Happy New Year! Oh my goodness, it is 2019. Can you believe that?! I cannot. Wishing everyone all the best for the coming year and beyond!
For the coming year, I have decide to start using natural skincare, because I find that the popular brands out there are often riddled with things that are not necessarily benefiting my skin at all. Instead, the products are simply masking issues, or, they work for a short time and then they cause irritation or simply do nothing long-term.
What started my journey to new skincare is that ever since becoming pregnant, my skin has been wacky. I have incredibly dry patches (forehead, cheeks) as well as oily zones (chin and nose); which is a huge change from my generally normal skin with a slightly oily t-zone before pregnancy. I also suffer from breakouts now and again (thanks to hormones). Ever since I started growing a human in my belly, I have become super cautious about what I use on my skin. Something natural, cruelty-free, non-irritating, well priced and very effective has proven quite difficult to find! I have searched high and low for products and brands that will work for me, & trust me when I say this: I have tested many different brands.
While researching new brands and products, I have encountered many opinions on what is safe for pregnant women to use on their skin and what isn’t – a finding that occurred most consistently was that salicylic acid is not safe, neither are retinol or resveratrol. Interestingly, I have found most drugstore and high-end night creams and day creams and cleansers that target what I was looking for contain these ingredients. Night creams seem to use resveratrol and/or retinol and day creams definitely use retinol, while face cleansers for clear skin often use salicylic acid. So, on the hunt I went *shrug*. Luckily I stumbled upon a brand called Andalou Naturals, their products are natural, non-GMO, cruelty free, organic, and vegan. I have had some pretty bad luck with “natural” skincare in the past, most of which either did not work or caused irritation. However, I decided to bite the bullet and try 3 of their popular items out. The brand is not cheap, but it is incredibly well priced for the quality of ingredients being used.
*Disclaimer: I used my own money purchase these products and have no affiliation with Andalou Naturals (though I wish I did – haha).*
Let’s get into the products I chose and why I chose them. First, let me preface by saying I didn’t purchase the same range of products from Andalou Naturals, this is because I wanted to target specific concerns with each product. I purchased one product from their sensitive range, one from their brightening range, and another from their clear skin range.
1000 Roses Beautiful Day Cream:
I loved the fact that this cream used rose stem cells, I have heard a lot about roses being coveted for their anti-inflammatory effects, anti-aging benefits, and radiance boosting properties. The cream also features pomegranate, which is an effective antioxidant that is also firming and vitalizing. Also, there aren’t any ingredients that pregnant women should be fearful of.
This cream is marketed for sensitive skin that is dry, which my skin is definitely dry but only somewhat sensitive. I could use the hydration! Plus, using this cream in the morning is going to feel like going to the spa.
Purple Carrot + C Luminous Night Cream:
What caught my eye here is the purple carrot. I have never heard of nor seen a purple carrot being an ingredient in a cream. The carrots contain anthocyanin, which is an antioxidant. I like that the vitamin C used in this cream is actually safe for sensitive/irritable skin. Having two powerhouse antioxidants working on the skin overnight is bound to produce a glowing complexion. The prospect of what this night cream can do – besides moisturize – excites me a lot! I definitely need some help bringing my skin’s healthy radiance back.
Also, there are no ingredients here that cause concern for pregnant ladies, which is a huge bonus considering the antioxidant rich formula.
Citrus Kombucha Cleansing Gel:
I love kombucha, and seeing this as one of the star ingredients in a face cleanser piqued my interest. The claim is that kombucha will fortify skin, which I will gladly accept. The other big player in this face wash is argan stem cells, they are esteemed for their ability to deeply penetrate the skin. The argan stem cells actually work to rejuvenate the skins dermis. Both of those things sound fantastic to me! But, there are other claims to this cleanser, such as being able to clarify skin and protect against future breakouts through the use of willow bark. Amen to that! I really look forward to using this cleanser and seeing the effects. I expect great things.
This cleanser does not have salicylic acid, so it will not dry the skin out and it is safe for us preggo ladies with congested skin.
Overall, this brand has rave reviews all over the internet, so it is definitely worth a try! I believe it will live up to it’s hype, though. I can’t wait to start my natural skincare routine and finally have my skin back to normal (or as close as possible to that)! On my wish-list (for if the other products work out) is their new CannaCell D.Tox Mask. I am looking to explore many other products by Andalou Naturals once the current batch runs out! Very excited to test the new goodies out and explore the brand further.
What are some experiences you’ve had with natural skincare? Have any of you tried out Andalou Naturals before? If so, what are your thoughts? I would love to know any suggestions you have or opinions, so please feel free to sound off in the comments!