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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ELIMINATE ACNE FOR GOOD & TACKLE FROM THE INSIDE OUT WITH THE COMPOUND FACTOR'S CLEAR SKIN KIT:

by Christina in


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STRUGGLING WITH ACNE?!

This is definitely something that I've personally struggled with for many years now, however my acne didn't really start to become a problem until later in life :0 I did have the occasional teenage breakout and a little bit of acne as people often do at the time in their lives, yet the bigger issues starting happening during my 20's! After hormone therapy [depo-provera] I began to have bad cystic acne breakouts and constant blemishes and even after I have stopped the injections, I still get them.

I've tried a LOT of things and there are some items out on the market that have helped, but they don't always continue to work well and some are beyond expensive! One approach that I have been seeking as of late, is to tackle the breakouts and acne issues from the "inside-out". What does that mean exactly?! Well more emerging medical research is indicating that "friendly" bacteria or probiotics as they are often termed, can improved acne-prone skin and actually help reduce breakouts.

The reason behind this approach that makes it work, it the science behind it: most bacteria is very beneficial to the body, but there are some types that if they become too large in number and in certain parts of the body- can cause a toxic effect! These toxins will be released in the skin and bloodstream as a result and this means there will be more blemishes and breakouts too :/ With all of the scientific research to support this unique approach to fighting acne, I decided it was worth the try. I did find it slightly more difficult than I thought to locate something that was affordable ... until I found this all-in-1 kit from The Compound Factor called the Clear Skin Kit :) Check out my verdict below:



SKINCARE PRODUCT REVIEW:

THE COMPOUND FACTOR CLEAR SKIN KIT $49.95*

* thecompoundfactor.com pricing!

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE KIT:

  1. AHA-Factor Blend™  [Pore Purifying Cleanser]– Natural alpha hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate skin
  2. Clear-Factor Blend™  [Pore Exfoliating Toner]– Controls bacterial growth and inflammation
  3. Calm-Factor Blend™ [Oil Control Treatment]– Reduces inflammation, soothes redness and heals blemishes
  4. Spot Solution - Acne Treatment Gel
  5. Probiotic Supplement – Works synergistically to help regulate blemish-causing bacteria

I've tried some other similar kits in the past and most of them amounted to being "okay" at best or very expensive and not something that I could really afford on a regular basis. This kit has everything you need right from the beginning and it will probably get you past 30 days as far as the skincare products go. The supplement only contains 30 capsules though, so it does adhere to being a month's supply.

All of the products in the kit are also what you might consider to be deluxe-sample sized, they are generous amounts ranging from .25 fluid ounces for the spot gel- up to the 2 fluid ounces contained in the Oil Control Treatment. The cleanser is a very thick formula that easily foams up and really does seem to get deep into pores to remove oil and dirt. I noticed how nice and clean my face felt after just the first usage!

The Toner is wonderful at reducing oil, shine, and pore size and the Oil Control Treatment does its job well. This product in particular, reminds me of a lotion, but you only apply a thin layer to skin up to 3 times daily and I would avoid rubbing in as you would normally with most lotions. It's designed to help combat breakouts and is left on the skin to dry as the Spot Treatment is also applied. The difference though with the spot treatment is that the product has a clear formula that is closer to a gel than the treatment product.

You would also only want to apply the spot treatment where needed, as it can cause over-drying if used too much.{as with many products that contain salicylic acid. The gel was probably my FAV product out of the entire kit as it really seemed to WORK- every time I used it in a trouble area that seemed to be gearing up for a blemish or acne flare, I placed a small and thin layer to the area before going to bed and let the product work it's magic.

I have seen a significant reduction or complete banishment of my acne breakouts by using the entire system, but the spot treatment in particular really seemed to keep them at bay :) If you have sensitive skin there are no worries with this kit from The Compound Factor, as its formulated with dermatologist recommended ingredients that didn't cause any irritation for me- and I have super sensitive skin. The probiotics alone would make this kit's price of just under $50 very affordable and comparable in price, value, and quality- to those kits that are much more expensive!

The Clear Face Kit is a product that's good for the entire family and would be something that would even would work for struggling teens who are trying to manage chronic acne issues. If you end up liking it as much as I do, The Compound Factor offers the Clear Skin Acne Kit as a monthly autoship order for the same pricing and that allows for you to make sure that you never run out of your valuable skincare items before it's too late :) The company also has a unique "3-AND-FREE" program that gives you a great opportunity to get FREE products by just sharing messages with friends, colleagues, and family.  Overall, I was VERY happy with my results- clear, smooth, and soft skin that is looking much healthier and feeling that way too!


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