Review: c.Booth Derma Glycolic Acid Skin Resurfacing Solution

Today I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  This is one of my favorite skin care products of all time.  Seriously.  I have been using this for the past two years, and I wouldn’t want to ever be without it.  I’ve shared it with several friends and family members who have also fallen in love with it.

Pros:

  • fragrance free
  • 10% glycolic acid
  • contains an impressive list of mostly natural ingredients
  • affordable
  • helps fade acne scars
  • helps diminish fine lines

Cons:

  • not widely available in stores
  • can make skin more sensitive to sun exposure, so using a good sunscreen is essential

Conclusion:  If you are looking for something to take your skin care to the next level, this may be just the product for you.  I use this only at night, pouring a nickel sized amount into the palm of my hand and applying it all over my face and neck (avoiding the eye area).   This absorbs quickly without feeling sticky.  I’m on my 3rd bottle in 2 years, so that gives you an idea of how long this lasts.

I wish I had before and after photos to show you, but I’ve been using this for the past 2 years and didn’t have the foresight to take photos back then.  However, I can tell you that I once had breakouts like crazy on my chin, cheeks and forehead.  Not that my skin is perfect now, because it’s not – but you would never know how bad it once was.

Smoulder Face

My son wanted me to make a “smolder” face like Flynn Rider in the Tangled movie. haha!

Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that helps to exfoliate the top layer of skin.  This keeps dead skin cells from building up and causing your pores and fine lines to appear bigger and your skin to look dull.

The directions on the bottle say to start by applying this just once a day and if no irritation occurs, to move up to twice a day.  I will be 33 on Sunday (!!) and I only use this once a day at night and I am very happy with the results.  For those who are more mature, twice a day may be right for you.  See what your skin tells you works best for you. 🙂

At one time this was available at Ulta, but it seems they no longer carry it.  However, if you have a Rite Aid in your area, you should be able to find it there.  It is also available online from drugstore.com and soap.com.

What is your favorite skin care product?

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

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The Importance of Sun Protection

The weather is warming up and that means more time outside!

But before you venture out, make sure to take a moment to do something good for your skin!

Sun damage is the leading cause of premature aging and wrinkles – not to mention skin cancer!  Yikes!

For more information on skin cancer, check out this article.

It only takes a moment to protect yourself by applying a good sunscreen to your face, neck and décolleté.

There are two types of sunscreen:  physical and chemical

Physical sunscreens create a physical barrier between your skin and the sun that block and/or deflect the harmful UV rays.

Chemical sunscreens absorb the harmful UV rays to keep them from penetrating the skin surface.

Check out this chart for a side by side comparison of physical and chemical sunscreens.

Here are the two sunscreens that I reach for most:

Badger Damascus Rose SPF 16 Sunscreen

This is a physical sunscreen that also contains antioxidants that will help nourish the skin!  It goes on a little sticky, but absorbs nicely into the skin after a few moments.

Kiss My Face Oat Protein SPF 30 Sunscreen

This product contains both physical and chemical sunscreens, and has added oat protein for extra protection!  It absorbs quickly, it’s water resistant and paraben free!

Take a moment to protect your skin before heading outside this summer, your skin will thank you!

CLOSED – Blissoma Refine Clay Treatment Mask Review and GIVEAWAY!!!

Blissoma Refine Clay Treatment Mask

I recently had the chance to try the Blissoma Refine Clay Treatment Mask from NaturalJoyBeauty.com.  I am so excited to share my thoughts with you and the best part is:  Natural Joy Beauty has graciously offered you a chance to win one of your very own!!!

But first, my review:

Pros:

  • all natural ingredients, including Rhassoul Clay
  • fresh scent
  • leaves skin feeling silky soft, not tight or dry
  • helps clear up blemishes!!

Cons:

  • nothing really comes to mind…….

Conclusion:  I really enjoyed using this mask!  This has a great ingredients list, including Rhassoul Clay which is known for its ability to draw out impurities from the skin.  It has a scent that I found to be herbal and pleasant.  This mask feels very luxurious and creamy.  It takes about 15 minutes to dry once applied, which is a good opportunity to spend a little time on other beauty rituals (like nail care) or just reading a good book.  I love that it doesn’t take a huge time commitment to do something good for your skin!  It washes off easily and leaves my skin feeling smooth and silky, no dryness or tightness afterwards.  I found this to be a great way to relax at the end of a stressful day!

But don’t just take my word for it! 

Here’s your chance to win a Blissoma Refine Clay Treatment Mask!

This giveaway begins today and closes at midnight on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012.  The winner will be selected using Random.org on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012.

HOW TO ENTER (1 entry):

1 – Follow this blog:  TrueBeautyU.com

2 – “Like” Natural Joy Beauty on Facebook.

3 – Fill out the form below and include a comment on what types of posts you would like to see more of on TrueBeautyU.com.  Make sure to include your name and email address.  This information is for the giveaway only.

Thanks for entering!  Good Luck!

Note:  This product was provided for review.  The thoughts expressed in this review are truly my own.

Product Review: Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Purifying Gel Cleanser

I bought this cleansing gel a while ago from my local Rite Aid.  I have tried other things from Burt’s Bees in the past that I have liked so I had high hopes for this product as well.

Pros:

  • Sulfate Free
  • Natural
  • Contains salicylic acid
  • removes makeup well

Cons:

  • Drying-skin feels tight afterward
  • Caused breakouts 😦

Conclusion:  EPIC FAIL!!  I wanted to like this product, I really did.  The day after the first use I had a new spot show up.  I thought it was just coincidence and kept using this cleanser.  Each use lead to more spots!!  I stopped using it for a while and everything cleared up.  I tried using it again and had the exact same results!  😦 Me no likey!  I will happily stick to my African Black Soap!

Have you tried this cleanser?  What were your results?

DIY Toner Recipe

I love to make things, including some of my own skin care products!
Toner is used after cleansing as an extra step to bring added nutrients and antioxidants to the skin. Toner is easy and inexpensive to make with ingredients you may already have in your kitchen! I have been making this toner for years, my skin just loves it! I have shared this recipe with a few friends who have fallen in love with it as well. I hope you like it too!

Supplies:

Directions:

1. Brew Green Tea at double strength. I use 2 tea bags for 8 oz (1 cup) of hot water. Let it steep until almost cool. (This would make green tea way too bitter for drinking, but we want to get as many antioxidants out of it as possible.)

2. Using funnel, pour 1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) of Green Tea into empty bottle.

3. Add 1/4 teaspoon of honey to bottle. Replace cap on bottle and shake well until honey is completely dissolved.

4. Remove cap from bottle and add 1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) Aloe Vera juice to bottle.

5. Add 1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) Apple Cider Vinegar to bottle.

6. Add 15-20 drops of Tea Tree Oil to bottle.

7. Replace cap on bottle and shake well.

That’s it! This is simple and quick to make. It leaves my skin feeling fresh and the honey does not leave my face feeling sticky at all. If you have open skin anywhere on your face (scratch, spot, etc) the vinegar will cause a slight sting. It does have a distinctive vinegar and Tea Tree Oil smell when first applied, but the scent quickly fades as it dries. I use this twice a day after cleansing my face (with my favorite cleanser from this post), in the morning and evening. I also use it to mix up face masks. Stay tuned for posts on that!

I hope you enjoyed this DIY skin care tip! Have a great day!

The Beauty of Cucumbers

Cucumbers are a great addition to your beauty diet – they are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and a good source of silica.  Silica is one of the building blocks of collagen.  Collagen keeps skin looking young and fresh.  Cucumbers are also high in water, so eat up to stay beautiful and hydrated!

Cucumbers are also a well-known treatment for puffy eyes!  Place a slice of cucumber over each eye for 5-10 minutes to help de-puff!  The high water content makes them feel very cool and soothing to the sensitive under-eye area!

Product Review: Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Body Wash

African Black Soap Body Wash

I recently purchased this thinking I was buying a facial cleanser….. I’m not really sure how I thought that, since it clearly says BODY WASH right on the bottle…….Must have gotten distracted, I guess, I don’t know. But after I bought it I re-read the label to make sure that it did not contain sulfates – one of the ingredients I am allergic to. It doesn’t! At least I didn’t get too distracted…..

I have heard good things about using African Black Soap for facial cleansing from different sources for a while but just hadn’t gotten around to trying it out myself. I recently had some breakouts pop up (thank you, Easter candy stash!) And as we all know, breakouts make us look for the “magic” product to fix it, right?? Well, my friends, this may be it!

Some of the key ingredients that caught my attention in this are African black soap (obviously), dead sea salt, and salicylic acid. It looks black in the bottle, but comes out as brown with black bits in it. It’s not rough like a scrub, though.

So let’s break it down, shall we?

Pros:

  • cleanses well-removes makeup completely
  • leaves skin very soft and smooth, not tight or dry feeling
  • natural
  • doesn’t contain sulfates

Cons:

  • fragrance – this contains sandalwood essential oil and the scent is very strong

Conclusion: This stuff is amazing!!!!! My skin looks so glow-y and feels so soft after using this product! It did help clear up the breakouts that I was dealing with and my skin is staying clear!! I wish the scent were more subtle, but for these results, I can deal with it. The Nubian Heritage African Black Soap can be purchased at Amazon.com, but I have also seen other brands of African black soap products at my local Target store.  Overall, I think I will look for other African Black Soap cleansers to try once I run out of this one, just to see how they compare.

African Black Soap Body Wash