Hello beautiful world,
I wanted to share with you a company that has changed my skin and my approach to taking care of it. Before Willing Beauty reached out to me, I had not been using a regular multistep cleansing and or moisturizing process- to be honest, I have always been lazy and just used makeup remover wipes. Wipes do the trick but for me I've found they they leave my skin dry and super prone to pimples. Believe it or not but in college this seemed fine to me- most of the time it was too late in the night or lets be real here- I was just too drunk! Today in my mid twenties, my lifestyle is much different, and my old greasy, sometimes dry, and super textured skin has started to catch up to me. I won't even get into my tiny forehead wrinkles- they drive me crazy and give me a whole other level of anxiety I will not get into right now...
When I got back from my trip to Israel this past July, my skin was at an all time low. I think the change of climate and lack of sleep took a toll. I was disgusted when I ran my hands over my forehead and felt all these tiny textured bumps- they were like hundreds of little mini pimples that didn't quite manifest themselves. Christy and her team at Willing Beauty had reached out to me before my trip and I had originally thought I could start using their products on my vacation, but the crazy intense schedule of my 10 day Birthright trip was absolutely not conducive to implementing a new skincare routine. Back in Boston, perforated skin and all, I was ready, I was WILLING to give Willing Beauty a try.
First I'd like to give a little background on the concept behind Willing Beauty and why I ultimately decided to give them a shot at turning my skin around. Christy and Willa are a mother daughter duo. This immediately stood out to me. I love supporting mother daughter relationships and endeavors. As someone raised by a single mom, I have developed an indescribable connection with my mom and I truly believe incredible things can happen when that mother daughter bond is utilized to create something. Christy was originally inspired to start the product after having been diagnosed with skin cancer. Skin Cancer. When I heard this- it struck a cord- my family has a history of this yet I have done nothing really to take better care of my skin. Nothing but use the bare minimum SPF in hopes of getting a tan! I've also never cared to look into whether the products I use have paragons or sulfates or anything deemed harmful. With my family's recent skin cancer scare being fresh on my mind- I decided it was worth a shot to try something different.
After just 5 days of using the Willing Beauty HY+5 Complex, I started to see a change in my skin. It was much softer and moisturized- the little tiny bumps I hated with a passion became less defined. I didn't break out or have any unwanted redness. My skin finally felt like I was giving it the care it had been missing out on. The routine has added time to my mornings and nights but it has been worth while.
The biggest difference I see, is definitely the softness of my skin- my foundation and bb creams sit better and smoother on my face. Most importantly my skin feels good naked. I feel fine with it being make-up less. I also feel that a huge part of this process was getting to know my skin and embracing it for its own texture and beauty- I was finally WILLING to give it the care and love it needed. My whole message behind my blog and instagram is the idea of things being "meant to be"- If it is meant to be, it WILL be. My skin WILL be problematic if I deprive it of the nutrients it needs. It is MEANT to be cared for with quality ingredients that promote its natural brightness and elasticity. Beauty isn't all about what you see- it is so much about feeling- feeling yourself- BEING yourself. Willing Beauty promotes this concept with their products, harnessing the power of nature to accomplish this. Willing Beauty has helped me celebrate my beauty and embrace the way my skin is meant to be.
It is funny how things are just meant to be~I always say this yet, saying it constantly surprises me :)
I will outline the routine I have been using daily below, providing a little able to the products, how to use them, and my thoughts.
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5 products. No paragons, sulfates, DEA, phthalates, mineral oils, chemical sunscreens, and or synthetic fragrances. No testing on animals. The key ingredient utilized in this routine is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps skin hold and retain a balanced amount of moisture. This promotes softer and smoother skin and also works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This acid combined with 5 natural forces of nature (Vitamin C, Prickly Pear Cactus Seed Oil, Antarctic Glycoproteins, Alpine Edelweis, and Deep Sea Hydrothermal Enzymes) makes up the HY+5 complex as Willing Beauty calls it.
AM- Goodmorning Sunshine
1. Do Over -Nourishing Cleanser
used to give your skin a fresh start, sweep away dead skin cells from the night
hydrates and strengthens
HOW TO: apply morning and night on damp face. Massage in circular motion and then rinse.
MY THOUGHTS: The cleanser is super smooth and calming. When I first started using it I think this consistency was essential - If I had used an abrasive scrub, it would only have further irritated my skin. This on the other hand was so light and soft. It leaves my skin moist and it does a very good job of removing make-up. No parched skin like after the use of those lazy make-up wipes!
2. Daydream- Illumination Day Moisturizer
lightweight instant hydration
antioxidant- rich HY+5 Complex
preps skin with perfect moisture base
HOW TO: apply dime sized amount on face, neck, décolletage
MY THOUGHTS: This moisturizer is incredible. You can tell how light it is by how it comes right out of the tube- it is extremely soft and easy to blend. Your skin just sucks it right up, if that makes any sense! It feels relaxing and cooling on- just what your skin craves after cleansing.
3. Get Set- 3-IN-1 SPF30 Tinted Primer
non-nano mineral sunscreen
antioxidant-rich HY+5 Complex
HOW TO: apply after using Daydream Moisturizer
MY THOUGHTS: At first -I will be honest- I didn't think this color would work for my skin. It has a little of a yellowish tone when coming out of the tube. But when going to put it on though- the color adjusts and blends in perfectly- it really is a universal shade that somehow is a chameleon on your skin. Blending is definitely necessary but I was pleasantly surprised by this product!
PM- Sweet dreams lovely
1. Do Over- Nourishing Cleanser
(same product used in the AM)
2. Partner in Crime- Age-Defying Formulation Night Serum
has the highest amount of the active level of HY+5 Complex
helps improve elasticity
diminishes appearance of fine lines
HOW TO: apply 3-5 drops to cleansed face, neck, and décolletage
MY THOUGHTS: This product is very easy to apply- the bottle perfectly dispenses dime sized drops so you don't need to worry if you are applying too much and wasting product. Like all the Willing Beauty products, it has a fresh scent that is by no means overpowering. It smells clean and feels luxuriating on. It soaks into the skin and does not feel sticky like some other serums do. I pat this product gently into my skin and follow up immediately with the night cream.
3. Sleepover- Replenishing Night Cream
moisture attracting molecules
antioxidant rich HY+5 Complex
brightening fruit acids
HOW TO: massage over face, neck, and décolletage in circular motion.
MY THOUGHTS: This is my favorite step. The night serum is great, but the night cream seals the deal- making the nightly routine feel like a spa night! It is SO MOISTURIZING. I love how thick it feels when you first apply it. It blends well on top of the serum. Again my skin is left feeling smooth and supple, ready for a night of beauty sleep
Meant to be with love,
***Disclaimer- I was sent these products by Willing Beauty in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own.