Giveaway alert! Lanikai Bath and Body Tropical Body Mist, plus an Island Tropical Spa Set

If you missed our previous popular Lanikai Bath and Body giveaway, here’s your chance to win again!
a gift for you from Lanikai

a gift for you from Lanikai

Lanikai is sponsoring a holiday giveaway for Beauty Info Zone readers which includes their new Tropical Body Mist plus an Island Tropical Spa Set. All together this fantastic giveaway is a $103 value!

tons of great gift ideas

tons of great gift ideas

free giftwrap

free gift wrapping!

Lanikai Bath and Body is truly an excellent option for buying gifts for the holidays. It’s easy breezy to shop online for Christmas gifts and there are lots of gift sets available. The Lanikai store is in Hawaii but they not only ship worldwide (at flat rate prices when available)- they also gift wrap… for free!

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Lanikai Tropical Body Mist in Beach

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getting my Hawaii on

Lanikai sent their new Tropical Body Mist ($10.50) to try and what a treat it is. The Beach scent smells like the ocean and the body mist is so refreshing. It’s a great way to wear a subtle scent for the day and it’s wonderfully hydrating with purified water, aloe vera, witch hazel, black willowbark, and white tea. I spray this on and am immediately transported to the tropics! It comes in four other scents, including Pikake, Tahitian Gardenia, Plumeria, and Orchid Vanilla.

Lucky for us, the wonderful folks at Lanikai are sponsoring a fantastic giveaway. The winner will receive a refreshing Tropical Body Mist, as well as an Island Tropical Spa Set ($92.50), which has everything you need for a perfect spa day.
You want to win this!

You want to win this!

This beautiful gift set includes six full size products including Body Wash, Hand and Body Lotion, Body Butter, Hawaiian Mineral Soaking Salt, Exfoliating Scrub, and a Handmade Soap Bar.  What a wonderful way to put some Hawaii into your holiday!  - Lisa
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Some RoC skin care to help celebrate National Healthy Skin Month

November is the month to give thanks for many things, including healthy skin. This national focus on healthy skin should remind you to make an appointment with your dermatologist for a checkup. We talk about sunscreen and skin cancer so often during the summer but this is a concern for us all year.

Surprisingly only 26% of women in America have had their skin checked by a dermatologist. Early detection is the key to healthy skin. There is a new technology that dermatologists have called MelaFind that makes it even easier to have a skin check.

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MelaFind by MELA Sciences, Inc.

MelaFind is a one-of-a-kind, breakthrough device that helps dermatologists detect melanoma when it is still curable. FDA-approved, MelaFind uses light from visible to near-infrared wavelengths to evaluate skin lesions up to 2.5 mm under the surface of the skin. It’s non-invasive, painless and provides dermatologists with data in less than a minute. This device is currently available in over 100 doctors’ offices and clinics in 29 states.

It’s also a great month to investigate some excellent and affordable skin care like these products from RoC Skin Care. As RoC ambassadors we’ve received these products and information to share with you.

RoC Deep Wrinkle Day

RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer

RoC® RETINOL CORREXION®Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30 ($22.99) is a great option for halting premature aging. The SPF protects your skin from the sun and the retinol helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This elegant lotion has a terrific texture that rivals day moisturizers that are ten times the cost.

RoC Deep Wrinkle Night

RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night

RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($22.99) promises to significantly diminish even deep wrinkles within 12 weeks. This night moisturizer has retinol to fight those wrinkles and is best for normal to dry skin. It has a beautiful, lightweight texture that isn’t greasy and won’t clog pores. Put this on before bed and you will wake up to younger looking skin.

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RoC Daily Resurfacing Disks

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a RoC exfoliating disk

RoC® Daily Resurfacing Disks ($9.99): These were featured in Top Ten Tuesday Winter Weather Skincare since they are a less expensive alternative to similar discs from Trish McEvoy and Somme Institute. These are self-foaming, dual textured disks that are infused with skin conditioners. Your skin will start to see a difference in as little as one week.  They are great to use after cleansing and before using other skincare.

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RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum

RoC® RETINOL CORREXION®Deep Wrinkle Serum ($22.99):  This Deep Wrinkle Serum is a very lightweight product that contains the RoC®RETINOL formula. This fights fine lines and deep wrinkles. Studies show that after four weeks, skin appears more radiant, fine lines are smoothed and skin firmness is improved. After eight weeks, crow’s feet are visibly reduced and discoloration is diminished. After 12 weeks, deep wrinkles are visibly reduce. Since this absorbs so quickly you can use this under makeup without a problem.

Taking care of your skin means taking care of your whole body. While RoC products are primarily for the face, you need protection all over. Aveeno has many skincare items for your body that work well in conjunction with RoC products too. Take the time to make an appointment with a dermatologist. Here’s a site that will help you locate an office that has MelaFind.  — Lisa and Marcia

*Beauty Info Zone is a brand ambassador for RoC and occasionally receives products, this does not change our opinions of them.

 

 

Affordable and effective skin care from DermaE

Call me a total nerd, but I don’t think anything gets me as excited as super effective skin care that is also easy on the pocketbook. So when I ended up loving the products sent to us by DermaE, I was really thrilled when I also realized how affordable they are. Chalk one (actually two) up for skin care nerds!!

A must-have product from DermaE is the Soothing Toner with Pycnogenol® ($15.50).  The pycnogenol is a wonderful antioxidant that fights those free radicals that make skin look haggard. It also has Green Tea, another excellent antioxidant.

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DermaE Soothing Toner

Besides the antioxidants, this toner is terrific because it is very gentle, soothing, and calming. It has no alcohol in it and is also fragrance-free. The formula easily removes any last traces of makeup while also prepping skin for treatments and moisturizer.
DermaE Soothing Toner

DermaE Soothing Toner

Soothing Toner with Pycnogenol® is a fantastic toner that will work for those with extremely sensitive skin. It really is one of the best toners I have ever used. Plus, it’s 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free.
derma e Overnight Peel

DermaE Overnight Peel

Another fantastic product in the DermaE line is the Overnight Peel with Alpha Hydroxy Acids ($16.95). This is a light lotion that is applied once or twice a week at night after cleansing and toning.  Just apply a generous layer before bed -   the alpha hydroxy acids exfoliate and brighten skin while you sleep. The formula has 5% glycolic acid along with lactic and malic acids, with a perfect, highly effective pH of 3. This exfoliator works and it has enough moisturizers to beautifully hydrate skin at the same time.
DermaE Overnight Peel

DermaE Overnight Peel

The Overnight Peel - it doesn't peel off, it's a light lotion that smooths on like a moisturizer

The Overnight Peel – it doesn’t peel off, it’s a light lotion that smooths on like a moisturizer

Throughout the night this AHA lotion eliminates dead skin cells, evens skin tone, and restores a glow to skin. Just like the toner, this product is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free.
DermaE is a perfectly priced line and has some excellent products that are well worth checking out. Make both your skin and your pocketbook happy and take a look at DermaE.  - Lisa
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Soothing Toner with Pycnogenol® ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Pinus Pinaster (Pycnogenol®) Bark Extract, Panthenol, Allantoin, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* (.1%), Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract* (.1%), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract* (.1%), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Overnight Peel ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate and Peg-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Passiflora Incarnata (Passion) Fruit Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate (C-Ester), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil* (.1%), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* (.1%), Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate.

Michael Todd True Organics: Tropical Fruit Scrub and Pink Grapefruit Lotion

I have been getting fruity lately with Michael Todd True Organics. I guess I already was a little bananas…not to mention a little nuts…but Michael Todd sent two refreshing products to the BIZ that are solidifying my status as a total fruit salad.

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Michael Todd Tropical Fruit Scrub

The Tropical Fruit Scrub ($18) is a great way to exfoliate in a deeper way than just scrubbing your skin. The papaya and pineapple enzymes do a ton of work, dissolving away dead skin cells and acne-causing bacteria. It’s a wonderful choice for those with sensitive skin since while there are scrubbies in the mix – both wax beads and walnut-shell powder – they aren’t as harsh as some exfoliators.

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there actually is some scrubbing involved, but it’s gentle

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the power of papaya and pineapple

I find that it works best to use this after cleansing. Once I apply the scrub, I let it sit for a few minutes so those enzymes can really do some dirty work. It’s really important to rinse well with a lot of water as those tiny exfoliators can be quite tenacious.  Once I rinse, my pores are cleaned, my skin is exfoliated, and my skin is moisturized.

Another fruity product is the Pink Grapefruit Lotion ($14).

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Michael Todd Pink Grapefruit Lotion

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Pink Grapefruit Lotion

This is a thin but creamy lotion that smells like grapefruit, but not in an overpowering way. It’s perfect for those who don’t care for really thick moisturizers. It sinks in quickly, leaving skin hydrated and smelling fresh and fruity.

If you love citrus and are in the market for organic skin and body care, you will love these fruity selections from Michael Todd True Organics. The line is huge, so be sure you have some time for perusing this website.  - Lisa

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The latest from Kleraderm!

Last weekend I was what we call in Michigan a ‘hunting widow’ – the hubby went to Ohio, and he even took the kids with him.  That meant I was finally home alone.  So of course I spent my weekend searching for someone to hang out with since I was so lonely…I need to be careful what I wish for!  

The best part of my weekend was taking my mom to Nordstrom for a facial from Joanne Recchia, the owner of Kleraderm.  

My mom with Joanne

My mom with Joanne

Kleraderm, the Italian skin care line, is sold at Nordstrom’s in the Somerset Mall and the Partridge Creek Mall. I have been using this line for about seven years now…it is fantastic.  My mom and I each had a $150 facial that Joanne only charges $32 for – if you live in the area, you absolutely need to make an appointment to get one.  Here is a quick breakdown of the amazing facials we each got in Kleraderm’s private spa room at Nordies:

  • First, Joanne cleansed my face with Collagen Cleansing Milk topped with a Salmon Egg Mask, which she left on for 10 minutes then wiped off with hot towel.  The Salmon Egg Mask is not offered retail, it’s something special she brought from Italy and it is only used in the spa. This mask is rich in vitamins and repairs the hydro-lipid layer, boosting skin with vital energy while busting up formations of free radicals. When used with the Collagen Cleansing Milk it boosts the cleansing process, giving deep pore cleansing with no scrub, no brush, no glycolic acid.
  • Next, she applied Collagen + Elastin (Collastin) Serum all over the face and neck, paying special attention to the eye area. Collagen + Elastin Serum is a very powerful serum that can only be applied three times a week. It is one of Kleraderm’s top shelf products and is not offered at Nordstrom, although it can be purchased directly from Joanne or at any of the private salons that carry Kleraderm.  Collastin Serum is made from Kleraderm’s own native bio-identical collagen and elastin fibers.  The fibers actually wrap around the body’s own collagen, giving strength back to the skin’s collagen fibers and adding suspension to the elastin fibers.  Skin becomes smooth and lifted, fine lines disappear and wrinkles lose depth.
  • Next, Joanne applied the Anti-Age Mask. This mask is in a delicate tissue-type form made of compressed collagen fibers and compressed cholesterol fibers (the same fibers that suspend skin), it looks like a thin fabric. She adhered the mask to my face with the Collastin Serum. Once the tissue mask was in place she activated it with small amounts of warm water, which turned the mask from tissue to transparent, then into a gel-like substance. (What was so cool is I could watch the entire facial process as Joanne gave my mom her facial – I’d never seen all this stuff in action before because I keep my eyes closed and relax during my own facial!)  Joanne massaged the collagen gel gently into my skin until it was completely absorbed.
  • Then Joanne applied yet another mask, the truly amazing Kleraderm Vitamin C Peel-Off Mask. Yet another top shelf product, this mask is only offered in spa and it is the first Vitamin C product where the C is stable. Vitamin C is fantastic for skin, but it is very unstable so products that contain it can lose efficacy quickly.  The Vitamin C is treated so that it becomes a powder, and when mixed with water Joanne has about two minutes to get it applied properly.  Then my skin got 100% Vitamin C along with many other vitamins and cell nourishment, and even better the nourishment from this mask kept working on my skin for 72 hours – that’s three days of vitamin therapy and cell nourishment.  When the mask had depleted itself of all the active ingredients right into my skin, it turned into rubber…it was beyond cool.  Joanne then pulled the mask off in one sweeping motion, just like a huge Biore strip.  The mask pulled everything that had loosened up right out of my pores, but without any harshness or irritation to my skin.
  •  After the mask, Joanne applied more Collastin Serum all over my face and neck, then put eye gel around my eye area and topped it with eye cream.  She also moistened my lips with eye cream. Next she applied Ysaline Filler Cream all over my face.  She loves to use this during all of her facials because Ysaline is loaded with OMEGA 3-6-9 fatty acids and she says all skin types do very good with OMEGA.
  • Finally, she moisturized me with Collagen Moisturizer.  My skin loved the product and I think I will do very well with it this winter.

Not only did my mom and I walk out with fantastically glowing skin, we also scooped up two Kleraderm Butter Scrubs.  I hate to tell you this, but there were a limited number of these available and I think they may be gone…but they are SO GOOD I have to share.

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Kleraderm Butter Scrubs

Kleraderm Caramel Butter Scrub

Kleraderm Caramel Butter Scrub

Inside the caramel goodness

Inside the caramel goodness

This is one of those reviews where I seriously wish we had ‘Smell-O-Vision’, because the scent of these babies is just to die for.  The Caramel Butter Scrub is indeed buttery smelling carameliciousness, and the Blackcurrent is tart smelling and makes my mouth water.  They both come in reusable glass Weck jars.

Kleraderm Blackcurrent Butter Scrub

Kleraderm Blackcurrent Butter Scrub

Inside...so good I want to eat it with a spoon

Inside…so good I want to eat it with a spoon

The Butter Scrubs are powerful exfoliators and total hydrators. The exfoliating action is blended in a body butter of cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, and grapeseed oil. This smooth butter quickly sinks deep into the skin and is activated by the body’s natural temperature. The natural exfoliant in the Caramel Butter Scrub is spun sugar, while the Blackcurrent Butter Scrub has powdered blackcurrent seed.  They ever so gently remove impurities and dead cells from the outer layer of the skin.  You immerse yourself in a hot bath after applying the Butter Scrub, and you can feel the dead skin cells coming off your body while the butter leaves you baby soft and totally hydrated. The bath water becomes a cocoon of warm butter wrapped all over your body and you never want to get out of the tub.  If I am in a hurry, I rub some all over right before my shower and then spend the rest of the day marveling at how soft my skin is.

Joanne actually GAVE THESE AWAY with a previous special…I just can’t believe it.  They are so good it’s criminal.

This upcoming weekend, Nordstrom at Partridge Creek Mall is having their annual BOL/Beauty on Location event, although this year Nordstrom changed the name to “Pretty Party”.  Kleraderm is hosting skin care classes and they have outstanding gifts with purchase.  Whatever you purchase will come in this bag:

The shopping bag - it comes with a zippered makeup bag!

The shopping bag – it comes with a zippered makeup bag!

It’s always so fun to get a free gift (or several!) with a purchase, and here’s the perfect opportunity.  See below for all the details on what you will get from Kleraderm, just email Joanne to pre-order at Joannerecchia@comcast.net !   Also check them out on Facebook or Instagram and Twitter @Kleraderm.   Happy shopping! – Lisa

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Getting clean Hawaiian style with Lanikai Bath and Body

The gorgeous Lanikai Bath and Body line, located in Kailua, Hawaii, totally feeds my addiction to bath and body products.  I may not make it to Hawaii very often…well, ok, not EVER…but I can always have that Hawaiian experience just by going to Lanikai’s online store and placing an order.

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Lanikai feeds my bath and body addiction!

All of the products created by Lanikai come from the great Hawaiian outdoors.  With fresh, beautiful ingredients like papaya, awapuhi, sea kelp, kukui and macadamia nut, every item is a one-way ticket to paradise.  The BIZ received several fabulous items from their line, and here are just a few of my favorite Lanikai ways to get clean.

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Lanikai Coconut Loofah Soap

One of the most intriguing items from Lanikai is their Coconut Loofah Soap ($6.50).  Since I am a total coconut fanatic, I was beyond thrilled to get this particular version.  However, there are seven other loofah options available:  Coco Lime Verbena, Gardenia, Lilikoi, Mango, Pikake, Pineapple, and Plumaria.

The Coconut Loofah Soap is one of the coolest soaps I have ever tried.  Check it out, there is a vine-grown loofah sponge inside of the soap:

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the loofah looks like modern art

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coconut and loofah goodness

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and one more view just because it looks so cool!

The loofah soaps are all handmade by Lanikai.  In addition to the loofah, ingredients include vegetable glycerin and Hawaiian macadamia nut oil.  It smells like fabulous natural coconut, and the soap is huge and incredibly long-lasting.  It’s also fantastic exfoliation for your skin.  It lathers up like a regular soap and scrubs away dirt and dead skin.  I adore it, and am eager to try some of the other scents!

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Lanikai Tahitian Gardendia Hawaiian Cane Sugar Body Scrub

Another way to scrub yourself clean is with Lanikai Tahitian Gardenia Hawaiian Cane Sugar Body Scrub ($20).  I have to admit, I not normally a big fan of body scrubs – I have sensitive skin and they are typically too rough for me (everyone say, ‘awww, poor baby!’).  However, this is a scrub that works for me, and it will work for you fellow babies out there too.

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so pretty!!

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the sugar scrub up close and personal

This is a non-oily scrub made with Hawaiian cane sugar.  It also has sweet almond, jojoba, coconut, and kukui nut oils.  It’s fantastically moisturizing, and it very gently exfoliates skin without any irritation.  Afterwards, my skin feels incredibly soft and smooth, but not greasy.  And the scent?  Oh my goodness, what a divine Tahitian gardenia fragrance that truly transports me to a tropical paradise.

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Lanikai Tahitian Gardenia Body Wash

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layer on that Tahitian Gardenia

And to keep the Tahitian Gardenia experience going, follow your exfoliating sugar scrub with the Lanikai Tahitian Gardenia Body Wash ($16).  This body wash is gentle, made with all natural ingredients, and it cleanses without stripping the skin.  It has white tea, chamomile, sunflower and kukui oils, and also has the same magical Tahitian Gardenia scent.  I stand in my shower and just take a moment to inhale the fresh scent, and am instantly transported to a Hawaiian waterfall.  It’s heavenly.

I have lots more to tell you about, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you with so many fantastic options all at once.  I will be posting more reviews soon, but in the meantime, take a look at Lanikai’s online store and get your Hawaiian retreat started!  - Lisa

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Mornings + Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Correctors = great looking skin

Welcome to my morning. I very very slowly get out of bed after giving myself “just 10 minutes” about three times. Then I drag myself into the shower since that’s the only thing that will wake me up. I wash my hair about every other day and then sit down to start with my face. My morning skincare routine is almost all Algenist. Since I discovered this brand it’s become my favorite. I’ve used several of their regimens in the past and am now using their Pore Minimizing products. The three products I use each morning that are in this review are: Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator, Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate, and Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer.

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator

While I’m still in the shower though I start with Algenist Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator which will be called Exfoliator from this point on! Originally I used this at night since that’s when I usually do my exfoliation but I changed for two reasons. #1 is that it washes off better in the shower and #2 is that it helps clear my pores and is more effective for my routine in the a.m. The purpose of the Exfoliator is to reduce pore size, renew skin for a more even skin tone and to brighten dull skin. Well that’s what I want prior to putting on foundation. This is a very creamy exfoliating product that is clay based and oil free. The exfoliators in it are made from granular minerals from algae. Plus it contains salicylic acid and oligosaccharides to renew the skin’s surface. I love the clean feeling this gives me and I feel my skin is better prepared for what comes next! It’s gentle enough that I can use my SpaSonic with it and not tear my skin. I use this exfoliator every 2nd or 3rd day.

 

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate is what I use after my LMdB Dark Spot Corrector. I use this absolutely every day no matter what else I’m using. This is a silky smooth serum that is oil-free. It is lightweight and makes my skin feel soft. When I’m wearing a BB or CC Cream I don’t always feel the need to use a moisturizer but this Concentrate gives me extra moisturizing while feeling light on my skin. This uses similar ingredients to the Exfoliator so they work together well. In addition it has Algenist’s Alguronic Acid that makes their products so unique. Enlarged pores and discoloration are helped by this Pore Corrector Concentrate.

 

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer

I’ve been using Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer for months. This is the perfect summer moisturizer but I also used it in the winter. It feels amazing on my skin. I once referred to it as “loose” since that’s how it feels when I’m first applying it. It’s a lightweight gel that goes on slightly wet and very cool. Now that it’s summer I don’t use this daily but that’s only because I wear mostly BB or CC  Creams instead of foundation and most have enough moisturizing qualities for me.

Since all three of these products have been assigned the job of “pore reducing” then that’s the bottom line you need to know about. I have craters, not pores. I had extremely oily skin as a teen and tons of blackheads. I honestly didn’t take good care of my skin. My mother didn’t know anything about skincare and back in the dark ages when I was a teen there just wasn’t the information available. My pores will never truly be gone but they can look better and that’s why Algenist’s Multi-Perfecting Pore products work for me. On a daily basis I’m seeing smaller pores that look cleaner.

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Reduction products

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Reduction products

I can’t help but rave about Algenist skincare. I’ve yet to find a product that I didn’t love and these three only make the love stronger. I’m adding in a new product from Algenist to my routine too so the love will continue. Mornings are Algenist for me. — Marcia

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