Must-Have Masques by CannaSmack LUXE

We asked our Brand Ambassador Heidi @momma.x_art, to give us her professional insight on our CannaSmack LUXE Masques. We hope you enjoy this collaborative blog post, introducing Heidi, our CannaSmack LUXE masques, directions on how to apply them & tool maintenance tips.

My name is Heidi and I’m a Master Esthetician in the state of Washington. I was thrilled when CannaSmack asked me to talk about their line of CannaSmack Luxe Skin Care Masques, because masques are such an essential part of the skin care process!

I’m a Pacific Northwest native, mother to 3 wild tiny humans, growing a business with my partner David. The little glass masque bowls CannaSmack Luxe is now offering, is our art; made with love in our home glass studio! In 2016, we both agreed to pursue cannabis activism; we attended (my first ever) Seattle Hempfest where I discovered CannaSmack lip balms.

When CannaSmack Luxe launched, I wasn’t sure what to expect and was a little skeptical (as I always am with anything skin care related).  During Seattle Hempfest 2017, I picked up some of the basics: Hydrating Cleansing Oil, Clarifying Polish & Daytime Moisturizer, and I was HOOKED!  I started sharing my CannaSmack Luxe experience with everyone I knew: This is a high quality product, with ingredients I can stand behind AND it’s affordable!

As Master Esthetician, I’ve learned that when it comes to healthy, glowing skin, we must take care of our skin both intrinsically (through what we nourish our body with) and extrinsically (skin care routine).  CannaSmack Luxe Masques are a great way to step up your extrinsic skin care game!

Extrinsic Care — Masque Benefits

CannaSmack Luxe Masques are individually formulated to detox, hydrate, and rejuvenate.

CannaSmack Luxe Detoxifying Charcoal Masque

This masque sets itself apart from the collection by using activated charcoal which is known for drawing out toxins, bacteria, impurities, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles, bringing them to the surface of the skin. This can help create a more even appearance in your complexion, while also helping to combat acne.

CannaSmack Luxe Honey and Berry Hydrating Masque

If I had to pick a favorite masque for my skin, this would be it! I experience dehydrated, rough, flaky, and sensitive skin no matter how much water I drink (hello, car heater and fans I love to blow in my face). The Honey & Berry Hydrating Masque is rich in moisturizing lipids (natural fatty acids), which are essential for the skin’s protective barrier aiding in the skin’s natural repair process. When your skin is healthy, it will hold moisture and shield itself from environmental damage, keeping dirt and impurities at bay.

The CannaSmack website explains how Algin Gel made from Cuvie Kelp “drenches the skin with long lasting moisture for a rich rejuvenated glow.” Other natural ingredients, such as blueberries, antioxidant-rich honey & silver ear mushrooms provide additional benefits.

CannaSmack Luxe Antioxidant Rejuvenating Masque

This amazing masque is exactly what it sounds like: rich in antioxidants from superfoods like Goji Berry, Noni, Acai, and Pomegranate (just to name a few).  People who’ve been environmentally exposed, sun damaged, undernourished, and those battling hyper-pigmentation will find this masque especially helpful.

How to Prepare and Apply a Masque

You’ll Need:

  • One of the following CannaSmack Luxe Masques:
  • CannaSmack Luxe Antioxidant Rejuvenating Masque
  • CannaSmack Luxe Honey and Berry Hydrating Masque
  • CannaSmack Luxe Charcoal Detoxifying Masque
  • Masque Mixing Bowl – CannaSmack Luxe recently added this mixing bowl made by XLB Glass (@xlbglass). These bowls can be found on the CannaSmack website and are the perfect size to fit right in the palm of your hand while you prepare any of their masques for application!
  • Masque Applicator BrushI absolutely LOVE using a brush to apply masques, and am thrilled that CannaSmack has included this as an option. For me, this is a must have item!  Using an applicator brush means not having to worry about contamination, also allowing for less waste and a more even application. Ten times out of ten I will use a brush to apply a masque on my clients, and myself at home!
  • Luxe Microfiber TowelsWhy use these instead of a regular wash cloth? A regular washcloth can be abrasive on all skin types. When using microfiber, you’re choosing a much more gentle, and in my opinion, more effective option. They can be washed and reused just like a regular washcloth. The dark fabric is also really nice for makeup removal because we don’t have to worry about staining!  CannaSmack Luxe Microfiber towels come in a 3 pack.
  • (Alternative Option) CannaSmack Luxe Disposable Cleansing Pads – For those with extremely sensitive skin, CannaSmack Luxe’s single use, disposable (non-flushable) cleansing pads are softer than a microfiber towel and are great for travel.
  • CannaSmack Luxe Hemp Infuser Oil – For best results, include this optional step which provides an added boost of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids

Directions:

  • Start with a clean face. I suggest using the CannaSmack Luxe Hydrating Cleansing Oil. This can be applied with clean hands. Use your middle and ring fingers, massaging in an upward, outward motion. Add warm water to a clean CannaSmack Luxe Microfiber Towel, (or CannaSmack Luxe Disposable cleansing pads) and gently wipe face clean.
        • When pulling oils, makeup, and dirt, be sure to rinse your cloth between each use, as to not reapply what was just removed from the skin.
        • Use an upward, outward motion. No need to apply extra pressure. This is crucial for to prevent abrasions and sagging skin.
  • Use a sterile scoop to transfer some of the masque into a clean mixing bowl. (This prevents cross contamination, even when no mixing is required.)
  • If required, add water and optional Hemp Infuser Oil.
  • Mix with sterile scoop or Masque Applicator Brush.
  • Always apply the masque in an upward, outward motion. Start from the chin and work up and out.
  • Wait 10 – 20 minutes
    • Make sure to allow yourself enough time for the masque to set. It’ll be worth the wait!
  • Wipe off masque with a clean Microfiber Cloth or Disposable Cleansing Pad.

Follow Up:

    • If the Charcoal Masque was used be sure to follow up with CannaSmack Luxe Clarifying Polish for gentle exfoliation.
    • Otherwise follow up with Toner Spritz, Serums and/or Creams
  • For order of application and directions on the rest of your CannaSmack Luxe skincare routine, check out this blog post: How to use CannaSmack Luxe

 

Tool Maintenance Tips

  • Masque Mixing Bowl
      • Wash your Masque bowl immediately after each use. It’s safe to use dish soap and warm water. Make sure to rinse it well, and store in a safe place!
  • Masque Applicator Brush
      • Your Masque Applicator Brush can be washed with soap under warm running water. Fan out the bristles and give them an extra good rinse as to not leave any soap in them! Dry laying flat and store preferably somewhere where it won’t collect dust or moisture.
  • When the brush frays, it’s time to replace it; the timeline on this varies depending on how well you clean & maintain it.
  • Luxe Microfiber Towels
  • Hand wash in hot water with a gentle laundry soap
  • Severe fraying and buildup is a good sign that it’s time to toss the cloth in the trash & stock up on more.

Intrinsic Care

CannaSmack Luxe is likely to make a positive improvement in your skin’s health. However, intrinsic care is equally as important for healthy, glowing skin!

Things that may be contributing factors to skin problems:

    • Nourishment/Diet – Healthy, whole foods are always the best choice.
    • Alcohol – Too much alcohol can cause swelling and redness.
    • Hydration – Proper hydration is crucial for healthy skin! Start your morning with a glass of water before consuming anything else, and continue to hydrate throughout the day.
    • Medication –  Some medication may cause breakouts. Discuss with your healthcare provider and dermatologist.
    • Birth Control – Hormonal breakouts can happen with or without birth control. If your breakouts are happening mostly in the chin and mouth area, that is usually a clear sign of a hormonal breakout. Discuss with your healthcare provider.

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