Posts Tagged ‘sensitive skin’

Like 4 Products in 1: ARCONA Cranberry Gommage

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

There are a lot of products out there that claim to cover all bases: cleanse, protect, tone, define, etc. etc. etc. But in all honesty, is there really only ONE product that goes the whole 9 yards? Until recently – I didn’t think so. I always had 4 separate products: my favorite cleanser which was mild enough to use every morning and night, my best toner which completely clarified my skin, a weekly mask to exfoliate, and a moisturizer I couldn’t keep in the bottle to save my life.

Thanks to BeautyFix I was recently introduced to the luxury skin care brand ARCONA,  which is a personal favorite of Zoe Saldana, Emmy Rossum, Rachel Zoe, Julia Roberts and Anna Kendrick – just to name drop a tad. With a roster like that and Allure’s Best of Beauty Award seal of approval, I knew there had to be something special about ARCONA’s products so I decided to try the Cranberry Gommage. I kid you not when I say this single item has eliminated my need for the 4 aforementioned products in my beauty regimen. It has cleansing properties to smooth, purify, and tone skin. It has tough ingredients including salicylic acid and volcanic minerals (which are actually finely crushed to be 1/1,000th of an inch – the perfect, mild exfoliant!) to keep your skin free of bacteria. It has cranberry and raspberry enzymes which not only gives the product a pretty purple hue but also unclogs and shrinks pores. Last but not least, it has anti-aging antioxidants that kick free radicals and environmental damage to the curb.

The Gommage is for use on normal or oily skin, which is perfect for me since I tend to be on the oily side. I diluted the product with water for the first week of use because I didn’t want to overwhelm my problem skin with a heavy mixture, but I was surprised to see how well my skin handled the change. I only use it three times a week – but it’s perfect for the face, neck and décolleté! This product has left my skin softer, smoother, and healthier than it has ever been, so I will be sure to add my name to the list of important ARCONA ambassadors!

Have you received your own ARCONA Cranberry Gommage from BeautyFix yet?

Beautyfix Obsession: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Even though I have a few long-standing favorites, I am always on the hunt for the best facial cleanser. And because I use something with a high percentage of glycolic acid every other day, I crave something that’s gentle yet thorough. I want all my makeup gone the first go—eye makeup included—and I want my skin to feel soft and healthy post-cleanse, not tight and dry (especially during these chilly winter months). Well, La Roche-Posay apparently read my mind when creating the amazing product they call Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel, a soap-free cleanser that’s tailored to suit the needs of oily/sensitive skin (a tough combo to deal with, or a delicate one anyway). FYI, my skin’s more aptly classifed as combination/sensitive—my nose and forehead get somewhat oily but my cheeks are super dry. And guess what? I couldn’t really ask for a more suitable cleanser than this one.

In addition to completely winning over the rest of the Beautyfix panel—pretty much everyone agrees it’s a keeper!—this soap-free cleanser is one of the highest-rated Shopper’s Choice picks on Here’s taste of what actual customers have to say about this affordable, amazing, effective gem of a product:

“This is the best cleanser I’ve tried, and like others I feel like I have tried them all. My skin is sensitive and acne-prone. I will for sure continue to use this product.” from Broomfield, CO

“I love this product! Not only is it great at keeping my rosacea at bay, but my face always feels clean and clear in the morning without feeling dry.” from Delray Beach, FL

“I have had sensitive and oily/combo acne prone skin ever since I can remember. Effaclar is a great blender than keeps my skin feeling clean and helps prevent breakouts. It is tough and gentle all at the same time and does not irritate your skin like other acne products. I love Effaclar and HIGHLY reccomend this to anyone who is having trouble with your skin. I have been using this for almost 5 years now and will never go back to another cleanser!” from Houston, TX

Beautyfix Spotlight: Spice Island Body Butter: Passion Fruit

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

A basic law of beauty is that everyone, no matter the skin type, should moisturize. The fact is, moisturizers are beneficial to your skin health and can actually save your skin. Moisturizers can protect sensitive skin, improve skin tone and texture, and mask imperfections. When you have tight skin, it is telling you that it needs moisture. So how do you know when to reach for soothing lotion or a thicker body butter? Body Butters are ideal for skin damaged by dryness, wind or chapping. Body butter will provide superior, longer-lasting emollients, making it the choice when dry skin also needs intense moisture and healing. The most effective way to moisturize your skin is to use a product that contains humectants, or emollient ingredients.

Spice Island Body Butter is an emollient body cream with natural healers and skin-softeners, available in Passion Fruit and Lemongrass. I had the pleasure to try out the Passion Fruit, which is packed with antioxidants, linoleic acid and flavonoids, essential in skin health and protection. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that must be consumed for proper health. Flavonoids are antioxidant rich and some also have anti-allergic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Not only does this body butter smell amazing, but it absorbs quickly and is extremely hydrating. It contains nourishing jojoba oil, which is theorized to be so similar to human skin oil, it can “trick” the skin into thinking it has produced enough oil and thus balance oil production. Virgin coconut oil and olive oils are also used in Spice Island Body Butter, both of which help smooth skin, producing a glowing, supple appearance. Virgin coconut oil is the best natural ingredient for skin lotion available. It prevents free-radical damage and provides protection against them. It can help to keep the skin from developing liver spots, and other blemishes caused by aging and over exposure to sunlight. It also helps fight against sagging and wrinkling skin and aids in healing and repairing the skin which can help bring back a youthful appearance. I’m spending my weekend outdoors by the pool this weekend and I will most definitely be taking my Spice Island Body Butter with me. It will feel great to hydrate my skin with this lotion at the end of the day after spending so much time in the sun. I know that it will absorb quickly, heal and quench my dry skin and leave me smelling like a tropical paradise!