SKINCARE

OLE HENRIKSEN GLOW2OH DARK SPOT TONER REVIEW

PRODUCT DETAILS: The Glow2OH is a facial toner with glycol and lactic acids to help reduce the appearance of dark spots. Dark spots are lightened in as little as 7 days. The toner also helps with the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin texture. The toner is gentle enough for everyday use and also brightens the skin.

USE: After cleansing face. When face is dry use with cotton pad in circular motions. Follow with serum and moisturizer.

REVIEW: I picked up this toner over a month ago. I wanted to give it a good testing before I did a review on it. I was a little hesitant because some people said it was strong and I do a lot to my skin already. I didn’t want to get anything that would burn or irritate my skin. I was also afraid of it drying my skin out as I’m already dry and the winter has not helped. Regardless I decided to give this a go because I’ve had two small brown spots on the right side of my face forever. My first reaction to the toner was that it felt gentle, didn’t burn my skin, and smelled lovely. I kept using it for a week maybe switching out once or twice for another toner I’ve been using for a long time. I really didn’t pay much attention to what it was doing or not doing. I just liked the way it felt and it seemed like a nice enough toner. Then the second week I was looking in the mirror, I got closer tugged at my skin a bit and was in disbelief. I noticed one of my brown spots were gone and the other was a good 50% less noticeable. I had to stop and think what I had done differently. It didn’t take me long to remember the Glow2OH toner I had been using. So, obviously I highly recommend this toner for the brown spots alone. It also works brillantly for brightening skin, fine lines, and more even skin texture. I’ve really noticed a much more even skin tone as well. While I highly recommend this please be cautious while using this product as it contains AHAs which make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Always read directions carefully and understand what you are using on your skin. I like to alternate this toner and another I use. I’ve been doing that for a few weeks now and still works lovely.


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TROIAREUKE GPS MASK REVIEW

PRODUCT DETAILS: The Troiareuke GPS Mask is a 3 step anti-aging mask set that helps deeply moisturize the skin. Each mask includes skinshielder cel-cleanser, GPS mask, and cell energy cream. The Skinshielder Cel-Cleanser is a bubble cleanser that washes away impurities, dead skin, and provides hydration and nutrients to the skin. The GPS Mask has high essence penetration to deliver nutrients into the skin. It maps the skin finding areas that need nutrition and moisture the most. The Cell Energy Cream helps lock in the nutrients and protect them from external pollutants. It replenishes skin hydration and activates cell energy.

USE: STEP 1. – You apply the cel cleanser to your face and wait 1-2 minutes for the gel to foam up. Rub the cleanser for one minute with wet hands. Then wash away with wet sponge.

STEP 2. – You remove the first layer of the mask and apply it to the face. Once applied remove the second mask layer. (The mask lays between two layers that need peeled off.) Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes. Pat remaining essence into skin.

STEP 3. – Apply cream to face and pat until absorbed.

REVIEW: I bought the 5-pack of the GPS masks off of Amazon so I could really test them out. There is directions in English on the back but I couldn’t find how often you should use them. I messaged Troiareuke and asked them what they recommended. They kindly replied to use them 1-2 times a week. The first time I used the GPS mask I was shocked that it was three step process I thought it was just another simple sheet mask. I use a couple of Troiareuke’s products but have never tried the cleanser or cream so I was excited to use them as well. The cleanser was easy to use and left my skin feeling nice and balanced. I was in awe of the sheet mask, it felt like a second skin. When I looked up some product information on the GPS mask I saw they called it a second skin and that was EXACTLY what I thought! It fit so perfectly and stayed on my face. You can walk around with it and it won’t fall off. I honestly think calling it a sheet mask is doing it an injustice it’s in a league all of its own. The mask has a feel of like a sheet-gel mask hybrid it’s filled with essence and my skin drank it up! The cream felt very moisturizing without being greasy and my skin was glowing. The results I saw immediately were how hydrated and moisturized my skin felt. My skin was brighter, more even, and just happier looking! My skin had been dry from the cold weather and this gave my skin that boost it was looking for. The moisture stayed with my skin for a good week until I got a chemical peel. Then I used my second GPS mask a few days after my peel. I had some rough dry patches from the peel, when I took the mask off they were gone. That part about the mask mapping your face to find the spots that need moisture the most is very real! It cut my heal time from my chemical peel way down which was amazing. (Please check with a professional if you’ve had a peel, all peels are very different.) So, YES I would highly recommend this mask to anyone who’s skin needs some extra hydration, moisture and love. I adore this mask so much it is now in my top 3 sheet masks. It is by far the most comfortable sheet mask I have ever used. I would absolutely repurchase this over and over again and is worth its weight in gold.


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ADDING ESSENCE INTO YOUR ROUTINE

Many people ask me questions about essences. They want to know if they need one, what they do, and how to work them into their routine. Essences are often confused for a toner or serum but are different and deserve their own spotlight in your routine. When working them into your skin care routine they would go between the two. So cleanse, toner, essence, serum, and so on. An essence is going to be more lightweight than a serum, products going from thinnest to thickest consistency leading into your moisturizer last. Their watery consistency makes it easier for the skin to absorb. An essence can be used on any skin type and at any age as they are a preventive measure but also target certain skin care concerns. They will make your skin more supple and ready to receive all the other skin care goodies that follow. That supple part I just mentioned is very real and you will wonder how you ever lived without it! They are extremely hydrating and nourishing and have active ingredients that will prep your skin. I like to think of them as a cheerleader for my serum and moisturizer. Your essence should make your skin feel rebalanced and hydrated. Hydration is the key to keeping skin youthful looking. They will treat fine lines, wrinkles, dull and uneven skin leaving you with a more even, brighter, and radiant complexion. I’ve also seen some essences do an amazing job at treating acne. While essences can be on the pricer side you only need a few drops in your hands. Then apply it by gently pressing your hands into the skin. I like to think of it as feeding my skin. I saw one of the biggest changes in my skin was when I added an essence in my routine. Once I started using one there was no turning back. Adding an essence between your toner and serum will be one of the easiest and most rewarding steps you will do. You will see a vast improvement in your skin and it only takes a few moments of your time everyday.

SKINCARE

MURAD NEW PREBIOTIC PRODUCTS

You might be wondering how prebiotics in your skincare would be beneficial to your skin. We know that prebiotic foods help your gut health by feeding good bacteria to your gut. Prebiotics offer many benefits to your overall well being as they help in the prevention of diseases. Well, our skin is the same filled with bacteria both good and bad. The good bacteria gets roughed up from pollution, weather conditions, antibiotics, etc. So if we feed the good bacteria we can help our skin fight many issues such as acne, eczema, rosacea and inflammation. You can also benefit from a prebiotic face wash to keep your skin’s PH balance in check. Prebiotics might be exactly what your skin has been looking for!

The new Murad Prebiotic 4-In-1 MultiCLeanser works for all skin types working as a makeup remover and cleanser it gently cleanses and offers deep hydration to your skin.

Murad Prebiotic 3-In-1 Multimist helps with dehydrated skin. It delivers prebiotics to help rebalance and hydrate your skin on the go. It can also be used as a primer and or setting spray.

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Listening To Your Skin

While the title of this post may seem simple enough listening to your skin is something that takes a little practice. When I first started practicing yoga years ago I decided to take private lessons so I could get a more personal instruction. One of the things my  instructor taught me was listening to my body. While this concept seemed easy it took me some time to get it. We would talk about food and how your body tells you what it needs and parts of the body that may need extra attention. This practice comes from being still and quiet, really listening. Meditating can help you tremendously with this. Just like my instructor had taught me through yoga we can apply this same technique to our skincare. While you may have a great skincare routine down or not know the first thing about skincare this will be beneficial to you. I will share in a later post about building a good skincare regimen. In the meantime let’s practice listening to what your skin needs because it can change. This is why sometimes products that once worked great for you are not so great now or it could be your skin is asking for something extra to be added into the routine. There are many things that can change how your skin is behaving such as climate, environment, sleep, hydration, diet, alcohol, sun, etc. Even if you are excellent at self care your skin can need some extra T.L.C. Maybe you’re experiencing a colder winter than usual where you live and your skin is feeling tight and dry this doesn’t always mean throw out your moisturizer that has always worked for you. Instead try to sleep with a humidifier or add a sleeping mask into your routine a few nights a week for extra moisture. As I’m writing this my skin feels tight because I spent a lot of time outside today and it’s ridiculously cold here already. I’m aware and I hear my skin so I will add an extra couple steps into my routine tonight so I wake up with plump, hydrated, and happy skin. If I ignore my skin I would probably wake up with red flakey dry skin. Every night after I wash my face I look at my skin to see what it needs and I really listen to it, does it look stressed, tired, dry, or in need of exfoliation. Some nights my skin says, “Im good!” so I just follow through with my regular regimen. This is why we listen so we don’t add things when they are not needed as well. This is some of the best skincare advice I could offer to someone to just stop and listen, be mindful, and kind to your skin. It honestly tells you everything it needs. If products don’t work for you be sure to look at what’s in them because you can learn something from that as well. While this may seem tedious I assure you with practice it is now something that takes just a few moments of my time every night and my skin thanks me for listening.

Feel free to message me with any questions or skincare concerns.

Lots of love,

Sherry