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

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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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YOU DON'T HAVE TO SPEND A FORTUNE TO KEEP YOUR SKIN LOOKING & FEELING GREAT: TRY VASELINE'S ALOE SOOTHE SPRAY MOISTURIZER!

by Christina in


EVER FEEL LIKE ...

If you've ever felt like beauty products and skincare items can end up being quite expensive and at times it seems as though decent products are out of reach, you're not alone! I often feel this way too- I admit I'm not the richest girl on the block with a mountain piling of school debt and a family to take care of, there isn't always a ton of room left for things like expensive skincare items.

Although I do have a full-time job, things have become limited with me also being in school full-time and I've had to in turn make some adjustments to my lifestyle. I didn't really live that lavishly before [lol!], but I might have spent more $$$ on things of that nature more often and perhaps didn't give it as much thought either. Becoming more aware of what kind of money I was spending, I became shocked at the realization that it was more than I had even anticipated :/

There was also another problem: not only was I spending a LOT on my beauty and skincare products, but I spending them on the WRONG products too! That meant going back to the drawing board and starting from scratch- and I've made quite a few changes as a result! I try to avoid products that I chalked full of unhealthy ingredients and go for more naturally-minded or organic items whenever I can.

I've also given in to being open to trying different methods, product types, and approaches as well! As for spending less cash?!? That was easier than I thought it was going to be and I've realized you don't always have to spend a ton to score a great product that really does what it says too :) I still that it's okay for me to still have an occasional splurge on the perfect item or for a special occasion, however I've noticed it doesn't matter as much as I once believed it did...that is IF you have the right product!



AFFORDABLE SKINCARE PRODUCT REVIEW:

VASELINE CONTINUOUS SPRAY INTENSIVE CARE SPRAY MOISTURIZER ALOE SOOTHE $6.49

This lotion tackles to age-old issue of super dry skin and it does it in a unique way! Let's start with the actual bottle itself: it's well designed and surprisingly for a spray bottle for a thicker product, it does a good job of not getting clogged, preventing accidental spills, and it's well-contoured for a nice fit in your hand. The twist cap has 2 clicks that let you know that you've actually opened the product too :) This product from Vaseline is also unique in that it ONLY uses compressed air with a "bag-on-valve" technology that allows for a 360 degree spray delivery and NO harmful aerosols or propellants...yeah! It's a win-win :)

Then there's the formulation of the product that sets it apart as well: it's just the right consistency to be thin enough to spray, yet also give a non-sticky and balanced experience of moisturization-without being "heavy" on your skin. It dries in almost NO time at all either- I can quickly spray both legs and by the time that I lightly rub in the product, it begins to dry! This is probably my FAV perk about Vaseline's Continuous Spray Moisturizers [next to price!]- they dry in under a minute and won't leave your skin or hands feeling greasy. This product in particular- Aloe Soothe, has a wonderful light scent that is quite pleasant, although it does slightly linger, with hints of Aloe and Cumumber.

If you're worried about having sensitive skin and the light scent, it should not bother you as I have beyond sensitive skin myself and I was okay to use this moisturizer on a daily basis with no issues :) As for my skin, the results were fantastic and I noticed right away with the first application on my legs and arms, that my skin felt really smooth, soft, and looked all-around healthier! Right after I get out of the shower and/or in the morning when I first get up, I like to apply the product and then I'm ready for the day.

It lasts throughout the day and I don't have to apply it more than once to get results. It's also been easier to shave and my dry skin on my legs has greatly improved. For under $7, this product is really hard to beat! I'd highly recommend this one to anyone at any age and with most skin types. If you don't care for Aloe that much or would prefer some other options, there are other varieties too: Essential Healing, Cocoa Radiant, and Advanced Repair Unscented.


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