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The Total Detox Facial

Are you fed up with having a poor complexion, blemishes and acne-scars? Do you want spot-free skin once and for all?

If you answered yes to these questions, keep reading…

After trying out the Age Defying Facial from Organic Apoteke (and falling completely in love with it!), I couldn’t wait to try their Total Detox Facial.

Like many other people, the Christmas period is a time of eating too much, drinking too much, staying up too late and putting food into our bodies that we normally wouldn’t.

Unfortunately, doing all of the above creates unnecessary stress for your skin, as well as your internal organs.

The Total Detox Facial could not have come at a better time, as my body has been in serious need of a full detox!

The Total Detox Facial includes:

  • Active Face Cleanse Gel
  • Active Face Hydrate Gel
  • Detox Face Mask

The Organic Detox Tea also goes hand-in-hand with this facial. Read about this towards the end of this article.

As with my recent review of the Organic Apoteke Age Defying Facial, this three-step routine has been the ONLY skincare products that I have used in the past month!

The ingredients in this “Triple therapy” facial are combined to help restore your skin by reducing acne and blemishes, and giving it a lovely healthy glow for spot-free skin.

Fluid State Skincare

Organic Apoteke products are emulsifier-free. They combine plant oils and waters, which means that their products are in a ‘Fluid State‘.

Fluid state products are more easily absorbable into the skin and they help the skin to retain moisture. The products flow more like water and are able to adapt to environmental changes.

The Organic Apoteke products have been described as “liquid gold”.

  • Suitable for: Dry skin, sensitive skin, skin with dark spots and redness, and skin showing signs of ageing and lacking radiance.
  • Free from: This product is organic, vegetarian, cruelty-free and free from emulsifiers and palm oil.

The Perfect Bamboo Face Cloths

I mentioned the Biodegradable Bamboo Reusable Face Cloths from Organic Apoteke in my last article, and I wanted to give an update on how they are doing so far.

Two months on and after being used twice every day (so, around 120 uses), my pack of 5 of these sustainable and organic face cloths are still going strong!

I can’t say exactly how many times I have used each one, but I wash them out with warm water and a soft soap after each use. This is faster than the washing machine and is much more gentle to the material.

The only thing that has degraded over time is the logo, which has begun to fade on some of the cloths. With that said though, all of the face cloths are still VERY effective, soft and luxurious on my skin. I genuinely love them!

This is a sponsored post. All thoughts are my own honest opinions from my experiences with these products and the brand.

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Active Face Cleanse Gel

Welcome to the facial detox trio from Heaven! The first step in the Total Detox Facial and being able to achieve spot-free skin is the Active Face Cleanse Gel.

Rather surprisingly, this cleanse gel is less like a typical gel and more like a thicker lotion. It works deep into the skin to detoxify and clear the skin.

With so many wonderful natural and organic ingredients, it is no surprise that this cleanser works so well.

The pineapple and papaya extracts help to soften skin and gently exfoliate.

Skin stays bright, clear and blemish free, while the essential oils of Lemon and Bergamot (one of my all time favourites) refresh the skin.

Pores are refined and redness and acne are improved, whilst the Tea Tree Oil provides antibacterial properties. You should be on your way to spot-free skin in just one week!

Unlike the Buttermilk Cleanser in the Age-Defying Facial, this cleanser should be kept away from the eyes and not used as a make-up remover. 

This is due to the active ingredients used in the product.

Application

The Active Face Cleanse Gel is yellow-ish in colour and the consistency is slightly thicker than some other cleansers.

As with the Buttermilk Cleanser, you only need to use a small amount of this gel to achieve overall facial coverage.

I love the smell of this product. It took a while for me to figure out what the smell was, but I managed to whittle it down to (what I think is) lemongrass.

Did it actually work for me though?

In all honesty, I could not believe how smooth my face was after just the first application!

Within a week, my skin was beginning to break out, suggesting that the gel cleanser was beginning to work its magic.

After 4 weeks of use, my skin is visibly clearer, naturally glowing and much of my general redness seems to be reduced.

Best of all though, the pores around my nose and chin areas are visibly smaller and clearer.

How to use

  • Gently massage the cleanser onto damp skin in a circular motion, on to the face and neck.
  • Work it into a mild lather (this only requires a very small amount of product).
  • Rinse of the gel cleanser and splash your face with cold water to help the pores close.
  • Follow this with the Active Face Hydrating Gel to help hydrate and smooth your skin.

Avoid your eye area, due to the active ingredients in this product.

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Active Face Hydrating Gel (Moisturiser)

The blend of active botanicals and organic natural ingredients are what make this award-winning Active Face Hydrating Gel such a fabulous moisturiser.

The lemon oil and neem leaf extract provide antibacterial and healing properties, while the Arginine Acid (an amino acid naturally found in the body) helps to balance sebum production and reduce oiliness.

Being a multi-action moisturiser, this hydrating gel works wonders. The website claims that you should see “clear glowing skin in a week” and “best results” (in my case, reduced redness and a more even complexion) after using this product for 6-8 weeks.

Whilst combining this gel with the rest of the Total Detox Facial products – the Active Cleanse Gel and Detox Face Mask, I saw slight results in just one week.

My skin was beginning to expel all of the nasties that were under the top layers. I was on my way to spot-free skin!

After a month, I was seeing noticeable results!

My skin was less red and generally clearer, my pores were minimised and my general complexion seemed a lot more even and hydrated.

Best of all…

The Age-Defying Facial that I tried recently had noticeably improved the appearance of my existing facial blemishes and scars, but this facial had improved the appearance even more!

Application

You only need a small amount of this product to achieve full facial coverage, and it glides onto the skin like velvet!

The product feels light on application and has a clear colour, with a very runny consistency. Think “water”. I would strongly suggest that you cup your fingers slightly when pumping the product into your hands though, as the product will run into the sides of your fingers otherwise.

This gel smells fresh and slightly sweet, which is very refreshing after the smell of (what I think is) lemongrass in the active cleanse gel.

How to use

  • Massage the active hydrating face gel onto your face, neck and dΓ©colletage after cleansing with the Active Face Cleanse Gel.
  • Follow with the Detox Face Mask.
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Detox Face Mask

This face mask contains dead sea mud, which contains over 26 essential minerals that provide healing properties, prevent future breakouts and contribute toward spot-free skin.

The pineapple extract helps to oxygenate the skin and extract toxins and impurities, while you can gently exfoliate your skin with the organic papaya extract.

The deep acting mask also contains green clay, which provides protection from pollution and congestion, and lifts dead skin cells to reveal your naturally glowing skin.

Although this mask is perfect for oily skin, it still works with all other skin types and prevents skin from looking greasy.

Application

The Detox Face Mask has a slight honey-coloured hue to it.

When you first squeeze the product on to your fingers, it seems thicker than what it is when you spread it over your facial skin. Once on the face, it distributes very easily and smoothly.

I use around 6 pumps for a nice thick coverage, but this covers both my face and neck.

You can feel a slight tightness a few minutes after application, but it isn’t as tight as a clay mask.

After washing off the mask, my skin was visibly more radiant and felt a LOT smoother!

Did it really give me spot-free skin though?

The first time I used this face mask, I had two small spots on my chin area. When I woke up in the morning, the spots seemed to be going already.

After one month weeks of using this face mask, my face was pretty much 100% clear! I had completely spot-free skin for the first time in a while and was feeling fabulous!

My skin was no longer greasy, my previous blemishes were gone and my face appeared more radiant.

How to use

  • After cleansing with the Active Face Cleanse Gel, apply a thick layer of the Detox Face Mask onto your face and neck.
  • Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with warm water. I always use the Organic Apoteke Bamboo Face Cloths to do this!
  • Use this mask 1-2 times weekly. More than this can dry out your skin too much and cause damage.

* TOP TIP: You can also use this product as a “spot mask”. Leave it on overnight to help heal blemishes faster and more effectively.

How To Use The ‘Total Detox Facial’

Morning Routine

  • Cleanse with Active Face Cleanse Gel
  • Rinse off and splash your face with cool water
  • Apply the Active Face Hydrating Gel to sooth and hydrate the skin

Evening Routine

  • Cleanse with Active Face Cleanse Gel
  • Rinse off and splash your face with cool water
  • Apply the Detox Face Mask (only use 1-2 times per week) or dab on spots and leave overnight to help heal blemishes
  • Apply the Active Face Hydrating Gel to sooth and hydrate the skin

Key Ingredients

πŸ’ž Papaya Extract: Supports healing, softens skin and gently exfoliates while removing dead skin cells. Using regularly improves the appearance of blemishes, scars and sun damage, and can help you achieve spot-free skin.

πŸ’ž Tea Tree Oil: This antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial oil is used to reduce redness and inflammation. Although it can irritate some people’s skin, it is normally a fantastic addition to any skincare product when used in its 100% pure form.

πŸ’ž Lemon Oil: Lemon is not only used for cooking and in tea. This oil improves complexion, balances oiliness and also has antioxidant properties.

πŸ’ž Neem Leaf Extract: With moisturising, anti-bacterial and healing properties, neem also soothes skin and provides a cooling effect, which is great for sensitive skin.

πŸ’ž Dead Sea Mud: Dead sea mud contains over 26 essential minerals! It extracts toxins and impurities, whilst oxygenating and adding a barrier to your skin.

πŸ’ž Pineapple Extract: The bromelain (mix of enzymes) in pineapple extract gently exfoliates whilst improving elasticity. This extract also has anti-inflammatory properties.

πŸ’ž Arginine: Argenine is an amino acid from wheat germ. It has anti-aging properties, thanks to its plumping and hydrating action and balances oiliness. 

Organic Detox Tea

The Organic Detox Tea from Organic Apoteke is a potent herbal blend of super-healthy, organic botanical herbs.

I always prefer to infuse my herbal teas in my glass teapot because of the beautifully bold colours – in this case, the gorgeous yellow-orange colouring in this tea.

Thanks to the lemon balm new shoots and sencha young green tea leaf, this tea is also great as a (super tasty) support for weight loss!

These ingredients improve digestion and increase fat burning metabolism, while the dandelion flowers and leaf help to reduce water weight.

For a fantastic energy boost in the morning, you should drink two cups of tea – every morning, for at least two weeks.

This tea works well with the Antioxidant Afternoon Tea from Organic Apoteke.

After drinking 1-2 cups every morning for 2 weeks, I thought about any changes that I had noticed.

I realised that I felt lighter – a likely combination from my new diet and also drinking this tea, as it seemed to stop me from feeling hungry towards lunchtime.

I definitely had a lovely energy boost in the mornings (which is something I always need!) and I felt more refreshed, especially knowing that my energy boost was also doing wonders for my body in general.

My blemishes were also disappearing after 2 weeks of using the facial products with this tea and I was finally starting to really appreciate my spot-free skin.

Key Ingredients

πŸ’ž Dandelion Flowers & Leaf: Dandelion flowers are rich in antioxidants and detoxes the liver. A helpful tool in weight loss, as this extract also helps to reduces water weight.

πŸ’ž Sencha Young Green Tea Leaf: Also high in antioxidants, sencha increases the fat burning metabolism, stimulates brain function and boosts energy. Being rich in polyphenols also helps to reduce inflammation.

πŸ’ž Lemon Balm New Shoots: Improves digestions and metabolism and improves sleep. Lemon balm has been used for years to relieve stress and ease discomfort. Stimulates the immune system to keep you healthier.

All photography taken by Sarah Lucia, of www.lifeitornot.com. Tea photo, courtesy of Organic Apoteke.

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