Review: 3 Unique Skincare Savers + 3 Must-Have Micellar Waters
At a BeautyPress event for Editors, I found PURA D’OR. While this brand primarily focused on products for hair loss, they also have some interesting ones for skincare.
For example the 20% Vitamin C Serum Professional Strength Overnight Therapy, 4 Fluid ($39.99 5 fl. oz.) from the Pura D’Or Pro Line. Billed as “Overnight Skin Renewal Therapy” the amber glass bottle with dropper top contains Professional Strength, 20% Vitamin C Serum developed with a concentrated base of Retinol and pure vegan Hyaluronic Acid. So it’s more than just Vitamin C, and it’s a powerhouse serum to increase skin elasticity and ﬁrmness, neutralize free radicals, and reduce the appearance of ﬁne lines and wrinkles while you sleep.
As someone who personally stays away from most products containing Retinol because of sensitive skin issues, a product gentle enough for daily use that might actually do some good and that didn’t require a complicated regimen to do it,is a bonus. All of the PURA D’OR products are USDA Organic. Pesticide-Free. No (Sulfates). No Parabens. No Artificial Colorants. No Synthetic Fragrances. Learn More on the Purador Web Site
Must-Have Micellar Waters!
Micellar Waters are a chic and unique way to remove makeup and cleanse skin, without water, without rinsing, and without rubbing. They use tiny particles (Micelles) to draw make-up, sebum and impurities from the skin. These types of cleansers are simply swiped over your skin on a cotton pad without rinsing with water. Micellar waters don’t contain soap or alcohol, so if you’re a “wipes” fan you may find that a cotton pad soaked with micellar water works even more gently and just as well.
There are two great and affordable versions of Micellar Cleansing Waters we tried from Garnier SkinActive: Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser for All Skin Types (pink bottle) and Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser (blue bottle) . Both of these are good for all skin types and work equally as well, but the pink one is really super if your skin is sensitive and most cleansers sting your eyes.
We tried every type of oily, greasy, hard to remove makeup and had no difficulty removing it easily (you might need more than one cotton pad if you have a lot of makeup). Even better these are dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested, and non-comedogenic.When to use it? Anytime, actually, but we really like it when our skin feels dry, or irritated, or we just don’t feel like getting our face and hair wet. It’s also good for travel, camping, the beach and pool, and when you don’t have soap and water available. The prices vary, but our check of most drugstores and mass market retailers came up with an average price of $6.99 for a 16.05 oz. bottle.
We really like micellar water when our skin feels dry, or irritated, or we just don’t feel like getting our face and hair wet. It’s also good for travel, camping, the beach and pool, and when you don’t have soap and water available. The prices vary, but our check of most drugstores and mass market retailers for these Garnier goodies came up with an average price of $6.99 for a 16.05 oz. bottle. For more information visit the Garnier website.
Jouviance: Fountain of Youth:
Jouviance is another interesting brand we “met” at a Beautypress Editor’s event. The word “Jouviance (meaning fountain of youth) has a wide range of dermatologist-developed skincare products. The line is meant to cater to those with sensitive skin and minimize allergic reactions and irritation. The products tout a long list of things NOT included (e.g.: no parabens, sulfates, phthlates, mineral oils, colorants, artificial fragrances, dyes, dimethylethanolamine (DMAE), triethananolamine (TEA), and the products are cruelty-free.
One product we liked was the Jouviance Micellar Solution, (srp. $22.00 6.8 fl. oz.) that is packaged in a clear plastic bottle with flip top and the no-scent formula. It celans like a powerhouse and nope, it didn’t irritate anyone’s skin. We have already told you what is not in it, but to the actual ingredients, Aqua and Glycerin are top 2 in its list of 10 ingredients.
What you really want to know after this, is that it will cleanse, refresh and remove even waterproof makeup. TIP: *after saturating a cotton pad, hold that pad just a few seconds on that hard to remove eye makeup or lipstick before swiping. The makeup will come off a lot more effectively.
Jouviance has a number of other unique products including a retinol formula that might just be the answer for those who find traditional retinol products too irritating. For more information visit the Jouviance website.
Elegant Elemis Micellar:
Elemis makes elegant, luxurious spa products that we have always loved, so it’s no surprise that when they came out with Smart Cleanse Micellar Water ($49.00 6.7 fl. oz.) we loved it!
This may seem like a lot of money for a mere cleanser, but it’s more than that. It’s a purifying, refreshing, clarifying cleansing, makeup remover, toning, hydratin product with key actives of English Rose(calming and with a delicate rose scent) , Chamomile (antioxidant bennies) and a natural trio of surfactants (apple amino acid, rosehip seed oil and INidan Soapnut) that foram cleanse and protect skin without stripping it.
The frosted plastic pump bottle dispenses the gentle micellar liquid easily, and we think even men would use this and not feel that it was too “girly” a presentation.
Is Your Skin Really Clean As You Think It Is?
As an experiment, we used this Elemis product on what we thought was clean skin, but to our surprise, the cotton pad was gray-ish with one swipe! We were alarmed, but it shows that the micelles were doing their work. Even though our skin was very clean, it felt soft — that is what you pay for with Elemis pampering products and yes, Elemis delivers! For more information visit the Elemis Website .
Sustainable Youth: An Aloe Revolution?
That is quite a claim. What we can say is that Sustainable Youth® is an easy to use natural skincare line that is formulated with alasta®, a potent immunostimulatory and concentrated anti-aging ingredient crafted from the inside the rind of the Aloe vera plant. The skincare line consists of 5 products all formulated with this unique proprietary blend, alasta
5 products with Aloe-Based Alasta:
The skincare line consists of 5 products all formulated with Sustainable Youth’s unique proprietary blend, alasta®: Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion, Firming & Revitalizing Night Serum, Anytime Lift Eye Treatment, and Elasticity Cream. We tried just the cleanser ($50.00 4 fl.oz.)
New biotech is pricey and the cost of these products reflect that. The eye cream is $60.00 and the other three products are upwards of $100.00. The Cleanser we tried is really meant to be used as part of a skincare regimen wit these other products. However, for any skincare regimen to work at its best, you need to start with clean skin.
Sustainable Youth® Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion:
On it’s own, the Sustainable Youth® Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion™ arrived in an attractive, oxygen free pump and the creamy lotion effectively removed our makeup along with dirt and oil without making our skin feel tight or dry. The key ingredients in our Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion™ were selected for their ability to support alasta®’s pro-inflammatory activity with antioxidant and vitamin-rich ingredients: Cocoa seed butter is rich in anti-oxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamins. It helps diminish skin imperfections and marks and provides deep hydrating moisturization to the skin. It’s thought by some that cocoa butter penetrates the skin even more deeply when applied to wet skin, enhancing its effect, so maybe it’s another reason to try this cleanser.
In our test, the softly foaming, thick creamy lotion made our skin feel soft and pampered. If you’re looking for a “squeaky clean” tight feel this isn’t it, but for those who want a soothing, pampering, facial cleansing lotion or better yet, an entirely new skincare regimen, Sustainable Youth could be your “find.” For more information visit the Sustainable Youth Website
PrivateRX for Intimate Areas:
Private RX is for skin,but it’s not for the skin on your face. Private RX is a company that offers women intimate moisturizers and lubricants and well as skincare help for after waxing and shaving intimate areas. PrivateRx products were created by Dr. Ronald D. Blatt, Medical Director and Chief Surgeon of The Manhattan Center for Vaginal Surgery and The Manhattan Centers for Women’s Health.
When You’re Getting “Bikini Ready” Private RX Can Help:
Private RX Cooling Pads are formulated products to cleanse and calm delicate skin after shaving or waxing and help relieve irritation and prevent razor bumps. Each Cooling Pad is a soft-beaded cotton pad that gently exfoliates dry or dead skin cells to help free ingrown hair.
The first ingredient is Witch Hazel known to be well…soothing and cooling. If you’re in a hurry to jump in that swimsuit, it’s good to know that these products are also non-greasy and non-staining, there’s nN estrogen, no hormones, no paraben and they’re fragrance-free. They are also clinically proven, dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic.
After using the Cooling Pads, the Private RX Soothing Serum moisturizes to help prevent irritation and ingrown hair caused by shaving or waxing. A few drops smoothed on irritated areas twice a day will keep you skin feeling a lot more “loved.” Thumbs up t the attractive, oxygen-free, all in one pump bottle Key ingredients include Dimethicone and a laminaria digitata extract known to be well, soothing, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Ergothioneine, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Glycerin, and Water. For more information visit the Private RX website