Every week Chichi brings you the latest and greatest eco-friendly beauty products on Green Chi Tuesday! This week we are diving into the deep blue waters of H2O+ Sea-Derived Skincare who sent megsmakeup their Marine Cleansing Gel, Sea Results Overnight Perfecting Peeland theSea Clear 10-Minute Mattifying Mud Mask for our testers to review.
When I first saw the Marine Cleansing Gel I was completely intrigued by the name, the simple packaging and the clear gel with turquoise beads that it contained. I am a total water baby. Most of my favorite memories involve being around or near bodies of water and even though I hate putting on a bathing suit, I am always up for a dip in the water. When I saw that this line of face, body and hair care is comprised of sea-derived products, I was eager to try it out.
Who doesn’t love the ocean? The amazing, ever changing colors of the water, the pounding of the surf and the unique salt scented air always puts me in a happy mood. I just spent three days ocean side in beautiful La Jolla with my Mom and two sisters. They flew in from Pennsylvania for a beach weekend and somehow managed to pick the three days when it was downright cold in San Diego. We arrived to gale force winds, sleet advisories and temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s. We refused to let this dampen our spirits and decided to get the most out of out time. We spent our first night having a fabulous dinner full of wine, gossip and laughter followed by a soak in the hot tub. While we chatted in the Jacuzzi, my sisters and I decided that regardless of the temperature, we would immerse ourselves in the Pacific Ocean at least once.
The next day we put our plan into action. We started by simmering in the hot tub until we felt like we were being boiled alive. Then we grabbed the full-length fluffy hotel robes, wrapped ourselves up tight and sprinted the 100 yards or so to the shore. As we stood at the waters edge, summoning our courage, a woman in a bright red down jacket walked by, “You girls aren’t going in there, are you?” she asked incredulously. “We’re going to try!” we answered. Then on the count of three, we dropped our robes and made a break for it. As my foot first hit the water, I was totally shocked at just how cold it felt. “Keep going, keep going,” I chanted in my head as I ran full-force, deeper and deeper into the Pacific with my sisters at my heels. We were all uncontrollably screaming like banshees the entire time and drew a crowd of teen-agers who watched the crazy, screeching chubbies from the sand. Once we reached the point where the waves started to break, we stopped to plunge all the way under and then laughed and laughed in the freezing water. My heart was beating so hard and fast, I felt like I was in the middle of a hard cardio workout. I was numb from my chest down and could barely catch my breath. We shared a quick sisterly hug in the surf (which caused my Mom watching from the balcony of the hotel to burst into tears!) and then got the hell out! We were tired and cold, but so happy we took the plunge. Once again, the ocean was a part of a special memory I’ll always treasure.
I found another treasure from the sea with the H2O+ Sea-Derived Skincare line. H2O Plus is the first company in the world focused solely on the benefits of water-based, oil-free skincare. (Their packaging) is minimal, recyclable and void of secondary boxes or corrugates. Additionally, this company does not test on animals. Almost all of their products contain Sea Mineral Complex, which is comprised of sea-derived sodium, magnesium, potassium and calcium. The complex works as a moisture transportation system to maximize the delivery of sea botanicals, extracts and other key ingredients to your skin. Other natural ingredients from the ocean include Sea Grass, (for intense levels of nourishing and hydrating from marine vitamins and minerals), Sea Kelp (a soothing marine botanical that relieves irritation caused by the environment), Sea Salts, Sea Slit, and Sea lettuce.
Here at megsmakeup, we received the Marine Cleansing Gel for oil prone and combination skin. This oil-free, water-based gel foams away make-up and surface impurities while soothing skin with micro encapsulated softening beads. It leaves skin feeling clean, clear and refreshed without stripping or drying. I absolutely loved this lightly ocean scented gel that thoroughly cleansed my skin, morning and night, without ever leaving me feeling tight or dry. This is one of their best-sellers and deservedly so – I highly recommend it for oily gals.
We also able to test the Sea Clear 10-Minute Mattifying Mud Mask which is also for oily and combination skin types. This 10-minute clarifying solution provides deep-pore cleansing and mattifies surface shine. Oil- absorbing kaolin clay deeply purifies while mushroom extract provides astringent properties to help clarify and tighten pores. Sea Mineral Complex delivers shine-neutralizing marine algae and olive tree leaf extract to help prevent the formation of excess surface shine for a lasting, matte complexion. I’ve been using this miracle mask on a twice weekly basis and have been so pleased with the results. It has helped to minimize the pores sprinkled on my nose and cheeks and leaves my skin oil and shine-free.
Other testers received the Sea Results Overnight Perfecting Peel recommended for all skin types. This peels has been highly praised by the likes of Fitness, Redbook, and Life & Style Weekly. H2O+ promises to illuminate your skin with this revolutionary peel created to visibly refine the appearance of pores, gently resurface skin texture, and minimize fine lines to uncover improved skin tone and produce exceptional vibrancy…this high performance treatment delivers balanced tone and clarity, prevents clogged pores and potential breakouts, all while revitalizing and brightening dull complexions. I didn’t want to be greedy and take all three products (even though I was sorely tempted to do just that), so I can’t wait to hear what our megs testers thought of this peel.
Finally, I was impressed with their easily navigated website that is full of product information to help you make the best decisions for your skin type. There is even a skincare analysis (consisting of five questions) that will guide you to the products recommended specifically for your needs.
Ladies, let us know if H2O+ Skincare has you ready to plunge into the ocean. (Or at has you dreaming of balmy nights by the sea with a frosty drink in hand!)