While health & wellness is what keeps me going day to day (I jokingly announce to my friends & family that working out is the only thing keeping me sane-ish) there are a few hobbies that fill up the spaces in between. One of them being: skincare.
Many of my loved ones have tried (and failed) to pinpoint where the root of this minor obsession stems from. Is it vanity? Perhaps a shopping addiction? Well, I am not so sure myself, but what I do know is that it’s just a whole lot of fun – and it doesn’t hurt that I don’t have to slather on the foundation every day. From testing to shopping and daily applications, it’s all fun and games… until you realize that the product you dropped some major cash on is irritating to your skin and making you breakout. Such was the case with me. Luckily, I found Medicine Mama’s Apothecary and their incredible Ultra Beauty Balm. It’s a product I will keep in my day time routine until they decide not to manufacture it anymore – a day I hope I never live long enough to see.
Let’s start from the beginning. Converse to most people, my skin tends to breakout in the winter as opposed to the sweaty summer. With dryness, comes overcompensation and that’s exactly what my skin was doing when it came to sebum production. It was pimple city and I was having absolutely none of it. Instead of trying to get to the root of the problem, I was dabbing on anti-acne medications like it was my job – only irritating my skin further.
Once I started reading up on what could be causing such bad reactions in my skin I decided to go the natural, hydrating route instead of the abrasive and (quite frankly) stripping regimen I was previously on. After some research on what products I should be using, I came across the “do it all balm” phenomenon thanks to a feature on Refinery29. These balms claimed to do everything from rid you of acne, scarring, moisturizing, plumping – you name it.
Understandably, I was intrigued and I needed to try it. My method for choosing which one was simple: Choose the most affordable option with the most promising review. In came the Medicine Mama’s Apothecary Ultra Beauty Balm. At $32, it was virtually a steal in comparison to the serums I have lining my medicine cabinets. I ordered it online and it came in a jiff. Not only that, but it also came with free goodies and samples like a mini bar of their zinc facial soap (that smelled amazing) and a tiny tub of their wildly popular V Magic (available at Whole Foods). Some of the potential benefits mentioned on the website?
Instant deep nourishing moisture for the face and neck area
Addresses redness, acne and irritation
Tones and smooths appearance of fine lines
I was eager to see is these claims were true for myself.
When it did arrive, the beauty balm came in a tub which is something many beauty enthusiasts tend to cringe at – as dipping your fingers into a tub is much less sanitary than applying the product by squeezing it out of a tube of cream. That being said, because this is usually the last step in my daytime skincare regimen, my hands are usually more than clean. If anything this kind of packaging allows you to get the most out of the products. This is not only because you’ll be able to scoop out the last bits of it when you finish your supply, but because this ensures that you’re not squeezing out too much. A few swipes with your fingers for each side of your face and you are good to go.
I will have to admit that upon opening the tub, I was a little taken aback. It really did have the consistency of Vaseline and I was a little hesitant to apply something that would be too thick and clog my pores up. Oh, how wrong I was.
Even after the first use I noticed a dewier, moisturized complexion. Of course, my acne and marks only began to fade away after very continuous and religious use, but the dewiness it gives to my skin has yet to be matched by anything else on the market. In the winter, this would be anyone‘s saving grace.
So, what are the ingredients behind this wonder? Simple. Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Honey, Melexylem (Honey and Proposlis 28 Day Bio Fusion), Organ Sea Buckthorn Oil, Royal Jelly and Bee Pollen. Many of these ingredients – especially the olive oil, honey and sea buckthorn oil – have been shown to only do great things for the skin thanks to their plethora of nourishing essential vitamins, antioxidants and even antimicrobial properties. The only ingredients that some may be sensitive to could be Beeswax, but for me, their claims became a reality. I mean, when a facialist comments on how hydrated your skin is, you taken notice and believe them. They’re professionals after all…
And if you need proof of how well it works, well, you could always stalk me on social media.
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