Sore joints and muscles? Kneipp to the rescue!

Arnica. Who knew it was such a miracle ingredient? If you exercise and have sore muscles after, if you have arthritis or suffer from stiff, swollen joints, bruise easily, or even if you get a bug bite, arnica is the answer to your prayers. Here are the benefits are arnica:

  • Help reduce pain related to sore muscles and joints
  • Help heal bruises faster
  • Aid in reducing swelling and inflammation
  • Help speed recovery
  • Help ease joint stiffness and aches
  • Help reduce swelling from insect bites

KNEIPP® has an entire line of products with arnica as the main ingredient and I have four to tell you about today. I am an avid exerciser – I work out with a trainer (I put him in my contact list as ‘Mr. Grey’ because I swear he is a sadist) and I also bike and do interval training classes. Plus, I recently had shoulder surgery so it seems like I am constantly sore and in some sort of pain! I was chomping at the bit to put these products to the test.

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Kneipp Arnica Intensive Cream

Kneipp Arnica Intensive Cream

The KNEIPP® ARNICA INTENSIVE CREAM ($22) is a light massage cream with a 10% Arnica tincture for pain relief.  I find this is the stuff to put on even before the pain starts – when you know it’s coming, massage some of this in, and it really eases the pain and soreness. I put this on before ‘leg day’ workouts and my soreness afterwards is greatly reduced. It’s also terrific for application at night, then when you wake up in the morning soreness and stiffness is much less than usual. The cream absorbs in quickly and easily without any greasiness and the product is all natural and vegan.

Kneipp Arnica Massage Oil

I love a good massage oil and the KNEIPP® ARNICA MASSAGE OIL ($23) is a great one! It has a base of arnica and ginger extracts, along with shea butter, sunflower oil, and almond oil. The arnica extract works on joints and muscles, addressing both pain and inflammation in addition to the way the massage is helping your muscles relax and recover. The slip is fantastic and the oil absorbs slowly so you actually use less of the product, which means the bottle lasts longer than most bottles of massage oil – and the massage itself lasts longer, always a plus!!

Kneipp Arnica Cooling Gel

Kneipp Arnica Cooling Gel

The KNEIPP® ARNICA COOLING GEL ($15) is a really neat product that anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet will appreciate. It’s a very refreshing gel that is amazing for specific, targeted areas to reduce inflammation. There is nothing that feels better than having a rub down of your aching calves and feet with this fabulous gel – it’s like heaven! This is also great to apply on bruised areas for quicker healing.

Kneipp Active Gel

Kneipp Active Gel

The KNEIPP® ARNICA & MOUNTAIN PINE ACTIVE GEL ($25) is a must-have for sports enthusiasts. It’s terrific to use while you are actually working out, like biking or hiking. You just massage in a little of the gel to any area that is getting sore for instant relief, and it helps to keep muscles from getting sore and keep bruises from developing. After working out, using this gel will help your muscles and joints recover more quickly. It’s great stuff! I love how it doesn’t have all the chemicals that you find in other pain creams that are on the market.

KNEIPP®is a wonderful go-to for pain relief products whether you have arthritis or are an athlete or just have occasional aches and pains. They also some arnica bath products that I haven’t tested that look great, too. Keep yourself feeling great and pain-free with KNEIPP®!  – Lisa

Four favorites from AmLactin for beating dry skin blues!

Four favorites from AmLactin for beating dry skin blues!

Summer is my favorite season for many reasons but I think the biggest one is that my skin stays soft and hydrated since it doesn’t have to deal with dry indoor heat. As soon as the coolness of fall descends I start getting itchy and I know it’s time to break out my heavy hitting body moisturizers. Some of my favorites come from AmLactin.

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AmLactin has serious skin relief that is easily available, easy on the pocketbook, and easy to use. Plus, the selection of products is impressive. Here are my top four favorites for beating the dreaded indoor heat.

AmLactin Ultra Smoothing Intensly Hydrating Cream

AmLactin Ultra Smoothing Intensly Hydrating Cream

AmLactin Ultra Smoothing Intensely Hydrating Cream

  1.  AmLactin Ultra Smoothing Intensely Hydrating Cream ($13.80)  This is a magnificent hydrating cream for tackling Keratosis Pilaris, aka ‘KP’. I have these tiny bumps on my upper arms, and nothing gets rid of them like this moisturizing lotion. I love that this is fragrance free, so it doesn’t compete with any other scents I am wearing. It does tingle a bit when I put it on, but that sensation is very mild and short-lived. You can use this anywhere on the body and even the face, according to the packaging, but I save it specifically for my arms. It makes that KP a thing of the past and keeps dry patches from forming.

    AmLactin Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion

    AmLactin Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion

    AmLactin Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion

  2. AmLactin Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion ($14)  AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion is a workhorse body lotion. This is the one to keep next to the sink in every bathroom, the one you want to always have available for guests. It’s pH balanced for skin with 12% lactic acid and it keeps skin beautifully moisturized. It promotes cell exfoliation so all the good stuff is able to penetrate and everyone loves this fragrance-free, gentle moisturizer. Get several bottles so you never run out.  

    AmLactin Rapid Relief Restoring Lotion + Ceramides

    AmLactin Rapid Relief Restoring Lotion + Ceramides

    AmLactin Rapid Relief Restoring Lotion + Ceramides

  3. AmLactin Rapid Relief Restoring Lotion + Ceramides ($16) When I get itchy this is what I reach for to get instant relief. Rough, flaky, itchy skin is gone immediately with this miracle cream. This is thicker and more emollient than the other lotions – it takes a while to soak in, but once it does it sure does a fantastic job of taking care of stressed out skin! The bottle says 24 hour relief but I typically apply in the morning after showering and then slather it on again at night before bed during the really cold months just to keep super dry skin at bay.

    AmLactin Foot Repair Foot Cream Therapy

    AmLactin Foot Repair Foot Cream Therapy

    AmLactin Foot Repair Foot Cream Therapy

  4. AmLactin Foot Repair Foot Cream Therapy ($10)  Such a nice foot cream!! While this gives instant relief and immediate results to dry, cracked skin and calluses, it really impresses when you use this regularly. Keep it on your bed stand and a few nights a week put a thin layer on your feet and wear socks as long as you can stand it. I can only keep them on for a few hours before I feel like I am suffocating…am I the only weird one like that? Then I have to take them off and put at least one foot out from under the covers. I know, I’m strange. Anyway, the longer you can keep those socks on, the better your feet get – split and cracked skin heals right up, and calluses smooth and shrink. It’s a beautiful thing!

I love AmLactin for many reasons, but mainly because the products really work and they are very affordable. It’s almost time for that dry indoor heat to kick in, so the next time you are at the drugstore remember to stock up and you’ll be ready – you may even make it through the season without any dry itchy skin at all because you are so prepared!  – Lisa

Vintage charm with Le Couvent des Minimes

Le Couvent des Minimes

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I adore anything vintage and the Le Couvent des Minimes line is a wonderful botanical based line with throwback packaging and classic products that take you back in time. Even better, Le Couvent des Minimes supports child and health care projects by giving back 1% of all of their annual sales to their Franciscan Missionaries. I have been testing two skin care products that get high marks from me and if you love summery scents you will really love these.

Le Couvent des Minimes Cloister Body Gel Cream

Le Couvent des Minimes Cloister Body Gel Cream

The Cloister Body Gel Cream ($18, 7 oz.) is a very rich body cream that has a super cool gel-like texture. The base is shea butter, and it’s combined with rose oil to lock in hydration while the other essentials oils exfoliate the skin.
Key Ingredients:

  • Shea Butter: softens skin and retains moisture
  • Essential Oils: detoxifies and exfoliates skin
  • Vitamin E: boosts the skins natural repair processes

This has a very pronounced rose scent, so if you love roses you will be in heaven. Rose makes for a great antibacterial and this gel body cream is a truly incredible hydrator. It leaves skin unbelievably soft and smelling feminine and well, yes – like a rose!

Le Couvent des Minimes Loving Care the Face Cream for Sensitive Skin

Le Couvent des Minimes Loving Care the Face Cream for Sensitive Skin

The Loving Care for the Face Cream for Sensitive Skin ($18) was actually inspired by Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. They protected and soothed those in need, and so does this face cream – it soothes skin, protects it, and keeps it hydrated. It gives immediate relief, and can even be used on children under the age of 3. It does have fragrance, although it’s light and a very soft floral. Ingredients include:

•Grape-seed Oil: nourishes and prevents dry skin
•Mallow Extract: moisturizes and softens
•Calendula Extract: helps to reinforce the natural skin barrier
•Rose Flower Water: soothes

If you love vintage inspired products as well as lines that support great causes, then be sure to check out Le Couvent des Minimes! You can find them online at Dermstore.com.  – Lisa

 

When a shower isn’t in the cards, go Purequosa Organic Cleansing Body Spray

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I am obsessed with finding perfect travel sized products. I have a box in my closet with all my favorites. That way, whenever a trip comes up, I can pull out the box and grab what I need. It doesn’t have to be a long vacation – even just a longer car ride or a trip to the gym can benefit from some great travel sized products. I am totally loving PUREQUOSA, a hip body spray line that features colloidal silver – and I am super excited that they now also have the perfect 2 oz travel size bottles in addition to the traditional 8 oz bottles.

The body sprays are all exactly what you need when you want to take a quick shower but that simply isn’t in the cards. The sprays freshen you up, get you smelling great, and they are totally organic and alcohol and chemical free. They come in three different types:

Purequosa Desert Body Spray

Desert Body Spray: This is the most hydrating of the three. If you tend toward dry, itchy skin, you will adore the love quench from every spritz. The ingredients include yucca root, which has lots of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. It smells slightly spicy to me..sort of like oregano, but less foody. Hard to describe, but it’s nice and natural. I really like it.

Purequosa Rain Body Spray

Rain Body Spray: Who needs a shower? Not me when I have this bad ass body spray. It even smells like water…cool, clean, crisp water with a hint of cucumber. It’s just like I took a dip in the world’s loveliest spa, even after 10 hours in a minivan with nothing to eat but Pringles from a can. This is the bomb.

Purequosa Coastal Body Spray

Coastal Body Spray: This one has a very unisex scent, kind of outdoorsy clean and fresh. One of the ingredients is sage, which is an excellent antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, and antibacterial. It’s the perfect body spray for your gym bag and is definitely the antidote to any sweaty feet worries you might have throughout the day.

A few other fun facts:  Purequosa is handmade in small batches and you can use to clean your yoga mat, your hand weights, your bike seat and helmet, and any other workout gear you want.

You can find Purequosa at H20 Closet, Mixx Yoga, and Asana Fit or you can purchase directly at purequosa.com.  Don’t forget to pick up those 2 oz travel bottles – they really come in handy! – Lisa
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A trip to the tropics with Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

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A few years ago I traveled to Costa Rica, and I still think about those incredible beaches and lush tropical forests.  Phytocéane recently came out with an amazing hydrating body water spray that takes me right back to that fantastic yoga retreat I visited in Costa Rica thanks to the beautiful scent, and it also gives me soft, moisturized skin.

Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

 COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water ($48) is a body spray with a gorgeous tropical fragrance that is a combination of peach, apple, melon and pineapple blended with jasmine, cedar and musk. A few sprays of this and WOW – I am instantly transported to Costa Rica!  The scent is beachy yet elegant, and it’s soft and not overpowering.  Absolutely perfect for summer.

Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water is also great for hydrating dry skin.  The main ingredient is jania, which is a sustainably-cultivated red vegetal coral that provides skin with intense hydration.  It leaves my skin feels wonderfully soft and fresh, something I really appreciate since it gets very dry and itchy during long hot days.

Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

The combination of beautiful tropical scent and soothing hydration for skin makes the Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water a real winner and one of my favorite products this summer.  You can find this as well as all the other fantastic Phytoceane products at lespausa.com.  – Lisa

SeabuckWonders delights me and has a giveaway for you

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SeabuckWonders Body Lotion and Ultimate Hair, Skin & Nails

I’ve read a lot about SeabuckWonders in the past but truthfully I never was enticed by it. That was a mistake and I’m here to admit it. I am using two of their products and am ready for more.

Sea buckthorn is considered to be one of nature’s most balanced fruits. SeabuckWonders uses the finest certified organic Sea Buckthorn from Tibet. It’s rich in anti-oxidants and contains the highest level of the rare Omega-7 that is great for skin as well as used internally for cardio-vascular, gastrointestinal, liver health, and immune support. My internist gave these a big thumbs up when I called to ask about the Ultimate Hair, Skin & Nails supplement.supplement police photoI am a supplement taker and I know not everyone is but I believe in adding things that my body is probably missing from my diet. I do encourage you to check with your doctor prior to using any supplement though as I’m not in the medical field. I’ve taken several different types of products for my hair, skin & nails but not all are as loaded with Omega oils as SeabuckWonders. I was advised to take Omegas for heart health so with SeabuckWonders Ultimate Hair, Skin & Nails I’m taking 2 of these daily to give me natural support for my complexion, nails, hair, and heart.

SeabuckWonders Ultimate Hair, Skin & Nails

The recommended dose is two of these vegetarian softgels. That provides 5000 mcg of Biotin along with 800 mg of Organic Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil (Omega 7) and 200 mg of Organic Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil (Omega 3).

Omega 7 provides deep hydration and boosts skin cell functions. Omegas 3, 6 & 9 nourish and restore the natural balance of the skin. Biotin is a B vitamin that is crucial for supporting healthy functions in the body. It improves the metabolism of fatty acids and amino acids. Biotin can stop dry brittle nails, problem skin and moisturize hair that breaks. Combining sea buckthorn oil with biotin replenishes strength like no other supplement can.

SeabuckWonders Ultimate Hair, Skin & Nails

As someone who has lost hair due to health problems I love how much thicker and fuller my hair has become. In addition I know that it’s keeping my nails stronger.

SeabuckWonders Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion

The other product I’m using from SeabuckWonders is their Himalyan Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion which is a perfect addition to my summer routine. This lovely lotion is lightweight and gets absorbed beautifully. But it’s not so lightweight that it’s like applying nothing on my skin. The lotion feels and looks rich but it doesn’t smother your skin, it lets it breathe while we’re wearing lighter clothes in the warm weather.

SeabuckWonders Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion

I keep it on the shelf in my shower so that I can apply it on my damp body and it makes my body feel nourished. I’ll grab it out of the shower to use on my hands as a hand lotion too. I actually should buy an extra to keep in my guest bath as a hand lotion.

SeabuckWonders Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion

There’s a very pleasant light natural orange scent from natural essential orange oil. It doesn’t last long which is too bad since I like it so much. It contains Omega Fatty Acids 7, 3, 6 & 9. These anti-oxidants are super for rejuvenating and replenishing the skin’s natural balance as well as for softening skin to be its silkiest. I love the way it feels on my skin. And it won’t interfere with any other fragrance you might use.

These are very reasonably priced items that you can purchase separately or together as a set. Amazon has the best prizes that I’ve found, especially on the body lotion.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  SeabuckWonders has kindly offered a set of the Body Lotion and Hair, Skin & Nails supplement to two US Beauty Info Zone subscribers. I’m excited about this and wish I could win myself. As usual you must be a Beauty Info Zone email subscriber and comment on the giveaway for your entries to be counted. This giveaway is open through 7/29/17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. —  Marcia

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Getting beach body thighs with Phytomer ResurfaSlim!

Phytomer ResurfaSlim

Phytomer ResurfaSlim

What is better than sitting back on the beach, gazing at the waves while sipping an ice-cold drink, watching all the cute boys as they walk past?

Doing all of those things knowing that they are watching you too because you look AMAZING.  Yes!!

Girlfriend, I may be over – ahem – 40, but I’m not dead. And neither are you. So let’s take care of our thighs, shall we? I’ve been testing Phytomer ResurfaSlim ($99) (pr sample) and it’s pretty incredible. This is a peel for your hips and thighs and tummy.  Basically, it is a 2 in 1 peel and slimming cream. It exfoliates cells, smooths out skin and resurfaces cellulite even the first time you use it, plus it diminishes stretch marks.

Phytomer ResurfaSlim

Phytomer ResurfaSlim

The first time I used it after an hour I noticed a definite difference in how smooth my skin was. I love immediate gratification, and this delivers! I think because I got results right away I remembered to use it regularly, every morning and every night, and I have been rewarded with slimming looking thighs and far lighter stretch marks. Mine weren’t super dark or thick to begin with, so your results may vary – but I am very happy with results I’ve gotten.

Phytomer ResurfaSlim

Phytomer ResurfaSlim

Key Ingredients and Benefits:

  • Glycolic, lactic and citric acids plus marine AHAs (Porphyra-Conchoclis): Acid exfoliants for a resurfaced figure
  • Pepper Slimactiv (pink pepper oil): Exclusively targets adipocytes for enhanced lipolytic efficacy
  • GMR – Global Marine Reshaper: Reshapes all the tissues to tone the skin structure

The peeling part comes from the AHA’s, which smooth cellulite and prep skin to absorb the slimming ingredients. The pink pepper oil is the fat burner – remember when caffeine was all the rage for thinner thighs and less cellulite? ResurfaSlim’s combo of the AHA’s and pink pepper oil is eight times more powerful than caffeine! The GMR softens skin and leaves it feeling incredibly smooth to the touch.  There is a fragrance and it’s lovely – jasmine, iris, and fresh green notes.

If you are sensitive to iodine, this is not a product for you. However, if this isn’t a problem and you want slimmer thighs, less dimpling, and less noticeable stretch marks…my goodness, give Phytomer ResurfaSlim a shot!! It really is the bomb. Try it now and by mid July you won’t believe your results. This was one time I didn’t mind having cellulite, only because I got to try this really cool product! Now I just need to figure out a way to get a lifetime supply of ResurfaSlim…..ha!  – Lisa

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Ingredients:  AQUA, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CETYL ALCOHOL, C10 -18 TRIGLYCERIDES, DIMETHICONE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER), ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, METHYLSILANOL HYDROXYPROLINE ASPARTATE, ZEA MAYS (CORN OIL), MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), PEG-75 STEARATE, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL , JOJOBA ESTERS, GLYCOLIC ACID, CHLORPHENESIN, XANTHAN GUM, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, CARBOMER, LAMINIARIA DIGITATA EXTRACT, CELLULOSE GUM, CETETH-20, STEARETH-20, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED WAX, LACTIC ACID, SODIUM MAGNESIUM SILICATE, CITRIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, MARIS SAL (SEA SALT), SHINUS TEREBINTHIFOLIUS SEED EXTRACT, LITHOTHAMIUM CALCARUM POWDER, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, TOCOPHEROL, CHLORELLA VULGARIS EXTRACT, PA;MARIA PALMATA EXTRACT, ACACIA DECURRENS FLOWER WAX, POLYGLYCERIN-3, HALOPTERIS SCOPARIA EXTRACT, SACCHARID ISOMERATE, SALICORNIA HERBACEA EXTRACT, SALICYLIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE, PORPHYRA LINEARIS POWDER, LINALOOL, GERANIOL, CITRAL, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE.