#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! 😘😘😘

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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