Archive | February 2018

My Peel Story: Neostrata Peel and Review

neostrata peel review

The one thing I haven’t talked about on my blog yet is peels.  I do peels every fall and winter and sometimes during the spring and I’ve been doing them at home for many years.  I have gotten great results from these at home treatment and these skincare treatments are getting much better and there is a wide variety of peels to choose from today.  Who doesn’t love a deep exfoliation?  Peels smooths the skin, helps fade dark spots, helps to minimize wrinkles, make pores look smaller and smooth out acne scars.  And doing it at home is even better.

I started doing peels at 19 when I went to my dermatologist’s office and he recommend I do them.  I was doing them for several weeks when the person applying the peel on my face mentioned that my skin we didn’t really need this and basically tell me I shouldn’t be here until my mid thirties maybe.  Yep that is what she told me and I took it as a compliment and didn’t really start doing them until my late twenties.  I am 35 now and I’ve noticed my skin texture is rough and uneven, so I’ve bought a peel this time that is stronger than the ones I normally use.  Here is my review of the neostrata peel.

Neostrata brightening peel solution: 25% exfoliating complex

So this at home peel has one of the highest acid content and other concentrated ingredients that I have seen in the market, plus keep in mind that only 20% of any type of exfoliating acid can be sold over the counter.  So let me break down the ingredients that is included in this peel starting with a 10% glycolic acid and gluconolactone which helps to remove dead skin cells and smooth out the skin but doesn’t make the skin feel uncomfortable after washing off.  The next ingredient is 5% fruit enzymes which in this case they use papaya which helps to hydrate and stimulate the exfoliation process.  They have also added a 2% Ginowhite that are brightening peptides that helps to reduce the look of dark spots.

As I said before, peels are not new to me so when I opened this bottle up to start my first peel, I was a bit surprised that it was a gel like texture.  All peels that I’ve used so far were liquid or soaked on a cotton pad so this one was a first for me but the application was the same.  Soak it on a cotton pad and wipe it all over your face and neck area.  I did feel a bit of the tingling for a few minutes after I applied it but after that I didn’t feel it anymore. About 15 to 20 minutes later wash it off and apply a nourishing serum and cream afterwards.

My personal opinion on this is so far so good.  My skin is smoother, my acne marks are fading and my pores are definitely smaller.  I’ve only used it a few times so far so my acne scarring hasn’t really changed much.  But I guess maybe a few more times and I will probably hopefully see a difference in my acne scars.  I also didn’t mind the gel like texture because it almost felt like it was moisturizing my skin in a way because even when I washed it off my skin didn’t feel as uncomfortable as it did in the past peels that I’ve used before.  So that is definitely a bonus that I really like about this peel.

Now here comes the part where I tell you to wear sunscreen.  This is hands down a no brainer when using any type of acids on your face, you need to wear sunscreen if you want to get the results you want from these types of peels.  Also when you’re resurfacing your skin like this you revealing new skin underneath all that dead skin cells that you have just removed and you want to protect that new skin as much as possible.  So sunscreen is a must.

Peels may not be for everyone because of their skin type.  If you’ve used at home peels before and you are very sensitive to them, maybe seeing a dermatologist will help you to get you on the right track of what’s best for you.  Maybe all you need is too use a manual scrub once or twice a week for your skin type, but you have to see what is best for you by exploring your options and asking for help when you need it.  ‘cause when it comes to your skin, what you do to it will definitely show on your face literally!  Until next week my beauties have a good day!

neostrata peel review

A Sweet Pure Honey Story and Reivew on Lip Balms

sweet pure honey

I’m sure by now if you have been reading my blog you’ll know I have an unhealthy obsession for lip balms.  Always on the hunt for the best and ones that will keep my lips hydrated and plump looking.  The one thing I can say is that I have been through so many of them regardless of who made them, if it was high price, low price, natural or chemical I have been through all of them.  But you know what’s even better?  Finding one that is homegrown and supporting the Canadian beauty industry even if it’s a small family owned company I can totally get on the board with this.

And these days I do try to use Canadian companies in my makeup and skincare line up.  So I was super excited when a company called sweet pure honey reached out to me to send me not only their lip balms but their solid perfume as well.  They are based Saskatchewan and not only do they make beauty products but they also make handmade soap and sell pure and raw honey in jars.  You know like the honey you can put in your tea?  I always have a good jar of honey in my cupboard for my tea ‘cause I prefer honey over sugar any day.  But we’re not talking about jars of honey, were talking about their lip balms.

Sweet pure honey lip balm and mica lip balm

Maybe I’m a little picky with lip balms or maybe I just want ones that actually work but I can tell you I was totally shook when I’d tried these on.  I’m gonna tell you right now that these lip balms are amazing!  I’m not saying this because their a Canadian Company but I’m saying this because since I found the fresh lip balms many years ago I haven’t found anything else since then until now.  I have literally abandon any other lip balm I was using and only using these two in my rotation now.

So the lip balm with no color, I wear under my lip gloss and at night to repair my lips.  There is a little bit of a scent but nothing overwhelming, just the smell of honey!  And you know what?  There is only two ingredients in this lip balm.  Coconut oil and raw but filtered 100% beeswax.  How simple is this lip balm that works to heal and repair my lips and only using two ingredients?  I’m honestly shocked but at the same time these ingredients are very nourishing and moisturize and very affordable as well.  At only $5.25 it is super affordable and of course don’t forget its Canadian.

Now the lip balm with mica comes in seven different colors and I believe I received the one that’s either the light pink or raspberry but the color is very soft and subtle.  For me this is perfect on my days off or I can wear it under a lip gloss or lipstick to punch up the color a bit. At only $10.50 each they only have three simple ingredients, coconut oil, beeswax and pure mica minerals.

I hope you understand the obsession that I have for finding the perfect lip balm.  Now that I’ve found two great lip balms that I can rely on until this winter season is over, I don’t have to go looking for any other lip balm.  For me that is so relieving to me and my lips!

And that’s not it!  This company especially one of the owners Stella Sehn has given me and offer code for people to read this and one to try their lip balms as well as any other thing that you might like to order from their website.  I will write it down below as well as their website so you can click on it and order away.  And if you type the discount code in the message box you will receive 25% off and only applies to Canadian orders.  So please support this company and show your love to this Canadian, family owned company that literally pores there’ll love into every product.  Have a good day my beauties and I’ll see you next week!

Discount Code: Type in message box and will be manually discounted by company: beautyblog25

For Canadian orders only. Click here to go to their site.

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