For this week’s Spoil Me Sunday, there ended up being an unintentional theme: spices! I’m absolutely in love with these products, so let’s jump right in:
ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment from Kate Somerville
Full disclosure: I didn’t buy this. My friend Jessi gave it to me because she had received it (I think in a subscription box) and wasn’t going to get around to using it. Boy, did I luck out! This stuff is incredible. I didn’t want to like it because of the price tag, but I couldn’t help it. Per the suggestion on the insert that came in the box, I used it in the shower so my pores would be more open. It’s green, which I wasn’t expecting, but the smell is what really caught me off-guard. It contains both Cinnamal and Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, so it smells very strongly of cinnamon, which is one of my favorite spices. It was like someone had turned Big Red chewing gum or Hot Tamales candies into a skincare product, and I was putting it all over my face. 🙂 Anyway, you just spread a thin layer on your face in a circular motion, let it sit for up to 2 minutes, and then rinse off. Skin tingling and some minor flushing is normal (mine definitely tingled, but since I was in the shower, I can’t tell you if it flushed.)
Some of the active ingredients:
- Lactic Acid: “chemically” exfoliates your skin
- Silica: physically exfoliates your skin
- Fruit enzymes: enhance exfoliation
- Salicylic Acid: dissolves debris that clogs pores
- Aloe Vera & Honey: soothe and condition skin
- Vitamins A, C, & E: antioxidants
- Soy-Lipid: repairs your skin’s natural barrier
My skin looked brighter and felt softer and smoother after just one use. You should only use it twice a week max, so this tube will hopefully last me a while. Will I repurchase? I would seriously consider making this a regular skincare splurge. I look at skincare as an investment (and hopefully a way to avoid the temptation of plastic surgery later on), so I’m not ruling this one out.
Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask from Andalou Naturals
I’ve used this one before, and I’ve loved it since Day 1. I bought it back in the fall, and it was perfect for the season. Between the pumpkin purée, the clove flower extract, the nutmeg kernel powder, and the cinnamon bark extract, it smells like autumn in a jar. That means that basically I can enjoy a little piece of autumn year-round, which is heavenly! It has some ingredient overlap with the ExfoliKate, but some different ones, as well.
Some of the active ingredients:
- Pumpkin purée: good for your skin in multiple ways
- Fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that smooth and brighten your skin.
- Vitamins A & C that soothe skin and boost collagen production
- Small molecular structure, so it can penetrate deeper into the skin for greater effectiveness
- Aloe Leaf Juice & Honey: soothe & condition skin
- Glycol Acid: another AHA that chemically exfoliates the skin
- Fruit Stem Cells: anti-aging properties
- Fruit Extracts: brighten your skin thanks to the naturally occurring AHAs
Applying this makes me think of putting a thinner-consistency pumpkin pie filling on my face, which is funny to imagine. You just apply, leave it on for 10-20 minutes, then rinse off. I like to use it every few weeks or so, just because I have so many masks in rotation. This one won’t be leaving the rotation any time soon!
It’s important to note that while you should wear sunscreen every single day, it’s especially important when using products that contain AHAs because your skin is more sensitive to sun exposure. If you don’t wear sunscreen regularly, you’re just going to undo all of the anti-aging work you’ve put in!
Rose Gel Restore Mask from Trader Joe’s
I talked about this mask here, so I won’t go into it again, but it was a nice way to soothe my skin after the more intensive products that preceded it.
What are some of your favorite beauty products that contain food ingredients? Share in a comment below!
I hope you have a fabulous week!