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|Herbovore Brighten Pineapple & Gemstone Mask from eminessences.com|
Today I am coming at you with a fabulous mask review. As you might know, I was 30+ years late to the masking game - shock horror, right? Needless to say I am making up for the lost time big time, and one of the masks I am currently using it Herbivore Brighten mask I got from Eminessences - thank you Emily! (not an affiliate link, nor this is a sponsored post. Just sharing my thoughts in a review). We connected via Instagram, and when she asked would I like to try something from Herbivore, I didn't hesitate - this is a fabulous natural brand I'd wanted to try anyway, so needless to say I grabbed the chance with both hands. Admittedly I had my sights on another mask from this brand - Blue Tansy one - but after asking Emily which one should I go for, I listened to her advice and went for Brighten mask as a more suitable option for sensitive skin. And I am so glad I did - I found a mask that suits me and it really makes a difference in how my skin looks - natural ingredients, gentle yet powerful enough to make a difference in five minutes - why yes please! And did I mention gemstone powder?? Gems on my face? Why yes please!
Herbivore is a brand co-founded by husband and wife Alex and Julia in their Seattle kitchen in 2001. They aim to bring you products that are safe, non-toxic, and highly effective. They believe in tangible results you can see and feel, and believe in the power of nature to bring these results. Every ingredient that is included in Herbivore products is there for a specific therapeutic reason. They do not use fillers of any kind, meaning that almost every ingredient in the products is an “active” ingredient. This results in pure, highly concentrated, and effective formulas that are a rarity in the skincare and cosmetics world today. All of their formulas are original, created and tested by themselves, on real people — never on animals and always from scratch, with an emphasis on organic, high quality, and food-grade ingredients.
Knowing that everything we put on our skin quickly absorbs into our bodies, they ethically source the finest raw natural materials the earth has to offer. With ingredients ranging from French pink clay to Brazilian gemstones, they formulate treatments that combine essential vitamins, minerals, and botanicals to restore skin to its optimum health and vitality.
Let's look at those fabulous ingredients in the mask, shall we?
Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Gel, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose (plant derived), Glycerin, Carica Papaya (Organic Papaya) Fruit Extract, Pineapple Natural Melange, Ananas Comosus (Organic Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Brazilian Micronized Tourmaline Gemstone Powder, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Leucidal (Radish Root ferment).
That's it! Minimal ingredients, all natural, all you can understand - don't you love it? I know I do.
Brazilian White Tourmaline Gemstone: Naturally brightens and illuminates the complexion. It also creates a slight warming effect and increases circulation within the top layers of the skin leading to healthier skin cells and more vibrant skin.
Pineapple and Papaya Enzymes: Natural forms of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that gently resurface and exfoliate the skin, leaving it smoother and brighter. Natural fruit enzymes are more gentle than traditional chemically produced alpha hydroxy acids, which tend to dry out the skin.
Rice Powder: Has been used in Japan for centuries to brighten, soften, and smooth the complexion.
Now, I have to say normally I shy away from anything with AHA's in it (I prefer gentle manual and minimal exfoliation with face cloths and kognac sponges) but I am so glad I gave this a shot - it lifts away that dead layer of your skin revealing new smooth and plump skin underneath - and that is exactly the results I get from it - smooth, lovely and bright skin. No irritations, just one thing to remember for my sensitive skin gals - don't keep it on for more than five minutes. Everybody else, be my guest to keep it on for 20 mins or until the face is dry. Rinse with warm water. You are supposed to do this mask for the first three days in a row, and then use it 2 to 3 times a week, and that is exactly what I've done. I use it twice a week, as I have sensitive skin and have to remember to take it easy, and you just see how your skin feels and use accordingly. Slight to normal tingling is normal when using this mask. They advise you to use this mask at night as you do not want to expose your skin to sun directly following use. And always remember to use SPF during the day to avoid sun damage. But I shouldn't be telling you all this, as it is a common sense with AHA masks and the sun, but you know, just in case!
By the way, if you are a reader from Europe, I suggest you check out that Eminessences web shop - they offer many non EU brands including Earthwise Beauty, Mahalo, Leahlani, Captain Blankenship, Fitglow Beauty and more - meaning that you would be ordering from inside of Europe and wouldn't have to worry about looming custom charges. I know I have this shop bookmarked for when I will be ready to stock up on Nap In The Meadow from Earthwise Beauty. And this mask, of course. I also got a sample of Fitglow Beauty foundation and I have to say I really like it! Oh, possibilities, possibilities! I feel my wishlist getting longer by the minutes :)
That's is it for today. Have you tried this mask or anything else from Herbivore? What are your thoughts on the products?
Lots of Love,
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