When my cousin, Jessie, first told me about Parabens, and what they can do, I was a bit horrified. Scared mostly because Parabens can cause many negative effects. They are used simply because it is inexpensive. I get that companies want to save on money, because I, too like to spend less for more. I have had skin issues (dry skin, with oily patches, light acne and blackheads) in my teens and early twenties, but on the whole have been pretty lucky in the genetics department. So I have kind of just used anything that is sale at the moment (gasp! I know!). At thirty-six years old, I still get carded when I buy alcohol, and without ID I can’t even buy a lottery ticket. I am thankful that I look 10 years younger, but what happens when I get older? What if my lucky genes run out? Or finding out that the cheap products I used is going to age me later…there is just so much to question!
For a year now, paraben-free products have been beckoning me…especially when my cousin works for a natural skin care company. TRESemme has come out with a new paraben-free line for their hair care, Botanique. I am using the shampoo, conditioner and a spray. I really like the light fragrance and with my hair short it keeps it from getting too poufy and like a nest. And, St. Ives has a great body lotion that also without parabens! I still have to sort out my body wash (damn Costco for their bulk buys!) as soon as I finish my current stock. That also goes for my make-up. (If anyone has suggestions PLEASE let me know). Now that my skin care has finished I have moved to Viva Organics.
Full disclosure…Jessie works for the company and she gave me full-size products for Christmas. However, she nor Viva needs me to sell their product as they are quite popular on their own. I am a novice when it comes to beauty products and I often turn to my lovely cousin for the skinny on what I should be using. I have heard great things from people and my own best friend (without any prodding for me) just bought a bunch of Viva products. I figured since I want to be more natural and clean in my eating, why not include that in my skin care? I decided that I would keep a little record of how Viva works for me in case others have the same questions.
First…here is what I am using:
Dry, mature, and sensitive skin need a protective cleansing solution that removes impurities, excess oil, and makeup without stripping away the skin’s natural moisture. Viva’s Milk Cleanser cares for these special skin types with the revitalizing properties of apricot kernel oil, aloe vera extract, seaweed extract, and witch hazel. With the unique blend of oat protein, silk amino acids, and ylangylang essential oil, it leaves skin wonderfully soft and smooth. (click on link for ingredients and directions) I am using this morning to wash my face.
Aromatherapy Facial Toner
I cannot find information on the website but it is one of the most popular products that Viva Organics sell. I will update this once I find out more info. The toner is great for refreshing, healing and is light so can be sprayed on top of make up I am using this in the morning and night (and when I remove my make-up if not at night).
As you start to get older, it’s the sensitive skin around your eyes that gives your age away. Viva’s Firming Eye Cream increases the elasticity of skin in this delicate area, reducing wrinkles and creating a dramatic lift effect while also reducing puffiness and dark circles. Hyaluronic acid provides deep hydration, while green tea and cucumber extracts provides antioxidants to help remind the delicate skin to spawn faster. (click on link for ingredients and directions) I am using this in the morning and night.
Finally – a highly effective plant-based non-abrasive natural exfoliant that is light to use on the face but still has the effectiveness of traditional exfoliators. This exfoliating gel helps to sloth off the dead skin layer and deep cleans and unclogs your pores, while also minimizing visible age spots and fine lines. With its unique combination of ginseng, DangQuai, and aloe vera, the Amaze Exfoliating Gel smoothes the skin from impurities leaving your skin looking visibly more rejuvenated and fresh. (click on link for ingredients and directions) I am using this in the evening to “wash” my face.
Vitamin C is critical for your body and plays an important role in maintaining healthy, resilient skin. While young skin is full of vitamin C, aging skin naturally loses this nutrient over time. Other factors like exposure to UV light, pollutants and cigarette smoke compound the decline of vitamin C, contributing to signs of aging. The good news is that you can fight back by replenishing your skin’s vitamin C levels to help to combat and even reverse time’s effect on your face. (click on link for ingredients and directions) I am using this in the evening only.
This ultra-high-potency serum helps reduce the look of age spots, scars, fine lines, and even deep wrinkles as skin quickly becomes firmer and more radiant. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and organic compounds, the Concentrated Antioxidant Serum feeds your skin with the nutrients it needs to rejuvenate and revitalize your skin. (click on link for ingredients and directions) I am using this in the evening.
* Patch test recommended before applying all over the face.
Some boring pictures of my face now…
I will post every first of the month…to let you know how things are going (is it easy to use, how it’s working) and with picture proof. Pictures are taken with my phone or iPod and no filters…in the bathroom light.
By the 15th of April I am hoping to incorporate my clean healthy eating…so stay tuned for that soon. Please note: I am researching things on my own and what is good for me. If you have any questions about any of these products, best to connect straight with the companies.