream

 

Price: $30.70 / 100ml

“An all-natural treat for the feet! Full of antioxidants and vitamins, Replenishing Smoothie is a creamy and lightweight concoction that will leave heels hydrated and piggies pampered. Rice bran oil and shea butter offer just the right amount of moisture, keeping feet silky, not sticky. Algae extract, a deep sea secret for rejuvenation, boosts elasticity and allows more time between pedicures. Lavender oil evokes sweet dreams through its soothing aroma while marshmallow root extract conditions skin to unimaginable softness! An absolute must for sandal season, but equally effective when you’re snug in your booties.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propanediol, Glycerin, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Ethyl Macadamiate, Butylene Glycol, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Glyceryl Oleate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Bethenate, Polyglyceryl-6 Octastearate, Phytosteryl Isostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Butryospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tocopherol, Malic Acid, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Ceramide 3, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alcohol, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Lavandula Stoechus Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract

I will admit, I do have dry, occasional cracked and callused feet, which can be result of a little bit of neglect.  But really, it’s the nature of the wear and tear of our feet.  That’s why it was so fun to try out a product that is specifically designed to pamper my feet.  Let me tell you, when your feet looks nice, I think it really shows that you keep up with yourself.  Compared to other body lotions I’ve used on my foot, this one is much much more hydrating.   The ingredients are specially designed to turn the rough and callus-filled feet back to the supple selves.   I’m now in a habit of a nightly post-shower application.  I apply once my feet are dry and pay special attention to my heels.  It quickly absorbs, and really is a fabulous treatment to buffer the callus and heal my heels, which are starting to soften up.  My feet feels soft and hydrated through the night to morning.  Now that I know what pampering care I can provide for my feet, this product has compelled me to keep up with taking care of them on a daily basis.

The Moisturizing Mousse Daily Scrub + Petals & Cream Hand Cream + Replenishing Smoothie Foot Cream are the perfect combo for my head to toe care.  How do you pamper your head-to-toe?

 

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How to Enhance Your Sheet Masking Experience At Home – Leegeehaam Deep & Quick Ion Enhancer

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I don’t know about you, but after a long week, I look to a few key products to help supercharge my skin. I can always count on a good sheet mask to quickly sooth, moisturize and revitalize my skin.  Are you as curious as me about this new trend in skin care, called Iontophoresis? Leegeehaam created a product where you can add this treatment at home, designed to get the even more out of your sheet masks!

WHAT IS IONTOPHORESIS? 

This is a technique whereby an electric microcurrent helps to transfer and deliver nutrient formula of facial mask into the skin cells more effectively, compared to a passive diffusion of ingredient from a sheet mask on its own.  In theory, this is a great product to enhance your facial treatment at home.  We all love the benefits of sheet masks.  Now we can enjoy iontophoresis treatment that will allow these nutrients to penetrate deeper and provide faster and even more effective results.

MY EXPERIENCE

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Of course, I have to use the LGH Wannabe Green Fit for the first trial.  The mask itself is a treat on its own.  It contains 33ml of luxurious essence.  I can always depend on tea tree product for a natural treatment to help unblock sebaceous glands, and to help combat blemishes, and sooth irritated skin to give me clearer and calmer complexion.  The essence also contains sodium PCA, considered one of the major components of our skin’s natural moisturizing factor (NMF), has multiple functions such as retaining moisture, anti-aging, maintaining healthy skin barrier and anti-inflammation.  Additionally there is Vitamin E, a potent anti-oxidant to help combat spots and pigments and brighten uneven skin tones.  Trehalose, hyaluronic acid and multiple botanical extract provide ample hydration, and revitalize the skin.  The special cupra sheet retains moisture so the mask won’t dry out, and conforms and adheres to the skin perfectly.  The fit is medium, and there’s no detectable scent, perfect for sensitive skin.  The ionic infusion essence of the mask is specifically designed to work in synergy with the device to deliver the nutrient ingredients into the skin.

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Well, how did the Deep & Quick Ion Enhancer affect my masking experience?  Although it is an extra step, but it‘s convenient.  You wear it almost like a head set, with the two electrode pads sits comfortably in the cheek area.  No pressure, no pain, no heating sensation.    It’s hands- free and automatically set to work for twenty minutes.  It’s compact, light-weight and portable for travels.  There is no irritation or downtime, making this a safe at-home treatment to enhance my masking experience.  Lastly, it’s simple to operate, and the battery can be easily replaced to help with maintenance.  One button for On-Off, and it allows setting of three different intensity levels.  Press once for BLUE LED (lowest intensity) for sensitive skin.  Press twice for PURPLE LED (medium intensity) for dry skin and Press three for RED/PINK LED (highest intensity) for oily skin types.  Press button one to three times for different level of micro-current.

Have you used anything like this?

White Truffle Ginseng Tone Up Emulsion

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We all want glowing and radiant skin.  I feel one of the first steps towards achieving this is using products that help to even out skin tone.  I have a variety of products containing active ingredients such as Vitamin C and AHA to help ‘lightening’ of spots and scars.  However, sometimes ‘Natural Beauty Is The Best Beauty.’  This philosophy led me to discover The Plant Base White Truffle Ginseng Tone Up Emulsion, which is the newest addition to my routine, and works to brighten skin a little bit differently: through a natural and gentle approach by including botanical powerhouse of white truffle, Korean ginseng and herbal extracts.  

 

Yes, the name of this product gives high expectations.  Let me tell you, it does not disappoint!  I’m still trying to figure out where an ’emulsion’ fit into my skin care routine.  I feel is best used after my serum, and in replacement of  my daytime cream.  The product really works well with my skin’s natural oil to help create a light moisture barrier and promote hydration.  It’s water-based and does not clog pores, and therefore perfect for combination skin like mine.

About The Plant Base

‘The Plant Base’, is a Korean skincare brand renowned for its natural and certified organic ingredients philosophy.  Recently they introduced the Whitening line known as ‘White Truffle’.  The unique fact about this company is all of their products are formulated using plant extracted instead of refined water.  This is designed to boost the power and effect of their products on all skin types with real, natural ingredients.  Korean Ginseng extracted water is the base for the ‘white truffle’ products, working in synergy with the white truffle to create a perfect collection, designed to fight the signs of skin ageing such as pigmentation, wrinkles, dehydration, loss of elasticity and uneven skin tone.

White Truffle Ginseng Tone Up Emulsion

WHAT IT IS

  • An anti-aging, brightening and tone up emulsion

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • White truffle
    • Antiaging: naturally high in minerals and vitamins that aid with the skin’s natural renewal process and soothe inflamed skin.  Also packed with essential fatty acids that diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, provide hydration for skin that’s soft and smooth to the touch.
    • Fight spots: High vitamin C content, which makes them effective in naturally brightening and refresh tired and dull skin.  

    • Skin repairing: high in Niacinamide (vitamin B3) which is essential in repairing damaged skin

  • Plant extracted water 57.55% Ginseng Extract water: Rich in vitamin, organic acid and mineral that helps to improve skin elasticity and tone
  • Niacinamide: products only need to contain 2% niacinamide to be classified providing ‘whitening function’.  THE PLANT BASE use maximum 5%, approved by KFDA;  Vitamin B3, is water soluble vitamin that reduces melanin production assist in skin whitening and alleviate freckle and pigments
  • Antioxidants: white truffle, ginseng, licorice root extract, anise flower extract, thuja leaf extract, white mulberry tree extract.
  • Skin Brightening ingredients
    • Resmelin™: complex of Thujaorientalis Leaf extract and Zanthoxylumpiperitum peel extract. It is a patented whitening ingredient due to its ability to hinder melanosome formation.
    • Inflax™: a complex of medicinal herb extract consisting of Glycyrrhiza Glabra (licorice), Persimmon Leaf, Morus Alba Bark and Opuntia Coccinellifera that works as an antioxidant and soothes skin.

REVIEW

The product had me at its ingredients.  Luxurious and full of skin essentials, the combination of white truffle and Korea Ginseng made the perfect ‘tone up’ product to clarify skin tone, balance and brighten skin as well as to fight hyperpigmentations and discolorations.  The extraordinary antioxidant properties also make this a great ally against aging for a more youthful looking skin.  The product is dispensed in a pump bottle, and the color is a prestine white and texture is a lightweight, milky lotion that instantly absorbs into the skin, and in fact leaves skin silky soft without any stickiness.  It has a mild floral scent.  Despite the light texture, I feel it is an exceptional nourishing cream that balances out skin’s moisture and oil for a more ideal skin condition and healthy balanced complexion.  It make my face brighter, and not at all greasy.

 

I recommend this product to people who wants to correct skin tone, help lighten pigment, moisturize and brighten the skin (which describes me perfectly).  The product is ‘water’ or ginseng extract based, and those who has oily skin would benefit from this emulsion because of its light texture.  Overall I find this product adds a great deal of comfort and moisture to my skin, in a light non-clogging way.  The product have a clean packaging design, and I really do appreciate the English ingredient list and directions.

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The White Truffle products will soon be available to North America consumers through Kbeautie.  I absolutely love their unique selection of Korean Beauty products (many are natural) that are not easily found elsewhere.

A Mask For Every Need: Dr. Grand+ 닥터그랜드플러스

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Korean sheet masks are all the rage in the beauty industry.  Aside from their convenience, there is a sheet mask for practically every skin ailments.  The novelty of Korean sheetmask has been around for years, and yet some company still manage to surprise us with ingenuity.  Dr. Grand+ is one of those companies.  Dr. Grand+ skin care is actually the product of Grand Plastic Surgery, a leading plastic surgery hospital in Korea, staffed with a medical team of experts in providing the most advanced cosmetic services to enhance one’s beauty.   Here I’m going to review not-your-regular sheetmasks:  V-line mask, Stem Cell mask and Peeling pads.
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V-Fixer Remodeling Mask

WHAT IT IS
  • A volume lifting 2 step mask
 
WHAT IT DOES
  • For facial and neck firming and tightening
  • Specially designed Golden Ratio Fixer Mask for the jaw that pull up saggy skin to bring out firm V facial line with the help of elasticity-inducing ingredients like hydrolyzed collagen, ceramide, gamma PGA
NOTABLE INGREDIENTS
  • Gamma PGA: fermentation extractive ingredient using Bacillus virus from bean that has outstanding moisturizing power and cohesion and called skin filler due to having similar function as a facial filler
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  • Elasticity inducing agents: hydrolyzed collagen, ceramide
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DIRECTIONS
  • First mask for the upper face: bamboo charcoal sheet that covers the curvature of face closely clear out and tighten up pores.  by balancing skin’s oil and moisture composition, the mask keeps the face moist, firm and multidimensional
    • cellulose containing charcoal and rich mineral, outstanding for sebum absorption, and containing bamboo, outstanding for supplying moisture to the skin
  • Second mask for the lower face: high-enriched hydro-gel mask, span tightly to skin with outsanding adhesion
    • mask enhance skin elasticity to regain natural, smooth facial line
WHY I LOVE IT
This is such a unique mask that is totally worth sharing!  Korean women love this one, as it is their quick fix to give them a firmer and slimming appearance around the lower face.  Most packaging will say to leave this mask for 20 minutes, but Korean women often wear it while they are doing their makeup, or even longer up to hours.
Step 1 is for the upper face, and step 2 is for the jawline.  The upper face is a charcoal mask infused with bamboo and the brand’s own G4D Active™, a complex with 5 active ingredients (Ceramide, Arginine, Lysine Polypeptide, N-Actyl Glucosamine, Sodium Hyaluronate and Biosaccharide Gum-1), which makes the skin healthier day in day out.

More important, let’s talk about the lower face.  The lower face is a hydrogel gel mask, which span tightly to the jaw, with a loop around the ear for a tightening and lifting effect.  It doesn’t feel restricting nor uncomfortable.  I can still talk and drink water et al.  The goal is to creates a desired, and more defined chin line by pressing the meridian points on the face to prevent skin from sagging.  The formulated concentrate contained in the mask has good effects on wrinkles, cellulite as well as skin elasticity.  The result that I noticed after one use is that my jaw appears more symmetrical as usually I am a little more puffier on the left side.  The result is a quick fix, and not permanent.  And that is exactly what these masks are designed for.  The goal of the product is  quick, safe and easy fix to achieve a defined V-line for special occasions.  It certain fulfill this goal.  You may get more consistent result if you use a mask like this everyday.

 

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DR.GRAND+ Milk Moisture Soft Peeling Pad

WHAT IT IS  
  • A duo-step at home peeling pad
  • One time use
 
WHAT IT DOES
  • Contains lactic acid and glycolic acid, AHA that exfoliate the skin gently and stimulate cell renewal
  • Contains abundance of skin-benefiting ingredients for skin moisturizing, antioxidant and protection, cell revitalizing, brightening and nourishing
 
NOTABLE INGREDIENTS
  • Lactic acid and milk protein extract: Lactic acid is extracted from milk, and is considered a gentle AHA that exfoliate and ‘hydrate’ the skin
  • Glycolic acid: the smallest of AHA that penetrate the deepest to facilitate skin renewal, regeneration and collagen formation
DIRECTIONS
  • Step 1: use embossed side: fine lattice structure pad, peels tiny dead skin cells and remove waste, and cleanse pores
  • Step 2: smooth pure cotton, mild peeling care by soft texture 
 
WHY I LOVE IT
Exfoliation is such a key part of my skincare arsenal.  I have an abundance of peeling pads, toners, et al that are all designed to exfoliate the top layer of the skin, soften and stimulate cell renewal to bring forth a more radiant and youthful complexion.  This one is a little bit different from the cult favorite Neogen peeling pad, as you do not need to wash it off, ensuring that the active ingredient has desired time to do its job.  The fermented extracts have so many anti-aging, brightening and naturally moisturizing effect.  The pad is extremely easy to use, quick one minute in my daily routine, right after cleansing.  It’s so ultra convenient and so super hydrating! as I can easily follow with other products without having to wash off.  The brightening and smoothing effect really took me by surprise.  My skin just felt baby soft, with glow.  The ease of this product makes this such a winner for me.
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Absolute Stem Cell Mask

WHAT IT IS
  • An anti-aging sheet mask
WHAT IT DOES
  • Ideal for aging skin, addressing fine lines and wrinkles
  • Help to improve skin elasticity and texture
  • Provide skin soothing effect
TEXTURE/FEEL/FRAGRANCE
  • Unique high density fabric of 100% cellulose, with high absorption rate
  • Perfect adhesion
  • No detectable scent
NOTABLE INGREDIENTS
  • A highly enriched ampoule 23 ml containing 5% stem cell nutrient culture and 37 growth factors to hydrate to reduce signs of fine lines and help delay visible signs of aging
  • Derived from unique technologies from human cord blood, the root of unborn baby’s nutrition supply; safely harvested and cleansed while active ingredients including growth factors are extracted for use
  • Stem cell: triggers fibroblast to increase collagen production to stop, slows down and reverse skin damage
WHY I LIKE IT
Stem cell, stem cell, stem cells!  Korean cosmetic companies always goes above and beyond to come up with unique ingredients to complete in the vast beauty market.  This innovative mask is a perfect morning pampering.  The mask is intensely hydrating and soothing.  The botanic extracts are powerful antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory benefits.   The mask features a lightweight textured essence infused with stem cell, bacillus/fermented tumeric to boost cell regeneration and improve skin elasticity, cartageenan and bamboo extract for skin moisturizing and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, and portulaca oleracea extract and centella asiatica extract for skin soothing.
In just a few minutes time, my skin tone is even, pores are minimized, and any potential breakouts are soothed.  A great targeted and concentrated boost to my daily regime.  A little bit of sunscreen is all I need to get me ready to head out the doors.
You can find these masks at Modern and Simple: http://www.modernandsimple.com

My Favorite Ingredient: Vitamin C – Why I Need It In My Routine

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I truly believe every skin care routine needs Vitamin C. This is definitely one of those powerhouse, skin-transforming ingredient, that multifunctions. When applied topically to the skin, it is a super antioxidant that protect the skin from sun damages and harmful free radicals. It promotes collagen product and strengthens and firms the skin. It can have incredibly effect at retexturing, restoring radiance and evening skin tone. And of course, this favorite ingredient of mine also reaps skin brightening benefits at prevent pigment formation, as well as treat and minimize spots and scars.

HOW TO GET VITAMIN C INTO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE

Vitamin C comes in a variety of different formulas, including cleansers, serum, creams, lotions, and masks.  Here are some ways I easily incorporate Vitamin C into my skin care routine, to utilize its plethora of benefits.  These products are all designed to brighten dark spot, complexion and even out skin tones.  Everything takes time, but with a great brightening routine, I can expect to see real results after a few weeks.  My favorite shop, BBCosmetic carries all these products and more at the most affordable prices, with an additional 8% off (with code ‘bbleitan’)  and free shipping with no minimum purchase
 Vitamin C Products Currently In My Routine
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Morning

My preference had always been to use Vitamin C in the morning after cleansed and toned skin.  During the daytime, vitamin C binds to your skin and when the UV ray hits the cells and create free radicals, the vitamin C will protect the DNA of the skin cells from damage by scavenging the radicals, to provide it with protection.   Applying a vitamin C serum topically can essentially keep your skin from forming brown spots with its melanin-suppressing properties.   I make sure that the product is completely dry before moving onto the next step.  One of my favorite currently is Dr. Jart V7 Radiance Serum.

Dr. Jart V7 Radiance Serum

PRICE:

  • $31.13 / 50ml

WHAT IT IS

  • A multi-functional radiance/skin brightening serum
WHAT IT DOES
  • Innovative radiance capsules inside the vitamin serum explode softly on the skin
  • Invigorate and add moisture and elasticity to dry and tired skin
  • Encapsulated liposome technique with active brightening ingredients and seven Vitamins Complex (Vitamin A, B3, B5, C, E, F, H)
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • Capsulated liposome: a technology that allows encapsulation of vitamins that are water and oil soluble to allow delivery of these active ingredients deep into the skin
  • Vitamin A: anti-aging, promote cell regeneration and cell turnover
  • Vitamin B3 Niacinamide – skin brightening, improve skin resilience and elasticity
  • Vitamin B5 Panthenol – Anti-inflammatory, antiaging
  • Vitamin C Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate  – A more stable derivative of pure ascorbic acid with the same skin brightening, antioxidant, and spot fighting effects; longer shelf-live
  • Vitamin E Tocopheryl acetate- antioxidant, help with skin healing
  • Vitamin F – Moisturizing
  • Vitamin H – Anti-inflammatory, skin calming, fight acne
TEXTURE/FEEL/FRAGRANCE
  • Transparent, slightly thicker gel consistency
  • Bubbles inside the serum: Dr. Jart’s patented stabilization technology of vitamin ingredients: capsulated liposome.
WHY I LOVE IT
V7 stands for vitamins/antioxidant that the product is completely packed with.  This product to me is: no frills, no wasteful packaging, just powerful products that get the job done.  While this is true of every Dr. Jart product I’ve ever used, the V7 Serum takes their reputation for no-nonsense performance to a new level of perfection.  The serum is described as a “microencapsulated vitamin complex for dramatic skin repair.”
Vitamins A, C and E stimulate collagen formation to make skin look younger, while penetrating deeply to provide long lasting protection against environmental stressors.  Other powerful multivitamins help to increase skin’s barrier function so skin stays hydrated all day.
I loved this serum from the very first application.  One pump dispenses a little pearl of product that quickly disappears into my skin.  Because of its lightweight gel formula, there is a slight cooling sensation and instantly refreshes my skin.   There is definitely immediate brightening result with this serum, as the radiance ingredient are securely condensed in the collagen capsule, and forms a moisturizing layer on the skin to give skin brightening.  It’s such a great pick-me-up treatment in the morning for my skin.  With long term use as well as a good brightening routine, my skin looked markedly better: brighter and smoother.  Even the dark spot that plaque me are less noticeable.  This serum adds something extra between a radiance booster and a hydrator, and really my skin just glows when this is in my morning skin care.  For the price, it really is an anti-aging and spot fighting and complexion brightening one-stop-shop.

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MEDIHEAL Vita Lightbeam Essential Mask

PRICE

  • $14.87 / 10 masks

WHAT IT IS

  • A brightening sheet mask

WHAT IT DOES

  • Contains active ingredients (botanical and Vitamins) to achieve brighter-looking skin

INGREDIENTS

  • Vitamin C = Sodium ascorbyl phosphate 

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, PEG-60 Hydrogeneated Caster Oil, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Methyl-paraben, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Natto Gum, Wheat Amino Acids, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Trehalose, Propylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Parfum, Niacinamide, Anylodextrin, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine HCl, Maltodextrin, Oryzamol

TEXTURE/FIT/FRAGRANCE

  • Cellulose mask sheet
  • Silky touch fitting
  • Fit like a second skin
  • Slight residue that takes a few minutes to absorb

WHY I LIKE IT

I always try to add a sheetmask in the morning if I can.  It really is the best way to get my skin hydrated above and beyond my skin care routine, that will last me throughout the day.  What has always struck me about Mediheal is the ample and seriously copious amount of essence in these packages.  Each Mediheal mask contains an entire bottle of highly concentrated nutrients and vitamins.  I find Mediheal provides some the softest and best fitted sheet masks.  This particular mask is infused with Vitamins C and E to improve the look of sun damage spots and age spots and sodium hyaluronate to help revive an overall look of dull dry skin.  The mask certainly leaves my face instantly refined, hydrated and refreshed.  It also efficiently moisturizes my face and provide me with another layer of Vitamin C, antioxidant and protection for my skin before I head out the door in the morning.

Night Time

At night, skin is in repair mode, so it’s so important to choose the right products that can be better absorbed and utilized at night, to maximize your skin repairing potentials.   I look for products with active antiaging benefits including ingredients like Vitamin C and AHA, as well as hyaluronic acids and niacinamide, potent humectants that helps my skin to hold onto water so it looks smoother in the morning.

 

TIAM’s Signature C Source

PRICE
  • $14.40 / 30 ml
WHAT IT IS
  • A high potency 20% pure  Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) serum
WHAT IT DOES
  • Skin brightening
  • Lighten acne scars
  • Eliminates blackheads
  • Evening of skin tone
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • Ascorbic Acid: When selecting a pure vitamin C serum, I always look for products containing pure L-ascorbic acid, which is the most bioavailable form of Vitamin C, and in percentages from at least 15-20%; these are the desired concentration for best absorption as well as penetration deeper into the skin for collagen stimulating and synthesis effect
  • Sodium Lactate: natural fermentation product of lactic acid, a natural moisturizer, accelerate action (particularly of skin lightening action) of vitamin C and its derivatives
  • Natural Vitamin E and anti-oxidants: Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rosa Davurica Bud Extract, Carthamus tinctorius
Water, Ascorbic Acid, Alcohol, Sodium Lactate, Butylene Glycol, Glucose, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Xanthan Gum, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Glycerin, Zinc PCA, Panthenol, Niacinamide, t-Butyl Alcohol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Beta-Glucan, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ubiquinone, Diisopropyl Adipate
TEXTURE/CONSISTENCY/FRAGRANCE
  • Light weight clear serum
  • Citrus scent
  • Absorbs easily

WHY I LOVE IT

This serum meets all my criteria for a well formulated and potent and pure vitamin C products.  At 20%, it certain is one of the highest quality available.  It is stored in an opaque container to help minimize sun exposure and oxidation.  It also combines the UV damage-fighting powers of two potent antioxidants: Vitamin C and E, which is known to optimize the benefit of vitamin C.  The addition of hyaluronic acid and nourishing botanicals make this product help skin to retain moisture longer, soothing and compatible with my other skin care products.  Some Vitamin C serums can be stripping, or irritating to the skin.  I did not experience any irritation when using this at all.  In fact, I can really feel the moisturizing benefit of the serum, which seem to soften any dry patches of the skin.  The serum absorbs quickly into the skin with no residue.   I have also begin to apply this to my neck to prevent neck sagginess down the road hopefully.  Although reviews have been mixed, the result is enthusiastically positive on my skin.  I’m thrilled to see lightening of some scars and sun spots, and overall my skin is more youthful and smoother.

I feel that this serum is a very good choice amongst all the Vitamin C serums out there on the market today.  It simply delivers what it promises and does so in a relatively short span of time.  It does exactly what every high-profile vitamin C serum out there does: brightens skin, enhances collagen synthesis and slows down the aging process. The price is a fraction of many other pure vitamin C serums out there, and really gives you more bang for your buck!   If it’s approved by the mass in Korea, then certainly in my books as well.

 

OST VITAMIN SLEEP 9 tO 5 CREMA 

PRICE
  • $13.45 / 50ml
WHAT IT IS
  • An antiaging and skin brightening overnight cream
WHAT IT DOES
  • Hydrates and renewals skin cells
  • Diminishes age spot
  • Smooth wrinkles and firm skin
 
TEXTURE/SCENT/FEEL
  • Soft, baby pink in color
  • Light gel-like cream texture
  • Silky smooth to apply
NOTABLE INGREDIENTS
  • Arbutin – extracted from bearberry plant, prevent formation of melanin; considered a natural skin brightener
  • Sodium hyaluronate
  • Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate – This is an oil soluble derivative of vitamin C.  Although its potency cannot be directly compared to pure L-Ascorbic acid, it does provide all the general benefits of pure vitamin C (collagen building, skin brightening and UV protection), and can be used in higher concentrations without drawbacks.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Arbutin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cyclomethicone, Beta-Glucan, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Extract, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Fragrance

 

WHY I LOVE IT
I love a good night cream that can restore my skin while I sleep.  The product contains a blend of best ingredients to deliver unrivaled antioxidant and brightening (arbutin, mandarin orange peel extract, vitamin C) benefits to the skin, that promote cell turnover, while neutralizing daily toxins.  When used together with T’iam Signature C, it maximize the vitamin C effect, and give my skin a natural effortless youthful glow I miss from my younger days.  Dark spots be gone!  Contrary to most of my night creams that leans toward the heavier side, this one has a gel texture so it absorbs quite quickly without feeling heavy, nor clogging the pores.  Yet it is intensely hydrating, and really helps to take care of my skin by providing moisture deep to the dry patches.  It safely diminish the appearance of dull skin and the effect lingers on into the morning and visibly brighten and even skin, ensure I wake up with extra soft and supple skin.  Most night cream don’t miraculous transform the skin in one night but with weeks of usage, my pores are consistently minimized, acne scar improved, and complexion glowing.
How do you incorporate Vitamin C in your routine?  What are some of your favorite products?  I feel these are fantastic choice for those who want a few tried and tested Vitamin C products, and have been gentle tonmy sensitive skin, all at very affordable prices.    Don’t forget to use code ‘bbleitan’ if you are looking to get them at BBCosmetic.

June Jacob Summer Essentials Kit

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I am official excited to review June Jacob Summer Essentials Kit (Protective Moisturizer SPF 30, Lip Renewal SPF 50 and Rapid Repair Healing Cream + JJ BAGGU bag).  June Jacobs is a world-renowned spa visionary and beauty wellness expert.  Together with her daughter, Rochelle, they created a line inspired by family tradition and centered on highly efficacious, natural ingredients formulated to deliver immediate, impactful results with long-term benefits.

I’m familiar with the brand with its luxurious spa products, with formulation using only high quality natural ingredients.  Their skin-care collection contains everyday staples along with weekly facial treatment, and products for professional use.  Their website is upfront with ingredient transparency.  Their products do not include parabens, preservatives, synthetic dyes, or sulfate, and are petrochemical and fragrance-free when possible.

At the core of June Jacobs is a powerful US patented anti-oxidant blend of white tea, red tea, green tea, goji berry, pomegranate and grape seed extracts creating a suit of armor to shield skin from environmental toxins and combat the visible signs of premature aging.

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LIP RENEWAL SPF 50

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PRICE

  • $24.00 / 14G

WHAT IT IS

  • A moisturizing lip balm with SPF 50

WHAT IT DOES

  • Moisturize and nourish the lips while providing broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Active Sun Protective Ingredients
    • Avobenzone 3.0% – Protects against UVA rays.
      Homosalate 10.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5.0% – Protects against UVB rays.
  • Shea Butter – Derived from an African shea-karite tree, this natural fat contains vitamins A and E and is highly compatible with skin to restore suppleness.
  • Vitamin E – A lipid soluble vitamin naturally found in plant leaves, cereal germ oils and milk. It is known for its anti-oxidant and moisturizing properties.
  • Squalane – A nourishing and hydrating plant-based alternative to shark-derived squalane, extracted from Spanish olives, it is easily absorbed and compatible with the natural oils of the skin.
  • Hyaluronic Acid – Naturally occurring in the extracellular matrix (ECM) of the skin, it helps regulate cell behavior during the healing process and reduces inflammation. Hyaluronic acid acts as a humectant to maintain and attract water, minimizing trans-epidermal water loss.
  • Jojoba Seed Oil – Derived from the bean-like seeds of the desert shrub, it contains vitamin E, fatty acids and phospholipids which help to reduce transepidermal water loss, aiding in the restoration of the skin’s natural lipid barrier.
  • Allantoin – Derived from the root of the comfrey plant, native to Europe and temperate areas of Asia. Allantoin acts as a keratolytic agent, which is used to soften the epidermis. It helps promote healthy tissue, enhances moisture binding capacity, and helps reduce skin irritation.

TEXTURE/FEEL/SCENT

  • Sheer, clear gel-like balm
  • Glossy, non-sticky finish
  • No detectable scent

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WHY I LOVE IT

It’s hard to find a lip balm with this high SPF, that doesn’t come at the expense of pasty white cast.  This product is ridiculously fabulous!  The ingredients defend the lip from dehydration and photo-aging, and delivers antioxidant-rich antioxidant blends and moisturizing shea butter and jojoba seed oil.  The product is sheer and glides just like my favorite lip balm, and leaves my lip hydrated and plump.  The glide on applicator provide even distribution of the product, and my lip feels so nourished and soft.  It works beautifully under lipstick but the slight glossy finish is as beautiful on its own.

 

 

PROTECTIVE MOISTURIZER SPF 30

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PRICE

  • $55.00 / 47mL

WHAT IT IS

  • Oil-free hydrating moisturizer with sunscreen

WHAT IT DOES

  • Calms skin while a potent blend of UV protectors guards against the harmful rays of the sun.

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Active sun protection ingredients
    • Octinoxate 7.50%, Octisalate 5.00% and Meradimate 3.00% – Protects against UVB rays.
      Oxybenzone 4.00% – Protects against UVA and UVB rays.
      Titanium Dioxide 0.96% – Protects against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Ginger Root Extract – Derived from the underground stem (rhizome) of the plant found in Asia and India, its main active compound, gingerol, gives the plant its flavor and its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Lemon Peel Extract – Derived from the peel of the lemon, it contains ascorbic acid, vitamin A and phytochemicals called limonoids. It has antiseptic and astringent properties which counteract acidity on the surface to brighten dull skin.
  • Grapefruit Extract – Derived from the seed, pulp and white membranes of grapefruit, it acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant. Grapefruit oil contains citrus bioflavonoids (hesperidin, rutin, and naringin) which reduce the skin’s inflammatory response by strengthening the walls of blood vessels and aid vitamin C to rebuild collagen, increasing the skin’s overall natural healing abilities.
  • Retinyl Palmitate – Ester-form of vitamin A, it acts as an anti-oxidant, aids in the prevention of dryness and maintains the normal life cycle of skin cells adding smoothness to the skin’s texture.
  • Rose Hips Seed Extract – Derived from the berry-like fruits of the rose bush left behind after the bloom has died, it regenerates the skin due to the high concentration of Vitamin C, anti-oxidant flavonoids and essential fatty acids oleic, palmitic, linoleic and linolenic needed by the structures of every tissue membrane for the growth of cells.
  • Carrageenan and Algae Extract – Consist of many polysaccharide sugars such as alginates, which are responsible for moisture retention and fucoidanes, which encourage circulation, playing a key role in the elasticity of the skin.

TEXTURE/FEEL/SCENT

  • Creamy lotion, incredibly moisturizing
  • Mild sunscreen scent
  • Massage on without white cast

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WHY I LIKE IT

Multitasking (moisturizer and sunscreen) product like this make sun protection so much easier for me.  This product relies on mineral (titanium) and chemical sunscreen ingredient, while packed with botanicals that are exfoliating, hydrating and nourishing into a fast-absorbing, nongreasy formula.  It has a mild sunscreen scent, but not over bearing.  The texture is creamy but easy to spread, leaving no white film or residue.  The finish on my skin is hydrating and dewy, which may be perfect for those with dry or normal skin, and may be borderline too much shine for oily skin gals.

The product, however, is oil-free, so I can use it without fear of causing breakouts or make existing ones worse.  I feel this moisturizer-spf is especially well-suited for mature skin thanks to its antioxidant technology and cocktail of botanical give my skin a dose of nutrients that work to keep the skin young.  It comes in a purse-friendly three ounce tube, and can easily be brought with me everywhere.  I have been using this as a day time moisturizer, and the solid spf 30 is just icing on the cake.

RAPID REPAIR HEALING CREAM

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PRICE

  • $60 / 112mL

WHAT IT IS

  • Repair cream

WHAT IT DOES

  • Clinically-tested face and body treatment helps soothe irritation and provides up to 24-hour moisturization

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • 0.50% Allantoin – Derived from the root of the comfrey plant, native to Europe and temperate areas of Asia. It acts as a keratolytic agent, which is used to soften the epidermis. It stimulates the growth of healthy tissue to improve skin’s moisture binding capacity and improve skin irritations.
  • 1.50% Dimethicone – A skin protectant known to produce barrier properties to guard against moisture loss.
  • Edelweiss Extract – A rare flower from the Swiss Alps known as the “survival star” is sustainably and organically cultivated, contains a high level of the anti-oxidant leontopodic acid and supports the skin’s crucial protective barrier, enhancing its resistance to external stress factors and preserving skin’s natural balance.
  • Imperatoria Extract – A wildflower grown in the Swiss Alps known for its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.
  • Shea Butter – Derived from an African shea-karite tree, this natural fat contains vitamins A and E and is highly compatible with skin to restore suppleness.
  • Oleic Acid– An omega-9 fatty acid that helps promote skin-barrier repair.
  • Linoleic Acid – An omega-6 fatty acid that provides anti-inflammatory and moisturizing support. It also helps soften the skin keeping it supple and youthful.
  • 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.

TEXTURE/FEEL/SCENT

  • Gentle, non-greasy formula
  • Lotion-like lightweight texture that instantly penetrate the skin
  • No detectable scent

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WHY I LOVE IT

This is definitely my favorite product of the June Jacob summer essentials.  I have a more than ample collection of facial moisturizers.  What’s so special about this one?    The texture, the feel and the finish of this product keep me wanting more.  For such a nourishing cream, it is super light weight and quick-absorbing, and provide immediate and long lasting hydration.  Every time I use this product, my skin is left looking and feeling velvety soft and smooth.  The finish is matte, and perfectly prep for makeup or no makeup days.   Every one of June Jacob product contain the antioxidant complex, which makes me feel at ease as the cream repair the damages caused by UV ray and pollution.  The formulation also contain some powerhouse ingredients including oleic and linoleic acids that speed cell renewal and improve skin barrier.  Healthy skin barrier means quicker healing, less damage from the sun, better texture, and overall radiance.  Not to mention the high performance anti-inflammatory ingredients that immerse the skin in moisture, calms any redness and irritation, and enhances skin healing and resistance to external stress.  I feel this is suitable for all skin types, especially dry, flakey or irritated skin.  I love using this after a facial treatment to help my skin heal, repair and regenerate.  If you have extra dry skin, this product may also be layered underneath your favorite moisturizer for extra hydration and barrier repair.  Simply put: this is my skin’s new best friend.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I feel that June Jacob products are well researched to include ingredients that would affect the best results for all skin types, including sensitive skin.  They use only the finest all natural ingredients as well as cutting edge technology.  In addition to offering luxurious skin care that is not only safe and non-toxic, there is literally a product for everyone, from aging to sensitive to dry skin.  All of their products harness the power of nature to create effective skin solutions.  These products are definitely a splurge  but you do get what you pay for.  You can find these at: https://junejacobs.com/product/all-products/summer-essentials-kit/230105/each.

Products are sponsored by BrandBacker.  All opinions are my own.

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Wake Up with beautiful Skin: Bravura London Glycolic Acid 15% Night Treatment

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I am officially obsessed with Bravura London. This is yet another product that i can count on to pamper my skin after a busy day and work on my skin while I sleep to give me that bright complexion first thing in the morning, making me look like I had a well rested sleep!

PRICE

  • £17.40 / 50mL

WHAT IT IS

  • An rich antiaging night cream

WHAT IT DOES

  • A daily nightly 15% Glycolic Acid, set at pH 4.5, that hydrates, exfoliates, and help smooth the appearance of fine lines and correct spots and skin tone
  • Helps to reinforce skin’s protective moisture barrier while you sleep
  • Reduces sagging and appearance of wrinkles and dark spots

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Safflower oil – Contains 78% linoleic acid, a secret weapon for fighting acne; also an essential fatty acid rich in Vitamin E, A, C and E, making this a potent antioxidant and help to retain moisture; moisturize and even texture
  • Chamomile extract: powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant for skin nourishment; hydrates and clarifies
  • Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A) – gentle milder form of vitamin A, effective antioxidant, plumps skin
  • Peptides: Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3 are synethic peptides that are potent anti-oxidants, as well as boost growth of connective tissue, and naturally increase production of collagen

Aloe Vera Gel, Safflower Oil, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid and Sodium Glycolate, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Arnica Blossoms Extract, Calendula Blossoms Extract, Glucose and Fructose and Sucrose and Urea and Dextrin and Alanine and Glutamic Acid and Hexyl Nicotinate, Tocopherol, Sodium Alginate, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Chamomile Extract, Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Guar Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hydrogen Peroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.

TEXTURE/SCENT/FEEL

  • It is luxuriously thick and buttery, yet non-greasy cream, that glides on smoothly; leaving a perfect layer of protective barrier for the skin while the active ingredients penetrate deeply to help skin with regeneration; does take a few minutes completely absorb, but totally worth it waking up with skin looking fresher and younger

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WHY I LOVE IT

I cannot profess enough love for this luxurious night cream.  I have not used any products that has given me the same morning after result.  This product expertly capture the power of 15% glycolic acid, delivering the optimal antiaging efficacy with minimum irritation.  Addition of multi-peptides form a highly effective weapon against signs of aging, helping to enhance collagen for a skin-firming boost.  The cream exfoliates and hydrates every night to dramatically improve the overall appearance of skin, revealing a smooth, fresh radiance.  It literally works its magic at night, when cell turnover is at its peak.  Even after the first use, my skin visibly looks softer and brighter in the morning, just glowing.  There is no sting upon application but the result is so visible.  It feels so decadent as I massage it into my skin.  There is something about the thick, creamy texture that just feels indulgent and luxurious.  It may feel heavy as the moisturizer goes on, but it sinks into the skin with gentle massage, and does not leave any residue that may go on the pillow.   It ensures that I wake up looking like I’ve had a good eight hours of beauty sleep.  My skin’s plump and just simply healthy and glowing.  Additional benefits I’ve noticed with long term use are more refined skin, prevention of fine lines and smaller pores.  The cream is very reasonably priced, gentle yet effective, and is packed with protective antioxidant and nourishing ingredients.

You can find this fabulous product at Bravura London: http://www.bravuralondon.com

Softest, Most Comforting Hydrating Mask: Dr. Grand+

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

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What intrigued me about these masks are two things:

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

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

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

Aloe and Madecassoside Soothing Mask

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WHAT IT IS

  • A soothing and calming mask

WHAT IT DOES

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

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

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

RESULTS

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

Absolute Solution Mask: VitaC and Glutathione

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WHAT IT IS

  • A brightening mask

WHAT IT DOES

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

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

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

RESULTS

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

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

 

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