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I promised I would tell you about the skin care line I found which has been so amazing that I can't keep it to myself! How lucky am I that Beth Shisler, the founder of Under Your Skin, lives right next door to me?!
When I first heard that she had developed her own skin care, I thought "just one more skin care line" in the long, long list of available options. But I was wrong! It just so happened that our blogging friend Willow had just told me that she had been trying Castor Oil and Olive Oil together to make a natural cleanser, and it made her skin so soft. I have oily skin that can break out if someone just looks at me, so that was the last thing I was going to try but I was intrigued by the ingredients. Then I was talking to Beth about her line and the first ingredient in her Oil Cleanser is Castor Oil! I had to research this and found out that the oil cleansing method has been around for quite some time-- like dissolves like-- so when you clean your skin with oil, it preserves the pH balance yet dissolves the oil and dirt which are then cleansed away with a warm washcloth. Makeup is removed also, so there's no need for a second product! You can actually feel little granules of dirt or comodones coming off as you massage it into your skin. And it leaves the skin softer than you can imagine. The best result is that your skin stops producing too much oil if you have oily skin and starts to feel like normal skin. Castor oil has been used for the past century as a healing oil for a variety of things because of it's anti-inflammatory properties.
The second miracle ingredient is in her Manuka Honey Mask (which she gives away free with every order of skin care because it's that good!). Manuka Honey comes from the Manuka tree (similar to the Tea Tree and tea tree oil) which is only found in New Zealand and the bees carry the pollen from this tree back to their hive. This produces a very special honey full of natural antibiotics and anti-inflammatory healing properties that help gently exfoliate the skin so that all the good things can actually reach your pores instead of sitting on top of your skin (and doing nothing.) You cannot ingest the Mask (due to other ingredients in it) but when Manuka honey is taken orally as medicine, it can cure h. pylori naturally (instead of strong antibiotics like I had to take!) and MRSA. That, to me, is amazing!
The rest of her line is equally impressive-- from the Brite Eyes eye cream which does not irritate at all but soothes, moisturizes and helps to diminish dark circles (I've never been able to use eye cream before because of the silicone and other irritating ingredients), to the Ponce de Leon Gel which gives my skin the firmness of young skin, to the Skin Maid Scar Reducer that has lightened and healed not only spots on my face but I put it on places where I got bug bite scars and those are disappearing too! The Lipid Defenders are like heaven for anyone who has normal to dry skin, in that it feeds the skin and helps it maintain the moisture and glow. (If you have oily skin, jojoba oil can clog your pores.) The moisturizers like Silky Smooth Moisturizer is just enough to keep my skin's fresh feeling but is not greasy at all.
One of the smartest things Beth did is to offer Sample Sizes of her products so that you can try them and really see the results. They last about two weeks (some more). If you have oily skin like me, at first your skin will feel oilier as it adjusts it's oil production, but immediately it will feel so soft and the irritation will go away. Even when my skin felt oilier, two different people at the store told me I had great skin! I've never heard that from strangers before. After just two weeks, I feel like my skin is normal, not oily, even in hot summer temperatures. Beth has had people tell her that they don't have to wear foundation anymore because their skin is just that pretty now. I love the texture of my skin now... it does remind me of when I was a lot younger girl.
" My skincare philosophy is based on a very unique natural cleansing method, followed up with potent nourishing actives. All products are loaded with natural anti-inflammatories, anti-oxidants, amino acids, proteins and peptides. Some of my raw ingredients include: sea kelp bioferment, oat beta glucan, silk powder, pearl powder, plant extracts, rare essential oils and many more. I only use ingredients that are meant to achieve a result. There are no fillers, no paraban preservatives and no fragrances. All products are targeted to go where they can make the most difference - Under Your Skin"
I do hope you consider trying it, especially if you haven't been satisfied with your skin care or you want something more natural and healthy for your skin. Even men use it! I'll keep you up to date on the line and I wanted you to know so you have the chance to be one of the original customers too! Happy Skin!