Facial Friday = Fresh, Fabulous, Faces!

Every Friday evening I love to give myself a facial.  It has become such a self-care ritual, that I am always looking for ways to improve either the atmosphere I create to enjoy my facial, or trying out a new facial product. It’s a great way to end the week, detoxify your skin from all the free radicals we are constantly exposed to that are so damaging to our skin.

When I was first learning about the possible toxins in skin care, I made my own facials from whatever I could find in my kitchen!  This is a fun way to experiment and can even include the kids!  I have sons and taught them early on about the importance of self care and taking care of your skin. Now that they are older they often come to me asking for me to whip them up something to help with either winter dry skin, sun stressed skin or occasional breakouts.  I now of course have access to ready to use facial masks that offer amazing benefits and make “Facial Friday’s” that much easier!

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Locally made, Naked Skincare Apothecary currently offers two types of facial masks.  Detox Mask & Radiance Mask.

Photo Courtesy of Naked Skincare

I lovvvve both of them! They are my go to’s and available at Generation Green!

Detox Mask will help neutralize oily skin and prevent or clear up breakouts.  Thanks to the activated charcoal & kaolin in this mask, it will basically pull out dirt & toxins.  Super easy to use, simply add a small amount of  liquid to a teaspoon of the mask powder.  Play around with different liquids to add like a toner, facial oil, or even hit up the kitchen for honey or yogurt!

Ingredients: Activated Bamboo Charcoal, Kaolin Clay, Fuller Earth Clay, Papaya Extract, Turmeric Powder.

Radiance Mask will do just that! Make your face radiate!  Offering up some magical ingredients like Australian and French Pink Clay that not only detoxify and do away with dead skin, but also leave you with a refreshed look!  This one really is great for mature skin too thanks to the addition of  Mango Extract which helps prevent the decline of elasticity in the skin.

Ingredients: Australian Pink Clay, French Pink Clay, Mango Extract.

Mama Pacha : 

Another locally made favourite that we stock at Generation Green and is offered in refill is Mama Pacha’s  Daily Face Wash & Super Scrubby Face Wash.  These face washes can also be used as a face mask just by leaving on longer. They are gentle enough for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Both offer the benefits of kaolin clay (the mildest of clays). Kaolin clay contains a high content of silica that not only can remove dead skin but also regenerate skin. Also offers purification by removing toxins and oils without drying out skin.

Both masks contain oats that offer a gentle scrub as well as the soothing benefits of chamomile.  The only difference in the two is the Super Scrubby contains jojoba meal as an exfoliator (really good scrub) without dangerous microbeads (little pieces of plastic that are not only bad for your skin but also the environment) that can be found in some conventional face scrubs.

Orgaid Sheet Masks : 

This is a new stock item that I’m anxious to try out!  

Orgaid masks are not made like other sheet masks. Not only because of the serum combination in the masks but the delivery system they use!  The unique fibre, (called Ecoderma) Orgaid uses is not only breathable and adheres well but more importantly the fibre helps absorb the serum deeper into skin, helping you to get all the benefits those ingredients offer.  The masks are made with certified organic ingredients,  all safe ingredients with no chemical preservatives.  I also love the rating they get on EWG’s Skindeep Database!

Yes, you might look a little scary wearing one (think Jason from Halloween), but makes for great selfie pics! (before & after).

Available in 3 types: (information taken from Orgaid Website)

 Reduces the appearance of brown spots and sun damage 
 Provides potent antioxidant protection to keep firm and youthful skin 
 Improves skin’s natural healing response, resulting in skin revitalization 
+ Orange peel and pomegranate boost healthy collagen synthesis
+ Vitamin B3  reduces skin aging
+ Aloe Vera  helps moisturize and calm skin
+ Witch hazel  reduces swelling and blemish
+ Hyaluronic Acid hydrates skin
+ Organic Greek Yogurt supplements essential nutrition on skin
+ Organic Botanicals soothe  skin smoother
+ Pro-Vitamin B5  and Allantoin tightens skin
+ Beta Glucan and Vegetable Proteins condition skin








Meet The Maker – Naked Skincare & Apothecary

We have chosen Amber Magus the creator of Naked Skincare & Apothecary as our December “Meet Your Maker”.  Let’s see what she has to say!naked


What inspired you to start making Naked Skincare?

Skincare has been a passion of mine for a long time. I’ve worked as an Aesthetician since 2010 specializing in skin and body care. In 2013 I started a lifestyle and beauty blog, giving my readers tips and tricks about how to properly care for their skin.  I also discussed my current favourite products and eventually started offering DIY recipes such as home masks, and body scrubs. It was then this natural progression of realizing that this is something I really love doing. Looking out on the natural skin care market as is, a lot of companies are either advertising and claiming they are all natural but still use preservatives, artificial fragrance and colours. Or you have the natural companies like mine but who charge an arm and a leg for it. I personally didn’t want to give an arm and leg to have the comfort of using a high-end all natural line, so I created one, that is all natural, with a minimalist feel, using the best plant powered ingredients at a reasonable price.

Which product is your personal favourite?

This is always such a difficult one to answer because I love all of them!  but if i have to choose, I would go with the cleansing oil, it is my go to all the time. It just melts away makeup, built up dirt and oil and leaves my skin feeling so clean and hydrated. It is also the product that started it all so it has a very special place in my heart.

What’s your favourite ingredient to use in your skin care, and why?

There’s so many amazing ingredients that I use and love in my skin care and I could probably blab on for hours about them all, but I’d say, Tamanu Oil because it truly is a magic oil, it’s incredibly healing for your skin. Currently I use it in the Oil Cleanser, but will be making a few other products that will help with certain skin issues.

Why should someone buy Naked Skincare?

I think naked skin care is for people looking for products that have a minimalist straight forward approach. It’s a plant powered line that is curated by an Aesthetician so the skin needs is always my first priority when creating formulations.

What was the biggest challenge you faced in developing your product

 Finding the perfect combination of oils that are going to not only treat and hydrate skin but ones that also feel nice and absorb quickly. I never want any of my products to leave the skin with a slick oily feel, so finding the right combinations can sometimes be tricky.

What’s your favourite thing about Manitoba?

I love those prairie sunsets and that even in the dead of winter the sun can be shining and the sky blue. I was born and raised in England and it can often be quite grey and gloomy and its a weird thing to appreciate but the sky just seems so much bigger and brighter here in Manitoba!amber-naked-skincare