Showing posts with label Skincare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Skincare. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Relief From Stretch Marks With StriaFade #Review

               Disclosure:  I received either product or payment for my honest review of the product!
 Pregnancy,  teenage growth spurts, explosive muscle growth, rapid weight gain, medical conditions...all of these and more, will create change in the skin and also frequently cause stretch marks.  Some professionals believe that they are also accompanied with an increase in the hormone cortisone.  Regardless of how one "obtains" these marks of growth, they are often seen as undesirable.  As you can see, however, one rarely gets through a whole lifetime without having a few.  So why is it such a taboo subject?  We hear stories about how we got tattoos, how we got scars, or the location of our moles. But you never hear about how we got our stretch marks!  I can just hear it.  "Oh yeah, one day I looked down when I was a teenager and I saw these weird red marks.  They itched something horrible.  I didn't know what they were, so I went and asked my mom and she told me they were stretch marks from growing so fast...."  We prefer that they just go away quietly, with no fanfare!  Most of the time, they just hang around, maybe fading a little, but our skin is never really ever the same.  Or can it be?  
First of all, I think we should accept it as life and be proud that we're part of the human race and that we evolve and change physically from year to year.  It's a sign of being human, not a barbie!  But the next thing is that we actually can prevent much of the annoyance of stretch marks by taking care of our health, and if we do get them, using creams and lotions specifically made for diminishing the appearance of stretch marks!

I was able to try one of the best creams for stretch marks.  It's called StriaFade.  I gave it to someone I know who is a 17-year-old high school body builder on the football team, let's call him J.  He recently had a huge growth spurt, plus was working out a lot with heavy weights to gain size, since he is on the line.  He developed lots of muscle and also got stretch marks on the undersides of  his arms.  I gave him the StriaFade to see if he noticed any difference.  He agreed to try it for awhile to see if there was any difference in the appearance of the stretch marks.  I documented before and after 17 days of use.  This is what I captured. 
Before StriaFade

After 17 days
Although the stretch marks are not completely gone, the surface area is much smaller!  And that is from using the product for just 17 days.  I think with continued use, they should diminish even more!  That's great news.  These stretch marks were fairly new and I think it is helpful to treat them as soon after they have developed as possible! 

One reason why anti stretch mark creams work is that they improve the level of collagen in the skin, improving its level of elasticity.  The key to StriaFade's effectiveness is the extraordinary combination of ingredients. StriaFade contains five key ingredients, Regu-Stretch®, Antarcticine®, Shea Butter, Marine Collagen, and Onion Bulb Extract, in addition to many other natural and effective ingredients. This powerful blend of unique, patented ingredients combine into a stretch mark solution that's effectiveness is virtually unequaled in the skin care market.

I'm really happy for J. and the quick response he got with using the cream.  I hope he will continue to use it so that he'll have self-confidence in those all-important young adult years! 

According to the StriaFade site, one bottle of the cream will last about a month to a month and a half, with regular use and when treating smaller areas.  More is required if you are treating a larger area.  They also offer great discounts when you buy multiple bottles of the product.  

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

High-End Natural Skin Solutions At Factory Direct Prices - RainShadow Labs

Are you someone who loves high end natural beauty products? 

Do you use products from a company that promotes green products? Chances are those products have been made by an outside manufacturing source, packaged and then used by that company. Rainshadow Labs has been manufacturing beauty products with natural ingredients for companies since 1983. They are based in Oregon! 
 I’m glad I found out about them because I can have their base products delivered to me for so much less than I would pay for a brand name product. Chances are that the brand name product probably has been formulated and manufactured by them anyway, but packaged and marked up in price considerably. I was given their Eyebright Gel to try out. 

When it came to my door, there was no fluff. It came in a simple 36 oz. amber jar and I was actually a little confused. Normally products come in attractive packaging and with some brochures or fliers telling you just how wonderful the product and company is. Nothing of the sort with this delivery. Just a plain amber jar. Nothing else.

 I opened it and took a whiff. It smelled like fresh cucumber! I put some on my face and it was a gel that felt very cool and refreshing. I put some on my neck and I was pretty impressed. My neck actually looked better. This was pretty impactful, especially since this is made with 75% organic materials.
    I even had my husband try it.  A 36 oz. jar of gel can go quite a long way, so I have recruited him to start taking care of his skin. He hasn’t been one to do that and I think it’s high time he starts paying attention to his own skin. So he does use it and he does it willingly, which is a nice surprise. He really likes the cool feel of it and the fresh and pure smell, just like I do. 

    A couple of small things I noticed about the gel:  When you put it on and it has been on for a few seconds, it will feel slightly sticky until it absorbs, which takes a couple of minutes. Because this is made of raw ingredients, it is best to keep it in a cool and dry place. I actually keep it in the refrigerator. In the winter, that would be too cold for me, so I would find a place where the heat isn’t directly on it.  The ideal temperature for this product is 45 to 72 degrees.  
From their website,  I see that they have the most affordable, highest quality and most profoundly innovative lotions, gels, soaps, washes, body butters, serums, crèmes, scrubs, candles, and bath salts, using essential oils and organic active ingredients.  They do recommend you get a sample size before you buy larger sizes and they are very kind—the first 3 samples are free with just freight charges. Otherwise the samples are $3.95. 
   Here is a description of the Eyebright Gel: " This formula speaks to the deep and grounded evolution that Natural Skin Care Formulating has gone through in the last three decades in order to be able to deliver such a brilliant eye therapy product to you today. It is no exaggeration to say that this formula addresses every single eye area concern possible. Dark circles, wrinkles, sagging, puffing, loss of plump and firm, loss of tone and resilience....its all taken care of in this delicate and light gel. Do not be deceived by the elegant and refined nature of the look and feel of this formula. This product is NOT to be underestimated. From Plant Stem Cells to Multiple Complex Peptide blends....from botanically derived Hyaluronic Acid Spheres to fiber and cellular rebuilding Amino Acids.....collagen boosting and skin firming and wrinkle repairing ingredients are fully loaded into this genius formula. Use it daily. Use it ten times a day. You will be addicted!" 
Directions for Use: Dab around eyes, forehead and cheek area. Can be used as an all over face treatment. Safe to use morning and night. Can be used under makeup.

 Ingredients: This gel consists of 75% organic materials. 
 Eye Bright - enriched with sodium hyaluronate—a superior moisture magnet especially good for the naturally dry area around the eyes. Due to its astringent, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, it tightens and reduces puffiness. 
 Aloe - cooling, soothing and calming effect to the skin. It is antibacterial, antiseptic and has anti-fungal properties. It helps the skin to naturally heal. 
Natural Fragrance -  like fresh cucumber, very refreshing and result of the Cucumber Hydrosol. 
Jojoba Oil - contains almost all of the vitamins and minerals essential for healthy skin and hair: 
Vitamin E, B-complex, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, and chromium. And it’s even gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin without causing allergic reactions. clears impurities that the oil extracts from the surface of your face and neck. It has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. 
Periwinkle – a known anti-inflamatory agent 
Licorice - Consistent use of licorice extract over time has been known to fade dark spots and blemishes, and lighten skin. Potent antioxidants in licorice extract fight skin-damaging free radicals. 
Reishi - contains ingredients that cause melanin suppression as well as other beneficial trace elements. These contents might help reduce the presence of and destruction caused by free radicals, promote cell regeneration to increase skin thickness and texture. 
 Also, Gotu Kola, Frankincense and Vitamin E are in this gel! 
   Another great thing about RainShadow Labs is that you can actually have them formulate a product to your own specifications.  For instance, if you are allergic to certain ingredients or plants, you can have your own product made up for you.  Or if you want to start your own business, with your own product, you can have RainShadow make it, manufacture it and package it.   It would have to be in a bulk size, however.  And you do pay for the lab formulation time.  
    I was really happy with what I found out about this lab in the moisture-drenched state of Oregon and want to continue using these products for a long time to come!

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Sustainable and #Organic Surface Skin Giveaway

 Today I had a great bathing experience.  I used Surface Skin Care Body Wash and Body Lotion for the first time.  It is the introductory duo to the Surface Skin Care line.  They already have a well-established luxury hair line with the same philosophy as the Skin Line.

The Body Wash has a generous infusion of Poppy Seeds, used to gently exfoliate the skin without stripping it of moisture.  And it's quite fitting because it smells absolutely, deliciously, edible--almost like sweet poppy seed bread.  After the shower was done, I found myself foraging in the kitchen, wondering what I could find that would taste similar to what I had just showered with!  Lol!  

The Body Lotion was the same scent as the Body Wash and it had a thicker than average consistency.  My skin drank it up and it absorbed immediately, leaving smoothness and softness.  I'm kind of a lotion snob and don't use your average grocery store or mall lotions because of all the chemical ingredients.  This lotion was every bit my idea of what a lotion should be.  It was great.  And the scent lasted several hours beyond the shower.   And no, I never found anything that I felt would taste as good as these two products smell!  But the day isn't over and I just might head out to the bakery! 

 Using natural beautifying gifts from nature, Surface delivers an abundance of anti-aging, skin moisturizing, hydrating and renewing benefits for younger looking, smoother and vibrant skin from head to toe.  Surface Skin debuts with a body wash and lotion.   Many people are already familiar with Surface salon hair products and have greatly benefited from them.  Something really interesting to me is that Surface hair products are only available in independantly owned salons, not beauty retail stores, national chains or franchises.  So this is very exclusive stuff. 

What is in Surface Skin?  

Acai Berry - A super fruit containing the most powerful antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential amino and fatty acids.  It helps protect skin from environmental damage, while providing essential nourishment to improve the skin's elasticity.  Works to smooth lines, and help defend against premature aging.  

Blueberry -  High in Vitamin C and E, a natural source of Alpha Hydroxy to help make skin smoother and appear younger. Helps to brighten age spots and refine the skin to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Willow Bark - A natural source of salicylic acid, used to enhance skin cell turn over and smooth the skin.  Gentle and effective, making it ideal for even sensitive skin. 

Babassu Seed Oil - Popularly known as the "Tree of Life", Babassu Oil is used for its soothing, protective and emolliant properties.   It acts as a carrier to help support delivery of nutrients thus assisting and improving the delivery of other cosmetic actives in the formula.

Poppy Seed - For natural and gentle exfoliation, the Body Wash has this perfectly round and gentle-on-the-skin seed.  I can actually see it in the formula when I put some on my hand or my washcloth.  

Rated Vegan Quality - These products are all natural, with only plant extracts.  No animal protein or other unnatural ingredients are used.  All Surface Products are formulated with sustainable harvested ingredients and certified organic botanicals!

Surface Skin Care would like to introduce a GAL NEEDS...reader to a skincare duo, the Body Wash and the Body Lotion.  You're gonna like the way your skin feels!

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