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!!

Packaging Review: Derma E Rebrand

Yes! You read that right! I actually get to review the new packaging for Derma e, rather than the product this time around! It’s not often that I get to bring my graphic design background into the blog-osphere! I always get super excited when I notice a brand has re-vamped their image (Swiffer, I’m lookin’ at you,) and this is no exception 🙂


You may remember a while back I wrote a review for some Derma e products to help with Joe’s dry skin, and another reviewing their hydrating night creme. Sooo I’m pretty familiar with the products – they’re great! That said…their branding left something to be desired. It didn’t necessarily look like the premium, all natural product I know they are, and with all sorts of creams, washes, and masks on the market, it’s become even more important to differentiate from everything else out there! Good packaging makes a difference, even if you don’t think it’s something you take into consideration when making a decision.

Let’s say I’m trying to decide between two bottles of wine. One bottle is $7.99, the other $10.99 (sorry y’all, we just bought a roof. Cheap wine is where it’s at.) They’re basically exactly the same but I’m drawn to the label of the $10.99 bottle just a bit more! Maybe it’s screen printed on, or maybe it has a cat on it; either way, I’m more likely to buy the one with nicer packaging.


Luckily for derma e, their products are at the same (affordable!!) price point as their competitors, are still ‘eco-ethical’, and now they have SUCH nice packaging to go along with the great products inside the box.


Derma e’s new packaging has already begun to roll-out, and will be in full swing by March 2017. You can find Derma e products at Ulta, Whole Foods, and of course online!


Review: derma e Psorzema products

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

Joe’s scalp has been giving him trouble for about as long as I can remember, and it gets worse when we switch to a different water supply. So going to GP for a weekend and coming back to Kzoo (still not sure which to call ‘home’ – both?!) wreaks havoc on his head! We’ve actually both been meaning to make dermatologist appointments; me for whatever is going on around my eyes, and him for his scalp and constantly itchy skin. But neither of us like talking on the phone, so appointments have yet to be made. I promise we’re adults 😛

Anyway – I was super excited when derma e offered me (well, Joe) the opportunity to review their new line of products aimed at relieving scalp issues and itchy skin. It’s like the campaign was made for him! Our fingers were crossed that maybe there was in fact something out there to help his scalp that wasn’t 1) super expensive, or 2) required a prescription.

derma e psorzema


This line of products from derma e is aimed towards anyone living with psoriasis or eczema (combined, creating the products’ names: Psorzema. So clever.) looking for a more eco-friendly, natural way to help soothe their itchy, dry, and irritated skin.

Even though Joe has only been using the shampoo and conditioner for a week or so – he’s already noticed that his scalp situation is improving. The shampoo is sulfate free, has Salicylic Acid to help de-flake, tea tree oil and menthol to help calm and cool the itchyness, and the Psorzema herbal blend with Neem, Burdock, and Bearberry to replenish, soothe and improve a dry, scaling scalp. The conditioner is similar, but with almond oil, argan oil, and aloe to thoroughly condition hair instead of a cleansing agent 😉 duh.

Yay - no itchy skin and no sad scalp. Happy campers all around.
Yay – no itchy skin and no sad scalp. Happy campers all around.

I could go on and on about the shampoo and conditioner. Definitely two thumbs up from the hubby.

He’s not quite as enthralled by the body wash and Psorzema cream – I think because the results aren’t quite as immediate, but I’ve been using the cream on my elbows (which have been in desperate need of some TLC) and have definitely noticed some improvement! The cream is made with a blend of herbal extracts and skin vitamins such as Neem, Burdock, Bearberry, Vitamins A and E to help soften and soothe dry, irritated, scaling skin. The natural blend of ingredients help reduce redness and encourage healthy looking skin without the use of steroids, coal tar or pine tar. Woohoo, plant power!

While we definitely aren’t an all-natural household, we do try to stay at least somewhat conscious of what we’re putting in (and on!) our bodies. This past winter I decided to try some more holistic methods of staying healthy, and I *did* only get sick once – Echinacea tea, vitamin C/zinc when I felt something coming on, and Elderberry spray, just in case you’re wondering 😉 Really though – I get excited when we find something eco-friendly/natural that actually works as well as its non-natural counterparts…and have so far been beyond impressed with everything from derma e.

If you happen to have skin issues and are interested in the Psorzema line (or anything from derma e, really) you can find it in health food stores, or on their website (which has a sale going on right now – doesn’t get better than that!)

derma e psorzema creme


Just for you lovely people that have actually read the entirety of this review…derma e is is providing samples (3 foil packs) of the Psorzema cream for the first 10 readers that click this link and submit your information 🙂


Review: derma e Hydrating Night Crème

Disclaimer: I was sent this product for review from derma e, with no compensation other than the product to try out. The following post consists of my honest thoughts & opinions about the product!IMG_3645

Like I mentioned in a previous post, thanks to various subscription/beauty boxes, I’ve tried my fair share of facial serums, peels, and creams – many of which don’t seem to be anything special other than maybe a brand name, or high price tag (sometimes a gem sneaks in though) – what can I say? I’m hard to please! (Actually that’s the overstatement of the century, I’m very easy to please, but hard to impress.)

Yay for keeping our faces moisturized!

With fall in full force (in combination with starting up hot yoga/barre classes, and spending time outside hiking and whatnot,) I’ve found my face feeling a bit drier, so when the opportunity to try/review an affordable, easily accessible night cream, I was excited to give it a go (and share with Joe, because everyone could use a little moisturization. Is that a word? It is now.)

I started using this cream the night I received it, and while I haven’t seen super drastic results, my skin definitely is starting to feel smoother and more hydrated. It is relatively thick, but doesn’t go on greasy, and doesn’t cause breakouts, which sometimes all a person can ask for out of what they’re putting on their faces! I also definitely appreciate the fact that the crème has hyaluronic acid in it – which I promise only sounds scary if you don’t know what it is. In layman’s terms…it helps keep your skin moisturized, which in turn helps slow down your skin’s aging process – and while I’m not seeing any signs of aging quite yet, I’d much rather stay ahead of the game.




  • Skin feeling moisturized
  • Good price point (About $25)
  • Easily accessible (find it at your local Walgreens!)
  • Anti-aging ingredients
  • All natural


  • A little thick for my personal preference – I prefer not feeling anything on my skin after applying, this crème you can feel a bit!
  • Nothing else!

Time to get into the nitty gritty (from Derma e’s website):

Thoroughly moisturize and plump skin to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles with this ultra-hydrating night crème. This extra-rich, deeply penetrating formula delivers the unmatched hydrating properties of nature’s moisture magnet, Hyaluronic Acid (HA). A single molecule of HA can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, binding moisture to help plump, soften, smooth, tone and rehydrate skin. Enriched with anti-aging antioxidants, Vitamins C and E, and soothing Aloe, this formula helps defend skin from free radicals and the effects of the environment. Ideal for dry, dehydrated skin that needs richer moisture throughout the night, this crème delivers maximum hydration while helping diminish the signs of aging for softer, smoother, younger-looking skin. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, GMO-free.

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid; Actimoist® Bio-1), Ascorbyl Palmitate (C-Ester), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Allantoin, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* (.1%), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract* (.1%), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer (Aristoflex®), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Plumeria Blossom Fragrance

If I’ve convinced you to give this night crème a try, you can find a coupon here for $2 off any derma e product at Walgreens – hooray coupons!