Pixi Rose Essence Collection Review
Pixi Beauty recently sent me a lovely package of Rose-Infused Skintreats, Rose Caviar Essence and Rose Flash Balm, part of their Rose Essence Collection. In addition, I received Pix's MatteLast Liquid Lip, which I'll share in a separate post.
Before reading my review of Rose Flash Balm & Rose Caviar Essence, I would first like to share some background on rose extract (oil) and rose water, components of both products, in addition to several of the other key ingredients.
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There are four varieties of rose used for the production of rose oil and rose water: rosa damascena, rosa centifolia, rosa gallica and rosa moschata. Rosa damascena is most frequently mentioned as it yields the highest oil content and is most fragrant. Another variety also commonly used is rosa centifolia
Rose extract and rose oil are interchangeable terms. Rose oil is the result of steam-distilling the crushed petals of roses into a volatile mixture of essential oils. The purified distilled water passes through the rose petals, and extracts the soluble elements. When the essential oil is drawn off, the by-product of this process (rose water, (also known as rose hydrosol, or rose distillate) condenses, then is captured drop by drop into a collection container. The rose water by product contains micro molecules of essential oil and particles from the flower.
Rose oil = concentrated form
Rose water = distilled form.
Benefits of Rose Oil and Rose Water
Rose essential oil has excellent emollient properties for moisturizing and soothing dry skin, as the petals contain an array of vitamins ( A, B, E, C and K), minerals, and antioxidants. Rose oil provides protection against oxidative damage and enhances the proteins and enzymes that contribute to skin barrier function. In addition, rose offers anti-inflammatory properties that help can reduce redness, puffiness/ inflammation and balance the skin's pH.
Rose oil also offers antiseptic and astringent properties to treat acne prone skin, as it opens up your skin to absorb more of the chemicals and nutrients. Rose water helps clean pores and tone the skin. Applying rose water after steaming tightens capillaries, reduces redness and blotchiness. The tonic and astringent effect on the capillaries just below the skin surface, helping diminish the redness caused by enlarged capillaries.
Rose oil and water may also provide anti-aging effects. In addition to soothing irritated skin, it may reduce the appearance of wrinkles when applied topically. The antioxidant properties of rose water help to strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues. The aroma of rose is calming, relieves anxiety and promotes emotional well-being.
Rose oil antibacterial effects also aids in healing scars, cuts and wound A study has even shown that rose essential oil can help heal wounds, as it inhibits water loss in the skin and lowers the concentration of cortisol (a stress hormone) in the body.
History of Rose Oil and Rose Water
Several ancient civilizations used roses, rose oil and rose water for medicine, rituals and cuisine. The Ancient Greeks and Romans used rose petals to perfume baths. Cleopatra, who is said to have bathed in petal-infused milk , used rose in her facial masks, and sprinkled rose petals on to the floors of banquet halls. The sails of her ships were soaked in rose water so that the breeze would carry her scent. Rose water is used in religious ceremonies. during funeral ceremonies to aid in calming the mourners.
Rose oil is one of the most expensive essential oil due to its high concentration of rose petals. It takes tens of thousands of rose petals to yield 1 ounce of rose essential oil.
Other Active Ingredients in Pixi's Rose Essence Collection (partial list)
Mulberry - non-fragrant plant extract (Latin for Morus alba) have shown potential to brighten and improve the look of uneven skin tone. Mulberry also works as an antioxidant and is found to be non-irritating. The amount of concentration levels for efficacy has not been firmly established. It is recommended to look for mulberry extract in combination with other proven-skin-brightening active ingredients.
Oleuropein - (extract of olive leaf ) "has demonstrated reduced reddening of the skin, dehydration and blood flow to the skin better than vitamin E, according to a study published in a 2008 "International Journal of Cosmetic Science."
Macadamia nut oil - rich in essential fatty acids, is used as an emollient to soothe and soften the skin. It is high in phytosterols (protective agents), which aids skin recovery and helps reducing inflammation and itchiness.
Witch Hazel - may offer age-defying benefits, protection from environmental factors and UV rays, and help enhance the overall appearance of your skin, and protect from skin damage and triggers that cause premature signs of aging. It also can lock the natural hydration and moisture level of the skin and refine the pores. Witch Hazel may also provide protection from environmental pollutants and other external toxins
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Rose Caviar Essence provides a calming effect, quickly diminishing the redness in my cheeks and nose. The first quench of hydration is immediately experienced upon application. The essence is also then released then melts as it is absorbed in the skin. Perfect serum for the summer as it is light in texture, not too rich or oily for my more-oily-combo-skin. It is also free of parabens and not tested on animals.
Pixi Rose Caviar Essence
Pixi Rose Flash Balm
Rose Flash Balm - A multi-use, 3-in-1 oil-free moisturizer, makeup primer and mask formulated to instantly moisturize and brighten dull, tired skin, lackluster skin Infused with rose water to balance and rose extract to soothe and minimize redness. Other key ingredients include: olive leaf extract and witch hazel extract. The balm has a beautiful, rose-fragranced scent that is not overpowering
How to use
• Use AM or PM or as needed
• To use as a treatment primer, apply a thin layer to face and neck after cleansing
• Do not rub. Follow with foundation if desired
• To use as a moisturizing, plumping boost mask, apply a thick layer and leave on for 5 minutes 2-3 times a week.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Tapioca Starch, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Triethyl Citrate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Sucrose Cocoate, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Rose Extract, Bisabolol, Ethylhexylglyercin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Citrate, Red 40 (CI 16035)
Upon reading other reviews, many say that Rose Flash Balm is Pixi’s version of a cult classic from Clarins called Flash Beauty Balm. It is touted as one of Clarinsbest-selling products, as it reportedly helps eliminate signs of fatigue (Instantly moisturizes, brightens and tightens facial contours) in a flash!
The balm is tinted pink to make the skin look brighter, with a luminous glow. It also provides a temporary tightening of the facial contours, which then gives a more awake look. My preference is to use in conjunction with Pixi's Rose Caviar Essence at night and as a primer underneath my foundation.
Rose Flash Balm absorbs very quickly into the skin, drying to leave no sticky residue afterwards. I recommend using less rather than more, as a little does go a long way. I have found it does make enlarged pores and fine lines appear less visible. The added rose water, olive leaf oil and witch hazel I do find offers soothing benefits.
I do feel it works best as a primer under any of my more drying foundations. I would most certainly use a blender sponge, rather than a brush for better results. While I agree that it does offer moisturization benefits, my skin being more on the combo side, for daytime use does require an oil-control moisturizer. Dermalogica Oil-Control Lotion and MAC Oil Control Lotion are two I use. For someone with normal skin, I would believe it would be ideal. As on overnight mask I find it does provide adequate hydration in conjunction with my routine nightly skincare regimen.
Have you tried any of Pixi's rose-infused skintreats?