I have suffered from psoriasis for most of my life, but just this year I learned that there is a Psoriasis Awareness Month. And it just happens to be August! No wonder we get a month for awareness – I am far from alone in suffering. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, over 7.5 million people in the United States alone suffer from psoriasis. While Eczema and Psoriasis aren’t the same, I’ve had flare ups of eczema also, and was so glad to see a collection that addresses both conditions. And in such a cool, homeopathic way.
The SheaMoisture African Black Soap Eczema & Psoriasis Therapy collection harnesses the power of African Black Soap, an ingredient used throughout Africa for centuries. It is used for covering blemishes, diminishing dark spots and exfoliating skin. The formula works to calm irritation, soothe inflammation (the real culprit here in my opinion) and clean skin without harsh chemicals. I love the fragrance – or rather, the lack thereof. There is this really clean tropical feel, not cloying or sweet. But still with a hint of coconut and vanilla.
Reading some of the reviews, I can’t help but notice that so many of them rave about acne improving using the bar soap. And what a deal at under $5. With so much skincare getting prohibitively expensive, I find it refreshing a line that delivers results at a great price point. I can’t imagine my shower now without this bar of soap. It lathers beautifully and my skin is already clearer and less inflamed.
Available at Target and Amazon.
A come to you today with a bold statement: I am not sure my personal skin care routine will ever be complete without the classic Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Recovery Complex. The formula is so outstanding in fighting puffiness and dark circles. This silky gel is proven to reduce signs of aging like wrinkles as well.
Immediately, I notice a smoother appearance under my eyes. The puffiness subsides and my dry skin soaks up the application for a more youthful appearance. Over time, it can help with dark circles and uneven skin tones. I love the cushioned feel without being oily. I use just a small amount on my pinky and blend around my eye at night. I guess it comes with an applicator, but, per usual, I accidentally threw it away. Oops.
Available at Nordstrom.
When a product repeatedly sells out at Sephora, you know it is a good thing. I had to wait about a month to get my hands on Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask and it was worth every moment. First, what is a sleeping mask? Inspired by Korean beauty rituals, a sleeping mask is one that works overnight. The formula is key here otherwise it could cause quite a mess. This bouncy gel is pillow-proof. It is also oil-free and surprisingly lightweight.
I’ve used the mask several times over the last couple of weeks and each morning, I wake up with hydrated, smooth skin that looks glow-y and radiant. The mask is infused with hyaluronic acid and watermelon extract to add moisture. AHAs clarify and smooth skin by exfoliating dead skin cells. I use two scoops for a generous layer after cleansing skin. Allow to absorb for several minutes and wash off in the AM. If sleeping masks aren’t your thing, apply a thick layer and rinse after 10 minutes (advised for more sensitive skin).
Vegan-friendly and cruelty-free made without synthetic dyes and mineral oils. Free of parabens and sulfates. I hesitated writing a review about something that is currently unavailable but Sephora made it so easy to get on the wait list, I thought I’d encourage you to hop on the list as well. They sent me an email notifying me the mask was in stock again and it was in my hot hands within days.
During last month’s trip to Iceland, my friend and I made a detour on our way back to Reykjavik before our final evening at the Blue Lagoon. I had read about Taramar and was dying to try it, especially since it is a little tricky getting your hands on stateside. We visited their marketing center and met with their charming head of marketing. I learned that the line was started in 2005 by Dr. Gudrun Marteinsdottir, a professor of science, on the hunt for skin care with more pure ingredients. She began by making creams for herself, and soon after, her friends were clamoring to get their hands on her creations. Dr. Marteinsdottir’s line is comprised of fresh products, designed to be used in 12-24 months. Ingredients include seaweed from the west of Iceland. In fact, 98% of the ingredients are from the island nation.
I had the opportunity to try out all four core products: Day Treatment, Night Treatment, Purifying Treatment and The Serum. The Purifying Treatment is an oil-based cleanser that I used at night. I followed with The Serum and then moisturized in the AM with the Day Treatment and in the PM with the Night Treatment.
The Day treatment works to unclog the cells and illuminate skin and works beautifully under makeup. The Night Treatment provides deep nourishment and antioxidant protection. The Serum is the star, working against anti-aging and discoloration. It strengthens skin, giving my skin texture its best look ever. Lastly, the Purifying Treatment gives skin a deep clean while leaving behind hydration. After a month of using the products, my skin was more even and my pores were dramatically clearer. For one of the first times, I was sad I had to rotate through my editorial calendar and start trying out a new skin care line. I could envision using the four Taramar products as a permanent part of my skin care routine.
While you can’t order this stuff on Amazon or pick it up at Sephora, it is worth tracking it down at nammi.is where they ship to the US directly from Iceland.