3 Oils To Combat Inflammation 

What is inflammation? Inflammation is your skins worst enemy.  Both internal and external factors play a role in causing inflammatory conditions so it is absolutely vital to pay attention to your skin and what foods or activities cause flare ups. Being able to know that eating certain foods exasperate breakouts, redness, and sensitivities is a great tool to keeping your inflammation under control. So eat lots of greens, foods rich in antioxidants and plenty of good old H2O.

Now for the easy part! The second and most importantly, fun way to tackle inflammation is with skin care! Particularly oils. These are my top 3 go to oils to calm, relieve, and heal my inflammation, and they might work for you too!

  1. Beauti Skincare Beauty Sleep Elixr

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This oil was created to specifically target inflammation and with 14 plant oils in the mix this little gem repairs and strengthens the skins barrier function. The formula is 100% natural and 98% organic too! The star ingredients here besides the antioxidant rich plant oils are:

  • Softalia or Australian Sandalwood contains ximenynic acid which prevents the inflammation process from beginning in the first place. Sandalwood oil also has a high oleic acid content (fatty acid) that deeply nourishes and hydrates the skin. WIN WIN!
  • Sea Whip (Carribean Corral) is a powerful anti inflammatory ingredient that contains enzymes the protect and repair the skin against free radical damage and pseudopterosins which reduces as well as inhibits the skins inflammatory response.

Ingredient List:  Camellia oil, Chia seed oil, Bitter cherry seed oil, Strawberry seed oil, Pomegranate seed oil, Blueberry seed oil, Cranberry seed oil, Sandalwood nut seed oil, Raspberry seed oil, Seabuckthorn fruit berry oil, Lavender herb oil, Geranium flower oil, Sandalwood oil, Neroli flower oil, Capric  trglyceride from coconut, Sea whip extract ( Coral )

*Great for treating skin conditions and recommended for all skin types especially those prone to acne, chronic breakouts, dullness, mature, or dehydrated skin.

2.  African Botanics Neroli Infused Marula Oil

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I’ve mentioned this balancing facial oil in my February Favorites post, but this oil is the bomb. This oil is great for more oily, acne prone, and environmentally stressed skin types that need balancing and healing. Star ingredients in this formula are:

  • Marula Oil- Rich in omega fatty acids Marula Oil helps to reduce inflammation and redness as well as reduce transepidermal water loss- in other words it deeply hydrates the skin. Marula is high in antioxidants and stimulates collagen production.
  • Neroli- Naturally high in vitamin C *(non phototoxic) brightens and evens out the skin tone, this oil is great for oily skin types. Neroli is anti aging, anti bacterial, and anti microbial. I love neroli because it puts my oil production in check and protects against the collagen destroying toxins in the environment.

*Non phototoxic means it will not damage skin if exposed to sunlight.

Ingredients: Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula Essential Oi L), Citrus Aurantium (Neroli Essential Oil).

3. Kristin Holey for Marie Veronique Intensive Repair Serum

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This serum has given my complexion a total reset. If you are concerned with blotchiness, chronic breakouts, enlarged pores, and uneven texture/tone than this serum is for you. I use this serum 3x a week as a leave on overnight exfoliator. When I use this serum I like to layer Marie Veronique’s Soothing B3 serum to further calm inflammation as well as target dehydration then finish with her Rejuvinating Night Oil rich in nourishing ingredients to seal it all in. Star ingredients in this serum are:

  • Niacinimide(Vitamin B3)- Niacinimade should be a staple in everyone’s regimen, it  boosts the skin’s immunity and improves barrier function which gives your skin the tools it needs to protect and heal itself it also improves skin tone/texture to give you that illusive “glow”. One awesome bonus to this hero ingredient is that it helps to lighten hyperpigmentation by slowing down the amount of melanin transferred to the surface of the skin. Woop Woop! I have found that Niacinimide is hard to come by in the clean beauty space so I was very happy to find this serum!
  • Vitamin B5- Vitamin B5 is an intensely healing ingredient that heals the skin over time it is also a natural humectant that helps the skin to retain its moisture much like hyaluronic acid does. Because Vitamin B5 triggers the skins natural healing response it is a great ingredient to soothe and relieve uncomfortable inflammation caused by various skin conditions. Incorporating this ingredient into your regimen will result in smooth, soft, clear skin.

*Because this serum contains acids like Lactic and Salicylic it should only be used at night and followed by SPF application the next morning.

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (Green tea) extract, sodium hyaluronate, D-panthenol (pro-Vitamin B5), niacinamide (vitamin B3), lactic acid, salicylic acid, calcium pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Epigallocate-chin-3-gallate (ECGC), gluconolactone, polygonum aviculare extract (knotweed bioflavonoids), daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract, Beta-glucan, galacto-oligiosaccharide, leuconostoc/radish root filtrate ferment, bacillus ferment, acetic acid (apple cider vinegar), marrubium vulgare (White Horehound) extract

I hope you enjoyed my recommendations! Do you suffer from inflammatory skin conditions? If so what works for you? I would love to hear your experience and your favorite picks to kick inflammation to the curb!

February Favorites

2017 is in full effect. The weather in Los Angeles has been so wet and gloomy but I have never seen so much green. Spring is going to be the most beautiful this year. I thought I’d share some of my favorite green products of the month. Enjoy!

African Botanics  Neroli Infused Marula Oil  $120

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Get That Glow Back 

African Botanics has quickly become one of my favorite skin care lines. The star in this formula is of course, Marula Oil with its antimicrobial and anti inflammatory properties your skin is left beautifully balanced. The oil is extracted using the supercritical extraction method, which is the purest and most potent way to extract a substance. This brand has such a cool and unique story that I connect with, and they use many ingredients that no other brands use. The marula oil is wildcrafted from marula trees in South Africa. These trees are untouched by man, and are watered by mother nature. Ethically sourced, fair trade, and sustainable. This blend helps to regulate oil production, brightens the skin tone, and keeps acne at bay. I’ve been using this product for almost 3 weeks now and I definitely notice a difference in my complexion. I have that lit from within glow. My skin looks healthy and my usual hormonal breakouts didn’t pay me a visit this month. This oil is a must have for skin that needs balancing and nourishment.

Fig+Yarrow  Rose Vanilla Tinted Lip Blush $12

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Minimalist Beauty 

Hi, my name is Cori and I am addicted to lip balm. So happy to have found this gem. Fig+Yarrow is an artisan line that uses sustainable, raw, organic, and wildcrafted ingredients. The maker studied plant medicine and herbalism and creates beautiful products for body and spirit. Their products have intriguing scents and textures. This particular product leaves the lips with a flush of blush. This balm leaves my lips with this sexy sheen that lasts! The color is achieved by using alkanet root and uses all natural plant butters, oils, and waxes. Rose hip oil offers it’s amazing anti aging properties and lips are softened with Vitamin E and Betacarotene. At such a great price point this product is essential. Great for a no makeup makeup look, or on top of a lipstick to add more shine.

Vapour Beauty Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation  $50

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Green Can Be Glam

Hallelujah! This foundation is E V E R Y T H I N G. Top 3 clean foundations for me and a staple in my everyday routine. This product is often compared to the Luminous Silk Foundation by Armani. I’ve never tried that foundation but It leaves my skin looking luminous, even, and fresh. I like it better than any conventional foundation I’ve ever tried, and the list is long. The formula is a mousse like texture that has a satin finish with medium to full buildable coverage. They have a great shade selection and they even do shade consultations on their website. The formula is packed with plant oils and herbs to nourish the skin while it’s on. Breathable and beautiful, every glam girls dream. I wear shade 130.

RMS Beauty “Un powder” $34

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Bake, Bake, Bake, Bake, Bake 

I have finally found my replacement for Laura Merciers setting powder, and this one is 10xs better! The powder is ultra fine, light reflective and mattifying at the same time. I literally can not believe how soft and fine this powder is, it almost melts into you skin. I like that it doesn’t leave any white cast on the face and leaves the skin looking so smooth. I use this to set my under eye concealer and on my t-zone. My concealer stays put all day and my makeup stays looking fresh.

Tammy Fender  intensive Repair Balm $130

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Intoxicating, High Vibrational Healer 

Tammy Fender is an esthetician that approaches skin care holistically with a focus on high vibrational, botanical ingredients. Her products are formulated to transform the skin and the spirit. Her products are nourishing and balancing with the focus of optimal skin health from the inside out. I wish I could soak my self from head to toe in this formula. It is beauty. I have heard so much about this miracle balm I had to see if all they hype was true. It was. First of all the smell is divine. I have never smelled anything quite like it before, it needs to be a fragrance. The combination of soothing chamomile and healing hellichrysum awaken the senses and raise vibrational levels. I find myself standing in front of the mirror working this balm into my skin, smelling my hands over and over. Inhaling the scent and indulging in such beneficial self-care. It takes you there. Nourishes the skin and strengthens the skin barrier, to promote healing both on the surface and below. Strengthens skins connective tissue and fades scars. My skin is left feeling hydrated, and nourished while my mind is left calm and grateful. Truly transformational and worth every penny.