Posts Tagged ‘Green Tea’


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.

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.

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.

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.



Monday, January 16th, 2017

Last year we shared one of Japan’s best beauty secrets, Mirai Clinical.  Founded on the holistic Japanese practice of “less is more” (i.e. the fewer products you use, the healthier your skin will be), Mirai Clinical, develops cosmeceuticals that fuse traditional Japanese ingredients, including those sourced from the sea, with advanced science to provide superior quality personal care experiences.  The brand’s Purifying & Hydrating Face Wash with Antioxidant Astaxanthin & Green Tea gently cleanses, while hydrating and softening the skin — without stripping the skin of its natural oils.  Infused with all-natural botanicals, star ingredients feature antioxidant-rich green tea and Astaxanthin (derived from micro-algae, it is 800 times more effective than CoQ10), soothing aloe, rosemary, chamomile, and lavender, hydrating coconut oil and silk protein, and refreshing grapefruit oil.  The concentrated formula, housed in an airless pump, is free of sulfates, synthethic dyes, fragrance, and preservatives.

Mirai Clinical is offering thirty lucky Beauty Undercover Subscribers an opportunity to SWAG its Purifying & Hydrating Face Wash with Antioxidant Astaxanthin & Green Tea (retail $25) simply by following them on Instagram or subscribing to their YouTube channel  (if you don’t have Instagram) 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.


Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
Palladio Lip Gloss_Macaroon Recently we have fallen in love with Palladio Beauty, a color-cosmetics and skincare line that infuses anti-aging botanicals and vitamins into all of its products.  The company’s favorite buzzwords are pretty, colorful and easy, high quality, and on-trend.  We’d like to add budget-friendly to that list!Its luscious Herbal Lip Glosses are both beautiful and easy-to-wear.  There is no icky-sticky consistency, and the product adheres without giving our lips the slip.  These glosses, available in more than thirty shades, combine aloe and chamomile extract to condition and nourish, as green tea and Ginko Biloba help to fight free-radical damage from the environment.


Palladio Beauty is offering thirty Beauty Undercover Subscribers an opportunity to SWAG its Macaroon Lip Gloss (retail $5), simply by liking them on Facebook 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.