Sharing my thoughts on how important self care is during the holiday season, plus a review on Sustainable Youth Skincare.
It goes without saying that the holiday season is stressful. From decorating the house, to searching for the perfect gifts and the countless parties, it’s a lot to take on and the pressure for everything to be perfect is more than overwhelming these days. It dawned on me early last week as I was prepping for our house to be filled with family for Thanksgiving that I’m missing the point of what the holidays are supposed to be about and stressing out over ridiculous things. Right then & there I committed to implementing holiday self care.
Self care is getting a lot of talk these days and rightfully so. We live in such a hustle & bustle world where we rarely allow ourselves to indulge in some downtime. When I talk about truly practicing some holiday self care, I mean it could be anything from taking hot baths with your favorite book, heading to the spa, carving out time for yoga, adding 5 minutes of meditation in the morning or taking the time to invest in your skincare regime.
This was the year that I really committed to taking care of my skin and since I was a few weeks out from my next facial appointment and out of my typical product, I thought what better time than to try the Sustainable Youth skincare line.
Life in general, but especially skincare, isn’t a one brand fits all type of deal. If you find that you love the serums from one brand, but your skin craves the hydrating moisturizer from another brand, then go for it as long as your skincare needs are being met.
I was excited to give some of the Sustainable Youth products a try because they’re made with organic, natural and green ingredients. Those qualities in my skincare are non-negotiable and was the first thing I asked when I heard about the brand. I also love that they use pure essential oils, it’s free of animal-derived ingredients (and never tested on them), it doesn’t include any endangered plant species and free of the nasty’s (aka petrolatum, propylene glycol and parabens).
Now, the one thing Sustainable Youth skincare does have is Alasta® which is derived from the rind of the aloe vera plant. It’s no secret that aloe has some serious natural healing properties and it sounds like they took it’s potential and made it even better.
The 3 products I tried were the Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion, Ultra Hydrating Anytime Cream, and the Anytime Lift Eye Treatment. I’ve been using them routinely, morning and night, for a little over 2 weeks and wanted to share my review of the skincare products with you.
Let’s start with the Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion. While I wasn’t super in love with the overall smell of the product, it did feel almost like a luxurious cleaning cream and that’s because it has coco seed butter in it. The combination of all-natural ingredients that include cucumber, white mulberry, green tea, licorice root (love this stuff) and fig really did a nice job of removing my makeup at the end of the day and kept my skin feeling hydrated and not stripped of all my natural oils. Now, the one thing for me personally is that I couldn’t use it to remove eye makeup. For some reason it made my eyes burn and sting. Thus, I only used it as a face wash staying away from the eye area.
After I cleansed my face, I would put on a serum and then utilize the Ultra Hydrating Anytime Cream with the Alasta®. Let me just say this, I have come to really enjoy this moisturizer as my everyday morning and night cream. It’s lightweight for everyday use (even under makeup) and my skin just soaks it up. It also has the cucumber, white mulberry, green tea, licorice root and fit, but also includes high quality organic virgin olive oil, virgin flaxseed oil, macadamia nut oil, pure jojoba seed oil, organic virgin coconut oil, organic sweet almond oil AND organic shea butter. NO WONDER my skin feels so darn smooth after I put it on! Holy smokes. I also love the pumping mechanism, no lid to have to worry about!
After I applied the moisturizer, I used the Anytime Lift Eye Treatment both morning and night. This might be my favorite product from the 3 that I tried. I typically haven’t been putting on eye cream in the morning because they’re often really thick and then my makeup sort of sits on top of it looking a bit “cakey.” This eye treatment however is SUPER lightweight, almost gel-like, and just feels really hydrating and soaks in rather quickly. This also has the Alasta® in it along with the combo of cucumber to fig ingredients, but also adds in some natural plant herb blends along with a blend of water soluble vegetable protein to create balanced skin. This little tube will last you a long time because a little goes a LONG way.
Overall, I’m really pleasantly happy with the products. I probably wouldn’t continue to use the cleansing lotion because of the eye irritation, but I’m already incorporating the Anytime Cream and Lift Eye Treatment into my everyday skincare routine. I love when you can find good quality brands who make it their mission to commit to sustainability, utilize all-natural plant based ingredients and have a love for animals because they’re cruelty free. That’s a win-win in my book!
If you end up trying any of the products from the Sustainable Youth skincare line let me know. I love hearing other people’s reactions to products I personally love. And don’t forget to carve out some time for holiday self care to create the best you yet!
This post is sponsored by Sustainable Youth but all opinions are 100% my own!
Keep Living a Stylized Life.