RESTORE & HEAL YOUR SKIN WITH THE POWER OF OCEAN MINERALS + BONUS REVIEW: AZURE NATURALS ULTIMATE OCEAN MINERAL COLLECTION

by Christina in


HEALING POWERS OF THE OCEAN'S MINERALS:

The oceans of our world have a lot of benefits to offer, but unfortunately we haven't discovered but a small sliver of what's out there. There are vast amounts of creatures, plants, and other minerals that we have yet to find- mostly in part to the fact that many of them are DOM's or Deep Ocean Minerals. DOM's are pulled from DOW or Deep Ocean Water, at depths of up to 1500 meters! The DOW alone, contains over 70 minerals and element traces like: calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

In order to get to these minerals, they have to be extracted with micro filtration and reverse osmosis ; this method is utilized in order to grab the minerals and leave behind the salt or sodium chloride. The largest reservoirs of Deap Ocean Water is located off of the east coast of Taiwan and islands off of Japan and Hawaii also have DOW areas. The Deep Ocean Minerals in these waters sinks to the bottom of the ocean floor where it will take a 2000 year journey around the world! In general, the waters of the Sea, have had quite a long and historical use from many civilizations, such as the Greek and the Romans; they used the waters for muscle and tissue stimulation and relaxation.

 The research into DOM has lead to some promising results and three important functions have been determined from Deep Ocean Minerals: firstly, they provide the structure that we need for our organs, tissues, and bones [like calcium, magnesium, and fluorine]. Secondly, these minerals also aid in the balance of fluids in your body's tissues and bones; lastly, DOM contains Magesium that provides catalyzation of hormones and enzymes needed for reactions within the body. As for what DOM can really do for our bodies and skin, there have been more studies lately and they do give positive results!

In 2009 for example, there was a study at a university in Taiwan, that conducted a research on DOM and its effects on increased endurance and better adaptation to exercise load. The researchers determined that the group that did receive the DOM solution, had a higher and more improved rate, accelerating the elimination of getting tired all together :) There are so many examples of studies that I could go on for paragraphs, so I will spare you all with the huge list- but you can easily find a lot that are valid research studies from recent years.  



WHAT OCEAN MINERALS DO FOR YOUR SKIN:

1. PERFECT FOR PROVIDING NATURAL MOISTURIZATION AND SKIN PROTECTION!

2. SKIN'S ELASTICITY IS INCREASED, WITH MORE SOFTNESS :)

3. PROMOTES NATURAL COLLAGEN PRODUCTION AND SUPPORT BY STIMULATING CELL FIBROBLASTS.

4. THE SATURATION OF SKIN IS GREATLY IMPROVED, REDUCING FINE LINES & WRINKLES!



SKINCARE PRODUCT REVIEW:

AZURE NATURALS ULTIMATE OCEAN MINERAL ORGANIC FACIAL CLEANSER $15.95 

I was a little unsure of the method that the bottle suggests for this face wash, but as I've tried some of Azure Naturals products in the past and they were fantastic, I wanted to keep an open mind! Normally, you might not see a pump-type action for a liquid face wash- yet that's exactly what Azure Naturals did here with this one! After the first time using it though, my doubts were quickly dissipated- it's very easy to use and the formula will come out of the bottle as it should.

I was easily able to get out the right amount for application and noticed that it foamed up well with a little water in between my hands. It's a very mild formula and although it goes on slightly thick, it suds up as it should within a few seconds. This face wash is super mild too- I accidentally got a tad bit in my eye [oops!] the first time that I was washing my face with the product. This was definitely my own fault as I admit that I was being slightly hasty, but what I saw immediately is that although it did lightly sting for a few seconds- it STOPPED doing it after only a few :0

When one usually gets these types of products in the eye, it's mostly a VERY uncomfortable situation and normally results in a damaged eye or at least a lingering burning for a decent period of time. I just didn't have that issue at all, even with me being an absolute klutz ;) This product would be perfect for any skin type and is really affordable, with an organic focus which makes this easy-to-use face wash at the top of my skincare list!

 

AZURE NATURALS ULTIMATE OCEAN MINERAL ORGANIC FACIAL TONER $15.95

Since I'd already had the chance to give the Facial Cleanser a try from Azure Naturals Ultimate Ocean Mineral Line, there was the sneaking suspicion I was going to LOVE this toner! I have really started to like the spray-on toners and primers, but this product in particular has organic minds at heart! It was exactly was I was expecting- easy to use and takes about 2-3 light spritzes to cover your face.

It will dry quickly and in just about 30 seconds or less, which means not much fuss :) The light scent isn't lingering or irritating and you will see an instant tightening of your skin and shrinking of your pores. I also loved the softness it left my skin feeling and it left a perfect pallet for the rest of my makeup and skincare products too. If you're seeking a decently-priced Toner, that's foolproof and full of natural ingredients- then this is the product for you :) Never tried a spray toner?! This is the prefect item to start with and it won't break the bank!

 

AZURE NATURALS ULTIMATE OCEAN MINERAL HYDRATION CREAM $19.95

This is definitely my FAV product out of the Ultimate Ocean Mineral skincare line from Azure Naturals! This is a great item to utilize after cleansing, toning, and serums as the labeling also suggests; it provides excellent moisturization without being too heavy on the skin or leaving anything behind :) I love the nicely made pump-bottle that is well-capped by a metal top- getting the right amount of product is a cinch. There's a generous 1.7 oz. amount of product too, which makes this powerful moisturizer a good buy at just under $20! The scent to the product is super light and non-annoying and it dries in about 1-2 minutes. I really liked utilizing this product right before going to bed and treating it as a night cream OR applying it right before putting on my makeup primer and beginning my beauty routine for the day. Any skint type, age, or tone would be able to use this product and I'm fairly certain you would LOVE it as much as I do!

 

AZURE NATURALS ULTIMATE OCEAN MINERAL SEAWEED HYDRATION MASK $19.95

Although I might have picked this product to review last out the of the Ultimate Ocean Mineral collection, don't be fooled! I actually liked this product a LOT and thought that it was a VERY close top pick, or in the very least- my 2nd FAV product out of the whole bunch. What really seemed to set this mask apart for me from the many others I've tried that were similar in nature, was that it really did seem to do the job! Leave it on for a few minutes, rinse off with cool water, and all of the wonderful natural and organic ingredients like: Irish Moss, Organic Aloe, and Seaweed will work their magic!

You can see how refreshed, toned, and soft your skin is after just the first time that you use this Hydration Mask from Azure Naturals! For 4 ounces of product for around $20, this is a DEF good buy ; for comparable products that are normally up to twice the cost as this one, you are getting an organic product that is better for your skin too! I'd recommend this skincare item from Azure Naturals to anyone of any age and type of skin = * 5 STARS *


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KEEP YOUR SKIN FEELING REFRESHED THIS SUMMER WITH CARAPEX'S BOTANICAL FACIAL CLEANSER:

by Christina in


TIPS FOR KEEPING SUMMER SKIN REFRESHED FOR THE SUMMER:

1. ANTI-OXIDANTS ARE YOUR FRIEND!!! THESE GUYS WILL REALLY HELP TO KEEP YOUR SKIN PROTECTED FROM THE DAMAGING RAYS OF THE SUN + PREVENT SUN SPOTS AND PREMATURE AGING! PACK THEM ON WITH AN ANTIOXIDANT RICH MOISTURIZER OR DAY CREAM-PREFERABLY ONE THAT'S OIL-FREE.

2. DON'T LET YOUR MAKEUP SUFFER FROM THE DREADED "MELT" AND INSTEAD GO FOR A PRODUCT THAT WILL STOP IT DEAD IN ITS TRACKS, STARTING WITH A GOOD PRIMER AND COMPLETING YOUR LOOK WITH MAKEUP FINISHING SPRAY TO LOCK MAKEUP IN PLACE. 

3. REDUCE SHINE, OIL, & DIRT WITH SOME BLOTTING PAPER! THEY'RE AN INEXPENSIVE SOLUTION TO THAT AGE-OLD SHINE PROBLEM AND YOU CAN TAKE THEM WITH YOU ON-THE-TO AS WELL.

4. STAY WELL-HYDRATED BY DRINKING PLENTY OF WATER AND REDUCING FOODS HIGH IN SALT CONTENT/YOUR SALT INTAKE AS THIS WILL ONLY CAUSE YOUR SKIN TO LOOK AND FEEL DRY AND CAUSE PUFFINESS TOO!

5. MAKE SURE TO REMOVE THOSE EXCESS LAYERS OF DEAD SKIN CELLS THAT CAN CAUSE IT TO LOOK DULL AND LACKLUSTER AS A RESULT! EXFOLIATION WILL ALSO HELP REDUCE CLOGGING AND SIZE OF PORES :)



SUMMER SKINCARE PRODUCT REVIEW:

CARAPEX BOTANICAL FACIAL CLEANSER $14.47

- Ingredients:  No sulfates, no harsh chemicals, no artificial fragrances or colors.  Compare our ingredients to your regular brand!   - Scent:  This product has no added perfumes, although there may be a very slight scent from the natural ingredients used. This is not a perfume, and will not linger.  - Color:  This product has no added colors  - Lather:  This premium product may not lather as thickly as a store-bought product. Most products use sulfates (a detergent and irritant) to produce rich lather. Lather does not cleanse; it merely looks and feels good. This product will cleanse as well (or better) without excessive lather, and without irritation.

- Ingredients: No sulfates, no harsh chemicals, no artificial fragrances or colors. Compare our ingredients to your regular brand!
- Scent: This product has no added perfumes, although there may be a very slight scent from the natural ingredients used. This is not a perfume, and will not linger.
- Color: This product has no added colors
- Lather: This premium product may not lather as thickly as a store-bought product. Most products use sulfates (a detergent and irritant) to produce rich lather. Lather does not cleanse; it merely looks and feels good. This product will cleanse as well (or better) without excessive lather, and without irritation.

I was REALLY impressed with the overall quality and feel of my skin after using this cleanser and it's probably the first naturally-minded, gentle facial cleanser that I've come across that really does work well-consistently! The formula isn't too thick and doesn't lather up like the typical cleansers usually do, but that is because this product doesn't contain sulfates! It will cleanse without leather AND irritation :)

If your skin is easily effected by artificial fragrances, chemicals, or colors which means that you can use this cleanser on a daily basis without any aggravation to skin. At under $15 this product from Carapex is very affordable and for the quality of organic skincare you're receiving, it's a wonderful value as well. I'd recommend this to anyone of any age and skintype- it's all-around great facial cleanser :) 



BONUS PRODUCT REVIEW:

CARAPEX RENEWAL FACIAL CLEANSER $14.47

- Ingredients:  No sulfates, no harsh chemicals, no artificial fragrances or colors.  Compare our ingredients to your regular brand!   - Scent:  This product has no added perfumes.  - Color:  This product has no added colors  - Lather:  This premium product may not lather as thickly as other products. Most products use sulfates (a detergent and irritant) to produce rich lather which does nothing but make bubbles.

- Ingredients: No sulfates, no harsh chemicals, no artificial fragrances or colors. Compare our ingredients to your regular brand!
- Scent: This product has no added perfumes.
- Color: This product has no added colors
- Lather: This premium product may not lather as thickly as other products. Most products use sulfates (a detergent and irritant) to produce rich lather which does nothing but make bubbles.

This cleanser product from Carapex will replace your current exfoliating cleanser after the first time you use it! I loved how fresh and clean my skin skin felt after using this cleanser and even though it also doesn't lather up as much as many facial cleansers out on the market. The reason being, is that this product doesn't contain harmful detergents which although they can cause lather, will also bring skin irritation and dryness.

If you've had issues in the past with exfoliating cleansers being too harsh or rough on the skin, this is DEF the cleanser for you :) With the cost coming just under $15 as well, the pricing is just right! You really get a great value in this cleanser for the pricing. I'd recommend this Carapex Renewal Cleanser to anyone looking to add a good, organic product to their beauty regimen or you want to replace your existing facial cleanser with a better alternative that really works- for a decent price!


CARAPEX HEALING AFTER BATH LOTION $14.47

- Ingredients:  No sulfates, no detergents, no harsh chemicals, no artificial fragrances or colors. Compare our ingredients to your regular brand!  - Scent:  This product has no added perfumes, although there may be a very slight scent from the natural ingredients used. This is not a perfume, and will not linger.  - Color:  This product has no added colors

- Ingredients: No sulfates, no detergents, no harsh chemicals, no artificial fragrances or colors. Compare our ingredients to your regular brand!
- Scent: This product has no added perfumes, although there may be a very slight scent from the natural ingredients used. This is not a perfume, and will not linger.
- Color: This product has no added colors

Carapex really does make excellent naturally-minded skincare products that are top-notch quality, affordable, and deliver! This product is not exception, and my FAV out of this bunch that I am reviewing today! The moisturizer is chalked full of natural ingredients including shea butter, aloe vera, soybean oil, vitamin E, and Japanese green tea extract and it really leaves skin feeling soft without being greasy :) The formula is not heavy or thick, but goes on light and is almost whipped in texture.

There is a very light scent to the product when first applied due to the aloe vera and shea butter, but this disappears after the product dries [takes about 3-4 minutes, tops!]. I like putting this moisturizer on after I get out of the shower and sometimes in the am. when I get up and it lasts all day, providing great softness and protection. I'd recommend this product as well to anyone- even those with very sensitive skin or other chronic skin issues and ALL ages and skin types! It's affordable and would make a great gift for a girlfriend or yourself too. 



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