Dry Brushing

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Happy #BeautyTipTuesday
Let’s discuss dry brushing. Using natural bristled brush before showering. Start at feet/hands, brush, rubbing dry skin in upward or circular motions toward the heart. Benefits are good exfoliation and increase circulation, which leads to temporary plumping effect and vibrant skin boost, while temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite is anecdotal (no conclusive scientific evidence), and there may not be any detoxing benefits that include stimulating the lymphatic system. It is worth trying right? Because, the skin may develop micro tears from the brushing, it is important to use natural bristled brushes, and not brush too hard.
Have you tried dry brushing?

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Over Exfoliated Skin?

PhotoGrid_1502754622122Exfoliating feels great on my skin.  My face feels smooth, tightened, pores appear smaller, and cleaner.  But I recently read an article about over exfoliated skin and decided to share what I found out after some research.

Over-exfoliation can compromise the top layer of skin and may hinder the skin’s ability to produce natural oils and other protectants.  This barrier is important in creating new skin cells and improving skin’s physical appearance.

Exfoliation according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is “the process of removing the top most layer of dead skin cells.”  Here are two ways of exfoliation: 1) chemical – applying acid to dissolve skin cells in the form of peels (glycolic acid, etc…) 2) by hand – brush (textured brushes, gloves, washcloths) or facial scrubs to physically remove the dead skin cells.  Benefits of exfoliation is a brighter, smoother, more evened skin tone, appearance of pores appear to be smaller, cleaner, and tightened skin.

Here are some signs of over-exfoliation:

  1. Dry patches or peeling can be a sign that your skin’s balance is off due to over exfoliation.
  2. Excess oil production.  This can be a sign that your skin’s ability to regulate oil production is compromised.  I know us with oily skin types like to exfoliate to control oiliness but when we notice more oiliness, this can be a sign of over exfoliation.
  3. Breakouts – an increase in the amount of breakouts or sudden breakouts than normal for your skin type.
  4. Inflammation, itching, burning sensation after exfoliation can be a sign of over exfoliation.
  5. Redness – continued redness after a day or a few hours after exfoliation.  Redness immediately after exfoliation is normal but if it continues for hours or even a day, it may be a sign of over exfoliation.
  6. Shininess – an increase in shininess more than normal can be a sign of over exfoliation.

Depending on your skin type, if you are noticing any of these signs or symptoms after exfoliation, you may have to adjust how often you exfoliate (this can be once a week to once every 2 weeks, etc..) or use a method of exfoliation or scrub that is not as intense, and please consult a dermatologist or aesthetician.

You know your skin best and of course, some of these signs are just your skin adjusting to a new addition in your skin care routine or adjusting to a new product or an ingredient in the product.  It is up to you to determine whether it is normal for your skin or not.  This is why it is important to monitor how your skin is reacting and consult a dermatologist if the conditions persists to what is normal for your skin type.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post.  Please leave me a comment or like this post, if you would like more posts like this, or even suggestions on posts you would like to read.

Mediheal Dress Code Sheet Masks Review

This is a review for the Mediheal Dress Code Sheet Masks Code Blue, Code Black, and Code Violet.

These are beautifully designed sheet masks ready for a masquerade but with extracts and essences that provide various benefits for your skin type and needs.  The overall fit of the masks is too small on the eyes. If the masks gets too close to the eyes, the essences can cause some stinging.  The nose area also does not fit flush on top and does not completely cover the entire nose.

Mediheal Dress Code Blue (Herb Aqua Care) Mask

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Has a variety of herb extracts including baobab (Adansonia digitata) leaves, large flower cactus, medicine sage leaves, lavender, chrysanthemum.  It is supposed to control oil, have anti-aging and brightening benefits.

This smells great, it has a subtle light lavender fragrance! It has a cool tingling sensation, has enough essence to saturate the sheet mask.  Left my face feeling tightened, and taut afterward.  I’m not sure if this left my skin hydrated.  I only left the mask on for the recommended 20 minutes.  This contains Sea Water, which may or may not help with nourishing or hydration.

Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Trehalose, Betaine, Sea Water, Bambusa Vularis Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Adansonia Digitata Leaf Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Salvia Offinialis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Chamomilia Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Squalane, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Gingko Biloba Nut Extract, Methylparaben, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Adenosine, Fragrance.

Mediheal Dress Code Violet (Brightening & Nourishing) Mask

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This was also cooling as I was wearing the mask.  My cheeks started to get itchy after 10 minutes though, which I did not experience with the other two.  There may be an ingredient that I’m sensitive or allergic to. I’m generally not sensitive or have allergic reactions to skin care products.  But, there is a first time for everything.

With this one, I did not feel or notice too much hydration or brightening effects.  Notable ingredients are acai berry (Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract), pomegranate (Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, and blueberry extract, all of which are antioxidants and are recognized as “Super Fruits” and has numerous benefits.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Trehalose, Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Opunita Ficus-Indica Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Morinda Citrifolia Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig ) Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Methylparaben, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Adenosine, Fragrance.

 

Mediheal Dress Code Black (Whitening & Nourishing) Mask

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In my opinion the fanciest of the three.  It actually has red jewels on it! Formulated with Pearl Powder Extract to control Melanin formation and correcting skin tone.  This also has cacao extract, which is a bonus in my book (I’m a bit of a chocoholic).

Again, this had a cooling effect while letting the essence absorb through the skin. Afterward, there was some slight redness, skin felt tightened, but it also left my skin slightly tacky.  There was extra essence that I was able to rub onto my neck, decolletage, and hands.  I suppose my skin felt nourished but as far as whitening, I did not notice any whitening or brightening effects.  Perhaps, if I had left the mask on longer than the recommended 10-20 minutes, the whitening effects would be more noticeable.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Trehalose, Betaine, Hippophae Rhamnoides Water, Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Pearl Extract, Honey Extract, Caviar Extract, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Sophora Flavescens Root Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Methylparabe, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance.

Overall, these masks besides the beautiful masquerade design on the masks are not very much special than other masks I have tried.  They do have wonderful extract ingredients which have the potential to be effective.  Perhaps wearing the masks longer or multiple treatments may provide the claimed effects.  I do not overdo the masks as I have oily/combination skin and doing so can increase oil production on my T-zone.

I give these masks 4/5 stars.  1 extra star for the beautiful masquerade designs.

Thank you to skin18.com for the opportunity to sample these masks for free as part of their skin 18 challenge bloggers program.  You can find this set of masks here.

Lica Cole Organic “The Good Vibe” Review

Thank you so much to Lica Cole Organic for giving me an opportunity to sample for free their “Good Vibe” line.

Their products are made with their proprietary “Green Secret” formula, Matcha green tea powder, fragrant, rare essential oils and extracts.  Focusing on balancing the 7 chakras and the Ayurvedic practice with aromatherapy creating a spa like experience in the comfort of your home.  You can read more about all the amazing benefits of their ingredients on their website here.

I am delighted to share with you my spa like experience at home sampling their Organic Cleansing smoothie, the Organic Polishing Paste, and the Organic Whipped Butter.

Organic Cleansing Smoothie (Lemongrass & Sage) This is a “liquid-y” cleanser, it rinses off quickly, and has a great refreshing aroma.  The fragrance combination of lemongrass & sage is perfect to wake you up in the morning or when you need a pick-me-up.  This was pretty good at removing make up as well.  Your skin will feel hydrated and not stripped after rinsing.  The Camu Camu and Chamomile Flower extract leaves the skin feeling hydrated, refreshed, and clear.

Organic Polishing Paste (Bergamot & Lemon) This has an absolutely fresh lemon peel fragrance.  Using circular motions to apply the paste, I left the polishing paste on my face for 15-20 minutes, which is unnecessary but because I wanted to languish in the aroma of bergamot and lemon, I left it on my face.  The granules provided an excellent exfoliant.  The key ingredients in this polishing paste are Lica Cole Green Secret Formula, Moringa Leaf Extract, Himalayan Pink Salt, and Periwinkle Leaf Extract which helped balanced my skin and hormonal acne breakouts along my chin area.  I love that Lica Cole believes no matter where we are in the world, we are effected by the deforestation and damage done in the Amazon.  Lica Cole strives to be part of the solution and proceeds from every purchase of this Organic Polishing Paste helps protect and preserve the Amazon ecosystem.

Organic Whipped Butter (Geranium & Bergamot)  In my opinion, this was the best out of the 3 that I sampled.  It is a luxurious whipped heaven.  The fragrance is fresh and citrus-y and I do enjoy the neroli and orange blossom fragrance, so this was perfect for me.  I imagine being transported, basking in a field and inhaling the aroma of citrus-y blossoms.  After only 1 use of this whipped butter, the dryness I was suffering from along my cheeks and jaw area really helped moisturize it.  Some of the other great ingredients in this wonderful concoction are Babassu Oil, Shea Butter and Amla Fruit extract.

Using these three products in the Good Vibe line really helped my oily/combination skin get balanced.  There are so many wonderful aspects of these products, including the versatility that they can be used for both face and body.  These products are USDA Organic, Cruelty Free, Vegan, Eco-Friendly, and are Made in California.

I would like to thank Lica Cole for the pleasure of sampling this line of high quality Organic Skin Care.  This is not a sponsored post, they just extended an invitation to gift me complimentary products.  This review is my honest opinion to share with you products that I have tried.  I give this line of Organic Skin Care five out of five stars.

You can purchase and read more about their philosophy, company, ingredients and products by clicking this link at licacole.com.

Beauty Friends II Herb Essence Mask Sheet Pack Review from Skin18.com

PhotoGrid_1493759130708This has a mild herbal lavender fragrance that dissipates after a few minutes of applying the mask.  The mask doesn’t really fit properly, it is too big in some areas, smaller in others.  I think the nose is too small, one of the eye holes is bigger than the other with the smaller hole getting too close to my eyes, which then the mask liquid was leaking into my eyes.  The edges do not properly adhere smoothly even after I’ve smoothed it out.  After about five minutes, I feel the mask slipping off just slightly.  I had to adjust it to keep from slipping.  Overall though, the essence from the mask created a tingly, cooling sensation, and left my face feeling hydrated, plump and smooth.

This is a sponsored post as part of the Skin18 Challenge 1-10s Review Program