Kneipp Lady’s Mantle Skincare review and giveaway

Starting a new year makes me think about skincare more and more. I don’t really make New Year’s Resolutions but I do try to start the year off with a new attitude about skincare and how it can keep me looking fresher than a daisy. Well actually let’s say fresher than a Lady’s Mantle which is the flower that Kneipp has used in one of their skincare lines.

To prove I’m not too old to keep on learning, I just learned about Lady’s Mantle and what its uses are. According to “Lady’s mantle has been used topically and internally, as a treatment for wounds, gastrointestinal complaints, and female ailments. Its tannin content appears to justify astringent and antidiarrheal uses. It may protect conjunctive and elastic tissues and possibly be useful as an antioxidant.” The plant is rich in tannins, salicylic acid, essential oil, bitter substances and phytosterols. It also contains vitamin C and numerous minerals. Lady’s Mantle is rich in antioxidants and helps rid of free radicals and ensures skin’s elasticity for anti-aging benefits. Lady’s Mantle has also been known to calm common skin issues such as eczema and rashes.

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Kneipp has a complete line of products that are in their Lady’s Mantle category and I was sent a few to test out. One of my personal problems with trialing skincare is that I’m so sensitive to fragrance in the products and that’s what happened to me and these products. The line seems excellent but the fragrant aroma isn’t one that I tolerate well. I believe that others won’t notice it though and that it’s just my personal affliction. I’ve used 3 of the products though and have 2 to give away to a new nose home.

Kneipp Lady’s Mantle Reactivation line


This creamy cleanser is one that is used differently than most cleansers. I pump it out and apply it to dry skin. Then I take a moist washcloth to activate and to remove. It doesn’t foam up and interestingly enough it doesn’t leave behind a soapy film. Of course you can use it in the same way you would any other cleanser but by doing it this way it not only gives a gentle cleansing but it leaves behind lasting moisture.

Kneipp uses natural ingredients and the two main ones in this are lady’s mantle extract and nourishing almond oil. I can use this during the day but I prefer not to wash with it at night. It can be used as an eye makeup remover too (I haven’t tried it that way.)

Kneipp Lady’s Mantle Face Tonic and Cleansing Milk


The tonic is to be used after cleansing. It removes whatever cleanser might be left behind. It can also be used any time during the day to refresh your skin. The fragrance of this surprised me since it’s much more “spicy” smelling. It doesn’t have the sweetness of the Cleansing Milk because it contains a mint extract. “The KNEIPP® LADY’S MANTLE FACE TONIC – “REACTIVATION” with its combination of natural functional ingredients with lady’s mantle extract and mint freshens and refines the appearance of the skin.” Use it as you would any toner by shaking some out on a cotton pad and apply in circular movements. It’s pretty refreshing actually but the fragrance does linger for several minutes on me.


“The KNEIPP® LADY’S MANTLE 24h FACE CREAM – “REACTIVATION” with its combination of natural functional ingredients with lady’s mantle extract is suitable as a day as well as a night cream. It protects the skin from photoaging and free radicals. The smoothing intensive care pampers the skin with long-lasting moisture and a gentle fragrance.”



I haven’t used this so I can’t give you a personal experience. I know that it has a sweet floral fragrance and that it looks rich and creamy. I’ve chosen not to use it even though I have no doubt it’s a great moisturizer therefore I will be sending this to one of our readers.



Each packet of this face mask has two treatments in it. What I like about this particular mask is that it’s a cream mask that doesn’t dry down completely on my skin. It only takes 10 minutes to use so what I do is apply it as I’m getting ready to shower, then I wash it off in the shower. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. It’s currently on sale on their website for $3.25 a packet.

Things to know about KNEIPP®:

  • High-quality natural plant derived ingredients
  • NO preservatives
  • NO paraffin, silicone or mineral oils·
  • NO animal-derived ingredients·
  • NO animal testing·
  • Dermatologist tested·
  • Manufactured with pharmaceutical standards
  • All the products in this article are vegan.

    Win the Kneipp 24H Face Cream and 2 Face Masks

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: One of you will win the 24H Face Cream along with 2 packets of the Face Mask. This is a US only giveaway due to the weight of the moisturizer. The giveaway will be open through January 11, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST. As in all our giveaways you need to be an email subscriber and comment. All other entries are optional to help you become a winner. —  Marcia

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Deliciously clean with Georgette Klinger Coconut Cleansing Milk and Coconut Facial Mist

I know, I know, it’s all pumpkin and cranberry these days, but I still can’t ever get enough coconut. For Thanksgiving, we didn’t served mulled wine or anything like that – we served what we call ‘mom’s drink’ – Malibu Coconut Rum with Diet Vernors.  Seriously, you’ve got to try it – everyone LOVES it, best drink ever! Anyway, coconut – I love the scent, and I love products that have coconut oil and coconut extract because they are so good for skin. My coconut muse these days is the fabulous Georgette Klinger because she has the most amazing coconut cleanser and facial mist.


The beautiful Georgette Klinger

Georgette’s story is really intriguing. She was Miss Budapest in 1936. She was given some cosmetics that gave her a terrible case of acne which spurred her interest in skin care. She had to leave Europe to escape the Nazi’s and opened a skin care spa on Madison Avenue in 1941. She was ahead of her time with her holistic, natural, and science based approach to skin care, an approach her line still follows to this day.

Georgette Klinger Coconut Cleansing Milk

I am head over heels with two of her products, the Coconut Cleansing Milk and the Coconut Facial Mist. The Coconut Cleansing Milk ($22) is a wonderful cleanser – first, it smells INCREDIBLE. I know my coconut scents and this is one of the best ever.  Deep, rich, fabulous. The ingredients are top notch – coconut oil, coconut extract, grape and cucumber extracts, everything you need to cleanse and soothe skin, hydrating and plumping, leaving it feeling soft and fantastic. This is a very gentle cleanser that will work on all skin types. If you love coconut, you will wonder what you ever did without this – and you’ll never want to be without it again. It’s that good, my friends.  

Georgette Klinger Coconut Facial Mist

The Coconut Facial Mist ($9) is a perfect pick-me-up throughout the day, especially in the winter with the soul-sucking indoor dry heat. I use it to refresh my makeup during the day, or after a workout, or any time I just want a quick refresher. It smells delicious – not quite as intense as the cleanser, but still enough coconut to put a huge smile on my face. Ingredients include coconut, botanicals, and aloe extract, all things that skin just loves. This is a best seller for Georgette Klinger and I can see why.

Georgette Klinger products are made in the USA and are cruelty free, paraben free, and dye free. There is a very nice range of products so take a look – and whatever you do, pick up the Coconut Cleansing Milk.  It’s fantastic.  – Lisa

Coconut Cleansing Milk ingredients:  Deionized Water, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Peg-8 Laurate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin & Laureth-7, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Fragrance

Coconut Facial Mist ingredients:  Deionized Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Propanediol, Propylene Glycol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Gardenia Florida Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate-20, Fragrance

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.

The perfect products for the hazy days of summer and you can find them at Cracker Barrel!

Tons of goodies from Cracker Barrel!

I can’t be the only one. I love Cracker Barrel, and it’s not just for the food. In fact, as much as I love the biscuits and gravy, the yummy green beans, and the to-die-for dumplings, I actually eat pretty quickly so I can get to the real highlight – the shopping afterwards! I have a number of beautiful picture frames and angels (I collect angels and Cracker Barrel always has some fabulous ones) that I bought there, not to mention several clothing items. The old-time candy is always fun too, but the real highlight is of course the body products!! Today I have a few goodies that Cracker Barrel sent me that are just perfect for celebrating these last hazy days of summer.

I love the Burt’s Bees line, and am always perusing it at Cracker Barrel. A few of my favorites include the Garden Tomato Toner which is very refreshing particularly if you tend toward oily skin. I also always pick up the Eye Makeup Remover Pads, which are cool because they are soaked in kiwi water. They are also a unique shape that reaches all corners of the eye and these pads remove even the most stubborn waterproof eye makeup.  I’m also a big fan of the Res-Q Ointment which saves dry, damaged skin. Plant oils and vitamin E are so soothing and I always keep a tin of this around particularly when I’m doing lots of gardening.With the summer heat, lips and hands need attention. You can find J.R. Watkins Beeswax Lip Balm at Cracker Barrel and I love all the flavors. Peppermint is a wonderfully cooling one that is great for summertime. I also adore the Dionis line and always buy some when I am there. I can never have enough hand cream.  The Goat Milk Hand Cream is really fantastic. This one is Mediterranean Blue Tea, which is new for me – I usually go for the Vanilla Bean – and this is a wonderful mix of blue tea leaves, iris, and cardamom. It’s a subtle and sophisticated scent that has totally won me over.

Did you know that you can shop all the wonderful lines that Cracker Barrel carries online?  I didn’t either. Check out their website at for Burt’s Bees, J.R. Watkins, Dionis, and plenty more – including the decor, clothing, and nostalgia candy items. You can even buy those amazing rocking chairs that are outside every Cracker Barrel. Of course, it’s not as fun as eating a big plate of dumplings then wandering about in a food coma and shopping in person…but it is the next best thing. And if you can get to Cracker Barrel in person, be sure to take a look at all the great items they have to get you through the last lazy, hazy days of summer.  – Lisa


Lisa’s top five favorite repurchases!

Lisa's Top Five RepurchasesI don’t just repurchase my most favorite items. I am a little OCD, so I’m always afraid of running out. I repurchase my favorites in bulk. So whatever I know I can’t live without, I simply make sure I will never have to!! I have at least three or four extras waiting in the wings at all times. Here are my top five repurchases that have lots of brothers and sisters waiting their turn on my shelves.

Paula's Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover

Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover

  1.  Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover ($16):  This is the very best makeup remover I have ever tried and I buy this four bottles at a time whenever there is a sale. I usually wear full coverage foundation and my skin tends to break out especially in my t-zone. So I take cleansing very seriously, and the first step is always makeup remover. This dual-phase liquid makeup remover needs to be shaken first. After squirting some onto a cleansing pad you wipe off makeup prior to cleansing. It removes everything, even waterproof mascara and the most tenacious lipstick. It’s completely safe to use on eyes, and it leaves skin feeling moist and hydrated but not oily or greasy.

    Creation Pharm Jewelweed Topical Mist

    Creation Pharm Jewelweed Topical Mist

  2. Creation Pharm Jewelweed Topical Mist ($12.95) Creation Pharm has a store in Traverse City,Michigan and you can find the line in person in lots of cool little stores all over Michigan. They have amazing soaps, oils, tanning lotions, bath products, and skin care. Jewelweed Topical Mist keeps my skin clear and is the best thing I’ve ever tried for keeping blackheads and acne at bay. It also clears up just about any other sort of skin condition you can think of – any itchy, rashy skin like Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, food allergies, and even bug bites. My brother was playing softball and he accidentally grabbed some knee pads that had mold in them. During the game, he slid into home and scratched up his leg. Two days later he had the most horrible infection in his leg, and after three weeks of treatment by doctors it was just getting worse. I gave him my precious bottle of Jewelweed Topical Mist and his leg immediately began to heal. Three days later it was all cleared up. He won’t give me back my bottle. I guess I can’t really blame him. The ingredients in this secret weapon include extracts of Jewelweed, White Oak Bark, Comfrey Leaf, Witch Hazel and Aloe. Native Americans used Jewelweed because it has a natural antihistamine in it that is very quick and totally effective. I use my Jewelweed Topical Mist for so many things that I always have extras on hand.  My son has very sensitive skin that will get itchy for seemingly no reason, my husband gets welts on his skin from heat rash, and my daughter is always getting scraped up. Jewelweed Topical Mist takes care of all those issues, plus it truly is the best toner I have ever used.

    Dan Read Cosmetics Silver Screen Foundation

    Dan Read Cosmetics Silver Screen Foundation

  3. Dan Read Cosmetics Silver Screen Foundation ($33.50) Dan Read Cosmetics is a fantastic niche boutique line with one of the best full coverage foundations available. This is a cream to powder foundation that is well-known among stage and film performers because it lasts through anything. It’s bulletproof. Hot lights, wet weather, long workouts – this foundation holds up like a champ. It corrects uneven skin tone, dark under eye circles, red areas, any problem you’ve got, and it looks natural. It is extremely pigmented so you don’t even need a separate concealer. I always have four shades – my winter color is Soft Ivory 3, which is my lightest shade. Natural 1 is my typical shade, and I use Natural 2 and Natural 3 when I faux tan. Silver Screen Foundation is available in a shimmer version that I also always have on hand. When I travel, this is the foundation I take with me every time.

    Guerlain Terracotta Spray

    Guerlain Terracotta Spray

  4. Guerlain Terracotta Spray ($64)  So, this is spendy, I know. But wow is it awesome. It’s not even perfect — the aerosol sometimes gets gummed up – but I have never gotten the same utterly fabulous bronzed glow with any other product, ever. It makes my skin look perfect. The spray is super light and the effect is freaking fantastic. This is a secret weapon that I am happy to share. Once you try this you will never ever want to be without it again. By the way, I honestly don’t find there to be much difference between the Light and Medium shades.

    Coconut Hut Coconut Oil

    Coconut Hut Coconut Oil

  5. Coconut Hut Coconut Oil in various scents ($17, I have slathered this body oil on for years and years…I remember I found it way back when I first discovered the Internet, so it’s been a while! I just love this little Hawaiian body product boutique. I get different scents all the time, but they are always some variation of coconut. Some of my all time favorites are Coconut Kanantik, Tahitian Black Coconut, and Beach Goddess, and I am currently loving the limited edition Hawaiian Tropics, a mix of coconut milk and dark tanning oil.

I’m so happy to share my top five repurchases with you!  I hope you find something that works for you…and I would love to know what your favorites are too!! – Lisa

Start your year with PÜR Cosmetics for some purely great skincare and cosmetics

There are so many products from #PURBEAUTY that get overlooked in our rush to share the latest and greatest. Since it’s a new year we decided that it’s time to share some of these with you to start the year off properly. We have 5 products that get overlooked but shouldn’t.                                                                     samples


There are three steps in the PÜR skincare family. Step one is In The Clear Clarifying Cleanser.

PÜR In The Clear Clarifying Cleanser

PÜR In The Clear Clarifying Cleanser

“Clear skin starts here. In The Clear is a multi-action cleanser that gently exfoliates with lactic acid, clarifies with tea tree oil and soothes extra oily, irritable and problem-prone skin. This clarifying cleanser calms and cools with lavender, peppermint and aloe vera, and is never harsh or over-drying.”

Step 2 is PÜR Dirty Girl, a great detoxifying mudd masque.

PÜR Dirty Girl

PÜR Dirty Girl

Marcia says: This is a great mudd masque. It contains Pascalite Clay which really helps to detoxify skin. It’s great for pore cleansing. I get clogged pores which make them look larger than I prefer so using a mud masque is perfect for clarifying them and keeping the ickies at bay.

PÜR Dirty Girl

PÜR Dirty Girl

PÜR uses soothing botanicals along with this detoxifying pascalite clay. It contains Calcium Bentonite to unclog pores and eliminate impurities; Cucumber Extract to soothe and calm the skin; and Salicylic Acid to gently exfoliate and renew.

PÜR Dirty Girl first applied

PÜR Dirty Girl first applied

It dries down quickly. It doesn’t crack off though it does feel dry once set. You decide how long you want to keep it on – from 5 to 20 minutes. I usually leave it on for 10 minutes.

PÜR Dirty Girl dried

PÜR Dirty Girl dried

I have to use a washcloth to completely remove it and then follow with a toner like Step 3.

Step 3 is Miracle Mist, to hydrate and set.

Pur Cosmetics Miracle Mist Hydrate and Set

Lisa says: Miracle Mist is a hydrating spray that also helps set makeup. It has over 70 essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids to pamper your skin. I find that I prefer it for setting mineral makeup over any other type of makeup – it’s pretty impressive for giving a polished appearance, giving mineral foundation and eyeshadow a fresh appearance and extending wear time.


  • Contains over 70 essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids
  • Instantly infuses the skin with vital moisture
  • Soothes and refreshes dry skin and hair with fulvic acid
  • Locks down mineral makeup for all-day perfection

If you have extremely dry skin this is a great product. It’s also very helpful for those times when powder makeup looks a little too powdery. If you need lots of hydration and love mineral makeup, Miracle Mist is effective, refreshing, and convenient to use.

Now that you know about these skincare items there’s a set that you can get to try them all out. It’s a PÜR Skincare Starter Set at ULTA that is only $29 and contains Simplicity Soothing Gentle Cleanser (0.5 oz.), Soak It Up Intense Hydrating Moisturizer (0.5 oz.), Miracle Mist Hydrate & Set (1.0 oz.), and Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mudd Masque (0.5 oz.). A great way to start a new year and refresh your skin.
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PÜR Skincare Sampler Set

PÜR Skincare Sampler Set


Lisa says: While Marcia is getting her skin care on, I am getting my makeup on with PUR Volume Vixen 4-in-1 Full Volume Mascara with Keratin and Chateau Kisses Lip Gloss in Glitzy.

Volume Vixen 4-in-1 Full Volume Mascara with KeratinVolume Vixen 4-in-1 Full Volume Mascara with KeratinVolume Vixen 4-in-1 Full Volume Mascara with Keratin ($21): This is my go-to mascara. I only need one coat for tons of drama. I love the separation, the fullness, and the length – plus this jet black mascara doesn’t smudge. I also love how my lashes are soft, not stiff, which I think is a much more attractive look. Do lashes really look as good as false eyelashes like the claim? Not really, but they are as close as I’ve ever gotten with a mascara. This is a real winner.
Chateau Kisses Lip Gloss in GlitzyChateau Kisses Lip Gloss in GlitzyChateau Kisses Lip Gloss in Glitzy

Chateau Kisses Lip Gloss in Glitzy ($18):  I love this lip gloss. It has wonderful slip without being sticky, and the color lasts a nice long time. I think Glitzy has just enough shimmer to make my lips look bigger without looking like I am trying too hard. Isn’t Glitzy a gorgeous shade? There are seven more shades available and I swear I want every single one.

Wearing my PUR Cosmetics

Wearing my PUR Cosmetics

Marcia says: One last cosmetic item that just never gets talked about are Perfect Fit eyeshadow trios. There are a dozen different trios to provide beautiful colors for your eyes. Whether you like greens, browns, purples, or brights there’s a set for you. I have Wild Child which fits into my cosmetic life perfectly.

PÜR Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trio in Wild Child

PÜR Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trio in Wild Child

I buy too many neutrals so having this purple toned trio is a great change of pace and a reminder of why I wore purple on my eyes for years and years. With built-in firming ingredients and light-diffusing mineral spheres, each shade helps create a velvety smooth, crease-free finish.  My new favorite way to wear shadow is to use the darkest shade buffed smoothly onto my lid, take the middle shade from the lid up into the crease, and apply a highlight shade on my browbone. Wild Child fits perfectly. I love the lighter purple to give the illusion of lift. I use the highlight shade too in the inner tear duct. This is just right to give me the cool toned purples I like.

PÜR Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trio in Wild Child

PÜR Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trio in Wild Child

We hope to be back with more PÜR and some of their newest products but we’re happy to remind ourselves why we like the brand.

PÜR is sold at ULTA as well as their own website and Kohls. Samples sent for consideration, affiliate links in use

Clear up skin congestion with our derma*e® giveaway!

fall-season-brings-congested-skinThe change of seasons means confused skin that makes too much oil and gets congested from a build up of dead skin. Keeping clear, glowing skin requires preventative measures, and we have an awesome giveaway for exactly what you need to stay on top of skin care woes. Prevent those disasters with Purifying products from derma*e®, a fabulous eco-ethical company that is completely committed to your health, well-being, and the environment.                    samples

derma*e® giveaway!We have five of our favorite derma*e® products in this giveaway:

  1. Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($19.50)
  2. Purifying Daily Detox Scrub ($15.50)
  3. Purifying Gel Cleanser ($15.50)
  4. Purifying Toner Mist ($15.50)
  5. Purifying Youth Serum ($29.50)

The key to creating skin that gets the most from skin care products is exfoliation. derma*e® has some of the best exfoliating products out there.

DermaE Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

As a deep clean once a week, the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($19.50) detoxes skin in two ways:

(1) Natural clays infused with Kimarine® Wakame, Bladderwrack and Activated Charcoal lift out dirt, oil and bacteria to decongest pores as the mask dries

(2) Apricot Seed Powder exfoliates away dead skin cells and captured debris upon removal. Kaolin and Bentonite Clays absorb excess oils and impurities, relieving skin congestion.

Apply a thin layer to clean, dry skin, concentrating on areas that have a tendency to be problematic. For me, that means nose and chin. It only takes about five minutes for it to dry, then using wet fingertips massage the mask in small circles. This ‘supersizes’ the exfoliation and really cleans out those pores. Rinse off with warm water or a damp washcloth. This treatment mask has many of the same powerful ingredients as the Purifying Gel Cleanser, so it’s the perfect complimentary deep clean.

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 is safe for even very sensitive skin. I think it’s a fantastic way to keep skin glowing and ready for serum and moisturizer.

DermaE Purifying Gel Cleanser

I am a huge fan of derma*e’s® Purifying Gel Cleanser ($15.50) because it exfoliates so gently. Even though it’s an exfoliating cleanser, I can use my Luna cleansing brush without fear of being too rough on my skin and I think it would be perfect to use with a Clarisonic. I have been working out like crazy for the last six months and this is my favorite choice for washing my face when I get home because it is perfect for removing sweat, toxins, and bacteria.

This cleanser is pH balanced and has no fragrance or sulfates. Ingredients include these minerals and natural toxin fighters:

Kimarine® Wakame is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, heavy metals).

Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration and nourishment.

Activated Charcoal, known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, helps thoroughly remove toxins from the skin’s surface.

Green Tea delivers potent antioxidant defense, and a base of Aloe Leaf Juice revives skin with fresh, healthy hydration. 

derma e® Purifying Toner Mist

derma e® Purifying Toner Mist

Once you have exfoliated and cleansed your skin, the next best step is to hydrate and treat with antioxidants using a great toner. The derma*e® Purifying Toner Mist ($15.50) is the toner for the job since it has Marine Algae and Green Tea to refresh and fortify your skin against the environment. It’s also pH balanced with Kimarine® Wakame, Bladderwrack, Green Tea antioxidants, and Aloe Leaf Juice. I use this after exfoliating and cleansing at night, as well as in the morning before treatment and moisturizer. While it’s a spray, I don’t recommend spraying it directly on your face since it comes out a little heavy and uneven. It’s better sprayed onto a cotton pad then wiped on. An added bonus – if you happened to miss any makeup or dirt while cleansing, this lifts away anything that might cause clogged pores.

DermaE Purifying Youth Serum

With skin clean and ready to make the most of any treatment, an excellent treatment serum is the Purifying Youth Serum ($29.50). Holy smokes is this good stuff! Awesome ingredients like Kimarine® Wakame,  Bladderwrack, and Green Tea together in an Aloe Leaf Juice Base makes for super healthy, glowy skin. This is a great primer for foundation, too. And like all derma*e® products, it’s 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free.

You can find products derma*e® at Ulta and at Whole Foods.  Two Beauty Info Zone readers will win this giveaway – just list the products you want to win in the order you want them!  The Grand Prize Winner gets 3 products, and the 2nd place winner gets 2 products.  This is a US only giveaway that ends at 11:59 pm EST on 11/19/16.  As always, you must subscribe to Beauty Info Zone’s emails and comment. Rafflecopter has a way of going all wonky sometimes and the comments may mysteriously close before the giveaway is over…if that happens just shoot us an email with your comment to [email protected] and label your message DERMAE.

Here’s to heading off congested skin before it even happens! – Lisa

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*products reviewed and giveaway courtesy of derma*e®