Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Week of: Eminence Organics

Read this one ALLLL the way to the end to find out how my skin went from the picture on the left to the picture on the right.

Eminence is the organic line we use at school, and we each received a kit from the line. Everyone got a cleanser, toner, two masks, and a moisturizer. I knew this would be the perfect line to try for my next week of especially if I was using this line on clients. The label was especially appealing to me with all of my favorite key words like organic, biodynamic (which means the standards are even higher than certified organic), non-GMO, handmade, and they give back by planting a tree for every product sold. For the most part the ingredients sounded great to me. I was surprised that I haven't seen much of this brand around the green beauty community good or bad and I figured it was the perfect chance for me to try and see how I liked them. We had a class on the line and the lady who came and spoke to us explained it as "organic with results" so I said "we'll see."
In my kit I received the citrus cleanser, rosehip and maize exfoliating mask, grapefruit clarifying mask, and arctic berry illuminating peptide moisturizer. I used a sample of the clear skin probiotic moisturizer as my main moisturizer for this test instead of the peptide one because I felt this would be better suited to my skin type and would have a better chance at helping to heal my acne. I read a blog post about probiotics for the skin, externally not just internally, and was intrigued. So here are my results from using only this brand for 2 weeks...


Citrus Exfoliating Cleanser: This cleanser has tiny exfoliating beads in it. At first I thought I would like this product... I used it after working out in the morning to get all of the dirt, grime, and sweat off of my face. I noticed the small bumps and breakouts on my neck were spreading to my jawline and hairline. After talking with my new instructor at school who is very knowledgeable (she has worked in a spa and then a dermatologist office for years) informed me that if you have an active breakout the grittiness of this cleanser will cause the bacteria to spread. This makes total sense but it's something I wouldn't have thought about. You would think your cleanser would take bacteria away from the skin instead of picking it up and spreading it around. Although good for exfoliation, this is too harsh for my skin and was only spreading bacteria around. As soon as I stopped using this one I saw a difference. Needless to say, this one is not for me.


Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser: This is mainly the cleanser I used once I stopped using the citrus exfoliating cleanser and I really like this. This cleanser includes yogurt which is a good form of lactic acid that gently exfoliates and nourishes the skin. Other ingredients include tea tree oil which is great for acne, and willow bark extract (natural form of sal acid). I like the smell of this cleanser as well as the creamy/gel texture.


Stone Crop Toner: This is one of my favorite products that I used throughout this process. This toner is very calming and it feels good on the skin. Stonecrop is one of the favorites among the instructors and students at school and everyone agrees that it's very balancing, calming, and smells amazing. Stonecrop also known as sedum is a succulent similar to aloe vera. It is packed with healing properties, reportedly more powerful than aloe. It is very refreshing on the skin and is great to prepare the skin for moisturizer.

Rosehip and Maize Exfoliating Mask: I only used this a few times throughout the past couple of weeks. I liked how it made my skin feel afterwards. I will probably continue to use this to see if I can see any results from using it a couple times a week.

Pink Grapefruit Clarifying Mask: Honestly, I didn't use this enough to get a good review on it. I used it once and my skin felt nice afterwards, but that's about all I have on this one. I will have to try this one further to form a solid review.

Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer: The clear skin line is definitely my favorite. It includes ingredients such as willow bark, a natural form of salicylic acid, which is great for active breakouts and great for exfoliation. This also includes tea tree oil (natural astringent, antimicrobial), calendula (great for healing, antioxidant), cucumber juice (purifying). I liked this moisturizer and will continue use of this at school. I could see myself purchasing this moisturizer as well. (I tried the clear skin serum  a couple of times so I can't report on this product for sure but I did like it the couple times I used it.)

Arctic Berry Illuminating Peptide Moisturizer: This moisturizer includes a lot of anti-aging ingredients (jojoba oil, lingonberry seed oil, cloudberry seed, arctic root, arctic meadowsweet, juniper sprouts, hibiscus seed extract, yellow plum extract gardenia stem cells, gotu-kola stem cells). I don't know a whole lot about any of these ingredients so it will have to be something I look into. I liked how my skin felt after using this, it wasn't too thick for me and my skin felt nice and moisturized. I don't think this would provide enough moisture for someone with dry to very dry skin, but it was sufficient for me. I didn't especially love the smell of this. It smelled like berries but it wasn't a FRESH berry smell, it has more of a fake "berry flavored" smell.


Another thing I believe helped my skin clear up tremendously was using these products along with getting a high frequency facial. I was seeing results from using the products alone, but I believe that the high frequency gave my skin the push it needed. Each time I got high frequency I was using only eminence along with it. For those of you who don't know what high frequency is, it's a machine that an esthetician will run across your face using an electric current to kill all bacteria on the surface of the skin, increase circulation in the skin, and boost collagen and elastin production. They will "spark" major blemishes a couple of times to further dry it out. This is great for oily skin types. I was a little hesitant about this but honestly my skin has not looked this good in a while and I am loving this! This also draws toxins out so that they can be safely extracted. The problem on my neck was that the milia spots were not to the surface they were stuck underneath the surface of the skin so I couldn't get them out. This brought it all up to be safely extracted.


I was pleasantly surprised by the results I saw from using these products. I had a facial at school once a week using only eminence as well as using them in my home routine and my skin looks drastically better especially my neck area, which I felt like nothing was taking care of. 
I will say I was a little biased coming into this thinking I was not going to like it and that they wouldn't do anything for me but I was proven wrong. These are the most results I have seen in a few months. The clear skin line is definitely my favorite. I like the cleanser, mask, and the moisturizer. I would rather use the clear skin moisturizer in the morning and the peptide one at night. Definitely unexpected but happy with the results I received. I will continue to rotate these into my normal routine. 

With this being said I would still check the ingredient list of these products especially the sunscreen products. I personally like using zinc oxide and steer clear of Ethylhexl Methoxycinnamate (octinoxinate) which are included in several.  I would not recommend ALL of the products in this line, but with school I got to pick and choose and these were the ones that were most helpful. 
Also, I didn't find a full ingredient list online, BUT we got a packet from school that has ALL ingredients so if you have any questions about any of the products ingredient-wise let me know!

Hope this was helpful!

Tori

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