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My Favorite Natural Skin Care

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Here you go - My favorite Natural Skin & Body Care

Yes, these are the products I actually use!

People tell me that I have great skin, and I know that a lot of that is genetics. As a teen I had very few breakouts, and in my 50s I have very few lines and wrinkles. Here are the skin care products I use every day.

1. Oil Cleanser

I use oil to cleanse my skin, and like to keep it as simple as possible. I use Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil, which is grapeseed oil.

2. Serums

In the morning I use Source Vital Liposome Serum, which a blend of oils, and in the evening I use the moisture-boosting Vichy Mineral 89.

3. Oils

I am super-picky about the skin care oils I use, and BR Naturals out of Canada produces the cleanest oils I have used. They sent me some free products, and I love all of them! In the morning I use Black Cumin Seed Oil for its healing properties, and at night I use Papaya Seed Oil to help exfoliate and heal. I just use 3 drops.

Also, I eat a lot of unsaturated oils, and BR Naturals does a perfectly sweet and mild Avocado Oil, a mellow and nutty Sesame Oil, and a flavorless Safflower Oil. I have used the avocado oil as a dip (a little salt and pepper, Eataly bread), and have used all three in various salad dressings. The sesame oil is delicate, so works well in recipes where traditional asian sesame oil is too much.

4. Moisturizer & SPF

For day, I use Garnier's Clearly Brighter lotion with SPF, and at night I use CBD For Life Pure Face Cream.

5. Eye Cream

For eyes I need a de-puffing treatment, and the two best that I have found are Source Vital Cucumber Eye Cream and CBD for Life Eye Serum.

For body care, we use a large number of brands, including the above-mentioned BR Naturals (great soaps and lotion bars), Seaweed Bath Company (soap, body wash, and lotion), and Serenity Acres Farm (soap, body cream).

There you go!

 

Win A Cibaderm CBD 5-piece Beauty Kit ($199 value)

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I Tried the 5-Piece Cibaderm CBD Beauty Kit and you can too!

Hubby and I are big fans of Cibaderm CBD products, as well as all CBD products. These products are made from hemp and contain little to no THC, so are legal in all 50 states. Applied topically, CBD can help your skin as an anti-inflammatory agent that stops redness and itching, and since topical products do reach your bloodstream, you may see some internal benefits, such as less pain and better sleep.

I have eczema and hubby has psoriasis, so we are always on the lookout for products that keep our skin moisturized and calm, without feeling heavy. Cibaderm CBD delivers!

The scent is a light eucalyptus mint, and the products are thin in consistency and almost a green color. I would be careful with the shampoo and conditioner on bleached or blond hair, as some folks say it left a greenish tinge. I can't speak to that!

Our experience with these products has been great. They smell nice, work well, and our skin and hair are happy.

Now you can enter to win one of these Cibaderm 5-piece CBD Beauty Kits! Enter below. Winner will be announced 7/4/17!

And if you want to order a kit, or any products from US Hemp, use the code wearehemp and receive 10% off your order.

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Deozein Natural Deodorant Review and Giveaway

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Deozein Natural Deodorant Actually Works!

I don't know about you, but I like to use deodorant. Given the fact that I live in NYC, where there are many warm bodies packed into small spaces, body odor is an issue. I figure that if I hate smelling other people's funk, nobody needs to be smelling mine.

Basically, underarm odor does not come from sweat itself. It comes from bacteria, so if you can manage to stop or slow down the bacteria from growing in the first place, you will not smell. This means that the best time to put on any deodorant is right after you bathe.

Most deodorants either work by masking the body odor with perfume (Old Spice, for example), or by adding an aluminum-based antiperspirant, which closes your sweat glands. Neither of these seems ideal.

Over the past few decades, I have tried many natural deodorant products, none of which has ever worked. I tried crystals, pastes, Tom's of Maine, and others. So when the folks at Source Vital Apothecary contacted me about reviewing their Deozein Natural Deodorant product, I was hesitant.

"Why bother?," I thought. "They never work!"

Bdeozein zestut then I read some reviews, and took a look at the product page. Deozein is made from:

  • Mineral Salts – Cleansing, purifying
  • Algae extract – Remineralizing, purifying, cleansing
  • Aloe Vera extract – Soothing, calming
  • Lavandin essential oil – Soothing, light herbal scent
  • Patchouli essential oil – Soothing, calming, earthy smell
  • Sage Spanish essential oil – Deodorant
  • Tea Tree essential oil – Purifying, cleansing
  • Cajeput essential oil – Purifying, cleansing you would
  • Lemon essential oil – Cleansing, softening, deodorant
  • Pine essential oil – Purifying, cleansing

And Deozein Zest has the same basic ingredients, with a minty citrus scent (I prefer Zest).

The mineral salts and algae extract have strong antibacterial properties, as do several of the essential oils. Deozein works so well for me that now hubby, who has used Old Spice deodorant for over 50 years, has switched. I once went 3 days without a shower when I was sick, and even then I didn't stink!

At only 2 sprays needed per armpit, I have been using Deozein daily for over a month and still have more than half of a 1 oz. bottle left. How economical is that?

 

Source Vital also sells great lip balms, skin care products, and essential oils. Today's giveaway is for some of my favorites - Deozein, Deozein Zest, Cucumber Eye Cream, and Lip Balms. You may enter daily to win. Good luck!

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My Skin Loves These Face Oils

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My Skin Loves These Face Oils

For many years I did not use face oils. I had the idea, like many women, that they would make my skin more oily. I could not have been more wrong!

It turns out that, especially over the age of 40, if your skin doesn't have enough oil it produces its own. Yes, that's right. If you put on products to dry the oil, your skin responds by simply making more.

For me, that meant a super-greasy T-zone with very dry cheeks. Not a good combination!

I started with an expensive oil, and then looked for less expensive alternatives. The Vitamin E and Jojoba oils from Eden's Semilla are exactly what my skin needs at a great price. I use the Jojoba Oil in the morning, as it has some spf. And the Vitamin E oil at night is helping to brighten my skin and even out skin tone.

skin oils vitamin eAt 4oz each for less than $30 total, these oils are a bargain! They fit well on the shelf with the other serums and eye cream, they are unscented, and they work well. All good!

The Vitamin E oil is blended with jojoba and rose hip oil to make it less thick. Of the two, it smells the most like just plain oil, but absorbs quickly so the smell doesn't linger. I use about three drops and that does my whole face and neck, with some to rub on my hands and nails. The Jojoba Oil is runnier, and smells slightly citrusy. Again, I only need about three drops.

If you have been looking for less expensive, high quality face and skin oils, I highly recommend these!