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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

'Alba Botanica' Natural AcneDote Scrub - Review

Exfoliation is an essential aspect of skincare regime as the accumulation of dead cells, oil and dirt cause skin's oil production to increase, resulting in breakouts. Finding a proficient scrub isn't the easiest task as there are hundreds available on the market; some are natural, most are not. I personally have tried several scrubs, and I've learned that they are not all created equally. Some scrubs are too abrasive, causing skin to become damaged, while other scrubs aren't abrasive enough, making them rather pointless. Alba Botanical has a lovely line of natural skincare products, ranging from sunscreens to facial cleansers. Since I have been impressed with their products so far, I wanted to try their Natural AcneDote Face & Body Scrub because I do suffer from occasional acne.

Product Details

Alba Botanica Natural AcneDote Scrub is an extremely powerful, multifunctional scrub that works on both your face and body to clean your pores and fight breakouts even after you rinse. This natural scrub contains no artificial fragrances, colors, sulfates, chemicals, etc., and is never tested on animals. Furthermore, only vegetarian ingredients are used in the scrub, so you can rest assured your skin is exposed to only high-quality ingredients. Since this natural scrub is designed to eliminate breakouts, it contains absolute no oil to ensure maximum strength efficiency.You can purchase 'Alba Botanica' Natural AcneDote Scrub on Amazon for under $10. Keep in mind a little bit goes a LONG way, so it's a great value.

My Personal Results

A lot of products, even natural ones, aren't strong enough to eliminate my breakouts. This scrub is very potent, and I literally feel it fighting my breakouts even after I rinse my face. However, the product is not harsh on my skin; the granules are just abrasive enough to cleanse any impurities without damaging my skin. The citrus scent of this scrub is very refreshing, yet not overpowering. I don't smell the scent once I rinse my face. Personally, I use this scrub in the shower so that I can thoroughly rinse the granules off my skin. Since this scrub is designed for body, as well, I also use it on my neck and chest. I haven't tried it on any other region yet, but I am confident the results would be great. My overall results have been wonderful! I was really surprised because I didn't really believe this scrub would help alleviate my acne, but it has proved me wrong. I notice a reduction of inflammation almost immediately after rinsing my face, and my skin feels really clean all day. Since too much exfoliation from any scrub can damage skin over time, I only use this product every three days or so. However, that is just my personal preference.

The Bottom Line

After using the Alba Botanica Natural AcneDote Scrub, I no longer feel like I have to search to find another natural scrub. It's very effective on breakouts, yet gentle enough to deep-clean your skin without harming it. Of course, results may vary. Whether you're looking for a basic facial scrub to help fight breakouts, or an all-over body scrub to exfoliate your skin before applying tanning products, this natural scrub by Alba Botanica can provide the results you want for under $10. Like I mentioned above, just a little bit goes a long way. I purchased mine over a month ago, and I still have over half a bottle left! Sure, you can find slightly cheaper scrubs at drugstores, but they won't contain certified organic ingredients and fight breakouts at the same time! Alba Botanica takes pride in developing high-quality, natural formulas, and I have not found a product of theirs I regret purchasing. Click here for 'Alba Botanica' Natural AcneDote Scrub.

All The Best,

Disclaimer: I receive a small commission when you purchase this product from the Amazon affiliate links within this post. However, I test all the products in my posts to ensure honest reviews.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

6 Delicious Foods that Prevent Aging

I am a firm believer in using natural methods to prevent aging, mainly through organic skin care products and natural foods. Simply eating the right foods that work for your body instead of against it can drastically determine how young your skin appears for how long. Although eating these anti-aging foods early in life improves your chance of really slowing down aging, making the decision to switch to these foods can improve the texture, luminosity, and overall appearance of your skin at any age. The common misconception is that natural, anti-aging foods taste like sh** and are only for crazy vegans and health food nuts who eat kale and drink weird superfood shakes from Whole Foods, but the truth is these natural foods that prevent aging are found everywhere, and they are delicious (by society's standards). Discover 6 delicious foods that prevent aging:

1.  Avocado - My absolute favorite anti-aging food, hands down. Most people believe avocados to be "fattening", but this fruit is unbelievably nutritious. Avocados are high in oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat that is great for your metabolism and digestive system. Plus, avocados are packed full of antioxidants and vitamin E that help produce collagen, which is what keeps your skin tissue supple and youthful. So don't be afraid to dig into that guacamole, as long as avocados are the main ingredient (not sour cream, like in some pre-made guacamole dips).

2.  Dark Chocolate - Now you don't need an excuse to eat chocolate. Dark chocolate made from cocoa beans contains high amounts of antioxidants that protect your skin from UV exposure. Of course, UV exposure literally destroys skin and makes you appear older. Only chocolate that has not been through the refining process has this anti-aging property. Most milk and white chocolates are refined, and therefore stripped of antioxidant flavanols that prevent aging.

3.  Berries - Nothing beats fresh berries on a summer day...(except ice cream, maybe). Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, and every other edible berry contains anthocyanins and flavonols that reduce inflammation and fight off free radicals that cause cells to age. Berries are real superfoods that should not be ignored. After all, they taste great in salads, desserts, shakes, and solo.

4.  Brazil Nuts - Literally stop your skin from aging by consuming just two Brazil nuts each day. It sounds unbelievable, but Brazil nuts contain selenium, a mineral that helps produce the powerful antioxidant known as glutathione. Glutathione repairs damaged cells and actually halts signs of aging. Other nuts, such as cashews and almonds, can also prevent aging because they contain omega-3 fatty acids.

5.  Fish - Especially cod, sardines, tuna, salmon and other coldwater fish are known to lower your mortality rate and combat UV-related cell damage. These coldwater fishes are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that promote shiny hair and youthful skin. Not only does consuming fish keep you looking younger, but it also lowers your blood pressure and risk of developing heart disease.

6.  Red Wine - Still not an excuse to become an alcoholic, but drinking just one 8 oz. glass per day can prevent heart disease, cancer, blood clots, and inflammation. Furthermore, red grape skin contains resveratrol, which increases collagen production and improves the overall suppleness of skin. However, drinking more than the recommended amount does not provide extra protection and benefits.

Other foods that prevent aging include beans, whole grains, and vegetables. Of course, whether they are delicious or not is subjective. I guess that goes for the six foods listed above, as well. Anyhow, incorporating just a couple of these anti-aging foods into your daily diet can make a difference in your health and how you age.

All The Best,