Category: Skin Care

Dermalogica Face Mapping Helps Educate You

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Dermalogica is taking skin care to the next level by offering face mapping to people across Canada who want to get serious about their skin.We spoke with Leala McInerney, Senior Educator, The International Dermal Institute® to learn more about why you should get face mapped.

How would you describe Face Mapping to someone who knows nothing about it?

Face Mapping® Skin Analysis is a revolutionary technique that creates a dialogue between the client and therapist with the goal of education in mind. When we know why things are happening in their skin, we will be much better positioned to get the desired results. We break the skin down into 14 distinct zones and focus on what we are seeing/feeling as well as triggers and solutions.

What made Dermalogica decide to implement this technique into their processes?

A lot of people may not realize that Dermalogica was actually an education company (The International Dermal Institute) long before we ever created our professional product line Dermalogica. Our whole philosophy since inception has been education. Education during skin analysis was an area that we identified was lacking in the skin care industry. Clients truly didn’t know how to take care of their skin and more importantly why they need to take care of their skin. While therapists were unsure of how to truly communicate what they were seeing during this important conversation. Face Mapping® bridges the gap on both ends.

Is this something that you would recommend for everyone?

Everyone should have their skin mapped! Whether it’s to treat existing concerns, learn how to prevent future damage or just ask that burning question “what is this on my skin” there is something to be learned for everyone!

What can you learn from getting a Face Mapping?

Face Mapping Skin Analysis can tell you about your skins past, present and future in 5 short minutes. We can keep track of how your skin changes from season to season. We can track the success that is gained through correct product use and professional treatments as well as how your skin responds to new health concerns, medications, elevated stress levels etc.

Once someone has been through the process, what can they do with the information that they are given?

After each Face Mapping® the client will receive a personalized prescription sheet. This contains all the information about the recommended products for their use as well as crucial lifestyle advice.  A lot of people view this sheet as their “instruction list.” Upon implementation of the specific lifestyle advice & the correct use of their new formulations, they should expect to start to notice their skin change for the better.

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Is this a one-time process, or something that you should repeat?

We suggest that clients have their skin mapped every 3-4 months (or every season change.) This is to help keep up with the changes you may experience with your skin during this time. Also as we age, we will notice that a lot of things start to change with our skin. Face Mapping® Skin Analysis helps you to stay on top of them.

Are there any products from Dermalogica that you would recommend everyone try?

Daily Microfoliant®! This is our number one selling formulation all over the world, with good reason. This unique rice and enzyme based exfoliant buffs and polishes away dead skin cells, while brightening and smoothing the skin. You feel and see the difference after one use. Also Daily Microfoliant® has won numerous awards, including a coveted spot on “Oprah’s Favourites List”

Spring Face Masks Most Wanted – Alyssa Tries

Stephanie posted her spring face mask picks yesterday and now it’s my turn. Apparently I like my masks with tea in them.
boscia Green Tea Mattifying Hydrogel Mask
boscia Green Tea Mattifying Hydrogel Mask
This mask took a little bit of work to get used to. It’s a sheet mask but it’s got quite a slimy feel to it. Once you get it on properly and let it do it’s thing, it’s amazing. It left my skin feeling amazingly refreshed, and it was definitely mattifying. They’re only $10 CDN at Sephora so I’ve already grabbed another one. This mask comes in two other varieties as well.
StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask
StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask
This mask is probably the most classic of my picks. It applies really creamy and you only need a thin layer so a little goes a long way. It gets drier as it sets and once it’s comes off your skin feels really soft. I almost didn’t want to use moisturizer after. If you have super dry skin, I’d skip this one but for everyone else that wants really soft and glowy skin, you should take a look at this one.
Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask
Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask
I adore Royal Apothic’s packaging and I love that you can buy this mask in a tub with six tubes or you can buy one individually. This mask isn’t just for your face. You can use it on your mask, neck, hands or anywhere you want a little tightening up. It has a little bit of a grain to it, so you get a good scrub when you’re removing it, which I love.
fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask
Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask
There are literally no words for how much I love this mask. The texture is so unique, almost like a whipped balm and it’s so refreshing to apply. This mask doesn’t get dry while it sets and even though it says to leave it on for 5-10 minutes, after five my skin just looks seriously fabulous. I don’t know how it works but it does. If you want hydrated, glowing skin you need to try this mask.
Lotus Aroma Pink Clay Soothing Mask
Lotus Aroma Pink Clay Soothing Mask
When my skin gets really sensitive, this is the mask I reach for. The pink clay doesn’t get overly dry but I can feel it really pulling stuff out of my skin, in a good way. the result leaves me with super smooth skin that has way less redness than before.

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado Puffin
One of the things I’ve really started to look at when I’m buying products is how environmentally conscious the company is and how much they give back. Kiehl’s consistantly gives back with their products more than most. We covered their limited edition holiday products and now it’s their eye cream that pulling double duty.

The Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado has a limited edition version this month and 100% of the net profits will go to adopt 300 puffins as part of the Canadian Wildlife Federation Adopt A Species program.

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado Puffin OpenI happened to need a new eye cream and I’m always a fan of buying charity products instead of asking for them to review, so I headed to my local Kiehl’s and picked one up. I’ve been told numerous times that Kiehl’s makes great eye cream and now I can happily confirm it. This cream is super hydrating and really refreshing on my skin and you really need a tiny amount. I can still feel it hours after applying, but in a good way.

I would’ve eventually tried this eye cream but I’m happy I got the chance to support some puffins while I’m taking care of my skin. I can’t wait to see who Kiehl’s teams up with next. This eye cream is only available while supplies last, so get one while you can.

Spring Cleansers Most Wanted

Our skin changes with the weather and now that we’re starting to leave the coldness of winter and head into spring, we’re ready for some new skin care. These are our Most Wanted cleansers for spring.
Vichy Purete Thermale 3in1 
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This 3in1 cleansing milk for sensitive skin does everything from take off makeup to tone your skin and all the things in between. It’s super light and non greasy and you don’t have to rinse. There’s an added bonus of it not stinging your eyes and it smells amazing.
L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil
L'occitane shea cleansing oil
This cleansing oil turns milky when you add water and it leaves your skin feeling clean and so hydrated that you almost want to skip moisturizer. I’m pretty sure this one is limited edition, so grab it while you can find it.
Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-To-Oil Cleanser
Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-To-Oil Cleanser
I would never have called washing my face fun before, but this makeup melt is actually as close as I would get. You apply it to your face as a gel and watch as it turns into an oil and literally melts your makeup right off. This is crazy effective, especially on black eyeliner and mascara and it’s kind of satisfying to watch it work.
Garnier Clean + Gentle Clarifying Cleansing Gel
Garnier Clean + Gentle Clarifying Cleansing Gel
We already reviewed the Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser and we love this gel just as much. If you’re looking for any kind of lather, you won’t find it here. But it left my sensitive skin feeling really clean and not at all dried out. I even noticed a huge difference in redness.

RoC Enydrial Collection

If you live somewhere that suffers through extremely cold, dry winters, even if you don’t already have dry skin you’ll end up with it. My skin already has dryness issues so by the time mid-winter hits my skin is itchy, flaky and generally unbearable. RoC’s Enydrial collection has pretty much saved my skin from the worst of it and it’s made for sensitive skin so it doesn’t cause other issues.
Rich Shower Cream
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I love that this comes in a pump and lathers really well. There isn’t a scent (which I normally love) but my skin feels moisturized even before I add lotion.
Moisturising Body Lotion
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This isn’t supposed to have a scent either (none of the line is) but there is a really faint one that I actually love. This lotion isn’t nearly as thick as I was expecting but boy does it get the job done. It’s extremely hydrating and you don’t need a lot of it and there’s absolutely no stickiness.
Moisturising Cream
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This face cream was the biggest surprise for me. You really don’t need to use a lot and  your face feel so soft and hydrated. I have combination skin that’s almost an equal amount of dry, oily and sensitive and this works perfectly for me.
Repairing Lip Care
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I’m not a huge fan of stick lip balms but this one is fantastic for putting on before you go to bed. It’s pretty thick so I can usually still feel it in the morning and if you have really chapped lips, you might want to try it.
Hand Cream
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This hand cream is not only my favourite product in the line, it’s also by far the best hand cream I’ve ever used. It’s glycerin based, so it has a little of that slick feeling at first but it absorbs almost immediately. If I put it on at night, I still feel it most of the next day and it’s healed every dry skin issue I had on my hands, along with scrapes and cuts. I don’t know if my hands would’ve made it through winter without cracking if I hadn’t had this cream.

Garnier Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser

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Garnier Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser
I was already testing out some of Garnier’s Clean+ Sensitive Skin line (review coming soon) when Crowdsocial sent us the Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser to review. This is definitely not your typical makeup remover.
Swatches
You apply it on dry skin and it goes on like a lotion and the more you rub it in, the more it turns almost oil-like. It’s supposed to take off all kinds of makeup, including waterproof mascara, so I tested it out on some pretty tough makeup; Marc Jacobs Gel Eyeliner, Rimmel’s Apocalips Lipstick and Lancôme’s Grandiôse Mascara.
Garnier Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser - During
I have to say it really didn’t look pretty while I was rubbing the lotion in but I could literally see it working and by the end it got all the makeup off when I wiped everything off with a cotton pad.
Garnier Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser - After
I was pretty amazed at how much makeup this lotion cleanser removed. It also left my skin feeling really soft. And since it’s for sensitive skin, there was no burning or irritation at all. I only wish the tube opened at the top instead of the bottom because I have some serious spillage every time I open it.

Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths

Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths
When it comes to cleansing cloths, most of them are all pretty typical. Skyn Iceland’s Glacial Cleansing Cloths are anything but. We’re already obsessed with their Hydro Cool Face Gels so we expected good things from these cloths but we got more than we bargained for. Before you use these cloths you have to rub them together to form a foam. I had never seen that in a face wipe before so I was definitely intrigued.
Glacial Cleansing Cloths Swatches Before
I tried the clothes with regular makeup first and with great results went on to try them on some of my most stubborn makeup. Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara, Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Rouge Waterproof Lipstick and Benefit’s They’re Real! Push Up Liner. All of these are notorious for being a pain to get off and I’ve never been able to use any kind of wipe to get them off.
Glacial Cleansing Clothes Swatches After
One Glacial Cleansing Cloth got everything off really gently and without any scrubbing. This is actually the only wipe that’s been able to get the MUFE lipstick off at all. You don’t have to rinse off after using these but occasionally I find them a little sticky so I go over with toner.

I knew these wipes were going to be good, but I had no idea how good. These have completely changed how I take off stubborn or waterproof makeup!

St Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse

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It’s about that time of winter when I miss my beautiful summer tan. My pasty white skin is starting to make me sad. I opened my drawer to get out the St. Tropez Self Tan Express that I’ve been saving for this very moment.

This new St. Tropez tanning mousse gives you a fast and easy tan at home in anywhere from one to three hours. The premise is that you spread it on, using your applicator mitt, then wait. A simple warm shower afterwards to rinse off the mousse is all you need. It should leave you with a gorgeous tan. It takes anywhere from one hour for a healthy glow to three hours for a dark tan.

Since it’s the middle of winter, I thought it might be weird to just show up at work with a dark tan the next day. I opted for the light healthy glow.

I applied the mousse exactly the same way that you would apply any home self-tanner. If you’ve never done it before, please don’t be scared! I know when you think. You are probably picturing those scary orange ladies who have gone mad at the tanning salon, but it’s not like that at all. Using the mitt and the mousse is so easy. You just moisturize and spread it on. It’s easy to get an even application. You really don’t need to worry about streaks. As long as you are sensible about it, you aren’t going to smear yourself all over with mousse. It’s so easy! Then you let it dry for a few seconds and get dressed!

Spend the next hour (or three) going about your day as usual. Go grocery shopping, watch some Netflix, read a book, or whatever other activity you feel like doing. I wouldn’t recommend doing anything that would make you sweaty or going clothes shopping, but otherwise you can live your life like normal.

Be sure to be near a shower within three hours though. You just have to hop in the shower and rinse it off within that time frame. I was pre-warned that even though it might not look very dark, the formula keeps working on your skin after you rinse it off. DON’T leave it on longer thinking it will give you an even better tan!

Like I said, I chose to rinse after one hour. My skin afterwards wasn’t dark and tanned. It was just enough to get rid of that winter white. It made me feel healthy looking again. If I did it again, I might go a bit longer to get a tan instead of just a glow. It goes to show though that anyone can get the perfect colour for themselves at home.

I was already a huge fan of St. Tropez, but now I can be excited to tell everyone not just how great it is, but also how easy!

Nivea Essentials Sensitive Skin Collection

Nivea Sensitive Line
I’ve used Nivea quite a bit in the past, mostly when I was in high school but then my skin changed and what I was using before no longer worked quite as well. Now my skin has changed again and it’s combination, pretty sensitive and I have a ton of redness. So I was really happy when Nivea introduced a line for sensitive skin and I had the opportunity to try it.

The line has a Sensitive Day Care Moisturizer, a Sensitive Night Care Moisturizer and a Sensitive 3-In-1 Micellar Cleansing Water. The Day Care for me is just ok, it’s a little bit lighter than I’d like but at the same time doesn’t irritate my skin at all and does the job.

The Night Care on the other hand is almost like a cream-balm and really makes my skin feel amazing. It moisturizes so well that I don’t feel like I need to reapply a few hours later. I’ve been using this in both the morning and night and it never feels too heavy.

The star of this line though is the Micellar Water. It literally gets every drop of makeup off without any tugging. Waterproof mascara, eyeliner, anything really just comes off with one swipe of the water on a cotton pad. It doesn’t cause any irritation or leave any redness which I’ve come to expect from most makeup removers. The only issue I’ve had was using too much on a cotton pad and then drowning my eyes with it, that caused a little stinging but still not as much as other brands.

With my skin being so dry, flaky and irritated, especially in winter months, I’ve found the combination of Nivea’s Sensitive Night Care and 3-In-1 Micellar water hard to beat.

B. Kamins Clear Skin Product Review

I have started the New Year with some new skin clearing products that can hopefully clear up all of that holiday stress induced bad skin.

b kamins blemish gel

The B Kamins Blemish Gel was my first stop. It has that strong chemical scent that you expect from a strong blemish fighting gel. I applied it to my blemishes for a few days and started to clear up my skin quickly. Acne creams tend to dry out my skin, but this one wasn’t so bad.

b kamins corrective primer

I followed this up by adding the Corrective Primer and Corrective Mattifier to my morning routine. I always wonder if it will help my skin layering on so many products. Both of these gels come out of the pump pretty thick, but once you have them on, you won’t worry about it anymore. Both the primer and mattifier combine to make my skin look amazing. Say goodbye to shine and say goodbye to pores. You don’t need to struggle with acne to appreciate having matte pore-free skin!