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the ramblings of a 21 year old
What to do when your skin isn't really sure what it is doing....
As a makeup artist, skincare is VERY important to me. A good base is essential to your makeup looking flawless. Taking care of your skin is also important to reduce the signs of ageing.
At this point in time, I am currently taking 5+ different medications multiple times a day. Due to this my skin is completely crazy. My skin type is combination X1000. I am somehow super oily, but at the same time have dry patches. My skin is also sensitive so products I use must be gentle. I also tend to have regular breakouts. I have put this down to the medications I'm taking influencing my skin.
This week I was lucky enough to receive a package from the gorgeous Jess at Whipsee Skincare. Whipsee SkinCare is a New Zealand made brand and all their products are made with natural ingredients and is 100% cruelty free! Which is super amazing! Also $1 from every product is donated to Tear Fund!
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In my package I received a "Activated Face Mask," and a "Lip Whip," in the flavour pineapple crush. I was super stoked as skincare-wise, face masks and lip balms are one of my most used products.
I immediately tried out the lip balm as I had dry lips. The consistency was, as expected, a "whipped" consistency so it was really soft on my lips. I absolutely loved it and it smelled divine! It provided moisture for ages too which was a plus! No need to keep reapplying. It was very soothing which was good as I am a chronic lip biter, especially with my anxiety through the roof at the moment.
As stated above face masks are one of my most used products for my problematic skin as whenever I use a face mask, my skin has evened out again. Face masks are also great for self care as whenever I wear one, I have a bath and "pamper," myself.
While my skin is ever changing from the meds, I keep my skincare budget pretty low. I buy a simple cleanser from the supermarket for all skin types and create my own face scrubs from sugar/salt/coffee/tea leaves, to keep costs down. No investing in something pricey for your skin to change the next day. Face masks are however something I think you should use, as you can buy single serves/smaller portions for a reasonable price that work wonders for your skin.
The face mask is charcoal based which is one of my fave kind of face masks to use because it draws everything out of your skin.
"With detoxifying and purifying Activated Charcoal to draw bacteria, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of skin, helping you to achieve a flawless complexion & fight acne and Bentonite Clay, a unique clay due to its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins."
The face mask came as a powder in the packet, which is something I've never used before. The instructions said to mix 1 teaspoon of the powder with two teaspoons of water. There is also a very important instruction to not let the face mask come into contact with metal because it will deactivate the mask! I quickly put my metal teaspoon down and managed to find a plastic one!
The mixture for me was enough for more than one use, so next time I will do probably a smaller amount. The powder and water formed a black paste in which I applied to my face after a quick scrub and cleanse.
I soaked in the bath for 15 minutes allowing it to dry. It felt tight on my skin but in no way did it burn or tingle which I have found with other charcoal masks (such as the L'Oreal one.) When I washed it off, I did notice my skin was a lot brighter and it removed the oily-ness from my t-zone but did not dry out the drier places on my face. I also noticed a lot of my redness had toned down too.
Here's a before and after.
I have fallen in love with this face mask as it is hard working but does not dry out or hurt my sensitive skin. Even writing this 24 hours later, my skin still feels amazing.
I would recommend that you get your hands on some of the Whipsee products as they are perfect for all types of skin. Especially try the face mask if you are having ever changing skin types from medications. The face mask retails for $7.50 and the lip balm for $6.50 so they are really quite cheap for something that is locally made and completely natural; no nasties!
*Big thank you to Whipsee Skincare for sending me these goodies to try*