The Beauty of Oranges

Oranges are one of my favorite fruits!  They are delicious, juicy and sweet!

They are a great source of Vitamin C which is a building block for collagen that helps keep skin firm and young-looking!  They are also high in Folic acid which is important for brain function and the production of healthy red blood cells.

Oranges are another great source of antioxidants as well!  Remember how important those are??  They also boost the immune system to help keep you healthy during these upcoming winter months!

Next time you’re craving something sweet, reach for an orange!  🙂

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!

WINNER ANNOUNCED! – Blissoma Refine Clay Treatment Mask Giveaway

Thank you so much to everyone who entered!  I really appreciate each and every comment!  There were some great ideas for upcoming posts that I am excited to share with you!

And now, without further ado…….

The winner is………….(insert drumroll)……….

#35 – Brooke  A

Congratulations, Brooke!  Check your email for a message from me!  You have 48 hours to respond.  If I don’t hear back from you by then, a different winner will be chosen.

Thanks again, everyone!  I can’t wait to offer another giveaway!

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.

The Beauty of Lemons

What do you do when life hands you lemons?

Make lemon-water!

Lemons are a great source of vitamin C that helps to keep skin looking smooth and young.

I start every morning with a glass of lemon water.  No sugar, just the juice of one lemon and enough water to fill the cup.  Lemon water has some amazing health benefits that you can read more about here.  It’s one of my secrets for healthy, glowing skin!

Want to double your benefits??

Dip a lemon that has already been squeezed into a small bowl of sugar, then apply this in circular motions onto clean skin.  Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and rinse.  Your skin will feel soft and fresh!