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Beat the winter blues with InstaNatural’s Hyaluronic Face and Eye serums for a healthy complexion


Have you ever come across a game-changing product that shook up your skincare  routine?        I was offered two new products from InstaNatural and was expecting another natural serum product that would be gentle and effective.  In fact they both made a noticeable difference in my skin in just days, particularly the Youth Express Eye Gel.  It has a light fresh scent, is cool and refreshing, and not too sticky as most eye gels tend to be.  I have mild dark circles and smile lines under my eyes but my eyes are not puffy in the morning.  I have noticed that my under eye area looks more rested, fresh and tight when I get up, and I see the effect lasting longer and longer throughout the day.    My makeup goes on smoothly and easily over the gel even after applying a moisturizer and sunscreen to my skin.

The face serum is also a winner.  Again, it absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a sticky residue. The Premium Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum blended with vitamin C, jojoba oil, aloe and green tea plumps up the skin and retains its moisture all day.  Each day my skin feels fuller and fresher and this boost in hydration reduces the signs of aging like little wrinkles and dry patches.  My skin feels much more like it did ten years ago.  I can’t wait to try other products in the line from InstaNatural including their facial moisturizers, body and hair care products.

You can purchase InstaNatural through Amazon

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Photography by Allana Wesley White ©2014   www.allanawesleywhite.com

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SOBO Skincare Review: Innovative natural skincare products

Many skincare companies claim to have “natural” products but how many of them are actually made using the purest premium natural ingredients, free of dyes, fragrances, additives, sulfates, parabens or GMO products?   And how many of us actually read the ingredient labels on these products, trusting that “natural” means just that?

Sobo Skincare combines the most wholesome ingredients available in effective formulas to fight the signs of aging and the environment on skin, using resveratrol, co-enzyme Q10, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, seaweed extract, strawberry oil, along with naturally-derived peptide complexes.  I recently tried the Ultra HGF Youth Serum and found it had a velvety soft texture, layered well under other products, and made a smooth and even surface for my makeup.           I didn’t experience any redness or breakouts, which often happens when I switch products.         I have high hopes that with continued use I will see a reduction in fine lines and discolorations, and an over-all improved skin tone, knowing that I am not putting harmful toxins or man-made chemicals on my face.  Why choose between effective products and natural products to treat your skin when you can have both?

Sobo Skincare products can by found at www.soboskincare.com

Photography by Allana Wesley White Photography www.allanawesleywhite.com

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Beauty Trip: Morocco’s “Gypset Beauty”

The women of Morocco have refined their beauty rituals for more than a thousand years, using natural ingredients such as Moroccan rose, lava clay powder found at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, argan oil, and kohl.  As they did in the past, women today go to the hamam baths to exfoliate their skin and to use masques made of clay for their face and hair, emerging glowing and refreshed.  It is a ritual that is not to be rushed but to be indulged.  Relaxation of muscles and joints with massage is as important as the exfoliation and treatment masques. The western concept of a quick morning shower after a workout hardly seems conducive to beauty in the way of Moroccan traditions.  Rather than energizing with a cup coffee, they rehydrate after the bath with Moroccan fresh mint tea.  The whole experience is calming and yet invigorating.

Traditional Moroccan soaps, masques, oils and fragrances have always inspired designers and cosmetics companies, as they channel the culture and it’s exotic beauty.  Now we can create a mini- hamam experience at home using products that are readily available internationally.

Black soap is a staple of the hamam ritual.  Elma & Sana Moroccan Black Soap contains black olive oil, paste and eucalyptus essential oil and is 100% organic.  It is suitable for even the most sensitive skin.   Smooth on black soap after steaming in the shower for a few minutes when your body skin has warmed up.  Leave it on for fifteen minutes, rinse off and then exfoliate your skin using a kessa glove to remove impurities and dead skin cells, leaving your skin fresh and clean.

Follow with Elma & Sana Ghassoul Moroccan Lava Clay Powder, to treat the cleansed skin and hair.  Pronounced “rassool”, ghassoul is an organic natural rock clay made up of magnesium, calcium and potassium.  Mix a bit of it with water to make a gentle face masque.  It is safe for all skin types and hypo-allergenic, and you can make the paste as thick as you choose.  To make a hair masque, mix another portion of the clay powder with a small amount of water.  Again, leave it on for fifteen minutes and rinse off.

Argan oil is one of the most traditional of Moroccan skin and hair products and is now in many  western beauty brands.  This completely natural oil comes from nuts from the argan tree growing in one small area of Morocco, and has been used for millennia to heal flaky, irritated skin,  to moisturize, treat acne and burns, and to improve and revive hair.  Try 100% organic Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum on fine or curly, wet or dry hair,  to impart shine and to tame frizz, leaving behind a light fragrance of bergamot and geraniums.

The eyes are the windows of the soul, so frame them well.  Cobalt blue flatters eyes less harshly than solid back in the alluring Clé de Peau Beauté Intensifying Cream Eyeliner.   A little practice and you will be able to apply it with ease for a strong eyeliner, or blended with the brush for a smokey effect.

Skin glowing, hair shining and eyes smoking – all you need is the perfect exotic scent.  Designers Victor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb Rose Explosion is a sensual, oriental blend of “oud wood”, jasmin, mandarin, Moroccan rose, bergamot, saffron, patchouli and amber.

Exotic Moroccan beauty rituals stem from a great history of using the best natural products available, treating the skin and hair, and relaxing the body.  Bring this concept home and create your own Moroccan hamam experience.  Don’t forget the soothing fresh Moroccan mint tea.   Just the right touch to transport and transform.


Elma & Sana products available at www.drugstore.com

Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum available at www.josiemarancosmetics.com

Clé de Peau Beauté Intensifying Cream Eyeliner available at www.nordstrom.com

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Rose Explosion available at www.saksfifthavenue.com