It's a NEW YEAR and if you've made a commitment to take better care of yourself this year, there is no better place to start than your face! When your face feels amazing, you feel amazing! I have found three natural local skin care products that I absolutely love. I use all three daily and ever since I have been using them I have had supper soft and clear skin with no breakouts at all.
I've always been envious of people with clear shinny skin. I used to have tiny bumps on my forehead and under my eyes and random breakouts. I thought that they were just something I had to live with as I'd had them for years and they were never going away, but as soon as I switched to using these products, my skin has completely cleared up. I like to take every opportunity to show it off!
Some people like to stick to one brand for all their skin care and that is great. If you have found a line you love that works for you, that is perfect! I tend to grab what I am drawn to and these three products all happen to be from different local skin care lines. You'll find the entire lines from K'pure, Modern Hippie and Helena Lane at Giving Gifts. So if you want to stick to using products that are all from one brand, please do, but if you are a little more wild (or random) like me, here are my top three picks, one choice from each line. So without further adieu, here are the three skin care products I wouldn't want to live without:
Eyes Up is a wake up call for your eyes. Infused with pure green and roasted coffee bean essential oils, Eyes Up serum is a blend of 100% organic oils and you'll see the difference the first time you try it! You only need one drop of Eyes Up for both eyes. Use your ring finger to lightly dab Eyes Up under each eye. I usually use it in the evening before going to bed and when I wake up I can see the results, the puffiness underneath my eyes is gone, fine lines are reduced and my eyes look tighter. Every customer who has used it has seen the same results! Some women have even gotten their husbands hooked on Eyes Up as well! Why does Eyes Up work so well? According to Karen of K'pure, it is the luxurious Prickly Pear Oil which is high in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. The Extra Virgin Sacha Inchi oil which is high in antioxidants and smooths skin, the Perilla Seed oil which is high in Alpha-Linoleicn Acid (ALA) an omega 3 fatty acid, to revitalize and improve the texture of skin and Flax Seed oil which improves elasticity and strengthens skin.
Prickly Pear Oil*
Extra Virgin Sacha Inchi Oil*
Perilla Seed Oil*
Flax Seed Oil*
Green and Roasted Coffee Bean Essential Oil
This cleanser is so different than any other cleanser you've tried! It is an oil-based cleanser which means that it adds moisture to your face, rather than stripping it like most alcohol or soap-based cleansers do. It works on all skin types, even combination and oily skin and it is excellent if you are prone to getting acne or blemishes. What do I love about this cleanser? Firstly, the smell is amazing but even more so, I love the texture. It goes on like the nicest cream. I just use a small amount on the tip of my finger and rub it with water all over my face. It removes makeup, unblocks pores, regulates sebum production (oily secretion which causes acne) and soften and smoothens skin. This cleanser effectively removes dirt, make-up and pollution while supporting and maintaining our skins protective barrier. It contains eucalyptus which opens pores to cleanse and decongest, and lavender and lime are anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal. It's an all-around amazing go-to daily to make your skin feel incredible. And to save myself a step, I often use it in the shower and wash my face while I'm in there anyway. Brilliant, eh! To read Helena's story of why she developed her skin care line, click here.
And my first choice on the number one product I can't live without is Modern Hippie - Rejuvenating Pomegranate and Sandalwood Serum. I use this serum at least twice a day and often three times. It replaces a traditional moisturizer for me. Serums are made up of a mixture of oils which are so much better for our skin than moisturizers which are emulsified and have ingredients in them to prevent separation. This serum absorbs very quickly so you won't feel like your face is oily for long. If you really don't like the feel of a serum directly on your skin, mix it with a little moisturizer (one that is not too greasy) until you get used to it. This serum is incredible! It is all I bring with me when I am travelling as it acts like a makeup remover as well. It used to be called Liquid Gold, and it is easy to tell why!
This miracle serum is designed to rejuvenate aging skin. It contains Pomegranate Oil for it's strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties; Jojoba Oil because it closely resembles the sebum in our skin and contains high levels of vitamin E which smooths and softens while providing a protective barrier. Frankinscence is extremely healing and helps to balance the skin's oils and is effective against inflammation. Carrot Seed for its toning properties and ability to remove excess water giving the skin a fresh and firm appearance and Sandalwood because of its unique ability to promote healthy looking, smooth skin.
Punica Granatum Seed Oil*
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*
Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil
Pelargonium Graveolens Oil
Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil
Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil
Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil
And one bonus, if you want to give yourself an extra special treat, the Rose Quartz Roller by K'pure is so beautiful to use and complements the Pomegrante Serum and Eyes Up so well. It is a massage for your face! The roller is cool and soothing on the skin.
Face massages with a rose quartz roller will reduce puffiness (especially under the eyes), improve circulation, eliminate toxins, improve absorption of serums, improve skin elasticity and promote lymphatic drainage.
Rose Quartz is a calming crystal and the crystal of love, so spend extra time with your roller as part of your morning and evening self-care ritual. For best results, keep your roller in the fridge. Rose Quartz is naturally cold, and keeping it in the fridge will enhance the cooling benefits. After applying serums, roll in an upward, gentle motion. Go over each area three times, using the large roller, then switch to the small roller for under eye area. The roller will help minimize blemishes when used to gently roll over the affected area.
I feel so special when I use my roller and lots of our customers have reported major differences in their skin after adding in a facial roller to their skin care routine.
So there you have it! My top 3 (plus a bonus) for your new skin care routine! If you clicked through to see the prices, you'll notice that many local lines are priced significantly less than the major brands. Created by incredible local female entrepreneurs (Karen from Mission, Helena from Squamish and Carly from the Sunshine Coast), all-natural and often organic, with reasonable prices, you'll fall in love with all three of these brands. And, as always, Giving Gifts offers free local pick-up for online orders (from our store at 4570 Main Street, Vancouver) or free delivery on all orders over $100.
If you use these products already, I'd love to hear what you think! Please leave a comment. I'm always looking to expand my skin care routine and add in new products so if there is something you love, please share in the comments below too.