#TheBestOfSkinCare

I got tagged in #TheBestOfSkincare by my friend Laura Bruj and so here is my post.  This is only a sample of my favorite skincare products and by no means is it exhaustive.  So if I leave anything out, it’s nothing personal, I just wanted to choose 1 item from each brand. I made a video reviewing today’s facial skincare regimen.  Let me know what you think!

What is your skin type?

Combination

How do you store your skincare products?

Under the skin in the bathroom downstairs that doesn’t have a bath tub.

Favorite ingredient?

Tamanu Oil.  Tamanu oil is rich in complex polyphenols, inophyllum, as well as calophyllolide, a natural anti-inflammatory. It is classified as analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-acneic, regenerative and wound-healing. Studies show that Tamanu oil is a significant healing agent because of its ability to produce new skin tissue and because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-neuralgic, antibiotic and antioxidant properties.

Most indulgent product?

Clarisonic Mia2, 2 Speed Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush System $169

Best budget buy?

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator only$3

Do you use any tools?

Clarisonic Mia2, 2 Speed Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush System

Best mask?

Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask

Best multi-use?

Nilotic ANTI AGE CRÈME Sunrise Lemon (get 20% off with code NILOTIC16)

If you had to stick to one skincare brand, what would it be?

Pangea Organics

Best spot treatment?

Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask

Favorite step of your skincare routine?

Moisturizing

What’s on your skincare wish list?

OZNaturals Anti Aging Hyaluronic Acid Serum – Anti Wrinkle Serum with Natural Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C to Plump, Hydrate, Diminish Lines + Wrinkles + Reveal Younger Looking Skin

ACURE Seriously Glowing Facial Serum

Bella Aura Essential Energy Boosting Kit

The steps I took in the video are:

  1. Bella Aura Gentle Purifying Cleanser

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I won this in a giveaway & I love how gentle it is and it keeps my skin feeling amazingly soft & clear. A little goes a long way, and it does lather. I like that the bottle is glass and it uses an airless pump for dispensing, so no bacteria can go in there. The ingredients are top notch and pure.  Highly recommend.

From their website:

This exclusive blend of exotic botanical oils cleanses the skin without stripping it of its natural moisture barrier.

This unique pure and gentle emulsion has an exquisite combination of Kamilah blend oils containing Argan, Fig de Barbary, Neroli and Nigella. The revolutionary formula is loaded with vitamin E which bursts as a foaming cleanser with vitamin B complex to help exfoliate, replenish and protect the skin’s moisture barrier as well as vitamin C to purify and detox with anti-oxidants. The essential fatty acids, Omega 3,6 and 9 provide the protective benefits for a stronger healthier looking skin.

This remarkable emulsion also contains minerals such as potassium, calcium, selenium, zinc, iron, magnesium, beta- carotene and amino acids. These components have been shown to be highly effective in helping to reduce impurities and optimizing the skin’s appearance

2. KmS Skin Essentials Organic African Black Soap Facial Wash

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Crafted in Africa, KmS Skin Essentials Organic African Black Soap Facial Wash contains a blend of dried Plantain Skin, Palm Leaves, Cocoa Pod Powder and Kernel Oil. This incredible soap is known as a natural skin remedy for acne, oily and problematic skin, and has been Ghana’s best kept skin care secret until now!

Key Features:

dark brown, aqueous (liquid) concentrated formula created gentle, not harsh like the other popular products containing harsh chemicals.

Natural source of vitamin A, E and Iron from Plantain skin created with ethically traded ingredients

Sustainably produced organic and vegan

Why it’s perfect for you:

Deeply cleans without stripping the skin of essential, natural oils

Leaves the skin feeling squeaky clean, refreshed and silky smooth

Improves the overall texture of the skin

Significantly lightens sun spots and hyperpigmentation after continuous use

fights premature facial lines and wrinkles

4 out of 5 users noticed clearer skin as early as 2 days after use. Available in 4 fl. oz. liquid and Soap Muffins (2 at 3.5 oz.).

To use liquid: Please note product is very thin/runny. Pour 1-2 drops of product into the palm of your hand and build a slight lather. Gently apply to the face in gentle, circular motions. Rinse well. Pat dry with clean, dry towel.

To order go to http://www.kmsmineralessentials.com

To get a $10 gift card enter my name (Maritza Baez) and email address (mybaez@hotmail.com) in the notes when ordering.

3.  ACURE Brightening Facial Scrub

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Gently removes dirt and oil with nourishing exfoliation.  Organic sea kelp and lemon peel gently exfoliate your skin while French green clay cleanses away excess oil without taking your natural moisture with it. Madonna lily stem cells help brighten skin’s appearance.

  • Feeds and restores cells, great for all skin types
  • Stimulates new cell growth with chlorella growth factor
  • Brightens complexion
  • Vegan, Sulfate Free, Paraben Free and Cruelty Free

4.  e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator in Mint Maniac

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Gently exfoliate lips to remove dry, chapped skin with our Lip Exfoliator! A sweet sugar and smoothing sensation, infused with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Avocado, Grape and Jojoba Oils to nourish and protect. This Lip Exfoliator treats and smoothes lips for a conditioned and revitalized feel.

5. Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask

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Pangea’s multi-award-winning Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask embodies the essence of our approach to Ecocentric Skincare. Green and white clays work together to restore, balance, cleanse and detoxify; four sea vegetables re-mineralize, hydrate and oxygenate; sugarcane serves to exfoliate, unclog pores and support the skin’s natural production of elastin and collagen; acai and goji berry extracts lend their extraordinary super-powers as antioxidants, functioning as revitalizing super foods; jojoba and sunflower seed oils nourish and moisturize; three teas are employed in both whole leaf and extract forms to ensure maximum potency for antioxidant, restorative and energizing effects; and a harmonious blend of extremely concentrated herbal extracts and essential oils further nurture the skin and senses.

These super potent superfood ingredients deep-cleanse, detoxify, exfoliate, tone, hydrate, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, nourish, protect and balance. Want more? How about beautifully radiant skin. Treat yourself at least once a week. Great for all skin types.

FEATURE INGREDIENTS:

Organic Matcha Tea Powder: Matcha tea contains 10 to 15 times the overall nutrients of any other tea and many popular fruits and vegetables.  These nutrients include an extraordinary amount of antioxidants, in particular polyphenols, which have demonstrated far greater antioxidant protection than vitamins C and E.  The natural inclusion of caffeine offers potent anti-inflammatory benefits.  These nutrients are proven to be highly beneficial when used topically as well as internally and will help to reverse oxidative damage to the skin, eliminate toxins, improve microcirculation, energize and brighten, nourish, enhance skin immunity, and lessen inflammation.

Organics Goji Extract: Because many of the nutrients in Goji berries have proven benefit to the skin when eaten, it is a perfect addition to our “superfood” antioxidant mask.  For instance, research suggests that unique polysaccharides (a major constituent of Gojis) hold promise as anti-inflammatory and anti-aging components.  The antioxidants in Goji berries can help reduce inflammation and sun damage which eventually cause wrinkles, age spots and sagging.  Plus, these free radical fighters protect dermal fibroblasts (the cells that make connective tissue).  The berry is also an “adaptogen.”  It invigorates and strengthens the system while helping the body and skin to deal with stress.  Goji is particularly beneficial for the following: blemished skin, depleted skin, dull and lifeless skin, mature skin, and sun damaged skin.

Wildcrafted Seaweed: Seaweed is wonderful for improving circulation and blood flow, making it an amazing detoxifier and oxygenator for the skin.  This sea botanical imparts a full spectrum of bio-available vitamins, mineral salts, amino acids, proteins, lipids and trace elements that improve regeneration, nourish, hydrate, soften, and tone.

6.  In The Weeds Apothecary Glow Facial Toner

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Ingredients:  Witch hazel, calendula, cleavers, yarrow, lavender, thyme, comfrey, rose petals, plantain, red clover

7.  Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Serum

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Clinically proven to reduce free radical aging in skin cells. Firm, brighten and smooth fine lines with an antioxidant cocktail of peptides, DMAE, alpha lipoic acid, vitamin C, and CoQ10 for optimum age defying results.


Plumps and decreases appearance of fine lines with vegetable hyaluronic acid; fights free radical skin damage.

8.  Nilotic ANTI AGE CRÈME Sunrise Lemon (get 20% off with code NILOTIC16)

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100% Pure, Powerful, Chemical Free, PETA Cruelty Free & Vegan & Non Toxic Day & Night Creme

  • Pure Nilotic Fruit Butter combined with 100% Pure Lemon Skin Oil for Puffiness, Wrinkles & Dark Circles
  • Smooth, Creamy & Fast Absorbing Butter from Nilotic Shea Fruits of the Nile
  • Suitable for ALL Skin & Lip Types, including Sensitive Skin
  • HIGH in Natural Phyto-Nutrients for Skin Firmness, Anti Aging Benefits and Acne Treatment
  • Instant Non-Comedogenic Moisure & Hydration for Thirsty Skin
  • Antibacterial and Anti inflammatory
  • Dermatologist Recommended and Clinical Studies to support benefits

9.  LOVING NATURALS Anti Aging Cream with Alpha Lipoic Acid and Carrot Seed Oil Made with 100% Natural or Organic Ingredients Day and Night Anti-Aging Moisturizer Skin Cream

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100% NATURAL/ORGANIC INGREDIENTS: Made with certified organic natural ingredients. Evaporates shortly after application.

  • ANTI-AGING: Combats aging for all skin types. Idea for sensitive skin, dry skin, oily skin, and combination skin.
  • MOISTURIZING: Fights off free radicals (the root cause of premature aging). Naturally aids the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, while deeply moisturizing the face, eye, neck and décolleté. Formulated for deep moisturization and absorption. No fillers or binders. The cream is VERY concentrated. A little goes a long way.
  • HIGHEST RATED: Cruelty Free & Gluten Free. Received a “0” Hazard Score by the EWG! Leaping Bunny approved.
  • BENEFICIAL: Every ingredient has a beneficial effect on the skin, leaving it nourished, moisturized, healthy, smooth and radiant.

10.  Truth In Skincare Healing Oils Facial Serum

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This physician-formulated serum is organic, nutrient-enriched, and leaves the skin feeling calm, moisturized, supple and protected. These organic oils absorb quickly and completely leaving no greasy feel.

Our Facial Serum contain organic oils well researched and known for their dermal nourishing and healing properties. No colors, no fragrances, no harmful additives.

Patients and customers have discovered these benefits:

  • Diminished need for moisturizer
  • Improved feel and appearance of skin
  • Improved application of foundation and make up
  • Does not worsen acne or clog pores
  • Perfect for the whole body, not just the face

11.  SKEDERM Smart Neck Cream. Neck Firming support with Skinergium Bio & Peptide Complex

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ENHANCE SKIN ELASTICITY – A complex peptide component which is excellent for moisturizing the skin gives the skin elasticity to grant a resilient solid tightness to the saggy skin and restores damaged tissues and promotes the synthesis of collagen from the skin cells to prevent the formation of wrinkles.

  • EXCELLENT MOISTURIZING ABILITY AND INTENSIVE CARE FOR THE NECK WRINKLE – It provides moisture and nourishment to the dry and parched neck allowing the skin to regain its once healthy and lively skin tone. The skin-friendly ceramide contained in the cream keeps the skin moisturized but also brightens the tone of the skin.
  • DEFENDS EXTERNAL STIMULI AND STRENGTHENS THE SELF-SUSTAINING SKIN – Creates a moisture layer to the skin in order to defend external stimuli and allows the skin to gain strength to self-sustain itself.
  • USEABLE ON SENSITIVE SKIN – A prescription product (contains no parabens, coloring, talc, benzophenone, mineral oil and fragrance free) causes no irritations to the skin. It helps soothes the skin and is a reliable and effective product to use on sensitive skin.
  • RELIEVES STRESS-Harsh environments such as sunlight and fine dust floating in the air create external and internal stress to the skin. This cream delivers active ingredients to the tired and damaged skin allowing the skin to regenerate and maintain that state.

12.  100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

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Anti-inflammatory, caffeine rich green tea and coffee de-puffs while increasing circulation to brighten dark circles. Concentrated with potent anti-aging vitamins, antioxidants, and nourishing rosehip oil to make eye area look more awake and more youthful.

13.  tarteguard 30 sunscreen lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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tarte’s first ever, non-chemical sunscreen to help protect, moisturize, brighten and re-invigorate skin for a youthful-looking appearance.

14. Pangea Organics  Italian Red Mandarin with Rose Lip Balm

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Pure essential oil of rose is one of the most wonderful and highly prized oils included in perfumery. It takes about 10,000 pounds of roses to make one pound of essential oil, or 30 roses to make one small drop of oil. This intensely sweet, woody, deep floral top-middle note with rich spicy and honey-like undertones is known as the queen of essential oils. One of the most feminine essential oils, rose promotes unconditional love for self and others. Emotional benefits include enhancing: calm, compassion, confidence, femininity, fulfillment, happiness, healing, love, motivation, openness, passion, peace, rejuvenation, security, sensuality and sexuality, understanding and warmth. This uplifting oil also stimulates the heart chakra.

15. Clarisonic Mia2, 2 Speed Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush System $169

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Remove makeup, dirt, oil and sweat 6x better than hands alone with this gentle, two speed facial brush. Speed 2 for daily cleansing and Speed 1 for sensitive or delicate skin days. Includes 2 yr warranty.

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