Obtaining a clear, flawless face is high on the most wanted list. Seems we’re always on the quest for that miracle potion. At least I am, and have been for years. On that note, I’ve been asked to share which beauty products I use because (not to boast) I’m often told that I have nice skin. As we know, part of it is staying out of the sun. Another part is wearing a solid sunscreen while under the sun. And of course we can’t forget genes. Aside from all of this, I do believe in that one great product. And, a really effective serum I’ve been loyal to forever and use religiously is… SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF. It’s a combination of Phloretin, Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid that works on “conquering damage at every level of the skin.” They had me at “conquering damage” by the way! This serum is for normal, oily or combination skin and is quite the triple threat – it’s reportedly a very powerful antioxidant, helps prevent sun damage and “correct existing damage from the inside out.” I use it in the morning after washing my face then let it sink in for a minute before loading up on the SPF 30. The company reports skin will look “more youthful, firm and radiant.” Sign me up, right!? After years of using this serum I can honestly say it’s true. And SkinCeuticals offers many other products that address different skin types and conditions including dry, rosacea, acne and sensitive. The C E Ferulic is another winner. Phloretin CF is my miracle potion because it works for me. I hope it (or one of their other serums) works for you too.
Over the last year I’ve become quite the green tea connoisseur. Tea has always been my preference over coffee, but Earl Grey was my go to. I still love my Earl and the alluring oil of Bergamot aroma that wafts from the cup. I’ve dabbled with the green variety for years because it’s touted as such a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are said to help prevent aging and chronic diseases. Now, who doesn’t want to down a cup full of that? It’s just that every variety of green I sampled tasted really bland, and I couldn’t get past a few sips before tossing it. Everything changed when I discovered Rishi Matcha Super Green. Matcha is said to be loaded with more antioxidants (i.e. anti-aging, anti-aging, anti-aging) than pomegranates or blueberries. Pure matcha comes in the form of a powder (the leaves are finely ground). Mighty Leaf also offers nice varieties of matcha tea and they even have a trusty how-to video on the preparation of matcha. The Matcha Super Green by Rishi is a blend of both matcha powder and sencha tea leaves. I simply place a tablespoon full into my strainer, pour on some hot water and let the green goodness fill up the mug. I love the taste – it’s definitely mellow, earthy and, well, green. Matcha is also said to be an energy booster, which I can definitely attest to and it’s reportedly helpful in burning calories. Let us review shall we: matcha is anti-aging, energy-boosting, calorie-burning and tasty – basically there’s really no good reason not to be drinking this stuff!