Acne can certainly be a pain to treat. I’ve suffered only minor break-outs throughout my adolescence, only to later have a bad bout of it in my mid-twenties. I was left frustrated as I trialed through a countless assortment of over the counter and prescription strength creams, to no avail. It wasn’t until I switched up my skin care routine to include all natural treatments and remedies, with the inclusion of a skin cleansing machine, that I cleared my skin up. Through my love for skin care and fondness for sampling new products, I feel I’ve perfected my clear-skin routine. I know this method works because if I slip up on my routine, my skin reacts instantly, but that’s ok because I got it covered. I’m hoping that though my experience I can help you to find your acne solution.
Shea Terra Argan Oil & Acacia Honey Api-Therapy Facial Wash – I discovered this product through a subscription sampling service. After a few days of use, I was blown away by how clear it made my skin. If I’m ever without it, my skin reacts almost instantly. I use this gentle cleanser in the mornings and in the evenings with a Clarisonic, after I’ve removed my makeup. (see my review) (buy)
S.W. Basics of Brooklyn Toner – This toner alone has tuned me into a ACV devotee. I attribute this 5-ingredient all-natural toner for keeping my skin calm and my PH in check. (see my review) (buy)
The All Purpose Treatment
Wedderspoon 100% Raw Manuka Honey Active 16+ - If you haven’t already, its time to get on the Manuka Honey bandwagon. Wedderspoon’s Manuka Honey works wonders as a spot treatment for blemishes. Any break-out will literally be gone overnight without a trace. You won’t be left with any unsightly redness or dryness, as with your typical spot treatments. Manuka Honey works beautifully as a face mask, not only to keep break-outs away, but also to intensely hydrate and nourish the skin. I also use it for a quick cleanse in the mornings alone, or mixed in with an exfoliating powder. Since witnessing the miracle this ingredient has done to my skin, I’ve actually starting consuming it regularly. (buy)
Lina Hanson’s beloved line of Global Serums for the face and body have recently expanded to include a little something special for your little someone special. The Global Baby Serum was developed specifically for the sensitive skin of a newborn and is free of fragrance and nut oils, in case of allergies. The serum additionally contains ingredients known to increase skin’s elasticity and to treat stretch marks, making it perfect for new and expecting mothers.
The Global Baby Serum contains only the gentlest oils of natural and organic origin, so they are perfect for sensitive skin. Watermelon Seed Oil (Kalahari Oil) is this serum’s featured ingredient. This prized oil contains high levels of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, which help the skin to restore and maintain its elasticity. Watermelon Seed Oil also works to eliminate toxins from the skin, and assists in the removal of excess sebum, making it suitable for the treatment of cradle cap.
In addition, Global Baby Serum contains safflower seed oil, jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed oil, camellia seed oil, apricot kernel oil and grape seed oil. The serum provides intense hydration to even the driest skin, without leaving behind any greasy residue. It absorbs quickly, to both wet and/or dry skin, leaving behind the softest skin. The serum’s ability to absorb into the skin so quickly, makes it a great option for the warmer months. I would recommend this oil to anyone young or old. I am personally already addicted to this fragrance-free body serum for myself. I have every intention of spoiling all the mom’s and moms-to-be in my life with this gorgeous creation from Lina Hanson.
Lina Hanson Global Baby Serum $35
Summer is officially here! But, before you throw on that bikini, or don a shorter hemline, its time to get our skin into its best shape yet. Here is my personal recipe for your softest skin ever!
Exfoliation is key to achieve to achieving softer, smoother skin. Take up dry-brushing to slough off dry skin and to promote blood circulation. I am also a fan on bath gloves for easy in-shower exfoliation. I like to thoroughly exfoliate with a heavy hand twice a week. Add in a good scrub with lots of oils in between. Once I have thoroughly scoured and scrubbed, I slather on a mixture of coconut oil and Waxelene. Afterwards, throw on a terry robe and allow yourself some downtime to let the mixture absorb into the skin. Follow up with a body oil, like One Love Organic for Elizabeth Dehn’s Active Moisture Body Serum, to add a healthy dewy glow. Or, try Prtty Peaushun Skin Tight Body Lotion to conceal minor imperfections and to add an enviable radiance. Repeat.
What are your summer skin favorites?
Less is more when it comes to the brand concept behind the skin care line S.W. Basics. This Brooklyn-based company offers a complete line of skin care with each product containing five ingredients or less. Their five ingredient Toner, which contains water, apple cider vinegar, witch hazel and the essential oils clary sage and sandlewood, has become a staple in my skin care routine.
S.W. Basics Toner balances the skin’s ph and evens skin tone. It’s a great option for any skin type, especially acne-prone and, as I have discovered, a cure for a finicky skin condition called Seborrheic Dermatitis. During a stressful time period in my life, I started to develop this painful facial skin affliction. After trialing both natural and prescription treatments, and after some research, I was lead to this all-natural wonder. Within days my skin cleared up and with daily use I’ve hardly suffered a recurrence. Thank you S.W. Basic for creating this amazing toner!
S.W. Basic Toner $24 at swbasicsofbk.com
The Kjaer Weis brand takes clean cosmetics to the next level. Their most recent foundation release proves this yet again with a new remarkable formula. The foundation protects and nurtures the skin with age-defying oils, such as sweet almond oil, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. Staying within the Kjaer Weis Philosophy, all products are created with all natural and organic ingredients, while never compromising on luxury and effectiveness.
Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation has a unique texture and its performance is superior to other green beauty products out there. This cream foundation easily contends with some of my favorite bases, green or not. With medium coverage, the KW foundation blurs pores and covers imperfections exceptionally, as well as covering pesky dark circles. While it has a fuller coverage, it remains fairly undetectable on the skin, with a satin finish. Kjaer Weis Foundation easily creates a no-makeup look.
The Cream Foundation can be applied with a foundation brush, beauty blender, or with just your fingertips. For sheer coverage, a damp sponge works beautifully. I personally prefer to use my fingertips, applying the foundation in a rolling motion, applying more product in areas that desire more coverage. I love the control of coverage that this formula provides. I do find it necessary to moisturize skin beforehand for easier application. Kahina’s Argan Oil or One Love Organics Morning Glory are my personal favorite picks. After I have applied the foundation, I go over my whole face with a damp BB to smooth the whole look. The satin finish allows you to skip your powder. Touch-ups are a breeze with this formula.
Paper Thin is for fair to medium complexions with pink undertones and warm enough to suit my complexion.
photo’s are before and after blended
Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation is $68 including the compact (refills are $40)
Available at my favorite online eco-beauty boutique ecodivabeauty.com
Have you tried the Kjaer Weis Foundation? Thoughts?
Queen of the Hive “gives you the royal treatment” with their all natural line of skincare featuring Wedderspoon’s highly regarded manuka honey. In the Queen of the Hive Face contour Cream, rare New Zealand Manuka Honey is blended together with bee venom and a combination of well-sourced natural and organic botanicals to stimulate, nourish, and intensely moisturize the skin.
INGREDIENTS: Canadian glacial water, *rose hydrosol (rosa damascena), lanette wax (cocos nuciferia, cetearyl glucoside, cetearyl alcohol), *apricot kernel oil (prunus armeniaca kernel oil), *cocoa butter (theobroma cacao seed butter), *hydrolyzed rhizobian gum, acacia senegal gum, *manuka active (OMA) honey (mel), *refined avocado oil (persea gratissima oil), *beeswax (cera alba), natural phenethyl alcohol, *marshmallow root (althaea officinalis root), *rosehip oil (rosa fruit oil), *evening primrose oil (oenothera biennis oil), *vitamin e (mixed tocopherols), *vanilla (vanilla planifolia), *ylang ylang essential oil (cananga odorate flower), *egyptian geranium oil (pelargonium graveolens oil), bee venom (Apitoxin).
The Queen of the Hive Face Contour Cream contain’s an impressive list of all natural and organic antioxidant-rich ingredients. Wedderspoon’s raw active manuka honey, featured in the Queen of the Hive Face Contour Cream, is a natural miracle for the skin and an essential in my own personal skin care routine. The Contour Cream also contains a blend of exquisite natural oils, cocoa butter, beeswax and essential oils to provide optimal hydration and anti-aging benefits. The addition of bee venom (derived from cruelty-free extraction practices) stimulates blood flow to the skin triggering the production of collagen and elastin.
In just a few days, the Face Contour Cream will have your skin looking fresh and feeling deeply nourished. When used overnight, you awaken to a dewy and plump complexion. I was personally surprised to find just how well conditioned my skin felt by morning. The bee venom creates only the slightest tingle. After just a few days of use, its benefits are obvious. Skin appears firmer and in an overall healthier condition. The Face Contour Cream is perfect for any skin type and a great natural alternative to injections.
Queen of the Hive has generously provided a Face Contour Cream for one lucky My Lucite Dreams’ reader to win. Please click the link below to see rules and find out how you can enter.
*sample generously provided
Juara Candlenut Perfume Oil is the ultimate summer fragrance that will transport the wearer to an exotic beach locale. If tropical fragrances are your thing, you will delight is this exquisite fragrance with a warm coconut and vanilla base. This concentrated oil wears all day and is best applied with a light hand.
Juara Candlenut Perfume Oil blends notes of lush greens, freesia, jasmine, bergamot, rose, and coconut in an all-natural oil. The fragrance opens with the bright top notes of citrus and fresh greens, evolving to a white floral and fruity center. As it winds down to a sweet coconut/vanilla base, detectable notes of rose and clean musk keeps the fragrance from being cloyingly sweet.
Juara Candlenut Fragrance Perfume Oil $28
What is your favorite summer fragrance?