Skincare Review: Korres Hydra-Biome Probiotic SuperDose Face Mask

Since my skin has been problematic lately, I am going a bit hard on the exfoliants and the acid. Along with those, I have been using the Hydra-Biome Probiotic SuperDose Face Mask from Korres every day.

It promises to rebalance stressed skin while relieving, soothing and recharging the complexion using greek yogurt, hydra-biome microbiome rebalancing technology, three types of hyaluronic acid, bisabolol and ginger root extracts, shea butter, apricot oil, sweet almond oil, and aloe vera.

This face mask can also be used as a sleeping mask. It feels like a thick moisturizer to the skin. It spreads thinly and applies white. Its consistency and texture felt like plaster of Paris and it smells like yogurt.

To be honest, I did not care for this the first time I tried it. It felt too creamy on the skin. However, I have come to appreciate it after using it as a sleeping mask every other day. It seeps into the skin and turns colorless. The creaminess and tackiness dissipate after a few minutes and leaves the skin feeling nourished and plump. After a week, I see the difference in my skin. It has helped brighten and clear my skin. It also left it hydrated and bouncy. After more than a month of use, I still use this once a week as a mask and twice a week as a sleeping mask. It just honestly made my skin feel and look healthier. I would sometimes use this right after cleansing and I would still wake up with bright and nourished skin. It’s honestly a new favorite.

This product is also cruelty-free and is made without sulfates, parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal, tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and silicones.

The Korres Hydra-Biome Probiotic SuperDose Face Mask was provided by @korres and @tractenbergandco. Available for $49 at korresusa.com

Skincare Review: Holifrog Cleansers

I’m one of those people who believe in using a different cleanser to meet a certain skin need. So receiving four different cleansers from Holifrog isn’t overwhelming at all.

I use the Kissimmee Vitamin F Therapy Balmy Wash as a first cleanser to remove makeup. It does remove foundation and everyday makeup products but I use a different balm for long-wearing and waterproof products. This cleanser doesn’t lather or emulsify. It feels balmy, as advertised and leaves a bit of a film after rinsing so this is best removed with a damp cleansing cloth. It does leave the skin feeling soft, though.

To clarify and brighten, the Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash helps clear and brighten the skin. I use this when my skin is looking dull and feeling clogged as it contains glycolic, mandelic, lactic, tartaric, and citric acids. It also feels gentle on the skin.

The Superior Omega Nutritive Gel Wash promises to cleanse oily skin using Probacillus Revive, lactobacillus, kombucha, grapeseed oil, broccoli seed oil, flaxseed oil, camellia seed oil, and sea buckthorn oil. It has a gentle natural smell and it feels really gentle on the skin when you lather and after rinsing. It doesn’t foam much and yet it leaves you with a clean feeling after wash. It’s meant for oily skin types but it doesn’t completely strip the skin. I like using this on a normal good skin day when my only problem is excess oil.

I enjoyed using the Tashmoo Water Lily Nourishing Milky Wash when I was in Europe because my skin didn’t get thoroughly oily in the climate there. This, as promised, nourished my skin while gently cleansing it. It contains amino acids, water lily root, and lotus flowers, panthenol, blue-green algae, apricot kernel oil, sunflower oil, vitamin e, and aloe vera.

Overall, if you are looking for a cruelty-free cleanser that is gentle and nourishing to the skin, you will find a Holifrog Cleanser that suits your skin type.

The Holifrog Cleansers were provided by @holifrog and @pokepr. Available at holifrog.com

Brand Overview: Lavido Purifying Facial Cleanser, Purifying Facial Toner, Replenishing Facial Serum, Mandarin Aromatic Body Lotion, and Thera Intensive Foot Cream

From the Galilee Valley, the vegan and cruelty-free brand Lavido uses botanicals, herbs, and fruit extracts to develop skincare products. Their products are also created without mineral oil, petroleum, silicones, propylene glycol, synthetic dyes, phenoxyethanol, synthetic alcohol, parabens, PEGs, and SLS.

A cleanser to balance the skin while melting away makeup and impurities, the Purifying Facial Cleanser ($29) contains pomegranate, orange blossom, and propolis. This gel cleanser feels gentle and soothing on the skin. After wash, my face feels smooth, clean, and fresh. However, it packs a strong fragrance which I don’t like.

The Purifying Facial Toner ($24) has similar key ingredients as the cleanser and promises to balance and refresh the skin. Same with the cleanser, this feels gentle on the skin. The solution is contained in a pump bottle and dispenses to form a small mass of bubbles when pumped onto a cotton ball. It leaves the skin smooth and fresh after application. However, this one comes scented as well. It’s not overpowering, but still, the scent is kind of strong for me.

Using pomegranate, lemon myrtle, and mandarin, the Replenishing Facial Serum ($59) aims to plump, retain moisture, and smooth the skin. I use this serum before bedtime to hydrate and nourish the skin. It doesn’t feel heavy and helps me keep my face soft, smooth, and supple especially after it gets absorbed into my skin. Out of all the products, this is my favorite because of how nourishing it feels on the skin.

For the body, the Mandarin Aromatic Body Lotion ($19) contains mandarin oil, orange oil, and bergamot oil to nourish and hydrate. This lotion has a whipped texture that smooths evenly on the skin. It also comes with a refreshing citrus scent. I have dry skin, and use lotion to calm down dryness. This lotion surprisingly doesn’t feel tacky and uncomfortable when applied even when I’m out. It sinks in quickly and feels light. I want a more moisturizing body lotion but this does soften my skin.

The Thera Intensive Foot Cream ($28) is for dry, cracked, or chaffed feet. It contains tea tree, achillea extract, and myrtle oil to soften and condition the skin. This foot cream has the same whipped texture as the body lotion but thicker. It also has a leafy scent to it. I like how it easily melts onto the skin as I massage it on my feet. It does manage to soften and smoothen my foot, especially dry areas like my heels. It also helps to keep it smelling fresh.

The Lavido Purifying Facial Cleanser, Purifying Facial Toner, Replenishing Facial Serum, Mandarin Aromatic Body Lotion, and Thera Intensive Foot Cream were provided by @lavido and @purplepr. Available at lavido.com

Skincare Review: Kat Burki KB5 Calming Gel Cleanser

I’m still one of those people who want their cleanser to feel cleansing. It’s how I liked it when I used to only cleanse and call it a day way back in grade school and that’s how I still like it now.

The KB5 Calming Gel Cleanser from Kat Burki has a gel texture with a watery consistency. It promises to remove impurities, makeup, and excess oil while brightening, soothing, softening, and retaining moisture to the skin. The cleanser uses flower water from gotu kola, lavender, calendula, and chamomile. It also contains aloe leaf juice, borage seed extract, rosehip seed oil, olive fruit oil, vitamin e, and lavender hydrosol water. It’s formulated without parabens, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, gluten, sulfates, petrolatum, and mineral oils.

This might be a gentle cleanser but it has helped deeply cleanse my skin. It removes excess oil without leaving my skin feeling too dry and stripped. Even though I have to use a cleansing balm to remove makeup, this helps keep my skin feeling hydrated. I like using this now in the morning for some gentle yet deep cleansing that nourishes my skin.

The Kat Burki KB5 Calming Gel Cleanser was provided by @katburki and @thewoodsandcoest. Available for $50 at katburki.com

Skincare Review: Sigi Skin Kaleanser Face Wash and Pink Nectar

Never to shy away from cute packaging, Sigi Skin caught my eye and my natural attraction for pastel colors. I got to try the Kaleanser Face Wash and Pink Nectar, which simple but cute and are also cruelty free and are made without parabens, dye, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), DMDM Hydantoin, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban, and polyunsaturated oils (PUFA).

A face cleanser in gel form, the Kaleanser Face Wash promises to remove makeup, dirt, and oils while rebalancing the pH level using glycerin and soy and kale extracts. Despite the overwhelming smell, it feels so gentle on the skin. It emulsifies and cleanses the skin quickly. I like that it doesn’t leave a film but it also doesn’t strip the skin. I like using this when my skin is feeling a bit tight because this is calming and soothing to the skin.

Pink Nectar is one of the lightest eye creams I have tried. It spreads thinly but feels really moisturizing on the eye area. Using five kinds of hyaluronic acid, glycerin, niacinamide, vitamin e, propolis, peach extracts, and actractyloides lancea root extract, this eye cream aims to moisturize, firm, depuff, and brighten the eye area. Even though I have not seen its brightening effects, what I really like about this is how light enough this eye cream is to be applied in the morning and how it moisturizes my dry under eyes. It sinks in quickly and doesn’t mess my makeup while not aggravating the dryness of my under eyes.

The Sigi Skin Kaleanser Face Wash and Pink Nectar were provided by @sigiskin and @thewoodsandco. Available at sigiskin.com