Review: Derma E Skin Detox!

Uhh wow, hello there, middle (ish) of March. o_O 2017 is FLYING.

After all the traveling we’ve been doing, my skin has been in dire need of some epic TLC. So much flying dries a person out, who knew? It also probably doesn’t help that I hadn’t been drinking nearly as much water as a person is supposed to. I’m working on that though. So far for the month of March I’ve consumed at least 96oz of water a day (with 1 exception.) I can’t say I’ve noticed much of a difference 9 days in other than going to the restroom way more often than I’m used to, but I’m sure my body is appreciating the hydration.

dryer than a desert! 😉

Anyway. My skin. Not the happiest it’s ever been. Enter: 2 new charcoal-based products from Derma E; a detox scrub, and a purifying mask. The star ingredient, Activated Charcoal, known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, helping to remove toxins from the skin’s surface. And lemme tell ya, my skin hasn’t been happier in a long time! Although my face has never been acne-prone,  I haven’t had any super annoying surprise pimples pop up either, so that’s a definite win. I’ve been using the scrub and the mask a couple of times a week, and despite the tubes being fairly small, they’ve lasted a surprisingly long time! (That said, they’re sadly almost empty now, but I plan on repurchasing.) Time to get into the nitty gritty. (Heh, gritty. Like the charcoal in the mask. Get it?) Oy, it’s been a long week.

Mask: I still put a moisturizer on after using the mask, but it doesn’t dry my face out nearly as much as other (similar) masks I’ve tried in the past. It has little exfoliate bits, doesn’t smell weird, and I’m pretty sure I’m able to see where the mask pulled out impurities on the dried mask. Maybe that’s just what I’m telling myself, the world will never know. It definitely seems to be helping my skin balance out though, especially after all of the traveling we did at the beginning of the year. The only real negative I can come up with is that the mask seemed to dry up a bit in the tube – but not to the point of being unusable.

Scrub: I love exfoliating face washes, especially when the exfoliate bits aren’t too harsh.  I’m looking at you, St. Ives. This scrub is gentle enough to use every day, but also scrubby enough that I can actually feel it doing its job. I love that the scrub doesn’t dry out my face, and that my skin looks and feels bright and fresh after using it. I’ve also been using it on my back and chest for a little extra detox action. My only real (non-complaint) complaint is that the cap is hard to open, but I’ve just been unscrewing the entire thing which is good enough for me!

I really can’t say enough about the charcoal detox line from Derma E.  Both products haven’t caused my semi-sensitive skin any problems, and the products have been allergy-tested – so if skin sensitivity has been an issue for you in the past, it might be worth giving these products a whirl! Derma E is also 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, GMO-free. It really doesn’t get much better than that. (Actually yes, it does. The mask is only 1.7oz, which meant I was able to bring it to Disney World! Everything is better in Disney, even masks.)

You can find Derma E’s detox line on their website and at Ulta; let me know what you think if you try them out!!

Review: HASK Charcoal Purifying Hair Care

Woop woop! HASK was generous enough to provide another set of hair care products for me to review! This time, a charcoal-based purifying set. I’ve been super interested in the charcoal trend (face masks, toothpastes, etc), and with summer coming up quickly (and the sunscreen, pool/lake water, and other outdoorsy things that go along with it…) it’s probably a good thing I’ll have a go-to product to make sure my hair is as happy as a clam 🙂

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I’ve used a couple of other clarifying products that dried out my hair and scalp, but after almost a week of using HASK’s purifying hair care set I’ve only noticed that my hair is shinier, less frizzy, and feels a bit less weighed down – all good things! It also doesn’t help that my hair is at that annoying length right now where it doesn’t want to behave, so anything that makes it look a bit better gets a thumbs up in my book 🙂 Sometimes a drastic, noticeable difference isn’t what you need for a product to do its job well!

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From HASK’s website: Whether you rely on dry shampoo to maintain your weekly blowouts or reach for sprays and gels regularly, overdoing it with product can create build-up that weighs your hair down and can seriously cramp your style. Charcoal, a hero ingredient derived from coconut shells in the Philippines, acts as a magnet and attracts and removes impurities – like product build-up – so you are left with hair that is full of body and shine.

While the charcoal line of products doesn’t have the delicious sugar cookie smell of the moisturizing macadamia line, or the refreshing ‘wake me up’ smell of the thickening almond oil line, it does have a pleasant light citrus scent. It isn’t too overpowering, and definitely plays into the purifying/clarifying aspect of the line – as it should!

This is how house thangsss make me feel. At least my hair is fresh and clean ;)
This is how house thangsss make me feel. At least my hair is fresh and clean 😉 Not that this picture really makes it look that way. I promise it is! The more I look at it actually, the stranger this picture looks. Oh well. Very accurate depiction of my right now.

I’ve seriously been beyond happy with every product HASK has sent me. They don’t test their products on animals, and are free of sulfates, parabens, drying alcohol and artificial colors. I’m not even really one to avoid those things, but I do feel better knowing what I’m using is thoughtfully made 🙂 My only gripe, which has been a gripe since I was first introduced to the HASK brand, is the use of Papyrus. But I suppose I can continue to look past that – plus I usually shower without contacts in, so I can’t see it anyway! Heh.

You can find this line, as well as all of HASK’s other lines on Ulta’s website for only $5.99 each! Doesn’t get better than that.

Have you used any of HASK’s products? What’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Disclaimer: I was sent these products from HASK, with no compensation other than the products to test and review. The following post consists of my honest thoughts & opinions about the product!

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