I’m a busy mom and wife, and I often don’t find the time to spend taking care of myself, especially my skin. Most of the time I remember to wear sunscreen on my face when I go out, but other than that I do not follow a facial skin care routine. My idea of “washing my face” is using whatever grocery store brand face wash I happen to have in the shower–if I actually remember. As I am growing older, I am finding I care more about retaining a youthful appearance than I ever have before. Not only is it important to find affordable skin care products, but it’s equally as important to find products that contain ingredients that will not be harmful to my body.
Author and health advocate Annmarie Gianni did research about the ingredients in our beauty products that almost all of us don’t do, but probably should. Because she discovered many of those products contain ingredients that should go nowhere near our bodies, she began making her own products and now sells her own line of natural skin care products called Annmarie Gianni Skin Care. They are available for purchase online or over the phone, or you can look for a store location near you.
With a red carpet premiere in my near future, I decided I needed to get serious about improving the look of my skin. I have only thirty days to prepare (at the time I began my new skin care routine), and a wide variety of samples from Annmarie’s product line to try out.
Dead Sea Facial Scrub
I began my skin care improvement plan with this product. It can be used as either a Nmask or a scrub, and I decided to use my sample for a mask. It’s recommended to leave it on for 15-30 minutes, and since it’s been so long since I’ve used any sort of mask, I decided to leave it on for the full thirty minutes.
The purpose of the Dead Sea Facial Scrub is to exfoliate and soften skin. It’s been a dry winter here in Utah, and I needed to start repairing my skin. The mud mask has a pleasant aroma (it’s got lavender in it), and I felt very relaxed with the mask on. I could immediately feel it beginning to work; my skin felt tight and I itched a little (this product is not recommended for sensitive skin). When I rinsed off the mud mask after thirty minutes, my skin looked brighter to me and was soft, as promised. (Note: If you have sensitive skin–which apparently I do–you may notice red splotchy spots on your face after removing the mask. I do not recommend using right before an important event.)
Herbal Facial Oil for Oily and Acne Prone Skin
Per the instructions on Annmarie’s website, you should follow the Dead Sea Facial Scrub with a moisturizing oil. From my collection, I chose the herbal facial oil. The website recommends to use this one after the Aloe-Herb cleanser and with the Neroli Toning Mist, so I will do that next time.
My concern with using a facial oil was that it might make my skin look oily and glistening. I dabbed it on carefully all over my face and rubbed it in, and was pleased to see my skin absorbed it quite well. The benefits of this particular oil are to fight acne breakouts and to keep your pores from clogging. (Note: There is also a version of this facial oil if you have normal and combination skin.)
Citrus Mint Facial Cleanser
If you struggle with acne or oily skin, this facial cleanser is for you. I don’t really have a noticeable problem with either of those skin issues, but when I do get acne it’s usually close to my hair line on the sides of my face. This product is gluten-free and vegan, and its active ingredient is something called Lemon Balm.
You can use this face wash in the mornings as well as the evening. It has an interesting, jelly-like texture, and will easily slip through your fingers if you aren’t careful. It also doesn’t produce suds the way other facial products do, but it seemed to do the job. I felt a pleasant tingle on my skin when I used it, and felt refreshed when I rinsed it off.
Rosemary Toning Mist
I only learned about toning mists last year, and I love them. The Rosemary Toning Mist should be used after washing your face with the Citrus Mint Facial Cleanser. The purpose of a toning mist is to leave you with a refreshed feeling and to help keep the oils in your skin balanced. What’s even cooler is that you can use this on your hair as well as your skin. If you use it on your hair, spray it close to your roots and gently massage your scalp for a couple of minutes. It shouldn’t weigh your hair down or give it a greasy look.
Coconut Body and Face Oil
First of all, for those who it may concern, this is a vegan product. The website’s description says it can be used for quite a few things: a massage oil, an after shower moisturizer, or as a bath additive. You will definitely get your money’s worth with the Coconut Body and Face Oil.
My personal needs were to work on my facial skin. It has been dry and flaky, and I had never considered putting this type of product on my face. With the weather we’ve been having in Utah, I needed something. My makeup looks horrible over my dry and flaky skin, and I want it to look smooth and flawless. But before I can put on any sort of makeup, I needed to start fixing my skin. After one application, I saw a noticeable difference the next morning. The dry flakes were completely gone, and my face looked soft and smooth. I also used some of this over my dry, chapped lips. There are so many uses for this product. If you do use it on your face, you’ll also be pleased to know it will not make your skin look wet or oily.
Aloe vera is known for its healing/soothing properties, and is the key ingredient in this morning and evening facial wash. It has a refreshing scent, and gave my skin a pleasant tingle. Because of the weather, my skin is in need of some serious rejuvenation, so this is a good product for me. My skin stayed moist and soft for the entire day; I didn’t feel itchy or dry.
Neroli Toning Mist
This gluten-free and vegan formula is recommended for use after the Aloe-Herb Cleanser, or any time you want to feel refreshed. The ingredient Neroli is most known for its soothing properties. As a bonus, it will make your pores smaller and improve how your skin looks.
Coconut Honey Facial Mask
For maximum results, I suggest applying this mask and then leaving it on for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water. The ingredients are so gentle that you can even apply it around your eyes. The purpose of the mask is to soften skin, and if you have extra dry skin like I do, you can use it twice a week. After using, my skin was indeed soft and healthy looking. I also couldn’t resist taking a tiny taste, since the site says it’s “good enough to eat”. Yes, it is good enough to eat, but I liked what it did for my skin more, so it’s staying away from my bagels and in the bathroom where it belongs.
I’m only 30, and haven’t gotten to the point where I feel as though I need to be using anti-aging products just yet. With such a small sample to test out and no scientific way for me to tell you that this works or doesn’t work, I will just tell you a little bit about the product. This serum should be used after you’ve cleaned your face, and it should be applied to your fine lines. I’ve noticed that I have more lines around my forehead and at the corners of my eyes than I remember having before, so that is where I applied it on myself. It felt pleasantly cool as it absorbed into my skin. It only takes about two minutes before it is fully absorbed.
Anti-Aging Facial Oil
I never in a million years thought I would ever use a skin product that has broccoli as one of its key ingredients (I personally can’t stand the smell or taste of broccoli!). And little did I know that chia seed oil and carrot seed oil help rejuvenate the skin! All of these are ingredients in the anti-aging facial oil. This facial oil should be used as a moisturizer following the Aloe-Herb Cleanser, and can also be paired with the anti-aging serum. You should apply it to your nose, chin, cheeks and forehead and then blend.
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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.