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I absolutely love charcoal skincare products. There’s something about the words “activated charcoal” that just helps you know the product is natural, detoxing, and going to work!
This is one reason why I was so excited to be able to try two of this kind of product from Derma•e’s purifying line.
Derma•e is an ethical beauty company that creates 100% vegan, natural, cruelty-free, GMO-free, gluten-free, soy-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free skincare products. Wow, what a list right? They fully support the health and well-being of their customers as well as communities and environments worldwide.
The packaging is recyclable and, let me tell you, so clean and fresh! I absolutely love it. It’s simple, yet elegant and really feels like a high-quality product.
For reference, I currently use Neutrogena’s Fresh Foaming Cleanser followed by L’Oreal’s Hydrafresh Toner and Yes To Cucumbers’ Calming Night Cream. For a few years I used Michael Todd True Organics‘ products exclusively, but realized I should probably not be spending $70 on a skincare routine as a college student. 😉
Derma•e works on a college budget though- the mask and scrub featured in this post are both under $20!
Obligatory before-trying-anything picture. Let me tell you, going through so many pictures of my face was not fun 😉
Purifying Daily Detox Scrub
2016 BetterNutrition Best of Natural Beauty Award Winner
This scrub encourages brightness and radiance by working to scrub away micropollutants and impurities. It uses a potassium- and magnesium-rich seaweed proven to fight against environmental pollutants as well as an antioxidant- and mineral-rich seaweed to help boost skin hydration. Activated charcoal (!!) works to remove toxins while apricot seed powder acts as an exfoliant and green tea provides potent antioxidant defense.
It’s safe for all skin types and is gentle enough to use daily (as per the name).
Trust me, these online reviews don’t lie:
I’ve actually never used a daily scrub before, but this one definitely made me realize what I’ve been missing! It never stripped my skin or left it overly dry, even after using it every day for the past two weeks. I really love this scrub!
To me, it’s gritty but not in the gross or harsh way. It left my skin so much smoother and brighter after just the first day and the results continued improving into the second week. If you’re in the market for a new scrub (or even if you aren’t 😉 ), you need to try this one- your face has never felt so clean!
Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask
2016 Delicious Living Beauty & Body and TasteForLife Essentials Award Winner
This mask uses infused natural clays paired with more activated charcoal to absorb extra oil, relieve skin congestion, and act as a magnet for dirt and bacteria thereby cleaning out your pores as it works. The apricot seed powder again acts as an exfoliant and the magnesium-rich seaweed helps ward skin against things like exhaust, smoke, and metal.
For these benefits, it works best on oily, active, and/or city skin, but is also safe for those with more sensitive skin types. It’s allergy-tested and gentle enough to use twice a week!
Just check out these ratings:
If you’re a TL;DR type of person, know this- I am obsessed with this mask.
After cleansing, you simply apply liberally to your face, wait 5 minutes for it to dry, and then wet your fingers to break it down a bit, getting that extra exfoliation before rinsing everything completely off.
You guys. five. minutes. Who doesn’t have five minutes to spare for something so awesome?
After using this mask once, I noticed my skin was more even toned and felt a whole lot smoother. It actually seemed to take my moisturizer better too! It’s not at all uncomfortable to keep on. Some masks feel super, super tight once they dry but I almost forgot I had this one on!
Right after rinsing everything off. Excuse my face, it was a late night.
So, after two weeks of adding these products into my routine, I can say that I will definitely be repurchasing from Derma•e in the future! Once my current ‘regime’ runs out, I will definitely look into trying more of what they carry from different lines. Let me know what you all try!
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~Have you tried any of Derma•e’s products before?