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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.
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.
Spring is here and as the weather gets warmer, you will be wanting to reveal a little more skin. It is time to exfoliate and get that skin glowing! Tree Hut has the most amazing and luxurious body scrubs I have ever tried! Right now my favorite is Tree Hut's Tropical Mango Shea Sugar Body Scrub.
Experience intense exfoliation with Tree Hut's Shea Sugar Body Scrub with the exotic scent of Tropical Mango. Real Mango Puree, a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins, provides long lasting nourishment to aged skin, leaving your skin radiant and youthful. This gentle sugar scrub is infused with Certified Organic Shea Butter, natural Mango Puree and an array of natural oils. Evening Primrose, Safflower Seed, sweet Almond, Avocado, Macadamia Seed and Orange Oil nourish as real sugar grains gently polish away dead skin cells, leaving your skin soft and smooth.
- Certified Organic Shea Butter: Rich in Vitamins A, E, and F to help collagen production and promote skin elasticity. Shea Butter softens, smooths, and helps strengthen skin.
- Mango Puree: Packed with vitamins and minerals to renew dull skin and reveal a natural glow.
- Safflower Seed Oil: Natural linoleic acid contains anti-inflammatory properties which help to fight skin conditions. It also prevents dryness and hydrates to provide healthy glow, while promoting elasticity.
- Evening Primrose Oil: Regulates the function of skin's oil glands, working to increase elasticity, fight wrinkles and help heal skin conditions.
- Sweet Almond Oil: A potent antioxidant for healthy skin and stimulates the formation of collagen.
- Avocado Oil: Defends against free-radicals. Also rich in nutrients such as oleic acid, potassium, and lecithin, Avocado Oil works to generate healthy skin.
- Macadamia Seed Oil: Supports healthy cells and helps reduce skin deterioration.
- Orange Oil: Soothes dry, irritated skin while supporting collagen formation and helping repair skin damage.
I have been using my Tree Hut Sugar Body Scrub for a couple of weeks now. I use on my feet, elbows, legs, arms and chest. I even used it on my face when I had dry patches, and it gently, yet effectively removes all traces of my dry, dead skin. This amazing body scrub smells so heavenly and polishes my skin to a beautiful glow. My skin is left perfectly hydrated and completely smooth.
I love using it before I apply my sunless tanning products because it removed all of my rough skin and I end up with a streak-free tan. I absolutely love it!
For more information go to: http://www.treehutshea.com/
Disclaimer: I received product samples to review. All opinions are my own.
In ancient China, 1100 years ago, the Laughing Buddha was a famous monk whose legendary smile brought happiness wherever he went. For centuries, rubbing his belly has symbolised good luck and prosperity. This tradition is the inspiration for a collection of uplifting products that celebrate this positivity.
Infused with Organic Mandarin and the revitalising power of Yuzu, the Laughing Buddha collection brings a touch of happiness to your everyday life.
With its luxury combination of organic sugar and wonderful softening oils, this amazing scrub is specially developed to nourish and revitalise even the driest of skins. The natural ingredients Sweet Orange & Cedar produce a wonderfully warm aroma.
This scrumptious sugar scrub is my newest favorite! I use the body scrub once or twice a week for a soft and glowing skin. I think it is perfect for gloomy winter days, because the fragrance is so uplifting! I love it!
To learn more about RITUALS Laughing Buddha Collection go to: http://us.rituals.com/en-us/laughingbuddha.html
Purchase Rituals Good Luck Scrub, 13.2 oz. on Amazon
Disclaimer: I was sent a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
There is nothing that can make a girl feel more pampered than relaxing in a tub full of luxury bath products. The suds, the bubbles, the yummy fragrances are all a part of the experience. I know that when I take a bath, I want to be surrounded by heavenly smelling soaps, scrubs and beauty products that will soothe my skin as well as my senses.
Bath by Riley has an amazing variety of handmade bath treats in store for you. I was sent a package from Bath by Riley which included their delightful Sugar Scrub and Body Butter (which left my skin dewey and supple) and their famous Hand Candies, which are a sweet manicure scrub that is sure to please. I absolutely love Hand Candies!
What are Hand Candies? Hand Candies are adorably packaged little manicure treats (for your skin and not for your belly) which you simply unwrap, crumble and rub into your hands an arms. The luxurious cocoa, mango and shea butter absorb into your skin while the sea salts exfoliate to soften your skin. They are great for rough hands and elbows, and they smell divine. (I even use mine on my feet to soften and exfoliate the skin on my heels.)
Hand Candies come in the following fun fragrances:
Afternoon Tea, Awaken, B-Day Cake, Bergamot Bliss, Blackberry Vanilla, Blissful, Champagne Roses, Cherry Colcada, Citrusberry, Cliean White Sheets, Coriander Rose, Cosmotini, Cucamelon, Cupid's Arrow, Egyptian Lover, Flirtini, Fresh and Clean, Grape-A-Licious, Grapefruit Cocktail, Green Apple, Heavenly, Hippie Love, Honey Child, Melon Sorbet, Miss Amber, Ocean Breeze, Oh Baby, Peach Cobbler, Peary Plumaberry, Pina Colada, Pomagranate Punch, Pumpkin Crunch, Rain Water, Raspberry Mojito, Red Appletini, Sanda Ylang, Southern Belle, Strawberry Cupcake, Sugar Baby, Sunflower Song, Sweetpea Lilac, Tropical Smoothie, Yacht Club, Yum Yum, Zen Moment.
About Bath by Riley: (Taken from their website)
To learn more about Bath by Riley or to make a purchase go to: http://www.bathbyriley.com/
Disclaimer: I received samples of the product shown above to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.