After the new year, I vowed to myself that I will take better care of my skin and it starts with what I put into my body. I decided that I need to feel better on the inside for it to show on the outside. But what happens when you eat all your fruits and veggies, exercise better eating habits and start working out more but you still need that extra push? I turned to Derma E to give me that extra confidence boost I have been missing from a clearer, cleaner complexion by a brand with a conscience.
I collaborated with Derma E (check them out here: http://www.dermae.com) to test out their Purifying Daily Detox Scrub and the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask to help with my problem-prone skin. I have a rough texture, blemishes, and large pores in my t-zone. I have never tried these products before and am completely new to the charcoal mask craze, so when they sent me these items I was so excited to try them out.
The detox scrub is amazing. It has tiny microscrubbers (I think I may have just made that term up hehe) that are not harsh at all. I was worried at first because I didn’t want to scratch at my skin, nor did I want to irritate it any more than it could be from using a new/different product. They are super tiny but they get the job done – and well. The scrub is super effective at pulling out all the dirt and oils trapped in my skin. I immediately felt it as I was washing my face; after a minute, I rinsed my face with warm water and a cooling sensation came over my skin. It felt so refreshed, like I had a brand-new layer of skin (weird, I know, but it felt amazing).
The texture of my skin changed immediately. I was skeptical at first, though. I thought “Okay, it will stay smooth like this until the morning then BAM, bump city.” But, I was pleasantly surprised and was wrong – I woke up the next morning and my skin was still soft. “It won’t be like this the following day though. The bumps will return!” and I was wrong again!
Not only did it help smooth out my skin, it took off so much makeup! I used a makeup remover wipe after I washed my face and there was NOTHING on it. NOTH-ING.
This mask is so luxurious without even trying to be. It is super effective, so I recommend only using it once or twice a week if you think your skin can handle it. At first, I was worried because I have never used a face mask before (*GASP*, I know) and even more so because I have never used a charcoal mask before. So, I buckled down and lathered up my face – I used about a quarter size, maybe more, of product and l applied it all over my skin; I gave a little extra love to my t-zone where I notice I have more black heads and larger pores. I avoided the eye area since that is a very sensitive area on any face and let it sit for 5 minutes.
What is neat about this product is that you can ACTUALLY feel it working. Literally. About a minute in, you can see it turning from a dark gray to a lighter gray, and a few more minutes in, my skin was tingling (not in a “what the heck is going on??!!” way) and it started to tighten. Then after 5 minutes (the recommended time to leave it on your face), my skin was very tight and the mask was all one color – a very light gray. I used very warm water and massaged it off my face and patted my skin dry with a soft towel.
The results were wonderful. You are not going to see blackheads fall out of your face or peel off a layer of skin like those weird YouTube videos. It removes dead skin cells, toxins from your pores, and helps soothe dry and itchy skin. The activated charcoal literally acts like a magnet and sucks out all the toxins and the apricot seed powder gently exfoliates micropollutants and dead skin cells, leaving you with beautiful, smoother, glowing skin.
For more than three decades, Derma E has been sharing their passion for ethical beauty and have dedicated their brand to support the environment through their ethical standards and global communities with every purchase.
Not only are their products 100% vegan, they are cruelty free (yay!), free of parabens, petrolatum, artificial colors and all the other things you DO NOT want in or on your body. Today, they are one of the largest natural facial care brands in the United States and it took love, passion, and care for the environment and wellness of the end user to get where they are today. This is one company that you can feel good about using and purchasing from – they aren’t like many other businesses that produce products they claim to be “natural”; they aren’t like those other big corporations that use what is important to the consumers as a marketing tactic or ploy. They are an honest brand, with an honest and wholesome mission—to deliver the best, natural and safe products to the people who matter because they care.
Check them out for yourself here; you won’t be disappointed!
*Thank you to Derma E for sponsoring this post. All opinions and thoughts are my own. xo