A Touch O’ Tatcha Polishes Your Skin

Tatcha is a luxurious Japanese skincare line that I was anxious to try. The line is based on “Japanese beauty secrets passed down by generations that took a different approach to skincare – that less is more.” Scientists from Japan and the US have worked together to create the perfect blend of anti-aging superfood for our skin.

Tatcha Dry Skin Ritual (image courtesy of tatcha.com)

Tatcha Dry Skin Ritual (image courtesy of tatcha.com)

I ordered the Dry Skin Ritual kit and while all the products performed well, the Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder was the stand out for me. There are four versions of this powder for regular, sensitive, dry, oily skin.

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder

You use this powder as a second step in a two step (using the cleansing oil first) cleansing ritual. I use it in the morning (you can use it twice a day) on water-moistened skin. Into my wet hands, I shake about 1/2 teaspoon of powder and rub my hands together to get a lather and massage it into my face and neck. Rinse off and you’re done but your skin looks polished and clean.

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Power (image courtesy of sephora.com)

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Power (image courtesy of sephora.com)

I am going to buy this in the full size as the kit came with a smaller jar.  Tatcha, I gotcha in my skin care ritual.  — Phyllis

Formulated without:
Mineral Oil, Synthetic Colors, Synthetic Fragrances, Sulfate Detergents, Parabens, PEGs, PPGs, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates.

A Travel Size of this is available for $15 and the full size is $65. Available at Tatcha’s website, Sephora, full size on QVC.

*This item has been reformulated with cellulose (plant fiber) beads instead of polyethylene.

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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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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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Drugstore find alert: Aquation Gentle Moisturizing Cleanser and Gentle Moisturizing Cream

Aquation Gentle Moisturizing Cleanser and Gentle Moisturizing Cream

I used to be such a skin care snob. I would never, ever use any drugstore skin care. Blogging has cured me of my narrow-minded ways…well, blogging and excellent drug store lines like Aquation.  Aquation has fantastic products at even better prices. You can find this line at Amazon, Meijer, and Walmart, and it’s one you want to be on the lookout for because you just can’t beat the value and the quality.

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Aquation Gentle Moisturizing CleanserThe Aquation Moisturizing Cleanser (16 0z. $8) is a super gentle, excellent fragrance-free cleanser for very sensitive and very dry skin. I have confused skin – sometimes it’s pretty dry, other times it’s as oily as a teenager, but whatever the mood it seems to love this cleanser. It leaves skin cleansed and hydrated. It removes makeup easily, even eye makeup without stinging eyes.

Aquation Gentle Moisturizing Cream

Aquation Gentle Moisturizing Cream

Aquation Gentle Moisturizing Cream

The Aquation Gentle Moisturizing Cream (16 0z. for $22) is a terrific, super rich moisturizer that works wonders on very dry skin. If you have cracked skin or suffer from eczema, I would recommend checking out this fragrance-free jar of loveliness. It’s great on rashes and itchy skin. Slather some on and it works for a good 24 hours, with ingredients including ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and marine algae. While it’s very rich, it isn’t greasy. This big tub is a big home run!

Don’t be a skincare snob – be a skincare smarty pants and get yourself these excellent products from Aquation. You are going to love them and your skin is is going to love them even more.  – Lisa

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Gentle Moisturizing Cleanser Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Sorbitol, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Iron Oxides, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Ceramide NP, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Oleic Acid, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Carbomer, Ceramide EOP, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Polysorbate 20, Polyglyceryl-3 Laurate, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Phenylpropanol, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

Gentle Moisturizing Cream Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitol, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Iron Oxides, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Ceramide NP, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Oleic Acid, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Carbomer, Ceramide EOP, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Dimethicone, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Polyglyceryl-3 Laurate, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Phenylpropanol, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin

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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My Kleraderm facial and a fantastic giveaway!!

One of my favorite ways to treat myself is with a facial. The price point for facials now is pretty crazy — at least $100 and in my area upwards of $350. To really get the benefits of a facial, it’s important to go regularly – like once a month. But who has a monthly facial budget of $350? Well, if you live in the Detroit area you are in for a treat – you can get a $350 facial from Kleraderm for just $38! Not only that, but four lucky BIZ readers will win a Collagen Cleansing Milk.  Read on!!

The gorgeous Joanne Recchia, owner of Kleraderm

The gorgeous Joanne Recchia, owner of Kleraderm

I’ve often posted about Kleraderm, one of my favorite skin care lines ever. Joanne Recchia-Kallabat, owner of Kleraderm here in the states, runs the counters at both the Somerset Nordstrom and the Partridge Creek Nordstrom in Michigan. Joanne is many things to me. She is my skin care mentor; her knowledge of ingredients and treatments for the skin is astounding. She is the best facialist I have ever met. And she is a truly kind and good person, someone I am so proud to have as a friend.

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What I love so much about Kleraderm is that Joanne is honestly all about finding the very best products for you. Kleraderm is a huge line that addresses many different skin conditions and Joanne works with each customer personally via samples until she allows you (I am not kidding) to buy something. If you don’t live in the Detroit area, no worries – just call Joanne (586-337-7100) or email her at joannerecchia@comcast.net and she will work with you to figure out which products are right for your skin. She is big on samples – she insists that you try before you buy, her focus is on YOU, not your pocketbook!

Here is a quick recap of the facial I got the other day:

First, Joanne cleansed my skin with Kleraderm Pale Rose Cleansing Milk. Most of Kleraderm cleansers are a “milky” cream, which throws people off sometimes. I think we are used to clear cleansers so it’s tough to imagine that a cream can deep pore cleanse skin while keeping the hydro-lipid layer intact (also known as the natural mantel).

The very first layer of our skin is made up of a microscopic water layer (the hydro-lipid layer) and it needs to be there to help skin keep the right balance of natural oil and water, while at the same time keeping in vital energy and keeping out free radicals. Kleraderm cleansing milks do just that.Kleraderm facial
After my face was properly cleansed Joanne added glycolic acid 20% and let it sit for 6 minutes. Glycolic is the healthiest for skin when it is in its natural form. Many different types of glycolic are used in skin care products with other compounds and that’s what makes the skin turn red and peel after the treatments. Our bodies pH balance is 5.5 – anything less is water and anything more is acid. The scale goes to up to 8 and Kleraderm glycolic pH is 7.8, which makes this glycolic in its most natural form. When applied you might feel the sensation of the glycolic such as tingling, itching, and slight burning, and the skin will appear red. Once removed, the skin goes back to normal without suffering from prolonged redness and peeling.

Kleraderm Vitalize Cream Mask
Using the glycolic as the driver to help push all the active ingredients through the skin, Joanne added Vitalize Cream Mask on top of the glycolic. Vitalize has everything skin needs:  Alpha-lipoic acids and Vitamin C, the entire B group, vitamins E and D along with vitamin F which is a cell nourisher. Joanne told me that it is very important during facials to replenish topical nourishment.

Then Joanne added Native Collagen, a water-soluble bio-identical collagen. This collagen wraps around the body’s own collagen fibers and gives skin firmness and helps to bring back the skin’s own natural complexion color. Skin becomes firmer and more radiant.  All of this was done in just the first six minutes! After skin is rinsed from glycolic, usually the next step is to neutralize the skin to bring back its pH balance; Joanne did not have to do this to my skin because of the pureness of the Kleraderm glycolic.

Joanne then added a Kleraderm anti-age mask made from compressed collagen and polysaccharides.  Polysaccharides are a complex carbohydrate chain that bind together and form around collagen and elastin fibers, which helps to firm and strengthen weak collagen & elastin fibers. This mask looks like a thin sheet of paper made up of strands of fibers weaved together. She cut this fiber type paper to fit over areas of my face and held them into place with Botofit Topical Botox Alternative Serum. Once this mask was placed all around my face she activated it with warm water. The warm water turns the fiber sheets into a powerful gel.Kleraderm Anti-Age Mask

Kleraderm Botofit Serum

Kleraderm Botofit Serum

Joanne gently massaged the gel into my skin and once it seemed my skin was absorbing the gel she quickly added Ysaline topical filler mask. Then she put warm towels on my face and the heat from the towels drove the active ingredients deeper into the superficial layers of the skin.

Kleraderm Cryogenic MaskShe kept the warm towels on my skin for another 15 minutes. Once my skin had been wiped clean of any left-over anti-age mask, she re-applied the Botofit Serum and then applied Kleraderm Cryogenic Vitamin C Mask. These cryogenic masks are powerful and start off in powder form, but when mixed with water the active ingredients become alive and bursting with powerful antioxidants and vitamin C. When mixed the mask is active and Joanne only has 70 seconds to get it on my face. The mask is cold and feels like ice to me…the cold takes down any cellular inflammation that is going on deep down, plus it helps in the delivery of vitamin C. By the way, Vitamin C is good for skin but it’s not stable which means when you have a Vitamin C cream or serum every time you open the jar the vitamin C dissipates into the atmosphere. After a few months of opening the jar, you might have nothing left but the cream that the vitamin C came in.

Ok, so back to the facial – the Kleraderm Cryogenic Vitamin C Mask delivers 100% vitamin C and the colder the masks gets, the deeper it’s going into the skin. Once skin has taken in all the active ingredients from the cryogenic mask, it turns into a rubber-like substance. It’s then removed with one sweeping motion, much like a huge Biore strip. After the mask has been removed it keeps on working for up to three days.

After all my treatments and masks, Joanne then applied eye gel, which gives immediate results and lifts and firms skin above and under the eyes. She then topped that with eye cream that delivers hydration and helps to lighten and brighten skin around eye area.

With Joanne Recchia after my Kleraderm facial

With Joanne Recchia after my Kleraderm facial

Then Joanne applied Botofit Serum again all over my face and let it penetrate for few minutes. She then applied Botofit Cream, which is not as powerful as the serum but she likes to include this product after a facial because it helps the skin look very bright and gives it a healthy glow. Finally, Joanne applied Ysaline Topical Filler Cream, which is loaded with omega 3-6-9 fatty acids that rush back to skin’s surface and sort of irons skin from the inside out.

I was astounded at how incredible my skin looked afterward!  I never go ANYWHERE without makeup, but I had no problem doing so that day.

Kleraderm Collagen Cleansing Milk

Kleraderm products are superb. They actually deliver results; the brand loyalty is off charts.  This line is famous for its happy customers who are all very committed to the line and very loyal. You can win yourself one of my favorite Kleraderm products, the Collagen Cleansing Milk. In fact, four US BIZ subscribers will win this awesome prize.  Collagen Cleansing Milk is made of marine collagen, which cleanses without destroying the hydro lipidic skin layer, which is needed to help water and oil levels on the skin stay balanced. It also keeps free radicals from forming.  Cleansing with collagen milk ensures your skin is deeply clean, soft, and supple.

This giveaway is open for those in the Continental US and ends Monday March 27 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If our comment section closes please email us your comment to beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it KLERADERM. Be sure you click “I commented” when you do this or Rafflecopter won’t recognize your entry. Good luck for some great skin!!  – Lisa

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FarmHouse Fresh One Fine Day Flawless Face Polish makes a great addition to my skincare life

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FarmHouse Fresh is the one brand that changed my mind about fragranced products. When this blog was started almost 7 years ago I refused to use anything with a fragrance to it. You’ve probably noticed that my blog partner Lisa is the only one that reviews any true fragrances and at least 80% of scented products. After her second (or so) FarmHouse Fresh review she insisted that I take one of the products to try out. Well Lisa was right and I’ve been on the FarmHouse Fresh bandwagon ever since.

Farmhouse Fresh One Fine Day

FarmHouse Fresh One Fine Day

During the scurry of buying for the winter holidays FarmHouse Fresh had some amazing extras with purchases. At first I bought my essentials like FarmHouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Body Scrub and another amazing body oil (this time in Clementine) and received a great gwp. More offers came in and I couldn’t resist so while looking around I noticed One Fine Day Flawless Face Polish and knew that was going in my cart.

So many reasons that I’m glad I bought this! It’s both a cleanser and exfoliator in one. It’s gentle as can be so I can and have used it daily. It washes off so easily without leaving behind little scrubbies. I always use a wash cloth or preferably The Body Shop Luxury Flannel Washcloth which is more like a shammy in the way it works.

The Body Shop Luxury Flannel Facial Washcloth

The Body Shop Luxury Flannel Facial Washcloth

The texture of One Fine Day is unlike any other cleanser I’ve tried. It’s almost balm like without being a balm. It’s very thick and you only need to scoop out a small amount for your entire face.

Farmhouse Fresh One Fine Day

FarmHouse Fresh One Fine Day

Wet your face with warm water and apply the cleanser with your fingers. I start in a circular motion and am able to exfoliate my face without it feeling rough at all. I still use another exfoliator on some mornings when I’m in the shower and can wash off a heavier one but this is perfect for daily use.

Farmhouse Fresh One Fine Day

FarmHouse Fresh One Fine Day

Now let me address the fragrance which I can do in one word – yummy – but of course that’s not enough. It’s sweet because it’s a sugar scrub but it also contains a hint of natural grapefruit and citrus oils. And if you get some on your lips just lick it off since it tastes sugary and not bitter.

One Fine Day is good for all skin types, even those of you who might have rosacea. It helps to reduce redness with its gentleness. It hasn’t ever stripped my skin, instead it’s left it feeling soft and hydrated. One Fine Day is 98.5% natural, and like all FarmHouse Fresh products, it is Paraben and Sulfate Free.

Farmhouse Fresh One Fine Day Shea Sugar Face Polish

Farmhouse Fresh One Fine Day Shea Sugar Face Polish

FarmHouse Fresh even told us how the product got its name: “Shea butter’s many vitamins quickly penetrate to nourish skin while the micro sugar crystals clear the way for having one truly fine day.”

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