I have been using Paula’s Choice products for a few years now. I have even gotten my Mum hooked on some of her products too! I am always drawn to well-thought out, well researched skincare brands that rely on hard science when making their formulations. Paula Begoun is one of the better known skincare experts in the cosmeceuticals industry. I like that her products have simple ingredient listings i.e. there are not a lot of ‘filler’ ingredients, added fragrance and are made for use by people with skin sensitivities. She also gives you ingredients that are in high enough concentrations to be effective. The last thing that is pretty unique about PC, is that she includes published research from medical journals that support her decisions for using particular active ingredients.
Paula’s Choice Products – Video
In this post I will be talking about the 3 products that I have been using from Paula’s Choice. These are the Paula’s Choice RESIST C15 Super Booster 15% Vitamin C, RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA & RESIST Intensive Repair Cream. For more details on each individual product, please check out my video below.
Paula’s Choice Products – Ingredient Review and Product Usage
Paula’s Choice products are cruelty-free, contains no added fragrance or dyes and manufactured in the USA.
Paula’s Choice RESIST C15 Super Booster 15% Vitamin C (USD$49 for 0.67 fl. oz.)
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This product has a very watery consistency with a distinctive citrus smell and a very pale yellow/orange tint. I apply it directly to skin after toning but it can also be added to your moisturiser. It comes in UV safe packaging. Once your product has deepened in shade, it is time to be thrown out. I use this right after cleansing and toning in the morning.
Active Ingredients: L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
L-Ascorbic Acid is found in multiple levels in the skin and is vital for the production of collagen. This is how Vitamin C is helpful in the reduction of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also attacks the oxidants (free-radicals) that damage the structure of skin which also causes wrinkles.
Vitamin C is also protects against the damage from UV exposure. It attacks the free radicals that are activated by sun exposure therefore it protects the skin and it also prevents photo-damage, which includes overproduction of melanin. This leads to brightening of the skin (not whitening) and it had help those with hyperpigmentation.
Sunday Riley…A name that piqued the interest of the beauty world about 2 years ago. Every blogger, every magazine, every celebrity…everybody was talking about their Luna Sleeping Oil. How skin changing it was. But this is not about the oil. This is about the Sunday Riley Cleansing Balm. Actually, its full name is the Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm. That’s a mouthful! The thing that attracted my to SR, was that the owner has a background in chemistry and you know that is really close to my heart!
With my dry skin, I try to stay away from gel or foam facial cleansers and I usually gravitate towards cleansers that are more creamy in texture. And more naturally based. So as Korean beauty continues to have an increasing influence on the industry in the US, I was interested in using a cleansing balm. I decided that, as my first step into cleansing balms, to try this one. I was pretty confident that it would not leaving my skin stripped and dehydrated after cleansing, it contained a lot of botanical ingredients and appeared to be pretty “clean” and the soft blue colour made it all exciting!
The Sunday Riley Cleansing Balm Details
The company describes this as:
A hydrating cleansing balm that removes makeup—even stubborn eye makeup—and impurities with sugar-based cleansers as soothing essential oils calm irritation. – as per Sephora.
This balm contains sugar based cleansers, Sucrose Laurate, as its surfactant/cleanser. This is the part of the balm that binds to dirt, makeup etc. and turns milky, and is washed away. It also contains Cocoa Seed Butter, Mimosa Flower Wax and Sunflower Seed Wax that contain antioxidants that protect the skin as well as condition and hydrate. The blue colour comes from both the Blue Tanzy Leaf Oil and the German Chamomile which are indigo oils that are rich in azulene, a compound that soothes and calms irritated skin. Citrus based essential oils that help clarify the skin, a note to those who have a sensitivity to citrus oils. These properties make it a great choice for both oily and dry skin types alike.
Happy New Year!!! I hope that you have been enjoying 2017 so far! I have been more mindful to enjoy life a little bit more in this new year. More self-care, appreciation of life, and to be more bold. With that, I want to take a look back at all the best beauty products that I loved in 2016. These were my must-haves and I constantly repurchased them and will continue to remain in heavy rotation.
Last week, Sephora had it’s biannual sale for all it’s Beauty Insiders. Since I am VIB status, I was able to get 15% off of my entire purchase. If you don’t know what the Sephora Beauty Insider programme is, check out this link. It is basically a rewards programme that allows you to accumulate points to redeem samples of new or popular products. I am #TeamSkincare as they say ‘black don’t crack’, but you still have to put in the work and I am trying to stave off the effects of aging as much as possible! So I have a Sephora haul and even did a video about it!!
So I visited the southern Turkish city of Ephesus, which is well known for its connection to Biblical antiquity. It is believed that this is the location of the final dwelling for Mary, Mother of Jesus. Ephesus was also an important Greek and Roman city as well as it has major importance in early Christianity. This is a haven for some amazing history and artifacts!
So while touring the ruins on a day that can only be described as Hades hot, we took refuge under one of the few fig trees.
Fig tree at Ephesus
The tour guide mentioned that the leaves of the fig tree have been used for its healing properties. Of course this peaked my interest!
Fig leaf sap and fruit have been used for centuries for their moisturizing, healing and calming properties. More recently, it has been valued for its antioxidant qualities.
Fig leaf sap
Have you tried any products made with fig extracts? Do you have any favourites?