Alba Botanica Acne Dote Face & Body Scrub REVIEW

Today I am gonna review for you Alba Botanica Acne Dote Face & Body Scrub. What caught my attention is that this scrub is 100% natural with no parabens and any synthetic fragrances, which seemed to be perfect for my sensitive, breakouts prone skin.
What producer says about scrub:
  • Treats and helps prevent breakouts for squeaky-clean, clear skin
  • Foaming scrub with ground walnut shell is tough on backne but naturally gentle enough for daily facial cleansing
  • 100% vegetarian ingredients
  • No animal testing
  • NO: parabens, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances20170215_130209.png
My impressions
I would say it is a mild (not too delicate, yet not too strong) scrub. I used it daily for my face & neckline area for about 3 weeks. When I opened the tube I saw brown colored scrub. It surprised me a bit, because the box is white-green so I was expecting something lighter. Anyways, this is just a color 🙂

 

Scrub smells like mint & crashed walnut/hazelnut which for me it was not an amazingly pleasant scent, but also not too bad. When you apply scrub on your face – oh my goodness! I really like how it feels on my skin, and after I rinsed my face with water, I felt it very refreshed – probably because scrub contains peppermint. Skin was smoother, brighter, refreshed and did not feel too dry.
Does it work for acne?
Active ingredient here is salicylic acid. This type of acid may help with milder acne, but not if you suffer from really bad, hormonal, cystic acne. It helps to unclog pores to resolve lesions, however it does not kills bacteria. So it means that if you stop using product with salicylic acid, your pores comes back to previous condition. In my case it helps to calm down my skin, but the best thing is that I could finally got rid off dead skin (which is sometimes visible after I dry my breakouts with tea tree oil or zinc cream). In general, I found my skin cleaner & brighter – because as I was saying – this scrub removes dead skin cells & oil from the skin amazingly.
Time to give my points; where 1 means ‘I don’t like it’, 5 means ‘I love it’
package: 4 (sometimes I get too much of this scrub – so I don’t know if the consistency could be thicker or tube could have smaller ending)
consistency: 5
fragrance: 3
effectiveness:
price: 5 (very reasonable 6-9$ for 8oz)
availability: 5 (from target to whole foods + online)
Would I buy it again? Yes
To sum up, I am not fan of the scent, but I like how effective this scrub is. However the fragrance is not a problem, and at least I am sure it is 100% natural. For more diligent & curious readers – bellow the review I present the list of ingredients. I hope you found this review helpful. Do you know other organic scrubs? Do you recommend anything?
Ingredients
Active: Salicylic acid 2% – Acne Treatment
Other: Aqua (water), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate, cocamidopropyl betaine, juglans regia (walnut) shell powder, glycerin, spiraea ullmaria extract, lens esculenta (lentil) fruit extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) rhizome/root, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, salix alba (willow) bark extract, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, citrus aurantium dulis (orange) peel oil, menta piperita (peppermint) oil, algin, allantoin, citric acid, panthenol, cellulose gum , sclerotium gum, xanthan gum, ethylhexylglycerin, phenoxyethanol, citral, limonene, linalool.

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Apple cider vinegar for breakouts & acne? Yes!

Do you struggle with breakouts, acne, visible pores? Or just want to have your complexion looking clean and bright? Go to your kitchen and try this natural, easy to make apple cider vinegar toner.
Apple cider vinegar
It may sound weird, but actually it works very well. Why? Because our skin is naturally acidic with a normal pH from 4,5-5,5. If we use daily too strong product (yes we do – that is how most of anti – acne soaps are…) we disrupt this natural skin acidity. What happens when you destroy this acidic mantle of the skin? You do not have a protective layer and germs, bacteria and other disasters can easily get to your pores!img_20170213_150813_394
How apple cider vinegar cures acne
  • brings back skin acidity
  • kills bacteria
  • kills germs
  • removes dust, oil
  • removes dead skin cells
How to make it?
Apple cider vinegar itself is pretty strong (of course – because it is acid) but you can easily mix 1 spoon of ACV with 1-4 spoon of filtered water (depends how sensitive your skin is, I use 1 tsp ACV + 1 tsp of water and I am fine) and apply to your skin with a cotton pad. Apply on your skin after cleansing (like regular toner). That’s it! Effects – you will see right away, because your skin will look much cleaner.
Warnings & tips
  • make sure you do not have damaged skin – it may hurt when you apply acid on it…
  • avoid eyes (and eyes area) contact
  • you use organic, UNPASTEURIZED apple cider vinegar – like mine in the picture bellow
  • Let toner dry, then apply moisturizing, light cream not to make your skin feeling too dry

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Have you tried this? How did it work for you? Maybe you recommend other natural toners?

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Why you should throw your deodorant with aluminium to the trash can…

I have never paid attention to ingredients, especially of deodorants and antiperspirants. The only criteria of choosing one for me was – pretty, but not too strong smell. Well, that was a huge mistake. Check out why.
Have you ever wondered why antiperspirant takes your sweat away and actually makes your armpit even too dry and feel kind of sharp instead of smooth? Is it actually good for you to take the sweat completely away? I wouldn’t be too sure about it. Sweating is a natural process of regulating body temperature and removing toxins from organism. Moreover (point 3, 4) according to Doctor Mercola, sweating:
  1. Maintain proper temperature and keep you from overheating
  2. Expel toxins, which supports proper immune function and helps prevent diseases related to toxic overload
  3. Kill viruses and bacteria that cannot survive in temperatures above 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit
  4. Clean the pores, which will help eliminate blackheads and acne
Obviously none of us wants to smell bad or sweat too much and feel uncomfortable and I don’t think that using a deodorant is a bad idea, but – be careful what you use!
Deodorant or antiperspirant?
Ok, I guess we all decided to get rid off the bad odor but how? There are basically two options: deodorant or antiperspirant. What is the difference between these two?
  • Deodorant – when applied it prevents body odor caused by the bacterial breakdown of perspiration. It means that it allows you to sweat and get rid off the toxins etc., but kills the odor.
  • Antiperspirant – works by preventing perspiration from occurring, in other words it is blocking your sweat.
I know some of us maybe sweat too much in the summer – which is not pleasant feeling and in the summer maybe I would use antiperspirant to block the sweat, but hmm… I can’t risk it, because of…  a l u m i n i u m.img_20170209_114316_781
In majority of antiperspirants available on the market, the active ingredient (sweat blocker) is aluminium. Why aluminium is so bad for you? Aluminium may cause skin irritation and in general it is toxic for your body. Aluminium is connected with: breast cancer (!), Alzheimer’s Disease, bone disorders and even kidney problems! Surprised? I was a little bit, because I used antiperspirants based on aluminium since I was 15… so yes. Great. But now I know and I won’t come back to it.
What deodorant to buy?
I personally recommend to look for organic brands which offer aluminium – free deodorants and also with no artificial fragrances added. It is important to make sure that your deodorant is based on natural oils, because aluinium may not be the only harmful ingredient. 
For example here we have an organic deodorant with the list of natural ingredients available here >> 
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I’ve also heard of making your own deodorant, however I’ve never did. It is pretty simple recipe – baking soda (1/2 cup), arrowroot powder (1/2 cup) and coconut oil (until it moist). Did you try it? Does it work? Do you have other recipes or favorite organic brands? Leave a comment! 🙂

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How to choose the best beauty supplement?

There are so many supplements and vitamins available on the market nowadays. In the pharmacies, local stores we can see huge shelves full of colorful bottles and jars. Online we can find even more… but which supplements are really helpful? How not to get crazy with them all? Today I will show you how to choose best beauty supplements for women.

Track, then attack!

If you do not want to get crazy with a variety of supplements, you should try to find out what is your main problem first. Hair loss, acne, weak nails? The supplement for hair growth will not help with acne etc. and also from experience I can tell that if something is for everything (like some of multivitamins for almost every problem of your life) it won’t help with anything… why? Because this one supplement will not provide all of sufficient amounts of vitamins & minerals you need. For example; biotin to work for hair growth (especially for those with hypothyroidism – read 7 essential nutrients for optimal thyroid function) have to be taken at least in amount of 10 000 mcg (10mg), but I found that often in multi-supplements/vitamins there is only like 300 mcg of biotin – which is really too little if you already have hair-loss problem.
On the other hand, if you have splitting nails, you may research a little bit on the internet and you’ll find out that you need vitamins from B group, calcium and zinc. Then, you should focus on those supplements which contains exactly these vitamins and minerals which you need, but in a bigger amounts. My point is – hit the spot. You do not need complicated ingredients which just fill the capsules in very little amounts – you need to find the source of the problem and then beat it!
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Research tips

It is hard to decide which brand to choose. I also noticed that sometimes in local stores unfortunately the prices are higher than for instance on amazon. Amazon have another helpful feature – users opinions & reviews. If the people who bought it before you are not happy, there is a high possibility you won’t be either. Check some comments before you click ‘add to cart’, so your chances to avoid disappointment increases. However, you have to be careful with buying online – some supplements, mainly liquids – may be delivered in a leaky bottle (I had once such a story), some also may be fake – make sure you are buying from trusted seller.Placeholder Image
Tip: try not to focus on a reviews on a website of particular brand, because they sometimes buy users opinions – this is why they always have 5 stars! Not fun. Check on a few websites and amazon – this is the best way from my personal experience.

My TOP beauty supplements

Beauty surely is inside you, but do not be foolish – with thinning hair, acne on face and splitting nails you neither look nor feel too attractive. Right? If you already found out that you have hypothyroidism or other condition ruining your health and appearance and you take certain medications (hormones etc.), you may want to support yourself with supplements. Here you go. Bellow I present my top hair & nails & skin supplements. However, what worked perfectly for me, may not be that great to you, but I really, really recommend to find it out on your own 🙂
  1. Stress Management Calivita – I got this supplement in Europe and it works amazing. The name suggests that it manages stress (maybe…), but for me it worked amazingly for nails and hair growth! This is supplement mostly contains vitamins from group B. You can find in USA a lot of supplements containing vitamins from group B – make sure the amounts are pretty big, so you will notice that your nails and hair are stronger.
  2. Herpanacine – skin support system. This supplement has a crazy amounts of vit A (12500Ul = 250% daily value) & E (100Ul covering 333% of daily value). Vit A & E are crucial for skin health. It also contains Zinc and Selenium – all of this together creates a great skin boost! It is also free of dairy, wheat, sugar, artificial preservatives, flavor or fragrance. Yay!
  3.  Country Life Biotin 10mg – this product did wonders when I was struggling with extremely bad hair loss. Although it took a month to see the results, the effect was worth it. I highly recommend this type of biotin!
  4. Collagen type 1 & 3 – this supplement is available in powder or capsules. As for me, it helped with the skin which is visibly brighter while taking this powder and not that dry anymore. Also nails looks much better & shiny. It contains 6000 mg of collagen + vit C to help you absorb collagen. More >>> 
  5.  Floradix iron in Herbs – we usually connect iron with anemia and that is correct, but actually this element is crucial to stop hair loss even if you do not have anemia condition. I used to have iron deficiency and I tried a lot of iron tablets even prescribed – which were working really bad for me – constipation, vomiting, bloating or all of it together 😦 A friend recommended to me this one and I can testify that it is amazing – it contains vitamin C which helps to absorb the iron and also it is natural, made with herbs. Tastes herbal, but more like sweet syrup.
    I hope my guide helped you a little bit, so next time you will buy your supplement much faster and it will be working for your particular condition. Remember that obviously the best source of vitamins and minerals are foods, and supplements are just to help with the deficiency, not to make you avoiding certain foods. Also examples of hair loss + nails splitting in this article may indicate other health issues than just vitamin & minerals deficiency – check with your doctor before you decide to buy supplements.

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