Beauty Review | Eminence Calendula Oil

Though I haven’t jumped on the oil cleansing band wagon yet, I have done quite a bit of personal research into using oils in my beauty routine. I’m a big proponent of coconut oil masks for your hair, and I used to use a gel-to-oil cleanser from The Body Shop until they betrayed me and stopped making it ( 😦  ).

I currently use cleansers from Paula’s Choice and derma e that I’ve had great experiences with, so shifting to oil cleansing is probably not in my near future. However, thanks to a recent LaurenConrad.com article on skin detoxing, I became interested in trying an oil as a moisturizer.

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Kaeng Raeng Detoxfoliant Scrub | Review

Over the past few years, I’ve gained a love of body scrubs. Adding exfoliation to your shower routine is an easy way to make your regular day feel more spa-like. Combined with dry brushing, body scrubs can soften skin and boost your body’s natural detoxing abilities. I always feel more energized and awake when I remember to dry brush before showering, and use a scrub once or twice a week. It’s particularly nice in the fall and winter, when the air is more dry.

I have a scrub from The Body Shop I am particularly fond of (and it smells like snickerdoodles!), but I am always on the lookout for new options. The folks at Kaeng Raeng recently sent me a sample of their Detoxfoliant scrub to try out. I have seen Lauren Conrad’s reviews of their products before, and was eager to test the brand myself.

Detoxfoliant is marketed as a companion product to their cleanse program, on the basis that exfoliation can boost your detox results. I was excited to note that the ingredients list on the label is very short. It only includes salt, shea butter, and a few essential oils. It’s important to remember that what you put on your skin gets in your body, and this product fits the “natural” label well. The brand also positions itself as cruelty free, gluten free, and vegan friendly.

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The lavender-vanilla scent is definitely unique. I wasn’t sure I liked it at first, but it did grow on me. The scrub itself is a light pink, thanks to the Himalayan salt in the formula. With body scrubs, I am used to some of the abrasive component remaining behind before rinsing (even if it comes from natural sources like nut shells). With Detoxfoliant, the salt melts away as you scrub, so there’s no particles to rinse down the drain. After rinsing and drying off, a moisturizing layer of the oils stays behind. I didn’t even feel the need for lotion! A faint scent also remained on my skin, which was a pleasant after effect.

Because of the moisturizing oils, this scrub may be a bit heavy for summer use – but it’s perfect for fall and winter! I would also recommend avoiding the scrub on the days you shave. If you manage to get a few micro nicks or scrapes and then use the scrub, you will learn the true meaning of “rubbing salt in a wound.”

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My scrub sample and my Kaeng Raeng water bottle that I won in a giveaway!

I love this scrub, and would absolutely recommend it for your winter routine! It feels luxurious, and keeps skin smooth. I am looking forward to adding this to my regular skin care products.

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How to Design a Skin Care Routine – A Brief Guide

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For someone who struggles to take off my makeup and wash my face at night, I sure am obsessed with skincare. I spend a lot of time researching tips, advice,  and new products I can’t even begin to comprehend affording in my current unemployed state.

I’m also definitely not a trained esthetician or dermatologist.  I have picked up some great advice from estheticians I’ve had treatments from and been friends with. With research, I think I have at long last gotten a handle on how to put together a basic skincare routine.

It’s important to note that if you have a skin condition, you will need to see a dermatologist to design a skincare routine. Also, if you’ve never had a professional facial, schedule one in soon! You can learn tons from an esthetician, and having a facial once or twice a year (at the least) is relaxing, soothing for your skin, and a wonderful treat for yourself.

Here’s some guidelines for putting together your skincare toolkit, based on my experiences. I’ve included the products I use as examples here, and would definitely recommend the lines I use!

*Note: I have included links to the products I use as a resource, because I truly love them. This post is not anyway sponsored by any company mentioned in this post.

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