Grapeseed Oil

I thought I blogged about the skin benefits of grapeseed oil long ago, but I was wrong. I integrated grapeseed oil into my skin routine  over two years ago. I’ve been mixing it with my jojoba oil and tea tree oil and using it as my moisturizer in the morning. I’ll often use it alone on my face/neck area as well as a body moisturizer. I also include it in my hair butters that I prepare. It is my favorite all around, go to oil. It is a light oil, that once it’s absorbed into the skin, it doesn’t feel greasy. I have naturally oily skin and have nothing but positive results from using this and the other oils I use in combination. I do have to wait for about ten minutes in the morning before I start my makeup application.

Grapeseed oil helps fight acne as it’s a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It’s high in omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, C, D and linoleic acid. It is supposed to help fight wrinkles and acne scars.

It is a cooking oil, but I’ve been using oil designed or marketed for hair and skin. I usually get my oil from Amazon and prefer organic, which is shown below.

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Terra Firma Cosmetics Micropolish Resurfacing Facial Exfoliate

Terra Firma Cosmetics Micropolish is a fine powder that can be mixed with a small amount of water or a cleanser to exfoliate the skin. I purchased my first bottle years ago, used it a few times, but didn’t care for it. At the time, my skin wasn’t clear and I didn’t like using this on acne. The product becomes milky when mixed with a little bit of water, but there are still tiny granules to rub against the skin to remove dead skin cells.

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Terra Firma describes this product as a facial exfoliate that is activated when it comes into contact with water. A unique blend of microdermabrasion and natural particles, combined with fruit acids and red wine vinegar, act to gently remove dead skin build up, accelerate cell renewal, and balance the ph of your skin. Gentle enough to be used daily by even the most sensitive of skin.

I know the importance of exfoliating and had typically depended on chemical exfoliation and my Konjac sponge. I still use them, but I wanted to do more. So, I started using this product again in early spring 2018. I loved it. I used it in the morning at least three days a week, skipping a day in between. It made my skin feel incredibly soft and smooth and helped fade my old acne spots faster. I loved it so much, I finished my first bottle. The original bottle I purchased years ago was glass. I’m not sure when Terra Firma switched over to the plastic bottle pictured here. This product would’ve made my GoodBuy 2018 list, but the powder in the new bottle isn’t as fine as the old one I had. It’s unfortunate, but the product isn’t unusable. It may be due to one ingredient that is causing the problem. Every time I use it, there is always one or two particles that are too large for a facial exfoliator. I have to pick it off and continue with my routine. It’s annoying. I inquired with the company if the formula had changed. They claim it had not, but perhaps some particles from another product got mixed in accidently. I can’t confirm if the ingredients changed because the label on my old bottle had rubbed off. If I can’t find a suitable replacement, I’ll probably repurchase because I love how this makes my skin feel. I just hope the next bottle is better. This product can be purchased on TerraFirmaCosmetics.com and retails for $21.99.

Fade Hyperpigmentation Fast!

Licorice Root

If you’re an acne sufferer, then chances are you’re probably gifted with hyperpigmentation.  Those horrible dark spots that acne leaves behind can be a bigger pain in the butt than the acne itself.  The dark spots can also cast an unfortunate shadow on the best makeup application.  A personal cruel twist is the best concealers for hyperpigmentation often caused acne over time as my skin is not a fan of anything creamy.  Thankfully, I have found the key to controlling my acne, but I still get minor flare-ups.  So, the hyperpigmentation fight remained.

My dream product was one that faded hyperpigmentation fast and left no side effects.  Over the years, I tried strong prescription medications, drug store products and costlier creams, gels and serums.  In return, I got bleached skin, blocked pores and more acne.  One day, after another desperate internet search, licorice root extract fell into my lap.

Licorice root has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antimicrobial, and anticarcinogenic properties.  Licorice contains glabridin, which some research has shown to be a greater depigmenting agent than hydroquinone.

After testing this product out for five months or so, I can finally say that I found a product that quickly fades dark acne spots with no side effects.  I noticed a vast improvement of newer marks within two weeks and a month for older ones.  This is a Holy Grail product for me.  I purchased this miracle dark colored liquid at my local Vitamin Shoppe, but it can be purchased at any health food store for around $10 for 1oz.  It is meant to be consumed for a variety of medical needs, but for dark spots, I apply it topically.  I chose an alcohol free extract so it doesn’t dry out my skin.  As the liquid is sticky, I use it at night and apply it right before going to be (a few hours after my moisturizer).  As mentioned before, the liquid is very dark in color and has a tendency to stain light colored clothing and bedding, but it easily washes out without special attention.

Give it a go.  I sincerely hope this product works as well for you as it does for me.