In the past year I’ve seen more skincare brands emerge who use formulas that combine science (I like to refer to these ingredients as “clinical”) and nature. Scientifically-backed ingredients typically refer to ones that have a proven track record in delivering results such as niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, vitamin C, and so on – and nature referring to plant-based ingredients such as oils, butters, extracts, herbs, and others. Through a lot of trial and error I’ve learned that my skin likes the best of both worlds – science-backed formulas tend to contain skin identical ingredients that help with barrier health and I like natural formulas for the nourishment, aromatherapy, and sensory experience. Both combine to feed my skin in such a way that they can’t seem to do separately. Sometimes these “clinical” ingredients might be synthetic, but that doesn’t mean it’s unsafe health-wise. I think what a lot of us are discovering is that “biocompatibility” is what’s important with skincare – ingredients that our skin can actually utilize to heal and maintain health. YOU Skincare happens to be one of these brands that combine the best of both worlds into super effective formulas!
My hair posts on this blog are far and few in between, but if you’ve managed to catch the last one you’ll know that I’ve had scalp issues in the last +1 year stemming from natural shampoos and conditioners. With each one that I’ve tried, after a period of time I notice a lot of dandruff-like buildup on my scalp that leads to raw skin and extreme itchiness. I’ve come to the conclusion that the ones I’ve tried in the past are not properly removing oils and dead skin from scalp, causing the buildup that leads to the un-fun issues. Occasionally I’ve had to resort to conventional shampoos that clear my scalp up, but I’m not comfortable with the artificial fragrance and they tend to dry my hair strands out. In my last hair care post I showed a duo from Honest Beauty that I was seeing success with, but that brand is drowning in (super dishonest) scandals, so I decided to not go all in in buying the full sizes.
Brace yourselves, the much anticipated October Beauty Box from Boxwalla is here! If you’ve been a reader of mine since the beginning, you will know my love for this beautiful brand, H IS FOR LOVE, that Boxwalla is showcasing this month after such a warm first reception to the February beauty box that they were also featured in. Dare I say that this is my favorite Boxwalla beauty box thus far?
Ursa Major is on a roll with skincare launches lately! Today I’m excited to share their latest launch, the Bright & Easy 3-Minute Flash Mask* which is an exfoliating face treatment that delivers quick skin renewing benefits. I’m sharing all the details on their new mask and I have two treats for you all to boot! Ursa Major and I are teaming up to give away one Bright & Easy Mask on my Instagram, so be sure to check the bottom of this review for details on how to enter [giveaway is now closed]. Also, Ursa Major is kindly offering my readers a generous 15% off discount on all full-size products – check the bottom for more information!
Now, onto the mask goodness…