It’s Friday, early fall. Around the country, NMDL readers are unpacking sweater-boxes and buffing their boots for the season ahead. At least that’s what we imagine. We also imagine you’re itching to shake up your skincare staples in anticipation of the changing season, which is the reason we’re bringing you this NMDL exclusive promotion from Marie Veronique Organics!
So here’s the deal: Save 20% off MVO’s can’t live without Desert Island Duet—including Face Oil and Everyday Coverage customized for your skin type. Choose MVO Face Oil for all skin types or, MVO Treatment Oil for acne prone skin.
For NDML customers only. So exclusive. So amazing. So money-saving—$23 off for this skincare duet. Offer runs through Monday!
Want to know more about how much we love Marie Veronique Organics? Check out Rebecca’s review of the MVO Vitamin C Treatment. As you can see from Siobhan’s review, she loves the whole line! What have you tried from MVO?
Remember when Siobhan lamented that we hadn’t covered the ARCONA line yet? And how, as clean-beauty bloggers, we need to jump on that train? Well, here it is: the first in a series of reviews about the products I’m now going to refer to as amaze-balls.
I was introduced to the line by a fellow beauty blogger when I was looking for an anti-aging serum for my highly reactive, acne-prone skin. I’d tried other night serums that promised to refresh and renew, but most of the time, I woke up with a red, itchy face or a blemish the size of small island in some weird place (eyelid, anyone?).
Upon her rec, I ordered ARCONA’s Gentle Solution, the sensitive skin version of its nighttime treatment. I was in love with the product’s packaging immediately – the silver bottle looks pretty classy in my medicine cabinet. But to really put it to the test, I had to actually put it on my face.
After one night, I was hooked. Three small blemishes I’d seen forming on my forehead the night before had completely disappeared the morning after my first Gentle Solution application. It hydrated my skin with no need for additional moisturizer. I looked fresh-faced even though it was one of those mornings when my body would’ve thanked me for a few more ZZZZZs.
Over time, my love hasn’t waned. It’s the one and only product I’ve ever used that I don’t think I’ll ever turn my back on because I can see it work every other day (you’re only supposed to use it every other night to give your skin a break – I also like that philosophy). It smells like a candied berry, soaks in quickly and honestly leaves my skin better looking than any other product I’ve tried. And, you know how some anti-aging serums/creams (especially dirty ones, mind you) bleach your towels if you accidentally wipe any excess product on them? Not this baby. I think my towels might be softer after meeting the Gentle Solution.
Other home runs from ARCONA:
- Booster Defense Serum: After trying for months to calm my skin and repair some damage from acne scars, adding this morning skin booster changed my skin’s texture and helped prevent breakouts.
- Cranberry Firming Gel: A really lovely, lightweight but incredibly moisturizing day and nighttime gel. It’s like a tall drink of water for my skin, especially in the winter. Bonus: Lemon and cranberry extracts help clear up breakouts.
- Raspberry Clarifying Bar: I never, ever, never, ever thought I’d buy a bar of cleanser with which to wash my face. But this one, man, this one is amazing. Smells lovely, is really concentrated so it takes off makeup like a pro AND it uses fruit enzymes to unclog skin and reduce inflammation and redness. Score.
Are there any other ARCONA products we should know about or try? Anyone else having the same love affair with the line that we are?
You see it over and over. Dermatologists and skincare experts tout retinoids (the prescription strength ingredients like tretinoin and tazarotene) as the one true god of anti-aging.
Sure, the Vitamin A derivative unclogs pores, boosts collagen production, and speeds up cell turnover. But it’s a hard pill to swallow. I mean, have you ever read the ingredients in some of those prescription retinoids? Not to mention the havoc it can wreak on the toughest hide.
So what about retinols?
Retinol is the over-the-counter ingredient that gradually converts to retinoic acid (the active ingredient in the prescription strength stuff). Retinol is much weaker and far less stable as an ingredient because it quickly degenerates with exposure to air and light. The same is true for Vitamin C, another powerhouse ingredient for repairing skin damage—it’s difficult to keep it fresh and active. We’ve read about advances in the stabilization and delivery of these ingredients, but it’s tough to know which products actually deliver the antioxidant benefits we all want and the science behind it.
One of our readers, Alexandra, submitted this great question about retinols and vitamin C…
I am trying to come up with the best skincare routine I can. I’ve done a lot of poking around on skincare forums about vitamin c serums and retinoids/retinols being the holy grail of beautiful skin. Up until this point, I have been enjoying pretty clean products (raw honey as cleanser, rose hydrosol as toner, and a moisturizer I got from Dress Green on Etsy—I love that store). My general assumption is that things like retinols are the opposite of clean.
So, my question is, which do you personally think is better? Have you tried those types of things on your skin before? Do you know if there are any retinol products that are MOSTLY clean (e.g. no parabens, etc)?
I want to be clean and green but I’m also vain and want nice skin. :) And I love product recommendations.
Just curious on your thoughts on retinols, vitamin c serums, and other chemical treatments!
Can you help Alexandra out? Let us know what you think about these ingredients and how they fit into your skincare routine.
Let’s face it—summer is in full swing. Whether you’ve been hanging at the beach, the lake, poolside, under a sprinkler on the lawn, or none of the above, you’re probably catching more rays than you were a few months ago. We know what it means to walk that line between getting your vitamin D and protecting your tush. If your skin needs some extra summer love, our Friday Deal from Blissoma and Nature of Beauty is for you!
So here’s the deal: Nature of Beauty is offering 20% off all Blissoma products. Even better, you can purchase the Blissoma Amend Skin Repair Collection, which includes the Facial Solar Anti Aging Serum and Amend Body Lotion, for $50! (Hint, the lotion is basically free.)
The promo code for the Amend duo is NMDLAmend and the code for the Blissoma line discount is NMDLBlissoma20. You can use both promo codes for one order, so you don’t have to choose between the two offers! The deal runs through Monday.
We know you’ll love the purity, effectiveness, and performance of this vegan line. And this is the perfect season to try both versions of Amend. You’ll be giving your whole self a healthy UV protection boost! Check out Rebecca’s review of the Blissoma facial and eye serums from earlier this week. And if you want to know more about the Amend Body Lotion, here’s a great review from Fig + Sage!
Mine sure has been. And while I’ll get into some theories tomorrow, I know that the arrival of vata season (a.k.a. fall in ayurvedic terms), with all of its loveliness and nostalgia, is also likely to aggravate anyone prone to stress (me! you!). So, while we’ve already covered the ayurveda angle, it all bears repeating and today Well+Good has an interview on the subject with one of our favorite practitioners. If you read the book (aw, remember the book? It feels so long ago now!) you will surely remember the part when Siobhan was washing her face with dried sticks and going to ashrams in search of the perfect acne cure. Well Pratima was one of the first alternative docs that really set her straight in those early days when we were both still using stuff like benzoyl peroxide and glycolic acid.
So let’s hear from Pratima, but first: How has your skin been faring this fall?
From the piece:
Got some dry patches and breakouts with the dip in temperature?
The cause of your contradictory complexion is par for the course, says Dr. Pratima Raichur, an Ayurvedic physician and owner of Pratima Spa in Soho. It’s Vata season.
The Ayurvedic calendar says October through February is a time when our bodies—and skin—are plagued by imbalances and change, says Dr. Raichur, who has made skin health her specialty.
Want to conquer Vata season’s beauty vices? We asked Dr. Raichur to explain how in layman’s terms:
Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old healing science. What is its take on skin, particularly this time of year?
Vata is both a season, and one of three Ayurvedic constitutions called doshas that apply to people.
Vata-dominant people will typically have dry skin and hair, be prone to premature wrinkles, and lack skin luster. This time of year, it can worsen and so can health symptoms like insomnia, constipation, and mental blockages.
Even if Vata is not your primary dosha, all of us are prone to these right now.
What diet or lifestyle changes help fend off Vata season’s effects?
I always recommend doing a detox but dietary changes help. Try to avoid cold or raw food, and opt for steamed or stir-fried dishes. Organic soups and grains like quinoa, basmati rice, seitan, and amaranth are excellent, and adding ghee to your meals helps nourish skin cells.
To keep digestion in check, add spices such as ginger, fennel, cumin, and coriander to your meals.
And most importantly, drink six to seven glasses of room temperature water or herbal tea each day to stay hydrated.