By Andrea Tomkins
Spring is right around the corner and there’s no better time to refresh our skin care routines and try something new! I sampled two products that might fit the bill if you’re looking for slough off the residue of winter.
The power of smell is pretty amazing isn’t it? This scrub is the next best thing to a cup of coffee in the morning. Funny thing, when I first tried it I couldn’t quite identify the scent. Sure, that’s coffee, but what’s that other fragrance coming up behind it? Ahhhh yes. It wasn’t until I read the label that I realized it’s cinnamon. Cinnamon isn’t a scent we traditionally find in the shower, at least at our house. We usually stick to citrus-based scents, vanilla, or mint, but I really like the coffee-cinnamon combination. It’s a real wake-up call!
If you haven’t had the pleasure of using a shower scrub, here’s how it works: Grab a handful while you’re in the shower and go to town. This one has a base of ground coffee beans and sugar, and it’s fairly dry with a rough texture (in a good way). I felt invigorated after using it, not to mention exfoliated to the maximum degree. What’s more, the cocoa butter in this mix leaves skin feeling super hydrated and soft, which is more than welcome after the dryness of winter. I normally need to use a lotion on my legs because my skin is so dry, but I don’t need to after using this scrub.
I especially liked using this scrub on my feet! It might not be its primary function – the Purple Urchin folks say it “redistributes fat cells, thus reducing the appearance of cellulite and varicose veins” (and there is no cellulite on my feet!) but it sure felt good, long after the shower was over too.
This would be a really nice gift for your favourite coffee lover. And did you know Purple Urchin is an Ottawa-based company? So if you want to support local brands, this is a good place to start. Check out the rest of their products right here.
There are four sheets in a package of the Orgaid Revitalizing Organic Masks and I’m already looking forward to three more leisurely spa-like treatments in the comfort of my own home. First, a bit of backstory about my own skin. I love the idea of face masks but am almost always disappointed. I have very sensitive skin and am prone to redness. I don’t like masks that dry up or hurt to remove and I really question the benefits of a product that seems to suck the life out of my face. So it was with some degree of trepidation that I ripped open the package and extricated the folded sheet. First surprise: it was very wet and slightly cool to the touch.
The idea is to drape the sheet over your face (there are holes for eyes, nose, and mouth), smooth it down, and relax for 20-25 minutes. Sounds easy, right? Well, finding time to relax and actually relaxing can be a challenge for me.
I’d had a very long day at work and just got back from the gym. I lit some candles, drew a hot bath, grabbed a magazine, and applied the mask. This was, in a sense, forced relaxation, but it was so needed. The mask quietly did its thing (zero pulling, pinching, stinging, or drying) while I soaked the rest of my weary body. All too soon the prescribed amount of time had gone by. I easily removed the mask, and that’s it! The second surprise: there was no redness. My skin felt great, glowy, like I’d given it a big glass of water.
Will it ease dark spots and render me luminous? I can’t say for certain, but I definitely liked the feeling of it and appreciate the fact that it doesn’t contain any parabens, formaldehyde, alcohol, sulfates, or fragrance.
So as we bid farewell to one season and hello to another, there’s no better time to reexamine our skin care routines. What’s working? What isn’t? If you have questions about skin care and the new products available, ask one of the sales associates at terra20.