Skin Juice – Facial in a Jar

This was a requested birthday present. I am always looking to try new brands so when I had the opportunity to get my hands on some organic Australian products. I couldn’t resist!

 

I have been using Facial in a Jar on and off for about 4 months now and I’m impressed with the results. Every time I need a pick me up its ready for the job and my skin loves me for it.

 

Generally my skin craves a pick me up every so often. This comes from lack of active vitamins and enzymes from my more directly use regular products. For more of a break down of Enzymes see my previous post on pure enzymes.

What's in it and how does it work?

This pumpkin peel style product uses Latic, Mandelic and Malic acids to resurface the skin without irritation. Booth the turnover and plumping to the extreme my skin is left glowing and soft after every treatment. Generally, my skin is used to high percentages of acids. I have no irritation after shaving which does induce slight physical exfoliation but I would see how your skin reacts after each use to see where it best suits in your routine.

Pomegranate and Pumpkin Enzymes digest the dead skin cells on the surface, boosting your skin metabolism and allowing your skin care actives to achieve maximum absorption.

Containing anti ageing agents in the form of AHA and enzymes It acts not only as an exfoliate but also a reparative mask. Containing antioxidants from Elderberry and essential fatty acids from Seabuckthorn Berries, your skin will be enriched and nourished. Reducing the signs of inflammation and redness.

Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid) hydrates the skin and the combination of these ingredients helps to restore the skins ph. Something that a general exfoliate or enzymatic peel fail to achieve.

Final Verdict

If you are in the market for an Organic, No Fragrance, No Paraben, No Artificial Colour Enzymatic mask You have found your match I defiantly recommend giving your skin a pamper at home and regain the glow!

Hylamide C25

DECIEM | The Abnormal Beauty Company

OK. Firstly, I cannot go into this product without first talking about DECIEM. For the last 12 months and only growing from there, I have been exposed to this company and they are putting their mark on the industry.

Starting trading in 2013 and building their umbrella to more than 10 brands, Each with their own input into the market. I noticed the brand Hylamide in Priceline one day when on the hunt for something new.

Since then I have been expanding and trailing other amazing ranges like The Ordinary and NOID. Now I’m looking forward to what more they can excite me with.


 

Hylamide C25

I’m always looking for different treatments to give my skin that Vitamin C that it's always craving. I was not disappointed with this one. I will say however it was a learning curve for my skin.

When I first started trailing this product. I am going, to be honest, I didn’t enjoy it. The results I was getting were great however, I couldn’t get passed the consistency. The only way I can describe this texture is like a dry silky oil texture. That doesn’t sound bad and it isn’t, however, I have had years and years of working within the retail market so anything remotely silky-silicone feeling turns me off. This doesn’t have silicon. Promise! Instead, it is a very simple but effective booster.

I LOVE this with a hyaluronic serum. I found that this gives me amazing adoption and leaves the skin feeling supple. You can use the product on its own and I have had clients enjoy is as a make u base as it gives a radiant glow.


So, what’s in it?

Not much and that’s exactly why I like it.

- The main active is Ethyl-Ascorbate complex which has been created to provide 25% pure Ethyl-Ascorbic Acid. This is your Vitamin C cocktail and will heal, protect and give you a radiance to your skin. 
- The solution is diluted in Ethoxydiglycol, an odourless and colourless solvent that gives the product the buffer for effective absorption. I believe this also gives it that silky texture.
- Hydroxyphenoxy Propionic Acid and Phenylethyl Resorcinol aid in brightening the skin. Targeting Hyperpigmentation, they also strengthen the skin and reduce the signs of fine lines and wrinkles.


This is a super brief review as the product does exactly what it says. With high concentrates of Vitamin C this is a fantastic product to be available on the retail market. Stable and effective I’ve nearly finished mine and am still find the same great results as first opened.

Do note being a high concentrate that its best to keep in a cool dark place and with more uses, it will discolour due to oxidisation. I’m nearly finished and only starting to find that but that is a given with these types of products.


I recommend this for anyone wanting to take the Vitamin C intake up a notch. It is active without causing irritation and would work for a range of skin types and conditions. Like I said, play around and see how you like to use it, mixed into a serum cocktail or layered under a skin oil.

C.G

 

SHEET MASK MANIA

People are going crazy for sheet mask. They are affordable and work for everyone. But how do you choose what works for you?

Essentially a sheet mask consists of a cotton, paper, cloth or even silicon material that is packaged with a solution targeting a concern for the skin. They infuse ingredients into the skin to help improve targeted concerns. It is designed to be used for 10-15 mins at a time depending on the mask.

If you are not wanting to fork over the sometimes-big dollars for a targeting treatment, a sheet mask might just be the ticket to healthy glowing skin. Or likewise if you just want to pamper yourself. This isn’t a new trend as the South Korean cosmetic market have been providing a range of different masks for some time now however western brands have caught on and you are now seeing many department store brands and smaller organic retailers even making their own masks.

What makes a good mask? In this article, I want to guide towards what to look for when shopping for masks. When I say, they are in abundance I mean it. You can get full face masks, eye masks, chin masks, forehead masks and even gloves for the hands and feet. Knowing what to look for will help when making your selection. As much as you want to don’t go for the cute designs unless its going to benefit your skin.

Rinse off or Leave on?

Depending on the style of mask the instructions may ask the wearer to rinse the solution off after application. This may be due to high levels of corrosive or acidic ingredients. I recommend not looking too deep into these. A sheet mask proves the potential to use the contents as a serum to get the most out of the mask. Having longer exposure to the ingredients will give the skin more time to absorb and harness them for their healing potential so try and use masks that are ok to be left on. If I wanted to rinse off my mask id consider clay or Enzyme masks where I will achieve the maximum absorption and then remove as that’s how it functions on the skin. Chemical exfoliants on a sheet mask? Not the best idea if they are asking you to rinse.

POSITIVE – Ingredients

The following are some of the more commonly found ingredients in sheet mask. They are adaptable to a range of skin types and conditions.  

Hyaluronic Acid – Humectant, Hydrating and Restorative.

Ceramide – Lipids, Skin Replenishing.

Caffeine – Anti-oxidants, Soothing and revitalising.

Green Tea Extract – Detoxifying and purifying.

Glycerin – Humectant. Hydrating and Restorative.

Collagen – Plumping & Strengthening.

Aloe Vera – Soothing & Hydrating.

 

NEGATIVE – Ingredients

The following are what you want to see on the lower end if not at all the ingredient listing. Of course, some of these are for preservative value but if they are within the top 60% of the ingredient listing it’s not worth It. When I say percentage, I’m referring to how many ingredients are before it not its percentage in formulation overall.

 

ALCOHOL – This plays a big factor but try and keep it low and look for Butylene glycol Or your natural derived alcohols.

Silicates or Silicon – The solution not the mask itself.

Fragrances or Perfumes – They aren’t going to do anything for your skin. There is a difference between product ingredients that make it smell good and a product that’s designed to smell good.

Shop around you will be able to find a range of brands and styles that will suit the results you are after. Online and store retailers are a great way to pick one up here and there to build a collection. Pop them in the fridge on a hot day and they are better than a cold shower!

What are some of your favourites? I love Dr Jart, Tony Moly and even Sephora home brand. Let me know your successes.

C.G x