Auspect Skin Care launches in the U.S. this month!

Auspect Skin CareI love discovering a new skin care line and Auspect Skin Care from Australia is about as new as it gets in the states. It just launched this month in the US, although it’s a favorite luxury line in the UK and Australia. In fact, up until now it was only available through dermatologists, so we are lucky we can get it directly from the get go.                                                                  pr sample

Auspect Skin Care features natural cleansers, serums, exfoliators, and moisturizers that focus on restoring and healing skin while also protecting it. The clinical grade products are the result of 20 years of research.

Auspect Starter Kit

A great way to try out this line is with the Auspect’s Starter Kit ($110). This kit includes Auspect’s Total Clean cleanser, Exfol + night serum, Vita C serum, and Hydrate Plus moisturizer.

  • Total Clean purifies by removing imbedded dirt, makeup, excess oil and damaging pollutants.

    Auspect Skin Care Total Clean

    Auspect Skin Care Total Clean

  • Exfol + works to give you a smoother skin texture, smaller looking pores and fewer visible imperfections.

    Auspect Skin Care Exfol+

    Auspect Skin Care Exfol+

  • Vita C is a potent, non-irritating, highly stable and non-greasy serum that, even to the last drop, gives you a softer, brighter looking complexion.

    Auspect Skin Care Vita C

    Auspect Skin Care Vita C

  • Hydrate Plus is a nutrient rich moisturizer that quickly replenishes skin’s vital moisture reserve

    Auspect Skin Care Hydrate+

    Auspect Skin Care Hydrate+

Auspect Skin Care Starter KitThis is almost the total skin care package with everything you need for your morning and night-time routine – the only item you’ll want to add is some sunscreen.

I think the products are perfect for summer – at .5 and 1.0 ounces, the bottles are travel ready and FTC compliant. They even come in a nice see-through travel bag. One small note – these products do have a light fragrance.

Head on over to the Auspect Skin Care web site to check out full size products and the rest of the range, which includes some great treatment serums, eye cream, and sunscreen. Take a trip ‘down under’ for some beautiful skin!  – Lisa

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The Jojoba Company – Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser and Natural Pigment Oil

The Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil and Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser

The Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil and Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser

What is Jojoba oil (pronounced ho-HO-ba)? According to The Jojoba Company jojoba is a desert plant that produces a small bead. ” It produces a rich, pure golden liquid wax (it is often called jojoba ‘oil’).  But unlike oils this unique liquid wax acts like our skin’s own natural oils, absorbing deep below the skins surface. “It is the only plant on earth known to produce a wax similar to that found in young, healthy human skin”

The Jojoba Company has its own farm in Australia so that they can control how the plant is grown, this way they can avoid chemicals and preservatives. The father/daughter team who created the brand have found ways to incorporate the plant and oil into an entire skincare line.

I’ve used The Jojoba Co’s Pure Jojoba Oil (review) for over 6 months to help keep my skin and hair looking their best. When the company offered me their Natural Pigmentation Oil to even skin tone and reduce the appearance of pigmentation, you know I was thrilled. They later sent their Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser to make life even better!

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser is a very gentle cleanser that’s infused with tiny jojoba beads. This is a cleanser/exfoliator that I can use on a daily basis if I want since it’s so gentle. If you love a very scrubby cleanser this might not be strong enough for you, but it’s perfect for me. I like to use an exfoliating cleanser but I can’t overdo it so this very lightly scented product is a perfect addition to my regime.

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

“We have used 100% natural solidified jojoba beads that are completely safe and eco-friendly—no plastic particles here. The beads gently exfoliate while hydrating Vitamin C, quandong, aloe vera and Vitamin E dissolve impurities. Use daily as a 2-in-1 cleanser and exfoliator for glowing smooth skin. Suitable for all skin types.”

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

I love the ingredients used in this and I feel comfortable knowing that this calming cleanser has great natural ones. The jojoba beads won’t hurt the environment so it’s good for everyone.

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

The Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil is meant to target sunspots, age spots, and uneven skintone. There’s a pleasant light citrus fragrance to this. I use it at night since it’s an oil and my foundation has occasionally balled up under it if I’m rushing and not letting it meld into my skin. It’s so moisturizing that at night I don’t need to use another moisturizer if I don’t want.

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

The packaging is just the best. The top of all Jojoba Company boxes is so great you almost want to store it in the box but this copper colored bottle is beautiful on its own and looks pretty on my vanity.

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation OIl

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Both of these products are ones I’m happy to have discovered to enhance my skincare life. I’m working hard to keep my skin as youthful as possible and these two are doing the work for me.  Have you tried anything yet from The Jojoba Company? — Marcia

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ingredients for Jojoba Bead facial cleanser

ingredients for Jojoba Bead facial cleanser

ingredients for jojoba natural pigmentation oil

ingredients for jojoba natural pigmentation oil

DDF Glycolic Toning Complex review

DDF Glycolic Toning Complex

DDF Glycolic Toning Complex

Skincare is a funny thing. We all react differently to products. Take my blog partner Lisa and I. We don’t always like the same skincare. She is more hardcore with what she uses while I use a more laid back approach. Lisa is used to skincare with retinols and glycolic acid while I’m cautious about products that contain this.

The reason I’m telling you this is that DDF Glycolic Toning Complex was originally a product that Lisa was going to review, but here I am using it and writing about it after it was sent. While this didn’t agree with her younger, oilier complexion it does with my more aging and dry one.

DDF (Doctors Dermologic Formula) was created by Dr. Howard D. Sobel, a dermatologist who wanted his patients to be able to take care of their skin at home to protect against the signs of aging. Glycolic Toning Complex is part of the DDF Anti-Aging Preventative line meant as a Treatment.

 

DDF Glycolic Toning Complex

DDF Glycolic Toning Complex

Dr. Sobel created a daily toning complex with Salicylic Acid and a 7% concentration of Ultra Pure Glycolic acid, which is one of the highest grade glycolic acids on the cosmeceutical market today. I honestly was surprised that my skin, not being used to glycolics, would react as well to this toner as it does.

There are 3 main goals with this:

  • Refines skin’s texture by decreasing the look of large pores
  • Helps to minimize fine lines & wrinkles
  • Promotes skin clarity and immediately revitalizes skin’s appearance
DDF Glycolic Toning Complex

DDF Glycolic Toning Complex

Since DDF’s Glycolic Toning Complex uses Salicylic Acid I’ve chosen to use this at night only. I’m using a more gentle AHA in the daytime and always apply sunscreen over it, at night I’ll use this DDF one several times a week after cleansing.

There’s a menthol fragrance to it that is gone quickly so there are no worries there. What I like most is that this helps keep my pores cleaner and not clogged. It’s also helping with my anti-aging goals of staying youthful forever (and a day).

Formulated with skin conditioners, Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel for a safe, daily clean. Sodium Hydroxide stabilizes pH balance for a clear healthy complexion. The natural scent of Peppermint awakens the senses.

GLYCOLIC ACID – Glycolic acid is the most effective fruit acid for exfoliation and skin renewal. It has the smallest molecular structure of all AHAs, thus possesses the greatest penetration potential.

DDF Glycolic Toning Complex

DDF Glycolic Toning Complex

Since I’ve been using this I’ve noticed that my skin is looking brighter so maybe the surface cell turnover is actually working. I’m happy to be in the Preventative stages of DDF Skincare and not ready for the Restorative.

What glycolic level are you at? — Marcia

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You can find DDF at Ulta and Ulta.com and Beauty.com

Water, Alcohol, Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Methyl Gluceth-20, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamellis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sodium PCA, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Menthol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Renew your face and body with ViaBuff

ViaBuff Body Exfoliators

ViaBuff Body Exfoliators

OR

ViaBuff Facial Exfoliators

ViaBuff Facial Exfoliators

Which do you choose? To exfoliate your face or body? Of course you can always do both and ViaBuff is an excellent way to go about this job.

There are 4 levels of exfoliation the ViaBuff way and Beauty Info Zone was sent these to explain to you why you need at least one level of product.

Level 1: Extra Gentle  PURPLE
Ideal for Oily Skin, Acne, Psoriasis

Level 2: Mild   GREEN
Ideal for Normal Skin, Eczema

Level 3: Moderate    PINK
Ideal for Dry Skin, Ingrown Hairs, Keratosis Pilaris, Waxing

Level 4: Clinical   WHITE
Ideal for Very Dry Skin

The Via Buff Tape Test

The Via Buff Tape Test

MARCIA’S SIDE:

Via Buff large in level 1 and 3

Via Buff large in level 1 and 3

The 5″ large ViaBuff are perfect for your body. I’ve been using both the purple level 1 and pink level 3 in my shower. Even though they look similar I can feel a difference between them. The purple is much softer but it still does a nice job of exfoliating. Since I have both I get the opportunity to switch between them. The Purple is my body exfoliator while I use the Pink for my feet and legs. For some reason my legs get so much more flaky than the rest of my body and they need so much more work. I pore my shower gel in the middle, run it under water and get it foamy, then get to work on my exfoliating job. There’s a hidden silicone loop to hang it up if you want to leave it in the shower but I prefer to take it out so it doesn’t get wet again when my husband takes a shower. Once I’m out my body really absorbs my body oil or lotion so much better.

ViaBuff facial exfoliators in level 3 and 2

ViaBuff facial exfoliators in level 3 and 2

The facial ViaBuff Exfoliators are 3″ and are so cute. They are a great size because they fit in the palm of your hand and they can get into smaller places. I always need extra help where my nose meets my cheeks and these work great for that area. The Green one is the milder of the two and my favorite. The Pink is the moderate one and even though these look alike I can feel the difference between them. If I’ve been lazy and haven’t exfoliated during the week then pink is the one I’ll use.

If you are looking for physical and not chemical exfoliation ViaBuff is the answer to your concerns.

LISA’S SIDE

Via Buff large in level 2 and 4

Via Buff large in level 2 and 4

 

I am really enjoying the Via Buff exfoliators as well. I have both the Green Level 2 and the White Level 4 buffers in my shower. The Green Level 2 is for normal skin. It’s pretty soft…I would say that those with very sensitive skin might find it a bit much and would prefer the Purple one, but otherwise the Green is the best choice for everyday use. It works great with regular and liquid soap, and it exfoliates without scratching skin, leaving it soft and supple. I especially like it for prepping to faux tan because it alleviates most flaky patches from dry skin. It’s definitely the one to choose if you suffer from eczema.

Via Buff large in level 2

Via Buff large in level 2

I’ve also been using the White Level 4 ViaBuff, which is the ‘Clinical’ buffer. This is serious stuff for those with very dry skin. I love it for elbows, knees, and feet! It is essential to exfoliate those areas before faux tanning so it comes in handy for that, and I also like it for removing old faux tanner from my legs. It’s too much for any other body parts for me, although sometimes I get KP on my upper arms and the White Level 4 takes care of that in a jiffy. If you have skin that isn’t sensitive at all and is super dry, you will love the White ViaBuff.

Via Buff large in level 4

Via Buff large in level 4

For the smaller facial exfoliators, I tested both ends of the spectrum – the Purple Level 1 which is extra gentle and the White Level 4 which is one serious exfoliator.

ViaBuff Exfoliators

ViaBuff information

ViaBuff information

I love the Purple facial exfoliator, especially when I am tired and not in the mood to spend much time washing my face. I use this in place of makeup remover and cleanser – just get it wet with cleanser and it takes off makeup and cleanses pretty deeply. The white facial exfoliator is too much for my finicky facial skin. I think this is best for teenage skin or those with very clogged pores and congestion. If you have a teenager I can guarantee he or she will want to steal this from you right away.

VIA BUFF can be found at Amazon where there is free shipping as long as you choose the ones sold by ViaBuff (through FutureDerm or ViaBuff). The prices are right at $11 and $4.

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Introducing Shielo products with a giveaway

shielo

A company that’s new to Beauty Info Zone is Shielo. Basically it’s a hair care company but not just any hair care. They are inspired by traditional Eastern medicine and they are an organic company. There are so many great things about them like the fact that they have a sustainability policy from their ingredients to their packaging. None of their products contain parabens or formaldehyde preservatives

“Shielo has developed relationships with certain communities to source our unique ingredients. We are committed to partnering with these local farming communities who respect the environment while growing / harvesting ingredients. These are time tested practices that have been passed down for generations, and it is awe-inspiring to see hair care ingredients produced in the most eco-friendly way possible.We use ethically harvested ingredients and cold-pressed extracts, which are designed to be the best and most potent for your hair.”

Not only do they have hair care but they’ve also added complexion products to their repertoire. We were sent one hair products and one skincare product to review plus we have a giveaway at the end for 3 US readers.

Shielo Leave In Protectant

Shielo Leave In Protectant

LISA is using the Leave-in Protectant ($18.99).

Shielo is known for their hair care and based on this styling spray I can see why!  I spritz this leave-in spray onto my towel-dried hair before styling and my hair just loves it. It gives me a great hair hair day every time. The spray is paraben free and it prevents frizz plus provides UV protection. It has tons of antioxidants that are great for hair, including pro-vitamins, proteins and amino acids.Shielo Leave In Protectant

My hair is color treated and this spray not only works fine with it, I think it actually helps keep my color rich and vibrant. It’s a detangler, too. If this is what the hair care products are like from Shielo, then I have no doubt this line is a winner!

Key Ingredients
• UV Protectants and natural antioxidants from White Tea enhance color protection.
• Shea Butter adds a protective moisture barrier to seal the hair shaft.
• Innovative Wheat Crosspolymer creates an invisible safety net around each hair to shield color, increase flexibility and reduce breakage.

MARCIA is using the Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub

Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub

Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub

Read carefully about this SHIELO COMPLEXION ANTI-AGING SCRUB because you could be one of three winners of it! This is the product I chose to review and I’m happy that I did. This is a very gentle scrub that is very effective. They say it can be used 1 – 2 times a day, I think it’s gentle enough that you could use it daily if you wanted.

Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub

Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub

Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub

Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub

My skin looks and feels well exfoliated after without leaving it dried out or needing excessive moisture. Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub is for all skin types and for me at least, I had no problem with it when I had a breakout. I was thrilled when Shielo helped rid me of the flakes that occurred around the pimple (my fault – I plucked too hard and then picked!!)

Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub

Shielo Complexion Anti-Aging Scrub

The exfoliation comes from Aloe Vera + Jojoba Microspheres which are safe for the environment.

I prefer to use this in the shower since it’s a little stubborn to remove it all. I now leave it in the shower, wash my face and add a small amount and apply in a circular motion. I then use a wash cloth to remove it all. You really don’t need a lot to help you get a smoother and healthier complexion. They say it helps with fine lines and wrinkles, lightens skin discoloration and stimulates cellular regeneration.

Key Ingredients:  Aloe Vera Juice  Refreshes skin and renews complexion.

Jojoba  Contains fatty acids that revitalize skin using microspheres which are small and delicate for a microdermabrasion effect.

Allantoin  Soothes the skin while reducing inflammation.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Shielo has kindly offered to send 3 Beauty Info Zone subscribers from the US. This giveaway will be open through March 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close early email us with the comment at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Shielo. Then you are free to continue. Please remember we check entries. Lots of luck.

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Farmaesthetics Sweet Milk Facial Exfoliate

sweet_milk_series-260x320Milk…it does a body good, right? People have been using milk for thousands of years to create beautiful complexions, and the newest exfoliate from Farmaesthetics brings all the benefits of milk to your skin care regimen.

Farmaesthetics Sweet Milk and Lavender Exfoliate

Farmaesthetics Sweet Milk and Lavender Exfoliate

The Sweet Milk Facial Exfoliate ($27.50) is made of ground cornmeal, dried sweet milk, and ground flowers or orange peel depending on the version you have. I was sent the Sweet Milk & Lavender Buds for brightening and balancing complexions to test. Other types available include Sweet Milk & Chamomile Flowers for giving sensitive complexions a nice glow, and Sweet Milk & Orange Peel for balancing oily complexions.

The ground powder is nice because it doesn’t spoil like creamy products do. It also means you won’t be crying over spilled milk! The powder is mixed with any lotion or cream cleanser – Farmaesthetics recommends their Fine Herbal Cleanser, which I haven’t tried – and then used as an exfoliating scrub. You can also leave it as a mask for more intense results.

Farmaesthetics Sweet Milk and Lavender Exfoliate

Farmaesthetics Sweet Milk and Lavender Exfoliate

Farmaesthetics Sweet Milk and Lavender Exfoliate

Farmaesthetics Sweet Milk and Lavender Exfoliate

The lactic acid in milk is a great exfoliant and the cornmeal and ground flowers provide even more exfoliating power. It doesn’t have a fragrance, although I can smell the corn just a little bit. I find this exfoliate to be very gentle and effective.  I have it on a shelf right outside my shower and I reach out and pour some into my hand to mix with facial cleanser. I use it on my face, neck, and decolletage, and the shower makes it very convenient for rinsing off. It leaves my skin fabulously soft, exfoliated, and hydrated – great stuff!

Your mom was right – milk is definitely good for you. You can pick up the Sweet Milk Facial Exfoliate online, at the flagship Farmaesthetics shop in Newport, Rhode Island, at the Four Seasons Resorts and Spa, and at other specialty shops.  – Lisa

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Introducing you to DERMAFLASH – with a giveaway too!

DERMAFLASH Exfoliating Facial Treatment

DERMAFLASH Exfoliating Facial Treatment

DERMAFLASH is an exfoliating tool that does double duty. Not only is it a wonder for exfoliation but at the same time it helps rid your face of those fuzzy hairs so that you can unveil smoother, radiant, and younger looking skin. DERMAFLASH is unlike any of the tools that Beauty Info Zone has tried. It removes the need to go to a dermatologist or Esthetician/Aesthetician. The facial tool is based on dermaplanning which is only available in a medical spa or doctor’s office. Now you can do it in the privacy of your own home on your own time schedule. When DERMAFLASH was sent to us to test out they were also kind enough to send extras for 4 Beauty Info Zone readers. This $189 tool, available at Sephora, is something to put on your wish list. It’s that great.

DERMAFLASH is designed specifically for women’s skin. It works with a subtle sonic vibration. You use DERMAFLASH on dry skin, never on wet skin. There are just 3 steps with this: Cleanse, Edge, Soothe.

• Exfoliates and Polishes to Restore Radiance
• Sweeps Away Dead, Dull Cells from Skin’s Surface
• Temporarily Removes Peach Fuzz
• Enhances Radiance, Texture and Tone
• Skin Care and Makeup Go On More Smoothly and Evenly
• Skin Looks and Feels Healthier Instantly
• Gentle and Safe For All Skin Types
• Safe and Hygienic, Single-Use Blade

MARCIA’S EXPERIENCE

I’m going to talk about the DERMAFLASH Exfoliating Tool and my experiences with using this while Lisa will explain the Essentials and share her experiences.

both boxes that come with your DERMAFLASH

both boxes that come with your DERMAFLASH

When you first buy DERMAFLASH you’ll get a big box with two parts to it. The main box is the actual skin tool along with the holder and direction. The second box contains the Essentials kit which is what will need to be replaced after 6 uses.

DERMAFLASH and exfoliating blades

DERMAFLASH and exfoliating blades

DERMAFLASH’s ergonomically designed exfoliator is a work of art. It doesn’t take up much space and looks good on my vanity. Once charged it will last through 3 sessions of using the treatment before you need to charge it again. It looks much more complicated than it actually is. You slide the blade in and use it just for one session. After using it, slide it back in the empty slot and pick up a new one for your second use.

DERMAFLASH is insistent on four things and I absolutely agree with them. First, don’t go over an area more than once. This very effective tool does its work the first time around. Going back over an area will do more exfoliation but you also have to be careful that you haven’t done too much. Second, don’t use this on your nose. Even if you feel your nose needs exfoliation, the skin on your nose is tighter and thinner. The third is to only use the blade once and then change it. The last is to just use the tool once per week.

DERMAFLASH with blade inserted

DERMAFLASH with blade inserted

I happen to be very hairy and have a lot of peach fuzz (and darker hair) on my face. While I wish this would remove that hair totally it doesn’t do it, at least not all at once. After using this four times I’m seeing less of the peach fuzz but it’s not all gone. I’m interested in reading Lisa’s eval to see how it affects her fuzzies.

What I am seeing a great difference on is that my face looks and feels visibly smoother. This is so much gentler than some of the microdermabrasion items I’ve used. This is a keeper and I’ve already ordered my new set of Essentials to keep the momentum going.

LISA’S EXPERIENCE

I don’t have a lot of peach fuzz, but I do have some upper lip hair, which was the big reason I was more than happy to test the DERMAFLASH.

DermaFlash Essentials

DERMAFLASH Essentials

Marcia is right – the set looks space-age and complicated, but it’s actually very simple to use. The Essentials set includes three things:  a .8 oz tube of DERMAFLASH Prep, which is step one; six Exfoliating Edges, which is step two; and a .8 oz tube of DERMAFLASH Soothe, step three.

Step 1:  DERMAFLASH Prep

Prep, the first step, is cleanser.  Actually, you will want to remove any makeup first with makeup remover.  This foaming cleanser then clears away any remaining dirt or grease, creating the right skin environment for the Exfoliating Edge to do its best work. It works like a typical cleanser – wet face, rub some cleanser in your palms to create a lather, cleanse face and rinse. It’s important after to make sure your face is completely dry.

Using my DermaFlash

Using my DERMAFLASH

Step 2:  DERMAFLASH Exfoliating Edge

I thought these were like razors, but they are different.  They are sharp, so they aren’t something to mess around with – but it’s the sonic vibration that removes dead skin cells, debris and hair. The device is easy to hold, and you use a sweeping motion from the outside of your face in toward the center.  It doesn’t hurt, although it does smell a bit like burning hair. One tip is to be sure to have your hair pulled back unless you want an impromptu hair trim. Stay clear of your nose, eyes, and hairline as well.

Step 3:  DERMAFLASH Soothe

The treatment with the Exfoliating Edge takes about 5 to 10 minutes. After, skin feels very smooth but also dry, and the Soothe cream is extremely hydrating and definitely soothing. You won’t believe how soft your skin is after you smooth it on and you don’t need much.

The entire Essentials kit is good for six weeks – each Exfoliating Edge is only used one time, and for the best results you should only use the system one time per week. I don’t have a lot of issues with excess hair and I find this system works perfectly for me. It removes all the dreaded upper lip hair issues, and any peach fuzz I have is completely gone. In addition to hair removal, the DERMAFLASH makes skin radiant, toned, and smooth.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  We are honored that the only site you’ll find this DERMAFLASH giveaway is on Beauty Info Zone. We have 4 to send to US subscribers. This giveaway is open until February 17, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. If comments close you can email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it “Dermaflash”, put your entry in the email, click enter and continue. This is one giveaway that you are going to want to come back and tweet daily since it’s one of a kind. Good luck and good skin.

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