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Being a beauty product reviewer, I get to test out many skin care products, and not all of them live up to the hype and results that I hope for. I recently tested the new Pro Vitamin C+B Lotion from MyChelle Dermaceuticals, and it happens to be amazing! This formula is one of the best moisturizers I have ever used.
New Perfect C™ PRO Vitamin C+B Lotion is a velvety-rich lotion of 12% L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) combined with Plant C-Stem™, Niacinamide (Vitamin B), and Licorice Extract delivers nutrients and moisture to help nourish and illuminate skin. C + B = a more luminous-looking complexion!
It’s Certified Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free, Non GMO, Vegan and Paraben-free. Plus, it is only $45 at www.mychelle.com!
I use MyChelle Pro Vitamin C+B Lotion on my face, neck and chest every morning and night after cleansing. I usually use two or three products that cover all of my skin care needs, but this perfect moisturizer hydrates my skin completely, so that I do not require any additional products.
It fully absorbs into my skin, leaving it supple, and leave behind no greasy residue or shine. My skin looks radiant, youthful, and glowing. It looks so very healthy and feels much firmer.
Loving my skin! (I took a selfie and have no clue why it is backward...)
Weleda, the European skincare brand, announced that it is expanding its cult-favorite Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream to include three new formulas.
For almost a century, Weleda's Skin Food has been feeding our bodies with plant extracts that work in rhythm with the skin to allow one's inner beauty to shine through. The ultra-rich, multipurpose formula derived from farms that follow sustainable principles delivers soft, supple, deeply hydrated skin. Skin Food's nourishing ingredients satisfy skin with nutrients that help unlock a healthy-looking glow. Skin Food has developed a cult following for its plant-rich formulation becoming a must-have item in makeup artist's kits and celebrity homes alike.
The new Skin Food Experience, which includes a product for lips, a body butter and a lighter version of the original, will feature formulas created to help nourish and soothe the skin. Comprised of nutrient-rich lead plants, including rosemary, chamomile, pansy and calendula, the new blends are rooted in different base formulas of sunflower seed oil, lanolin, beeswax, and Shea Butter.
Rob Keen, CEO of Weleda N.A., says, "Skin Food has been a beloved product and a savior for dry skin since its launch in 1926. We are thrilled to bring all the benefits of Skin Food Original to more usage occasions so that fans and new consumers alike can enjoy a total Skin Food experience from head-to-toe."
The new Skin Food Experience formulas include:
Skin Food Light Nourishing Cream: A lighter version of the classic original, the cream formula quickly melts into skin without leaving behind a greasy residue. Delivering a dose of moisture, chamomile and calendula invigorate senses while a base of Sunflower Seed Oil and Shea Butter instantly nourish for a velvety smooth texture. Perfect to use every day and as a light option in warmer weather; suitable for use on face and body.
My skin has been insanely dry and flaky this winter. This light nourishing cream has completely saved my day a few times, when I would look in the mirror and almost cry because my skin was so flaky looking. I literally had facial dandruff! This light formula allowed me to apply it to my face, and it was deeply hydrating, yet not heavy or too greasy for my face. The flakes vanished upon application, and looks and feels very moisturized and healthy.
Skin Food Body Butter: The light whipped texture quickly absorbs into skin all over for a smooth, luxurious feeling. Perfect for any area that needs extra hydration, the rich base of Sunflower Seed Oil, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter leaves skin intensely hydrated and senses invigorated after a bath or shower.
I apply this amazingly hydrating body butter every evening after my shower, while my skin is still slightly damp. It seals the moisture into my skin and locks it there. It is very soothing, and makes my skin look very young and healthy. It smells very nice, too!
Skin Food Lip Butter: A vibrant blend of viola, chamomile, and calendula soothes and cares for lips while the oil-based formula nourishes. Great for cold weather conditions or when lips need extra TLC, the rich texture softens lips for a smooth finish. I keep a tube of this heavenly lip butter on my night stand, and apply it at night before bed. It keeps my lips velvety soft, and helps my lips to heal of any dryness as I sleep. I have not suffered any kind of chapped lips this winter because of this intense hydration. (I also keep lipstick on all day long, and that also helps.)
Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream: Intensely hydrating, the original formula combines plant extracts with a base of beeswax and sunflower and sweet almond oils to nourish skin. With extracts of rosemary, chamomile, and calendula, this plant-rich ingredient blend is renowned for its moisturizing and soothing effects. I love this extremely rich cream! I use it on my feet at night before bed, and then I put on socks, and my feet are very soft by morning. I use it as my hand cream during the day, and it protects them from the cold and the wind during the day. I also use it on my hands at night for a 'sleeping hand mask.' It deeply penetrates the skin on my hands and keeps them supple as I sleep, allowing the ingredients to work on replenishing and repairing the skin on my hands, which needs extra TLC, especially in the winter.
The Skin Food Experience is currently available on Weleda.com (https://www.weleda.com/skin-food-experience) and will be available at national retailers in early 2019.
About WELEDA- Since 1921, Weleda has been connecting people to nature through plant-rich, NATRUE certified natural body and skin care. The company's 50 acres of Biodynamic® gardens in Germany— The Weleda Biodynamic Gardens in Schwabisch Gmund, Germany – are one of the largest in Europe. These farming principles are in Weleda's roots and continue to inspire its high-quality products today.
I love learning about breakthrough skin care miracles that really work! Since I am getting older, I find myself getting obsessed with anti-aging products. I was excited to learn about Bratoxinsta Wrinkle Serum and to get the chance to try it out.
When it comes to banishing wrinkles and crow’s feet, an immediate result is where it’s at. Gone are the days of waiting 8 to 12 weeks for improvement. People want noticeable wrinkle fading within minutes. They want to feel it working and look in the mirror as the change is happening. Brazilian Skin’s line of creams and serums delivers exactly that. It combines science and ingredients from the Amazon rainforest to deliver dermatologist-approved topical age reversal with effects similar to Botulinum Toxin, aka…Botox.® Wrinkles are gone within minutes without needles. Brazilian Skin offers a type Botox result without the appointments, expense and needles. Dr. Vishal Kapoor, a Beverly Hills, CA Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Medical Advisor to Brazilian Skin explains how this skincare line really delivers results quickly.
Bratoxinsta® The 60 Second Smoother of Lines and Wrinkles
Within 60 seconds of application, the state-of-the-art minerals and antioxidants found in this serum gets to work fast to plump up skin, tighten and smooth out wrinkles. With clinically dosed concentrations of purified and refined clay, Peptides, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Perilla Frutescens (Chinese Extract), Acai Palm Tree Extract, Chinese Basil Plant’s Rosmarinic Acid, known for its ability to plump up tired skin; Bratoxinsta offers the immediate gratification that the countless other creams and serums are missing.
“Women are always telling me that they spend money on creams and serums that do nothing. They play the waiting game and get frustrated as they throw away another cream or serum. With Bratoxinsta, there’s no waiting. You’re getting the highest amounts of these key ingredients possible and when working in concert with one another results are instantaneous,” explains Dr. Kapoor.
The powerful combination of stem-cell, antioxidants from Açai and peptides help to improve long-term appearance of wrinkles and will address sun damage and other issues with skin texture and tone. Some of Bratoxinsta's ingredients will help to tighten the skin on the surface, helping to smooth fine expression lines and blur the appearance of wrinkles. Once applied, the powerful active ingredients will start working on getting your skin smoother, tighter, and more youthful-looking with every use.
Simply dispense a small amount on your fingertip and gently feather it over any wrinkles and expressions lines. Apply to a clean face, allow 60 seconds for effects to begin before applying makeup. “A little goes a very long way with Bratoxinsta. One or two drops on the fingertip will do it. You can actually watch it working in the mirror. This is what sets it aside from other creams touting themselves as ‘Botox in a Bottle,’” says Dr. Kapoor.
Main Ingredients… A Deeper Look
Magnesium Aluminum is a naturally occurring mineral created purified and refined clay, that tightens and smooths the appearance of under-eye puffiness, sagging, and fine lines.
Peptide Complex works to smooth away the look of wrinkles and expression marks.
Stem Cell Complex (Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Perilla Frutescens (Chinese Extract). Native to the Amazon Rainforest, the Acai Palm Tree is renowned its ability to thrive in harsh conditions. The Chinese Basil Plant is rich in Rosmarinic Acid, which is known for its ability to plump up tired skin. These 3 antioxidants help to defend against oxidative stress by effectively disarming radicals.
“Stem cells slow down aging by defending skin against stress and serving as an internal repair system. Stem cells divide without limit allowing them to replenish other cells or migrate to damaged areas to repair tissue,” explains Dr. Kapoor.
Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract Also known as Irish Sea Moss, Chondrus Crispus contains a hydrating, nutrient-rich blend of vitamins and trace minerals such as sulfur, iodine, magnesium, and selenium.
The Bratoxinsta formula also contains stem cells from the Acai Palm Tree, Basil Plant, and White Oak Plant. In addition, 6 bioactive peptides help smooth the appearance of existing fine lines and wrinkles by supporting the proteins that weaken with age. These active ingredients work synergistically with the peptides to deliver vital phytonutrients and antioxidants.
What is the recommended age group for Bratoxinsta?
Bratoxinsta is suitable for all age groups. For more mature skin, its innovative formula can help reduce the existing signs of visible aging immediately, while for younger skin, it can help prevent and delay the onset of fine lines and wrinkles. “Women will see significant and rapid improvement to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. A woman in her 20’s and 30’s will be able to take a preventative approach to their skin care by maintaining tautness and wrinkle free texture longer,” says Dr. Kapoor.
Does it work?
I apply Bratoxinsta to the areas of my face where I see the wrinkles that I want to treat. Thankfully, I don't have that many! I apply a few drops around my lips and on my laugh lines. I dot a little onto my forehead as well. I love the tightening sensation that I feel as the product starts working to tighten my skin. In the day time, I use it before I apply my day creams/serums, and then follow with my foundation. I also use Bratoxinsta at night. I use it at night so that it can be working its wonders on my skin while I sleep. It works very well. My skin definitely looks years younger.
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About Dr. Vishal Kapoor, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Medical Advisor to Brazilian Skin
Dr. Vishal Kapoor is a Southern California native who received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, where he graduated with the highest honor, Alpha Omega Alpha, putting him in the top 10% of his class. He then went on to complete a rigorous six-year residency in the prestigious combined General and Plastic Surgery Program at The University of Washington in Seattle, one of the nation’s finest programs in Plastic Surgery. Given his desire to further hone his skills in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Kapoor opted to pursue additional training. His practice is based in Beverly Hills, California
You can purchase Bratoxinsta here: https://brazilianskin.com/collections/all-product/products/bratoxinsta
If acne breakouts are still pestering you even though it's been years since you had to cram for a mid-term or final, you're not alone. According to the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology 54% of women 25 and older experience adult acne.
One powerful natural ingredient that hasn't been widely promoted to treat this annoying issue is black cumin seed oil, which is the main ingredient in Zaman Skincare's new Sleeping Beauty Serum.
Completely different from the cumin you cook with, this cumin comes from a plant called Nigella sativa. An antibacterial beast, black cumin seed oil helps eradicate acne since it's bacteria that exacerbates pimples in the first place. It's also rich in anti-inflammatory properties and contains high amounts of thymoquinone, which helps heal acne and acne lesions.
Why else is black cumin seed oil an amazing pimple popping preventer? It's one of the richest oils on earth comprised of over 100 valuable chemicals elements, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals including the nutritional powerhouse Zinc.
Remember, the skin is the last organ in the body to receive any nutrients we take internally, so its important to supplement topically with skincare. Many practitioners suggest taking a Zinc supplement if you’re acne-prone, so black cumin seed oil is a great way to also treat your skin topically.
Zaman Sleeping Beauty Serum is a blend of Cumin Seed and Organic Vitamin C. While the Black Cumin Seed acts as an anti-inflammatory to prevent and heal acne, the Vitamin C helps reduce the appearance of pores and wrinkles, while visibly improving the signs of premature aging, including fine lines, uneven texture, age spots, dryness, and dullness.
I was given the chance to review Zaman Sleeping Beauty Serum and I am completely in awe of it. (I don't tend to break out much, except around my time of the month.) Regardless, I wanted to try this beauty serum due to the fact that I love products that are designed to use while I am asleep. I first tried this product about two weeks ago, after cleansing my face at night. After I applied it, (to my face and neck) it appeared to be very greasy! I was worried for a moment, but my worries quickly subsided after about ten minutes when the serum completely absorbed into my skin. It was not the least bit oily or greasy.
I was amazed at how nicely hydrated my skin felt. I did not even feel the need to apply any additional nightly moisturizing cream. My skin rarely feels this soft with the use of only one product. I awoke to perfectly supple skin that looked very well rested and extremely healthy.
Along with Zaman Sleeping Beauty Serum, I was given the opportunity to try out Zaman Skincare's Rise & Shine Serum. I use this serum on my face and neck after cleansing in the morning, before applying my usual makeup. I was immediately in love with this amazing formula. It creates the most perfect primer for my foundation! The serum absorbs completely into my skin, and I am able to feel a very nice tightening effect. It also supplies my skin with the daily dose of moisture it needs without a hint of oil or grease.
I am not kidding, my skin looks so much younger after using this serum for a couple of weeks now. I really cannot even see any wrinkles or lines on my face.
Rise & Shine Moisturizing Serum is a highly effective formula that noticeably penetrates the deep layer of the dermis, to effectively repair damaged skin while visibly enhancing collagen and promoting elastin production. This scientific formula is geared towards helping tighten and smooth fine lines, wrinkles while delivering radiant moisturized skin.
Available for $80 on Zamanskincare.com, Amazon.com and Ahalife.com.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
NaturaBrasil Launches New Product Range – Chronos,
Brazil’s most popular cosmetics company, NaturaBrasil, launches new Chronos skincare line in the US market. Chronos is an #AgePositive skincare line that focuses on the needs of the skin at every life stage. The line consists of three categories that meld Brazil’s rich biodiversity with advanced science – a potent oil-based serum treatment, a trio of life stage specific moisturizers and a five-product daily care system.
Natura’s approach to anti-aging skincare is one of mindful simplicity and empowered acceptance. The Chronos line seeks to change the conversation surrounding age in the context of beauty, promote simplicity within wellness routines and embrace the ever-evolving beauty journey of life. Above all, Natura believes in three main pillars: self-care, caring for others and caring for the planet.
The star product of the line is the Daily Revitalizing Face Oil, a lightweight, enhanced blend of natural oils and esters (including five essential oils with powerful anti-oxidant properties) which restore vitality and radiance to dull, stressed skin caused by daily aggressors such as excess sun and pollution.
Brazilian Biodiversity Ingredients + Advanced Science:
- Brazilian Sapucainha: a Brazilian tree with seeds high in essential fatty acids that inhibit skin damage caused by external aggressions
- Polyphenols: extracted from essential ginger oil, stimulate the skin's natural antioxidant mechanism to provide further protection from environmental damage and improve skin vitality – neutralizes 91% of free radicals
- SymUrban: synthetic molecule that reduces the effects of pollution particles with the skin, protecting collagen and elastin fibers
- Instantly improves overall texture
- Instantly smooths fine lines
- Slows the appearance of aging signs
- Deeply moisturizes
- Protects from daily aggressions
- Skin looks restored and visibly renewed
- Lightweight, fast-absorbing
- Ideal for all skin types, except acne-prone
The second category of the Chronos line is a trio of life stage specific moisturizers which offer streamlined multi-benefit skin treatments. Refills are used to replenish each treatment – an important differentiator, and in line with the brand’s extensive sustainability efforts.
- Energizing Face Cream, 30+ – lightweight, multi-tasking moisturizer hydrates, energizes and protects skin to ease the look of stress and fatigue, using Jambu Extract exclusively developed by NaturaBrasil research, and polyphenols with 9.5% active ingredients
- Firming and Radiance Face Cream, 45+ – charged with amino acids and Brazilian Jatobá Extract , a natural collagen booster exclusively developed by NaturaBrasil research. D eeply moisturizes and firms skin, visibly reduces wrinkles and restores radiance with 11.1% active ingredients
- Lifting and Volumizing Face Cream, 60+ – visibly firms and contours skin, powered by Brazilian Casearia Extract, a natural skin filler which stimulates elastin fibers and the production of hyaluronic acid, and powerful oligosaccharides. Improves skin’s density, plumps the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with 14.4% active ingredients.
Chronos’ final category focuses on daily maintenance and cleansing, with five complementary products that gently remove impurities from the skin while keeping moisture levels balanced.
- Gentle Cleansing Mousse – gentle foam thoroughly removes dirt and impurities while maintaining skin's natural balance
- Creamy Foaming Cleanser –formulated with Cupuaçu Butter, this mild rich cleanser removes impurities, while maintaining the skin’s natural balance
- Bi-phase Makeup Remover – gentletwo-phase formula effectively removes makeup, and is enriched with natural humectants that protect skin's moisture barrier
- Skin Brightening Exfoliator – dual-acting formula combines skin-brightening properties of glycolic acid with gentle exfoliation of bamboo micro-particles to reveal smooth, radiant skin
- Hydra-nourish Moisturizer –daily moisturizer hydrates and nourishes skin with vitamin E, rice peptides and Cupuaçu Butter while protecting it from damaging free radicals
My thoughts: I have been using NaturaBrasil Chronos skincare products for three weeks now. My goal is to keep my skin looking as young as possible for as long as possible. By using anti-aging skincare products such as the Chronos skincare line, I am headed in the right direction to achieve younger looking skin.
I love the Gentle Cleansing Mousse. I use it at night in the shower to remove all of my makeup, as well as any dirt and oil on my face and neck. It cleanses perfectly, and does not irritate my eyes. It feels nice and light on my skin.
Each morning, I begin my day by cleansing my face with the Creamy Foaming Cleanser. It leaves my skin clean and gives it that extra hydration that my skin needs each day.
Every morning and night I apply the Firming and Radiance Face Cream, 45+. This cream is the perfect formula for both morning and night. It is not too heavy for daytime, and it is just the right consistency for a great night facial cream. My skin is renewed and visibly firmer.
Chronos skincare line retails for ($17.50- $62.00)
Natura is the most admired beauty brand in Brazil. The brand is known not only for the quality of its beauty products, but also for its commitment to transparency, sustainability and the promotion of well-being (what Natura calls "bem estar bem"). What started in 1969 as a single store on the famous Oscar Freire shopping street in Sao Paulo has grown into Brazil’s largest single beauty brand and a major force in beauty throughout Latin America. Since the beginning, Natura has been committed to more than just developing and selling beauty products. Two of Natura’s most deeply held beliefs are that the world is interconnected, and that business can be aforce for good. This ethos is reinforced by third party accolades including the United Nations Champions of The Earth Award and Natura’s status as a B (Benefit)- Corporation. To date, Natura has saved nearly 635,000 acres of Amazon rainforest – the brand remains dedicated to sustainability, community development and a vision of beauty without stereotypes.
www.naturabrasil.com | @NaturaBrasil.US
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Spring is a time to start fresh and anew. It is the perfect season to renew your skin care routine with products that are made with natural ingredients, from Camille Rose Naturals.
You can trust Camille Rose to source ingredients with integrity, to mix with a pinch of love, and to always consider your total health and wellness.
I am always on the lookout fore skin care products that are made with natural ingredients and so I was very happy to get the chance to review a few fabulous products from Camille Rose.
When it comes to facial care, I wash my face every morning and at night before I go to bed. I look for a cleanser that is natural and gentle. Camille Rose's Beauty Bars are hand crafted using the mildest and most natural healing ingredients to help restore, refresh, and rejuvenate. My skin has been really sensitive lately, and I must be very careful with the products that I use on my face.
So far, these facial bars have been great. I am even able to remove my eye makeup without irritating my eyes. (As long as I am careful not to get the soap in my eyes, of course)
For the face:
Tamanu Cleansing Bar~ The Tamanu Cleansing Bar has a rich lather and rinses off easily without stripping or drying the skin. It helps to expedite the healing of scars, acne pimples, and black heads. To help with blood circulation and strengthen the hair follicle, the Tamanu Cleansing Bar can be used on the scalp as well as be used for light exfoliation toward glowing skin. Containing anti-inflammatory properties, Tamanu helps to soothe swelling and redness due to acne and breakouts. Our Tamanu Cleansing Bar is gentle enough for sensitive skin and made with love.
Rice Bran Cleansing Bar~ Deluxe Face and body Cleanser gently exfoliates to brighten without over drying. Leaves the skin feeling smooth, conditioned and with an even appearance in texture. Refreshes the skin instantly for a luminous and brighter appearance.This Rice bran formula will gently exfoliate dull to remove dark spots around the eyes, knees and elbows. Works with all skin types (normal, dry, combination, oily).
Turmeric Cleansing Bar~ This beauty bar removes blemishes and gently exfoliates the top layer of the skin. Helps treats eczema, acne, psoriasis and stimulates blood circulation. Cleans, moisturizes and keeps the skin soft and smooth. Provides a rich creamy lather to gently condition the skin leaving it fresh and with a healthy glow. Helps preserve youth, beauty and a flawless complexion.
For the body:
Carmelized Cane and Sugar Balm~ Reveal smoother and more radiant skin with regular use of of this organic body exfoliant. A blend of pure sugar cane, almond grinds and lemon fruit peel gently exfoliates, while golden jojoba and organic coconut oils replenish moisture in the skin. I use this amazing body scrub twice per week. It smells absolutely delicious, and makes my skin look and feel fabulous. It is the perfect body polish to get my skin ready to show off in shorts! (Now, if only the sun would make an appearance!)
Orange Honey Bath Elixir~ Add a touch of sweetness to your bath with a few droplets of this light-bubbling elixir. Organic, raw honey is shaken with rose water, mallow flower and cucumber fruit, then enriched with a moisturizing oil blend. This luxuriously foamy bubble bath makes my heart happy! The uplifting fragrance is perfect to brighten my day, and it feels heavenly to soak in. My skin feels hydrated and soft as silk.
You can find Camille Rose Naturals products at over 300 Target locations. Prices range from $8.99-$12 and you can purchase at https://www.camillerosenaturals.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
A visit to the spa is one of the most relaxing and rejuvenating experiences ever. You can take in the soothing scents of essential oils that calm the senses and help to lift toxins out of the body. You’ll enjoy the sounds of nature or tranquil music that helps to put you in a sleep-like state as you receive a facial that will leave your skin glowing and youthful.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t have time to visit the spa as often as we would like. However, there are some spa treatments you can try at home that are just as relaxing. It’s also important to give your skin spa-quality treatment as much as possible because of the pollutants that are found in the air that affect our bodies daily. To find out more about how to improve the condition of your skin at home, read more at Facing Acne. These treatments are also designed to give you glowing skin, so you’ll look like you had a spa weekend without leaving the comfort of your home.
Chocolate Face Mask
Not only can you enjoy some of your favorite gourmet chocolate as you indulge in your homemade spa, you can save a little for your facial as well. Chocolate has properties that renew and hydrate the skin, and there are also antioxidants in chocolate that help to combat cell damage and the negative effects of free radicals on the skin. To make this chocolate mask, you’ll need cocoa, honey, heavy cream, cottage cheese and oatmeal. The cream and cottage cheese contain lactic acid, which can even your skin tone and deep-clean your pores. Mix the ingredients together until the mixture looks similar to a batter. Use a facial spatula or brush to apply the mask to your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. When rinsing, use small circular motions to take the mask off and to get the exfoliation benefits of the oatmeal.
A scrub made from sugar or salt is often used in spas as a way to exfoliate the face and body. If you’ve ever experienced a scrub before a facial or massage, you know how soothing it can be. Now, you can make your own scrub at home using brown sugar, oatmeal, and olive or coconut oil. Brown sugar is beneficial for the skin because it protects the skin from bacteria and can get rid of dark circles under the eyes. Oatmeal contains beta glucans which are beneficial for tightening the skin, and the oats gentle exfoliate to remove debris and dead skin cells so that newer skin cells can thrive. Use a cup of each ingredient to create the scrub, and apply it all over your face and body, using small circular motions. Rinse the scrub off in the shower using lukewarm or tepid water. You’ll notice a difference right away – your skin will be smooth, supple and soft to the touch.
Papaya Enzyme Facial
Papain, the enzyme in papaya has the ability to improve the texture of the skin and help to reverse some of the effects of aging and sun damage. Papaya enzyme also serves as a gentle exfoliator and leave your skin glowing after use. You can take the enzyme internally, but you can also apply papaya to your face in the form of a DIY spa treatment.
After washing your face with a quality cleanser, put a pot of water on the stove to boil and mash up half a papaya to form a paste. Once the water gets hot, remove it from the stove and place your face over it to feel the steam for about five minutes. Then, apply the mashed papaya to your face. You can move away from the steam and even go lie down for about 10 minutes while the fruit enzyme does the work of lifting impurities from your skin. This is actually a treatment that is used in actual spas, so you can save money and be completely comfortable while you give yourself this four-star treatment.
Now that you know some of the beneficial spa treatments you can try at home, you can set aside time for a spa day without having to travel anywhere. This may make it easier to make time for quality skin treatments. The more you treat your skin with quality ingredients, the sooner you’ll see a youthful and glowing complexion.
When you become a pregnant with a precious little life, your body no longer belongs just to you. Your body is a temple and you are sharing that temple with the tiny human you are growing. It is up to you, Mama, to protect and nurture that special little person who is trusting you to grow his or her body. You must not only nourish your body with healthful foods, but that you also make sure to use products that are safe for pregnancy!
You need to steer clear of anything that contains harmful chemicals. This also important during breastfeeding. Any product that you use on your skin can be transferred to your baby through breastfeeding.
Being a Mama is hard work! And you DO sweat, and you DO get smelly, and it is nice to find products to help you to smell fresh.
However, please be aware that the chemicals in your deodorant can get into your breast milk. After all, your underarms are in very close proximity to your breast tissue!
Thankfully, Earth Mama Deodorants are formulated to be safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding. AND they come in a cute set of four minis!
Earth Mama’s mini deodorants give you four flavors in one box! They are also travel-savvy and very cute. Pop one in your purse, the diaper bag, your gym bag or stuff ‘em in stockings with a falala – they are just that good. You get all four flavors in one fun-filled box! Refreshing ginger-lime GingerAid Deodorant, tangerine-y Bright Citrus Deodorant, naturally unscented Natural Non-Scents Deodorant, and fresh, soothing Calming Lavender Deodorant.
Think you're too sensitive for natural deodorants with baking soda? You got another think comin’! This formula was made for extra sensitive skin with the perfect balance of baking soda and magnesium. Just enough to work, not enough to hurt sensitive skin. NO propylene glycol, artificial fragrance, parabens or aluminum. Dermatologist tested and clinically tested for irritation. Better than natural – organic!
Your skin soaks it all in.
So toxic ingredients in deodorant?
That’s a hard no.
- Wash underarms well, dry thoroughly, apply your new favorite deodorant.
- Formulated especially for sensitive skin, pregnancy, breastfeeding and YOU!
- NO artificial fragrance (or natural fragrance, or botanical fragrance, in fact NO F word at all! Just organic essential oils that smell great.)
- NO propylene glycol, artificial fragrance, parabens or aluminum
- Dermatologist tested and clinically tested for irritation
- Better than natural – organic! NSF/ANSI 305 certified by Oregon Tilth in fact.
- #LoveYourLymphNodes #NoFword
All of my babies were breastfed, and thankfully, my daughter is breastfeeding her baby who was born last month. Yes, baby Reylin is my first grand daughter. We are so blessed!
My daughter, Cassidy, is a wonderful mother. She is using Earth Mama’s deodorants to stay fresh. Cassidy says that she loves them. They keep her feeling fresh. She is thankful for that, because sometimes new mamas don't get a lot of time for regular showers. Each fragrance is uplifting and helps keep baby blues at bay, and the formulas do not irritate her sensitive skin. With these four minis, it is very convenient to have one in the bathroom, one in the diaper bag, one in the car and one in her purse. (Mommies sweat a lot.)
Best of all, using Earth Mama's deodorant gives Cass one less thing to worry about, so that she has more time to focus on her sweet baby girl.
No chemicals for this precious angel!
Enter to win! One winner will receive an Earth Mama Mini Deodorant 4-pack set (Retail Value: $15.99)
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*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Reasons Why you Should Stop using Chemical Cosmetics and Skincare Products
There was a time when cosmetics were considered a luxury. Very few people could afford it and others kept aside makeup products only for very special occasions. These days, makeup has become an everyday grooming process. Women, especially have multiple skincare and cosmetic products they use every single day. While these make you look flawless and more attractive, these can be causing long term and permanent damage to your skin! Below are reasons why you should try reducing the number of cosmetics you use.
You might find this funny, but a lot of cosmetics can lead to constant headaches and other illness. The culprit here is the chemicals used to preserve the cosmetic and extend its expiry date. Formaldehyde, which is a common preservative, can leave behind dizziness, tiredness, and a nagging headache.
While you are using makeup products to look younger, these are in fact causing reverse effects on your skin. Chemical laden skincare products and cosmetics cause premature aging of skin and symptoms like wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation, and dryness. All these make you look older than your actual age!
This is one of the most common problems of all kinds of cosmetics. When you have a delicate and sensitive skin tone, the use of harsh chemicals can immediately lead to skin infections and allergies. Chemicals like paraben, sulphates, salicylate etc. cause common allergies and are to be avoided completely. Most times, using random skin care products can make your skin damages severe instead of treating them.
This is yet another very common side effect of cosmetics. While there are many reasons for acne, this type breaks out only because you used a new cosmetic/skincare product on your skin. This acne can last for months together and if not treated early, can result in permanent scars. If you find your skin breaking out and rash like bumps spreading, then do start on healthy skin solutions and treatments early on. The faster you work on treating the condition, the easier it is to get rid of it.
When you do not choose organic products, your eye makeup including mascaras, eyeliners and eye shadows will cause a wide range of eye infections and damages. When you constantly use these products, it becomes easy for bacteria and infections to spread around your eyes.
There is continuous research done on the links between cosmetics and cancer. Toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, arsenic, chromium etc. are linked to encouraging cancer cells to spread. Long-term use of makeup products and skin care products might push you to fall sick. Though most brands go through rigorous testing, you just cannot be sure which ingredient is harmful to you.
As more Americans consider the values of a company before purchasing, the socially conscious beauty lover will appreciate NaturaBrasil’s new holiday collection. Gift sets include rich beauty products made from exotic and rare Amazonian ingredients, and are housed in one-of-a-kind handwoven raffia baskets or clutches created by a women's co-op in Bahia, Brazil. Through this co-op, Natura is educating and empowering women, teaching them business skills and creating local economies.
Once emptied, the baskets double as functional decor – planters, jewelry organizers, serving bowls, and more. I absolutely love gifts that have more than one use!
Holiday gift set prices range from $29.50-$49.95
Black Friday: 30% off all full-size products + free shipping site wide
Cyber Monday: A free full-size product with $50 purchase + free shipping site wide
A little more about NaturaBrasil
Natura is a billion dollar (yes billion) natural and vegan brand that works directly with community co-ops in the Amazon rainforest (creating local economies, educating these communities on best practices and business acumen) to sustainably source ingredients. They also happen to be the first publicly traded company to be a B-corp and recently won a United Nations Champions of The Earth Award (goals?) – not to mention, they just scooped up The Body Shop and now own it!