Emma Cristy

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

SkinSmart Antimicrobial Eczema Therapy Review

Thank you to SkinSmart for sponsoring this post, however all opinions are 100% my own! 

SkinSmart Antimicrobial Eczema Therapy Review

So.  Finally talking Eczema on here.
 I used to be really insecure about talking about it, but here we are lol.

I teamed up with SkinSmart, to tell you guys about a non-steroidal product that is supposed to soothe eczema and atopic dermatitis symptoms.  It is supposed to address the root cause (Can be...A bacterial imbalance) instead of trying to remedy it on a superficial level.  It claims to calm itch, balance bacteria, and heal the skin.

Just a little insight into my history and eczema journey, I grew up with all sorts of medications; mostly topical but also oral.  As far as steroids (Ointments and creams), I've tried Cortizones, benadryl, Triamcinolone, Lidex, Clobetasol, Kenalog Spray, etc.  Just a bunch of stuff. ALL. THE. TIME.  I didn't realize how harmful they actually are.  When I would break out on my face, I would use the steroidal ointment...now I'm like...Y WOULD U DO DAT *insert face palm.

Over the years, I've tried to convert to more holistic/natural methods to relieve symptoms.  I don't use steroids anymore (WHICH IS CRAZY BECAUSE I RELIED ON THEM 4EVER). I've been steroid free for years now, and my skin has never been better.

This is just based on my personal opinion/experience.

For anyone suffering with eczema, I know that it may sound ridiculous- but I PERSONALLY believe that a lot of it has to do with diet, and ALSO what you put on top.  I started seeing real, CONSISTENT results when I put away the steroids and all the medications.  I don't use completely 100% natural methods, but I do my best to be as gentle on my skin, and more conscious of what I'm putting in and on my skin.  It's hard though, because especially with little ones and also suffering with Eczema, you want relief NOW because it is so dreadful.

I like SkinSmart Antimicrobial Eczema Therapy because it is non-steroidal, and can be used on babies and kids, and on any skin including the face.  It dries like water with no residue, and it supposed to soothe angry, red and broken skin.  It aids in healing, relieves itchiness, and improves appearance.

Now.  Here is what I thought about it.  I am extremely reluctant on skin products.
I try to be as unbiased as possible.  I AM STILL TESTING THIS PRODUCT OUT but so far, it hasn't necessarily been a miracle worker for me.  I believe it helps, with the healing process but I do not believe this is a one and done deal.  The application tips say to try using the product with "no additional creams, ointments, or treatments.  Spray well and let air dry, repeat.  Do this 3-4 times a day, or as often as desired."

I personally, felt like I needed more than just this spray.  When I first sprayed it, it didn't sting or anything, it felt like it relieved it a bit but after it dried I felt like I needed to put on lotion.  I personally spray SkinSmart first, let air dry, and then apply lotion.  I have a few "Swear by" products that I put on after the spray which I believe helps.  I am going to write a full blog post on how I relieve my eczema symptoms. 

I feel like this spray would be the most beneficial to children especially though, because most kids get dirt under their finger nails, and transfer bacteria when they scratch. SkinSmart Antimicrobial skin cleanser says, "Spray on the skin to flush away any dirt and debris that may be on affected skin."  I have been incorporating SkinSmart into my skin routine!

Right now this product is available in the following stores: Safeway, Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilion, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Lunds/Bylerys.  Also available on Amazon depending if weather is permitting (Because the product cannot freeze).  You can also email the company at Customerservice@skinsmartantimicrobial.com and they will tell you the closest store to you.

I'm going to continue using this and I'll let you guys know.  Thanks for reading!


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Shaklee YOUTH Skin Care Set Review

Happy Satur-Yay friends!

Saturday is my absolute favorite day of the week and I look forward to it every week starting...Saturday night haha.  I use this day to spend time with my family and pamper myself.  I try to start everyday feeling refreshed and ready to take on my to-do lists, and the best way for me to do that is to get ready.  I am obsessed with skincare and love trying out new skincare products.  I have extremely sensitive, dry and eczema prone skin.  As much as I love skincare products, I am very wary and cautious of what I put on my skin (Especially face products).  I decided to try out Shaklee YOUTH Skin Care set because their products are all 100% vegan and cruelty free.  Along with that, they claim that you will never find harmful chemicals and ingredients that are typically used in cosmetics and skincare products.  The Shaklee line is formulated to improve aging issues at the cellular level. 

Now that that is said, let's get to the individual products.  Keep reading if you want to hear my thoughts on each!

Thank you to Statusphere for gifting the Shaklee Youth Skin Care Set

RADIANCE C + E | 20% Pure Vita C, Vita E + Raspberry 

"Plumps, brightens, and visibly reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles."

First impression, skin seemed more radiant but burned irritated spots.  I would say that this one is not for sensitive skin.  Right when it touches any irritated skin, it immediately burns.  I apply at night, once a day only.  It burned for a little and seemed to irritate my skin until I applied the serum on top.

My problem areas for lines and wrinkles would be under my eyes and at the corner, and my forehead.  I would say, skin has been feeling and looking a little more plump and is SUPER soft. Not sure if it is from this or the serum.

YOUTH ACTIVATING SERUM | Apple Cell, Lotus Japonicus, Encapsulated Vitamin A
"Youth Activating Serum has 10x the actives to renew, regenerate, and make your skin act younger.  Our Youth Activating Complex has gentle encapsulated vitamin A retinol, polyphenols, plus extracts of Lotus Japonicus, apple cell, and schisandra."

I really like this serum, especially because it seems like it counters the irritation of the Radiance C + E product.  I apply this after Radiance C + E and before my makeup, as well as after I wash my face at night.  I did have a spot of eczema under my eye, and I applied this at night and by the morning, the spot was visibly healing and practically gone.  I was very impressed because honestly, I don't usually have high hopes when it comes to products that can combat eczema. I'm still testing these out, but the difference was obvious and visual so I thought I would let you all know.


"Evens, corrects, hydrates, nourishes, protects"

First impression, I didn't care for it.  Most products that contain sunscreen, they usually have a white cast or white shade that is visible with a camera.  I noticed this a lot with this one.  After application, I applied with a foundation brush and was going to take a picture.  But I could see all the spots I had not gone over, because my face had this white cast to it in the photos/camera.  I used the shade Medium, which at first glance I didn't think matched me.  However it did seem like it oxidized, and matched my skin tone more once it had set.  I would say it was light coverage, and I feel like it was more hydrating than most BB creams I have tried.  This would be great for low key maintenance skin, and for a day out running errands.  

I am still testing these out, so maybe I'll do an updated review in a month or so.  
So far, I am loving the serum and my skin seems more radiant.

Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Checking Off My Holiday To-Do List with Famous Footwear

Thank you to Famous Footwear for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

I can't believe how fast this year has gone by.  It was just Halloween right?! I feel like once Halloween is over, we kind of skip Thanksgiving decorations and go straight into Christmas.  Bring on the Christmas music fa lalalalaaaaa!

Every year, I procrastinate.  I'm the crazy person you see buying last minute Christmas gifts at the only stores open on Christmas Eve.  That's me.  Well not this year!!  I'm determined to get everything prepped and ready to go to make this an awesome holiday season for my family and to try to make the holiday cheer last as LONG as possible!! I know my kids are SO excited; they are already making their Christmas lists.  By the time Christmas is here, their lists are going to be a mile long LOL.

I feel like the holiday magic is so special, especially to little kiddos so I am going to try to make this year really special for my family.  I’ve partnered with Famous Footwear to bring you style and comfort during this holiday season!  I used to be able to run errands in some heeled booties, but I’ve found that being a mom, comfort is extremely important.  I still like looking stylish and put together, even when I’m running errands but I do try to make my trips out as efficient as possible…and that means comfort.  I usually run from store to store to find exactly what I have in mind, so you’ll see me in a pair of sneakers.   

I love these Nike Air Max Motion LW Sneakers from Famous Footwear; they are the epitome of style and comfort.  I got mine in the color “Noble Red” to match the holiday vibes and I also love it because it gives a pop of color to a simple outfit. I’ve been busy trying to get things in order for the holidays and I’m already on the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree!  I have a long to-do list for this season and I'm determined to tackle each task with style!! Famous Footwear believes every opportunity is a chance to take a step forward, no matter how big or small.  What’s on your holiday to-do list??

Thanks for reading!