This post was sponsored by Derma E as part of an influencer campaign for BrandBacker. I received complimentary products to use in the following review. All opinions expressed are my own. You can read more of my disclosure policy here.
If you’re anything like me, the holidays are a time when you sort of go a lil’…cray-cray. There are parties to attend and massive amounts of yummy food to eat—and that’s really the best part, right? Right.
You’re socializing a lot more with relatives who you only see a few times a year, and with friends that have moved away but have come back for all the holiday festivities. And while you enjoy all the love and cheer that’s going around, one thing does start to suffer: your skin.
It doesn’t help that the holidays fall in the middle of winter. Your skin really doesn’t stand a chance.
At the start of a new year, along with focusing on new habits and goals, I also like to make sure I take the time to nourish and pamper my skin. It’s been through a lot the last few months.
I’m someone who has struggled with various skin issues ever since I was a young teenager. Redness, acne, uneven skin tone…you name it, I’ve been there.
And while it wasn’t exactly fun in the moment, through all my skin issues, I’ve learned a few tricks and tips here and there that have actually benefited me in the long run.
Now, I’m sharing some of those tips here with you. Because we’re friends, duh.
Are you in need of a new year skin detox?
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One of my favorite aspects of my self care routine is the time I take for my skin. Your skin is your largest (but most exposed) organ, so it often needs a little more TLC—especially in the winter.
I’m a HUGE product junkie, so I’ve tried a little bit of everything to do with skin care.
Masks and serums and cream—oh my!
But one thing I’ve learned about skin care (and really, life in general) is that usually less is a whole lot more. Your skin care routine doesn’t need to have 20 steps, and you don’t need to use 20 different products. You do need to insure that the products you are using are healthy and use high-quality ingredients. Whatever you put on your skin ends up in your body, so it’s crucial that you pay close attention to what’s inside that favorite eye cream you’re slapping on every night before bed.
I’ve had a tough battle with acne for about the past 10 years, and as a result, I’ve developed a simple but effective routine to suit my particular needs. One important step in my routine involves exfoliation. If you’re a fellow acne sufferer, you know how important it is to exfoliate on a regular basis (ideally a few times a week).
When I had the opportunity to partner with Derma E, I was excited to try out a few of their select items because, hello, certified product junkie over here. Not only that, but I was also excited because the items I used from Derma E deal directly with purifying and detoxing the skin through exfoliation.
When I try new skin care products, I look for items that will be gentle and good to my skin.
Every product from Derma E is:
- sodium-lauryl sulfate-free
- mineral-oil free
- and 100% vegan.
Um, can I get an “Amen“?!
In addition, Derma E products are made with recyclable materials. The driving force behind Derma E’s line of products is a commitment to ethical beauty, an idea that they support through their skin care lines that are both skin-friendly and earth-friendly.
A brand that is as passionate about health, wellness, and environmental sustainability as they are about their products can be a rare find, but the founders of Derma E, David Stearn and Dr. Linda Miles, have dedicated themselves to providing eco-ethical skin care for all.
My skin type is combination (dry + oily in certain areas) and sensitive due to acne. I have to be careful what I use as the slightest change in my skin care routine can cause my skin to break out.
The Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub and the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask are specifically designed for oily and active skin. Each contain activated charcoal that is supposed to “detox” your skin by purging toxins and exfoliating away impurities (such as dirt and makeup) to reveal a refreshed face and glowing skin.
After using both products, refreshed and glowing was exactly how I felt.
I first used the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub. Marine algae extracts, charcoal, and apricot seed powder worked together to buff away the day’s dirt and grime that had collected on my face. This scrub even did a decent job of removing most of my makeup (although my mascara is a tough beast!). I found the scrub to be slightly abrasive for my overly-sensitive skin and would recommend not to use it more than once or twice a week (rather than daily as the name suggests) for others with sensitive skin. I do think it would also work well as a body scrub, especially for the back and shoulders.
The next day, I used the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask to help give my skin that added “oomph” I was looking for.
You know what I’m talking ’bout.
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What I love about this mask is that you only have to leave it on for 5 minutes for it to do its thang. It dries super fast, and as it dries, the activated charcoal acts as a magnet to lift environmental toxins out of the skin. It washes off almost exactly like the daily scrub since they both contain apricot seed powder. When rinsing the mask off, the apricot seed powder exfoliants help to slough off impurities and purify the skin.
My face was left feeling soft as a baby’s you-know-what and much smoother than before. It seemed like some of the blemishes and imperfections in my skin were also less noticeable.
Since I work from home, I usually go bare and fresh-faced on the daily. I like for my skin to be able to breathe without the addition of potentially pore-clogging products like foundation and powder. But I also want to be able to go makeup-less and still feel like my skin looks vibrant and well cared for.
With the addition of my Derma E purifying treatments to my skin care routine, I feel more confident to wear my naked skin.
We live in a society constantly telling us how we should look and urging us to feel ashamed of our natural bodies. Any chance I can get to feel beautiful in my own skin is a win in my book. 🙂
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Could your skin use a little more love? If you’re suffering from the post-holiday slump, and your skin is looking and feeling a little dull and lackluster, you may be in need of a new year skin detox. What is your current skin-care routine like?
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