Cherry Berry COLLECTION
4 steps to glowing spring skin
Spring Skin Needs
When the first sign of spring appears, it's like a breath of fresh air, isn't it? You do a little happy dance and can't help but smile! Your skin feels this too. The days of being beaten up with cold, dry air are coming to an end, soon to be replaced with higher humidity and warmer, sunnier days. Sunburns are usually associated with trips to the beach in the height of the summer months, not during the cooler days of spring. In actuality, UV rays are more intense in the spring, we just might not realize it because it's still not that warm yet. When the angle of the sun becomes more direct, UV radiation strengthens which is happening between the spring equinox and summer solstice. Thus presenting a very real threat to our skin. So how do we support our skin through that? Answer: Cherries and Berries!
Cherries are loaded with antioxidants, 17 free-radical fighting antioxidants to be exact, that helps defend against environmental aggressors. Free radicals are known to accelerate aging and weaken the skin barrier making it vulnerable. Cherry oil supports your skin barrier function and brings it back to a state of homeostasis while calming inflammation, reducing redness & breakouts, evening skin tone, and it also combats cellular damage while promoting cellular regeneration. Making it great for sensitive, acne-prone and mature skin. High amounts of vit c help stimulate collagen production, brighten skin, lift dark spots, and assist with hyperpigmentation issues like acne scars and melasma. Let's not forget about EFAs (essential fatty acids) either. These naturally occur in the skin barrier and help lock in moisture. Sometimes we have a hard time replenishing them with our diet, especially omega 3's, which cherries have!
Berries In this Spring line we are leaning on the heavy hitters of Cloudberries, also known as Arctic Gold, and Goji Berries, also known as "Red Diamonds" and "Happy Fruit". Cloudberries grow in the arctic regions of Scandinavia in temperatures that dip down to -40°F. They are pretty tough and have the power to really protect our skin. They have 5x more vitamin c than an orange and are loaded with anthocyanins. This provides an important function for the plant for survival and reproduction. It also is what gives the berries their bright orange color which hints at its high beta carotene content, when applied to the skin this converts to Vit A which helps firm skin and boosts radiance. There have been numerous studies about these anthocyanins and how they have the potential to protect the skin from UV damage in a major way. Our freshly out of winter skin needs this major protection first thing in the spring when UV rays are at their peak. Cloudberries also contain a significant amount of ellagic acid, a polyphenol that prevents wrinkles and also repairs UV damage, the main contributor to skin aging. The goji berries have a lot of key b vitamins like riboflavin, thiamine, and nicotinic acid. These help with signs of aging, balance oil production, prevent dryness, calm irritated skin, and also helps our skin's surface structure. All those are awesome, but goji is the best natural source of zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin may protect skin from sun damage and improve skin tone and slow aging. Combined with goji berry's phenolic acid it has the ability to accelerate wound healing and adds protection against deleterious effects of solar irradiation. Long story short, we can consider cloudberry and goji berry as our best natural allies against UV rays and we can count on them to support our skin through aging.
This line gently and efficiently cleanses and exfoliates naturally with plant allies, extracts and clays while nourishing your skin. Potent antioxidant-rich oils protect your skin from UV rays and cancel out free radicals.
Step 1: Exfoliate with Cherry Berry Face Polish. You don't want to overdo it on exfoliating during the spring with an aggressive scrub, so we've crafted this face polish to be ever-so gentle for your face. Pumice, ground oats, cherry kernels, bentonite and rhassoul clay, gently cleanse, detox, and exfoliate the skin as the cherry, plum, hemp, and castor oils with their omega fatty acids and protect with a powerhouse of antioxidants.
How to use: Rinse face with WARM (not hot) water, gently massage the scrub all over the face, being sure to be extra gentle around the eye area. Don't forget those hit those luscious LIPS TOO!
Step 2: Goop it on, Mask Time! This face mask, provides stabilizing hydration while we enter days of fluctuating humidity and the wild cherry bark helps nourish irritated and inflamed skin too. This red Moroccan clay-based mask fills your skin with minerals it might be depleted of while the kaolin ever-so-gently balances oil production. Ground-up tart cherries brighten skin, fight free radicals and prevent acne breakouts.
How to use: Mix 1 Tablespoon of powder with enough water to get a good thick gooey consistency. Or, use your choice of liquid (the toner is lovely) and let sit for a few mins while you are exfoliating during step 1. Apply a thick layer of the good goo to your face & let sit for 10 mins or until dry. Rinse with water.
Step 3: Smile through the mist. This mist is a gentle floral wave of intense hydration to ease redness, irritation, and inflammation. All issues that can be brought on with the changes of the season. This flora combination is mildly astringent and helps tighten pores while supporting cell regeneration. The scent alone will instantly bring you joy and release anxiety. This formulation is rounded out with soothing aloe and toning alcohol-free witch hazel, fully supporting you through temperature swings and humidity changes.
How to use: Hold the bottle about 18 inches away from the face, spritz, and smile!
Step 4: Lock it in! This face oil is like spring for your skin, giving it new life! And when you close your eyes and turn your face to the sun to feel its warmth, rest assured that your skin has been nourished with a powerful plant-based fusion designed to protect your skin from UV rays (high-five cloudberry and goji berry!) and is ready to battle free radicals (cherries rock!). Hemp seed oil provides deep hydration and plum gives a very supple softness that is almost too good to be true. You have to feel it to believe it!
How to use: Apply a few pumps of oil to fingertips. With light pressure massage oil in circular motions all over the face. Use the ring finger to gently pat oil around the eye area. Let skin fully absorb the oil through the night or before applying makeup.
I am a huge believer in using ALL natural products and being concerned about what we slather onto our skin. I have some of the most sensitive, irritable skin under the sun, which leaves me reaching for things that truly do what they say they will, and with ingredients that are actually pure. I've tried nearly everything that The Good Stuff Botanicals carries and creates and I'm never disappointed. The Spring Cherry Berry Collection is one of my favorite collections so far! Next to the Fall Pumpkin. It has the most wonderful, but subtle scent. Nothing overbearing or too strong, but light enough to catch notes of it while wearing the facial oil or after spritzing the mist. Highly recommended!