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Before And After Using Beautycounter’s Countertime Line

Before And After Using Beautycounter’s Countertime Line

Finally sharing my before and after using Beautycounter’s Countertime Line!  I’ve been using the products for several months now and wanted to share my results.  This line really speaks for itself when it comes to giving your skin results.  Using plant-derived retinols and peptides, plus potent antioxidants it delivers a serious dose of youthfulness to your skin.  

Check out my before and after using Beautycounter’s Countertime Line here!

 

Best Anti-aging products

The Beautycounter Countertime line is making waves!

 

In the video I share:

  • What results I’ve noticed specifically with my skin since using the products for 2 1/2 months.
  • How long the products are lasting me.
  • What products you should invest in first.
  • My favorite products.
  • When I use certain products.

Check out the before and after using Beautycounter’s Countertime Line below and let me know what you think!  Also, if you want more information on the Countertime line, including what plant-derived retinols are, how they work and what specific ones are in the line, check out my blog post I did.  I go in depth on what makes Countertime so unique compared to other skincare lines when it comes to anti-aging benefits.  

Check out the blog post here.

Leave me a comment and let me know if you have used the Countertime line and what your thoughts are!

Stay tuned- I’ll have another video for you this Friday!

Before and after using Beautyocounter’s Countertime Line below!

Natural Beauty Box Roundup September

Natural Beauty Box Roundup September

Natural Beauty Box Roundup September is here!  Can you believe it?  Where did summer go?!  This month is definitely a stellar month when it comes to organic beauty boxes, so hold on to your seats- it’s about to get good!

First on deck for the natural beauty box roundup September is Beauty Heroes…It’s their 5th anniversary and let’s just say they are pulling out all the stops for this special occasion!

Be sure to check back as the natural beauty boxes September rollout for the month! I’ll be updating them as they come.

 

Natural Beauty Box Roundup September

What an epic lineup in honor of Beauty Heroes 5th Anniversary!

 

Beauty Heroes September Discovery: 5 For 5 Beauty Rediscovery

Beauty Heroes celebrates 5 years and is curating the best of the best in honor of the celebration.  In 5 years there have been so many products that have landed in their hands.  After testing it all when it comes natural beauty, they’ve chosen 5 standout products.  All of these products have been hero products in the past. 

 

Here’s the lineup:

  • Laurel Sun Serum
  • Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask
  • Honua Skincare Aloha Youth Serum
  • Ayuna Natural Rejuvenating Treatment Cream II
  • LILFOX Kalahari Eye Serum

 

Get the box here!

 

Talk about some serious natural beauty goodness!  I’ve tried each of these beauties in the past and I’m here to report on their heroic status.

Laurel Sun Serum This is a serum and oil in one that helps to repair sun damaged skin.  The formula contains 27 whole organic plants!  It helps to reverse the signs of aging that the sun brings.  It also helps to brighten and fade age spots.  The oil feels richer on the skin but it also seeps right in.  When I used it I noticed a decrease in overall redness, faded sun spots and clearer skin tone.  I just love how this oil feels on the skin too.  Laurel really uses the power of plants to restore the skin. The scarlet pimpernel flower does wonders to help reverse the signs of aging.  Not to mention, organic licorice and carrot seed oil(packed with vitamin A).  It doesn’t stop there.  Not only does this serum help with current sun damage, but it also has red raspberry seed oil, jojoba and cranberry seed oil that protect for future sun damage.  The whole serum is off the charts.  It melts into your skin and leaves behind the scent of rosehip and sandalwood.  This is a must have item for anyone looking to transform their skin!

Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask- First, it comes in this chic glass jar.  You open it and instantly get a whiff of rich cacao-just like the name suggests.  I’m in love!  It looks like dark rich frosting but not the kind you eat. This decadence is the kind you apply to your face.  Before application I mist Josh’s Hydrating Accelerator over my face.  Leaving my skin dewy and ready for masking.  I just use a spoon to apply some of the mask on the back of my hand and then use my fingers to apply to my face.  I’ve found the formula is too thick for a brush. Once applied, I wait 45 minutes to let the mask do it’s magic.  You can do less time but I like to get the full effect.  Then I just wipe off with a washcloth.  After, my skin feels revived, refreshed and awake.  I love applying my oils after and then waking up to skin that is seriously happy and radiant.  

The mask detoxifies while at the same time nourishing and giving back so many nutrients into the skin.  A serious skin treat!  So what’s in this mask that makes it so magical?!  The ingredients in the mask are amazing and really make this “glow” happen.  Cacao is a known antioxidant that helps to slow the aging process and beef up collagen to give skin it’s health back.  Plus, it helps to bring circulation to the skin, causing it to absorb nutrients better.  If that wasn’t enough there are a chockfull of plant oils that help moisturize, repair and calm the skin.  Best of all?  This mask is perfect for any skin type! Dry, sensitive, oily-anyone can benefit-I’ve seen it for myself.  I have dry skin and my sister has oily and it does wonders for us both.

 

Natural Beauty Box Roundup September

These products have all been heroic products in Beauty Heroes boxes in the past.

 

Honua Skincare Aloha Youth Serum- This is the perfect morning serum for the skin.  It instantly wakes it up.  It’s not necessarily hydrating on it’s own.  If you have dry skin you may need an additional lotion or oil on top of the serum.  The serum’s scent is a total floral Hawaiian scent.  You’re transported to the island vibe when you smell this serum.  The consistency is milky, different than many serums.  It has a blend of Hawaiian kava kava and kukui.  It gives your skin a glow- especially great in the morning when skin needs a little pick me up.  

Ayuna Natural Rejuvenating Treatment Cream II- This cream is creamy, decadent and addicting.  I remember after first using it waking up and literally touching my skin and thinking- wow!  My skin felt so good.  Smooth and supple, completely hydrated.  Now you might be wondering what’s in this luxurious cream- allow me to explain.

It has a combination of phyto-peptides, and restorative botanical factors.  Not too mention it is preserved through probiotics- how cool! It is also vegan.  This cream is meant to firm and restore your skin’s texture and color.  I use it morning and night.  It’s light enough to apply in the morning before makeup.  It smells wonderful too!  If you’ve smelled Ayuna’s products in the past then you know what I’m talking about- their signature scent.  But if you haven’t let me give you a little preview.  It has an essential oil natural fragrance of Gurjum Balsam, Holy Wood, Myrrh, Chamomile, Rosemary, Buchu.  You will love the smell

LILFOX Kahlahari Eye Serum- Love that this eye serum comes in a rollerball form.  Such easy application!  This eye serum is a mix argan oil, prickly pear, watermelon and passion fruit. The vitamins A and K really help to brighten the eye area.  Something pretty much anyone can use! I know I can as a mama of two.  There is also peridot gem inside the formula which has been known to help the skin and heart take in all the plant has to offer them.  I’ve been rolling this on in the morning and at night.  I love how it feels cooling from the rollerball and hydrating but not greasy.  It quickly soaks in!

Ok, are you drooling yet?!  The natural beauty box roundup September is off to a stellar start.  I mean talk about a serious organic beauty lineup! This Beauty Heroes box is just plain off the hook.  This whole lineup is valued at $256!!!  Should I say that again?  I know crazy.  But you can get it for $58.95!  I wouldn’t delay- clearly this box will sell out!

 

Get the Beauty Heroes 5th Anniversary 5 For 5 Box here! 

 

Detox Box: Naturopathica 

 

Natural Beauty Box Roundup September

Naturopathica is in the house for the Detox Box for September!

 

The Detox Box is back this month featuring Naturopathica.  This line is made in East Hampton, New York.  Created by an herbalist, esthetician, and aromatherapist.  Barbara Close is on a mission to educate people on natural beauty.  Naturopathica has been going strong for over 20 years.  Excited to share this box as part of the natural beauty box roundup September.

Carrot Seed Soothing Facial Oil- This is the perfect oil for skin that needs a little love. Maybe it’s been overworked or stressed from environmental factors, either way this oil will sooth the skin.  Rich in carrot seed, evening primrose and lavender oils.  It feels rich on the skin and weighty but absorbs nicely.  My skin felt so hydrated even the next day!

Oat Cleansing Facial Polish- This is such a great mild exfoliant. Using the power of jojoba beads and oats to gently remove dead skin cells.  It leaves skin feeling smooth and vibrant.  It’s really a 3-in-1 product.  Not only is it an exfoliant but also a cleanser and mask too.  A triple threat for your skincare routine!  I love how it wasn’t harsh for an exfoliant.

Calendula Essential Hydrating Cream- Where’s my dry and sensitive skin gals at?  This is for you!  Not only does it have soothing calendula in it but also borage, trehalose, and saccharide.  A winning combination of comforting, hydrating and protection from environmental factors.  It literally feels like butter on the skin.  Perfect as the weather transitions to cooler temps.

Easy to see how this box made it into the natural beauty box roundup September lineup!  This whole box is valued at $145, but you can get it for $55!  Another jam packed box from The Detox Market.  Snag this month’s Detox Box here!  

 

Boxwalla Box: African Botanics

 

September Natural Beauty Box

This box by Boxwalla is off the hook! Featuring African Botanics Le Masque Hydralift Intense.

 

I’m always so excited to see what’s in the box for Boxwalla.  It’s usually filled with a new unique product I haven’t tried- which is kind of amazing considering I’ve tried a lot of product as a natural beauty blogger!  I’m no stranger to the brand this month, but I am to the actual product.  This month we are seeing Le Masque Hydralift Intense from African Botanics. African Botanics has been in Boxwalla Boxes before and it is always a home run.  

This month is no different.  I love the theme of this month’s box- Dream A Little Dream Of Me.  This mask will make you dream of the best skin because that’s what your skin will feel like after using it!  Combining micro and mini Hyaluronic Acids, South African Aloe Ferox, fermented Yeast, along with Saccharides, Resurrection Plant and Mallow this is a one, two punch for increasing your skin’s overall hydration.  Not only does it add moisture but also helps to lift, firm and smooth the skin.  

I like to think of the mask like this: Not only is it feeding and nourishing my skin but it protects it from environmental factors and normal pollutants.  It really goes much deeper than any mask I’ve used.  Really getting to the cellular level to deliver deep nutrients.  I also loved how soothing it was on my skin.  With ingredients like Niacinamide that help to brighten and calm redness.

I would apply to slightly damp skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes.  You can also leave on overnight!  I noticed an increase in overall brightness, hydration and suppleness.  The mask is made for dry, thirsty, stressed skin.  

I can’t recommend Boxwalla’s September box enough!  It really is such a unique product and for a stellar deal.  The box is valued at $180 but you can get the box for $49.95 through Boxwalla- crazy amazing!  Get the box here!

Check out past reviews of some of my favorite natural beauty boxes:

 

Natural beauty box roundup September

Sharing my favorite natural beauty products on the blog in this month’s Beauty Heroes box.

Organic Labor Day Sales 2019

Organic Labor Day Sales 2019

Organic Labor Day Sales 2019 is here!  Who’s ready to save some money?!  I know I am!  I’ve got the pulse when it comes to organic beauty sales, organic living sales and more.  This is the time to save since most companies don’t offer sales again until Black Friday/Cyber Monday!  So hop on the deals now.

Whether you’re searching for an organic pillow, organic sheet set, maybe a new natural beauty foundation or just want to start stocking up on organic beauty for the holidays, there’s something for everyone.  The organic Labor Day sales 2019 edition is off the hook with sales galore!

I’m going to list each online store and then under them I’ll list the deal.  Some I may have to leave blank until a specific date. Be sure to check back throughout the week and weekend as I’ll be updating with the latest sales happening!

*Oh and P.S. if you need help, or aren’t sure on color, etc- send me an email to [email protected] I would LOVE to help a friend out!

 

organic labor day sales 2019

Some of my favorites in organic beauty on sale for Labor Day 2019 this week!

 

Organic Beauty-

 

Credo Beauty

Credo Beauty is your one stop shop for all things organic beauty!  It has it all.  From natural deodorants, natural makeup, organic skincare, natural hair products and more.  They’re like the Sephora of clean beauty!  I’m beyond excited to share their Labor Day promo with you!!  Love getting Tata Harper from Credo. Love their Clarifying Mask. Also, love that they carry Goop- I get their Himalayan Salt Scrub Shampoo there. Also, if you’ve followed me you know I love Kosas lipsticks and Credo carries them too! 

*For every $125 purchase, you get a $100 gift!  I mean talk about a deal! Starts August 27th- Sept. 2nd

Shop Credo Beauty here! 

 

Aillea

This is another favorite of mine!  They have all the brands when it comes to organic beauty products.  I love getting Ilia products from Aillea.  Obsessed with their True Skin Serum Foundation, Highlighters, and Radiant Skin Primer.

*They are offering 15% off site-wide use code: LD2019.  (Cannot be combined with any other promotions.  Brands excluded include May Lindstrom, Vintner’s Daughter, Josh Rosebrook, and Kypris). Starts August 29th- Sept. 2nd. 

Shop Aillea here!

 

Detox Market

Detox Market is one of the first green beauty stores to launch back in the day.  They carry an assortment of natural beauty brands from all over.  I love getting Lily Lolo from Detox, love their bronzer in Miami Beach and their mascara, also Agent Nateur Deodorant in Holi Rose.

*Get 10% off orders over $150- use coupon code: DETOX10  & 15% off orders of $200- use coupon code: DETOX15. Starts August 29th- Sept. 2nd.

Shop Detox Market here!

 

Integrity Botanicals

Another one stop shop when it comes to organic beauty products, Integrity Botanicals has all the natural beauty goodness.  I love getting Fitglow beauty products there, especially their concealer- fave in green beauty and their lip serums! 

*With orders over $100 or more receive 15% off with code: LABORDAY19. (cannot be combined with any other code and is not valid on the following brands: May Lindstrom, Kypris, Vintner’s Daughter, La Bella Figure and Laurel Skin). Starts August 30- Sept. 2nd.

Shop Integrity Botanicals here!

 

Pharmaca

This is your one stop shop for all of clean living and organic beauty!  Pharmaca has it all.  From organic baby products, natural supplements, organic home products and more.  Always offering sales and Labor Day is no different.  I love snagging inika organic beauty products there, W3ll People, and Juice Beauty

*Take 25% off with code: LABORDAY. Starts Friday August 30th-Monday Sept. 2nd.

Shop Pharmaca here!

 

Live Botanical

This is one of those organic beauty skincare lines I fell for years ago!  They offer clean and effective products that really make your skin sing.  I also love that they’re budget friendly!  Love their Luna rose and honey cleansing mask and Lavender Cacao Body Polish.

*For Labor Day they are offering 35% off using code: REFRESH.  Starts Monday Sept. 2nd- end of the month or until they sell out!

Shop Live Botanical here!

 

Follain

This is another natural beauty store that offers a ton of organic beauty brands.  From natural makeup to organic skincare products and natural hair products.  I love their soap collections– the reusable bottles look so chic, and you can get Josh Rosebrook’s Active Enzyme Exfoliator there too- the best!  

*Get 15% Off Sitewide with code: SUMMER15. Starts August 27th-August 29th.  (Exclusions include kits, bundles, May Lindstrom, Josh Rosebrook and Vintner’s Daughter).

Shop Follain here!

 

OSEA

A natural skincare line that delivers amazing results.  I love their Ocean Cleanser– one of the best, and their Atmosphere Protection Day Cream.  

*Free Bodycare Essentials Trio- All 3 travel-sized body products- when you spend $125+. Or a free bodycare Essentials Trio and Vagus Nerve Oil when you spend $200+. Starts August 29th-Sept. 2nd. 

Shop OSEA here!

 

Leahlani

This is one of the very first skincare lines I used in clean beauty and fell hard for!  All of Leahlani’s creations are made in Kaui, Hawaii.  Some favorites are the Mermaid Mask, Honey Love and Kokoleka Mask.  

*15% off Beauty Oils (Serums + Elxirs) using the code: LABORYAY. Starts Friday 8/20 – Monday 9/2.

Shop Leahlani here!

 

 

The Choosy Chick

This is a family friendly organic beauty store.  They offer something for the whole family, from women, men, baby and kids.  Love getting Earth Mama Organics from them and Pleni Naturals.

*For Labor Day they will be offering a gift with purchase on all orders $50 and over.  Lily Lolo just launched some new vegan nude lipsticks and they will be giving away one with each purchase over $50.  They will also have an end of summer sale with savings up to 30% on select items.  Starts Aug. 31-Sept. 2nd or until lipstick runs out. 

Shop The Choosy Chick!

 

Organic labor day sales 2019

Sharing all the best organic beauty box sales for labor day 2019!

 

Organic Beauty Boxes-

 

Beauty Heroes 

This is the “it” organic beauty box in natural beauty.  It offers the best of the best when it comes clean beauty.  This is a monthly organic beauty box that primarily focuses on natural skincare.  Occasionally they have organic makeup offerings or natural hair boxes too.  They have a store full of organic beauty faves too. Check out past reviews of Beauty Heroes here in my clean beauty box roundup and how to subscribe here.  

*Free Shipping on all US orders. Enter code LD2019. Additionally stay tuned for a very special Beauty Heroes Box that launches on Sunday Sept. 1st!  You are going to want to subscribe for that now- trust me!  Subscribe here.

Shop Beauty Heroes here!

 

Clean Beauty Box

This is another organic beauty subscription box.  They offer their boxes bi-monthly.  A nice change of pace from the monthly beauty box. They also have a store full of organic beauty faves! Check out past Clean Beauty Box roundup reviews here and how to subscribe.

*15% off store-wide discount, 20% off summer recovery & essentials, 20% off sale items. **Promotions are automatically applied at checkout**Starts Friday August 30- Monday Sept. 2nd. (Brand exclusions may apply and it will not apply to subscriptions or gift cards). 

Shop Clean Beauty Box here!

 

Boxwalla

This is such a unique and well thought out organic beauty box.  It’s bi-monthly which is nice, you really get to savor each product.  It also gives you access to some of the most unique and effective products in natural beauty.  I am always finding new favorites in the Boxwalla box that I wouldn’t have found otherwise.  Check out past Boxwalla reviews and see how to subscribe here. 

*Free International shipping on the one-time page, with no minimum using the code: ENDOFSUMMER. Valid till Labor Day, September 2. New listings of the one-time boxes, including the Heart of Gold Box, 5YINA, Malaya Organics, Flower & Spice. Check them out here!

Shop Boxwalla here!

 

Organic labor day sales 2019

Sharing my favorite organic labor day sales for organic bedding and home.

 

Organic Bedding/Home-

 

Berkey

This is the water filter we use in our house and love!  We actually just upgraded to the Royal Berkey.  We realized we needed more water!  Especially with a third baby on the way.  I can’t recommend it enough.  It even filters out fluoride if you get the fluoride filter.  Can’t beat that!  

*They haven’t posted their sales but they are always offering some serious deals for Labor Day weekend, so check back!

Shop Berkey here!

 

Smoothie Box

I have loved this new smoothie subscription!  It makes drinking smoothies so easy!  You literally just put everything from their pouch into a blender, add liquid and blend away.  I love that they are organic, and don’t have a ton of sugar, but are loaded with healthy fats and veggies.  It makes eating healthy that much easier.  My faves are the chocolate and berry!  

*They are offering $20 off your first box!  Just click the link below.

Shop Smoothie Box here!

 

SOL Organics 

These sheets are what luxury is made of!  They are made with fair trade certified cotton, and certified organic cotton.  The second party certifications include GOTS, Oeko-Tex and FLOCERT- a global fair trade certification.  These 300 thread count cotton sheets wrap you up in softness the minute they touch your skin!  They come in a variety of colors too. We chose white and are happy with how crisp and clean they look.  They also have 3 different sheet sets.  You can get a hemmed version, classic or pleated.

*They are offering 25% off a minimum purchase of $99 using code: laborday19. Starts Aug. 26th-Sept. 2nd.

Shop SOL Organics here!

 

White Lotus Home Pillows

They are store that offers pure and natural mattresses, bedding, and home furnishings all made in the USA.  It’s your one stop shop to clean up your bedroom!  When I was choosing my pillow options to try out they were so helpful.  Walking me through the whole process and asking questions to ensure I had the best options for how I sleep. I love their Kapok Pillows for my kids and my husband and I love their shredded latex pillows for ourselves.  

*They are offering 20% off using coupon code: GGG. Starts Aug. 26th- Sept. 2nd. 

Shop White Lotus Home here!

 

West Elm

I love West Elm for their organic quality products, but also their sustainability and fair trade practices.  I’ve purchased my all wood bed frame from them, and many bedding items.  Check out my blog I did on detoxing your bedding here. They offer so many great organic bedding options- from sheets, blankets and duvet covers.  

*They have all the sales listed right on their website.

Shop West Elm here!

 

Whew!  Organic Labor Day Sales 2019 are coming in hot!  What are you buying?

 

Organic Labor Day Sales 2019

Sharing all my favorite organic Labor Day Sales 2019 on the blog!

Organic Beauty Products- August

Organic Beauty Products- August

Organic Beauty Products- August is here!  Is it just me or did summer fly by?  As much as I love summer, I’m SO ready for fall and to meet this little babe!  6 weeks out- crazy.  

So this month I have some new products and some old ones as well that I’m sharing with you.  I should say I rediscovered some old products!  I forgot how awesome they were.  Trust me, it happens when you’re a clean beauty blogger!

 

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These new Honest Beauty Liquid Lipsticks are giving me all the feels!

 

Honest Beauty Liquid Lipstick

This was an easy one to include in my organic beauty products- August roundup!  These are a new product for Honest Beauty.  They are highly pigmented like a lipstick, but go on similar to a gloss and come in a tube form.  They give your lips some nice sheen too.  I love how high impact they look on your lips!  They come in 7 colors and are super hydrating too.  I was really impressed by the longevity as well, they lasted for a good 6 hours on my pout!  And the kicker?  They’re $12.99!!  I mean talk about a steal.  Get them here!

Honest Beauty Mascara

Ok, I still get this question all the time- “What’s your favorite natural mascara?”  I feel like a broken record but it’s Honest Beauty through and through.  Why do I love it so much?  It separates my lashes, gives them volume, and doesn’t smudge on me.  I don’t have raccoon eyes by the end of the night and I get compliments on my lashes all the time- I’m telling you, this mascara doesn’t mess around!  It has a primer on one end and the black pigment on the other.  The primer definitely helps give your lashes some extra volume and length.  

I also use this Beautycounter Mattifying Powder to give my lashes an extra boost of vavoom every now and then too.  I just use an eyeshadow brush and apply it right on top of my lashes after I’ve applied a couple coats of mascara.  Then I go back and apply more mascara on top to make them really stand out.  This mascara is only $14.99!  I guess maybe this August clean beauty roundup should also be called best budget clean beauty! Get the mascara here!

 

organic beauty products

These new W3ll People Nudist Shadow Palettes are the perfect everyday eyeshadows.

 

W3ll People Nudist Eyeshadow Palettes

These are a new release from W3ll People.  They come in a palette with 5 different eyeshadow colors.  I love that they have matte and shimmer shadows in them.  Sometimes I’m feeling matte and sometimes I want something a little more pumped up.  One palette is violet hued and the other is taupe.  Both equally gorgeous colors!  I definitely am drawn more to the taupe palette.  It has basics for everyday wear or for kicking it up later on. A great palette to  take you from day to night.  PLUS, these palettes are so budget friendly!  You get an entire eyeshadow palette for $25!  I’m definitely hitting it out of the park this month when it comes to going easy on the wallet- your welcome! 😉 Use Coupon Code: GURLGONEGREEN for 10% off!  Check out the palettes here!

Antonym Baked Highlighting Blush

I’ve been wearing this blush and loving it!  It’s not a new find but one that I definitely can’t get enough of lately.  It gives the perfect hint of blush color with some slight shimmer.  I’m not talking teenage glitter makeup but a mature glow look.  It’s so pretty even in the package!  I love the color Lily, it’s the perfect punch of color without being too dramatic.  No more dull, lifeless blush!  This will make you glow from the inside out.  Check it out at Pharmaca.com and save 20%!  Get it here!  

 

organic beauty products

Some oldie’s but goodies- these two have been taking up residence in my makeup bag lately!

 

Lily Lolo Pressed Bronzer

This is another oldie but goodie!  First of all it’s pressed, which is nothing short of awesome- who wants to deal with bronzer everywhere.  But it’s also a pretty taupe color and not orange.  I’m partial to the Miami Beach color but it also comes in several other colors too depending on how dark you want to go.  And get this, another budget find!  I know it’s kind of awesome this month for saving a little money.  Check it out here!  

 

Organic beauty products

Best exfoliator in green beauty- active enzyme exfoliator by Josh Rosebrook!

 

Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator

Still my favorite exfoliator. Gets my skin super smooth and clean.  Haven’t found anything else like it.  This exfoliator uses a mechanical exfoliant of walnut shells, and also an enzyme exfoliant. Not only does my skin feel smooth after but it looks brighter!  It is chockfull of plant oils and active honey- a serious treat for the skin.  I’ve tried to pinpoint the smell and I’ve come to the conclusion it smells like black licorice to me-which I love or used too…haha.  I apply this to slightly damp skin and then I massage a small nickel size amount all over my face.  I let it set for 15 minutes, I found that’s my sweet spot.  But you can do it up to an hour.  This is another must have!  If you’ve been looking for an exfoliant that leaves your skin feeling smooth but also looking bright-this is it.  Get it here!

 Foot File And Pumice Stone

Ok, this might be random but this is something I use literally every time I shower and I realized I’ve never told you about it!  Especially in the summer my feet can get pretty nasty.  Being outside, and barefoot and just in elements can do a number on the feet.  Before I get in the shower I’ll file down any calluses I have with the foot file and then once I’m in the shower I take the pumice stone and add some soap to it.  Then I scrub the bottom of my feet with the pumice stone.  I’ve found my feet will get rough and dirty and this helps to really smooth things out and keep them looking clean.  I’m obsessed!  If you have feet that could use a little tlc between pedicures this will be your best friend!  Get the foot file here and the pumice stone here!

That sums up my organic beauty products- August edition!  Want to see some of my past favorites from previous months?  Check them out below!

 

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Sharing my favorite organic beauty products for August on the blog!

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Budget Friendly Organic Beauty At Credo

Budget Friendly Organic Beauty At Credo

Sharing my favorite budget friendly organic beauty at Credo Beauty!  I thought I would give you a run down of my favorite organic beauty products at Credo Beauty that are $30 and under.  Plus I have a coupon code at the bottom of the blog post too- make this deal even sweeter!

Credo Beauty is one of my favorite online natural beauty retailers.  They have it all when it comes to clean and effective products.  They’re like the Sephora of clean beauty.  All the “IT” brands in one place!

It makes it so easy to shop and find something you love.  Plus, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get some of the best products they offer- I’m about to show you.

So what would l include in my budget friendly organic beauty at Credo Beauty roundup for $30 and under…allow me to introduce you to some of my very favorites!

*Don’t forget to use the coupon code when shopping at the bottom!

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All the it brands from Kosas Lipstick, Kari Gran Lip Whips and Ecobrow at Credo Beauty.

Ecobrow Defining Crayon-

This is a new favorite of mine!  It literally takes me a minute to do my brows- which is pretty awesome.  I really wanted to find a natural brow pencil for my readers because a lot of them struggled with brow gels.  I really love Beautycounter’s Brow Gel but I know for some the application can be tricky.  I really wanted something straightforward for people.  This Ecobrow Defining Crayon is it!

It looks natural and doesn’t look fake or drawn on like so many eyebrow pencils can.  One end is the crayon and the other end is the spooly for brushing the product through the hairs.  I wear the color Penelope but I’m getting the color Liz in the mail too- I think I might need something a little more ashy.  Penelope has a touch of redness.  I’ll keep you posted.  They offer 6 colors so you’re bound to find one that works for you.  This comes in at $26!  Check them out here!  

 

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Jade rolling is where it’s at if you want to reduce facial puffiness, remove toxins and soften fine lines.

Rose Quartz Facial Roller-

I’m a huge fan of facial rolling!  It really works.  It helps to get the lymphatic system moving, and flush out toxins.  It also helps to soften fine lines and wrinkles.  As it gets the lymphatic system moving you will notice less puffiness and overall more radiant complexion.  All it takes is 5 minutes in the morning.  I apply my favorite oil all over my skin.  Then start my facial massage.  Watch this video on how to use the jade roller if unsure.  I love how she explains what it’s doing.  Not only does my whole complexion look more awake but also less puffy and tired looking.  Bonus: my facial oil really gets to seep in my skin!  This is $28.  Get a facial roller here!

Honest Hazel Eye Gels-

This was an easy one to add to my budget friendly organic beauty at Credo roundup. Say goodbye to puffy eyes and dark circles with these eye gels!  Not only do they help to minimize unwanted bloat under the eyes but they also brighten the whole eye area.  I love using these first thing in the morning.  I apply them right before I start brushing my teeth.  My eyes feel more awake and vribrant.  These are especially great for travel!  Airplanes are so dehydrating and can really suck all the moisture right out of you.  These are great to do while flying or when you land for an extra surge of moisture.  One of my secret weapons to looking awake even with small kiddos.  They’re $12.  Get them here!

 

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Ilia Concealer-

This is one of Ilia’s newer products and I’ve fallen hard for it.  The formula comes in a tube and is perfect for under the eye area. It instantly hides dark circles and brightens the whole area.  I just dab a few swabs under my eyes and then blend in.  It doesn’t look cakey at all!  Something I’ve found is hard to find in a concealer.  I also love it for helping to hide hyper pigmentation and highlighting and contouring on my face.  I’ll apply some down the bridge of my nose, and then right in the middle of my forehead and cupids bow for an all over brightening effect.  It’s like a highlighter and concealer in one!  I wear the color Yucca.  Only $30!  Check them out here!

Kosas Lipsticks-

If you follow me then you know I love a good Kosas lipstick.  These lipsticks are highly pigmented, last and plump the lips all at the same time.  They come in so many great colors too.  Honestly, I haven’t found a color I didn’t love.  Some lipsticks feel too heavy, or not hydrating enough- Kosas really nailed the formula on this one.  Everything you want in a lipstick- but clean!  You can get them for $28- Check them out here!

Ursa Major Go Easy Shampoo and Conditioner-

Natural shampoo and conditioner that works can be pretty spendy.  It’s hard to find brands that deliver great results with a natural shampoo and conditioner but also are effective.  Ursa Major’s Go Easy Shampoo and Conditioner is the exception.  I tried them out a while back and was really impressed with the formula and results.  Not only did my hair feel clean but the price tag wasn’t as high as some others and it lasted me a while.  My hubs liked it too!  It doesn’t smell super feminine either but light and fresh.  My hair had body and bounce and no extra oil.  A total win!  You can get it for $26.  Check it out here! 

 

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Innersense I create Lift is the best volumizer in clean beauty and this Herbivore Sea Mist is a sea salt mist that adds amazing texture.

Innersense Volumizing Foam-

This foam is the best for giving your roots and hair the body and volume that lasts all day!  Literally my hair will still have volume after a couple days.  The best volumizing hair product I’ve found in organic beauty.  A lot of times I’ll wash my hair and then blow dry it before bed.  Once I’m done blow drying it I’ll stick it up in a high pony tail.  In the morning my hair is full of body from being up in the pony tail and using the volume foam- it’s so good!  $28- you can get it here! 

Herbivore Sea Mist-

I definitely had to add this to my budget friendly organic beauty credo roundup.  This sea salt spray really lives up to it’s name.  It gives hair that beachy vibe instantly.  I love using it after curling my hair.  It brings some definition and hold to my style and makes the curls look less perfect.  It comes in two scents- coconut and lavender. I’m partial to the coconut smell!  Especially great for adding lots of texture to lifeless hair.  And it’s only $12!  Snag one here!

Ursa Major Shave Cream-

If you’ve been looking for a shave cream, look no more.  This shave cream keeps my legs silky smooth with no razor burn!  It also keeps them feeling super soft for days.  I love that the scent is mild and just smells fresh.  It really is great for even the most sensitive skin types.  Even on Credo Beauty they have 33 reviews that add up to a rating of 4.8- pretty awesome! $24- Get the shave cream here!

Kari Gran Lip Whips-

I’ve been a fan of Kari Gran Lip Whips for as long as I can remember- seriously.  They are just a staple in my routine.  They are the one product that really can keep my lips hydrated.  I love the naked peppermint one.  It’s essentially colorless and smells like- you guess it, peppermint.  They come in frosted glass jars and look like little jars of decadent frosting.  You can get tinted versions too.  Not only do you have a pop of color but some serious hydration as well!   $20- Get them here! 

That’s a wrap on my favorite budget friendly organic beauty at Credo.  See any faves?  Be sure to use my coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN FOR 10% OFF!  Only valid for new customers.  Shop all of Credo Beauty here!

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Sharing my favorite organic beauty products under $30 at Credo Beauty.

Best Anti-Aging Skin Care Products

Best Anti-Aging Skin Care Products

This post has been a long time coming when it comes to best anti-aging skin care products!  I get asked this question nearly everyday- no joke.  I get it.  We all want to maintain that youthful appearance.  I mean who wants to look older than they are?

Now, I know the word anti-aging can be a faux paw word when it comes to natural beauty.  I’m not against aging at all.  I know that we all will age.  I fully embrace it!  However, I love the idea of being able to give my skin the best chance at looking it’s best for as long as possible.  I think we can all agree on that.

You can call it anti-aging or maintaining a youthful glow, whatever sounds good to you- the bottom line is the goal is to keep your skin looking good and feeling good!

Since we only get one face, we might as well take care of the skin we’re in.  

After being a natural beauty blogger for almost 5 years and having been in the natural beauty industry for over 8, I’ve come to find products that work and those that don’t when it comes to skincare that performs.

I think initially the natural beauty industry had a lot of beauty products that were clean but not effective.  Over the years formulators and companies are now not only creating products that are clean but also perform!  The best of both worlds.

Basically you can have your cake and eat it too!

Science is becoming more savvy as well and is now able to share how natural ingredients such as plant retinols and powerful antioxidants can truly transform the skin.  Science is pretty cool.

 

Best Anti-aging skincare

One of my favorite natural beauty skincare products for aging skin- African Botanics.

What ages our skin?

There are so many factors that contribute to aging skin.  Here are a list of the heavy hitters.

  • Sun damage- we all hear it but the sun can really do a number on our skin.   When UV light hits our skin it damages the collagen and elastic tissue in the skin.  The skin becomes weak and delicate and doesn’t bounce back like normal and instead starts to sag.  Then later on we see sun spots, and discoloration.  The sun is so beneficial for our bodies too- don’t get me wrong.  But I just like to wear a hat and protect my face from the sun as it’s more delicate.  Also, wearing SPF is crucial for protecting your face from harmful rays.
  • Dry Skin- When our skin is dry it starts to shrivel.  Just like a grape shrivels and turns into a raisin when dry.  The same thing is true with our skin.  It starts to shrivel and wrinkles become more prevalent when our skin ages.  By keeping it moist and hydrated we are giving our skin a fighting chance even when we are older to keep our skin in tip top shape.
  • Good Ol’ Age- Yep, as we age we lose collagen.  Collagen helps to give skin it’s firmness and elasticity. As we get older we lose a little collagen every year, or you could say every decade.  As collagen decreases we can start to see more fine lines, and sagging appear.  Also the production of new skin cells age us as well and we lose fat overall which can give faces fullness and firmness.  Taking care of your skin at an early age or when you first learn about the importance of good skincare regimens is the best step in giving your skin a fighting chance of thriving.
  • Eating An Inflammatory Diet- I’m excited this one is really starting to pop up more and more.  Often people think they can just have great skincare products and that should do the trick when it comes to anti-aging.  Unfortunately, what we put inside our bodies make a huge difference on how we age and our overall skin health.  When you eat a diet full of processed foods and sugar it accelerates the aging process.  For ex. sugar when ingested reacts with nucleic acids, free proteins, fats and forms advanced glycation end products, also known as AGEs.  Not only do these cause damage through inflammation but oxidative stress, and free radical damage.  Not a recipe for healthy skin!  You can tell when a person is consuming a diet rich in good healthy fats, proteins and plants.  They literally glow from the inside out!
  • Smoking and Alcohol- Probably not a surprise to most of you but these can definitely do a number on the skin.
  • Not Taking Care Of Our Skin- Overall skin health is also a direct reflection on how well you take care of it.  Consistent skincare routine is vital for keeping skin in tip top shape.  There is no magic potion to seeing results in one day, but repeated use and consistency is one of the most effective ways to see skin thrive.  So many people aren’t consistent and therefore can see early signs of aging by not taking care of their skin.
  • Stress- I’m sure most of you are aware but stress plays a major role when it comes to skin aging.  Have you ever seen someone go through a traumatic life event?  Often their skin can share the stress and pain of it all without them saying anything.  That’s how powerful stress is.  From not sleeping because of stress, dark circles from crying, fatigue, and wrinkles appear.  Managing stress and learning how to cope with it can help your skin in the long run.

What can you do about aging?

 

In your 20’s- Make sure you’re applying SPF.  Majority of the sun damage research has shown happens in our 20’s to our skin.  Applying an SPF before going outside is one of the best preventative measures to keeping skin looking youthful later in life. This SPF is one of the best for the face and before makeup.  Exfoliate, to keep your skin looking fresh and glowing and to reveal those new skin cells.  Don’t sleep with your makeup on, as tempting as it might be.  This blocks pores, causes breakouts and it can stretch out your pores- something no one wants.  Start incorporating one anti-aging product.  Even in your 20’s skin starts to decrease in collagen.  Pick one serum, or moisturizer that is loaded with active ingredients and is going to give you some mileage to your skin in the long run. I love this serum!

In your 30’s- Your skin starts to slow cell production at this age and collagen decreases as well.  Getting by with a few hours of sleep doesn’t seem as easy without looking haggard and some fine lines are starting to appear.  Hormones can be all over too as you have babies, which causes more skin changes.  Your skin often can feel overall drier too.  It’s best to find a skincare routine and really stick with it.  Replace foaming cleansers that dry out your skin with more oil or milk based cleansers.  Find a hydrating cream to amp up your skin’s overall moisture and get an active serum that is really going to help counteract the aging process.  One of the biggest complaints of 30 somethings is pigmentation.  Exfoliation is also key at this age as cell turnover is slower.  Exfoliating skin keeps it looking youthful and glowing. This is the best exfoliant.  Also, don’t forget an eye cream! I love this eye cream.   Your 30’s can really start to show the first signs of aging around the eyes.  Plus, keep up the SPF as you still want to keep your skin protected!

In your 40’s- Once we hit 40’s our skin’s cell turnover rate has slowed to nearly double of when we were in our 20’s.  They say in our 20’s our cell turnover rate is 25 days, but in our 40’s it’s 45 days.  So basically our skincare routine needs to be highly fined tuned at this age.  You start to see sun spots in your 40’s more than ever and wrinkles appear in areas you use the most such as forehead, around eyes and mouth.  Now is the time to make sure you have a skincare routine that delivers.  From a gentle hydrating cleanser, an active serum, a day cream and night cream.  Plus, an active eye serum or cream and an SPF.  Love this facial SPF.  Plus, continued exfoliation twice a week as you did in your 30’s.  A mask every week to help hydrate, and restore glow is a good idea too.  Facial Rolling is a great way to help bring some life into the skin and really increase overall circulation.  Facial rolling can help decrease puffiness and gently ease out fine lines.  I like this facial roller. Start applying products to your neck as the neck can age even quicker than the face.

In your 50’s & beyond- As an esthetician I always think of skin pre-menopause and post menopause. Although women can experience menopause in their 40’s for many it can be more in the 50’s.  That’s why I categorize skin pre and post menopause because the skin’s needs after menopause are usually consistent as you age(meaning as you age into your 60’s and 70’s and beyond).  It might seem harsh but skin really changes a lot after going through menopause.  When you go through menopause you experience a drop in estrogen which also means a drop in collagen.  When you have less collagen you have less fullness and overall elasticity to your skin.  Moisture levels go down and so do skin’s natural glow.  It doesn’t mean a death sentence for your skin!  It’s important to continue hydrating the skin always.  This night cream is literally the best I’ve found for delivering lasting hydration, plus active ingredients. From a hydrating cleanser, day cream, night cream and eye cream.  Also, protecting the skin always with an SPF as the skin is more fragile.  It’s also vital at this stage to exfoliate since our skin can naturally start to lose it’s luster.  Adding in a good exfoliation a couple times a week really helps to boost skin’s overall appearance.  Don’t forget an active serum.  One that is not only is going to deliver nutrients but also help with cell turnover.

Ok, now that we’ve talked about skincare in every stage of life, let’s take a look at what natural skincare lines really deliver when it comes to ingredients and performance!

What are the best anti-aging skin care products?

As I mentioned earlier I’ve been around the block for many years as a green beauty blogger and I’ve found my favorites when it comes to natural beauty products that perform!  The natural beauty industry is just getting started and we are learning more and more about the power of plants.

Having tried many products, these 3 skincare companies really deliver when it comes to effective natural skin care products.  It came down to 3 brands for best anti-aging skin care products.

 

True Botanical's Review

True Botanical’s

If you’ve followed me for a hot minute it’s no surprise that I’m sharing about True Botanical’s.  These products speak for themselves.  Not only do they have clinical studies to prove their effectiveness but also so many raving customers!  I first started to use their products 4 years ago and haven’t looked back.

When I think of TB what sticks out to me is a luxe natural anti-aging line.  Using the most potent ingredients, TB spares no expense when it comes to creating their products.  They care about quality and seeing products that actually perform, while at the same time are safe.  A truly unique company in the green beauty industry.  The scents of their products are some of the best.  Nothing is too strong but smells fresh and real.  I also love how they do clinical tests on their products.  Something that is rare among the natural skincare industry.  Proven results, with clean ingredients-what more could you want?  Oh and I can’t forget to mention that all their products come in frosted glass bottles, can you say luxurious?  Not only do they make skincare products but also some stellar body products.  I’ve tried out their shampoo and conditioner, body wash and lotion and they’re all winners!

If you’re unsure of what line to commit to in TB, then take their online quiz here.  They’ve made it easy to help you decide what line suits your skin best.

My personal favorites from the line are their Antioxidant Booster and their Repair Serum.

Let me first share about the Antioxidant Booster.

The Antioxidant Booster is made using whole apple peel which has been shown to be more effective than Vitamin C- hello!  It’s basically like your skin’s best friend if you ask me.  I mix this with the Repair Serum(you could use the Clear Serum from True Botanical’s, The Calm- whatever line that matches up to your skincare needs).  Then I apply it my skin.  I apply this before my oils.  I find this helps my skin to absorb the oil better. Then I apply my oils.  I can’t recommend this product enough!  I like the Vitamin C Booster too, but this one has done amazing things for my skin.

I’ve seen hyperpigmentation fade, sun spots and an overall brightness and evenness to my skin.  People ask me all the time how I apply it.  I don’t follow True Botanicals recommendation of applying my oils first and then applying my Antioxidant booster and cellular repair serum.  They recommend you start with their oil, then mix the Antioxidant Booster or Vitamin C Booster with one of their serums and apply to the skin.  This isn’t how I was traditionally taught in esthetic school.  However, True Botanical’s Oils are different then most oils.  Here is an explanation they sent me:

We use oils that are specifically formulated to have smaller particle size and therefore be more easily absorbed into the skin, the oil doesn’t sit on top of the skin and create a barrier that the serum would be unable to penetrate

So if you want to apply your oil first and then Antioxidant Booster or Vitamin C Booster and serum do it.  If you want to do it the other way- you can do it that too.  They did inform me that the Vitamin C Booster is only water-soluble (not oil-soluble), so if you apply it first and then add the oil, it can sometimes create a bit of a pilling effect if the Vitamin C/Serum mixture hasn’t fully absorbed yet. The Antioxidant Booster is both water and oil soluble, so it’s easier to switch around the order of the products when you’re using that one!  Bottom line- It’s my skincare must have!  Get the Antioxidant Booster here!

Why do we want antioxidants in our skincare routines?

Free radicals are constantly at work in our skin causing damage.  They are caused by the foods we eat, stress, the sun, air we breathe and so on.  They can cause skin conditions like acne, rosacea and of course aging.  The thing that we need to give our skin to fight free radicals are antioxidants.  Antioxidants counteract free radical damage and help to repair and restore the skin. Our skin produces antioxidants on their own, but as we age we lose antioxidants.  That’s why it’s important to keep feeding our skin antioxidants as we age.

The Antioxidant Booster does just that!  It gives your skin the most potent form of antioxidants the minute it touches your skin because you don’t activate it until right before you use it.  Since it’s in powder form, it hasn’t lost it’s potency because it’s not been mixed with liquid. The minute you mix it with a liquid you activate the formula.  Imagine all those serums you’ve been buying that have promised to be filled with antioxidants but they’ve basically been deactivated since they’ve been sitting in liquid. This gives you the freshest antioxidants delivered right to your skin!

As you can see, the Antioxidant Booster doesn’t mess around!  Get the Antioxidant Booster here!

The Repair Serum is another standout-

This serum is designed to reverse the cellular damage caused by sun exposure and aging.  Pretty sure everyone wants to sign up for that-am I right?!  Besides reversing cellular damage it also replenishes moisture and plumps up skin.  It’s highly concentrated and goes past the surface of the skin to really get to the cellular level.  Most serums sit at the top of the skin-not TB’s.  Another thing I love about this serum is it’s ability to calm redness and ease congestion.  My skin looks clearer over all and more even toned.  I apply it after toning/misting my skin.  Since it’s a serum my skin doesn’t feel moisturized but slightly dewy.  This is a serum that is going to work for your skin everyday.  An anti-aging, redness reducing serum all rolled into one.  Invest in your skin and grab your serum here!

Read my full True Botanical’s review here.

 

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These two products from African Botanics offer some serious results!

African Botanic’s

Are you familiar with African Botanic’s- if you aren’t allow me to introduce you!  I first discovered this brand a year ago in a Boxwalla box.  When creating this post, I knew that African Botanics would be include in the best anti-aging skin care products!  If you’ve used them then you know.  If you aren’t familiar with Boxwalla, you can read more about them here.  They deliver some of the best natural beauty products bi-monthly.  Not too mention they always are finding such skincare gems!

So last August I was introduced to Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil.  Let’s just say it was definitely a green beauty standout!  I even included it in my best of clean beauty 2018- it’s that good.  It was really the first plant-derived retinol that I used that blew me away.

I would literally recommend this oil to for any skin type.  Whether you have sensitive skin, acne, mature, dry or oily.  It does so much for each skin type.  It’s highly active.  The formula includes plant-derived retinols, Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, amino acids, minerals, carotenoids and peptides.  This oil has it all!

From helping to fade fine lines, dark spots, hyper-pigmentation, and fading redness.  It basically helps to come in and repair what environmental factors, stress and the aging process has done to the skin and reverse it.

I have seen a brightness in my skin and hyper pigmentation fade- no joke.  If you’ve tried it, then you know what I’m talking about.  I struggle with some redness and that faded and overall brightness shown through my skin.  The oil is not heavy, but lightweight for an oil.  Doesn’t feel greasy at all.  I would apply this in the morning and at night.  It feels like such a luxurious oil!  Get Fleurs D’Afrique here!  Use Coupon Code: GURLGONEGREEN for 10% off for new customers.

But that’s not the only product standout from African Botanics…their Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum.

Say hello to your new favorite serum.  But for real.  This is a serum whereas the Fleurs d’Afrique from African Botanics is an oil.  This serum according to studies minimizes dark spots by 67%!  That’s amazing.  It helps to smooth fine lines and repair the skin from environmental damage.  It contains plant-derived retinol, and plant peptides.  Plus, green sea algae which gently exfoliates the skin.  

It is a gel serum that can be worn under the Fleurs de’Afrique or any other oil and helps to plump, hydrate and deliver antioxidants to your skin.  I’m starting to wonder what it can’t do!  It feels so refreshing and moisturizing on the skin.  The biggest takeaways from the serum is how hydrated and rejuvenated my skin feels after using.  The fine lines in my skin are all filled in and smooth.  It’s really like a primer before I put on my makeup!  It also really brightened my skin. I can’t get enough.

I apply mine after cleansing and toning.  Then I follow with the Fleurs de’AFrique.  The serum also contains plant based retinol.  Basically, the more you use it and are consistent with it, the more results you will see over time. Get the Resurrection Cell Recovery System here!

I literally want to try all of African Botanics products- no joke.  I have browsed their website and may slightly drool.  The amount of attention that goes into them is so amazing.  Check out the brand more here. Use Coupon Code: GURLGONEGREEN for 10% off for new customers.

 

 

Best Anti-aging skincare products

Beautycounter’s Countertime Line

Ok, This is Beautycounter’s first true antiaging skincare line and definitely worthy of the title of best anti-aging skin care products.  By using a blend of plant-derived Retinatural Complex of Bakuchiol and alpine rose that support skin regaining youthfulness.  Top performing conventional skincare brands you will find use retinol in their formulations.  However, much research has shown that retinol is not only phototoxic, discoloration, can cause skin irritation, thin the skin, and even in some studies be carcinogenic.  I mean I’m all for keeping my skin looking good but at the risk of my health- I don’t think so!  You may have heard of tretinoin(I can just hear my dermatologist suggest this to me), which is toxic.  Tretinoin is a form of retinol.  Another form often used by many is retinyl palmitate, however, this can become toxic when exposed to sunlight.

If you’ve used retinol then you know how thin and irritated your skin can become.  What happens to the skin when retinol is used over and over is it is constantly producing new cells.  Which gives your skin that smooth appearance.  The problem with the rapid cell renewal is it doesn’t give the new cells time to create the correct barrier function because they lack the lipid and adhesion from normal cell production.  Therefore your skin becomes highly sensitive.  Wearing sunscreen and protecting your skin from the sun is parmount when using retinols.

As you can see there is a reason why Beautycounter has retinol on their Never List of Ingredients.  It’s not something you want to be applying to your skin and absorbing into your body.  Check out the full Never List of Ingredients here.

Beautycounter wanted to create something that not only proved to be effective but safe.  This is where they created a plant-derived Retinatural Complex of Bakuchiol and alpine rose.

 

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The Beautycounter Countertime line is making waves!

 

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about plant-derived retinols.  What are they and are they safe?  Let’s dive in.

Bakuchiol is derived from the seeds and plants of the babchi plant.  This plant has been used in Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic for diseases.  Bakuchiol is one of the very few plants shown to actually work(scientifically proven) in the same way as retinol but without the side effects.  (Source here) It helps to add firmness to the skin, fade pigmentation, improve skin elasticity, and improve fine lines and wrinkles.  Plus, it helps to stimulate collagen production.  Did you know your face from your mid 20s and on loses between 1-1.7% of collagen a year?  You could say I’m all about upping my collagen production with a little Bakuchiol!  Bakuchiol helps to repair the skin.

The other all star plant-derived retinol is alpine rose.  Alpine rose helps to protect the skin.  It is grown in the Swiss Alps, where it has to protect itself from harsh climates.  When scientists saw how well the plant protected itself from the environment they wondered if it could do the same thing for human skin cells.  If you think about the human skin it’s much the same way.  When we are able to fight against environmental stressors and protect the skin while at the same time keeping barrier function intact and fluids in the skin is less likely to age.  The whole process protects the skin from fine lines and wrinkles- yes you can read that again!  Aren’t plants SO cool?!  Read about alpine rose here.

As you can see Bakuchiol and alpine rose are a match made in skincare heaven.  Not only repairing what’s been lost but protecting skin from future damage. What’s even better is you can find this Retinatural Complex of bakuchiol and alpine rose  in the new Countertime line of Beautycounter products!

It’s obvious this isn’t a line that was casually made but intentionally and thoughtfully created.  I love how every detail didn’t go unnoticed.  Even the glass jars are sourced from North America, eliminating the 5,000 mile travel from China where most beauty containers are made.  The jars are also recyclable too.  Overall less impact but greater performance!

The line was formed in a new lab with over 100 trials performed to test for contamination as well.  Beautycounter didn’t want to win some awards for best in natural beauty but they wanted to be the BEST in beauty.

Countertime has been in the works for 3 years- not an after thought.  Beautycounter brought research and development in house, along with 5 chemists.  The goal is to create natural products but in the end people want products that are going to be effective.  Countertime definitely delivers on this front.  This quote from the founder, Greg Renfrew really sums it up.

First the full Countertime line consists of 6 products.  Spoiler alert: the Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream is the best antiaging cream I’ve found in natural skincare.  It’s that good!

  • Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil
  • Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence
  • Tripeptide Radiance Serum
  • Antioxidant Soft Cream
  • Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream- (Best antiaging cream in natural skincare)  🙂
  • Ultra Renewal Eye Cream

 

Best Anti-aging products

The Beautycounter Countertime line delivers results.

 

Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil-  This cleanser is unique and so good.  The cleanser is a spin off of Asian skincare.  You apply it to dry skin as an oil but as you add water it emulsifies into a milky consistency.  It removes all my makeup effortlessly, no stinging and my skin doesn’t feel stripped after using.  I’m hooked!  I literally want to use this every night- it’s that good.  Trust me I have a variety of other products I could use but I keep reaching for this one over and over.  Did I mention the smell?  AH-MAZING!  Get it here.

Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence- This is similar to a toner/hydrosol.  Instead of spritzing it on your skin you shake some into your hands and press it on your face.  I apply this right after cleansing before I use serums, oils, moisturizers. It has a milky consistency compared to other toners I’ve used.  This has of course the plant-derived retinols bakuchiol and alpine rose but also mineral-rich sea water, and a fermented blend of sugars.  It gives your skin hydration but also an overall glow- you’ll love it.  It’s so refreshing especially in the morning- wakes up my skin .  Get it here.

Tripeptide Radiance Serum- This serum is jam packed with active ingredients from the plant-derived retinol to tetrapeptide.  Tripeptide is a peptide with three amino acids.  Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.  Our skin loses collagen every year as I mentioned earlier.  By adding peptides to your skin you are tricking it into thinking it’s lost collagen recently and it signals your cells to make more.  When collagen production happens, then you notice your skin feeling plumper, and repaired, making your skin look overall more youthful.

Basically amazing when it comes to creating effective skincare for aging skin.  The Tripeptide Radiance Serum comes in a pump bottle, which I love. The formula is milky and sinks right into the skin.  I apply this after the Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence.  This serum is doing the heavy lifting when it comes to creating natural skincare that performs.  Get it here!

Antioxidant Soft Cream-  Say hello to your new favorite day cream.  This cream is hydrating enough to give your skin lasting moisture.  But light enough to wear during the day time.  I also love how it’s in a pump form.  It also contains the plant-derived retinol combination of bakuchiol and alpine rose.  Plus, antioxidant Nasturtium Flower extract known for it’s ability to help guard skin from environmental stressors and keep the skin hydrated.  My skin feels so moist and supple after using.  Great under makeup too!  Get it here.

Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream- This cream is what skincare dreams are made of- no joke!  Yes, it is the best antiaging cream I’ve found in natural skincare.  Move over LaMer.  There’s a new skin cream in town and it doesn’t contain the toxic ingredients!  I have tried hundreds of natural skin creams in my day, yes as a clean beauty blogger my shelves are filled with product, after product.  This one is in a league of it’s own.  I just dare you to try it and tell me otherwise.  The consistency is like softest most decadent cream.  It literally melts into the skin and creates skin that feels so completely perfect from hydration to overall smoothness and radiance.  My skin LOVES it.

Not only does it contain the plant-derived retinol bakuchiol and alpine rose but also a tetrapeptide.  Meaning it has four amino acids.  Your skin will be repaired, protected and stimulated with increased collagen, all while being completely hydrated.  Sound like something amazing?  It’s because it is.  Since being pregnant my skin had been extra dry.  I normally have dry to combination skin more in the summer has it gets more humid but since being pregnant my skin has just been so dry.  There was nothing that would truly hydrate it…until the Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream.  My skin has not felt better!  I finally feel like my skin is back to where it feels normal.  Get it here!

Ultra Renewal Eye Cream- An eye cream that really performs.  Anyone else feel like it’s hard to find a natural eye cream in clean beauty?  Yeah, I’m right there with you.  This eye cream isn’t your average eye cream.  With the powerful plant-derived bakuchiol and alpine rose giving any other eye cream a run for it’s money!  I use this am and pm and gently tap the product into the undereye area using my ring finger(the ring finger has the least amount of muscles so less pulling).  Say goodbye to crow’s feet, undereye shadows and hello to brighter eyes.  Get it here.

As you can see this whole line has definitely won me over!   I’ve been using this line for almost 2 months and my skin feels SO good.  It feels hydrated and plump.  It also, looks brighter and overall smoother.  If you can only try one product definitely try the Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream- best antiaging cream in natural skincare. Beautycounter has really done so well at creating an effective line that doesn’t compromise natural beauty standards. Get it here!

It’s easy to see why these products are the best anti-aging skin care products in natural beauty!

Have you tried any of them?  What are your favorites?

If you want more information on creating your ideal natural skincare routine, head to these blog posts that guide you through the process:

 

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