Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pure Body Naturals Vitamin C Serum, a review.

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I ordered this product from Amazon after reading about the product from the company. I received a coupon code to use for a sample bottle of this product in exchange for my honest and full review. I was not paid for this review.

I was intrigued about the healing and anti-aging properties of Vitamin C a few months back when I was looking at various naturalistic ways to improve my overall appearance of skin tone and complexion. I had always known drinking water, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and getting plenty of rest can make a big difference in not only overall health, but also our skin. But I was unaware that Vitamin C was a big factor in the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin firmness and strength. When we get older, the production of collagen begins to slow down and cell structures start losing their strength. Skin starts to become less elastic, less firm and tight, and wrinkles begin to form.

I am 31, so do not have wrinkles, but I do see small problem areas around my eyes with dark circles and some slight loss of tightness. I drink moistly plain bottled water, or lightly sweetened ice tea with lots of lemon. (how much lemon?, well when I go to a restaurant, I order a small dish of about 6-8 slices of lemon--yes I love lemon in my tea!) I rarely drink soft drinks or other high sugar drinks.

I love eating vegetables and plenty of fruits. Citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, and lemons contain a huge content of Vitamin C. Some other sources of Vitamin C come from broccoli, strawberries (always my favorite!), baked potatoes and tomatoes. I eat a lot of tomatoes in the summer time as we always plant several tomato plants. A great summer lunch (and a way to pack in some vitamin c) is a thick juicy garden tomato slice (or 2) with lean bacon, some light olive oil mayo on toasted homemade bread. YUM.....

Vitamin C also helps your skin repair itself. Skin will become rough and dry if it is not treated with care and given proper nutrients. It is important to refresh your body and skin internally with water and Vitamin C. Vitamin C is vital to sun protection. It aids in protecting our skin from free radicals which we develop due to excess over exposure to the sun and environmental pollutants. Please wear sunscreen all year round, even if you cannot see the sun actively shining down, and please do not go to tanning beds. Excessive over exposure to harmful sun rays damages skin over time and can cause premature aging. Also please do not smoke, as it lowers the absorption of Vitamin C and speeds up aging. It also (in my opinion) smells terrible and is near impossible to get the smell out of a leather bag or jacket....

I ordered the Pure Body Naturals Vitamin C serum at 1 pm, and the next day it arrived to me. I do have Amazon Prime, however, that usually takes 2 days and is not usually next day arrival. I was super excited to test this out. It was well padded with bubble wrap and a sturdy box. The serum is housed in a dark glass bottle which I prefer, and came with a dropper to screw on. The importance of putting products (serums/essential oils, etc.) in dark glass bottles (such as an amber or dark blue colored glass) is helpful for preserving the ingredients of light sensitive products.

I waited till that evening to apply the serum. I first wash my face with the oil cleansing method at night, using either jojoba, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, or apricot kernal oil to remove my makeup. I have a variety of these oils so I just use what I am in the mood for or have on hand, these all work well for combination to oily skin as they are light and glide well without being heavy. I have seen such wonderful results with this method. My skin is clearer, smoother, and little to no acne.

I first warm the oil up in my hands and then smooth it gently over my cheeks, eyes, forehead, etc. This loosens up dirt, oil, and makeup. I then add some warm water to my face and keep gently massaging until the oil has removed my makeup and my face is ready to oil cleanse. I wear black mascara, bb cream, bare minerals matte mineral foundation, blush and eye shadow daily so I have a full face of make up to remove. Some days I have on waterproof black eyeliner in a 60's cat eye style and those days my removal takes a step longer. Once my face is clean of make up, I put another small amount of oil on my face and massage well, but lightly. I then turn on the water at the sink and get my wash cloth really hot (turn off the water please to conserve) and squeeze out excess water from the hot cloth. I let it steam over my oiled face till the cloth is cooled. The steam really opens my pores and the dirt is lifted out. My nose and upper cheeks have large pores that are prone to blackheads, so this is how I help with prevention. I then gently wipe the oil away and rinse the washcloth out again with hot water and repeat 1-2 times depending on my level of need, then pat with a cold wash cloth to close the pores. Afterwards, my skin looks and feels amazing. It is smooth and my pores are clear. I then add 100% aloe (alcohol free, color free) to my face. However, since trying the Serum, I have started using the serum instead of the aloe. It contains Vitamin C + E + Hyaluronic Acid. It feels very nice on my skin and is not greasy. It instantly soaks into my skin and feels like the aloe does. It has no fragrance and it seems like it would work well with those who are sensitive to fragrances or certain cosmetics as it feels very light and gentle. It did not leave my fingers or hands sticky.

I apply this at night in 2-3 drops (each side of face) over my cheeks and eye area, 2-3 drops on my forehead, 2-3 on my neck (please do not forget the neck!) and 2-3 on my cleavage area as I am a side sleeper. (I also recommend getting some sort of cleavage pillow to wear in between your cleavage at night if you are a woman side sleeper concerned about wrinkles on your chest area.)

In the morning, after my shower, (I wash my face with Dr. Bronners Lavender Castile Soap in the shower) I apply the same amount of drops to the above mentioned areas as well. This serum is high quality and I am sure works well with one time a day application, however, I really like the way it makes my face look and feel so I personally use it twice a day. I will continue using this Pure Body Naturals product until it runs out and will be considering a purchase on my own.

You can check out this fantastic serum on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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