My #1 rule that applies to both skincare & food...
So much of our food and our skincare products are manufactured in unethical ways, loaded in toxic chemicals and fillers that you want to avoid like the plague. Parabens, sulfates, phtalates. Oh my! Eeeek.
Shelby's products are plant based with ingredients that you'll rave over such as myrrh, citrus oils, orange blossoms, Moroccan argan oil, and caster oil. Pristine ingredients that are both safe and effective.
*F.Y.I. A complete ingredient list for Shelby Naturals is at the bottom of this post!
So when you see the word "natural" on either food or skincare products, run for the hills. Natural means absolutely nothing and guarantees even less.
Shelby Naturals...not your average cleanser
So nope. Shelby's cleanser made up of lemon peels and citrus essential oils isn't going to foam on your face. Instead, it follows the Oil Cleansing Method, or OCM. OCM is when you put a natural oil on your face, then place a hot wet cloth over it to help the oil seep into your pores and give you a deep clean. Since the cleanser contains oils, you'll feel this effect on your face, it's as if you are moisturizing and nourishing your face while you cleanse.
The OCM feels so much more luxurious than other face cleansing methods and is effective at deep cleaning your pores. It is antibacterial and stimulates cell reproduction reaching deep into the inner layers of skin. It's infusing your face with vitamin C for an invigorating citrus experience that enhances collagen production.
And you know this part already....most natural and organic products don't remove makeup. They just don't. It's the bubbles and suds that remove that sticky makeup but they are bad for your skin. But if you use this cleanser in conjunction with the cloth included in the kit, you'll be surprised that it does do a decent job getting the day off, even liquid foundation. I only wear makeup 2-3 days a week and on those days, I do need an extra squirt of the cleanser. On the no makeup days, 2 pumps works just fine.
Fess up...Do you even use toner?
Use it also to set your makeup. It gives my "pushing 40 skin and just had a baby" face a dewy glow making me look a lot more radiant than I feel. And with the lack of sleep I'm getting these days, I need all the help I can get.
And let me tell you this... new baby = sheer exhaustion = tired and blotchy skin = bleh.
But new baby or not, don't we all hit a 3 o'clock sleepy slump each day? Instead of reaching for a cookie or donut, try a spritz of a little toner to revitalize your weary self with collagen and anti-oxidants.
The toner is also instrumental in helping Shelby's serum absorb in your skin making it a multi-purpose product. The toner preps your face so it's ready and receptive for the argan oil. You'll end up using less of the serum because of it.
Does oil cause acne?
New to the Moroccan oil serum scene, I am deeply enthralled by this product that reaches the deep layers of my skin. I can't believe how much I like it!
And when I look better, I feel better. Better about myself and life. Agree?! Acne nearly ruined my self confidence as a teenager in high school and college. So I vow not to let wrinkles do the same. Besides, Shelby Naturals helps you tackle both. Oh. And age spots. Yup. Got a few small ones after this last pregnancy. The product line has not removed them altogether, but they have lightened in appearance.
P.S. The serum has been great on my acne scarring! So if you've been down that path, you might want to give this set a try. The serum, with its high concentrations of anti-oxidants and vitamin C help generate new skin cells downplaying their appearance.
The marvelous ingredient list in Shelby Naturals
anti-microbial. Extracted from the green tea plant.
+ *castor oil: stimulates collagen + elastin production, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory
+ cetearyl alcohol: vegetable sourced, used to preserve the face cream and body lotion
+ cetyl alcohol: vegetable sourced, used to preserve the face cream and body lotion.
+ glycerin: vegetable sourced, enhances skin’s protective barrier and moisturizes. Used in the face cream and body lotion.
+ glyceryl monostearate: organic molecule used as an emulsifier. Used in the face cream and body lotion.
+ *golden jojoba oil: rich in vitamin e, anti-aging, anti-microbial,
+ *moroccan argan oil: strong antioxidant, high in vitamins a + e + c, boosts cell + collagen production
+ *orange blossom hydrosol: stimulates collagen + elastin production, anti-bacterial, naturally contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid, AHA (firms + tones)
+ **orange blossoms: strong antioxidant, high in polyphenols. Infuses antioxidant power into the orange blossom hydrosol.
+ *otto olive oil: strong antioxidant, high in vitamin e and polyphenols. Sourced directly from a family-owned farm in Italy that is known for some of the highest quality olive oil in the world. This specific olive oil is harvested in October and is known to contain the highest amount of antioxidants compared to other olive oils.
+ phenoxetol: fights bacterial growth and fungus. Used in the face cream and body lotion.
+ *seabuckthorn fruit oil: loaded with antioxidants, vitamins e + a + c and plant sterols = mega anti-aging
+ *shea butter: boosts collagen production, rich in vitamin e + a, anti-inflammatory
+ sodium citrate: maintains pH. Used in the face cream and body lotion to prevent bacterial growth.
+ *sunflower seed oil: rich in vitamin e, its range of vitamins + fatty acids act as antioxidants to regenerate the skin cells and help the skin get rid of acne-causing bacteria.
+ *sweet almond oil: rich in vitamin e and a potent antioxidant.
+ *virgin coconut oil: antioxidant, high in fatty acids that hydrate + balance the skin, anti-bacterial.
+ vitamin e: potent antioxidant
+ water, purified
+ *bergamot: reduces scars and all marks on the skin (dark + age spots)
+ *lemon essential oil: high in d-limonene and vitamin c, potent antioxidants and collagen boosters
+ *myrrh: potent antioxidant
+ *neroli: revives skin at a cellular level
+ *peppermint essential oil: calms skin inflammation, renews the skin and encourages skin cell regeneration. A potent acne fighter.
+ *sweet orange essential oil: high in limonene, myrcene and vitamin c, potent antioxidants. Anti-Inflammatory.+ *white grapefruit essential oil: high in limonene, protective of cells + DNA. High in vitamin c, and has strong anti-bacterial properties
Face masks make the world go round!
If you appreciate a good face mask, this is the one. My skin looks and feels fantastic after each use. Is it cheap at $26.00 a bottle? Nope. But I ask you this. What does a facial at a spa cost these days? And how many more uses are you going to get out of this bottle with it's anti-aging benefits? So skip the facial and invest in a really good face mask. And unlike a facial at a spa, the mask doesn't expect a really big tip.
And as much as I like these products, I really like Shelby too, she was wonderful to work with! Upbeat, smart, wonderful communicator and insightful. She's the exact type of person I love to team up with!!! Because behind any fantastic product is usually a great person.
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