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Don't feel as though you are alone! There are definitely days where I look and feel exhausted from the day's activities and my skin shows it :/ The cooler temperatures of the Fall and Winter aren't much of a help either and it can leave your skin feeling tired, dry, and stressed. Although many of us know that we need to eat healthy snacks & meals, exercise, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest to help maintain a healthy lifestyle; but many of us [myself included!] have very busy lives with quite a bit on our plates, which means that we don't always stick to best nutritional and healthy plans as a result!

Unfortunately, this carries into other areas like our skin- not just our bodies. One of the improvements I've been working on as well, is how to tackle this issue from a natural approach; besides taking the "inside-out" angle by adding supplements and/or nutracueticals to the mix to improve overall body & skin health, I wanted something that would focus on the outward skin issues too and I found it in: Guarana extract. Want to find out more about this awesome plant? Check it out below: 


The Guarana plant is a native Amazon basin [Brazil] climbing vine that is commonly known for the fruit seeds- these seeds are usually around the size of a coffee bean! These seeds are utilized most often for dietary supplements as it's quite an effective natural stimulant, containing around twice the amount of caffeine that's normally found in coffee :0

Guarana can be used to provide a boost of "energy" in sweet and carbonated beverages like energy shots, but it's also put into teas and capsules. Here's the great part about Guarana when it comes to your skin: it's power-packed with tons of antioxidants, making it the ideal natural path to skin rejuvenation! It does this by aiding in the restoration of skin's connective tissue and in turn, improving its elasticity too.

But this fantastic plant doesn't stop there- Guarana is also has antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial properties that make it the perfect choice for naturally achieving healthy feeling AND looking skin :) Last but no least, Guarana provides great skin hydration for your skin, leaving it nicely moisturized. Recently, I came across a super affordable skincare product containing Guarana and I wanted to share with all of you how much I LOVE the product and my verdict below:



Alpha Cell Exfoliator


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Purified water, glycolic acid, kola extract, matte extract, guarana extract, sugar cane extract, citrus extract, apple extract, green tea extract, butylene glycol, polysorbate-80, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, potassium hydroxide.


This product is really one of the most effective and inexpensive exfoliatorS that I've found. It has a nicely simple list composed of natural extracts and ingredients that make me want to put it on my skin and not run the other direction!

It's rare to find such a great product for under $6, but that is exactly what you will get with NeoCell's Alpha Cell Exfoliator STEP II. I saw instant results in my skin's tightening, elasticity, and brightness; it made applying the remaining products in my skincare routine a lot easier- even when applying my makeup :)

I love that it dries in just a few seconds and is really easy to apply: with just a couple of drops from the snap-open lid onto a cotton puff, apply to your entire face and neck areas, and you're done!

Although Alpha Cell Exfoliator does contain Green Tea and a few other extracts, there's no annoying scent either- it smells clean and light. I would DEF recommend this product for any skin type, even those with sensitive skin. This is one affordable, effective product that is going to be hard to beat!

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Have you heard of the golden polypody? It's actually just another name for the golden serpent fern! This plant is native the tropical and subtropical regions all over the world from Florida in the US, to the Bahamas and the Lesser Antilles. It's the only species of fern that you will find here in the US and it's regarded as being one of the most advanced classifications of the fern as it contains 80% of today's species.

This specific fern- the golden serpent fern, has been utilized in Central American folk medicine for man years, often as tonic for cures of various ailments: asthma, heart disease, and stomach discomfort/indigestion. It has been historically used in Europe as a treatment for coughing and to also to treat mental illness.

The Mayans even drank the tea and it is still made today in Honduran culture. The fantastic thing about this wonderful plant is that is has a lot of great things to offer :) A paper written in Drugs of Today by Gonzalez & Alonso-Lebrero, studied the effects of this fern on blocking the harmful UV rays of the sun. What they found was that the plant did indeed prevent cell death that was UV created, making it a valuable tool in regards to photoprotection.

Not only did they find that is was effective for protection of free radical damage, but it could be valid phototherapy option for those suffering from other skin diseases. Another scientific study published 2004 in Journal of the American Academy for Dermatology by Thomas Fitzpatrick MD,PhD and other qualified medical professionals, found that when taken orally, the golden serpent fern [Polypodium leucotomos] was found to be a very effective in protecting the skin from UV radiation. 

I decided that I had to get my hands on a product that would do just this as I have fair skin and it just didn't seem to me that the sunscreen products weren't always working that well for me. With super sensitive skin that is break-out prone as well, I wanted to find something that would aid in providing the best protection from the signs of aging due to the sun's effects.

This wasn't as easy of a task as I thought it was going to be however and I found myself ready to give up. The products I was managing to find just didn't have to seem what I was looking for: the quality wasn't there or the price was extremely high. Then I found HELIOCARE Daily Use Antioxidant Formula and I knew I'd found what I had been searching for :) Check out my verdict below:

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Daily Use Antioxidant Formula


Let me say firstly, that this is NOT a substitute for your normal sun protection and it should be utilized in conjunction with it. This product is designed to boost your skin's fighting antioxidant power against UVA & UVB damage caused by sun and the science behind it proves it will do just that.

However, it's not sunscreen and as HELIOCARE advises on their site and labeling that it should not be a replacement for sunscreen. The wonderful thing about this product is that it helps aid in beating those pesky free radicals and does it the natural way with the power of the golden serpent fern [PLE or Polypodium Leucotomos Extract].

There are 60 servings a container and at one capsule per serving, you are actually getting your $30 worth! It does improve dark spots as well and current sun damage too, which is a real plus :) I would DEF recommend this product to anyone of any age who wants to boost their skin protection from the sun, reduce the effects of damage from the sun, or you just want to prevent the dreaded signs of aging! [SCORE A COUPON FOR $3 HERE

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