Category Archives: Skincare

Something To Clear Those Pores: Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask

Every once in awhile when my skin is getting out of whack or want to do a little pampering I like to use some type of skincare mask. There are lots of masks on the market from peel-off masks to rinse off masks. There some in jars, tubes and one-time use packets. The choice is really up to you.

I happen to like Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal mask. It’s a rinse off mask rather than a peel off mask which is a big plus for me because the last peel-off mask I used was a pain(literally) to peel off.

Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask(3.4 oz) retails for $24
Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask(3.4 oz) retails for $24

One of the key ingredients in the Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal mask is active charcoal. Active charcoal or activated charcoal has been around for centuries and has been used for all kinds of medical reasons from treating skin ailments to detoxing and eliminating toxins and poisonous substances from the body. The Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask is advertised as a mask for all skin types that can be used to draw out deep pore-cloggers.

Like anything results will vary. My initial use of the product was more about pampering. I enjoyed the process of opening my pores with a warm towel. I liked the feeling of the mask drying on my face. And I liked the way my skin felt afterward, but I wasn’t overly concerned with the detoxifying aspect of the product until I used it when I was having a breakout.

I used the mask as usual and covered my entire face including my offending facial eruption and let it work. I rinsed off the product and went about my business. However, the next day I noticed the bump was healing and not as pronounced. Knowing what I know about my skin it takes a bit of time for those large, sore pimples to dry up and go away on their own. So to see such a drastic difference in 24 hours was out of the ordinary. Since I wasn’t using any other acne medicine I assumed it was the mask.

I’ve come across other people who like to use it as a spot treatment. Since it is suppose to detoxify it makes sense to me that it could work like that as well. It’s drawing the impurities of the pimple out thus healing it. Maybe.

In any case I just wanted to share this product with you. Are you a mask person? What kind do you like?

Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal comes in two sizes, 1.7oz for $16 and 3.4oz for $24. It can be found, and wherever Origin products are sold.

The Olay Pro-X Brush Is Enough For Me

This is definitely not a post that will disparage any of the other automatic cleansing brushes on the market. For one, I haven’t tried all of them. And two, I believe on some level they all work to the best of their ability, so if you have one that you love by all means stick with it. I happen to love my Olay Pro-X brush.

What do I love about it? I love how it exfoliates my skin. Years ago, I thought flaky patches I would see after I applied my makeup were dry skin. I would moisturize and moisturize those areas to counteract the less than pretty look I’d get with foundation or powder. I now know that it probably wasn’t dry skin but skin that needed to be sloughed off. It’s one problem that I do not have anymore and this brush works better than any washcloth or exfoliating cleansers I’ve tried.

I’ve read reviews about the Olay Pro-X brush and some people complain about the battery compartment being hard to remove. I didn’t have that problem. Others complained about not being able to apply cleanser directly to the brush. In my opinion, applying cleanser to the brush is a mistake because the bristles aren’t dense enough so your cleanser will fall to the base of brush. You’re much better off working the cleanser onto your face with your hands then using the brush. And since the brush spins rather than oscillates, lather may go flying if you’re not too careful.

The Olay Pro-X retails for $29.99 and comes with a replacement brush head and cleanser.
The Olay Pro-X retails for $29.99 and comes with a replacement brush head and cleanser.
Can you see all that space between the bristles? Put the cleanser on your face then use the brush.
Can you see all that space between the bristles? Put the cleanser on your face then use the brush.

I know a lot of people use automatic cleansing brushes to remove make-up. This brush probably could do that, but it doesn’t seem like it’s a good idea. If you’re washing off a full face of make-up you might have to make more than one pass. If you make multiple passes with this brush you run the risk of over-exfoliating so be careful. I prefer to get as much make-up off as I can with make-up remover wipes before I move on to using the brush because I only use it for 1-2 minutes on my face.

I used to really want the higher end cleansing brushes because I heard so many great things about them. Over time I’ve learned that this brush is doing what I want it to do so I want the other brushes less. Don’t get me wrong, I would totally try all of them, but I don’t have this longing for them anymore.

Have you tried this brush?

The Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System retails for $29.99 and can be found where Olay products are sold and online.

Colds Suck but So Does Bad Skin

No cold is going to keep me down. *sniff*
No cold is going to keep me down. *sniff*

I have a cold. Bleh. However, that is not the point of this post. I’m hoping that eventhough I’m dealing with this that I won’t let my skincare/beauty regimen fall by the wayside.

The last time I got sick I came out of it with skin in dire need of exfoliation and eyebrows in need of some tweezers. I’m not going to let that happen this time. At least that’s what I’m hoping for.

So what’s your skincare like when you’re feeling under the weather? Are you toning and moisturizing the same as you would when you’re well or is skincare the last thing on your mind while you recover in bed?

RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream

I’ve been working on building a skincare regimen lately. I’m happy with my cleanser choices(I alternate between a couple). I like my moisturizer as well. However, it occurred to me that I didn’t have an eye cream.

Retails for $22.99
Retails for $22.99

At this point I’m not battling major signs of aging. I don’t really have puffiness, crow’s feet, or dark circles. I count myself lucky. I do have some fine lines under my eye that I’m not stressing about because they just seemed inevitable and not worth fighting. That doesn’t mean I couldn’t benefit from a preventative measure. Enter the RoC® Retinol Correxion Eye Cream.

The Product Claims

RoC eye cream claims

My Take

The first time I used it was after my nighttime cleansing routine. I applied it after my night cream and went to sleep. When I woke up the skin under my eye was softer and it was softer than usual. This made me realize that I possibly missed that area regularly when I applied moisturizer or just needed something stronger.

I’ve used it under my make-up and haven’t had any problems. Some people are sensitive to retinol, but I haven’t felt any irritation so perhaps I’m not one of those people. If you are sensitive, RoC® makes milder formula of this eye cream so you don’t have to be left out.

You really don’t need that much to make a difference. Make sure you’re being gentle with that area as you dab it on. The skin around our eyes is more delicate than the rest of our face so it pays to be as careful as possible since that’s where age tends to show up.

RoC® Retinol Correxion Eye Cream retails for $22.99 and can be found at Walgreens, CVS, Wal-Mart, Ulta and various online retailers.

LUXE OIL Cocoa Deluxe Whipped Butter

Love this cocoa butter so much!
Love this cocoa butter so much!

This is the Cocoa Deluxe Whipped Butter from LUXE OIL. It’s quickly becoming my go-to moisturizer for these brutal winter months. I found out about the product via twitter. Krissy, the butter’s creator and beauty blogger at Addicted To All Things Pretty wanted her readers to have something to fight the war against eczema and dry skin. This lovely whipped butter is her weapon.

“Cocoa Deluxe” Whipped Cocoa Butter is a decadent cocoa butter blend that’s sure to bring back nostalgic memories! Whipped to perfection, this butter blend contains pure raw cocoa butter and our signature LUXE OIL oil blend.
With a slower absorption time it also makes a great massage cream. (from website)

The 8oz butter retails for $15 and is worth every penny. I’ll be honest, I tend to not like the typical cocoa butter smell. However, this butter smells like heavenly chocolate. Along with Coconut Oil, Safflower Oil, Sea-buckthorn Oil, Avocado Oil, and Olive Oil, the raw cocoa butter has been whipped to a velvety texture. It quickly melts into your hands so it can be applied to the skin easily. The butter also functions as a hair moisturizer.

I’m really happy with my purchase of the Cocoa Deluxe Whipped Butter. My butter was packaged well and got here on time. I can see myself using this and other LUXE OIL products on myself and my family for the long haul.

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