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I’m soo happy to share this awesome face mask with you today!

I’ve been wanting to try it for ages and only recently did I get my hands on one to test out.

First off, I just want to say I think those with super sensitive skin should steer clear of this one. It’s pretty intense as a skin treatment mask, but if you can hack it, it’s a seriously great face mask that will give you the results you want in very little time.

I find it seems especially effective for me now and that may be because, in winter, my skin is drier and has a tendency towards dullness, but this is just the perfect pick-me-up my skin needs to look it’s best!

Formulated with 15% glycolic acid, rose and lavender oils, honey, and wheatgerm oil, this face mask works quickly to slough off dead skin cells, encourage cell turnover, and infuse the skin with antioxidants and hydration all at once.

I love how super effective this mask is without taking too much of my day away.

All you do is apply a thin layer over the face and neck area, leave on for no longer than 10 minutes, and rinse off with warm water.

You definitely get the sense that this mask is working while you wear it as it has the awesome tingling factor, but it also shows an immediate difference when you rinse the mask off as well.

It’s important to mention that you really only need to use this mask once a week. It’s that potent of a treatment that any more might be too much for your skin and cause irritation instead of good. That’s not because the mask is harmful, it’s just very concentrated so use it sparingly and wisely.

Although this mask is pretty pricey, it’s well worth it in the results it gives you, in my opinion.

You can find it on Alpha-H.com or otherwise, Beauty Bay carries Alpha-H products as well and always has great deals and offers free worldwide shipping!

Find it on Beauty Bay – here.

What’s your favorite face mask for bright, clear skin?

I get a lot of questions from readers asking me what cleansers would work best for their skin type so I thought I would post a few of my favorites that will work for one or more skin types so there are multiple options to choose from. I tried to keep everything on the affordable side, though some are more pricey. I hope you enjoy!

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Original Konjac Sponge; $9

ALL SKIN TYPES, EVEN SENSITIVE

This is a great one for all skin types! It’s super gentle, mildly exfoliating and non-irritating even for those with sensitive skin. You can even get these with different clays in them, if you like, depending on your skin type. Check those out here. This is a great cleansing tool + cleanser in one if you like to keep your routine simple, yet effective. Check out my review on this original sponge here!

Suti CLEANSE Organic Balm; £26.00

ALL SKIN TYPES, ESPECIALLY DRY, SENSITIVE, ACNE PRONE & ROSACEA TYPES

This is seriously one of my favorites! I think this could also work for any skin type as well. It’s a bit more on the expensive side of things, but it works incredibly well and is worth the price to me. If you have oily or combination to oily skin, you’ll want to use this with the muslin cloth to get more exfoliation and cleansing action, but if you’re more on the dry or sensitive side of things, you can simply massage this into your skin and rinse with warm water then pat dry. Check out my full review here.

Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser; 24.50

ALL SKIN TYPES EXCEPT DRY & HYPER-SENSITIVE TYPES

ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR ACNE PRONE & OILY SKIN TYPES!

Another new favorite, this one is great for all skin types, though I don’t recommend it to anyone who has a sensitivity to essential oils or to someone with dry skin. This is really cleansing and creamy, but it’s not super nourishing so if you need that extra moisture, it’s better to go with the Suti CLEANSE, the AB Cleansing Oil or LN Vitalising Cleanser (see below). This one works especially well for those with combination to oily or oily skin and is really effective for those with clogged pores or acne. This gentle cleanse + exfoliate combo is great for clearing the skin. Check out my full review on this here. 

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Living Nature Vitalising Cleanser; $35

ALL SKIN TYPES, EXCEPT SUPER OILY TYPES.

ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR DRY, SENSITIVE SKIN TYPES!

This is a really nourishing cleanser! It’s super gentle so it would be great for those with dry skin, sensitive skin or combination skin in the winter. I also find it’s nice to use when my combo to oily skin is looking particularly red or irritated because it helps to calm things down a lot. The scent in this is super subtle and there’s no sulfate or foaming; it actually just feels like a light, easily absorbed lotion only you rinse after. It leaves the skin feeling really soft and hydrated. See my full review here.

Antonia Burrell Natural Glow Cleansing Oil; $102

ALL SKIN TYPES

If you’ve been following for awhile, you may know about my love for cleansing oils. If not, well, I love them! They are great for all skin types most of the time and they work so well at balancing the skin out, whether your problem is dryness, oiliness, clogged pores or redness. I love cleansing oils for when my skin is just completely out of whack and off balance. It’s a great way to balance everything out and calm any irritations. Plus, cleansing oils, a lot of the time, are easily absorbed into the skin and help to cleanse the skin without stripping anything from it. Also, they work well as an all-in-one type makeup remover and cleanser. Just be sure to do it 2x! See my full review for this cleansing oil here.

AMPM Wakeup Skin Smooth Washing Powder

NARUKO AMPM Wakeup Skin Smoothing Washing Powder; $14

OILY TO COMBINATION SKIN, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH ACNE PRONE SKIN

NOT FOR DRY OR SENSITIVE TYPES

I love to use washing powders during hot, humid months when my skin is super oily and has a tendency to get congested. This is a great way to gently exfoliate the skin without being harsh while getting a good cleanse in. Plus, this one is only mildly foaming so it’s not as harsh as the OTC drugstore acne cleansers that can do more harm than good with their crap ingredients. This one includes rice powder and other ingredients to gently cleanse, smooth, and brighten the skin. See my full review on this here.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser; $15

ALL SKIN TYPES

ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

GREAT FOR MAKEUP REMOVAL

This is an old favorite! It’s really great for any skin type, but it works especially well for those with sensitive skin or if you like to use a separate cleanser for makeup removal, this is a nice one. It smells really super fresh (actually true lol) – just like cucumbers. It’s very mild and more milky than foamy so it’s non-stripping to the skin. This is a really nice gel type textured cleanser and is great if you’re someone who doesn’t want to strip the skin of it’s natural oils, but also hates the oily feel of cleansing oils or balms. This one is a nice middle ground that will leave your skin cleansed, but not tight or dry. See my full review on this here.

What’s your favorite go-to cleanser?

Astara Skincare Activated Sea Mineral Mask Review

Recently, I was very fortunate to receive 3 samples from Astara Skincare to try and review for you guys: the Radiance Renewal Moisturizer (see review here), this lovely face mask (as seen above), and the Aromatic Seaweed Body Wash (see review here).

I hope you enjoy!

Product Claims : 

Rich in oligoelements and oxygenating, remineralizing exfoliating, and nourishing botanicals from the sea and land, this activated mask restores clarity, and vibrancy to dull and tired skin.

My Experiences:

This mask is really thick! A little bit goes a long way so although it does cost $30, I think it’s a good value because you don’t need very much of it. I don’t like the scent of this very much, but I really like the scrub + mask idea because I love multi-use products. I did like how clean my pores looked after using this mask, but I am not a big fan of menthol as it tends to dry my skin out and I don’t like the cooling effect. That’s just a personal preference; I know others who may love it. I made my mom try this, for instance, and she totally loved it and didn’t know what I was on about when I said I didn’t like the cooling effects. That being said, there are a LOT of beneficial ingredients in this mask from oatmeal for calming the skin to sage for breakouts and irritation and coupled with vitamin A, squalane and others to help encourage cell turnover and collagen production. It would be very beneficial for firming, anti-aging treatment or prevention, and as a nice spa treat. Wearing it certainly feels very luxurious. My only peeve about this is the use of D&C Green #5, FD&C Yellow #5 which I feel is just unnecessarily, but again, a personal preference. Other than that, this mask has a lot to offer in terms of beneficial ingredients, therapeutic benefits, and pore cleansing abilities.

Who It’s For: 

Although it’s recommended for all skin types, I would recommend this more to those who are 30+ just because I think they will benefit more from this than someone younger. That is not to say that if you are younger, you can’t use this. You totally could and would likely benefit from it, but I just think this is more geared toward more mature ladies. Although I think it may be beneficial for those with acne, the menthol in this may be drying to some. It may work well for those who struggle with redness and/or rosacea.

Noted Ingredients: 

  • Oatmeal – Calms redness, inflammation and breakouts.
  • Sage Extract – Beneficial for breakouts, calms inflammation and redness, and provides a tingling cooling effect.
  • Citrus Bioflavinoids – Brightens dull complexion and helps assist with cell turnover and repair scarring.
  • Squalane – Similar to natural skin oils and is readily accepted by body, hence making it an effective skin moisturizer

Formulated WithOUT:

  • Parabens
  • Harmful Preservatives

Product Pros:

  • Nice Tingling Effect
  • Detoxes the skin nicely while also exfoliating gently with jojoba beads (Scrub + Mask in 1)
  • Calms Inflammation and Redness
  • Cleans pores out
  • Encourages Cell Regeneration and Turnover

Product Cons: 

  • Black Licorice type scent may be a turn off to some
  • Formula includes Menthol Crystals, D&C Green #5, FD&C Yellow #5 which may be unfavorable to some
Price: $30-$44

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I like this mask. It’s definitely not a favorite for me, but I can see how a lot of people would love this. I know so many people who love masks that are cooling (note : my mom is one of them!), but I am just not that into it. That being said, I love the pore cleansing powers this mask has and I may use it just for that alone. It would likely combat breakouts really well and the ingredients are promising to prevent premature wrinkles or treat any lines or sagging issues with aging skin. I also think it would calm redness a bit as well. I love that the mask includes beads so it’s a mask + scrub in one. I just like this sort of thing as I feel it adds value for the money spent. All in all, a pretty decent face mask for all types, but with emphasis on more mature skin.

Where to Find:

You can find Radiance Renewal Intense Moisturizer on the Astara Skincare website – here.

OVERALL RATING: 7.5/10

Have you ever tried Astara Skincare?

Share your thoughts in the comments!

To Learn More About Astara Skincare, Click Here.

That’s All for Now!

Stay Beautiful

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I’ll Talk to You Soon : ]

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the free sample that was sent to me from Astara Skincare to review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Astara Skincare Radiance Renewal Intense Moisturizer Review

Recently, I was very fortunate to receive 3 samples from Astara Skincare to try and review for you guys: this moisturizer (as seen above), the Aromatic Seaweed Body Wash (see review here) and the Activated Sea Mineral Mask (see review here).

I hope you enjoy!

Product Claims : 

The richest and most concentrated of our replenishing moisturizers, this triple-action treatment simultaneously stimulates cellular regeneration, protects against free radicals, and intensely hydrates to restore youthful suppleness and radiance to mature and very dry skins.


My Experiences:

I really enjoy the texture of this cream a lot. In fact, I was bummed when I discovered this is likely too rich for my skin type, at least at my age. As a girl in my 20’s with oily combination skin that is very acne prone and reactive, this was just too rich for me. It gave me 2 spots during my trial run with this which I was pretty bummed about. My mom, on the other hand, loves this cream and finds it gives her a next day glow if she uses it at night. I think it should mainly be used by those with more mature skin types or otherwise those with dry or combination to dry skin types. These are the types that will get the most out of the fantastic ingredients in this formula. There are lots of plant extracts that work to brighten the complexion while shea butter and sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) work well together to hydrate and firm the skin as they protect from free radicals. It is a very nourishing cream, though it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and it doesn’t feel like it’s sitting on the skin either. It is absorbed right away. I just wish my skin could handle it!

Who It’s For:  

It says it’s for all skin types, but I would recommend this more for combination to dry, dry, and mature skin types.

Noted Ingredients: 

  • Wild Yam & Evening Primrose – Very soothing, both of these ingredients are calming and nourishing to the skin. They also help with hormonal balance which is especially helpful during that lucky time of the month or those going through the change of life (menopause). Evening primrose is also known to brighten the complexion.
  • Shea Butter – A very hydrating ingredient, shea butter helps lock in moisture to the skin. It is very rich and provides protection against free radicals.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – Also known as hyaluronic acid, this ingredient is naturally occurring in the body and helps to moisturize skin without being overly greasy or heavy. It helps regenerate cells, encourage collagen production, and is very easily absorbed by the skin.

Formulated WithOUT:

  • Parabens
  • Harmful Dyes and Preservatives

Product Pros:

  • Includes many nourishing ingredients in the formula for optimal hydration and suppleness.
  • Many plant extracts brighten and tone the skin for overall radiance
  • Evening primrose calms hormonal outbreaks while also moisturizing and calming the complexion.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) helps hydrate skin, assist with cell turnover, and encourage collagen production.
  • Light, Pleasant Scent
  • Creamy Smooth Texture

Product Cons: 

  • Too Rich for Oily, Oily/Combination or some reactive acne prone skin types
  • May be Expensive to Some
Price: $53-$79

 Final Thoughts:

All in all, this cream is really great, just not great for me. Clearly it will do worlds of good for someone who has more mature skin or drier skin. If you have oily skin or acne prone skin, I would go with something a little lighter than this cream as I really feel this is much too rich for oilier skin types. It did make me break out a little during my testing (2 weeks), but it was not an allergic reaction and other than the 2 spots, there really was no irritation caused by this. I really wish that this would work with my skin because the consistency of this cream feels very luxurious and smooth, but thankfully, my mom now has a new cream and mask that she won’t stop raving about.

Where to Find:

You can find Radiance Renewal Intense Moisturizer on the Astara Skincare website – here.

OVERALL RATING: 7/10

Have you ever tried Astara Skincare?

Share your thoughts in the comments!

To Learn More About Astara Skincare, Click Here.

That’s All for Now!

Stay Beautiful

&

I’ll Talk to You Soon : ]

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the free sample that was sent to me from Astara Skincare to review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.