#MasqueSundays: Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea Acai Goji Berry Facial Mask

Pangea Organics may have started off with a few homemade barsoaps, but they have expanded into a full skincare line that includes moisturizers, toners, eye cream, facial masks and more. Pangea’s products are crafted in small batches, using organic and fair trade ingredients (love that!).

Thanks to Betty, @bettylovesorganic, a Pangea Organics Beauty Ecologist, I was fortunate enough to be able to sample a few products from the Pangea Organics line, which will come in a full review in a week or so, but TODAY, I will be reviewing the award-winning “Japanese Matcha Tea Acai Goji Berry Facial Mask”.

 

What is this mask?

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The Japanese Matcha Tea Acai Goji Berry Facial Mask, is a gluten-free and vegan treatment. The Matcha Tea, aka green tea, is chock full of antioxidants, which help to fight against free radicals, while brightening and evening your skin-tone. Actually, the mask includes three teas, which are all employed in both whole leaf and extract forms to ensure maximum potency for antioxidant, restorative and energizing effects.

Additionally, this mask also has Acai and Goji Berries. The Acai Berry is another antioxidant that has revitalizing, and skin protecting properties. The Goji Berry is also nutrient-rich antioxidant, and has anti-aging and skin rejuvenating benefits.

Moreover, the mask contains green and white clays that work together to restore, balance, cleanse and detoxify. The mask also contains four sea vegetables that re-mineralize, hydrate and oxygenate your skin. The jojoba and sunflower seed oils, as well as other essential oils, are found in the mask and further nourish and moisturize the skin. 

Did I like the Mask?

matchamaskI applied and wore the mask for about 15-20 minutes, and I absolutely loved it. If you have ever blended seaweed (I feed my 9 month old Korean seaweed soup), that is sort of what the mask looks like. It is a green and white clay mask, but it does not have that typical texture. Rather, it feels like you are applying a scrub as opposed to a mask.

What I liked most about the mask, and how it differs from most masks I have used, is that the mask contains small little sugarcane beads that exfoliate your dead skin and unclog pores!  The sugarcane also supports the skin’s natural production of elastin and collagen. Thus, when you rinse off the mask, your skin feels baby soft!

The Matcha Tea mask is truly a staple to keep in your beauty arsenal, especially, before a big event when you need to prep your skin to allow for an even, smooth, and flawless make-up application.

Where can I get it?

The Japanese Matcha Tea Acai Goji Berry Facial Mask is $45 for 4 fl. oz. It is available on pangeaorganics.com. Or feel free to contact Betty, bettylovesorganic@gmail.com, and she may be able to send you a sample.

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Sources:

http://www.smartskincare.com/treatments/topical/greentea.html
http://www.pangeaorganics.com/PWPShowProduct.ashx?ProgramProductId=53

 

#MasqueSundays – Cel-Derma Ideal Radiance Hydrogel Mask

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Two weeks ago, for #MasqueSundays, I treated myself to the Cel-Derma Ideal Radiance Hydrogel Mask,  aka the Hayumi Mask. Apparently, this is the #1 selling facemask in Korea. This mask promises to:

  • Diminish wrinkles
  • Firms skin/lifting
  • Recovers skin barriers/pore care
  • Increase moisturization/nourishment
  • Whitening/Brightening

What’s it like?

This facemask is clear (as opposed to white), and comes in two pieces. The instructions ask you to apply the pack’s top section over the center of eyes, and the bottom section over the center of mouth.

When you first open the package and slide of the mask, you are immediately confronted with the slimy and gooey Hydrogel, which this facemask is so known for. The hydrogel is supposed to be temperature-activated and water-soluble. Basically, the heat from your skin allows the hydrogel to, essentially, melt into your skin, and all the beneficial ingredients, too. When you put the mask on, it feels like it is sucked to your face.

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Did it work?

I really enjoyed this mask. The clear material the mask is made out of is really cool and innovative. After the application, my face definitely felt cool, moist, and firm after the mask. My skin did look slighting brighter after, too. However, I didn’t see any diminishing of wrinkles, although, maybe with increased usage I would. Additionally, I liked how the Hydrogel helps the mask to stay in place, which was a nice change to the usual readjusting I have to do with some masks.

Would I recommend it?

I would recommend this mask to anyone interested in trying in trying a new type of facemask. I would rate this mask a 4/5 because it delivered all that it promised, except, diminished wrinkles.

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#MasqueSundays – Psy Ceramide Sheet Mask

Everybody needs to take time out to pamper themselves a little bit! It is hard with our busy schedules, but if you mark a certain time once a week, or every two weeks, or even once a month, your soul will thank you! Last night I gave myself 20 minutes 😉 I put on my silly Psy Ceramide Sheet Mask, marked my timer, and hung out with hubby, and watched “Swamp Pawn” >_< He’s very much into shows relating to the swamp….#duckdynasty #swamppeople…you know… lolz

The mask was pretty impressive. It had a light, perfume-y scent. Definitely not overpowering, at all. It was felt fresh, and cool on my just washed skin. Actually, my skin was feeling a bit drier than usual, and so I was looking forward to the ceramide’s hydrating effects.

What is Ceramide?

First, our outer most layer  = epidermis, and the top layer of the epidermis = stratum corneum (SC). The SC is super thin, but is super important as it is the main barrier of the skin. It keeps chemicals that come in contact with the skin from absorbing into the body, and it keeps water inside the skin from leaching out.

The SC contains three types of lipids– ceramides, cholesterol and free fatty acids. These lipids have different chemical compositions and different functions throughout the body. There are nine different types of ceramides in the SC, conveniently named ceramide 1 through ceramide 9, and they account for 40-50% of the lipids in this outermost layer.

And……

Scientists have learned that people with eczema have significantly fewer ceramides in their SC. So, low ceramides = dry skin!

Don’t worry! Replacing Ceramides Improves Dry Skin!!!

Recent studies have shown that lipids can be replaced with topical preparations. Interestingly, all three lipids have to be replaced at a certain ratio to restore the barrier function of the skin. If the incorrect balance of lipids is applied, it actually takes longer for the skin to heal.photo-3

So did the mask work?

Well, my skin was dry and irritated before the mask. After the mask, my skin felt soft, plump, and moisturized! I hope it had the correct lipid ratio….I’ll have to ask my hubby to reread the label to me….lolz

 

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#MasqueSundays

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Hi lovlies! I’m going to be starting a new series on Sundays called “MasqueSundays”. Join me on Sundays as I wind down, and do at-home treatments before the crazy week starts! Each Saturday, I’ll be posting which mask I’ll be doing on Sunday, or leaving it up to you guys to chime in! For tomorrow, I thought I would let you guys choose between these 4 sheetmasks! I love how no fuss #sheetmasks are! Easy on, easy off! No mess! Which one should I do tomorrow:
1) Psy Ceramide Mask
2) Carezone Pore Sebum Mask
3) Carezone Watery Hydrating Mask; or
4) Epielle Vitamin C Mask?

Please let me know which one you would like me to try and review below! 😘😘😘