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20 Skin Care Favorites – Skin Care Products That Gives Me Clear, Smooth Skin

Today I’m sharing a few skin care products I am obsessed with! These products truly have given my skin a whole new life. My skin has been noticeably smoother, less irritated, more glowy and youthful with the use of these products. Some of these products have been in my routine for years while others a few months. Nevertheless, they’re all ride or die for me.

20 Skin Care Favorites - Skin Care Products That Gives Me Clear, Smooth Skin

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Birchbox Unboxing and Review | April 2018

I miss doing Birchbox unboxings but with my latest move and other life changes, I haven’t been the best at fulfilling all my blog goals. April’s Birchbox came a few days ago and I feel somewhat more motivated and organized and thought, why not start sharing these again? However..I think my annual subscription is up..whoops! I’m not entirely sure if I’ll be re-subscribing but after what I got this month, I am so tempted to take the plunge and go for it!

April 2018 Birchbox Unboxing | Features OUAI, Lipstick Queen, Coola, Derma E, and Beautaniq!

If you’re interested, I did do a full unboxing on Instagram yesterday. You can check it out here under the “Unboxing” highlight!

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Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub Review

There are very few skincare products I feel strongly about and Derma E definitely has a few that I would never stop using. The product I’ll be reviewing today is their Purifying Daily Detox Scrub. I received this product a few weeks ago from Derma E themselves and I am so so thankful because I found a new line of products I absolutely love!

Here is a little information about the scrub I pulled from Derma E’s website:
Gentle enough for daily use, this detox scrub lifts away micropollutants and impurities while promoting oxygenation for a fresh, healthy radiance. Doctor developed and clinically tested, this revitalizing formula contains some of the most powerful minerals and natural toxin fighters from the earth and from the sea. Kimarine® Wakame is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, heavy metals). Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration and nourishment. Activated Charcoal, known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, helps remove toxins from the skin’s surface. Apricot Seed Powder gently exfoliates away micropollutants, and Green Tea delivers potent antioxidant defense. Ideal for oily, active or urban skin types, even safe for reactive skin (minimal ingredients and allergy-tested), this formula boosts skin purity for a refreshed, glowing complexion. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, GMO-free.

Ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetyl Alcohol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Glycerin, Coco-Caprylate, Charcoal Powder, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida (Wakame, Kimarine®) Extract, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* (.1%), Menthol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Diheptyl Succinate, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Menthyl Lactate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Iron Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
The cost of this scrub is $15.50 for a full size – 4 ounces. 
Here is what the scrub looks like:
I had no idea what to expect the first time I tried this but I didn’t expect a metallic silver color! I think it’s super neat and a nice change from standard colors of scrubs I’m used to. 
This particular scrub is meant for normal to oily skin. My skin is a combination + sensitive and I tend to use this anywhere from 5-7 times a week, typically in the mornings because it provides my skin feeling completely fresh with a cool, minty sensation. The scrub is very gentle yet powerful enough to remove impurities and leaves my skin feeling smooth. I am a fan of the apricot seed scrubs for this very reason because I feel that it really takes off all the oil, dirt, and dead skin cells on my skin without irritating it. Moreover, this scrub doesn’t dry out  my skin at all even though I use it so frequently! 
I’m crazy obsessed with this scrub and have already purchased another tube from Ulta since I’m just about done with this one. I really adore Derma E because they provide great ingredients at a lower price range than what I usually shop for. 
If you’re interested in checking out or purchasing Derma E’s Purifying Daily Detox Scrub, you can do so on their website here or from Ulta here!
Feel free to also check out my review on two other Derma E products I love – their Scar Gel and Microdermabrasion Scrub here and here!
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My Scar Gel Story

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I reviewed Derma E’s Scar Gel and Microdermabrasion Scrub yesterday and wanted to make a quick little post about my scar gel story.

This Scar Gel can be used for any types of scars but I primarily use it for my acne scars. 
I’ve had acne troubles since I was a teenager always picked my pimples..in fact, I still do pick on them sometimes. I seriously need to stop! Anywho ~ my acne scars were so bad, they covered my whole face. It was really embarrassing and definitely took a toll on my self esteem and confidence. I remember how people would always point my scars out and a few folks even made fun of me. It sucked but I got over it. 
I used Proactive in my teenage years to get rid of my acne and it worked for a bit but my face broke out like crazy once I stopped using it. I turned to aloe vera plants, retinol cream, and tea tree oil for the longest time and it definitely helped a ton! It soothed my skin and diminished my scars a little but it took months before I noticed results. 
I don’t break out as much as I did back then but I still have some hormonal acne issues..especially from January-March of this year, it was horrible! Those breakouts led to a whole new batch of scars and I was desperate to find a way to make them go away. That’s when one of my close friends told me about Derma e’s Scar Gel! She said it worked for her and I was curious to try it out! 
The information card in the box says results can be seen in just about four weeks and to be honest, I was pretty skeptical about this. However, I’ve been using the Scar Gel 3-4 times a day for 5 weeks now and can already see that my newer/lighter scars have almost completely diminished and my darker/older scars are fading as well! 
I am really impressed with how this Scar Gel is working on my skin! I definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a product to fade scars. You can purchase this via their website, on Birchbox, or use this to find a location near you! 

What are your thoughts on this product? Have you used this Scar Gel before? Let me know in the comments below!

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