A big shout out to my Grandmother for lecturing me on the importance of a daily and nightly beauty regime! Since I can remember, whenever we’d spend time with my Grandmother she would stand me in front of her and check whether or not I’ve; pushed back my cuticles, lathered in lotion from head to toe, exfoliated my heels, and brushed my hair! She was constantly reminding me how important it is to take care of your skin – even writing me a letter (that I still have) with a daily beauty regime and mini meal plan. She’s too much. However, just shy of 90 years old, my Grandmother’s skin is absolutely beautiful and still glowing. Proof is in the pudding people! If you didn’t start caring about your skin until later on in life, don’t worry. Things such as cellulite, uneven skin tone, softness, etc. are things you can still reduce or improve with a little love and knowledge. For example, I had always thought improvements to my skins overall appearance required a spa visit, laser, or even filler. Although I highly recommend a couple of those things, just by adding something as simple as an oil, the right oil, can make a world of a difference!
Now, if you’ve been following my blog, I wrote about Artisella and all the lovely Artisan's in one store. It's no surprise that I picked Shelby Naturals (insert angels singing) as one of my favourites. Creator and formulator, Shelby, knows a thing or two about skin care and has personally battled with difficult skin. With a love and understanding for natural health and organic whole foods, she's created a skin care line that is formulated with simple and ultra-pure ingredients, leaving out toxic chemicals that disrupt our hormones. Because, what we put on our skin is ultimately instantly absorbed and in our blood stream – eek! Ingredients matter, and Shelby Naturals ensures that no active ingredients or fillers are used . Rather, exotic ingredients such as antioxidants, polyphenols, and skin cell rejuvenating elements fill their products. So, when you want to achieve smoother and more supple skin, head to toe, reaching for products that boost your cell + collagen production while exfoliating and moisturizing, are essential. And as Shelby says, "Beauty starts on the inside, out & what you put on your skin truly matters."
So, why did I mention Shelby Naturals? Because Shelby Naturals has a secret weapon and it's been blowing my mind! Using one of their products for little over 6 months now, I’ve noticed a world of a difference and thoroughly enjoy adding this additional step into my routine! What is it you ask? Well......... it’s Shelby Naturals Body Oil!!! My skin is softer, brighter, firmer, and with the addition of dry brushing has helped diminish the appearance of cellulite as well - true story! And if I'm ever in a rush, or don't have my dry brush on hand, I can reach for her all-in-one scrub. Who doesn't love head to toe exfoliation? Seriously though, you all know that if I’m going to blog about it, I’m freaking out over it and have clearly tried it for long enough to say it's the real deal. Below, I've broken down the two products and my application tips. Be sure to read my fun fact at the very end!
BODY OIL: The ultimate hydrating and firming oil, ever – in my opinion. After six months of using the body oil, noticing primarily on my thighs, my skin became firmer and cellulite drastically reduced (If not almost gone). Keeping in mind I’ve picked up kickboxing and have focused on toning legs, the overall appearance of my skin was night and day. It’s lightweight, not greasy, and it absorbs into the skin while leaving it with this incredible glow. Oh, and it smells heavenly too. Packed full of vitamin c, myrcene and limonene, these powerful antioxidants help boost your collagen production, firm and tone, brighten the skin, and reduce cellulite. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that they add fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, and olive oil – I mean, three oils are better than one.
Application Tip: Every morning, I step into the shower and grab my dry brush and in a circular motion brush my entire body (focusing on my thighs and glutes). Dry brushing helps shed dead skin cells, encouraging new cell renewal. Aprés shower, I pat dry and quickly lather my body in the body oil and allow it to soak into my skin while I move onto my facial regime. (psst: I also press the products into my skin before applying a serum on my face – hello glow)
SCRUB: We all know the importance of exfoliating dead skin cells when it comes to achieving softer, brighter and more dewy skin! So, when I’m unable to pack up my body brush or limited for time, or truly in no mood to dry brush and oil up, this one stop shop scrub is ALL I need. This scrub has the ultimate all-star ingredient line up of virgin coconut oil, pineapple, sea salt, coffee, and lemon, each playing an important role in your skins rejuvenation. Other key players such as cane sugar and apricot kernel oil help to lighten any discoloration, repair damaged and pigmented skin, while pushing Vitamin C and A into those pores, helping remove any unwanted blackheads.
Application Tip: Take your time and don’t scrub aggressively! Again, working in circular motions (moving upward, not dragging the skin downward), I scrub my entire face and down into the neck – don’t leave the neck out, ever. I do this once a week. When it comes to a full body scrub, since I’m already dry brushing and applying the body oil, I stick to an all-over scrub for Sunday evening. Same as I would with the dry brush, in gentle circular motions I work from head to toe and really focus again on the thighs and then bottoms of my feet. I rinse off and pat dry.
If I could send everyone a sample, I would. I'm in love with Shelby and what she's created. If I'm going to lather my skin in an oil that's going to absorb into my skin and into my body, I need to make sure it's not going to cause me harm. Thankfully, Shelby Naturals removes that worry entirely. I wish I had done before and after photos of my legs in particular. I'm far more confident to wear shorts and skirts now. And, I love that not only does my face glow, my legs do too! So, if you're looking to step up your routine, get softer skin, treat yo' self and look into Shelby Naturals.
Fun Fact: Did you know that OIL penetrates deeper into the skin than lotion? Think about that next time you pick up a body lotion that doesn't reach the hypodermis or stimulate skin cell regeneration and collagen!
Until next time.
Urban Meets Erban