Lately, I’ve been frightened by purchasable skin care. I’ve recently learned that your skin absorbs more than sixty percent of what you put on it. Your sensitive receptive face skin absorbs up to 100%! So, your mug is like another mouth…sort of. Not really. However, this is some serious absorption. This is why you should evaluate what you cake your face with every once in a while.
Looking through the most elite skin care product ingredients you might read “parabens, “triclosan” or “formaldehyde.” These are toxic, and yet they are integrated in skin care products. How can we trust a product that claims to care for skin when it hypocritically hosts toxins? Hence, my new skin care routine is mostly rooted in my kitchen; I use coconut oil, lemons, salt, honey etc.
But alas, as much as I enjoy the process of making my own masks and scrubs, the truth is, as a full-time professor and wife, I don’t have enough time to keep my skin needs fully stocked and ready to go. Some problems I’ve run into since changing my skin products to edibles include: not having enough time to properly harvest my aloe, watching lemon wedges I’ve cut accidentally go to waste, not being able to refill my homemade coconut oil scrub so I resort to using my husband’s harsh soap.
Part of the problem is the lack of preservatives. Preservatives, while unhealthy, are a desirable amenity of “toxic skin care.” Right now, I’ve got aloe, lemons and coconut oil in my fridge. But what happens to this stuff when I don’t have to time to slice and mix? It literally rots. When I travel, I shamefully must pack mystery jars of cream that can handle the temperature changes of an airplane and fit easily into my makeup bag (unlike an avocado).
I felt alone in the world of skin care. I fancy myself a glamourous hippie–somewhat of an oxymoron; I thought I was the only one out there.
However, on one late starry night, I was delighted to see Jimmy Fallon and Gwyneth Paltrow dipping their french fries into a jar of Goop on the Tonight Show. Goop, Paltrow’s new line of Juice Beauty skin care products looked scrumptious.
The extremely successful and critically acclaimed actress explains why she chose Juice Beauty as a partner to launch her dream facial care line, Juice Beauty’s formulations are as powerful and effective as some of my favorite conventional products. They are one of those all-too-rare companies that’s really living up to its promise to consumers — sourcing really beautiful, organic ingredients and doing the research and development to create powerful formulations, all while being incredibly kind to the environment… When we were introduced to Juice Beauty, we were amazed at the efficacy of their products. We are thrilled to be partnering with them in both makeup and skin care. (beautyandwellbeing.com).
It sounds too good to be true, a company that fulfills its promise to customers (what a dream!). Paltrow boasts of its beautiful organic ingredients. “Beautiful” and “organic” like “glamourous” and “hippie” are two words you don’t normally see together, yet Juice Beauty appears to have mastered the art of organic beauty, creating a healthy marriage between nature and science. As Paltrow explains, Juice Beauty products, though organic, are not any less effective than costlier products.
Really, Juice Beauty? You want me to believe that my face will reap these rewards after one use? To investigate the validity of this promise, I utilized the product on myself.
The tiny lettering on the box is somewhat difficult to read, but as soon as my eyes adjusted, I found that the directions were, like everything else Juice Beauty, seemingly to easy to be true. Just as directed, I shook the small spray bottle and spritzed it all over my face, focusing on my problem areas. My forehead has become a problem area, displaying developing wrinkles and extreme discoloration (an annoying side effect of birth control called Melasma). Maybe I was a little unfair to focus on such a tough area, but I figured if this peel spray is going to prove itself, I’m going to give it a real test.
The spray was pretty wet. I had a few drips land near my bra while I waited a few seconds (as instructed), so use it before getting dressed to go out. Then with a warm, damp hand towel I exfoliated my face. I rinsed. That was it. It took me a total of maybe two minutes or less.
Based on the images above, I do see improvements in skin tone and fine lines. My melasma seems to blend in better with my skin, and some wrinkles are less visible. However, the most obvious result on my face is its impressive luminescence. All the photos were taken in the same bathroom with the same lighting. If you take this into account, my skin tone really demonstrates improvement particularly in the area of luminosity just after one use of Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Exfoliating Peel Spray. Juice Beauty proves that just because something seems to good to be true, doesn’t mean it is.
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