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Luxury Soap or Miracle? Plank’s Cor Soap Aims to Streamline Your Skincare

Plank’s Cor Soap ($125.00) is something that sort of makes me go, “WHAT?!” because $125 for a 120-gram bar of soap? It is a facial soap, but it is designed to basically do everything in your skincare regimen: revives, plumps, tones, balances, deep cleans, and heals surface skin. To apply, massage gently into skin for one minute, and then keep the foam on for three to four minutes. According to Plank, one bar of Cor soap will last you six months, and if it truly does it all, then it’s not such a bad concept. The product contains silver, silica, collagen, chitosan, and sericin as its main ingredients, which are micronized in such a way that they are bettle able to penetrate the layers of the skin. Cor soap’s pH is supposed to be similar to the natural pH of skin, so it should be good for all skin types.

Silver helps destroy bacteria while also speeding up growth and repair of skin cells. Silica helps get everything to the dermis layer of the skin. Four types of collagen are found in Cor soap, including marine collagen, which gets into the dermis layer of the skin. Chitosan is a natural fiber that helps to even out skin tone as well as help with cell regeneration. Sericin is a soluble protein from silk that’s moisture-binding and film-forming, it helps form a protective film to lock in moisturizer and give protection against the sun.

I used Cor for two weeks, and it didn’t cause me any additional skin problems. I also found that it helped keep my skin moisturized throughout the day, and it lathered and foamed nicely in the shower. However, like soaps in general, it gives me this squeaky clean kind of feeling on the skin. I can’t really describe it, but I’m pretty sure you know what I’m talking about… skin isn’t necessarily tight so much as that if you attempt to run your hand across it, it gets stuck or jagged. Anyway, I hate that feeling, which is why I use body washes and not soaps! So for me, this is a personal preference, and I can’t see myself opting for this. I also don’t feel right just using one product–I feel like I need more, whether or not that’s really true is an entirely different story.

Here is one great thing, though. You can give Cor a chance by picking up a sample size that should last you two weeks or so, and it’s only $12! Now, at $12, it makes it worth giving it a shot to see if it can replace all of your cleansers, toners, etc.  Learn more or purchase at www.plankdesigns.com.

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Simply Flawless O2 Anti-Aging Moisturizing Creme

Simply Flawless O2 Anti-Aging Moisturizing Creme ($39.95) is a facial cream that utilizes Simply Flawless’ patented Oxygen Complex that contains RejuvenOx (TM) PFD. Basically, it is an oxygen molecule that has been shown to be able to permeate the skin layers to the lower layers. Many skin products are topical and tend to sit on the surface of the skin, so you don’t actually get nearly as many of the nutrients and whatnot as you could be using.

It comes in a pump container, which means no light gets in it and no worries about contaminating it with your fingers. You only need one or two pumps to moisturizer the entire face, which makes the product last you a decent amount of time. Even though it looks little, the 1.7 oz you get is about on par with many other mid to high end moisturizers. It is a concentrated cream, so a little is all you need; there’s no reason to pile it on, which means it should last you awhile.  It can also be used both AM and PM, making it a multi-tasking product (but make sure you have a separate sunscreen product then!).

I liked that there was no real scent to this–a lot of fragrance-free products smell clinical, but this is fairly odorless. It also absorbs pretty quickly, and this is always an important factor to me, because I hate waiting for things to dry (anything!). It felt gentle on my skin, and I liked the way my skin looked and felt two weeks later–smooth, fresh, and soft.

You can learn more at www.simplyflawlesso2.com.

Pure Oxygen Skincare: Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi 1 Review

Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi 1 ($52.00) is a product that boasts 1% of pure oxygen and Vitamin A, which is a patented combination by Dr. Herzog. This cream is meant to be used both morning and night, and it does a whole slew of things. It promotes healing, increases cell regeneration, minimizes pores, detoxifies, hydrates, diminishes lines and wrinkles, and desensitizes sensitive skin.

I was using increased amounts of acne medications, and predictably, they made my skin more sensitive. There were few creams that I could use without feeling like my face was on fire. Vita-A-Kombi 1 was one of them, and even better, it can be used both morning and night. It is a fairly thick cream, and it does take some time (5 to 10 minutes) to sink into your skin. It is best applied with a light layer all over the face, but without rubbing it too much into the skin; instead, just let it absorb naturally. My skin looked refreshed, and it felt so soft.

My only complaint was that every time I used this, my boyfriend told me I smelled like old lady. So I ended up wearing this mostly at night, rather than day, because I didn’t want people thinking I smelled like “old lady.”  Otherwise, the results were right in line with what I expected, and my skin was happy to use it for a few weeks!

The Karin Herzog line was the first to stabilize and deliver pure oxygen in cream form. The brand manufacturers their products in Switzerland, doesn’t conduct animal testing, and products are hypo-allergenic.  Learn more at www.karinherzogus.com.

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After Suncare – Liz Earle Sun Shade Botanical Aftersun Gel

Even though you’re probably a sunscreen wiz, since I know you’ve already read our Sunscreen 101 series, sometimes over exposure occurs, and you’re left with reddened skin. What to do?  Follow up with a cooling treatment with high aloe vera content.

Liz Earle Sun Shade Botanical Aftersun Gel ($23.50) is a very lightweight gel to help soothe skin that’s just seen too much sun and needs some cooling treatment. My boyfriend, who is much fairer than I, also burns easy compared to me (I don’t think I’ve ever had sunburn). I put this on his shoulders, and he was a happy camper. It has 92% hydrating organic aloe vera, which is a must-have in your beauty closet when it’s summer (if not year-round!). I sometimes use this on itchy or raw skin, and I find it gives me enough comfort and cooling to keep me from making it worse on myself.

Self-Tanning 101: Olay Touch of Sun Moisturizer, Lotion, and Body Lotion

Olay Total Effects Touch of Sun Moisturizer ($18.99) is an anti-aging daily moisturizer with subtle self-tanning properties. This is good for those who just want to slightly brighten and tan the face, but do not want an actual self-tanner. I find gradual and subtle self-tanners to have a great effect on brightening up the skin, and they do not require nearly as much maintenance as regular self-tanners need. You should see a noticeable color difference within three applications, and after a week, you will get to the darkest you will get. Similarly, Olay Touch of Sun UV Defense Regenerating Lotion ($18.99) works like the moisturizer does, only this has SPF 15 in it.

Olay Touch of Sun Daily Body Lotion ($7.99) comes in light/medium and medium/dark, depending on how deep and dark you want your tan to be. For those who do not want to apply a regular self-tanner after a shower (which can take an hour or two from start to finish), try this moisturizer with just a touch of self-tanner that works while you sleep. Within two or three applications, you should notice that your skin tone has deepened slightly. From there, you can control how dark you want to be or how dark you want to stay. If you want to go darker, apply nightly. If you want to maintain your current color level, apply every other night or less.

Sunscreen 101: Renee Rouleau’s Daily Protection SPF 30

If you’ve been reading Temptalia for a little while, you’ll know that we are strong advocates of preventing aging by using sunscreen everyday and everywhere. And not every sunscreen is made equal. Make sure you get introduced to sunscreen and learning about what ingredients and things to look for in your ideal sunscreen. You can also check out our Sunscreen 101 series.

Renee Rouleau’s Daily Protection SPF30 ($30.50) is a lightweight sunscreen that boasts 7.5% octinoxate and 7% micronized zinc oxide. The best part about this sunscreen is that it is designed to be your daily moisturizer as well as your daily sunscreen. If you’re like me, you are all about products that can multi-task so that you can save a few minutes in the morning. SPF30 is a good level of protection, and I’ve found that an overwhelming amount of daily moisturizers have no SPF or only SPF15, so it is great to see a product that has a higher level of protection.

I am a huge fan of Renee Rouleau products, so it’s no doubt that I enjoyed using this product. It’s a gentle moisturizer that helps me achieve the sun protection I need throughout the day. I would say in winter, I’d probably just use a moisturizer with SPF 15 and save this for spring and summer, since I’m not outdoors much when it gets cold! Renee Rouleau as a brand avoids using harsh ingredients, including mineral oil, sulfates, synthetic fragrancse and dyes. They concentrate on making quality products, rather than fancy packaging. Personally, their packaging is clean, sleek, and all I need in a product.

My only concern with this product is that you only get two ounces of the stuff for $30.50, which makes this a bit pricier than I’d like–of course, you don’t need too much, but when it comes to sunscreen, you don’t want to attempt to stretch the product in an effort to stretch your dollar.  You want a sunscreen you can use liberally enough that you don’t under-cover your face.

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