Dermasuri + Osmia Organics Soap and Body Oil

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I reviewed the Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt a while back (see more here). When used as directed, this scrubber makes dead skin ball up and roll off. It’s gross, fascinating and satisfying. You’re baby-soft afterwards–no redness or irritation either. Here is the problem–you have to hang around in the shower for about ten minutes or more before the dead skin is ready be exfoliated. And you’re not to put soap on before you use it, so you just basically stand there enjoying the water and solitude. That makes it a special occasion tool for me as I usually don’t have time for long showers. The other thing is that I started to feel guilty about the water running that long when water is in short supply for so many people. So, chuck the Dermasuri? Nope. I decided to use it for “dry-brushing.” Obviously it’s not a brush, but I have seen a few articles that say you can dry brush with a loofah. I thought I would give this a whirl before buying a brush or loofah. I decided to use it every morning for one week. I also committed to moisturizing every morning as well. Because while I have a a multi-step facial care routine, I am terrible about moisturizing my body–legs and feet especially. My moisturizer of choice: Osmia Organics Sunset Body Oil.

I have done it every day for a week before showering. The routine is: 1) Get naked (duh) and brush body in sections stroking toward the heart. Why? The internet says so. This takes just a couple of minutes. I focus most of the attention on my legs which are a special (scaly) type of dry after a winter of neglect. 2. Hop in the shower and wash with Osmia Organics Milky Rose Soap.  Why? It’s moisturizing, smells good, and is made with great ingredients (see more here). 3. Turn off shower, but stay in there. Tie up hair; don’t dry off. Apply Osmia Organics Body Oil. I don’t have a “see more here” for this one because I haven’t reviewed it yet. So let’s look at it in-depth for a moment, shall we? I have the OO Body Oil in Sunset. As with everything else I have tried from Osmia, I am a fan. And this oil is made of many lovely oils. Specifically oils of coconut, jojoba, kukui, sweet almond, rosehips seed, hemp seed, avocado, borage seed, and evening primrose. Check the full ingredients list out here. The scent is a warm floral vanilla with a hint of citrus. It comes in a frosted glass bottle that is topped with a stopper that has a hole in it so you can shake out a few drops at a time. And you really only need a few drops. A little goes a long way. I rarely say that about any product! The oil is softening, moisturizing and spreads easily on wet skin. Using a small amount allows for a thin layer that sinks in quickly. The only weird thing about it is that it may cause you to touch your skin throughout the day. Try to be discreet.

Now back to my dry-brushing or Dermasuri brushing experiment. Many proponents of dry-brushing believe that it can exfoliate dead skin, clear clogged pores, stimulate the lymphatic system, reduce cellulite, do your taxes, and shape your eyebrows. I can only speak to the first two. After one week of Dermasuri plus Milky Rose Soap plus Sunset Body Oil, my skin is softer and smoother. I am most pleased by the improvement on my legs where regrowth of hair after shaving is a somewhat less dry, and bumpy situation. I can’t wait to see what another week or two of this brings especially on the legs.

Serious Softening: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask and Dermasuri

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Today we are talking exfoliation (a topic I never tire of) with Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask and the Dermasuri Exfoliating Mitt. These are newer items in my stash and I have nothing but good things to say about them.

Let’s start with the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask ($55, 1 oz.). I know, I know. I am a little late to the Tata Harper party. I mean, you can get her stuff on Sephora now. She is positively mainstream. Better late than never! My introduction to this mask happened via a sample that I received with an order from Spirit Beauty Lounge. I tried it once and liked it so much that I knew I would soon break my rule about finishing products I have before I acquire new ones. There were two other masks in rotation, but this was too hard to resist. I tried, really. But then I cracked and ordered it. Then I tried not to open it. And failed. I have been using the mask once or twice a week for about three weeks and I just love it. Unlike other exfoliating masks, you can keep it on past the 20-30 minutes they recommend without burning, tingling, or redness. It very gently exfoliates and brightens. The texture is all wobbly, cooling, and gel-like. It tightens as it dries on your skin, but not in an uncomfortable way. It also has a light, pleasant scent. It is simply a treat to use. I like to use it at night and go heavy on moisturizer before bed. I wake up to brightened, soft, smooth skin that I can’t stop touching. It is pricey, yes, but if you want gentle and natural, it’s the way to go. It has a base of aloe and according to the TH site: pomegranate enzymes for deep cleansing and pore minimization; french pink clay to reduce the appearance of pores and help detoxify skin; and white willow to eliminate dead skin cells and promotes cellular renewal. Check out the full ingredients here.

Ok, so we’ve dealt with the face. Now on to the bod. This next item was an impulse purchase: the Dermasuri Exfoliating Mitt ($19.99). I read about it on nomoredirtylooks.com in Charissa’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine…Exposed. It’s a fabric mitt that you use once every two to three weeks. You soak yourself in the shower for about ten minutes without using soap or shampoo. Then you step away from the water to rub the mitt across your skin. And then…you begin to see the dead skin rolling up into balls like a sweater gets pills. You are simultaneously amazed and slightly grossed out. You will not believe how much dead skin comes off. I was surprised to see how much came off my arms and shoulders (and ahem decolletage) in comparison to my legs. I know what you are thinking: legs get some exfoliation during shaving, so of course less skin came off when using the mitt. But do I need to remind you that the working mother is hairy? This thing has me so smooth and soft that I am inspired to shave my legs more often. Like even before it gets really warm out. The other cool thing is that while the mitt is somewhat rough in texture and my scrubbing vigorous, my skin didn’t get pink or irritated. You rinse it really well and dry it for next time. Like the Tata Harper mask, you will be touching your baby-soft skin and feeling like you made an awesome purchase. Really the only downside is having to soak for ten minutes. It’s not a drought-friendly tool. Now if only I could commit to moisturizing my body like I do my face. Oh well. One day at a time, people.

Wishlist for Spring: Part 1

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Wishlist part 1…because you know there will be more right? Sometimes, reading through your blog feed or twitter feed can be a real problem. Especially if you’ve been trying to finish up products before buying anything new. Here are the things currently tempting me, and links to the temptresses who inspired the desire to buy…

We begin with sunscreen. If you’ve been following along, you know that I love Badger’s Antioxidant Damascus Rose Sunscreen (reviewed here.) Unfortunately, it’s only SPF 16 and it’s also unavailable while they reformulate it. I hope I still love it. In the meantime, winter summer is coming and a new and stronger sunscreen is needed. Blogger Sarita Coren must have been reading my mind, because today she did a post on her top 10 natural sunscreens. Check it out here. She has me wanting to try the Coola Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer. What did it for me? Use of the word velvety.

And now for a little luxe skincare. Browsing spiritbeautylounge.com has become a form of meditation for me. It is a beautifully curated online store for clean beauty products. I came across the Amala Rejuvenating Advanced Firming Complex and the reviews convinced me to spring for a trial size–twice. It is really nice stuff, though it’s too soon to review it. Anyway. since I am already dedicated to the art of exfoliation, I am always interested in firming products to compliment my efforts. In looking into the brand I came across this Truth in Aging review for Amala’s Rejuvenating Collagen Mask and…I want it, I want it, I want it.

And while we are on the subject of exfoliation, this week NoMoreDirtyLooks.com “exposed” Charissa’s morning skin and hair routine. And I quote:

Once every two weeks, I’ve now started using this crazy amazing mitt by Dermasuri.  I kept reading about these Korean spas and Turkish Hammans where they would scrub your skin right off.  Well, I thought that was a brilliant idea and found this mitt in a local beauty shop called Beauty Candy.  It’s awesome.  Is it crazy to like seeing my skin fall off in the shower?  Probably, but I like it!

Skin falling off in the shower! And look at what these reviewers on Amazon are saying. Shed like a snake? Don’t mind if I do.