Natural beauty and well-being

21 April 2014

Acure Cell stimulating facial Mask

Bursting with healthy goodness (ideally!), a face mask is the treat that my skin cannot live without. Effective, targeted yet gentle, a 15 min facial mask can restore luminosity and radiance while sealing moisture or purifying skin depending on your skin type.
While I believe that a consistant skincare routine and healthy diet can result in a beautiful skin, I also believe that masks are the once/week skin savior treatment that really bring quick results.
I have been using the Acure Cell stimulating facial mask for a few months now. I love Acure Argan oil and in this post, I would like to let you know what I think of their mask. Check below!

Product description: cell stimulating facial mask
Certified: no
For: normal skin type
Texture: cream/paste
Price: $16 for 30ml

My opinion

Nicely contained in a stylish glass pot (re-packaged recently in a tube), the stricking green cream/paste is quite intriguing to me. Fresh- raw- herbal - clay- organic: these words come to my mind if I want to describe Acure cell stimulating facial mask.
Combining the purifying benefits of green french clay and skin revitalising/antioxidant rich-CuroxidantTM blend (Acai berry, pomegranate, blackberry, rooibos) and argan oil, the Cell stimulating facial mask aims at detoxifying/toning skin and at freshening-up dull and tired skins. It also contains CoQ 10, which is a skin friendly ingredient, although I am still not sure about its real effects on the skin. I also notice the presence of chlorophyll (which may give the green color to the mask alongside the green clay) which is often used in skincare for its antiseptic and anti-oxidants properties. In addition, this mask features a very interesting coumpound called Chorella Growth Factor (CGF), which is extracted from the cell singled algae Chorella. The description on the Acure website about CFG was rather confusing. When I wrote to the Acure team, they kindly sent me specific studies and results from clinical trials about CGF. The CGF factor is supposed to strongly support the natural regeneration process of the skin.
(The misuse of some terms by beauty compagnies/PR/ bloggers reinforce my idea to write in a very near future a post about DNA, proteins, RNA...).

I use Acure Cell stimulating mask once or twice a week depending on my skin needs during my evening beauty routine. Once the face is gently washed with JooMo cleanser, I apply a thin layer of the green paste. I leave it for 10 min, which is the perfect time for the mask to treat before it becomes dry and too tight on the skin. The scent is really lovely, sort of herbal with a touch of mint and earthy aroma. I am a big fan! Once the time is over and have peacefully enjoyed my home facial, I use lukewarm water to carefully rinse all the left-over from the mask. I do not use a muslin cloth, because I think there is no need to give an extra "exfoliating" step to my face. I pat dry with a warm towel. The skin is feeling really smooth and toned, like renewed. I follow then by my hydrating toner, which really soothes skin and correct the slighlty tight sensation that I experiment sometimes (but not always) after using the mask. So If you have dry/sensitive skin, I would recommend to patch test it before use.

Fancy trying Acure range? visit their website here.

++ loving the mask ingredients
could be more moisturising

My overall rating: 8/10

Composition: Organic Curoxidant blend (organic Euterpe oleracea (acai) berry, organic Rubus fruticosus (blackberry), organic Rosa canina (rosehip), orgaic Punica granatum (pomegranate),  fair trade organic Aspalathus linearis (rooibos), organic Aloe barbadensis vera leaf, french green clay, vegetable glycerin, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate (from coconut+ amino acids), vegetable cellulose gum, sodium cocoyl isethionate (from coconut), chlorophyll, organic Chorella pyrenoidosa extract (Chorella growth factor), glucono delta lactone (sugar enzyme), fair trade organic Theobroma cacoa (cocoa) butter, carageenan (algae), Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea bucktorn) seed oil, ubiquinone (coQ10), Argania spinosa (argan) stem cell, potassium sorbate (food grade preservative), Argania spinosa (argan) oil, and sage and spearmint essential oil blend.

Have you tried Acure Cell stimulating mask? are masks a regular step in your beauty routine?


12 April 2014

Hifas Da Terra Argan and red clay Mico-Soap

A little while ago, I have introduced the lovely spanish brand Hifas Da Terra. If you have missed the post, check here.
Today I am really excited to talk about my experience with Mico Soap, an exclusive handmade soap enriched with organically grown mushrooms.

My opinion

MicoSalud Mico-Soap (150g for 6€) is the kind of artisan soaps that I particularly fancy. Unique. Simple. Raw. I am not a frequent soap user, because I always thought that soap is too drying for the skin. Well, has my mind changed?

Handcrafted in Spain, Mico-Soap offers 3 varieties tailored to the different skin type/issue. The soap I have been testing is the Reishi Argan oil Red clay mico-soap. Designed to heal sores, psioriasis or excessive sweating, it is particularly more adapted to oily skins. Anti-oxidant Reishi (mushrooms) and regenerating Argan oil have been blended with remineralizing red clay to heal skin and regulate the oily content. Reishi are also known to activate blood circulation. With a coconut base, Mico-Soap is free from phtalates, sulfates and essential oils.

Using a bit of water, I massage the body with regular movements using the soap's featuring chunks of mushrooms on the top. The creamy lather is really soft yet purifying. I love the raw/earthy yet subtle smell - mainly because of the red clay (and the parfum). There is a very strong feeling of "detox" that emerges using this soap and although I am not suffering from any of the earlier mentioned skin conditions, I find this bar healing and treating. And I like that. I used it a couple of times on the face but unfortunately, my skin was left with a slightly tight sensation. I think the main reason is that the soap is not moisturising enough for my combination type skin. Fair enough (It is aimed at skins that are apparently oiler than mine). I have been trying the Calendula Mico-Soap version and I guess this one is more suitable to my skin type (review soon!).
At the end, I enjoy Mico-soap Reishi Argan oil Red Clay as an occasional detox treat for the body, but I wouldn't use it on a daily basis.

++ ingredients and price
- not soothing enough

My overall rating: 7/10

Composition: sodium cocoate, aqua, glycerin, parfum, bentonita, Ganoderma lucidum, Argania spinosa oil, tocopherol, coumarin.

What do you think? do you often use soaps in your beauty regime?
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