#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

 

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#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! 😘😘😘

Puritan’s Pride Discount Code!

 

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Hi Guys!

I’ve been eagerly awaiting my recent Puritan’s Pride package! It arrived yesterday, and inside was my Avalon Organics Vitamin C Vitality Facial Serum! I’ve been wanting to buy it at CVS, but it was a little expensive — $25.49. On the Puritan’s Pride website, it was priced at $15.89! Plus, I had a 10% discount because of my Anthem Healthcare Insurance membership!

Puritan Pride sells all sorts of stuff — from vitamins to skincare! Puritan Pride has hooked me up and I can give you guys 10% off too! Click here to get 10% off your next Puritan Pride order!

 

Getting Ready Quickly: A CVS MiniHaul

I am a mommy to 2 wonderful boys under 2. As a busy mommy,  I don’t have that much time to get ready. Most days, I don’t wear anything on my face besides my SPF50 moisturizer. I have been looking to add some products to my arsenal that would help me look put together with minimal time.

A couple weeks ago, I used my $10 CVS Extrabucks and $3 off Maybelline coupon. I purchased the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Original scent. I also purchased my current fav, Maybelline MasterGlaze in Warm Nude, and the Maybelline SuperStay 24hr concealer.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

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Why I Needed It:

I must admit that I wash my hair everyday – once every night.  It was something I was brought up doing, and I have found it hard to break that habit. I thought that the Batiste Dry Shampoo could help me break my bad habit, but I ended up not liking it very much.

What it does:

I really, really wanted to love this Dry Shampoo. I have read great reviews, and all-in-all it is a great concept. Dry shampoos are beneficial because it helps you remove grease from your hair, and helps keep your hair smelling nice, too.  You are not supposed to wash your hair everyday because doing so can damage your hair, by stripping your hair of its natural and protective oils.

My Thoughts:

Off the cuff, the Batiste did help with the oil and grease in my hair, and so as far as its functionality it does what it is supposed to. However, because it is an aerosol bottle, it left my hair smelling like I had sprayed a bunch of hair spray in my hair, which I did not enjoy. I ended up returning it to CVS. I might just stick to the old method of putting a little bit of baby powder in my roots and massaging it a little bit.

 

Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Concealer in ‘ivory’

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Why I Needed It:

As a mommy of two young boys, I don’t get much sleep, and as a result I have terrible dark undereye circles.  If I had a choice of 1 makeup item to use, I would pick a concealer over mascara, eyeliner, foundation, any day. Using a great concealer helps brighten my eyes, and instantly makes me look less tired. I wanted to find a quick concealer that I could dab on in seconds, pat, and blend, and be on my way.

What It Does:

Maybelline claims this product:

  •       Provides natural-looking coverage that lasts all day
  •       Conceals imperfections, flaws, undereye darkness and circles
  •       24-hour wear, no transfer
  •       Oil-free, non-comedogenic, dermatologist-tested, ophthalmologist-tested, fragrance-free

My Thoughts:

photoI bought this concealer in the lightest shade, ‘Ivory’.  It’s a little peachy. So, it’s great for my yellow undertone, and purpleish dark circles. If my dark circles are more pronounced, I would use a little bit of a yellow concealer underneath, and then put the SuperStay over it. (I am a big fan of layer concealers).

The SuperStay is brightening, but made me look very natural. It perfectly covered my dark circles, acne scars on my chin, and the redness around my nostrils. I found this concealer to be super long lasting. I was incredibly surprised to see that at the end of my day, that concealer was still helping me to look fresh.  It didn’t cause any breakouts to my sensitive skin either! I would recommend you use a good moisturizer with it because it can accentuate dry spots. I apply it by lightly dabbing three little dots under each eye, one dot on each side of nostril, and two dabs on chin. Then, I use my ring finger to gently tap/blend. It does dry fast, so work with a little quickly.  A little goes a long way! I would recommend this concealer for sure! The only draw back is that it contain parabens, as many cosmetics do…

 

 Maybelline MasterGlaze in ‘Warm  Nude’

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Why I Needed It:

As far as quick make-up, having a no-fuss blush is the way to go. I bought the MasterGlaze in ‘Just Pinched Pink’, and fell in love. I love using it on my cheeks, and so I thought I would buy a bronzy sort of shade. I wanted a quick blush that I could brush on after putting my BB cream on.

What it does:

MasterGlaze is marketed as a blush stick. However, I have heard many people use it on their eyes and lips, too!

My Thoughts:

photo-1I lovvvveee the Warm Nude shade (pictured on the right, next to my other fav ‘Just Pinched Pink’)!  It works great with my yellow undertone. It is pigmented, blend-able, and applies on smoothly.  I highly recommend it, and will repurchase again.

 

Have you tried the Batiste Dry Shampoo? What about the SuperStay Concealer or the MasterGlaze? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Xo,

Ms.HealthyFace

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Indulging in Goa’s Detox Facial Cleanser & Mask

Goa is a new luxury skincare label. It is 100% natural and organic (my fav things).  One of the Goa lines, India Gold, features a Green Tea Detox Facial Cleanser and Mask. The formula contains amino acids and Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, and E. It also contains ginseng, cinnamon, and  ginger essential oils, and witch hazel. So, it has antiseptic and toxin-banishing components.

I’ve been using the cleanser for about a week (you can tell from my picture)and tried the mask on last night. The cleanser is very gentle, but packs a punch of benefits. It does not leave your skin tight or dry. The texture is thick and smells super luxurious. After using the cleanser in my shower, my skin was super soft. I was even able to use this cleaner while using my Adapalene gel.

What’s great about this product is that it is a 2-in-1, you get a cleanser AND a mask. When I used the formula as a mask, I drew myself a bath, and left the solution on for 10 minutes. I got a little aromatherapy session with the ginger and cinnamon essential oils — super relaxing. After the mask, my face looks glowy and energized.

Checkout the India Gold and all of Goa’s products at http://www.goacosmetics.com. You can request a sample, too! I hope you have a chance to try the facial cleanser and mask. I’d love to hear what you think!

 

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Differin Gel: What I Wish My Dermatologist Would Have Told Me…

When my dermatologist prescribed Differin gel aka Adapalene, I thought, “Awesome! I’ll just put this on my face, and ‘Voila’  — I would be acne free.” I was incredibly wrong!

After two nights of applying Adapalene on my face, I began to break-out with cystic acne, my skin became super sensitive,  burned when I splashed my face with water, and the skin on my face began to peel. After experiencing these negative side effects, I did some research on the manufacturer’s website, WebMD, Google, Instagram, Youtube, etc. So, I want to share with you what I learned…

How does Differin Gel/Adapalene work?

Differin gel/adapalene is a type of synthetic retinoid. It is one of the mildest forms available. Retinoids help your skin slough off (or desquamate) dead skin cells at a more normal rate. Sloughing aka exfoliating your dead skin cells is beneficial in that the dead skin cells don’t bind together and clog your pores. When your pores aka oil ducts are clogged, you get acne! In general, retinoids, due to the sloughing off of your dead skin cells, have anti-acne and anti-aging benefits.

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HELPFUL TIPS:

  1. USE AT NIGHTTIME. Only use the gel in the evening as part of your night time regimen.
  2. PEA-SIZE IS ALL YOU NEED. Use only a PEA-SIZE amount for your ENTIRE face. I like to squeeze out a pea-size onto my index finger, and then, lightly dab a little on both cheeks, chin, nose and forehead. Then, I spread it out evenly onto my face.
  3. START SLOWLY. Begin by using the gel every other night or every two nights for at least a week. Then, after a couple weeks, or when you skin starts to adapt, begin to slowly use it every night.
  4. AFTER APPLYING THE GEL, WAIT. Wait an hour after applying the gel to apply your serum and moisturizer. Generally, you are supposed to put on the gel as the first layer, before your serum or moisturizer. You are supposed to wait an hour so that the gel can be absorbed into the skin uninterrupted. However, if you have SENSITIVE skin, see number 5.
  5. BUFFER. Buffering allows the gel to work less aggressively. If your skin is extremely sensitive, you can put other layers of products to lessen the effects of the gel. For example, in my early weeks of using the gel, I liked to put on my evening facial serum, then my evening moisturizer, then  gel. Note: Serums and moisturizers should be put on at least 20 minutes after washing your face. Washing your face disrupts the protective barriers on your skin, and so it is best to allow your face to return to status quo. Other ways to buffer: A) Mix the gel with your moisturizer or serum, and then, apply. B) If you put the gel on as your first layer, put the serum or moisturizer on right away instead of waiting an hour.
  6. PURGING IS A NORMAL SIDE-EFFECT. Worsening of your acne aka purging is normal, but if you want to minimize purging, start off using the gel slowly. If you do purge, don’t pick at your pimples!! Let nature do its course, even if it looks terrible!
  7. AVOID THE SUN AND SUNLAMPS.  If you are going to be in the sun, use a high SPF broad spectrum sunscreen. I like to use Neutrogena Healthy Defense SPF 50+.
  8. NO WAXING. Avoid waxing in areas you use the gel, e.g. your entire face. Try threading instead 🙂
  9. AVOID HARSH TOPICALS. Avoid potentially irritating topical products, like medicated or abrasive soaps and cleansers and products with high concentrations of astringents or alcohol. For example, cleansers with tea tree oil should not be used in combination with Differin gel. Be careful when using other products containing sulfur, resorcinol, or salicylic acid. Unless your face has adapted to a particular retinoid, in this case, Differin gel, it is best to not use the gel in conjunction with salicylic acid, AHA, BHA, etc.
  10. DIFFERNIN GEL MAKES YOUR FACE SENSITIVE. Avoid extreme weather conditions, like high winds or extreme cold to minimize irritation.
  11. DON’T STOP USING! Once you see results, you must continue to use Differin gel in order to continue seeing results and avoid future breakout.
  12. BE PATIENT! It takes at least a couple months to start notice results.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Please let me know how Differin gel or adapalene worked for you!

xo,

Ms. Healthy Face

Sources:

http://www.differin.com/

http://www.skinacea.com/retinoids/natural-vs-synthetic-retinoids.html#.Ux5Z9uddUWU

http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drug-6445-Differin+Top.aspx?drugid=6445&drugname=Differin+Top

http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=87806/Differin-Gel/Unlisted-Brand/Treatments

Trader Joe’s Face Wash Face-off

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I love Trader Joe’s! Recently, I discovered their face wash with tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is amazing. It an essential oil and acts like a natural antiseptic. Some claim it is almost as good as benzoyl peroxide, which is awesome for acne-prone and sensitive skin people like me. I was eager to switch from my sensitive Cetaphil because I have been attempting to limit my paraben exposure, and so I began using it for my daily facial cleansings — twice a day.

The tea tree oil wash smells great – mainly from the tea tree oil, which is a camphoraceous smell. However, using it twice a day began to dry out my skin. So, I went back to TJ’s to try out their other face wash.

The ‘Nourish’ face wash is an awesome complement to the tea tree oil wash. It’s light, fragrance-free, and doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight and stripped. It’s perfect for the morning facial cleansing!

I would definitely recommend both the washes. I like to use the tea tree oil wash at night and the ‘Nourish’ during the day. They are both only $5.99! Available at Trader Joe’s.

Have you tried these washes? What do you think? I would love to here your thoughts!

YesTo…Grapefruit!

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Trying out #yestograpefruit correct and repair serum tonight.

First impression: reminds me of putting aloe vera on your skin…because it leaves a slight film. My face feels smooth though. Let’s see if it help my#acnescars in my chin area. The smell is not fruity or super perfume-y, which I do not mind at all because it means there are no added chemicals used for fragrance.  The bottle costs about $19.99 at my local CVS, but you only need a pea-sized amount, so it will last a while! Stay posted for my results!

#yesto #yestomovement#parabenfree #healthyface #healthyfacereview

x,

@Ms.Healthyface