Get glowing with Derma E Radiance Toner and Illuminating Rosehip and Cranberry Face Oil

Derma E Radiance Toner and Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil

Luminous, glowy skin…who doesn’t want that? Derma E has two new products that promise lovely, glowing skin and I have to admit I am digging both of them! The Essentials Radiance Toner is a gentle exfoliating toner that perfectly preps the skin for treatment, and the Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil is a total treat for skin.

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Derma E Radiance Toner

Essentials Radiance Toner ($14.95) This came at a perfect time for me as I had just run out of toner. I am a huge believer in toner in general – it finishes cleaning the skin and preps it for serums and moisturizers. I was a little hesitant about this one because of the Rosehip…I typically don’t like anything that is rose fragranced in my skin care. But thankfully the scent is very soft and it doesn’t bother me at all.

Derma E Radiance Toner

This toner doesn’t have alcohol so it isn’t drying, but it does exfoliate thanks to the glycolic acid so it leaves skin wonderfully soft and toned. It’s truly lovely stuff and is the perfect prep for the amazing Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil.

Derma E Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil

Illuminating Rosehip and Cranberry Face Oil ($16.50) Oh my gosh, I want to just take a bath in this gorgeous oil!! It’s fabulous! This facial oil soaks in quickly and provides tons of moisture, brightening the skin instantly. It has all kinds of pure plant botanicals, essential oils, antioxidants, and fatty acids which means skin looks amazing. In addition to the rosehip and cranberry oils it also has pumpkin seed oil which is really great for skin.

Derma E Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil

Derma E Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil

Your face, neck, and decolletage will look fantastic instantly after smoothing a few drops of this oil in – believe me, you will be thrilled with the results. And the price is fantastic. I use it every morning and every night.

You can find Derma E online and at Ulta, CVS, Meijer, and other major stores. They have tons of great products that are so reasonably priced. I love lots of their stuff, but I really recommend these two items – I hope you will check them out!  – Lisa

Essentials Radiance Toner Ingredients:  Purified Water, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid; Actimoist® Bio-1), Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Pinus Pinaster (Pycnogenol®) Bark Extract, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract*, Allantoin, Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Natural Fragrance Oils.

Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil Ingredients:  Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Organic Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil*, Organic Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Natural Fragrance Oils.

Love or lust? DERMA E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil and Microdermabrasion Scrub

Derma E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil and Microdermabrasion Scrub

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Of course I have a crush on DERMA E – it’s natural, vegan, and it has such a great message! Recently I opened a box of goodies from DERMA E and the first thing I saw was this:  

I immediately fell in love. Or lust. I wasn’t sure which.

Then I tested the products and my love affair became so serious I had to introduce this line to my mother.

Derma E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil

The first product I tried was the Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil ($15.99). This cleansing oil easily removes all traces of makeup, even stubborn eye makeup, as well as any dirt and grime. It leaves skin super clean yet still soft and hydrated. The oils include Argan Oil which is full of wonderful antioxidants, and Jojoba Oil which is incredibly moisturizing and plumps up those fine lines. Just massage this oil onto dry skin, then wipe off with a damp cloth. The only drawback is those who are bothered by fragrance may not appreciate the fragrance oils, which are natural, but are still there. I am not usually a fan of rose but this doesn’t bother my nose. However, if rose scents aren’t your favorite I would recommend trying before buying.

Ingredients include:  Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquioleate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Natural Fragrance Oils.

Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub

Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub

The second product I tried was the Microdermabrasion Scrub ($32.50). This is a very gentle but effective scrub that I think will work for everyone except those with extremely sensitive skin. The little scrubbies are crystals from Dead Sea Salt and they are very fine, which I prefer – it makes for a much more pleasant scrubbing experience.  It gets rid of dry, flaky skin and really works those blackheads out and clears congested pores. It leaves my face feeling incredibly soft and smooth afterward, and the difference in the appearance of my fine lines is quite noticeable.

Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub

I also love to use this on my hands and cuticles, as well as my elbows and knees! If you suffer from ketosis pilaris, those little bumps on upper arms, then you will really love this scrub. It makes short work of those tiny bumps.

I am quite sure that once you give DERMA E a second look, it’s going to be much more than lust for you – it will be a long-term love relationship. They have tons of great products, but these two in particular are great ones to try.  – Lisa

Microdermabrasion Scrub ingredients include Purified Water, Aluminum Oxide, Stearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Stearic Acid (Vegetable Derived), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate (Vegetable Derived), Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Carrageenan (Seaweed Derived), Kaolin (Clay), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Pumice, Maris Sal (Dead Sea Salt), Glycerin (Vegetable Derived), Glyceryl Stearate SE, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Best skin care trends for back to school

Best skin care trends for back to school

I can’t believe all the terrific beauty products on sale at Meijer next week for their Fall Beauty Week – everything needed to take care of yourself from tips to toes. Here are some of my skin care picks, including an awesome tote bag set to carry all those goodies!                                                                 samples

Modella 9 Piece Tote Set

Modella 9 Piece Tote Set

I am loving this tote bag set! The Modella 9 Piece Tote Set is a great bargain to begin with, and an even better bargain during Fall Beauty Week. The bags are waterproof and easy to clean, and there’s a size for every possible need you might have.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

If you haven’t tried Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water yet, now is your chance. It’s an excellent cleanser especially for those nights when all you want to do is fall into bed. You won’t skip washing your face when all it takes is a cotton pad – the Micellar Cleansing Water attracts dirt and oil, so no water or scrubbing is necessary.

derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate Creme

If you have very dry skin and want something that moisturizes and treats wrinkles, definitely try the derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate Creme. Retinyl Palmitate is pure Vitamin A, one of the best antioxidants available. Be sure to use a spatula so you don’t accidentally contaminate the moisturizer, and pick up some of awesome derma e products in the sample packs if you can. They are perfect for travel or to keep at your desk – just use a pin to prick a hole in the sample pack which helps the product last and keeps it from spilling out.

Olay Eye Cream and Aveeno Absolutely Ageless moisturizers A few more skin care recommendations that you can find on sale next week at the Meijer Fall Beauty Week:  for eyes, check out the Olay Eye Lifting Serum. It has cutting edge ingredients including fantastic antioxidants and peptides and I think it’s one of the best drugstore eye serums available. Two other favorites are from Aveeno’s Absolutely Ageless line. The Daily Moisturizer has excellent broad spectrum sun protection, improves skin texture and tone, and is a great moisturizer for those with combination to oily skin. The Restorative Night Cream is another winner, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles while also firming and toning skin. Great stuff!

Get your shopping list ready – Meijer’s Fall Beauty Week starts September 11th.  – Lisa

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Learn about the new derma e® Purifying Line in this review and giveaway

derma e® has created a new line of products – their Purifying Line. There are 6 products in this new cruelty-free organic line and we were sent 4 of them to experience plus there’s a giveaway for this set of 4 too. The products in the Purifying Line have these key ingredients:

  • Kimarine® is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, and heavy metals).
  • Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration, elasticity and nourishment.
  • Activated Charcoal is a naturally powerful, absorptive ingredient (known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities) that deeply detoxifies and purifies skin.
  • Green Tea is a potent antioxidant that helps fight free radicals, prevent oxidative stress and protect skin from UVA and UVB radiation damage.
  • Aloe Leaf is an herbal remedy renowned for its ability to moisturize, soften, soothe and detoxify skin.

The 6 items in the line are Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask, Purifying Daily Detox Scrub, Purifying Youth Serum, Purifying Toner Mist, Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer, and Purifying Gel Cleanser. Read about our four and then enter our giveaway. Meant to detox and reboost your skin, these do what they say. This line is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, GMO-free. Gotta love that.

LISA’S SIDE:

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I love the derma e® line and I’ve used their Soothing Cleanser and Hydrating Serum with Hyaluronic Acid for years. Today I am happy to you about two new products that have been added to my list of favorites from derma e® – the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub and the Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer.

derma e Purifying Daily Detox Scrub

derma e Purifying Daily Detox Scrub

The Purifying Daily Detox Scrub ($15.50) is a facial exfoliant paste that is gentle but very effective. It has a great ingredient list, starting with the charcoal that absorbs impurities so they can be washed away. The scrubbing power comes from Apricot Seed Powder that sloughs off any dead cells, dirt, and oil. The aloe keeps skin super soft and moist.  Like all the Purifying products, it also has the Kimarine® and bladderwrack mentioned earlier.  Because the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub doesn’t have a whole slew of complicated ingredients, this gentle scrub should be safe for even very sensitive skin. I think it’s a fantastic way to keep skin glowing and ready for serum and moisturizer.

derma e Purifying Daily Detox Scrub

derma e Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer

I was so surprised the first time I used the derma e® Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer ($29.50) – it’s not often I find a moisturizer that is gray with silver opalescence! I’m not surprised by the performance of this moisturizer, however. It’s the workhorse I thought I would be based on the ingredient list, which includes some terrific antioxidants thanks to the Green Tea. The lightness of the lotion makes it perfect for anyone with oily skin…it might be too light for those with very dry skin. Otherwise, this is a terrific choice for a daily moisturizer that keeps skin healthy and looking fabulous.

MARCIA’S SIDE:

derma e Purifying 2-in1 Charcoal Mask and Purifying Toner Mist

derma e Purifying 2-in1 Charcoal Mask and Purifying Toner Mist

My two products are the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask and Purifying Toner Mist which work beautifully together or alone. I have become a mask junkie so it came as no surprise to Lisa when I told her that this was my first choice to try. I’ve run out of toner so this was a given.

DERMA E® PURIFYING TONER MIST ($15.50) contains Marine Algae and Green Tea to refresh and fortify your skin against the environment. It’s PH balanced with Kimarine® Wakame, Bladderwrack, Green Tea antioxidants, and Aloe Leaf Juice. With these great ingredients you are adding antioxidants that will help support your skin hydration and nourishment.

derma e® Purifying Toner Mist

derma e® Purifying Toner Mist

I use this Toner Mist several times a week, mostly during cleansing at night. The spray itself isn’t that fine, it comes out a little heavy unfortunately. Since I like it after I use the Purifying Charcoal Mask I always apply it after I’ve washed the mask away. I also like it when I’ve chosen to use a wipe or Bioderma instead of washing my face since I know this is going to remove any vestiges of makeup. Instead of spraying it on my face though I’ll mist it onto a cotton pad and use that to do the job.

DERMA E® PURIFYING 2-IN-1 CHARCOAL MASK ($19.50) is terrific for those of you who really don’t like to take the time to mask. This takes such a short time and leaves your skin in great condition. Apply it for 5 minutes, then wet your hands and massage for a minute or so. During the 5 minutes you’ll see it go from dark charcoal to a light ashy color. It hardens but it doesn’t crack. I use a washcloth to remove it and follow with the Purifying Mist Spray.

derma e® Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

derma e® Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

This is a dual action mask as the name implies. It detoxifies in two ways to purge pores of deeply rooted toxins while exfoliating away micropollutants for purely glowing skin.  Since I have large pores I find this to be a terrific way to clean them. My nose and cheeks are always a source of concern for me and when I use the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask I find that they stay clear for several days at a time. It decongests my pores as it dries because of the Kimarine® Wakame, Bladderwrack and Activated Charcoal. Then it exfoliates away dead cells with Apricot Seed Powder. This is a mask that I’m very happy to use.

derma e purifying 2-in-1 charcoal mask

derma e purifying 2-in-1 charcoal mask

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  You can win all 4 of the products we’ve written about. The prize will be provided by derma e® so it’s a US only giveaway. Enter and tweet through 9/13 at 11:59 p.m. If comments close please email us at [email protected] and label it DERMA E to send your comment so that you can continue. This skin care is great for sensitive skin as well as oily and blemish prone skin.
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Happy Earth Day giveaway from Derma e

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Today, April 22nd is officially Earth Day. It was first celebrated in 1970 but didn’t become international until 1990. I remember the day quite fondly since April 22, 1990 is the day my husband set to stop smoking. It was a fitting tribute because of the pollution that smoking causes (my personal opinion) and because it was a day we could remember. Now 25 years later he still doesn’t smoke and our personal world is better for it.

In honor of Earth Day derma e® has offered a great giveaway to two US subscribers of Beauty Info Zone. We’ve done a lot of reviews about derma e® and always appreciated what they stand for. derma e® natural skincare products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, and GMO-free.

Here are the 5 products you can win:

With these 5 products you’ll have a complete skincare regimen that is friendly to your face as well as being earth friendly.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  There will be 2 winners from the US only. This will be open through 5/6/15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close please email your comment to [email protected] with the title DERMA E GIVEAWAY. Once that’s done you can click “I commented” and continue with the other options you are interested in.

Prizes will be send by derma e to the winners.

What are you doing for Earth Day? — Marcia

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Battling wrinkles Side by Side: Derma E Firming DMAE Eye Lift and Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer SPF 30

The more we test derma e® products, the more impressed we become. derma e® is not just a big faceless corporation, it’s a company that has been family owned for over 30 years. This skin care line focuses on products that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. derma e® features over 80 products that are free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and petrolatum. They definitely walk the talk – derma e® products are cruelty-free and 100 percent vegan, plus their manufacturing and operations are offset 100 percent by wind power. All of this, plus super effective products, make derma e® a line easy to review.

In January, derma e®, launched its new Firming DMAE Eye Lift and Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer SPF 30. Doctor-developed, clinically-tested and consumer-tested, these healthy, safe, naturally advanced formulas deliver real visible results.

“derma e® is raising the bar for natural skin care performance with the launch of these two new products,” says Jennifer Norman, Vice President of Marketing for derma e®. “In pre-launch consumer testing, Firming DMAE Eye Lift and Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer SPF 30 showed significant skin firming, lifting and wrinkle smoothing results. They deliver high-end benefits without compromising the health of your body, the health of your skin or the health of the environment.”

So how did our results compare to the results of the 8 week study?  Read on to find out!

LISA’S SIDE:  derma e® Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer SPF 30 ($45)

Derma E Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer

I tested the the triple-action, daytime moisturizer that is designed to smooth and relax deep wrinkles while also protecting skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Key ingredients include advanced peptides Argireline®, Matrixyl® synthe’6® and Clear Zinc Oxide chemical-free sunscreen.

DermaE Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer

In their study, after 8 weeks the participants saw some pretty impressive improvements. 100% reported less fine lines, 96% reported less wrinkles, and 96% reported less sagging.

DermaE Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer swatch

I used this moisturizer for two months, applying it every morning. This is a very thick cream – so thick, in fact, I had some trouble getting it out of the airless pump tube packaging. I found that I needed to squeeze the tube while also pressing the dispenser in order to get enough product. Other than that small note, my experience was terrific. Sometimes day moisturizers with sunscreen leave a white or gray cast to my skin, but this doesn’t. There is no fragrance and after two months I can say I feel that my fine lines are less noticeable and I have less redness. I am very impressed!  The Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer is a real winner.

MARCIA’S SIDE:  derma e® Firming DMAE Eye Lift ($24.95)

derma e DMAE Eye Lift

derma e DMAE Eye Lift

Lisa knows that I need to try every single eye cream on the market so she happily let me test this out when we received two products. I didn’t see the following results but….

Improvements reported by participants after eight weeks of use:

  • 95% reported less sagging
  • 95% reported less wrinkles
  • 90% reported less droopiness

Participants experienced soft, smooth, tighter skin around the eyes:

  • “Skin seems to have more elasticity”
  • “The skin around my eyes feels tighter”
  • “Skin is softer and smoother”

… what I did find is that my eyes did look firmer after use. I’ve used this both night and day and prefer it for daytime. I love seeing the results of the firming since I wake up with puffy eyes most days.

The ingredients in this helps to lift and firm the area around my eyes. It works to smoothe the crow’s feet that I am not happy seeing. The key ingredients include DMAE and advanced peptides Matrixyl® synthe’6®, Argireline® and InstaLift®Goji Berry.

derma e DMAE Firming Eye Lift

derma e DMAE Firming Eye Lift

derma e®  Firming DMAE Eye Lift is one of the most reasonably priced ($24.95) products you can find that include such great ingredients while also being 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, GMO-free.

With Earth Day/Month coming up quickly derma e® is a great resource for you to find products that you’ll be happy to use for both you and the planet. Visit  www.dermae.com, follow on Facebook at derma e® Natural Skincare or Twitter @derma_e for more information.

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derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub – a pore relief review

derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub

derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub

There are a lot of things to like about derma e products since they are all paraben free, gluten free, dye free, petrolatum free, phthalate free, GMO free, 100% vegan, eco-friendly and cruelty free. The only thing that could improve this list is if they were totally free. Actually they are close to free since derma e keeps their products reasonably priced and affordable.

We were sent the Microdermabrasion Scrub with Dead Sea Salt to test and it’s a winner. It’s a huge jar at 2 oz and $32 and it’s going to last forever because I just need the tiniest amount for my entire face. Don’t tell anyone but you can find this for a lot less; for example I just saw it on amazon.com for half price. Shhh!

derma e microdermabrasion scrub

derma e microdermabrasion scrub

Derma e’s Microdermabrasion Scrub uses a blend of Dead Sea Salt and Volcanic Sand in an exclusive crystalized blend. It has a light, tart citrus fragrance because it’s enriched with natural astringents like lime and lemon peel. I love the smell of it and I’m glad it’s noticeable for a few minutes after I’m done. Ingredients like antioxidant Grapeseed and Vitamin E make sure this treatment not only helps to retexturize your skin but it leaves it softer and smoother looking.

derma e microdermabrasion scrub ingredients

derma e microdermabrasion scrub ingredients

Here’s how I use this scrub – I wash my face but I don’t dry it. You can use it on wet or dry skin but I prefer wet since it’s not abrasive that way. I usually scrub in a circular motion and try to remember to go upwards since that’s better for sagging skin. Without timing it, I figure I’m using this about 2 minutes. Then I wash it off with warm water and a clean washcloth. I prefer using a muslin cloth since they are so gentle on my skin. That’s it. I’m done and just follow with my serums, moisturizers etc.  A few minutes twice a week is good for keeping my pores clean. I do concentrate on my nose since those are the pores that drive me totally bonkers.

derma e microdermabrasion scrub

derma e microdermabrasion scrub

While I’ve only used this on my face, I know I could use it anywhere on my body that I want this retexturing to occur. I often find that my hands look dry so I’m going to start using it on my hands while I’m doing my face now too.

There is no absorption into the skin with derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub. The crystal blend is a large molecular structure, according to the company, and is not bio-available to the body. Plus the ingredients are natural so they aren’t going to clog up our drains and water system.

derma e microdermabrasion scrub

derma e microdermabrasion scrub

You won’t believe how smooth your skin feels after using this scrub. I have several other derma e products that I enjoy like the Hydrating Mask and Evenly Radiant Dark Circle Eye Cream so it’s often derma e week at my house. How about yours? Have you been introduced to this line yet? — Marcia

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