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Clean Up Your Act With Farmacy Green Clean Make Up Melt Away Cleansing Balm

In beauty, makeup, skincare on August 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm

When I first started hearing about the benefits of using facial oils as a moisturizer, I was not the least bit interested.  For someone who is very oily, somewhat of an Exxon Valdez oil spill to be exact, I wasn’t trying to hear it. Yeah, yeah, oil cuts oil but whatever.  Long story short, I eventually started using facial oils as moisturizer for my skin and discovered a world of difference.  By using oils, my skin became more balanced, less oily and had never looked better.

Now those oil cleansers – that was another thing.  Yes I understood the benefits of oil cleansers but I just never felt they cleansed my skin the way I was accustomed to.  All I felt was residue on my skin that made it feel like my skin wasn’t clean.  My skin just felt slick which then made me have to double cleanse anyway.  So pointless.  As someone who is an avid makeup wearer (and make up artist), I need to be sure that whatever makeup and pollution is on my face is gone and that my face is squeaky clean.  That’s just me.  And those cleansing balms didn’t seem to be any better.  It just felt like I was swishing Crisco around on my face.

Then One day curiosity got the best of me after getting a demo on a new product from Farmacy  – Green Clean Make Up Melt Away Cleansing Balm.  Although I was impressed with the demo, I still wasn’t sure.  I was given the product to take home but I didn’t use it right away.  It actually sat on my bathroom counter.  I stared at it.  It stared back at me.  This went on for two weeks.  Then one evening I decided to use it.

I had on a face full of makeup so I figured this would be a great time to put Green Clean to the test.  I scooped out a small amount and apprehensively applied to my face – eyes and lips included and hopped in the shower to continue my evening beautification rituals.  I rinsed the Green Clean off my face which was, at this point, a colorful mixture.  My face actually did not feel slick and greasy.  It actually felt clean. Hmmmph.  Ok.  Interesting.  I still decided to use my regular cleanser and Clarisonic cause I’m looking for a reason to discredit Green Clean (remember, I’m a skeptic and a double cleanser anyway).  When I rinsed my face off, THE. WATER. WAS. CLEAR.  I was done.  I had been won over.  Super amazed, I told everyone I knew about green clean.

So what makes Green Clean so good?  Made with green echineacea evny, Farmacy’s own proprietary blend, Green Clean is great for all skin types.  It is a balm made from all natural ingredients that literally melts pollution, debris, and All makeup away, including the smokiest of smoky eyes.  This product also is not animal tested, and doesn’t contain unfriendly ingredients such as formaldehyde or artificial coloring.  What I also like about Green Clean is that it doesn’t drip all over the place when you apply it to the face nor does it irritate my eyes.  Just scoop out a small amount with the included spatula and apply to your face.  When it makes contact with water it turns milky and rinses away clean.

As I have said before, I am a double cleanser and always will be however I will now always include this cleansing balm as part of my beauty line up. Not only am I fascinated with the fact that I have found a balm that I actually love, it will also help me conserve my regular facial cleanser as well.

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My Beauty Must Haves – Part 1

In beauty, how to, skincare on May 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm


I was in my bathroom the other day looking around at all of the product sitting on my shower caddy, bathroom counter and bathroom storage bin and thought to myself “This is a lot of product”.   Not that it’s a bad thing.  It’s just an observation.  And during this observation, I realized that yes, I might be considered a product junkie (and so what?) and yes, to many people, it really is a lot of product but these are some of the products that I will not live without.  You know why?  Because they give me results. They have helped me establish a routine for my skin which, for the most part, keeps me looking younger than my age and has delivered me from NEEDING to wear makeup.  That’s a big deal considering the fact that I used to look like a cross between a Nestle Crunch Candy Bar and a spotted leopard.

Anyway…

From creams, lotions and potions to lip gloss, eye shadow, hair care and fragrance, I have found my personal holy grail of beauty products that keep me – well – beautiful.  You want to know what I’m into?  Continue reading Part 1 of this series to discover my must haves. #slay

Skin

Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser.  Every good skincare routine must include a cleanser for your skin type.  I love this cleanser because it’s a clean lightweight gel cleanser that is perfect for cleansing an purifying my skin. It clarifies my pores, controls excess sebum production and I don’t experience any irritation.  I use twice daily.

Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask.  I’ve been using this mask for a few years now.  It has recently been reformulated to include charcoal which draws out impurities.  Although it can be used on all skin types, I find that it is perfect for toning, cleaning and spot treating my oily skin.  This is the only mask that I have tried that makes my skin soft, smooth and refined and keeps breakouts and oil at bay. It also contains Umbrian Clay which takes down any inflammation I may experience from travel, etc.   I use this twice a week.

Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream.  I must admit that I have developed a particular mindset that if an eye cream is cheap it doesn’t work.  Not so with Clinque Pep Start Eye Cream.  This small tube packs quite a punch – all for $26.50. It hydrates, smooths, brightens and refreshes as well as some of the higher priced products I had been using.  I use it am and pm.

Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel.  When I tell people I use this product, they always say “But you don’t have acne” to which I say “Exactly”.  This oil free power house contains some powerful active ingredients such as licorice, salicylic acid and glycolic acid complex to diminish whiteheads, blackheads, residual discoloration such as acne scarring and other un-invited activity on the face.  It promotes cell turnover and anti-aging, keeping my skin bright and clear.  What more could I ask for?  I use it am and pm, applying a thin layer over my entire face and neck.

Clarisonic Mia 2.  So let me say that for years I have thrown massive amounts of shade and ill will towards the Clarisonic.  In my mind I thought ” I have hands.  I know how to wash my face.”  “I don’t need a fancy machine to help me take care of my skin.”  Mur Mur Mur.  Yap Yap Yap.  Roll eyes in the back of head.  Then it happened.  I received a Clarisonic Mia 2 a few months ago and it has truly been a game changer for me .  It really does clean my skin better than my hands (6x better) .  My skincare does work better – because absorption and efficacy of products is increased.  My skin is smoother, brighter more clear.  Whenever I travel, I take it with me.  It beeps to tell you when to go to the next quadrant of your face (4 beeps) but I complete my entire face within one beep then move to my neck, decolletage, and shoulders.  I use it every evening.  Just an FYI, your neck, decolletage, shoulders are extended areas of your face and should not be neglected.

Sephora Collection 8 hr Mattifying Moisturizer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20.  Although I prefer a much higher SPF, I love how this product moisturizes and gives a bit of sun protection.  I don’t find that it provides the most effective mattification but it does give a little oil control.  I use this in the morning before my primer.

Blue Mercury M-61 Power Glow Peel.  I have used several peel pads before which were very disrepsectful to my skin, leaving it irritated, unbalanced and severely broken out so needless to say, I was apprehensive about trying these.  Let’s just say that I am obsessed.  These exfoliating peel pads are very gentle yet effective and they help with the occasional hormonal breakout as well.  I use these 3-4 times a week (although they can be used daily) in the evening prior to any serums, treatments, oils and/or moisturizers.

Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil.  I like using oils because they help to balance my oily skin (you read that right).  This oil contains actual rose petals as well as omegas 3,6,9 and vitamins A and C.  It keeps my skin soft and bright and helps to even out my skin tone and texture.  I use it am and pm by pressing into my skin and then apply my moisturizer.

Sunday Riley Tidal Brighten Enzyme Water Cream.  So as you can see, there is a recurring theme here with hydration, brightening, smoothing, clarifying, purifying, etc. but anyway… I actually just started using this cream.  I like using this cream because it provides intense hydration where I need it without being too heavy.  The hyaluronic acid leaves my skin plumped skin.  It also brightens and helps with hyper-pigmentation.  It can be used am and pm but I only use it in the evening as my final step.

Kate Somerville EradiKate.  I don’t break out much but I will occasionally get a pimple here and there.  Not acceptable!  When that does happen, I take a cotton swab and dab the formula on the offending eruption.  It’s also perfect for the pimple you can feel but can’t see.  I only use this at night or I leave it on all day if I’m not leaving the house.

Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water.  This is technically a cleanser but I believe in lather of some sort to cleanse the skin.  I use this as my toner because I like the way it removes any residual dirt, etc off my face. It also leaves my skin feeling soft and clarified, ready for the rest of my skincare routine.  I use this am and pm.

If you are wondering about the order of application of these products, the order is usually as follows:

  • Cleanse
  • Tone
  • Essence (Currently not using.  I will let you know if and when I do)
  • Serum (Currently not using)
  • Treatment/spot treatment
  • Oil
  • Moisturizer

Hope that clarifies any confusion.

Stay tuned for Part 2 in my Beauty Must Haves Series to discover what my favorite make up products are.

 

Cleansing Oils – Are They Worth The Investment?

In beauty, makeup, product reviews, skincare on June 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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You know the importance of cleansing your face every day, especially at night before going to bed.  To be able to quickly and efficiently cleanse your face of the daily layers of makeup, dirt and other environmental pollutants can sometimes be a feat in and of itself.  Sure you can use tons of your favorite cleanser, scrub, or makeup wipes to take all of that off, but if you wear a lot of makeup, including lipstick, eye shadow, liner and etc, using the traditional method of facial cleansing can waste a lot of product.

A method of cleansing that can be used alone or in conjunction with your traditional way of cleansing is to use a cleansing oil.  What?  Why?  Why would anyone want to use oil to take anything off the face?  What if you are oily already?  Won’t that make things worse?  These may be some of your initial concerns but I encourage you to give it a try.  Using an oil cleanser, which is not a new concept but has gained a lot of traction over the past couple of years, is a great way to to break down everything on the face without stripping the skin.  And if you are oily like me, remember, oil cancels out oil and can actually balance the skin, leaving it less oily.

There are many oil cleansers and balms on the market to choose from. Generally speaking they perform the same way by binding with the good oils in your skin to remove the bad oils thus rinsing away impurities.  They also contain skin friendly ingredients such as botanicals, extracts and vitamins to help your skin.

I must say it took me a while to even get on the facial oil bandwagon.  I use Nude Progenius Treatment Oil and have found that my skin is actually more balanced.  Go figure.  It still took me some time thereafter to use a cleansing oil.  I thought it was going to be – well- messy.  Not so much.  Its great actually.  Again my skin tends to get oily throughout the day and I wear makeup so a good cleanse is a must.  I am currently using Clinique Take The Day Off Oil Cleanser.  Simple and lightweight, with just a few pumps, it breaks down my makeup in seconds.  With an oil cleanser, you can just rinse off and follow up with your moisturizer however, I actually prefer to rinse/wipe off and then follow up with my regular cleansing method (Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser and Eco Tools Cellulouse Facial Sponges works wonders for my skin.)  I find that my skin doesn’t feel as dry after cleansing and my skin looks radiant even before I moisturize.

So are cleansing oils worth the investment?  They can be but don’t take my word for it.  Try an oil cleanser for yourself.  I would love to hear what you think.

Can Adding This One Thing Make Your Eye Concealer Work Better?

In beauty, how to, makeup, skincare on March 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm

How many times have your looked in the mirror and thought to yourself that you need some concealer to brighten and cover up dark under eye circles?  You then go to apply your concealer only to find that your application is not as smooth as it should be.  Perhaps your concealer is cakey, splotchy, creasing or it looks downright dry.  Well, with the many things to consider when you choose a concealer, from formulation, to weather you want it to match your skin tone or give a subtle highlight, there is one more thing to consider – your eye cream.  Yes.  Your eye cream.  It is one of the most important steps in a skin care routine and is a very important step in prepping the eye area for a smoother, more flawless concealer application.

Having said that, when selecting an eye cream, consider what your primary concern is for your under eye area.  Are you concerned about hydration, anti aging, puffiness, wrinkles, or brightening?  Whatever you are looking for in an eye cream, whether it is a product that addresses one or all of your concerns,  there is an eye cream just for you.  Consider the following:

Brightening/Depuffing

Origins GenZing – Perfect for dark, stressed and puffy eyes.  Contains caffeine to stimulate and optical brightners to wake up and brighten the eye area, especially after a long night.  Great for all skin types.

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Anti-Aging

Philosophy Eye Hope – This is great if you are looking for an eye cream that does some of everything – tackle fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dryness and strengthens the eye area against future damage.

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Firming/Lifting

Caudalie Premier Cru – The Eye Cream – Hydrating and refreshing, this eye cream will also tighten, firm and brighten.  It’s proprietary ingredients, Resveratrol – Oleyl is responsible for firming and lifting, while Viniferine brightens.

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Hydration

Boscia Enlivening Amino AG Eye Treatment – Great for hydration and cell renewal, this natural line is great for all skin types including sensitive skin.

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Multi- Purpose Serum

Dr Perricone Cold Plasma Eye – Addresses the multiple signs of aging around the eye – dryness, lines, wrinkles, sagging, dark circles.   This serum cream, which imparts a beautiful glow, can be used by itself or layered under your favorite eye cream to amplify results.

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And for more information on concealers and their proper application, click here, here and here :0)

NYFW Spring 2014 Trend Beauty Looks

In beauty, fashion, hair, makeup, Nails, skincare, style on September 16, 2013 at 10:00 am

With Fashion Week, the first think we may think of are the fashion collections.  However, we must not forget the beauty (hair, makeup, nails, accessories) as all these elements are inter-related.

A common theme for makeup from the shows have been flawless skin, something that will never go out of style.  There was minimal blush and contouring however the brows appeared to be a bit fuller.  The biggest focal point was on the lips in shades of pepto pink in more of a matte finish as well as orange, which definitely had a high impact backstage.  Both of these lips were paired with an opalescent eye.   There were many references to the feline flick which looks and feels like a more toned down version of the cat eye and although a smoky won’t ever go away, the spring time will also lend itself to a softer more transparent eye.

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Image Courtesy of harpersbazaar.com Photo Credit: Imaxtree

 

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Image Courtesy of harpers bazaar.com Photo Credit: Imaxtree

 

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Image Courtesy of harpers bazaar.com Photo Credit: Lela Rose

 

The nail category, which shows no signs of slowing down,  is an area where many designers also took many creative liberties.   With all of the options in textures, dimensions, finishes, designs and of course color, the creativity definitely definitely made an impact.  In addition, variations on the traditional such as reverse french manicures, varying french tips in different colors to half moon designs at the base/tip of the nail, choices have come a long way from basic french manicure, airbrushing and decals.   Not every nail look was  intricate as there were several designers who kept the look simple in shades of neutrals and pastes which was equally beautiful.

 

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Image Courtesy of harpersbazaar.com Photo Credit: Imaxtree

 

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There were a many ponytail, braid, and up-dos on the runway which showed off the creativity and imagination of the artists (hair) which is sure to inspire many looks on the real-way.

 

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Image Courtesy of harpers bazaar.com Photo Credit: Imaxtree

 

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The Saga Continues…

In beauty, makeup, skincare on July 10, 2013 at 9:43 am
My Oily Face
Im constantly on the search for a product that will prohibit my oily greasy skin from going bananas.  I have tried numerous moisturizers, foundations, and primers that are supposed to control oil but have found them to be ineffective.  I have also tried Milk Of Magnesia which did work , however, I prefer not to use that on a daily basis.  Since I have heard many people raving about Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, I thought I would give it a try.  It is a targeted oil control primer that is supposed to act as a “liquid blotting paper”.  Initially, I liked the way it went on.  My skin was super matte before I put my foundation on.  I thought to myself “Yup Yup- this is it.  This is the one that will put the smack down on my over productive sebaceous glands.”  Not so much.  My oil broke through within the hour :0(
The Saga Continues…
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Clinique Does It Again

In beauty, makeup, skincare on May 11, 2013 at 7:06 am

Back in 2011, Clinique came out of the beauty boxing ring with the release of their Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector intended to fade dark spots, age spots and post acne spots on all ethnicities.  The release of this product alone blasted open the brightening category with many other brands following their lead and Clinique shows no signs of slowing down with innovation and creation.

Their Even Better Makeup SPF 15 which also launched just a few short years ago was introduced, catching the attention of many because of it’s extensive shade range, and it’s ability to brighten and even skin tone as well as give great coverage.  And now with the launch of that same makeup in compact form, Even Better Compact Makeup SPF15,  Clinique is definitely carving out a place for themselves in the foundation category and may even give some of the more popular brands a run for their money, again with shade range, formulations and versatility.  Available in 20 shades and retailing for just $31, this formulation which is cream to powder, goes on silky smooth and leaves a powdery finish.

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In addition, Clinique has also released their CC cream – Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Color Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30.  Touted for their ability to do all that a BB Cream does (prime, protect, perfect, hydrate, control oil), CC Cream is intended to color correct a myriad of concerns such as dullness, redness and sallowness.  This CC Cream has a dual benefit of instant color correction with properties intended to make the skin look radiant as well as properties that are intended to improve skin imperfections over time.  Worn alone or under foundation, this CC Cream, which retails for $35, comes in 6 shades.

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Both products can be found in major department stores and dot.com

Algenist – Where Beauty and Science Meet

In beauty, skincare on May 2, 2013 at 9:00 am

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Packaged in serious silver gray packaging, Algenist is a skincare brand that can almost be overlooked by those who are attracted to pretty packaging and catchy names.  However, inside of the serious packaging and rather scientific name, are products that can possibly change the landscape of one’s skin.  Based in San Francisco, California, a team of researchers were researching various forms of microalgae for renewable energy and inadvertently discovered alguronic acid which helped to renew and protect the microalgae cell.  When tested, it was discovered alguronic acid had powerful anti aging properties as well.

Using this scientific discovery to create a breakthrough skincare brand, all of Algenist’s products contain alguronic acid which helps with cell renewal and elasitin synthesis – both very important for skin to remain younger looking and beautiful.

There are many noteworthy products from this brand such as the Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm, a lightweight gel which  hydrates and helps decrease puffiness and the Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer which helps to minimize wrinkles.  My hero product from this brand and a very important part of my skincare routine is the Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator.  This oil free product is a gentle yet powerful exfoliator which helps to refine, resurface and smooth my skin.  It is rich and creamy in texture and upon the first use, I noticed that my skin was very soft with an amazing glow- something I had not experienced with other exfoliators.  In addition to Alguronic Acid, this exfoliator contains salicylic acid to lift dead skin cells and clean out pores, beet root extract to hydrate and nourish the skin and oligosaccharides to tighten and strengthen pore walls- all very important in maintaining beautiful skin.

2.7 oz $38.  algenist.com

PORE Thing

In beauty, makeup, skincare on January 18, 2013 at 10:10 am
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Ok lets get right to it.  Pores.  Those tiny little holes on your face.  Some people have small, almost invisible ones.  And others…well (insert side eye).  Desiring to make your pores go away, you get suckered into thinking there is a product that will actually make them disappear and you spend time and money buying and using products with that hope in mind.  Well, hopefully at this point you realize that pores don’t go away.  To believe so is to believe a lie.
Having said that, I will tell you there is hope in REFINING the look of pores so they don’t appear so large but first, let’s understand what pores are, who has them, and why, for some people, they become enlarged.

What is a pore?
A pore is a tiny hole in your skin through which passes water (sweat) or oil.  When your pores become clogged, you end up with acne.
Who has pores?
Everyone.  Usually dry/normal skin types have smaller or barely visible pores.  People who have combination/oilier skin types tend to have larger, more visible pores.
Why do pores become enlarged?
Genetics plays a role in pore size (as well as acne) so some people are already predisposed to this skin condition.  Also, around puberty, the sebaceous glands start pumping more oil.  This oil attracts dirt and debris and becomes a breeding ground for acne which clogs the pore, causing it to become enlarged.  In addition, aging and overexposure to the sun causes collagen (which contributes to skin firmness, suppleness and constant renewal of skin cells) to break down causing pore walls to become larger.
What is the “solution”?
The “solution” is to refine the look of pores and there are things that you can do and products that you can try at home to help…
  • First and foremost – make sure you are cleansing your skin twice a day with a cleanser for your particular skin type.  This will help to wash away pore clogging debris which can lead to acne/larger pores.
  • Use a gentle exfoliating wash like Philosophy’s The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash which does a great job at not only cleansing because it has a gentle lather but it also has super small beads to gently exfoliate and refine skin thus helping to make pores look more refined.
  • Use a product with glycolic, alpha/beta (AHA/BHA) hydroxy acid such as Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel (my personal favorite) to help with cell renewal, pore refinement and acne clearing.  These ingredients can also be found in cleansers, toners, and moisturizers.
  • As part of your makeup routine, use a pore refiner such as Benefit’s The POREfessional or primer such as Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer which contains a form of silicone such as dimethicone (gives product that slippery feel).  If you are using a primer, you would apply a thin layer after you moisturize but before you put on your complexion product (tinted moisturizer, BB cream, foundation). This also helps keep your complexion product on longer. Pore refiners can be used under or over makeup.  The best way to use this product is to apply to the tips of fingers and gently press onto the cheeks, nose and/or forehead where enlarged pores generally occur.
There are also other options for you such as facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion if you have more advanced skin concerns.  There are many at home treatments, however it is advised that you see a dermatologist to ensure that these procedures are properly administered.

 

Fajitas and Facials – A Night of Food, Fun, Laughter, and Beauty

In beauty, makeup, skincare on July 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm

The Ladies: Tessa, Alex, Irena, Laura, Jodi, Andi, and Laura

For the month of July, my community group (aka bible study group) has taken the month off and the ladies came up with the awesome idea of doing fajitas and facials.

Jodi provided us with this beautiful spread

and after we ate, I provided the ladies with masks according to their skin type and we talked shop for a few.

Alex is using the Boscia Bright White Mask

Laura (left) is using the Fresh Rose Face Mask and Andi (right) is using the Fresh Umbrian Clay Face Treatment

Very spooky. Look into the light :0)

Irena, Laura and Laura

Jodi, Andi, and Laura

We talked about the importance of great skincare (the best foundation for makeup) which should include a mask that will help with concerns weather it be dryness, oiliness, firming, tightening brightening, etc.    The three main masks that were used to address various skincare concerns were:

DRY

Fresh Rose Face Mask – An innovative and interesting gel mask containing cucumber extract, aloe vera (soothing, hydrating, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties) and real rose petals which melt into the skin.

BRIGHTENING/HYPER-PIGMENTATION

Boscia Bright White Mask – This awesome peel off mask is ideal for those who have dull skin and hyper-pigmentation concerns (sun damage, acne scarring) .  Contains sea fern algae which prohibits the production of melanin and salicornia which hydrates and limits water loss.

CLARIFYING/NORMAL-OILY

Fresh Umbrian Clay Face Treatment (my personal favorite) . This product can be used as a detoxifying/clarifying mask, a daily cleanser or a spot treatment.  Made with umbrian clay, his product reduces breakouts and redness, soothes and refines the look of your skin.

After washing off the masks, we followed up with a basic moisturizer – Fresh Soy Face Cleanser which is ideal for all skin types.

Some of the questions that asked during our Q&A session were:

  • Is all skin the same?  Generally speaking yes.  Skin is skin and while different ethnicities may have certain concerns, perhaps as it relates to scaring, extent of UV damage, bruising, or aging, the more common point of difference doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with color but with type – optimal, dry, oily, combination and should use skincare geared toward those issues.
  • Should everyone use a sun screen?  Yes.  ALL skin burns when over-exposed to harmful UVA(aging) and UVB (burning) rays.  Yes even “black” skin.
  • Is it true that you should not forget the neck when using a face cream?  Tis true.  The neck is one of the first places to show signs of aging so when applying face cream, dont forget to apply your cream to your neck and décolletage – the upper parts of the breasts.
  • How often should a mask be done? – Once or twice a week to help improve texture, tone, clarity or whatever concerns you need to address with the product you are using.

This was too much fun.  We can’t wait to do it again!!!