Monday, 15 January 2018

Andalou Natural - Meyer Lemon + C Face Cleanser

Ladies 


For you guys that know I've done the switch from Cruelty to animal products to Cruelty-Free, I made a goal before 2018 I'd be at least 98% C.F. So with some research I choose to go with Andalou Natural products, I asked before picking it up I contacted them to see what products they had were good for combination skin, this was line they pointed me in. Prior to using this cleanser the only thing from the company I'd used was their face masks, and I was very happy with the results of them.  The Meyer lemon vitamin C  cleanser is like a cream/milky texture, that only half a pump works very well for my sized face also little spreads out pretty good. The way it makes my skin feel after, I've never used anything like it before. It feels like you got everything off your face but not leaving your face at all tight or that too clean feeling.


Pro's 

- Does not leave my skin tight at all  but cleansed and clean feeling
- The bottle is slim that you can fit into your shower without a bulky bottle
- Milky texture that is very silky
- One or 1/2 pump does my whole face, also it's a very nice pump ( you know what I'm talking about)
- 15 products in the Brightening line, each line has its own color. (pink,green/blue,purple,orange)
- Normal / Combo skin
- Easy to find can be found at health food stores in big grocery stores
- Manuka honey and Vitamin C complex
- 6 oz of product
 - Since going to natural/ CF products, my redness on my face isn't noticeable or get badly irritated.
- Great for sun damage and hyper-pigmentation
- Fruit stem cell
- GMO Free
- Cruelty Free  ( Leaping bunny certified)
- Vegan
- 99% plant derived
- Gluten Free

Con's 

- This one is just preference is the smell, it's citrusy but got a twist but you can't place the other sent. I just tell myself I have to get used to it.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

My skin concerns - Eczema

Ladies 

When it comes down to medicated products, there isn't much option for Cruelty-Free. I had to buy this and add it to my shower routine because my eczema has gotten really bad lately because it's so cold/dry here in Canada. I've had Eczema ever since I was a baby when I younger I need medicated cream from my doctor. Normally I use the body lotion of this product line on my patches and it works. Lately, my patches have been some bad that they are huge and red and itchy, they personally haven't been like that since I was teen. But this time just the cream isn't working, I needed something in the shower to help. I needed the double whammy, my flare-ups have never been this bad before.




These are some of my tips on trying to help your skin if you suffer from dry skin or eczema like me. 

1) Don't take really hot showers - The hot water takes hydration out of your skin and can actually make matters worse. This one is a hard one for me because I love hot showers. But I've been really trying to do warm showers since my bad flare up. 

2) Drink water ... no like be a fish and get as much water and you can drink in a day. This has gotten easier since I got my hands on  Hidrate Bottle  ever since that bottle I've drunk more water than I would ever have in the past. 

3) Don't itch especially if you have Eczema it makes it worse if you have cream on hand of any kind use that till you can get to your specialized eczema cream. Also if you have a tube of hydrocortisone cream will help you in a pinch especially if you want to keep a tube at the office. I keep a tube of it in my purse, I get patches on my hands and if I'm out and about it helps a lot well till I get home. 

4) Get a humidifier. Dry air can be stressful for your skin. You can pick up some good decent one at your home store or Walmart even. 

5) Body washes not just any kind but a mild one. I tend to get the Eczema targeted body washes there are tones on the market because they have properties will help you while you're in the shower. Also, baby wash works wonders too cruelty-free and natural are your best bet because the dyes and scents won't irritate your skin. 

6) Take an Antihistamine they will help I just pop my allergy pill or a Benadryl. 


7) Stay away from scratchy clothing and tight pieces, the looser the better. 

8) If it really bothering you PLEASE PLEASE go see your doctor, they will be able to give you medications or talk to you about a treatment plan. 

9) Moisturize like you never moisturized before, my 2 favourite ones for this are in the picture up top from Polysporn and Eucerin. They are both different in texture one is a cream/gel and the other is a thick cream. They both work so well I tend to like the Polysporn one in the summer, it's not as thick feeling. I switch it up too with just normal lotion as well the Hemp and Charity Pot from lush seem to calm my patches when I don't' want to use my medicated lotions. 

10) In the summer get out and get a little sun but first put on SPF !!! I find once it warms up and my skin gets a little sun, my patches aren't as noticeable and itchy. But I roll in sunblock I'm also photosensitive so that's another battle, but the sun just helps take the edge off I find. If your spending time in a pool use moisturizer once you get out and dried off because the chlorine will dry your skin out. 



Monday, 1 January 2018

Andalou body lotion

Ladies 


One thing I found hard was choosing a body lotion that would compare to my longtime love Vaseline cocoa radiant. Think switching away from my Vaseline, will be the hardest thing out of everything that I'm switching away from. With the Andalou Naturals body lotion, I think I found a great alturnative. I have still my vaseline one, but I've been switching it up so I can get a good feel for how it compares to my all time love. The test will be this winter, I know how the vaseline soothes my dry skin in the winter with our harsh air. So far the week I've been trying it in our winter, it's held up pretty good just think their body butter might be a little more what i need in the winter. But  as for that it's very hydrating, little goes a long way I do a good size dollar amount.One thing that is comparable to my love is you can feel it on your skin couple hours later, still working on your skin but not greasy or tacky. So far I'm very pleased with how this has made my skin feel, it has truly been a good test. 


Pro's 

Smells amazing smells like an  orange creamsicle but not to over powering
$9.95 US on Andalou's site and $12 (instore) - 13.29 CAN on well.ca website
Thin texture but very moisturizing  at the same time
Not greasy or sticky
GMO free
Cruelty Free
99% plant derived
Gluten free
Fruit stem cell science

Con's 

Wish it was a pump the cap gets a little goopy.