July 2016 archive

MY NONTOXIC ANSWER TO ACNE AND AGING

So in a couple of months I will be 31, and we can cue the melancholy music and ominous tones cuz I’m not too thrilled about it. Am I being dramatic? Of course but needless to say 31 isn’t a super exciting age because you are officially in your thirties, I mean you aren’t even close to 29 anymore!! But embarking on your thirties means new adventures and an entirely new, powerful skincare routine to keep your youthful glow going, and to prevent the aging process. I am telling you ladies I have finally mastered an amazing skincare routine that is keeping my breakouts (yes I still get breakouts) at bay while combatting the aging process at the same time. Finding a regime that tackled both of my skin woes was becoming challenging for me because certain anti-aging products would cause me to breakout, but then some acne products I was using didn’t have any anti-aging benefits either. I really was determined to develop a regime that tackled both without using an army of product, and boy do I have some amazing finds to share with you free birds!! Get the deets of my full routine below!

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Erin’s Faces Clarifying Charcoal Cleanser: Erin’s Faces is a rather new line to me, and this is the first time trying her products and I am in LOVE!! This Clarifying Charcoal Cleanser has been a game changer for me when it comes to really giving my skin a deep cleaning. The main ingredients are charcoal, organic maple sugar, orange, cranberry, tea tree oil and lavender to name a few and the gel base makes your skin feel super clean but not stripped of it’s natural oils which I appreciate. If you are battling acne this is the cleanser for you. I use this morning and night along with my clarisonic or cleansing grains for exfoliation which is really important as well for acne prone skin. The price tag on this is kind of steep for a cleanser but you get a big 8 oz. bottle which will last you awhile for sure, a little goes a long way with this baby. Retail: $30 for 8 oz. find at http://www.erinsfaces.com.

Erin’s Faces Clarifying Serum: This magical elixir is seriously my new favorite find. Finding a serum that fights acne and aging simultaneously is sometimes near impossible but this gem does just that, while keeping my skin super soft and hydrated! With a “Think Dirty” rating of 0, this serum is packed with organic green and white teas, hyaluronic acid, organic aloe, tea tree oil and more and it really performs. My skin is smoother and clearer for sure, and it’s gentle enough to use twice a day, which I do. It also applies beautifully underneath makeup. I have just fallen completely in love with this brand as a whole and once you check out everything her website has to offer, you will be hooked too! Retail: $60 for 2 oz., find at http://www.erinsfaces.com

True Botanicals Pure Radiance Oil, Clear: So my beloved True Botanicals have renamed all of their beautiful products but have kept the same high performance, luxurious nontoxic ingredients we all know and love! This oil is formerly known as their “Balancing Facial Oil” and this is my third bottle of it. This truly is liquid gold and I know I have featured this oil many times on the blog but I just can’t get enough. I get compliments on my skin all of the time and I know this oil is to thank. I no longer bother with face creams because this oil does what face creams do not. This oil strengthens the skin’s barrier function, calms inflammation, fights free radical damage, and hydrates much deeper then the surface skin cells. I gently apply this oil after cleansing and applying my serum and vitamin C treatment at night. For a dewy effect, you can apply a few drops on skin before makeup in the morning also. Standout ingredients for me are organic hemp seed, grape seed and pumpkin seed oils. If you are battling acne and aging, this oil is the KEY to youth, I’m telling you free birds!! Retail: $110 for 2 oz., find at http://www.truebotanicals.com.

True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster: This is a newer product I have incorporated into my routine but now an essential one. This is the freshest form of Vitamin C you will find for topical use. It is in powder form and made to be mixed in with a serum. This booster stimulates collagen production, firms and repairs skin, fights wrinkles, and brightens aging skin. I like to mix 2-3 shakes of this with my Erin’s Faces Clarifying Serum I mentioned above until dissolved, then apply all over my face and neck. As we age, Vitamin C should be an essential component in our skincare routines. I use this at night only because you should always avoid sun exposure when you have topical vitamin c on your face, it makes it ultra sensitive!! You will notice an immediate different in your skin tone after using this, I highly highly recommend adding this gem to your anti-aging routine!! Retail: $90 for 0.49 oz., find at http://www.truebotanicals.com.

I hope these recommendations help you navigate a new skincare regime to conquer those skin woes we all know and hate too well. As an esthetician I take my skincare extremely seriously and only write about products I know and love, and that are safe and healthy for your skin. If you have any questions about skincare in general or these products featured don’t hesitate to contact me! Happy weekend free birds!!

 

 

TRUE BOTANICALS SUMMER GIVEAWAY!!!

With it being the Fourth of July today I thought it would be fitting for me to do a quick little post on the importance of antioxidants in your skincare routine after sun exposure AND True Botanicals and I have teamed up once again for an amazing summertime giveaway for you guys so stick around for details on that!! So I think we are all very well-informed about the importance of sun protection and chemical free sunscreens, but how much are you’re focusing on your skin AFTER the sun?? It’s absolutely imperative that you incorporate a treatment that is packed full of antioxidants to help repair sun damage and brighten aging skin, and True Botanicals Pacific Topical Vitamin C Treatment does just that!

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Pacific Topical Vitamin C Treatment contains the freshest form of I-absorbic acid (Vitamin C) and since our only source comes from our diet, a topical treatment is essential so the skin doesn’t get neglected. This works in combo with ferulic acid and doubles the photo protection of your skin when used together. Lastly, licorice root is a powerful plant antioxidant that provides anti-inflammatory benefits and brightens and lightens your skin, I have always been a huge fan of licorice root!! The result of these powerhouse antioxidants equals firmer, brighter skin and fewer wrinkles! This is an absolute MUST have in your rotation in the summertime, because protection just isn’t enough, you must repair!! Retail: $65 http://www.truebotanicals.com

Active ingredients: l-ascorbic acid, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, ferulic acid. Inactive ingredient: tapioca starch

Like I mentioned above, True Botanicals and I have teamed up for one our readers and followers to win a Pacific Topical Vitamin C Treatment ($65 value!). Head on over to my Instagram @freelovebeauty for all of the details and to enter today!! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July free birds!