Super Sensitive Skin Savers : Esse Sensitive

Apologies for the almost empty bottles photo, my beauty blogger ways aren't the best ;).

Apologies for the almost empty bottles photo, my beauty blogger ways aren’t the best ;).

And once again I felt helpless when I looked myself in the mirror. My skin was like sandpaper and oil field at the same time and nothing seemed to help. It was like if I even touched it, it just broke to pieces or a massive pimple came to that very spot. All this happened and was my “normal” this past Spring when I had to start my epilepsy medication again after years of being in good enough condition to live without them.

And with my skin, I mean mostly my face and neck. I had dryness in others areas of my body but nothing crazy that I wouldn’t have always at winter time.

The thing is that I’ve been using natural, organic skincare for few years already but nothing, even the other Esse products helped. I tried so many different things and even had to use cortison creme on the worst spots to ease the irritation, which is my last resort as it’s not good for your skin on the long run.

I contacted Minna Oey from The Natural Goods Company for help, and to my massive happiness she had answers to my helpless quest. Esse had just released their new range for super sensitive skin and I got to try it out. I was very hopeful!

The thing with my skin is that it can be really good for weeks and then without no reason breakout really badly to a rash or other irritation and nothing seems to help. I try to have balanced veggie based diet and drink enough water and eat good oil to balance it, but sometimes it’s just mayhem and nothing seems to help. But now it had been longer than just a little bit, the medication had completely messed my whole body, in and out and I didn’t know what to do.

The sensitive range has three products that you use, nothing else and the important thing is to only use them and not mix anything else there to confuse the skin anymore.

Esse is a special skincare company as it uses probiotics in their products. We humans have been using probiotics in foods for long time now to help our insides but to use them on us, to benefit our skin is rather new discovery. We have microbes living in and out of us, traditional skincare these days tends to wash them all out and your skin is always a bit confused as what to do as there’s nothing real to do what it needs to do. If we try to delete all the microbes in our lives, our wellbeing will suffer as we need them to keep us balanced. Esse uses prebiotics to feed the good microbes and with probiotics helps change the skins microbial balance to help it be more balanced. And this is exactly what the Sensitive range is doing. As your sensitive skin is reactive to whatever, it needs a little boost to a better direction to be able to take what the world has these days.

My new routine was pretty simple but as I noticed would take some time to get my skin to used to.

First I needed to use Sensitive Cleanser to wash my face. It’s nice milk like cleanser with very subtle scent. It cleanses make up very well and really leaves your skin feeling clean but not like everything has been stripped away, something I felt with a lot of different cleansers before even the milky ones. The thing was not to leave it too long on your skin, just to massage it gently and wash away. And then leave the skin a bit moist, not dry all the moisture away. Even best if not at all.

Second step was to add in the beginning, as to get my skin more balanced,  a drop of Sensitive Serum to my still moist skin. This magic potion of a serum is truly a miracle worker, it’s filled with more than one billion live Lactobacillus microbes per millilitre. They activate as soon as they come in contact with water and skin, hence the moist skin. Also you need less of the serum to apply when the skin is moist. First I used this both morning and night to ease the irritation, but with time only at night. The scent on this is really nice, somehow warm but not too strong in any way. And even with that tiny bottle, it lasts very long.

Third step was the moisturiser, in my case and as my skin was so dry and sensitive but still oily and kind of mixed, Hydro Moisturiser. It’s a moisturiser that finalizes the routine and really works. And you need the smallest amount of it to cover your whole face and neck. A thing I absolutely love with all the Esse products I’ve ever tried. This moisturiser is best to add to a little moist skin, as it blends better and you need less. It uses prebiotics and probiotics extracts in very sensitive formula to balance and favor the microbes on the skin. Again, the scent of this products is really nice, nothing extra, obviously as it’s a sensitive range all the products are really thought through to fit the irritated reactive skin.

My first try was that Hello, my skin is in heaven. But after couple of weeks, my skin started drying up a lot, like it was shedding some old skin that needed to make room for the new healthier one. I also forgot at times to not dry my skin after I washed it and that was part of the situation. It’s so in us to really rub our faces after we wash them. But after those first weeks, I could really start feeling the change for the better in my skin. It looked more balanced, less breakouts and dryness, also more even color of the skin. I’ve used those products ever since and they have really been the saving ones for my skin. Balancing it to a level that I never thought could be possible, life savers! And even when I was travelling, and usually my skin reacts to different waters really easily, nothing. Again, life savers! Last but not least, I had a wrist operation start of the summer and had to use pretty heavy drugs in the beginning and they really dried my skin but still I felt that it was more balanced with these products than what it would’ve been without. And now, after a very long time, they are done and the bottles are empty, so you really need very little to get the benefits. All in all, the best products that I’ve ever used on my skin. Nothing bad to say, only LOVE!

In Finland you can find these from The Natural Goods webstore or check Esse website for your own country.

I highly recommend these and wish that others find them works as well as they did for me. ❤

Interview: Jesica Salyer

This amazing lady, Jesica Salyer, is rocking in ways that I am aiming for. She’s all about keeping it clean, in nutrition, beauty and fitness. I love that she embraces her natural beauty and is truly herself and pushes others to love themselves like that too! She is truly an inspiration and motivation for me to keep pushing on the road I have chosen. She writes a blog called Run On Organic, which is one of my favorites. She has really good reviews and recipes too. And her spirit is just pure joy!Name, age, where you are from, what do you do

Jesica Salyer, 26. Originally from Jupiter, Florida and now living in Leawood, Kansas with my husband and daughter (it doesn’t feel right calling her my stepdaughter–I see her and treat her as my own. She’s a gift).

Why did you start to run?

Running was the foundation of training for soccer–which I was very involved in growing up, mainly for soccer. Initially I had to do it, then I grew to love it and embrace it.

What running has given to you?

Running has given me a multitude of things–the biggest of which is my belief in myself. Running has also shown me that discipline and a strong work ethic make you a better person all around. Running makes me feel passionate and inspired–& on fire! Running is my go-to activity when I am stressed or when I need an answer for something in my life.

Goals when it comes to running?

I’m not a big goal girl. I don’t write things down, I don’t plan workouts. If I had to describe a goal that’s running related, it would simply be to never stop trying and to never lose my passion for running.

Favorite race/race memory?

Without a doubt, running the Garmin Marathon in April ’14. My family was there to support me and I felt so much love radiating around me. It’s one of the highlights of my life. I am proud of myself for persevering, given that I do not have a runner’s frame. I’m 5’9″, 175 lbs–and it was a tough, knee pounding, grueling challenge–I am happy to have experienced it.

Personal golden tip/motto when it comes to running?

Golden tip: what a great way to say that! 🙂 My golden tip(s) for running are multifaceted:
-Don’t ever forget for one second that not everyone on this planet is able to run. It is a GIFT. Not a chore.
-Always find passion in every run. Whether that means looking up into the sky and watching birds fly past you, or watching children play soccer as you pass the park, or simply admiring the lush, beautiful, abundant trees around you–Marvel at your surroundings, feel the tension and power in your legs, feel each stride, be present.
-Run like you do did as a child–free, careless, fearless, exuberant.
Favorite running product?
Since I use them so religiously, I’d have to say my Nike Free TRs, my Lululemon headhugger headbands and my beats headphones. They’re the mainstays in my routine.
Favorite thing (to do) outside of running?
Watching my family smile and laugh. Being on or near salt water.
Guilty pleasure, anything (music/food/drink/whatever) if you have?
Chocolate, greasy fried food, red wine, Sex & the City reruns.
What inspires/motivates you?
Thinking about why I am on this planet. Being a bright, shining light–a ball of joy and happiness. That motivates me at my core.
Favorite song/book/movie/shoe/city?
I really enjoy music. I listen to it while I run, and it takes workouts to another level. It’s very hard to pick one song. How is that possible? I’ll choose 4 of my favorites (2 old, 2 new)
1. Dance the Night Away – Van Halen
2. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant – Billy Joel (Live at Shea Stadium version)
3. Reunion by M83
4. The Veldt by Deadmau5
-Force of Nature – Laird Hamilton
-My Foot is Too Big For the Glass Slipper – Gabrielle Reece
My Best Friend’s Wedding
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Best Deodorant Ever

I have been on a hunt for the perfect deodorant for pretty much my whole sweating life. When I was younger I felt that I was almost known for my huge sweat marks on my armpits. I had to think which color to wear because of sweating.

Sweat stains are every girls dream…

I think I’ve tried pretty much ever deodorant in the world, or almost. Before I found this amazingness I used to use mens mild scented ones. But nothing seemed to work and I smelled, not only little… I went all the way to this manly musk smell.

So when I started to change my life to more healthy I also started to think all the chemicals I put in my body through beauty products. And I was so shocked how much of them is just toxic poo, nothing that we should have anywhere near our bodies and the thought of how much I have lathered myself was with them just made me sick. But I was also super sceptic about finding an deodorant without any poo in it that would actually work. Then I saw a review on this blog, Living Pretty Naturally, and thought that I should try it and that was the best decision and I’m not going back!

These two are just couple of nasty things that are in your “normal” products:

– Aluminium, that’s the main stuff that makes the sweat not come out of your body. But it’s also a neurotoxin and can cause breast cancer. Enough reasons for me.

– Triclosan, this nasty stuff is known to change the sex of fish, which has to be good?!

So to the good news 🙂

SOAPWALLA DEODORANT CREAM is the best there is!

It’s made entirely out of natural organic ingredients and is also vegan. It is cream not a stick, but it’s super easy to put on, you need just a little bit and that’s it. If you put too much, it drops in these tiny “balls” out of your armpits :).

It comes in this small container of 2 oz/ 57g, that gives enough cream for about 2 to even 3 months. Miracle working ingredients include vegetable powders, clays, and lavender, peppermint and tea tree essential oils.

It’s the first deodorant that holds in stressful situations, when I’m either running or doing other sports. Yes of course you sweat but I don’t smell. It really works and I was super surprised but more than happy. There’s no white marks on dark clothes. It smells nice and subtle. Nothing bad to say!

The Deodorant Cream is made from:

Butyryspermum parkii (Shea) butter, Zea Mays (Corn) starch, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Rosa rubiginosa (Rosehip) seed oil, Soy lecithin, Glycerin, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) leaf oil, Kaolin, Tocopherol, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) flower oil, Citrus bergamia (bergaptene-free Bergamot) oil, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) oil, Citrus sinensis dulcis (Sweet Orange) peel oil, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral.