Cosmetically Curious

September 16, 2014

Top Body Care Products for Dry, Itchy & Sensitive Skin

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Sensitive Skin Care Body Edition

It’s almost that time again. You know, the time of the year where your skin feels two sizes too small, itches like crazy and you can’t even fathom the irritation you’ll get as a result from shaving! Every Fall/Winter this happens to my skin and I’ve found a lot of products can actually make it worse, even if they claim to make it better.

If you have Sensitive skin like I do, simple is better – and therefore, natural is usually better as well! I’ve also found it’s important to start early and take preventative steps before my skin gets too dry. One of the problems I have with moisturizing my skin, however, is I’m also someone who hates the feeling of heavy butters and lotions. They make me feel like my skin is suffocating. Because of this, I look for the lightest, but most hydrating formulas I can find and that makes starting now, while we are still lucky enough to be hitting the high 20’s here in the Okanagan, easier to do! Here are some of my favourite, simple formulations that I rely on to battle my dry, sensitive and very itchy winter skin.

  1. La Roche Posay Lipikar Syndet Body Wash$16.00 CAD/6.76 oz – Treating sensitive, itchy skin starts in the shower. Water can be your worst enemy when you have sensitive, dry skin by actually making it more irritated and drier. La Roche Posay offers quite a few powerhouse formulations to treat extremely dry and intolerant skin. If you’re looking for the Créme de la créme formulation for anti-irritation, anti-itch and anti-dryness this is where you want to start. When my skin is acting up badly, and I mean scratching my skin off badly,  I turn to this and #2 to help heal and soothe my skin (and give myself some relief from scratching so hard in the middle of the night that I wake up with bruises!). It makes an awesome amount of lather, one of my necessities in a body wash, and is rich but not too rich – you still feel clean after using it. It is also unscented so it won’t bother allergies or create skin irritation.
  2. La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP Body Lotion -  $34.00 CAD/13 oz – This is the richest of the body lotions that I like for treating my sensitive skin. A little goes a long way and you can overdo it pretty quickly, but if you have a light hand and even application you’ll love it as much as I do. This formula is proven to reduce itching, improve skin’s barrier function, and improve dryness almost immediately upon application. It contains Niacinamide, an ingredient great for skin repair, Shea Butter, for intense and lasting hydration, and Canola oil to instantly sooth dryness. It’s unscented and won’t irritate sensitive skins. I don’t use this rich balm everyday, but I love it for when I’m feeling extra uncomfortable or dry.
  3. Skinn Collegenisis Essential Radiance Body Oil$42.00 CAD/4.2 oz – Because I very much dislike the feeling of heavy butters or lotions on my skin, I find it’s essential for me to layer my moisture. After showering, I always apply a body oil then trap in all the goodness of that with a fast absorbing lotion. When it’s still warm out, like now, I like to go for a lighter body oil and Skinn’s is just that! It’s packed full of different oils and extracts to deeply hydrate and create a healthy glow. It’s hard to apply too much of this oil and feel greasy, it tends to absorb very quickly! The scent is super subtle and natural (no artificial scents here!) and will go with any scent of body lotion you choose. The only issue I have with this is the dispenser – it’s not the best way to get oil out of a bottle, a pump would be awesome!
  4. Just The Goods Vegan Moisturizing Body Wash$10.00 CAD/8 oz – This is my everyday, go-to body wash! After discovering Just The Goods through my Petit Vour membership, I placed and order and have been hooked on everything I received! This all natural body wash contains 81.98% Organic ingredients enhanced with Aloe, Shea Butter and Calendula. It’s extremely gentle and provides a great clean. It doesn’t foam as much as I like in a body wash so I do tend to use a lot of it at a time to get my desired effect. My favourite scent is Lavender + Eucalyptus because I tend to shower at night and it helps to calm me down. It’s also available in Sweet Orange, Cedar and Unscented for extremely sensitive skins. It’s also incredibly affordable, Canadian and each batch is hand crafted with love!
  5. Just The Goods Vegan Hand + Body Lotion$8.50 CAD/8 oz (Plastic Bottle) – I can’t say enough about this amazingly simple, unscented lotion! In my life as a Beauty Blogger I’ve tried (dare I say it?) hundreds of body lotions and I’ve only ever repurchased a handful of them. I don’t know why I’m so picky about body lotions but they are always either too greasy, too thick, too thin, too something that makes me not like them. I also have this thing about smearing something over my entire body that isn’t all natural. Your skin absorbs everything you put on it and it goes right into your blood stream, your whole body is a huge surface area to be slathering on unidentifiable ingredients daily. That being said, this lotion only contains 5 all natural ingredients (+ essential oils if you choose a scented version) which create a super fast absorbing but ultra hydrating lotion. My only hope is that they come out with some more scents soon!
  6. Saje Shaver Saver Soothing Body Bar - $16.95 CAD/1.66 oz – Shaving and dry, easily irritated skin do not go together. I absolutely dread having to shave my legs this time of year – the itchiness that results from it can be pretty close to unbearable. Luckily, last time I was in Saje the sales associate showed me this little wonder promising it would help soothe any after shaving irritation. Although it doesn’t curb all of the itching and bumpiness that comes with shaving, it does help with a lot of it and it smells divine! Smoothing this bar over my legs (fresh out of the shower while they are still wet) helps prevent flare ups of irritation and hydrates and soothes skin. If you like all natural, herbal scents you’ll love this bar!
  7. Consonant Skin Perfecting Body Scrub - $30.00 CAD/275g - Even though “scrubbing” skin seems counterproductive when it’s sensitive and dry, it’s actually the complete opposite – given you have the correct scrub for your skin! Consonant’s sugar + salt and glycerin body scrub is a super gentle, effective way to remove dead skin cells and prepare your skin to receive your moisturizer better. This, in turn, ensures you get the most out of your skin care products and receive better soothing and healing effects. This scrub is super moisturizing all on its own as well, with Glycerin, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Jojoba Oil mixed right in. For those of you with sensitive but oilier skins, this can be a one stop shop for you – and for those of us with dry skins it’s a perfect prep for more moisture.
  8. L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil$52.00 CAD/100ml - This oil is definitely on the pricier side of skin moisturization but it’s also super concentrated and a little goes a long way! I’ve been a big fan of the whole L’Occitane Almond collection for a long time and this skin oil is nothing short of amazing. It has a thicker consistency than the Skinn Body Oil but it still absorbs quickly and has one of the most amazing scents of all time. I use this one when I’m feeling ultra-dry or in the winter months after every shower. I don’t always need to layer a body lotion over this oil but I usually do anyways for an extra boost of hydration. The Almond Milk Concentrate is also an amazing companion to this oil but I don’t personally own it right now so I didn’t include it in my favourites!
  9. L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil - $24.00 CAD/250ml – I have backups on backups on backups of this body wash! I don’t necessarily use it for getting squeaky clean, but I like to use it to add more hydration after my normal body wash or to shave my legs. It’s the only product I’ve ever used that gives me such an amazingly smooth shave with much less irritation! It goes on as an oil and turns into a milk once in contact with water, it doesn’t foam so it takes some getting used to but the scent, the feel and the results of this shower oil are truly one-of-a-kind. You have to try it to know what I’m talking about – you won’t regret it!

Do you suffer from dry, itchy or sensitive winter skin? What products work best for you?

September 14, 2014

[GIVEAWAY] Pangea Organics + Cosmetically Curious

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Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea Mask

You may have seen my most recent post about Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea Mask – and just how much I love it! Well, if you didn’t, take a peek here to see my full review and find out why you’ll want to enter this giveaway to win one of your very own!

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September 12, 2014

Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Mask – For an Organically Clean Face!

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Pangea Organics Japanese Match Tea Mask

I am a skin care junkie. I may even go as far as to say I enjoy a good skin care product more than a new eyeliner or lipstick (gah!). And if there’s one skin care product I have a big weakness for, it’s a mask! Mask’s are one of the few products that can give you an instant change in your skin, and who isn’t looking for that? They can range from brightening & hydrating to clarifying and pore reducing, whatever your skin issue, there’s a mask for that!

Enter my newest mask obsession, Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Mask. This mask promises to harness the powers of the Land and the Sea to improve texture, tone and the quality of your skin to reveal a new radiance and glow immediately after removal – and it delivers!

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Pangea Organics Japanese Match Tea Mask

As you may know, I’m a big fan of all natural skin care and Pangea Organics doesn’t disappoint in that aspect. This mask includes a huge variety of organic ingredients to cleanse, treat and heal your skin in the most natural way possible. It includes white and green clay to cleanse, Organic Green Tea, Wildcrafted Seaweed and Organic Cane Sugar to exfoliate and tone, Organic Jojoba and Sunflower oils to hydrate and a plethora of Organic extracts to heal and soothe. Two of the star ingredients in this mask are Goji and Acai berries which have the ability to provide antioxidants, nutrients and anti-aging benefits to the skin to revitalize and increase the skins natural glow.

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Pangea Organics Japanese Match Tea Mask

The texture of this mask is so different from what I expected (see the surprise on my face?)! Usually, we all expect masks to be creamy and hardening if they include clay’s in the beginning of the ingredient list, but this one has no such attributes! It comes out sort of chunky (don’t be startled!) and applies a bit like a scrub might feel. This is due to the rough cut Green Tea and Sea Vegetables which also act as an exfoliant when you rinse it off your skin. The end result is fresh, super clean and glowing skin every time you apply this mask! It makes sense why this is a multiple award winner in the beauty industry! PS – Stay tuned for a Giveaway tomorrow for your chance to win this great mask!

 SUMMARY

Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Mask
$42.00 CAD
Available at: Pangeaorganicscanada.com
Overall Rating: A

This product was sent for consideration, all opinions are my own.

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