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Maya Chia Supercritical Chia Oil – My Favorite Moisturizer

I recently realized that although I’ve talked about and loved this product for years, I hadn’t written a dedicated post solely to the moisturizing love of my life, Maya Chia Supercritical Chia Oil. Well, the time has come.

I stumbled across this product years ago when a fellow sensitive-skinned beauty blogger was raving about the product. Although I would classify my skin type as “normal with a tendency to be sensitive” (is that really a type?), so many serums and oils have managed to make my skin feel suffocated and congested. I’ve always considered myself to be a “less is more” kind of gal, so when I read about how hydrating yet lightweight the Supercritical Chia Oil was, I knew I had to try it.

Before we dive into my personal reasons for adoring the Supercritical, let’s talk about pure Omega-3 Chia Oil. This oil is for anyone who wants to deeply (yet naturally) moisturize their skin. This face oil is ultra lightweight, soothing and quickly absorbs without any greasy feeling.

Chia Seed Oil (especially the oil sourced by Maya Chia, which most closely mirrors the plant itself because of the way they extract the oil – psst the extraction itself is called “supercritical,” hence the name) is high in naturally occurring Vitamin B3 and Zinc, which is particularly useful in quelling inflammation associated with acne. Chia oil also far exceeds the omega fatty acid content of many major sources (wild caught salmon, for example) which means it is exceptional for restoring the skin barrier function. It also has incredibly high antioxidant levels and contains magnesium and calcium, which is great for the skin as well. Essentially, it really is a skincare superhero.

In this study published in the Annals of Dermatology on end-stage renal patients, they developed a condition called xerotic pruritus. Over an 8-week period using a 4% topical solution of chia oil, the results were pretty dramatic. That study concluded that Chia Seed Oil was clinically proven to significantly increase skin hydration, reduce trans-epidermal water loss and increase the skin barrier function.

Now, I was a pharmaceutical rep for over a decade…you can show me study after study, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to work for me. I need some real world application if you know what I’m saying. Well, I’ve been using this oil for years and it still remains my #1 moisturizer.

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. Why do I love it so much?

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Summer Means Clean Sunscreen: Part Two

Welcome to the Summer Means Clean Sunscreen series! As we enter the warmer months, I’ve declared it my duty to keep you up-to-date on all of the best clean, non-toxic sunscreens. Whether they are new releases or old favorites, I will detail them all so you can make an educated decision on which sunscreens to purchase for you and your family!

Today we’ll be looking into two fantastic brands, Kimberly Sayer and Badger. I am LOVING these two sun protection brands so much this season and can’t wait to give you all the details.

BADGER SUN PRODUCTS

Badger is a small, family-owned and family-friendly company nestled on the banks of the Ashuelot River in rural Gilsum, New Hampshire. They blend organic plant extracts, exotic oils, butter, and beeswax to make healing balms, lip balms, safe mineral sunscreens and other personal care products that work well and feel great on the skin.

I have three personal favorites.

Badger SPF 30 Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion

This is a brand new formula and technology! Badger SPF 30 Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion is a lightweight, easy to apply, non-greasy, everyday sunscreen lotion. Blocks the sun’s harmful rays with clear zinc oxide, a specialized zinc oxide powder with high transparency and low whitening. This is huge, obviously, as I hate looking like a pasty, sickly ghost when I apply many natural sunscreens.

The product acts like a non-nano particle in that it stays on the surface of your skin, however, it is actually made up of smaller nano-sized particles that are fused together into larger clumps so that no detectable nanoparticles exist in the product. The clumps are porous, like sea sponges, and their structure allows them to appear clear on the skin, making them a safe, effective and aesthetically pleasing option.

More details:

84% organic base ingredients and Clear Zinc Oxide
Super moisturizing base with 56% Organic Fair Trade Aloe
No added fragrance
Excellent UVA and UVB protection
Non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic – safe for sensitive skin
Reef friendly and biodegradable, no oxybenzone, no octinoxate
Certified cruelty-free and gluten-free
Non-GMO certified by NSF to NSF Non-GMO True North

However! I must point out that this product is not waterproof nor water resistant. If you are going to be in the water, definitely opt for the Badger Sport Sunscreen.

Bottom line – this soaks right into the skin and there is no whitish cast. It’s all I’m looking for when spending the day outside.

Badger Kid Sport Sunscreen

Another new formulation, the Badger Kid Sport Sunscreen is now SPF 40 and made with the same clear zinc mentioned above. Smells exactly like a creamsicle and it’s water resistant to 80 minutes. It’s hypoallergenic so safe for the most sensitive skin and the light fragrance is made with non-photosensitizing essential oils of Tangerine & Vanilla in a gentle Sunflower Oil base.

This is great for little kiddos!

Badger Aloe Vera Gel

Oh, how I LOVE Badger’s Aloe Vera Gel. It’s the cleanest gel out there – made with 96% pure, organic, fair trade aloe juice. It’s truly as close as you can get to breaking a leaf off an aloe plant. With its amazing moisturizing benefits, it delivers that feeling of instant relief we remember from our childhood days at the beach. Not sticky and NO ADDED SCENT – So good!

This also works so well while massaging your face Gua Sha-style AND I love using it as my conductor gel with my Nu Face device. More on that later. ;)

Okay, now let’s talk face! I’ve got some goodies for you.

KIMBERLY SAYER SUN PRODUCTS

Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Facial Moisturizer SPF 30

Described as a product for oily or acne-prone skin or anyone that desires a very lightweight SPF for face, Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 is my new favorite for the face. It is SO GOOD. In fact, I don’t know many skin types that wouldn’t love this lotion. This stuff soaks right in yet makes my face feel super hydrated at the same time. The scent is lightly citrus – not overpowering in the least, and it looks great under makeup. No sunscreen cast on the face at all, even in photos!

You know I love both the Hynt Sun Prep SPF and the Honua Malu, but this one has just rounded out my trifecta of face sunscreens. And the price? $33 which is fantastic for the full 4 ounces. I definitely recommned this product to anyone looking for a great facial sunscreen that doesn’t feel greasy or heavy in the slightest yet still feels hydrating on the skin!

Kimberly Sayer Anti-Oxidant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30

This award-winning protective SPF day cream absorbs easily and won’t clog pores or cause breakouts. It’s made with natural and organic ingredients including lemon oil to detox the skin, minimize oil production and help dry up acne. If you have super dry skin, this is the one I would go for.

The formulation contains live organic extracts, anti-oxidants and organic sunscreen to protect against free radical damage and aging. The anti-oxidant Beech Bud Extract helps to repair damaged cells deep within the skin and cold-pressed Borage Oil fortifies cell growth and provides anti-aging benefits. An excellent choice for dry or sensitive skin types.

A GREAT GIFT WITH PURCHASE

All of these products can be bought at The Choosy Chick and they are honoring a great deal for you all. From now until Sunday, May 5th, spend $50 or more at The Choosy Chick and get a free Badger Aloe Vera Gel! Your total can include any brands or products and don’t forget to use the code WHOORL for 10% off your order too! Bomb dot com.

Want more sun protection? Check out Part One of the Summer Means Clean Sunscreen series!

Summer Means Clean Sunscreen: Part One

Welcome to the Summer Means Clean Sunscreen series! As we enter the warmer months, I’ve declared it my duty to keep you up-to-date on all of the best clean, non-toxic sunscreens. Whether they are new releases or old favorites, I will detail them all so you can make an educated decision on which sunscreens to purchase for you and your family!

Today, I want to introduce you to a line that was one of my first clean sunscreen purchases years back and continues to be a favorite, Suntegrity Skincare.

Suntegrity Skincare was created by Tricia Trimble, in memory of her mother who lost her life to skin cancer. After losing her mom to melanoma, Tricia became a big advocate of wearing sunscreen and after several years of research and investigation, decided to develop her own sun care line.

Suntegrity Face and Body SPF 30 products use only the best known physical block ingredient (non-nano size zinc oxide) to provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and super anti-oxidants and amino acids to enhance that protection and help with skin repair. Suntegrity was also awarded “Champion” Status by the Environmental Working Group.

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My #1 Makeup Tip For a Youthful Look

Welcome to the #CleanOver40 Series! After MANY conversations about the unique challenges women over 40 experience in terms of beauty and wellness, my good friend Lisa from This Organic Girl and I are teaming up to bring you the most effective clean skincare, makeup, and lifestyle products for those of us fortysomethings. This series will publish the second Monday of every month so be sure to stop by for the latest. You can also search #CleanOver40 on our blogs to access the entire series. Be sure to tag #CleanOver40 on social with your favorite picks as well…we ladies of a certain age need to stick together!

kjaer weis blossoming cream blush

wearing kjaer weis cream blush in blossoming and fitglow beauty lip colour cream in beet

If I had to pick ONE cosmetic item to use for the rest of my life, it would be blush. Okay, wait. Honestly, it would be lipstick because 1) um, hello, LIPSTICK, and 2) I can use lipstick as a blush so it’s like killing two birds with one stone, people. Regardless, bottom line – it’s a very rare occurrence if you see me without color on my cheeks. It’s my #1 tip for creating a youthful, healthy appearance.

I fancy myself quite the blush aficionado. I have a ridiculous amount of blushes, yet completely unapologetic because you can bet your bottom dollar that I find a use for every single shade I own. Here’s the rub, though. #nopunintended Blush can make you look years younger OR, if applied incorrectly, add many years to your face. It’s all in the texture you choose and the application technique. (Say NO to awful-looking stripes across the cheekbones! The worst.)

As a lady in my mid-40s, the texture of blushes is becoming more and more important so I rarely stray from cream blushes. Cream blushes are the literal crème de la crème – they create a dewiness that is unparalleled and are so easy to blend, which is key as you develop more texture on the facial skin. Although I do have a few powder blushes I enjoy, the majority of my favorites are creams or balms.

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Best Natural Face Creams for Women Over 40

Welcome to the #CleanOver40 Series! After MANY conversations about the unique challenges women over 40 experience in terms of beauty and wellness, my good friend Lisa from This Organic Girl and I are teaming up to bring you the most effective clean skincare, makeup, and lifestyle products for those of us fortysomethings. This series will publish the second Monday of every month so be sure to stop by for the latest. You can also search #CleanOver40 on our blogs to access the entire series. Be sure to tag #CleanOver40 on social with your favorite picks as well…we ladies of a certain age need to stick together!

ayuna face cream

We are smack dab in the dead of winter, so it’s high time to discuss super-hydrating face creams, don’t you think? When Lisa and I had a chat about our favorites, these two creams were the top of the list. (And I’m going to tell you how to get them at a discount and/or part of a great deal but shhhhhh, don’t tell everyone…)

These two products are at very different pricepoints, but I love them both for varying reasons. Let’s just get to it!

best face creams women over 40

See that beautiful bright orange color? That’s the Jane Scrivner OO Cream, $38.

This product was introduced to me about a month ago and it’s not common that I fall so fast. The OO Cream (stands for “over oil” cream) is so incredible as my last skincare step- from its beautiful, natural orange color from rosehip to its lovely mild scent of vanilla. Soothing and calming stressed skin (fantastic for eczema and rosacea!), this cream is intended to be applied over face oil or serum to lock in nutrients and moisture and reduce trans-epidermal water loss. It’s the perfect addition to your winter lineup – where I usually use my beloved Maya Chia Supercritical Oil as my last step, I’ve been putting the OO Cream on top and it’s been fantastic!

The great thing about the OO Cream is that it creates a matte finish from the thin film of beta-glucans in the colloidal oatmeal so it’s super rich and soothing yet leaves absolutely no greasy residue on the skin at all. Soaks right in yet my skin feels hydrated all day. And since it leaves a nice matte finish, it is the perfect primer for makeup application. Plus, um, 38 bucks, you guys!

However, I feel I must tell you that the OO Cream is part of the Beauty Heroes Discovery Box this month! Included with the cream are the Jane Scrivner Cleansing Balm plus two fluffy cleansing mitts to use during your skincare routine.

jane scrivner oo cream

This cleansing balm is so damn good. Super melty soft, it takes off my makeup in a jiffy and smells great. Lightly floral. Made with blends of jojoba seed oil, beeswax and a blend of nine essential oils, this balm’s base works to mimic the natural lipids in skin to improve elasticity and restore balance. Plus, I’ve already used the cleansing mitts tons of times. They are fantastic at removing balms and masks and I always feel like using mitts and/or washcloths adds a little bit of gentle exfoliation to the mix. If you aren’t a member of Beauty Heroes yet, this would be a great month to do it! It’s a $97 value for $42.95 when you sign up to be a member. (3-month initial commitment, but Beauty Heroes knocks it out of the park every month. This particular discovery ends on January 20th.)

Next up, let’s talk about my long-time love, Ayuna Cream, $198.

ayuna face cream

Ayuna Cream is the milky-colored wonder on the inside of my wrist in that previous photo of the two creams. Where do I even begin with this favorite? First off, this product is a brilliant melding of beauty and science. The emulsion targets a range of skin functions by incorporating the science of Phyto-peptides and Plasmas rich in Botanical Cell Factors, including those of Green Carrot, Arabian Cotton and Pomegranate. Phyto-peptidic Fractions from Turmeric Root and Centella, known as the longevity plant, favorably help the skin to maintain its regenerative abilities.

Um, what does that mean for you? Well, wrinkles are softer, elasticity visibly improves, skin appears more radiant and hydrated, and the formula definitely evens redness and tightens pores. I am obsessed with this cream because it has helped immensely in reducing redness and sensitivity on my face, but especially my chest.

Let me tell you, the skin on my chest is my personal problem spot. It looks at least 10 years older than my face (thanks a lot, side-sleeper wrinkles!) and gets incredibly irritated and bumpy for no specific reason. Seriously, I joke that you could look at my decolletage and a rash would pop up, but um, it actually HAPPENS. (What the heck, people!? Drives me bananas.) I’ve been using Ayuna as my facial cream for over a year, but a few months ago, I started applying the cream all over my chest after my shower (from neck and shoulders down to just above the breasts) and I can’t even begin to tell you what a difference it has made in calming and smoothing my decolletage. I am a forever convert because of what this cream has done for my chest. PRAISE BE, AYUNA.

The Ayuna Cream is considered their light version but is more than enough for my normal skin. However, if you need a richer cream, Ayuna Cream II is for you. Oh, did I mention how beautiful the scent of these products it? So lovely. Neutral and light, just the way I like it.

The Ayuna products do come with a steep price tag, but there is a little deal going on right now where you can get a killer discount. Remember my personally-curated Maya Chia Level Up Discovery last year? Well, there was another curated discovery involving Ayuna and it’s still available! This discovery contains the Ayuna Cream 15ml (the original is 50ml) AND the Ayuna Balm, which is a volcanic revitalizing mask that I also adore. You can get both of these products in the discovery deal for $99. Such a great option if you don’t want to commit to the full-sized cream from the get-go. (Although I have a feeling you will become a convert!) You can find the Ayuna deal in the dropdown box here.

There you have it, my two favorite creams in the green beauty market. Be sure to check out why Lisa loves them too! Questions about either? As always, hit me up in the comments!

Other posts you might like:

My Favorites for Dry Skin and/or High Altitudes

My Favorite Masks for All Skin Types

2018 Best in Green Beauty

It’s the start of a new year which means it’s time for my annual best of green beauty list! I started working on this list with the idea of creating an immense guide to all my favorites across all categories when I realized, well, I’ve actually already done that. For those of you who want a mega deep dive into everything I’m currently using and loving in terms of skincare, cosmetics, and body care (plus all my discount codes), you can find more than you could ever want to know here.

That leaves this post as an assemblage of my very favorite products of the year. Whether new, new to me, or something I just used all the damn time, these products are truly my crème de la crème of 2018. Enjoy!

COSMETICS

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