Posts Tagged ‘coconut oil’

FOCUS ON FACIAL MASKS!

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

With so many at home face masks on the market, choosing one can be overwhelming. Often we purchase a face mask to address one skin issue but then start to ask ourselves, are we using it correctly?  How frequently should it be used and is it even worth the time and money?  Dr. Kally Papantoniou, a board certified dermatologist and clinical professor at Mount Sinai in New York City, offers some fast facts to help us get the most from a face mask.

EXPENSIVE ISN’T ALWAYS WORTH IT
When it comes to face masks, the products with the most expensive price tags are not necessarily the best. As consumers, we are often swayed by sleek packaging and seductive advertisement. We are also more attracted to expensive products, because we associate a higher price with a superior product. “Do your homework before making a purchase. Read reviews if available. Also know that certain face masks work best for certain specific skin conditions or results, so look to see what kind of face mask will work best for you,” advises Dr. Papantoniou.

LOOK AT THE LIST OF INGREDIENTS
According to Dr. Papantoniou, “face masks definitely serve a very useful purpose but in order to get the best result it’s important to know what ingredients address certain skin issues.”  For acne-prone skin, she recommends a mask with charcoal, kaolin, or salicylic acid, which help to draw out impurities, excess oils and unclog pores.  For those who struggle with rosacea, masks which contain green tea, caffeine, hyaluronic acid, sulfur, and aloe vera can help soothe and reduce redness.  A rejuvenating mask is great for more mature skin, where wrinkles are a concern.  A hydrating mask with antioxidants can help to plump lines and rehydrate skin cells; look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, rosehip oil, vitamin C, CoQ10, retinol, vitamin E, coconut oil and glycolic acid.

CLEANSE — NOT EXFOLIATE — BEFORE USE
Applying a mask to a clean face is a requirement.  Dr. Papantoniou suggests using a gentle facial cleanser such as Cetaphil, Ceravé, or Vanicream, which will not dry out the skin.  However, if a mask is applied to skin which has remnants of make-up or product, a barrier can be created and the mask will not work effectively. “You want to make sure your face is clean so the mask can fully penetrate. Exfoliating prior to applying a mask will be too irritating on the skin, and the chemicals and active ingredients in the mask may be too intense, remember that the mask will be staying on your skin for a while,” advises Dr. Papantoniou.

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UNDERCOVER AGENT REVEALED: CHRISTINA W!

Friday, February 3rd, 2017
AGE:  27
CITY/STATE:  Inglewood, CA
PHILOSOPHY: There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion. Edgar Allan Poe
AM BEAUTY ROUTINE:   I usually use my Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser then my Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, next I use African Shea Butter under my eyes and on my cheeks.  For makeup its NYX Invincible Fullest Coverage Foundation and NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette, NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator for eyes and cheeks, and Covergirl eyeliner for a cat eye (layered with a gold shimmery eye liner pencil on top!! I love gold). I use both Smashbox X-Rated Mascara and Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascara, and fill in brows with a little bit of eye liner rubbed onto my angled brush. I like natural looking brows so I don’t put too much on. I finish with my favorite Rosebud Salve and bareMinerals GEN NUDE Buttercream Lipgloss.
PM BEAUTY ROUTINE:  I use coconut oil and my makeup remover washcloth to take off my makeup, I then use my Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk followed by Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream and African Shea Butter
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT PRODUCT:  Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk or Rosebud Salve
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT COSMETIC:  NYX Spring Fling Eyeshadow Palette
MOST EXPENSIVE PRODUCT:  Chanel Lift Lumière Firming & Smoothing Foundation
BEST BARGAIN PRODUCT:  Dollar Tree Sassy + Chic Moisturizing Foundation and Beauty Blender
FAVORITE BEAUTY TOOL:  Beauty Blenders and my MelodySusie Makeup Brush Cleaner Brushegg
COMMENTS/ANECDOTES: I usually like to wear the least amount of makeup possible but when its time to glam it up, believe me, I go all out

 

SWAG ALERT: TINTED MINERAL SUNSCREEN!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
Just because winter weather is wearing us down and keeping us indoors, its no excuse to skip the sunblock!  UNSUN is an exciting, new, all-natural, tinted, mineral SPF 30 sunscreen protectant.  Developed by Katonya Breaux, in response to that chalky, white residue that most natural sunscreens left behind, UNSUN is perfectly tinted to blend in with a variety of skin tones, ranging from fair to olive to the darkest of chocolate.  UNSUN’s formulation includes shea butter, coconut oil, vitamin E, and five different fruit extracts to moisturize and deliver antioxidants to the skin, while its active minerals, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, provide broad spectrum protection, without irritating the skin.

Unsun Cosmetics is offering thirty lucky Beauty Undercover Subscribers an opportunity to SWAG a tube of UNSUN (retail $29) simply by following them on Instagram (or Twitter if you don’t have) and entering  here. This SWAG Alert is open to Subscribers 18 years or older with a valid US mailing address only.  Delivery is anticipated within 3-4 weeks from notification.