The evil six – Scarring. Sunburns. Age spots. Acne. Discoloration. Or as I like to refer to it — S.S.A.A.D. And no I didn’t forget wrinkles, but a ‘W’ didn’t fit into my punny acronym S.S.A.A.D.
I’ve never met a woman who was in to sporting any of the evil six. We use a million skincare products to try to battle these taboo skin problems, spending thousands of hard earned bucks. But do they ever go away? Well, if you know the right products to use, then yes.
We’re not dealing in chemical peels and other cray cray (and not to mention hazardous) skincare treatments to vanish these six bad boys on Peaceful Dumpling. Instead we bring you their all-natural counterparts that work like a charm.
Don’t be SSAAD, use these seven incredible products that actually, for really heal the skin:
Egyptian Magic – This healing balm has an interesting history behind it. The mixture for this cult-status balm, possibly dates back to the time of the Pharaohs, who were known to use such ingredients as honey and propolis in abundance. This company has survived since 1991 with selling only one product because it’s just that good. It can be used for anything from scarring to healing burns, cuts and scrapes, to treating eczema, psoriasis and dandruff.
Thesis Beauty – Rosehip Oil – This oil is being called ‘the natural retinol alternative’ and even ‘better than botox’ for its anti-aging effects that encourage cellular turnover, erase wrinkles and treat sun damage. Rosehip seed oil is considered a “dry” oil for its ability to quickly absorb into the skin to prevent oiliness and clogged pores. It is therefore appropriate for people with sensitive skin and even for those that suffer from acne. The lustrous rosehip seed, harvested from rose bushes primarily in Chile, is said to have been used by the ancient Egyptians and Native Americans for its healing, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This particular Rosehip Oil by Thesis Beauty is organic, raw and cold pressed for maximum potency.
Subtle Green – Vienne Apres Surf & Slope – Even if you don’t have a full-blown sunburn, spending time in the sun throughout the summer can have its effects. This heavenly scented lotion is as its name suggests — good for the surf and the slope. Whether you’ve been sunbathing a bit too much or chapping from getting your ski on, this lotion can heal either or. This made-to-order all-organic product is infused with Aloe, Rose Floral Water, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Avocado oil, Calendula oil, Sea Buckthorn berry oil, Rosehip seed oil, and the heavenly scents of Cacao, Vanilla, Jasmine, Lemon and Lavender essential oils…mmm….
InstaNatural – Advanced Repair Scar Gel – I’m seriously diggin’ this scar gel. I have a pretty prominent scar on my back from surgery when I was young. When I look at the scar now after using this product for a few weeks, it seems to have faded (and I don’t think I’m imagining it!). One of the key ingredients in this product is called Epidermal Growth Factor. According to Wikipedia, “Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) is a small mitogenic protein that is thought to be involved in mechanisms such as normal cell growth, oncogenesis, and wound healing.” Other ingredients include Sea Kelp Bioferment, Green Tea and the powerful Gotu Kola.
Pura Botanica – Botanical Bath Salts – Don’t tell me you didn’t know about the healing properties of sea salt!? Sea salt water is used as a folk remedy to heal burns, cuts and sores of the skin and mouth. These bath salts by Pura Botanica are uber luxurious! Himalayan sea salt, Andes Rose Salt, Milk Thistle, Burdock Root, Rooibos, and lavender are some of the ingredients that will take your soaking ritual to the next level of relaxation.
Mad Hippie – Vitamin A Serum – When you ask beauty experts and celebrities what their secret miracle product is, the answer is typically retinol. Sadly, retinol can also have undesirable effects too. Side effects include dryness, scaling and irritation. Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A, and that’s where this product comes into play. Retinyl Retinoate is a revolutionary new form of vitamin A that is supposedly two times more bioavailable than retinol while also being significantly more stable. It helps activate collagen production while also acting as a mild exfoliant to enhance cellular turnover, ultimately reducing the appearance of wrinkles, discoloration and other signs of aging.
Honey Girl Organics – HoneyGlo Regenerating Facial Serum – Did you know that honey is one of the only foods that never goes bad? The container might grow mold, etc. but the actual honey will stay preserved. It is truly a golden miracle! And it does so much for the skin including kill bacteria, reduce inflammation, heal cuts and scars and more. This serum goes deep into the pores to promote collagen production and cellular renewal for, well, a honey-like glow! It also contains five rich plant-based oils high in Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids. These fatty acids heal chronically dry skin problems like dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. It also features high-powered skin food like Organic Carrot Seed Essential Oil, Organic Neroli Oil and Organic Frankincense Oil (which is uh-maze-ing for skin health, by the way).
So Well Made Antioxidant Rich Facial Toner – This company creates all its products around the healing powers of himalayan sea salt. This healing spray boasts 84 minerals that heal and rebalance your skin’s natural pH, and aids in the absorption of moisture. This antioxidant-rich facial toner also uses the age old remedies of organic teas and calendula – powerful antioxidants that protect against free radicals. I take this spray with me on trips because it serves as both a skin saver as well as my secret hair potion that gives my hair that beach wave look that I love!
Ajara Skincare Tulsi Neem Skin Repair Cream – As an Ayurvedic practitioner, I’ve both witnessed and experienced the benefits of incorporating the wisdom from Ayurveda into my daily life. The tips on maintaining beautiful skin include using lots of high quality oils paired with special herbs. This cream by Ajara features two Ayurvedic super herbs — tulsi and neem. Tulsi a.k.a. Holy Basil has been used for ages to enhance beauty of the skin and hair with a diverse array of healing properties. Neem is another amazing herb with a whole host of uses. It’s particularly beneficial for combating pimples, blackheads and dandruff. This product is also considered tri-doshic, which means that it’s great for all skin types!
Which one of these would you try? Let me know!
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