Wednesday, April 11, 2007

I soften, I massage, I deeply cleanse

Have you seen the Dove SkinVitalizer? It's a light-weight facial tool that grips a Dove cleansing pad and cleans your face with gentle vibrations.


The cleansing pads easily affix to the massager - just add a little water and away you go! There are two sides to the pad - one is for exfoliating and the other for gentle cleansing. Because this tool is waterproof, you can use it in the shower or at the sink - whatever is convenient.

I liked the feel of the cleansing pad vibrating on my face and my skin did feel smoother, refreshed and clean. The tool was a little noisy when it vibrated which did not bother me but might bug some people.

I would prefer a rotating brush and using my own cleanser rather than the replaceable pads. I am not 100% sure how deep cleaning this tool is and I can see a brush really getting to the deep down dirt. I am also very nervous of using new cleansers on my skin, so would prefer to use my own fav product.

Purchasing replacement pads on an ongoing basis may become a little costly, but on the upside you won't need to buy two separate skincare products as you get a cleanser and an exfoliator all in one.

You may have heard rumours that this item has being recalled - here are the facts from Dove:

"The Dove SkinVitalizer that was sold during January and February 2006 was recalled. The cleansing pillows on this device could loosen or dislodge during use and then the SkinVitalizer could cause minor scratches to the skin. This device had hooks which grabbed the pillow and attached it to the device. If you have the original SkinVitalizer, you should stop using the product and contact Unilever at (800) 761-3683. A new, redesigned Dove SkinVitalizer started selling in stores in January 2007.

What is the difference between the first SkinVitalizer and the new one on the market now? The first SkinVitalizer had mechanical hooks which grabbed the pillow and attached it to the device. The new and improved SkinVitalizer uses a soft velcro-like material to attach the pillows onto the device."

I would recommend you try this item. It is inexpensive and Dove is a quality brand that can be trusted. I would love to hear what your thoughts are on this item. Let me know!

The SkinVitalizer starter packs comes with:
Facial Cleansing Massager
6 Dove Facial Cleansing Pillows (3.1" x 2.2" / 7.8cm x 5.5cm)
1 - AA Battery

Available from your local drugstore.
$11.99 USD $13.00 CAD

For more information on the Dove SkinVitalizer go to www.doveskinvitalizer.com

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In July 2006 I started Lipstick, Powder 'n Paint. I really love it and am very excited to see more and more people visiting the site.

Can you believe how I felt when I found out that About.com named Lipstick, Powder 'n Paint one of the Best Beauty Blogs! I am thrilled - can you feel me grinning?

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Great Facial Cleansers

April is skincare month here at Lipstick, Powder 'n Paint and today I wanted to share with you some great cleansers that are on the market.

There are so many different skincare products for sale that it can be really confusing which one to buy. I am always very nervous of trying a new products as my skin is really sensitive - so once I find a product I love I am very hesitant to change. Blog for Beauty wrote a great piece on choosing the right cleanser for you and if you have the time, I recommend taking a peep at it.

Here are a selection of very good cleansers that you can find at the drugstore or at your local spa:

Aveeno Positively Ageless Daily Exfoliating Cleanser
Skin Types: All
A light foaming, soap free cleanser. It is clinically shown to exfoliate and replenish surface cells faster so your skin looks and feels younger. The fine micro-beads in this cleanser gently remove the dull, dry skin that prevents younger, fresher cells from showing through.

$8.99 USD $14.99 CAD


Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
Skin Types: Oily/Combination
A gentle soap-free foaming clear cleanser that helps to keep your skin's natural moisture in balance whilst washing away toxins and debris.
$29.50 USD $30.00 CAD for 8.4 fl oz












Phytomer Velvet Cleansing Cream
Skin Types: All
This cleansing and softening cream, naturally rich in marine active agents, quickly eliminates makeup and impurities.
$27.50 USD $34.00 CAD












Skincode Purifying Cleansing Gel
Skin Types: Normal to oily skin
An extra-gentle foaming gel that deeply cleanses make-up and impurities, regulates surface oils and leaves the skin purified and soft with a fine matte finish.
From the European Collection at Walgreens
$20.00 USD












Spa Aquatique 1.1 Regenerating Cleansing Milk
Skin Types: All, especially for aged-damaged skin
This product gently removes traces of make-up, cleanses impurities and prepares the skin to receive other marine treatments.
From the European Collection at Walgreens
$20.00 USD












Red Water Face Foaming Gel with Green Tea
Skin Types: All
This mild foaming cleanser hydrates, tones and mollifies the skin.
From the European Collection at Walgreens
$20.00 USD












Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash
Skin Types: All
A 2-in-1 rinse-off cleansing and exfoliating gel that leaves skin clean, hydrated and fresh.
$18.00 USD $23.00 CAD


There are of course hundreds of other cleansers to choose from. I would suggest that you speak to friends, do research on forums and/or speak to an esthetician or dermatologist to find out products might be good for your skin type.

I'd love to hear what your favourite cleansers are!

I am now off to wash my face!

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