The Lina Hanson Global Face Trio and Global Treasures Treatment Balm will jolt you out of any green beauty fatigue you have (hard not to get a little jaded with the endless line of new launches or is that just us beauty bloggers…?) and make you feel like you did the first time you saw the words luxury and green beauty together. (Or the first time you kissed a boy, bought something with your first paycheck, or made January Olds Paleo Banana Bread recipe.) They’re that good.
Made by celebrity makeup artist, Lina Hanson, who is as sweet as she is gorgeous (I met her briefly at the Credo LA store opening), the line contains six products: A face serum, cleanser/exfoliator/mask in one, eye/neck balm, baby/sensitive skin serum, body serum and perfume oil.
Simple packaging and a multi-purpose approach makes this line a win for the “I only want to use 1-2 products max” crowd, while the unique ingredients will excite the “I follow a 13-step routine, and that’s just in the morning…” skincare obsessives.
Of the Lina Hanson products I tested, the Global Treasures Eye/Neck Treatment Balm and the Global Face Trio Cleanser/Exfoliator/Mask were the stand out products I highly recommend!
Skin type: Appropriate for all. I have extremely sensitive skin and a lot of clay products can over-dry or disrupt my pH, but this one is super gentle.
Best for: I like this product best as a mask, though it does work as a gentle physical exfoliant and cleanser.
Main ingredients: White clay, Thanaka Wood Powder, Orange Peel Powder, Rice Bran Powder, Ginseng Stem Extract, Bamboo Stem Powder, Turmeric Root, Licorice Root Powder
Why you’ll love it: First off, kaolin white clay is very gentle. It will draw out impurities without over stripping skin. The high silica content in the clay helps to remove dead skin cells and encourages them to regenerate.
And the Thanaka Wood Powder in this mask is an ingredient that has been used for centuries by Burmese women. The bark from the Thanaka tree is ground up and made into a yellow paste that women apply to their skin to protect them from the intense Myanmar sun. The tannic acids of the bark protect the skin from ultraviolet rays and free radical damage, while the acids have a skin tightening effect and are antiseptic, anti fungal and great for preventing acne.
Some brightening ingredients give me pause since I’m so sensitive, but rice bran never does. It’s been used by Japanese women for centuries to smooth and brighten skin and it’s super gentle, and is one reason why this mask helps with uneven texture and dullness.
Tips: I recommend you mix it with 100% raw Manuka honey! The antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory benefits of Manuka honey work so well with this mask! But make sure it’s raw honey that’s unadulterated. Honey that has been processed or heated loses a lot of these benefits.
Mix one spoonful of Global Face Trio, add only a few drops of water (if you add too much it’s too runny) and a tablespoon or raw honey for gorgeous skin brightening and smoothing mask!
Price: $70, 100ml – www.credobeauty.com
Skin type: All skin types, especially great for sensitive skin!
Best for: Dry, irritated skin and I love using this balm ALL OVER my face.
Main ingredients: Thea Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter, Kalahari Melon Seed Oil, Green Tea, Coffee Bean Oil, Gold Flecks
Why you’ll love it: I really can’t get enough of the coffee bean (even though I don’t drink coffee) and vanilla aroma, mixed with a hint of green tea and citrus. It’s intoxicating. The vibrant green color and frothy texture that melts into a thick oil makes it feel so luxurious.
I really recommend this item for dry, mature or sensitive skin types.
The apricot seed oil, which is also in one of my all-time favorite face oils by Leland Francis, has been used in ancient medicine to treat anti-inflammatory skin disorders. It’s full of vitamins A, C, E and a ton of antioxidants to ward off signs of oxidative stress.
And many of you probably already know about the anti-aging and antioxidant benefits of green tea and coffee, but the two also have polyphenols that neutralize free radicals.
As for the gold flecks, I’m a bit torn as to their functional purposes. While gold is technically an antioxidant , I feel like the benefit in this balm is really more aesthetic than anything. But hey, pretty products are definitely important! No one wants to apply brown looking goop on their skin!
Tips: I like to apply this product all over my face and neck and then use my gua sha jade tool to increase lymphatic drainage and stimulate collagen. The slip from the product makes using my gua sha easy.
Price: $105, 30ml – www.credobeauty.com
Written and photographed by Amy Chang, Founder & Editor