by Caroline Leavitt
I had never heard of this line before, but I quickly fell in love with it. First, it’s made of natural and organic-based ingredients, all formulated using scientific principles. None of the products contains parabens, sulphates or petrochemicals. Nothing is tested on animals and the amazing fragrances come from 100@ essential oils rather than chemicals. It’s beauty that’s environmentally conscious, are vegan friendly and use both clean energy sources and recyclable packaging.
The Aha Apple Exfoliating Serum, advertised as a “peel in a bottle” has glycolic, a naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acid derived from apples, which can exfoliate dead skin, minimize those pesky lines, reduce sun damage, minimize pores, heal acne scarring and even reduce hyper-pigmentation. I must admit it stings a bit when you first use it, but that might be because it’s not recommended for sensitive skin like mine, but I couldn’t resist trying it. I had much better luck with the Ferulic C Antioxidant Serum. Boosted with Vitamin C, it has anti-aging properties and is meant to even out skin tone, encourage collagen synthesis and reduce wrinkles. I followed directions and applied a thin layer to my face, neck and chest, following with a moisturizer. It goes on clean and it feels incredibly soothing.
The Pumpkin Enzyme Cleanse smells so delicious I wanted to eat it. Rich in enzymes, Vitamin A, beta-carotene, amino acids and antioxidants, it also has ginger root oil to stimulate detoxification and micro-circulation, and if you have acne, it helps clean that right up. Like all of the PureCeutical products, it felt great going on. Carrying on the pumpkin theme is their Multi-Enzyme Pumpkin Peel, meant to dramatically improve your skin’s clarity and texture. The ingredients are positively delicious: pumpkin, pineapple and papaya, with Willow Bark extract to keep pores clean. I left this on for 7 minutes and felt only a slight prickling sensation, massaged it in to loosen up the dead skin cells and then washed it away. I swear my skin looked as if it had been buffed!
I never can find moisturizers that I feel are rich enough for my dry, sensitive sky, but the Grape Seed Hydrating Creme was so thick and rich, you could eat it with a spoon! Made from antioxidants, it also has Shea Butter to protect you from the sun, Amazonian Butter, which is rich in oleic acid to promote nutrition and moisture retention in the skin, and Raspberry Fruit extract, which not only gives the product its intoxicating fruity scent, but also soothes your skin.
This is really beauty that’s more than skin deep!