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

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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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WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S REALLY IN YOUR BEAUTY PRODUCTS? THE THINK DIRTY APP HAS AN EASY SOLUTION:

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HAVE YOU WONDERED WHAT'S IN YOUR MAKEUP AND SKINCARE PRODUCTS?...

I was not quite shocked when I began truly digging...and I don't like what I've found either! I did think however that I was beyond important to share with others what I've learned, as many of us may have no idea what is actually contained in the skincare and beauty products we use daily. Of course who could even understand half of the ingredients listed with most of the scientific names unpronounceable?!

There have been numerous FDA alerts for example in regards to many ingredients that are still currently in our beauty products here in the US and those that are imported as well. One recently issued by the FDA is for Eye Makeup products like kohl, kajal, al-kahl, or surma that are usually utilized for Eyeline. The reason for this alert being issued is due to the fact that these product can often contain lead! Lipstick is not immune from containing detectable levels of lead too- a 2007 report by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics(CSC) determined that more than 1/2 of the 33 brand-name lipsticks tested had detectable levels of lead of up to .65 parts per million.

NONE of these brands and lipsticks however listed lead as part of the ingredient list. There has been another recent FDA alert issued about skin creams, beauty soaps, and lotions that are normally marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments and they may contain toxic levels of mercury- look for the words "mercurous chloride", "calomel" or "mercuric" and stop using the product immediately! With all of these alerts and warnings issued, it's not difficult to see that one can feel quite uneasy.

There are steps that you can take to prevent these products from landing in your beauty regimen: start with solid and sound research- the FDA site is a good place to begin! Next, stick with safe places to purchase your products and go with brands that you know are backed by real quality and organizations like the Organic Trade Association, UMF,  and the USDA. There is another option that I've come across too- the Think Dirty App :) This unique tech approach makes finding those safe skincare and beauty products an absolute breeze! Check out my review of the app below...



think dirty app review:

Founder Lily Tse started out on her own personal journey to try to get an understanding of the beauty industry. Because of her family history of cancer, she chose to specifically target "toxic" ingredients in personal care and cosmetic products! She found this to be a much bigger challenge than expected when trying to find safer alternatives.

Lily decided that since there wasn't really a tool out there to address these concerns for consumers to find all of this important information easily, she would develop- and create one! That's how Think Dirty was formed. In 2012, the app won the "It's a Start Competition Grand Prize by Digifest Toronto and launched officially in 2013 with more than 68,300 products listed. It's currently only available as an iTunes download, but there should hopefully be a release for Android devices in the near future.

Now, there's over 205,000 products that are listed in the app's database so there have been quite a few more additions since it began 2 years ago. The Dirty Meter is unique as it gives a comprehensive rating with fairly detailed information on the product's ingredients, certifications {like FDA,USDA}, and health impacts- if any. The Barcode scanner will also help with UPC submissions too if the product isn't listed in Think Dirty's database and they will look into it, with an updated notification once it's been inserted into the apps database!

You can save your FAV products to your "Shopping Lists" so that you can grab them for later when ready for purchase or you can choose to "Buy it Now" and purchase your items directly from Amazon.com or Amazon.ca as well. Want to keep track of products you already own?! Learn about your current rating via the "My Bathroom Rating" and even track your progress by the "cleaning it up" feature.

This is a GREAT app and I'd recommend this to ANYONE that wants to be aware of the beauty and skincare product their family and they use themselves use! The BEST part is that it's also FREE...yeah that's right- it's totally FREE and doesn't cost a cent. I'd say that's fantastic considering the wonderful service this app provides :)



 







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