Mask of the month: Better Skin Lava Magik

lava magik

When you think of lava what’s in your mind? Black or ash colored gritty yet moist ooze came to my mind when Better Skin offered Lava Magik for me to use and review. At first I wasn’t so sure but then I remembered that one of my very favorite moisturizers ever is Better Skin Mirakle Cream so I gladly agreed.

Remember my fear about the color? Gone the instant I opened the jar of Lava Magik. No black, no ash, no grit, no slime. Just a beautiful orange colored and fragranced exfoliating mask for me to enjoy.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

Lava Magik is a triple duty product that I’m enjoying incorporating into my skincare routine. Not only is it a mask but it’s also a cleanser and a scrub. Three for the price of one. Also one jar taking up residence on my vanity instead of three products so it’s space saving too.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

But the beauty of Lava Magik is how it performs. Cleansing and exfoliating are two of the benefits of this jar. I either do a quick cleanse with it to refresh my skin at the end of the day by adding water in the palm of my hand, washing, and then removal with a wash cloth. For exfoliation use this one or two times a week on damp skin. Massage it in with circular motions and after about 60 seconds you are done. Since there is some scrubiness to Lava Magik I recommend a wash cloth to remove it fully.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

But it’s the mask that intrigues me and makes me want to use this. First it has an extremely pleasant orange fragrance that is sweet and true. It’s not artificial, it smells like the real thing.

Dampen your skin and apply this, letting it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. It slightly hardens but it doesn’t prevent you from doing anything else. You can go on the computer or read since it doesn’t slide off. You can even talk. And it doesn’t scare anyone that walks in on you.

After 10 minutes I wet my fingers and massage it in so I’m getting the exfoliation part. Then I remove with lots of warm water and a washcloth.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

But you know all that from other exfoliators and masks. What you don’t know is that Better Skin created this with skin cleansing volcanic lava from France enriched with nourishing calendula, sweet orange and grapeseed oils, cucumber, parsley, and chamomile for healthy radiant, more youthful looking skin.

Now for the many benefits (from betterskin.com):

  • A cleanser, scrub & mask
  • Excellent antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-yeast fighting skin cleanser
  • Buffs away dull surface cells creating a youthful glow
  • Retexturizes skin, leaving it soft, smooth and younger-looking
  • Helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars
  • Absorb excess skin oils
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Helps prevent acne outbreaks
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Helps calm rosacea, psoriasis and eczema
  • Rich in minerals
  • Minimizes pores
  • Minimizes blemishes

Better Skin Lava Magik leaves my skin so soft and prepped for makeup. I can use this mask morning or evening and since it’s so fast and not messy it doesn’t interfere with my routines. Using Better Skin Mirakle Cream is a delightful way to complete this treat but it works well with any moisturizer I’ve used it with.

Better Skin Mirakle Cream and Lava Magik

Better Skin Mirakle Cream and Lava Magik

Lava Magik is happily my mask of the month and will continue to be used for many months since it’s got a lot of magik/magic to it.  —  Marcia

 

Paraben-free, Surfactant-free, Gluten-free and Vegan

INGREDIENTS:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Pumice, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract

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DERMAdoctor’s new Kakadu C line is a skincare lover’s delight (giveaway time)

DERMAdoctor Kakadu-C shelf at Ulta

DERMAdoctor Kakadu-C shelf at Ulta

This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal

I was recently alerted to a new line from DERMAdoctor so I took myself to Ulta to check it out. The more I saw, the more I learned, the more I wanted! As an admitted skincare lover these DERMAdoctor Kakadu-C products look amazing. I know they smell amazing too – well actually they are fragrance free which makes them smell amazing to me!KakaduC_1

Kakadu is a tree that is native to Australia which grows the Kakadu Plum, a unique Vitamin C source. It contains about 55 times the amount of vitamin C as a Florida orange does. According to an article I read on StyleCraze the uses for this natural product has over 10 benefits to us. Being so rich in Vitamin C makes it an ideal anti-oxidant in skincare as it helps slow down the aging process.

In my research I came across an article on Health With Food that talks about Vitamin C and Kakadu Plum: “But why are vitamin C rich foods, such as Kakadu plums, so good for you? For one thing, vitamin C plays a crucial role in keeping your immune system, bones, teeth, and gums strong and healthy. It can also help keep your skin supple due to its ability to stimulate collagen production, and it may help prevent iron deficiency by improving the body’s capability to absorb iron from foods. Vitamin C may also have allergy-fighting properties due to its ability to prevent histamine release and to stimulate detoxification of existing histamine in the body.

DERMAdoctor harnessed the use of this amazing Vitamin C source from the Kakadu tree to bring their line of Kakadu-C products to market.

image from http://www.dermadoctor.com/categories/kakadu-c

image from http://www.dermadoctor.com/categories/kakadu-c

Among the products in this great line are a few I found noteworthy. The Kakaju C 20% Vitamin C Serum seems outstanding. This daily rejuvenating essential assists in brightening and evening skin tone while leaving skin feeling firmer, smoother, tighter and complexion looking more radiant. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of each serum will be donated to the Kimberley Training Institute of Western Australia to help build Aboriginal community enterprises based on the Kakadu Plum. As someone who loves a great serum this one has caught my eye.

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Eye Souffle

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Eye Souffle

The first product I opened at Ulta was the Kakadu C Eye Souffle. This was as light as air yet felt so decadently rich.

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Eye Souffle

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Eye Souffle

Judging by the amount of people that sampled this at the store it’s obviously quite popular too. This brightening eye cream hydrates, smoothes and firms delicate skin for a more ageless appearance.

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Face Creme

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Face Creme

This DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Face Creme has my nose’s approval. This has a rich and hydrating feel to it. It’s meant for dehydrated, sensitive and mature skin so I know this would be great for me. Additional ingredients are Kakadu plum, Desert Lime and Quandong Peach extracts and enhanced with tripeptide technology.kakadu-vertical-product-banner

Since we can’t take a trip to Australia to find this ingredient we can get it with DERMAdoctor’s Kakadu-C line. There are several kits too to try out the products so you can see what it will do for your skin. Happily we were offered a giveaway for one of our Beauty Info Zone US subscribers to win the DERMAdoctor Kakadu-C Eye Souffle. Allure magazine considers Kakadu Plum to be one of the newest must-have ingredients and you could be in on that.

To enter follow the directions on the Rafflecopter. This giveaway will end on June 2, 2017 at 11:59 and the prize will be sent by Nakturnal the sponsor of the giveaway. Good luck!  —  Marcia

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VENeffect is anti-aging skincare at its fragrance free best

VENeffect

VENeffect

I will never understand why some cosmetic products are so highly fragranced. I do know that there’s a wide audience for lines like the French ones that have fragrance added but I don’t really get the draw. So many people (like MOI) have negative reactions to the added fragrance. Many can be a skin irritant if you have sensitive skin or rosacea.

When VENeffect offered their skincare line I was thrilled to say yes. I’ve tried several products from them and not only loved them but love the fact that I didn’t have to worry about fragrance. I’m so happy to welcome these back into my life again.veneffectThings to know about VENeffect:

  • The line was created by sisters (Dr. Rebecca Booth and Cecil Booth) who are both in the wellness business.
  • They discovered that women are affected by hormonal aging yet there was little in the way of solutions for it.
  • The Booth sisters created VENeffect as their breakthough anti-aging solution to reverse the signs of hormonal aging. Their goal – to restore skin to peak hormonal vitality.
  • VENeffect is the “only anti-aging skin care line formulated with a unique and powerful blend of 100% natural phytoestrogens to enhance collagen and improve elasticity in skin.”
  • VENeffect is hypoallergenic, synthetic fragrance free, gluten free, and paraben free. Made in the USA.

I’ve been using 3 VENeffect products while my blog partner Lisa has been using several others. Between the two of us you’ll be learning a lot about why we’re so impressed with these skincare wonders. Today you get me, Marcia.

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser (veneffect.com)

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser (veneffect.com)

First they got me with the name since anything that will minimize my pores is wanted in my life. I used to have extremely oily skin. As I’ve aged my skin has become normal to dry but my pores still plague me.

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

The ingredients in this gel cleanser are what makes it a hit for me.

  • Willow bark helps minimize the appearance of pores, removes excess sebum, and fights shine
  • Phytoestrogens, including soy and pomegranate, enhance luminosity
  • Pomegranate enzymes remove dead skin cells, revealing healthy skin
  • Cucumber and grapefruit extracts refresh and renew
VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

The cleanser lathers nicely yet never makes my skin feel taut. Sadly I have to use a razor on my upper lip to remove the hair that should be on my eyebrows. I find this to be a perfect shave cream for my face since there’s no irritation and the razor just glides along. It’s too expensive to use anywhere else but it’s my face that I’m most concerned about.

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer is a luxury I am absolutely savoring.

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

This anti-aging moisturizer is a fragrance free delight to use. It’s as light as whipped cream and just as rich. It feels so marvelous on my skin. In the morning I use a serum first, then apply VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer, and then a sunscreen. In the evening I use 1 or 2 serums and then this moisturizer. My face looks luminous and feels soft and hydrated. I can’t begin to tell you how much this has done for my skin.

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

It’s loaded with peptides, protein, and nourishing ingredients. With weather getting warmer it’s the perfect texture.

  • Enhances skin’s elasticity
  • Phytoestrogens are known to boost collagen production
  • Promotes hyaluronic acid production, the building block of dewy young skin
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Brightens and evens out skin tone
  • Restores skin to the healthy glow of peak vitality
    VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment is the perfect finish to my trio. I am an adamant eye cream user and am willing to spend whatever it takes to have ones I love.

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    When you find out that this eye treatment works to target fine lines, crow feet, and wrinkles you’ll see you need to try this for yourself.

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

     

    Ingredients include Resveratrol, Antioxidants, Dimethicone, Biotin, Peptides, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera. This helps firm your undereye area and replenish the moisture around your eyes. Since your undereyes have the thinnest skin on your face you want to treat them with loving care.

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    This doesn’t interfere with my makeup at all. I let it sit for a few minutes as I’m doing my eyes and then I’m ready to go with soft smoother and brighter skin under my eyes. At night I’m using a caffeine serum from The Ordinary first and then VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment and they work beautifully together.

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser, Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer, Eye Treatment

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser, Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer, Eye Treatment

I am happy to recommend this luxury line. The products help me hide my age from the masses and feel good about how my skin looks and feels. Fragrance be gone, long live VENeffect.  —  Marcia

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Tresor Rare giveaway for the woman who wants to feel like royalty

Tresor Rare

Tresor Rare

Tresor-Rare is being offered to one US Beauty Info Zone subscriber by their PR company. I have not used either of these 2 products though I’d love to do so but I feel confident that it’s going to bring the winner something special. The following is the press announcement about Tresor-Rare products.

press release

Pure pearl powder is an ancient Chinese beauty secret that has been used for over 3,000 years for bright, lustrous and beautiful skin. Pearl powder is the “magic cure” for removing many unwanted skin conditions. This ancient formula is brought to you in the form of two age defying pearl products.

What makes Tresor-Rare.com a product fit for royalty? The award winning pearl collection has wide ranging benefits which include:

  • Environmental protection
  • Stimulates natural anti-oxidant defenses
  • Protects and detoxifies the cells
  • Helps restore firmness and elasticity
  • Boosts anti- radical and anti-oxidant defense systems, reinforcing skin resistance
  • Instantly fills in lines and wrinkles
  • Stimulates cellular activity and helps skin renewal

The Ultimate Pearl Incredible benefits are achieved due to a treasure chest. A complex skin potion mixture of advanced active ingredients sourced and developed through intensive research by the Tresor Rare research center.

Ultimate Pearl Facial Peel

A definitive facial peeling gel which assists brightening, cleansing, detoxifying and conditioning the skin, generating a softer, fresher and brighter looking complexion. This mild formula includes a unique combination of ingredients to methodically and comfortably eliminate dead skin cells, surplus oil and residues hence leaving the skin feeling smooth and soft, resulting to a new healthy glow.

Application (Use this facial peel up to twice weekly in the evening.) Apply a small amount of the peeling gel onto dry skin. Using the tips of your fingers rub the gel into the face in small circular movements until you see a water-like basis. At that point, leave the mask on your face for 2-5 minutes. Remove by gently rubbing off, in the same circular motion (A tad more aggressively) getting the peeling effect. Keep rubbing until the mask has completely flaked off.  Keep away from rubbing onto the eye contour area. Rinse off any remaining residue using lukewarm water or a toner.

2.04 oz

Price: $399.00

Ultimate Pearl Protecting and Defending Cream

A beautiful and remarkably soft skin cream that includes a unique combination of ingredients to assist in defending, protect, depollute and nourishing the skin. This decisive formula comfortably and thoroughly treats the skin, thus enhancing a luxuriously comfortable and supple feel.

Application (Use this moisturizer twice daily.) Apply cream onto a freshly cleansed face. Take an adequate amount of the cream and dab it on your face in all regions. Rub gently into the skin. The cream helps offer all day protection against all elements and moisturizes the top layers of the skin.

2.04 oz

Price: $399.00

 

About the company

Tresor Rare is not just another luxury perfume and beauty brand, it’s a philosophy, a statement and a state of mind, to be worn with pride to show the world you’ve arrived.

Trésor Rare, French for “Rare Treasure” is composed of the refining effectiveness of gemstones, exfoliating diamond dust and the smoothing properties of deep water pearls all meticulously mixed with plant stem cells, liposomes, phospholipids and selected minerals sourced from around the world to form superb skin potions to form one of the rarest skincare in the world. Laboratory manufactured with Swiss expertise under health department license exclusively for Tresor Rare.

The Trésor Rare elite team of skin-care experts have pushed for over 7 years to set a new standard in superb, age-defying skin care products with one aim in mind: restoring skin to its most youthful appearance. The Tresor Rare line of products was selected as a finalist in the HBA (Health Beauty America) Skin Care Prestige Category for 2015.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  In the comments you’ll be asked which of the two products you’d like to win so be sure to read the descriptions. This is open to US subscribers only and as usual I need to be able to find your email subscription as well as your comment. The giveaway is open through 5/1/17 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If comments close early you can email me your comment to beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Tresor Rare. The winner will receive their prize directly from the PR company and not from Beauty Info Zone.

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Let’s go #MultiMisting with Pixi Skintreats and a giveaway

Pixi Skintreats #MultiMisting

Pixi Skintreats #MultiMisting

Multitasking is the way we can save time and stay beautiful. You can find multitasking cosmetics with ease but the newest trend is to multitask with skincare. By planning out a variety of skincare products you can get it all done quickly, efficiently, and thoroughly. Pixi Skintreats has sent their newest products for this job and they are all products you’ll want but more importantly need.

pixi misting boxWhy Pixi? Their products are affordable yet do the same or better than high priced similar items ($15 each for these mists). They are cruelty free. Skintreats has innovative formulas that are infused with botanicals and beneficial ingredients.

4 Mists are being featured here, each with their own special formulas and uses.

To invigorate and revive use VITAMIN WAKEUP MIST

Pixi Skintreats Vitamin Wakeup Mist

Pixi Skintreats Vitamin Wakeup Mist

Shake this up morning or evening to strengthen and tone your skin. This is a boosting treatment toner that adds hydration and protects your skin. The orange blossom water base is blended with skin-loving citrus fruit extracts, lavender, and arginine. Vitamin Wakeup Mist is perfect way to cool and refresh.

To hydrate and soothe there’s HYDRATING MILKY MIST

Pixi Skintreats Hydrating Milky Mist

Pixi Skintreats Hydrating Milky Mist

Hydrating Milky Mist is loaded with fabulous moisturizing ingredients especially Hyaluronic Acid and Black Oat. Use this along with the Vitamin Waking Mist and your skin is moisturized beautifully. Even without the vitamin mist using this before you use any serums helps trap moisture onto your skin. If you have dry skin this will be especially great for you.

To set and hydrate you’ll want MAKEUP FIXING MIST

Pixi Skintreats Makeup Fixing Mist

Pixi Skintreats Makeup Fixing Mist

Makeup Fixing Mist is a setting mist once you have on your face. This helps prolong your makeup and keeps it from moving and settling into fine lines and pores. Makeup Fixing Mist is really helpful in warm weather to keep you looking fresh as can be. The rose water and green tea infused formula comforts, protects and balances skin for a fresh face.

To glow and nourish check out GLOW MIST

Pixi Skintreats Glow Mist

Pixi Skintreats Glow Mist

Glow Mist has been one of Pixi’s best sellers, with 21 natural oils plus propolis, aloe vera, and fruit extracts this is great for your skin as well as giving you a soft dewy finish. This triple threat can be used prior to makeup, following makeup, and throughout the day to refresh.

Now for the giveaway information. Two US subscribers will win a package with ONE of these mists along with a variety of Pixi Beauty products.

Pixi Beauty prizes

Pixi Beauty prizes

COMMENT TIME: 1) Decide which of the 4 mists you’d love to win. 2) Pick one of these two eyeshadow palettes you’d most like

Amethyst Aura or Aquamarine Dream

Amethyst Aura or Aquamarine Dream

3) Pick which one of the Tinted Brilliance Balms you’d prefer

Soft Sienna or Lucent Glow

Soft Sienna or Lucent Glow

4) If any of these others appeal to you then add those to your comment

Pixi extras

Pixi extras

Subtly Suntouched Bronzer, Snow Sparkle Fairy Dust, Eye Bright Liner, Slate Grey Eye Liner, Super Smoky Crayon Duo, Translucid Powder, mini Glow Tonic, Lash Nourish Remover Pads

The only guarantee is the mist you choose. The rest will be sent as close to your comment as possible.

Our giveaway is open to US Subscribers and we’ll have two big winners plus 2 winners for the other mists. The giveaway ends on 4/27/17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. If comments (Speak Your Mind) close early please email me beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it PIXI. Lots of luck!  —  Marcia

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Is Système 41 the skincare collection you need? Review and Giveaway

Système 41 Skincare Essentials

Système 41 Skincare Essentials

Quite a while ago I was offered a Système 41 Skincare Essentials kit to try out. I asked the PR person about the fragrance of the skincare since it’s a plant based line and my nose has won the distinction of being The Most Sensitive Nose in Bloggerdom. Therefore that’s one of the factors that I base my reviews on. According to the PR person I talked with the line has a “natural fragrance with a mild scent”. I agreed to try it but honestly forgot about the line while recouping from my broken foot. Once I was able to move about and photograph items I decided to give the line a try.

Système 41 Skincare Essentials kit ($119.95) contains 5 full size products that combine 100% natural ingredients along with the latest skincare science. In the Essentials Kit I found Gentle Purifying Cleanser, Gentle Exfoliating Scrub, Nourishing Day Creme, Revitalizing Eye Treatment, and Restorative  Night Treatment.

Système 41 was custom-designed by a dedicated team of scientists with a combined 80 years experience developing cosmetic lines for doctors, salons, and leading skin care companies. This team, lead by Dr. Janet Zand and Dr. David Wood, made it their mission to develop an all-natural skin care line that has the ability to revive aging skin so it looks and feels years younger. The result is Système 41, which contains advanced skin-science nutrients formulated and manufactured in a state-of-the-art facility in the USA.

Système 41 Essential Skincare Kit

Système 41 Essential Skincare Kit

Système 41 Gentle Purifying Cleanser is one of my favorites from the company. It’s formulated with a blend of amino acids and has a pleasant light lemon fragrance. It’s a nicely moisturizing cleanser that doesn’t strip my skin. With Almond Oleosomes and Ceramides Complex it cleans and moisturizes without drying.

Système 41 Gentle Purifying Cleanser

Système 41 Gentle Purifying Cleanser

Système 41 Gentle Exfoliating Scrub is the product that surprised me the most. At first I noticed a mild mint smell but as I massaged it onto my skin the fragrance became stronger but not unpleasant. It contains a naturally occurring mineral from the Dead Sea which is free of aluminum oxide. The scrub isn’t really gentle in my opinion but it’s as close as I have in my collection that gives the benefit of a microdermabrasion treatment. It can be applied twice a week but once a week is enough for me. I’ve actually moved this into my shower for two reasons. It’s a little hard to remove at the sink but the shower makes it easier. Also I like using this on my legs. It’s really cut down on the flakiness. This makes it double duty which I appreciate.

Système 41 Gentle Exfoliating Scrub

Système 41 Gentle Exfoliating Scrub

Système 41 Gentle Exfoliating Scrub

Système 41 Gentle Exfoliating Scrub

Système 41 Nourishing Day Creme is the next step. It’s loaded with wonderful ingredients that help your skin to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, shield from environmental stress, and reduce the appearance of blotchiness, dark spots, and signs of aging due to the sun. It is deeply moisturizing but it needs time to absorb into your skin before applying any makeup. While I’ve used this a dozen times, I’ve since stopped. The fragrance isn’t very strong and most people won’t notice it, but I do and it takes a long time to dissipate. I can’t tell you the final results of using this but I wouldn’t discourage anyone from it.

Système 41 Nourishing Day Creme

Système 41 Nourishing Day Creme

Système 41 Nourishing Day Creme

Système 41 Nourishing Day Creme

Système 41 Revitalizing Eye Treatment is next and is great to use day and/or night. The eye treatment is very soothing for my eyes and makes my fine lines less noticeable. According to Systeme 41 This gravity-defying cream contains over 30 ingredients, including an Essential Fatty Acid Complex, Sandalwood and Barley Extracts to help rehydrate, reduce puffiness, and help minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles.Luckily this has no fragrance so it’s going to stay in my rotation.

Système 41 Revitalizing Eye Treatment

Système 41 Revitalizing Eye Treatment

The last product in this Skincare Essential Kit is the Système 41 Restorative Night Treatment. This is a very rich moisturizer that is highly concentrated. It purports to improve suppleness, firmness, reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles while reducing the appearance of blotches and breakouts. You’ll notice that I said ‘purports’ since try as I might I only made it through 4 nights using this strongly fragranced moisturizer. It has some amazing ingredients and most people won’t be bothered by it but it kept me up at night. I couldn’t get used to the scent which was both herbal and flowery. I know the technology behind this is excellent but this is not for the scent sensitive.

Système 41 Restorative Night Treatment

Système 41 Restorative Night Treatment

Système 41 Restorative Night Treatment

Système 41 Restorative Night Treatment

Système 41 has some great specials on their products, you can buy each one separately or you can buy a system. The more you buy, the better your price. They even have a 90 day refund policy, that’s how sure they are that you will like the products. If you are interested in a line that is paraben free, gluten free, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, and uses all natural ingredients then look into Système 41. —  Marcia

Système 41 Skincare Essentials swatches

Système 41 Skincare Essentials swatches

 

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  Systeme 41 has kindly offered to send one complete Skincare Essentials Kit to a Beauty Info Zone US subscriber. The giveaway is open through 4/18 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. There are two MUST requirements: be an email subscriber to Beauty Info Zone and comment on the blog post. All the information you need is in the Rafflecopter. If “Speak Your Mind” closes you can email your comment to beautyinfozone@gmail.com but be sure you click I commented in the Rafflecopter. There are extra ways to enter, including tweeting each day. The prize will be sent to the winner by Systeme 41 and not by us.

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The most unusual skincare I’ve ever tried: Hydroskin. You can win a set in this giveaway

Hydroskin Starter/Travel Pack

Hydroskin Starter/Travel Pack

I don’t even know where to start with Hydroskin other than that it’s the most unusual skincare regime I’ve ever used. I couldn’t begin to count how many brands I’ve used since blogging and I’ve never encountered a brand like this before. When Hydroskin offered me a starter set I was intrigued and agreed to test. They made me promise to use it for a minimum of 30 days straight without any other brand. It’s hard for me to make such a promise but I did and I’m so enthusiastic about my experience.

Hydroskin products

Hydroskin products

There are 4 products to get you going with Hydroskin: cleanser, hydro mist, (HA) serum, C moisturizer. After washing up with their cleanser it will take you no more than 90 seconds to use all 3 of the remaining products. Actually you need to make sure you do it in 90 seconds or less to make the skincare the most effective.

Hydroskin is an Australian brand that ships to the US. They make their skincare in small batches to make sure they are their efficacy stays true. Plus their items use natural ingredients so they don’t want them waiting in a warehouse.

Hydroskin Cleanser

Hydroskin Cleanser

HYDROSKIN CLEANSER is a soap free gentle formula that uses unique ingredients to keep it anti-inflammatory.

Active Ingredients
Chamomile hydrosol is Chamomile Roman diffuse in distilled water. Chamomile Roman (Chamaemelum nobile) has been used for centuries to calm acne, rashes, eczema, wounds, dermatitis, and dry and itchy skin.

Coco Betaine (coconut) is derived from coconut oil and known as the “gentle cleanser”, it makes soft foam and washes away grime leaving no residue.

Polyglucose (sugar/glucose) is one of a new generation of cleansers derived from sugar starch. It is just as effective as sulphates, but extremely mild and non-toxic.

Olive Oil Esters (water-soluble olive oil) is water-soluble olive oil. It is very hydrating and is extremely proficient in avoiding dry and tense skin caused by over cleansing or exfoliating.

After using the cleanser (about 2 – 3 pumps will be enough for your face, neck and chest) rinse and pat your face dry.

Now let’s get the timer going!!hydroskin step book

HYDROSKIN HYDRO MIST contains vitamins B3 and B5. It’s a watery substance but it is the first step in making sure that you end up with an amazing complexion. It uses natural humectants to hydrate, brighten and lighten skin. It’s meant to soften wrinkles, reduce blotchiness, improve hydration and fade age spots. Now that’s a lot to swallow from a product that appears like water but it really is important to their system. The ingredients are wonderful and reading about them will make you want to use this for sure.

Hydroskin Hydro Mist

Hydroskin Hydro Mist

Apply 10 – 12 drops or sprays to your face, neck and chest and stop there. Do not wipe off. Leave it wet. After about 30 seconds you move on to the HA Serum. Now this is where I was lost at first. I didn’t use enough of the Hydro Mist though I moved on while it was wet. Mistake! This is the accelerator and you don’t want to misuse it. When I foolishly didn’t  use enough I didn’t care for the line but I soldiered on. My face felt dry and tight. I contacted Hydroskin only to find out it was me and not the skincare. Don’t skimp. I rarely sprayed it on preferring to splash it on with my hands. hydroskin step1

HYDROSKIN [HA] SERUM is my favorite product because of the Hyaluronic Acid used in this step. They combine miniHA™ and high molecular weight HA (Hyaluronic Acid) to produce rapid hydration and plumping of your skin. Apply 3 to 4 generous pumps of this over the wet Hydro Mist.

Hydroskin [HA] Serum

Hydroskin [HA] Serum

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) occurs naturally in the body and it is what attracts and binds water in the skin. HA has the ability to absorb up to 1000 times its weight in water. The result is a water-infused gel that feeds collagen and gives skin its plump firmness.

miniHA™ (Hyaluronic Acid) is extracted from plants using no corrosive chemicals. It has a very low molecular weight so that it can deeply nourish the skin right down to the collagen producing layer of the dermis. Meanwhile, high molecular weight HA sits on the surface, locking in and working with the miniHA™ to achieve optimal results.

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Last in this process is Hydroskin C Moisturiser which contains a stable version of Vitamin C to make this moisturizer an “anti-aging powerhouse”.  Loaded with wonderful ingredients like Niacinamide, mini Hyaluronic Acid, 3 Natural Emollients: Meadowfoam Seed Oil + Avocado Oil + Sweet Almond Oil, and d-panthenol (vitamin B3), plus Organic Vegetable Glycerin is hygroscopic, that is, it absorbs moisture from the air and brings it to the skin. Use 3 to 4 pumps of this as your last step over your wet skin.

Hydroskin C Moisturizer

Hydroskin C Moisturizer

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Your skin is going to feel wet for a short time and it may seem unusual to you as it did me. I’m used to richer creams and products that absorb quickly into my skin. But this singular line has its own process and cachet. The only thing I added to this routine was sunscreen in the morning and eye cream twice a day.

Hydroskin Starter/Travel Set

Hydroskin Starter/Travel Set

The sample/travel set costs $79.50 USD and will last you about 3 weeks if used in the right amounts. I finished the moisturizer before any of the other products so I’ve used the others with another moisturizer and still had pretty good results. I’ve felt that my skin has looked particularly nice and I’m not noticing sagginess, as much discoloration or redness, nor is my skin craving hydration even in the winter winds. I’ve actually gotten compliments on my appearance which is a rare thing. While this may break the paradigm I’ve become accustomed to, I grew to love the results.

Hydroskin is a skincare regimen that works for all skin types. It’s non-fragranced (insert heart here), cruelty-free, made from natural ingredients, and it works. After this experience I’d be delighted to try their Kakadu Plum Ultimate Vitamin C Serum as well as their Organic Manuka Honey Mask. —  Marcia

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