Andalou Naturals Age Defining Mask

Andalou Fruit Enzyme Mask     I have been slowly but surely working my way through the Andalou Naturals masks/peels and have just received my Fruit Enzyme Mask which is part of the Age Defying collection.  I have to say it is by far my favorite.  I do not intend to try the remaining masks simply because after reviewing their ingredients I do not think that they will be right for my skin type.

     So far I have tried the Kombucha Enzyme Peel which was pleasant but did not have a noticeable tingle generally associated with a peel.  Next I tried the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, which is more of a peel than a mask and it tingled on the side of slight discomfort if you had any “active” breakouts.

     This last mask is such a treat to wear!  It reminds me of a fruit jam!  It has a nice tingle to it which reminds me of a peel, especially because of its gel like consistency.  It smells fruity but you can also smell the “active” ingredients as well but it is not overwhelming.  The Papain enzymes are also very effective.

     A little goes a long way, and after using for the mask about 15 minutes and rinsing my face felt silky smooth.  I also noticed that active breakout inflammation was reduced.  So far I have used it twice in the last week and will continue to do so.  I ordered this for less than $10 on Vitacost and considering how long this will last me I consider it a great deal!


Andalou Pumpkin Honey Mask

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andalou pumpkin honey mask

     A few weeks ago I experimented with creating my own homemade pumpkin mask because of the exfoliating glycolic acid that it contains.  I had great results and would definitely recommend trying it out to see how you like using pumpkin on your skin.  I loved the dyi mask, but there was one thing that I didn’t like.

     It is kind of a silly complaint, but I loved the mask so much that I wanted to use it about twice a week, and that means that I would have to find ways to properly store it to get the most out of every can.  Well I came across this product and it had the same key ingredients that I used in mine.  I found it for only 9.99 at my local Wegman’s.  You can find it online at Vitacost for about the same.

     I have previously reviewed another Andalou product (Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel) and enjoyed it and figured why not try this one?  Well it is very different from their peel and also the DIY pumpkin mask.  First of all you can feel it working.  It does give off a burning tingling sensation and it does have a very strong smell.

     At first I was off put by it but now that I am used to it the smell doesn’t bother me as much and I don’t notice the skin sensation as strong either.  Now even though it feels like a burning  sensation for the first couple of minutes it certainly does not.  I even had it over a few active pimples and they were not irritated when I washed it off.

andalou pumpkin honey mask review

     You leave it on for about 10 minutes and then gently rinse off with warm water.  Then I towel pat dry and apply their toner (which I will review shortly) and follow with Argan Oil to moisturize.  Well I have to say this is definitely the closest thing I have ever tried to what I presume a professional facial level peel would entail.

     It left my skin brightened.  Any pimple that I had that were healing dried up the next day.  I also notice that surface level clogged pores were gone.  I tend to have very tiny white bumps on my forehead and they were flattened following the mask.  Even though it is a “mask” it is more peel like in that it is a gel and not opaque.Compared to their actual peel it was a lot stronger.  I think I will reserve their other peel for spot and overnight treatments from now on.  

     Overall I love it and would highly recommend this mask.  They also have another gel mask that from the ingredients appears to be a more mild mask, no Glycolic Acid just fruit enzymes called the BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask.  I saw this at a health food store and the gel just looked and smelled great, so if you have sensitive skin this might be a better option.  Let me know if you have ever tried this or any of their other masks or peels or a similar natural product I would love to hear about your finds and experiences.

Soothing Oatmeal Face Mask

oats-400x400     I always keep a couple of pounds or organic rolled oats in my cupboard.  Oats are extremely underrated.  They are very healthy and not expensive.  Besides all of their internal benefits, you can use the same rolled oats that you eat to make a great mask to soothe your skin.  This mask is great if you have been exposed to sun, just have sensitive skin or are experiencing a sore breakout.  It is especially great in the winter if you have dry skin and need to turn your combat dry flaky skin.

     First I take my blender and add a half a cup of rolled oats.  I did half a cup which was plenty, I actually used some for the rest of my body as well (great idea if you apply in the shower).  I am sure a food processor works best but I do not have one, and if you don’t either the blender worked just fine.  I blended them for a couple of minutes until they were fine and powdery.  Then I added a 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp raw honey, and a splash of hot water and blended with a spoon.   It should be on the thicker side like a paste and not watery.

     While I was in the shower I applied it to my freshly clean face so that it could be absorbed by the skin better, I also waited a few minutes so that the steam would open my pores.  If you have extra by all means use it all over like I did.  Apply with care as you do not want to get honey or cinnamon in your eyes, and gently massage into the skin.  Leave it on till the end of your shower and then rinse off and cleanse skin again.  Don’t worry that smooth feeling will not wash away!  Then apply whatever your treatment serum/toner and moisturizer you use.

      Oatmeal is very calming to the skin, it contains components that offer anti inflammatory and anti itch benefits to the skin.  Cinnamon encourages collagen production and increases blood and oxygen flow, and is also anti inflammatory.   Raw honey is antibacterial, viral and fungal and has long been touted for its wound healing properties.  All of these are beneficial inside of the body as well but they work really well together to form a nice soothing mask.  Repeat 1-2 times a week and most of all ENJOY!

Detox Clay Mud Mask


     Here are the ingredients that you will need to create your own Detox Mud Mask: Bentonite Clay, Apple Cider Vinegar, Aloe Vera Gel and Water.  Take one tablespoon of clay.  Add a teaspoon of vinegar and then a squirt of aloe gel and a splash of warm water and mix.  The type of clay I use is called Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay.  I picked it up at a local health food store, but you can order it from Vitacost.  I used Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar with the “mother” in it.  The aloe that I used is by Aubrey Organics (also available on Vitacost), it is the purest that I could find with no fillers.  Keep in mind always refrigerate after opening. Mix together and adjust to achieve the desired consistency.  I think it works best when it is creamy but not so wet that it is dripping off your hands and running down your face.  It will appear greenish brown in color and have a smell but it shouldn’t be very strong.

     After thoroughly cleansing your skin apply a generous amount to the entire face except around the eyes.  The skin is very delicate in that area and does not need the mask. Just go to the top of the cheek and let your eyebrows and nose works as a frame around the rest of the eye.  Bentonite clay is very popular for mud masks and detoxifies the skin by drawing out impurities.  The apple cider vinegar works to correct the pH of the skin and it kills bacteria as well.  Because it is very powerful and drying I have added the Aloe Vera because if you do have any active pimples it will help to heal and soothe them.  Also it adds great consistency and allows you some time to put it on so that you do not have to rush before it starts drying in the bowl.

     After you apply the mask you will start to feel it tighten as it dries.  Leave on until it is mostly dry.  Do not leave on any longer if it is getting so dry and tight that is is starting to stretch and hurt your skin, usually 15 minutes does it for me.  Finally use a wet warm towel to gently re-wet the mask while it is on your face so it is easy to wipe off and remove.  Gently pat dry and follow with a moisturizer.   I recommend this mask for oily blemish prone and normal skin.  Repeat 1- 2 times per week.  As always let me know how this recipe works for you, or if you have any other masks that you have discovered. ENJOY!