Today’s Best of 2017 is focusing on Cruelty Free Skincare. This is a bit of a tricky category for me because 2017 was the year that I finally started taking Accutane for my stubborn acne. If you’re unfamiliar, Accutane is an often controversial drug taken to (hopefully) “cure” treatment-resistant acne. It has the side effect of completely drying out everyone’s skin, so the second half of the year I was doing everything I could to keep my formerly combo-to-oily skin as hydrated as possible while taking the drug. Having said that, you now know what skin types we are working with here, and since I had two majorly different concerns throughout the year, I will specify which type of skin I had while using the product if it’s relevant. If it worked well either way, I won’t specify the skin type unless it’s still somehow relevant. So, with that out of the way, let’s just get going because there is a lot!
As a lot of you may know, I’ve been on an Accutane regimen for a little while now (I just found out I’m about to start my *hopefully* final month!). Accutane is infamous for the extreme skin dryness that everyone seems to experience while on the medication. To give an example, while I’m writing this, I’m on 7 day hair!!! 😳 Yup. It’s been an entire week without washing the not-even-remotely-greasy mop on my head which, I must say, is a positive side effect in my eyes. 😉 With that though, my face has certainly gone from combo / oily to definitely on the dry side. Given that, I have managed to avoid much of the flaky, itchy, tight or other such variations of actual discomfort from the drying effects of the Accutane…with the exception of my nose, which, to be fair, is usually a bit flaky. Since I’ve been using the same products pretty consistently, I feel like I can finally share my cruelty free “secrets” for managing super dry and sensitive skin that is also safe for using while taking Accutane.
***This post was written before the recent disaster in Texas, so please don’t think I’m ignoring it or being insensitive. If you are interested in more information regarding ways to help in the wake of such tragedy, please see yesterday’s post. And we now resume our regular programming….
This has been the strangest Summer. The weather has been absolutely bizarre. At this point, I almost feel like Fall is already here…and much to my shock, I’m not entirely upset by that! As September rolls around, I’m finding myself looking forward to all the fun things about Fall – the food, the pretty leaves (even though they’re a dying sign that winter is coming), the berry-hued lips. Yes friends, I may be turning into a Fall loving convert! Then again, I am still an absolute Summer lover too. Anyway, this is all a long way of saying that today’s post is dedicated to my Cruelty Free August Favorites!!! Much like last month, I haven’t been wearing much makeup. Still, I have come across some fantastic beauty products that I want to share. So let’s see what they are!
Something that I use every day…first and last thing in fact…is from Sibu Beauty. Sibu Beauty uses the increasingly popular Seabuckthorn Seed Oil in all of their products. They produce not only skin care, but they have a body lotion and also make some oral supplements! Though I have not used a ton of Sibu products, I definitely have gone through a few bottles of the Seabuckthorn Seed Oil (rave here) and the Balancing Facial Cleanser. I love them both! I would like to try more, but am not in the market for new skincare at the moment.
I try to wash my hair once every two to three days to avoid overstripping the natural oils that your scalp actually needs. My first step before hopping in the shower is to brush my hair with a Tangle Teezer (see my review here) to remove any tangles and loose strands that may have accumulated since the last brushing. This just helps keep my drain from clogging, makes washing my hair easier, and makes brushing it after showering easier.
If you’re interested in purchasing any of these items, I put together a Luvocracy Collection with all of the products. If you’re unfamiliar with Luvocracy, it’s similar to Pinterest (you can follow me on Pinterest here), but you can actually buy the items you see right through the Luvocracy site! It’s kind of addictive to browse through everything…much like Pinterest. If you’d like to check it out, you can click here, or just go to Luvocracy.com. I’m not gonna go into great depth about Luvocracy because you know how to check it out if you’re interested! J
Thanks so much for reading this far! Let me know what hair products you can’t live without these days because I love to hear other people’s favorites. J Until next time, thanks for stopping by! J
Firstly, in case you haven’t tried one before, a peel is similar to a leave-on face mask. They are often more of a gel-like consistency that is left on for a specified amount of time (around 10 minutes for this peel) and then washed off, just like a traditional mask. However, peels usually do not dry or tighten on the skin, and they are not designed to draw out impurities as much as they are intended to slough away dead skin and to stimulate circulation. I find that with a peel, you are more apt to see immediate results than with a standard face mask, which makes it much more satisfying! JSo, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get into the specifics of the Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel!