Yes To Blueberries, the age-fighting line of all natural skin care products from the Yes To brand (more commonly known by Yes To Carrots), is the most robust plant-based cruelty-free anti-aging line I’ve come across. The blueberry line offers more than 10 skin products for your face, eyes, and lips that target wrinkles, dullness, and discoloration (to name a few). Its other lines focus on different skin concerns:
This Deep Wrinkle Night Cream is great stuff. It only takes one pump from the dispenser to cover your whole face, and it’s got a silky feel. It doesn’t feel greasy and absorbs well (but it does take a couple minutes to absorb–it might take less time if you use less of it). The best part, though, is that when I wake up in the morning, my skin is not an oil slick. For anyone who has oily skin with acne, you know that some moisturizers seem to send your pores into oil-producing overdrive. This cream does not, and, even better, it does not cause my face to break out. I haven’t noticed much of a difference in terms of wrinkles, but I’m in my early thirties and don’t have many wrinkles to begin with (prevention is my goal!).
I’ve written about Arbonne before. It is a Swiss company that makes its own brand of personal health care products that are botanical based and cruelty free. It is also committed to being “green,” using recycled packaging and carbon-neutral shipping practices (read more here).
I would totally buy all of my health and beauty aids from Arbonne if it weren’t so darned expensive. So, as it is, I only buy the products that I want to splurge on. Like, the things I really want to work or can’t find a good cheaper version of. This Hydrating Eye Cream is a good example of both. Some eye creams can be so cake-y that you end up tugging your skin trying to blend it in. Other eye creams can so liquid-y that it ends up running into your eyes halfway through the day. This product is the happy medium–the Goldilocks of of eye creams. It’s a cream that comes in a pot, and when you dab your finger into it, it sticks and doesn’t slide off. But when you put it on your skin, it blends in like a silky dream. I use this in the morning after washing and moisturizing my face. I have to be careful not to use too much or else it won’t absorb completely and end up irritating my eyes.
I’ve reviewed another Carley’s Clear and Smooth product before (its amazing acne scrub that works wonders for my adult acne). This review is about what I follow up with after I use the acne scrub.
The Daytime Moisturizer for Acne Prone Skin is the perfect complement to the acne scrub cleanser. Right after I dry off my face, I use one pump of the lotion and cover my face and neck. This stuff has never made my face break out. It is light feeling and absorbs well, but it keeps my skin moisturized well enough that I never get dry scaly spots (that are sometimes the result of other acne treatments). With other moisturizers, my skin can become an oil slick by the end of the day, but with this product my skin is just its normal, slightly oily self. In other words, this moisturizer makes my skin not too dry and not too oily but just right.
As an added bonus, Carley’s will send along a free full-sized bar of their wonderful natural soap. You’ll love the feeling of this soap on your skin: sudsy and soft. It’s gentle enough to use everywhere on your body because it’s not scented and because it’s made from all natural ingredients.
Mario Badescu is a skin care company that makes outstanding acne treatment products. They also make anti-aging products and general skin care cleansers, but I have only tried their acne line. And it is amazing (and cruelty free).
My favorite product in the line is the Healing Cream. It’s a sulfer-based thick cream that you apply to inflamed, flaking skin. It speeds the healing process, reduces swelling, and prevents scarring. So if you’ve ever overdone it on the spot acne treatments (or did any home surgery and made turned a normal-looking zit into a throbbing, painful, dry zit, this is the stuff to use to correct your mistakes. You can also use in on skin irritated by razors, depilatories, or sunburn. I used it on an area of skin that was left dry and flaking because I left a depilatory on for too long, and it really soothed the pain and cleared up the dryness after a couple days. It was a life saver.
The Healing Cream is currently out of stock on the Mario Badescu site, but I’ve had good luck finding it at Ulta (on the shelves–not available on Ulta’s site). Mario Badescu products are also sold at Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor.
First, a bit about the company: Arbonne is a Swiss company that has been creating all natural beauty and health products for 30 years. It is Leaping Bunny certified, which means that none of its products and ingredients is tested on animal and that none of its ingredients is animal derived. You can learn much, much more about its philosophy from its website at www.arbonne.com.
The company is structured like Avon or Mary Kay, wherein there are independent beauty consultants who run their own Arbonne business and from whom you purchase products. I have no problem with that business model; one of my friends is an Arbonne consultant. However, it does make obtaining the products you want a little harder. That being said, I absolutely love the company and would love to buy all of their exciting products. THAT being said, the products are pretty pricey. Like $45 for body lotion and $10 for lip balm pricey. If I were a millionaire, I would shop exclusively with Arbonne. But because I’m firmly middle class, I have to rely mostly on mass-produced products and splurge every few months on Arbonne.
Now, about the product: The Intensive Pro-Brightening Night Serum is a big winner for me. I started using it a few months ago and have really noticed a difference in discoloration on my face. I have acne scars, tons of freckles, and some sun damage. This serum has faded my acne scars and evened my skin tone (I don’t see much of a difference in my freckles, which is fine by me). The serum feels really nice going on–cool and silky–and absorbs quickly. It can be a little sticky feeling once you’ve rubbed it in, but that goes away. I will say that it took a couple weeks for my sensitive skin to adjust to the serum–it initially made my acne worse (but, honestly, everything does)–but it did adjust.
Lastly, independent beauty consultants who sell expensive products love to say “but you don’t need to use a ton of this stuff, so this bottle will last a really long time.” Although I think this is not always true, it is certainly the case with this serum. A 1 fluid ounce bottle has lasted me about 6 months.