by Rosy Day Blog
First things first. I don’t necessarily go around looking for “clean” or vegan beauty products - I do tend to prefer products to just have good (scientifically proven) ingredients that just work. However, I have tested out many products lately that have seemed to put my sensitive skin into irritation overdrive. I do immediately stop using a product if I know it’s bad for my skin, but sometimes the skin recovery period can be long and a bit emotionally painful. Since late last year (2019), I have been slowly incorporating more gentle products - specifically those geared towards sensitive skin.
Model Off Duty Beauty piqued my interest as they’re not just a brand that has nice simple aesthetics to their products. For those of you who are very ingredients-driven (more of the good stuff and less “filler” ingredients) - you will definitely feel at home. Model Off Duty Beauty doesn’t just have gentle ingredients for the sake of being gentle per say - there’s actually a lot of interesting/useful ingredients packed into each product. Looking over each product description, you can tell that a lot of thought and care was put into the formulation, to make sure that they’re also equally effective in addition to being gentle. That alone pulled me to try at least one of their products, especially since the very last product I tried from a different brand, slowly irritated my face.
Disclosure:I received these products from Model Off Duty Beauty in exchange for my honest review. I was not given anything in exchange for reviewing any of these products. I enjoy doing product reviews to share my own experiences with the product and hope someone finds it useful. I do not work for Model Off Duty Beauty.
Table of Contents- Brand Overview & Skin Background
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Safe & Clean Beauty
There have been an increasing number of brands claiming to have clean/vegan products, but a closer look at some of the ingredients might reveal some questionable (although “natural” as it may be) ingredients that don’t necessarily add anything to the overall formulation. They are probably more of a filler that potentially dials down any effects we’re supposed to see with the active/main ingredients. From Model Off Duty Beauty's website, “We obsessively research our ingredients and only use clean, natural, non-toxic, effective, and high-quality ingredients that are vegan & cruelty free.”
Routine & Usage:Since I’ve been changing up my routine quite frequently these days, I’ve been finding it important to list what products I’m using whenever I incorporate something new.
My skincare routine for the 2+ weeks that I used the Model Off Duty products are as follows below.
When I have extra time at night, I do use my Spa Sciences Aero skin infusion tool usually during my serum and cream steps or only the cream step if I’m more pressed for time.
Model Off Duty Beauty Superfruit Restorative Eye CreamThis eye cream claims to help you defy gravity (anti-aging) by supporting the lifting and firming of your eye area. It also claims to brighten and hydrate the thin skin around your eyes, helping to improve skin elasticity, while also minimizing fine lines. The main ingredients are organic pumpkin (vitamins A, C, and E, fights sun damage & wrinkles), cranberry oil (perfect ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, firms & tightens skin), hyaluronic acid (retains moisture), marula (helps soften wrinkles & stimulate collagen, minimizes dark spots), and baobab oil (improves skin elasticity & fights free radicals). Also worth noting, the very first ingredient in this is not plain water but organic aloe leaf juice (highly anti-inflammatory). Other interesting ingredients include organic olive fruit oil (moisturizes & fights bacteria), organic rooibos leaf (fights free radicals & anti-aging), pomegranate seed (reduces & prevents wrinkles), and organic blueberry (very high in antioxidants & strengthens new collagen formation).
Onto the actual results...Did this lift and firm? “Yes” if one of your eye concerns is dryness. When your eye area is more hydrated (and long lasting hydration), fine lines are minimized and your eye area looks more healthy and awake. With prolonged use, the ingredients should help with the lifting and firming in the long run as well. Did this brighten and hydrate? “Yes”. To add onto my statement earlier, this not only hydrates your eye area, but I think it’s pretty long lasting as well. Normally when I wear foundation (or even just plain sunscreen), I can see my eye area look more crepey as the day goes on, and my eye area only really looks good the first hour that I apply eye cream. With the Model Off Duty Beauty one, my eye area still looks pretty hydrated by the end of the day, and any makeup I’m wearing doesn’t sink into my fine lines (you know what I'm talking about if you have this problem). Now, I don’t have serious dark circles, but I’ll occasionally get some shadowing due to a lack of sleep and dehydration. Usually I just need to properly hydrate my eye area and it looks nice and bright again. I’m happy to report that when I wake up the next morning, I have like zero dark circles while using this cream. Depending on the severity, this eye cream alone might not banish all your dark circles (I’m being realistic here), but it does contain actual ingredients that help minimize it and not some weird tint or shimmers that just masks the problem.
Finally, I think this eye cream does help with collagen boosting a bit since my right eye (the side that often gets more sun exposure) looks less sunken in. This eye cream does come in a lightweight pudding-like texture which not everyone might be into. It is different and I kind of like it as it does force me to carefully tap my eye area (you can’t really slather this on - it’s better to tap it in). Also, make sure the eye cream is properly absorbed before you move onto the next step in your routine. And because this eye cream is pretty lightweight, for those of you with really dry and/or mature skin, you might still want to use a heavy-duty eye cream at night (this is a great day cream though). While I don’t normally go around smelling all my skincare (unless it specifically advertises itself has having a nice scent), you can smell some alcohol in this. However, please note that this product contains organic alcohol (which isn’t the bad petroleum or denatured kind) and cetyl alcohol (which is a fatty alcohol and is actually good for you). At $38 USD for 1 oz. some of you might think that this eye cream is expensive (and maybe it is if you compare it to cheaper drugstore brands). I often buy eye creams from department stores and places like Sephora, so to me this eye cream is affordable considering its formulation, effectiveness, and how much product you get. There is even a larger 2 oz. jar for $61 USD (which brings this down to $30.50 USD/oz.) So if you have similar eye issues/concerns as referenced above, this is definitely worth a try and hopefully you have the same experience with it as I have.
Final Rating = 5/5 (As a day cream or lightweight eye cream for oily/combo skin).
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Soothe + Hydrate
Model Off Duty Beauty Pure Rose Face Polish ExfoliatorThis physical exfoliator claims to cleanse and remove dead skin cells. It also claims to soften your skin with emollients and even your skin tone. The main ingredients in this are: organic aloe vera juice (1st ingredient and highly anti-inflammatory), rose (anti-inflammatory & moisturizing), sweet almond oil shea butter (smoothing & moisturizing), and hibiscus (natural AHAs & oil controlling). Exfoliators are a lot more straight forward than other skincare products in that they should just exfoliate (seems easy enough to achieve). Now I tend to prefer chemical exfoliators as they really helped with my acne, however, I don’t mind the occasional physical exfoliator to slough off dry flakes on the outermost layer of my skin.
Onto the actual results...Did it cleanse and remove skin cells? “Yes” and very gently might I add. My face did not at all feel scratched up and red after using. Did this soften and even skin? This definitely softened. In fact, because I know it has nice moisturizing and nurturing ingredients such as rose, shea butter, and hibiscus, I like to leave this exfoliator on my face for about 3-5 minutes before applying some water and exfoliating. Now it doesn’t do any significant brightening (nor does it claim to), but when you exfoliate your skin, you do get an overall more even appearance (so “Yes” to that claim as well).
Finally, this exfoliator does smell a bit like roses/something floral, but not overpowering, just something fresh and natural. I think that if you’re specifically looking for a gentle physical exfoliator that also moisturizes and has clean ingredients, you can’t go wrong with this Model Off Duty Beauty one. This does come in a jar packaging though, so always make sure you use a clean spatula every time when applying. At $38 USD for 4 oz., I think that this is a good deal for such a large amount, plus you will most likely only use this 1-2 times a week anyway. I don’t really have anything bad to say about this physical exfoliator so this is definitely worth a try. Hopefully you enjoy it as much as I have.
Final Rating = 5/5 (If you like physical exfoliators - no complaints here!)
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Putting Skincare First
Final Impressions:I feel like the idea behind Model Off Duty Beauty is that you can look and feel good in your own skin all the time, even when you’re “off duty”. I can get behind that especially since I don’t wear makeup all the time, but obviously I still want to care for my skin and put my best face forward (makeup or not). In short, skincare does get overwhelming and sometimes I feel like it’s even worse for those of us that have sensitive skin (or skin that seems to hate most things). While there seems to have been an increase in potentially harsh ingredients like tons of retinol, high percentage vitamin C and AHAs, I’m glad to have some across Model Off Duty Beauty, that offers some good quality products with more gentle ingredients in mind. Thank you Model Off Duty Beauty and I hope to try more products in the future!
If you have any questions about any of the products above, please let me know.
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by Rosy Day Blog
Science-Based & Dermatologist RecommendedI’ve never heard of Spa Sciences prior to this review, however, I’m very glad that I have. I’ve always been interested in more beauty gadgets and tools. Unfortunately many of them are just too expensive for me right now, and the more affordable ones have just been “cheap knockoffs”. Spa Sciences, an American-based innovator and distributor, believes that everyone should have the opportunity to have healthy and radiant skin without necessarily spending hundreds of dollars.
Spa Sciences is a team of skincare experts including scientists, engineers, designers, and beauticians - all working to provide effective (yet safe) and affordable beauty devices for home use. They hope that with their advanced technology of beauty devices, they can “bring the spa home with you”.
In my opinion, the Aero is a bit “ridiculously cheap” in pricing considering what it does. For privacy reasons I won’t reveal the exact nature of my job, but I do work in the design & manufacturing industry (not related to beauty or skincare), so I do understand how extensive research, testing, and then the care put forth in the design and construction of one product, can all be reflected in the final pricing. I’m seriously impressed how they made this all possible. Read on to learn more about this gadget and my experience with it.
Disclosure:I received this product from Spa Sciences in exchange for my honest review. However, it was my decision to specifically review the Aero out of Spa Sciences’ selection of beauty devices. I was not given anything in exchange for this review. I enjoy doing product reviews to share my own experiences with the product and hope someone finds it useful. I do not work for Spa Sciences or any of their listed retailers.
Table of Contents- Product Description, Claims, & How-To
- Product Review & Results
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Triple Clinical Infusion™ Technology
Product Description:You might have seen some similar beauty devices around social media...Aero is an infusion device designed to maximize the performance of any skincare product for both better absorption and faster results. What makes Aero unique is that is has sonic, ionic, AND thermal infusion technology all in one.
From Spa Sciences:
Product Claims:According to the Spa Sciences website, “Aero is clinically proven, and dermatologist approved to be 7 times more effective than applying products with fingers alone to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, skin hydration, skin tone, skin brightness and other signs of premature aging.”
Below are the clinical test results from an independent study:
Judging by the photos and info on the product box, I’m going to assume the independent study took at least 2 weeks, since the product box does show some promising results after 2 weeks of use.
How to Use:Just as you might choose to use some or all of your skincare products once or twice a day, Aero can also be used as often as you’d like, and during whichever steps of your skincare routine (after cleansing) that you choose to. The official directions are to apply a small amount of serum, cream, or moisturizer to the treatment head and it will automatically turn on as it makes contact with your skin. You are basically massaging in the product with Aero versus your bare hands. My personal preference is to apply most of the product to my face (some things like serums are too slippery to apply directly to Aero), but don’t pat it in all the way so my face is still moist with product. Then I would go in with Aero to massage the product in until absorption, focusing on areas of concern such as my eye area and laugh lines. After you’re done, wipe the treatment head with a towel or cloth to remove any excess product/residue.
Reduce Visible Signs of AgingBecause skincare infusion devices like Aero stimulate collagen production, this often results in the reduced appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and pigmentation. It can also help to lift sagging skin for more healthy and plump-looking skin.
There are definitely some spas/dermatology offices out there that provide some kind of skin infusion service that probably last like ~20 minutes and is of course “professional” quality. However, these treatments can be costly. At least with an infusion device like Aero, you can get a similar experience at an affordable price. You might not be using it like 20 minutes in one sitting, but with the convenience of the Aero, you can give yourself a skin infusion treatment anytime and for as long as you want.
Routine & Usage:My skincare routine for the ~2 weeks that I used Aero are as follows below.
I did get in at least 2 uses of the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask in-between my testing of Aero. However I’m still trying to figure out how this product fits into my routine, so I don’t consider it to have too much of an impact on my skin results. Plus, it’s not like I’ve never used a retinol product before so I won’t just “suddenly get smooth skin” (often associated with first time/”virgin” retinol use). There was also 1 or 2 days I got super lazy at night. In that case, I only applied the Peach & Lily Overnight Star Sleeping Mask (so nourishing you can probably skip all steps of your routine).
Like I mentioned before, how I like to use Aero is to apply most of the product to my face (some things like serums are too slippery to apply directly to Aero), but don’t pat it in all the way so my face is still moist with product. Then I would go in with Aero to massage the product in until absorption, focusing on areas of concern such as my eye area and laugh lines. I tend to use Aero during the serum and eye cream steps of my routine, however sometimes I would also use it during the moisturizer step if I feel like my face could use more nourishment pushed in. I keep Aero moving around my eye area and laugh lines the most (as they are my concern) and just quickly go over the rest of my face as they’re less of a concern.
I do use Aero both day and night. If you’re in a rush to get ready for work or school during the day, that might not work for you. In that case, at least use Aero at night with your acne/brightening/anti-aging products. Spa Sciences recommends using Aero on your desired area for 1-2 minutes. Now, I don’t necessarily have the time or patience for this. However since I do use Aero multiple times a day, if I add up all the seconds I spend using this device on my areas of concern (eyes and smile lines), it does add up to like 1 minute. Since the product does get super hot (and I don’t want to damage my already sensitive skin), it’s kind of hard to just keep Aero moving on a single spot for at least 1 minute (just something to consider).
Side by side comparison. Again the left/before was taken in September 2019, and the right/after, just the other day. Ok, so it's not like I had terrible skin to begin with, but I feel like Aero really amplified the brightening effects of my Bliss Glow & Hydrate serum (my claim to the current biggest difference in my skin the past 1-2 months).
In my opinion, I felt like my skin was less red, more even, and better balanced, despite me pretty much using the same products within these last 1-2 months. You can definitely argue that my results were probably because the effects of my skincare products "finally kicked in". That could be true but I also feel like Aero did help push it along. Even my Azn Labs After Glow Ampoule that I'm struggling to finish off (which I reviewed and thought it didn't do much for its high price), started to show some promise after I started using it with Aero. Now, I still have some slight sunken eyes and mouth lines if I really look for it, however I think this is pretty good progress for the ~2 weeks that I used Aero.
Ionic Infusion: I truly think this technology pushes skincare products deeper into your skin and provides better absorption. Even some of the skincare products that I thought were kind of “meh”, started to show a bit of promise to me. To conserve power, I don’t necessarily use Aero to 100% absorb the products onto my skin, but I do at least try to massage the majority of the product in. I kind of pat most of the product onto my face and then finish off the absorption with Aero.
Thermal Warming: I can’t tell if the heat from the device really “dilates” my pores, but it does feel nice and helps to kind of “melt” the product down deep into your skin. Now, this device does get pretty hot. The key is to keep moving Aero and to try and not keep it over one area of your face for too long. If you have any kind of wounds or open areas on your face, I would avoid using Aero over them.
Sonic Movements: I think that this is how the magic truly happens. I do believe in facial massages, even more if it’s something that claims to have sonic movements. For the longest time I was using my Clarisonic Mia to not only thoroughly clean my face, but as a way to massage it as well. I often focused around my mouth area where smile lines were prone to form, and also my cheeks to help prevent any sagging. I believed at the time that this was what was helping to delay my aging. The only reason I stopped using my Clarisonic Mia is that is has become a bit rough for me to use on my face now, and let’s face it - it’s just annoying having to buy replacement brush heads for it. I think it was around this time that I started to see some aging on my skin (yes around the time I happened to stop using anything with sonic movements on my face). Long story short, sonic movements was doing something for me, so I’m glad to be able to re-introduce it with Aero.
Elevate The Way You Do Skincare
Final Impressions:I’m not sure what else I can say that hasn’t already been covered. If it isn’t obvious, I really do enjoy using Aero and adding it to my routine.
Even my bf loves Aero and he’s not exactly one who’s super into skincare. He’ll still need a reminder to use it, LOL. But once he knows, he’ll go off and use it on his own for a good 1-2 minutes. While he hasn’t been using it every single day, I have still seen an improvement on his textural issues. So in conclusion, anyone can use Aero. You do not need to be like “highly experienced” in your skincare journey. You can be someone that’s as basic and novice as my bf, and still see some results with regular use. Spa Sciences, if you read my previous suggestions above, I can’t wait to see what you’d come up with for an Aero 2.0.
Final Rating = 4/5
Any questions about this product and/or my experience, please let me know! I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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