I have very tricky skin. It’s severely dry, yet breaks out with spots at the slightest provocation. I can’t ever seem to find a skin care line that gets it just right. Lately I’ve been complaining of thick “crocodile” skin, especially on my forehead where the wrinkles remind me of Magda from There’s Something About Mary. (I am only twenty eight so this was a very shocking realization.)
Many advised me to drink more water. With eight or more glasses a day my body was feeling a difference but my face was not showing it. I began taking vitamin and mineral supplements regularly. Again, the difference was felt but not seen. In the past I have relied on Yonka skincare products during such times of crisis. I have never been good about sticking with a skincare regimen, but when must needs I go to the nearest Yonka affiliated day spa and drop a small fortune.
This time, however, I refrained. Though they’re products are truly amazing and smell heavenly, Yonka skincare does contain chemicals that I am not comfortable with. I have committed to using natural products whenever possible. With so many natural skincare products on the market, I was compelled to end this ten year on and off affair and settle into a healthier relationship. (***Correction- Yonka actually is all natural. See my recent post correcting this horrific error!***)
Many of us are familiar with Aveda’s salon hair care line. They use
natural ingredients and offer quality results that can be relied on.
However, I was surprised to learn that they also offer skincare and
Two weeks ago I received their Enbrightenment skincare line to try. The 5-step Enbrightenment system (Enbrightenment Brightening Cleanser, Brightening Treatment Toner, Brightening Correcting Serum, Brightening Correcting Lotion or Crème and bi-weekly Brightening Intensive Massage Mask) is “clinically proven to improve skin’s clarity by 52% and diminish the appearance of dark spots by 34%.”
I’m always dubious of brochure claims, but as I begin week three of my Enbrightenment regimen I am a true believer in the power of Aveda! My “crocodile” skin is gone and I am left with healthy, glowing skin that is wonderfully smooth and supple. My deep forehead wrinkles have also hit the road. I can say that with all honesty, that I can no longer find any significant wrinkles on my face when relaxed. My face is soft to the touch and youthful.
My skin has not looked this good since I was a senior in high school, and evenI am so excited about my new face that I rarely wear makeup during the day. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not perfect. (I am only on week three after all.) But the tone is so even and healthy that I don't want to cover it up with makeup. Their clinical studies lasted eight weeks. I can’t wait to see how I look by July!
then I am not sure it ever looked this good!
The regimen begins with the creamy Brightening Cleanser. A small pea sized squirt in the palm is all it takes to cleanse my entire face and décolletage. I pat my skin dry, soak a cotton ball in the Brightening Treatment Toner and swab my face, neck and chest. The Brightening Correcting Serum is next. After spreading a pea sized dollop over my face, neck and chest I can immediately feel it tightening my skin. It absorbs quickly, so I don’t have to wait long for it to dry before applying my Brightening Correcting Lotion (in the morning) or Crème (in the evening). Both the lotion and the cream go on smoothly and are not greasy.
My dry skin demands more hydration than most, so it is hard for me to find a
moisturizer that is sufficient yet doesn't make me break out. The
Enbrightenment moisturizers have perfected the balance.
Twice a week I get to use the Brightening Intensive Massage Mask after the cleanser. It is not thick and pasty like most masks, is easy to apply and wash off and does not pull uncomfortably at the skin as it dries. You simply smooth it on, leave it for 8 minutes while it soaks into your skin, then wash off what’s left on the surface. Then just continue with the system as normal.
What I love most about this skincare:
- It’s simple and takes no more than three minutes
- It’s all natural, allowing me to avoid harmful chemicals that can put my health and the environment at risk. I don’t have to worry if my two year old daughter wants to put some on her face too and I don’t have to keep it under lock and key next to the poison control emergency sticker.
- 100% cruelty free. Aveda does not test any of their products on animals.
- Packaging is not only made using post consumer products, but is also recyclable and simple to disassemble for recycling purposes.
- Aveda is the first beauty company to manufacture with 100% certified wind power!
- IT WORKS.
What I don’t love about this skincare:
- The smell. It doesn’t stink like some of their hair care has been know to do, but it is not pleasant either.
Overall I give these products and A+! My one fear is that they will sell out and be on back order when I need refills. I am seriously considering stock piling.
If you would like to learn more about Aveda and their products, or purchase this amazing skincare line for yourself, visit them at http://www.aveda.com/.
The kind people at Aveda are giving one lucky winner their new Sun Care products to cleanse, restore and protect from the summer sun! ($72 value)
Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser
Sun Care After-Sun Hair Mask
Sun Care Protective Hair Veil
To enter, visit Aveda online and then leave a comment on this post telling me another product they offer that you would like to try.
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This giveaway ends on June 30th at 11:59 PM CST. Open to US and Canadian residents only.