How DIY Scalp Scrub + Dr. Groot Actually Helped My Buildup Astonishingly Quick

How DIY Scalp Scrub + Dr. Groot Actually Helped My Buildup Astonishingly Quick

I had meant to write on the Dr. Groot line when we launched the product. I won’t lie and say it was laziness. I happen to be a busy mom of three, one disabled, and a university student. There are days where I have written enough that I don’t want to write anymore and other days I don’t get the chance. Not to forget the other days, I am too pooped for much of anything. Still, I wanted to post about this. I have talked about hair before and how society places a lot of emphasis on appearance and hair care. There are a lot of hair products. It is easy to be unsure of what you’re doing. You go with what the ads say because that’s what they are made for. It’s more to understand a product and your hair care. What works for one will not always for another. It’s the fun of being human. We can share similarities but are still different enough to not need to use the same thing as the next person. When we have found something that works, it’s only natural to want to talk about it. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to advertise. Or at least direct. It does not replace any medical advice or advice from a professional hairstylist who puts in long hours of training to become certified.

With that, I would like to talk about my experience with Avon’s Dr. Groot Exfoliating Shampoo and the homemade scalp scrub treatment I made for my buildup that was causing itching.

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About My Scalp Issue

When I was about fifteen, I recall scratching my head during choir, and under my nails was gunk from my scalp. It wasn’t white either. Nor was it yellow, which would indicate a different condition going on. It was a color that I can’t seem to find information on, so I will chalk it up to not just build up but the dirt that clung to the build-up. Either way, I mentioned it to my mom. She took me to a hair salon in the lovely town of Bellingham, Washington, where we used to live (I miss the greenery). I was there for a bit getting my scalp cleaned and then cut and styled. Once finished, my scalp felt cleansed. When I touched it, my fingers felt cool to the touch. I could feel the air move through my hair at the roots, something I never noticed before. No one explained much about why I had had this build-up.

The Homemade Scalp Scrub

Fast forward a few years later, 2020, and Avon releases Dr. Groot. A hair care line meant for people with fine, thin hair. I felt excited. I have tried a lot of hair care lines, and not many live up to their claims. While I haven’t tried everything in this particular line, I first bought the exfoliating shampoo. It doesn’t have beads in it to exfoliate the scalp. Instead, it has ginger and ginseng to help with soothing redness and itching while helping to remove the buildup we can get from using products. It certainly did that. I hate feeling like I have an itchy scalp. Especially after washing my hair. It also has caffeine and biotin to help thicken hair. I could smell the menthol in the shampoo as well. I tried it a few times and could feel my scalp for the first time a while and the itching was gone for the most part.

For a few days after washing my hair, my hair was cleaner for a day or so longer than normal. I also liked that. The shampoo also has caffeine to thicken the hair. I can’t say I noticed any thickening either by touch or my appearance. I wasn’t using it for that anyway. I wanted to help with the build-up and the itchiness that can accompany buildup. After a while, the build-up did return. I would say a few months later. Still not a lot of itching. I still had some itching due to dryness. So, I used Avon’s Advanced Techniques Daily Shine 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner. It did help with the dryness. I began to use Dr. Groot once every two weeks to rebalance the microbiome of my scalp.

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There was a time I used it with every wash. It helped my itchy scalp, but I still had some issues with buildup. My hairstylist explained that overusing clarifying shampoo can create the problem that it is made to combat and cause dryness of the scalp. I decided to take it a step further and use Dr. Groot’s fortifying shampoo in a homemade scalp scrub. Using salt, honey, vinegar (even though Dr. Groots has some vinegar in it), a tad bit of olive oil, and some of Avon’s lavender essential oil. The essential oil is safe to use on the skin and in the purifier. I got the recipe from Stephanie Pollard at Hello Glow. I am linking that here as it is not my recipe. I only want to reference it because it worked amazingly well when I used it, with a few routine steps I added in for myself. When I followed the scalp scrub with regular shampoo and then the apple cider vinegar rinse, I got to feel that feeling back when I was fifteen in Bellingham. I could feel my fingers when I touched my scalp and could feel my hairbrush on my scalp. I don’t have a reference for the vinegar to water ratio. However, I made enough to cover my whole head. There is a factor to keep in mind when it comes to apple cider vinegar. If your scalp feels like it has a burning sensation, rinse it out immediately. The vinegar may be cleaning your scalp but is also acidic. It’s not good if you feel a burning sensation. I made sure to dilute my vinegar rinse with a lot of water. Yes, it has a smell that my son commented on. No, it doesn’t make your hair smell like vinegar.

The reason I followed with regular shampoo is based upon my observation of use. I had dried my hair and noticed it seemed oily but wasn’t upset because the build-up was gone. I used regular shampoo to get out some of the oiliness from the scrub. Figuring it’s the olive oil since I didn’t have the other oil Hello Glow initially mentions in her recipe. But I did read that it should be just fine as a substitute. 

After having a great experience with this scrub and the shampoo Avon sells, I decided to try it on my daughter. She has both oily hair and an oily scalp and has had scalp issues since birth. My daughter was born with psoriasis. I don’t think I have seen a baby born with that condition until her. She has experienced this bizarre condition of wet buildup/dandruff. I had never seen it before until I had her. Let me tell you, it is a pain if you let it go for too long. Once, I had to sit and carefully clean out her scalp. Something to keep in mind is that product and sebum buildup can cause hair loss. It’s not pretty. In her case, her body overproduces sebum that builds up. The buildup attracts dirt and everything else. Hers is a long-term ordeal. I was having trouble as of late and decided to try the Dr. Groots fortifying shampoo. It wasn’t working for her. But the scalp scrub with the shampoo helped SO much. It took several sessions before I could go on with the regular shampoo. Since it’s hard for me to show my condition, I decided to take pictures of hers.

To sum that up: I applied the scalp scrub, let it sit for five minutes, rinsed it out with warm apple cider vinegar rinse and warm water from the showerhead, used a quarter-sized amount of regular (nothing fancy like volumizing or straightening) shampoo and rinsed again. My hair came out cleaner, not oily, as well as softer to touch and shinier (a bonus in my book). The same goes for my daughter.

Scalp Care Nitty Gritty

Before I get into the product information, let’s talk about scalp buildup. Some can confuse those flakes on their shirt for dandruff. I certainly have. It can be caused for several reasons, skipping washes (sebum buildup), dead skin cells, and product use. I mentioned my daughter’s body overproducing sebum. Left untreated, it can result in hair loss, inflammation, and infection.

Depending on your needs, you will benefit from how often you wash your hair. Normal to oily can do it every 1-2 days (I am an every other day type of gal). Dry hair needs it 3-4 times a week. I have seen few people be able to go a week.

Hair type plays into the type of product you use. Be sure to look into what will help and if you need to, as your hairdresser. If you go with the wrong kind of shampoo and conditioner for your hair type, it can add to the buildup. As much as I love the idea of volumizing shampoo and the ones meant to thicken fine hair, they only make my hair look worse a day later and contribute to buildup. You have regular shampoo and clarifying. Clarifying dries the hair more and shouldn’t be used as a replacement. Everyday shampoos don’t mean you use them every day. Thank you, Brad Mondo for explaining that.

Next is serums. They are wonderful at times and I can recall when I first used that hot oil stuff from my aunt’s bathroom. They are great for preventing frizz, tangles, and help to condition course hair. Oil hair is better suited for serums with vinegar. The dry scalp needs moisture but something that also removes buildup. Serums with Tea tree oil are better for that. 

Conditioner. I admit I try not to use it. It leaves my hair heavy and I don’t want heavy. Fine hair doesn’t do well with heavy. It’s like I’m a dog dipped in oil. I only use it on my ends. Yes, I mentioned I have a regular 2-in-1 product. Activated charcoal is great for helping clarify the hair in a conditioner. Lactic acid can be added to that list, too.

Now to talk about Dr. Groot

This line is geared to those noticing hair loss. As we get older our hair thins. Men and women are equally susceptible to it. A few are lucky and don’t get it much. I am almost 40 and started noticing mine at my widow’s peeks last year. Fine-haired folk are people also likely to use the product. It has natural ingredients plus a few others I imagine are naturally based but hard to pronounce. Brad Mondo, I would love your input on this brand. Avon’s product information states that it is: “Infused with para-probiotics and prebiotics, these formulas help restore your scalp’s invisible microbiome shield of healthy flora for healthier scalp and hair. 

Get to the root. Made with rosemary extract, this fortifying shampoo gently exfoliates, helping to remove dirt and impurities from the scalp to leave it feeling rejuvenated. Contains natural ginger and ginseng to help soothe redness and itching, and biotin and caffeine to help thicken hair.”

It is thin when poured out without much color. I would say a faint green, perhaps. It does smell of menthol. A little bit of tea tree oil as well.

BENEFITS

• Infused with para-probiotics and prebiotics, it helps restore your scalp’s invisible microbiome shield of healthy flora for healthier scalp and hair

• With natural ginger and ginseng to help soothe redness and itching, and biotin and caffeine to help thicken hair

• No sulfates, parabens, or silicones

• Use products individually or as part of a regimen

TO USE

After soaking the hair and scalp with warm water, apply an appropriate amount evenly to the hair and scalp, massage, and rinse thoroughly with water.

Again, I haven’t noticed any thickening to my hair with it. Either way, caffeine is a temporary way to give the appearance of thicker hair. It doesn’t restructure the hair and make it thick from the shaft. Similar to how it temporarily makes cellulite and stretch marks look like they have vanished around the stomach. I am not an advocate for using products that claim that they thicken your hair because they can add to the buildup. When it comes to this product, use it according to your needs. I, for example, try and use it once every two weeks in the scalp scrub. If you don’t want to use it in the scalp scrub, my tips to use are to use it along with the areas you get the most buildup and itch. I have plenty of spots for both and I get it more on the scalp and along my part. I lift my wet hair a bit and then put it on. I then massage it into my scalp making sure to use just the fingers tips of my fingers. Not my nails. It’s likely to cause scratching and if you have an infection, don’t use this product and don’t use your nails. Please see a professional for treatment before using this product. The ingredients aren’t meant for those with current infections.

Before I get to the tips, I would like to list the ingredients. Everyone is about the ingredients today. And for good reasons. Allergies and some wanting to keep ingredient amounts to a minimum. WATER, DISODIUM, LAURETH SULFOSUCCINATE, LAURYL HYDROXYSULTAINE, DISODIUM LAURYL SULFOSUCCINATE, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, COCO-GLUCOSIDE, GLYCERYL OLEATE, TETRASODIUM EDTA, POLYGLYCERYL-4 CAPRATE, POLYQUATERNIUM-22, CLIMBAZOLE, DI-C12-13 ALKYL MALATE, MENTHOL, PANTHENOL, SALICYLIC ACID, SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE, CITRIC ACID, NIACINAMIDE, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF OIL, MENTHA ARVENSIS LEAF OIL, EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF OIL, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, COCONUT ACID, SODIUM ISETHIONATE, SERINE, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CHLOROPHYLLIN-COPPER COMPLEX, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, INULIN, MALTODEXTRIN, SODIUM CITRATE, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER WATER, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) EXTRACT, ALCOHOL, BIOTIN, CAFFEINE, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, MELISSA OFFICINALIS FLOWER/LEAF/STEM WATER, YEAST EXTRACT, VINEGAR, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, HOUTTUYNIA CORDATA EXTRACT, PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT, SODIUM BENZOATE, 

PAEONIA SUFFRUTICOSA BRANCH/FLOWER/LEAF EXTRACT, PAEONIA SUFFRUTICOSA ROOT EXTRACT, ARTEMISIA ANNUA EXTRACT, AZADIRACHTA INDICA LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, SODIUM PCA, SODIUM LACTATE, MENTHA ARVENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA LEAF EXTRACT, HYALURONIC ACID, POLYGONUM MULTIFLORUM ROOT EXTRACT, SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE EXTRACT, PANAX GINSENG LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, ARGININE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, ASPARTIC ACID, DEXTRIN

GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) SEED EXTRACT, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) BRAN EXTRACT, POLYLYSINE, SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED EXTRACT, ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT EXTRACT, GANODERMA LUCIDUM (MUSHROOM) EXTRACT, PCA, BETA-GLUCAN

POTASSIUM SORBATE, GLYCINE, ALANINE, ALTHAEA OFFICINALIS ROOT EXTRACT, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, CHAMAECYPARIS OBTUSA LEAF EXTRACT, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN

PHELLINUS LINTEUS EXTRACT, VALINE, BIFIDA FERMENT LYSATE, LACTOBACILLUS FERMENT LYSATE, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, ISOLEUCINE, PROLINE, THREONINE, HISTIDINE, PHENYLALANINE, ALCHEMILLA VULGARIS EXTRACT, LIMONENE, and LINALOOL.

Tips for Removing and Preventing Scalp Buildup

  1. Limit Hair Care Product Use – I get it. You want to do stuff with your hair. Tame it, curl it, dry it, style it, texturize it, avoid the shower because you got busy or whatnot so you grab the dry shampoo. Even de-tangler can add buildup. I love de-tangler. It’s helped so much. I have my hair layer, sure but then there are times I need that de-tangler. Still, all this use of hair products can add to the buildup and block pores which can over-produce oils. Your hair may be clean but your scalp may not be clean. But you end up showering because a day later your hair looks gross again. Check that you aren’t overusing products and keep your scalp clean. I’m not saying to not use products, just not so often. I heard growing up that too much hair spray breaks your hair off. I can see how that would happen but I am not sure if it’s true to the point that you just don’t wash it out.
  2. Limit Heat Styling and Hair Dying – I think this one can be hard for some people. We might be in a hurry or our hair takes too long to dry. We hate our color and have to redo it too soon or we overdo it with bleaching. Please don’t over bleach. I have not experienced hair loss from over bleaching but I did get very dry ends and it looks horrible when you fry your hair. It has three layers. Don’t assume that just because it has three that it can’t be damaged. That’s like saying a simple cut to the skin can’t be harmful if left untreated. It does happen. When you use heat too often it weakens the outermost layer and leaves it less able to protect the inner layer of your hair. Overheating and over-dying can cause splits ends and dryness. Your hair can’t keep the moisture in. When you dye your hair too often, a similar thing occurs. The outer layer is lifted during lightning and makes it so the inner part can receive color more easily. But doing it too much and you can start to lose hair. I knew a neighbor that was always doing something with her hair and she had a few balds spots. Don’t get me started on her then 6-year-old son’s hair. She’d dyed it green but when it grew out it was all sorts of weird colors and his hair was like an over-used brillo pad. Only shoulder length. Yet he was upset when it was cut short. Why am I talking about the hair when this is about the scalp? Well, the scalp starts to overproduce oils because it thinks it’s too dry to be maintained but then things get clogged up and oil attracts dirt. Dead skin cells have nowhere to go. Product build-up adds to it as well. All because the hair and scalp are exposed to continuous heat and hair dye. This can cause infection when the follicles are clogged. I had a cyst once. Most likely caused by clogged pores. I had to have it surgically removed. No, it was not fun. They had to numb me and then poke and cut my scalp.
  3. Stick to a routine – Depending on your needs, it’s always good to stick to a routine. The scalp will appreciate that it only has to work as hard as it should. If you work out a lot, shower more. Again, that sweat can bring in dirt and we don’t want that. Yes, there is such thing as too clean. Find the balance.
  4. Brush Regularly – Back in the olden days, women would flip their hair upside down during their infrequent hair washing to help rid the build-up on their scalp while brushing. Yeah, look up hair care through the centuries. It’s fascinating how different we are today compared to then. Sure some of the routines are questionable. Such as the infrequent bathing of the medieval period. Also, they used products we would never use today to not only clean their hair but to make it smell good and look better than it was. Still, some eras had a different way of washing that could involve egg yolk and hot water. Sun to dry the hair.
  5. When in doubt make a scalp scrub or go to a professional. Then follow suggestions accordingly.

I hope you have enjoyed this new post. Again, I am so sorry it took forever. Be sure to check out my store and don’t forget to sign up for emails if you haven’t already. That way you can keep up with all the discounts and specials.

I Belif in Skin: 7 Yummy Hydrating Products from Avon

I Belif in Skin: 7 Yummy Hydrating Products from Avon

Drink water, stay hydrated. Feeling just a tad thirsty, get hydrated. Urine, not the right color, get hydrated. Always drinking soda? You need more water. Water, water, water. It has always been a bit of a mantra to stay hydrated no matter what time of the year. Water is one of the many elements that keep life going. There is no exact measurement of how much we need, sure you hear 8 glasses a day but that it a general requirement. enough for most individuals to stay functioning. Water is good for making sure excess water-soluble vitamins are flushed out of the body. It helps the kidneys detox the body. It has such a vast amount of benefit I can say I am shocked it isn’t consumed more. Yet, in our modern societies promote other fluids like soda, milk (not all bad but some consume too much), sugary juices not made of any real juice from fruits, and other drinks that while nice to have for a change of pace, have no long term benefits. The short term always being satisfaction of cravings we are essentially addicted to thanks to processed anything. Other benefits of water are:

  • Lubricated joints
  • helps the saliva form well enough so we can predigest and chew food (you have heard of dry mouth problems)
  • delivers oxygen to the body, it says it in its elemental name hydrogen-dioxide, since our bodies are 60% water and blood 90% water
  • is the lubrication for neuro functions of the brain spinal cord and other parts of the body that wouldn’t be able to function if they were dry (best word for that, and it reminds me of a story involving family having repeat visits to the ER because they simply didn’t drink enough water. One seemed to have issues with speaking as dehydration can affect brain function)
  • Helps with blood pressure. This is why people get hooked up to bags with clear fluids. It isn’t just water in there either.
  • It is good for the airways. Have asthma? You may benefit from making sure you have water every day.
  • Helps the skin stay clear and problem-free. Not enough water can lead to dull skin. Dull skin, wrinkles, enlarged or more prominent looking pores are signs of not enough water. This is our focus in this post. Skin.

So, now you know that water is good for the inside and I have explained a bit of why it is good for the outside. The skin is an organ of the body. It sure receives a lot of grief from our every day being and you wouldn’t think we cared for it as much as we should given the issues we have on a day-to-day basis. I blame part of that on modern conveniences of man-made products like soda. Your skin is 64% water of the water your body is made of. Now, there is more to skin health than just drinking water. Yes, it helps a tremendous amount. It has been noted to clear acne for some. It’s 50/50 for me. It helps but I also have to buff my skin to rid of the dead skin cells that are also an issue in clogging my pores. Still, there is more you can do. And that is to know that skincare products can help with all this in combination with drinking water and keeping clean with a good shower or bath. Whichever you prefer.

Wait, there are a ton of products on the market for skincare! There is a lot to choose from. And much of the time we may not be using the product that is best suited for our needs. No two persons are alike in skin needs. As there is a slew of skin issues. Excema, dermatitis, rosacea, sensitive skin, overly dry skin, extremely oily skin, combination skin, and the list goes on. Knowing which products are best for you takes a bit of research and a lot of reading about products and listening to experts. There have been times I have spent hours just reading lists and looking at ingredients. All of my skin is weird. I have combination oily skin on my face. Back acne that I have to use a strong and not irritating wash for and even then I may only get 60% of it cleared up at any given time. I have dry shins as well.

Why is hydration a thing anyway? Well, besides the medical side of it, it is a long historical facet of human existence. We have pampered our skin since olden times and we aren’t likely to change taking care of our most prominent organ that is seen daily. Because as Bart Simpson would say, “Your epidermis is showing.”

Why Skin Care?

Water evaporates. As it always has. It evaporates from tables where a cup was set leaving a ring that so many housekeepers (men and women) have groaned at the sight of since goodness knows when. It evaporates from the floor after mopping. From the ground after a good rain shower or from our car when it is washed. So it evaporates from our skin even when we aren’t getting out of the shower or pool. a barrier against pathogens, dirt, or damage, while protecting itself from drying out and becoming brittle and rigid. The ability to retain moisture depends on the lipid bilayer between the corneocytes. In Avon we have had a few discussions about our skins layers and a few representatives are fascinated in knowing there is such a thing as a microbiome. Using creams that help keep the skin moisturized and from drying out can help water from evaporating by varying degrees but generally, 50-75% granted you are using the right product. It wasn’t until the 1920’s that more science behind creams and lotions for the skin began. Of course, you don’t want to overuse. There are times I may skip a cream or lotion such as when my hormones are prepping for that ever so fun time of the month and I get a few breakouts. At which point I simply prefer to wash my face twice a day and maybe use a toner. and scrub. Otherwise, the creams and lotions only make my acne worse, and the oil production more so because my skin says it wants to do its job. Also, you need to know if your skin has a reaction to anything and avoid products and ingredients that will harm more than help. Since water alone is only temporary, it’s why other ingredients are added to keep the water used, in.

I belif in Skin

I would like to focus on a select line of products from Avon. Belif came out not long ago and started with two lotions called aqua bombs. Meaning that it adds a burst of hydration to the skin. One add’s up to 70% more moisture in an hour and the other gives you 26 hours of hydration. Both can be used a bit like a mask as well. You put a thin layer on, let it sit and then gently wipe some off. Not all, but some. It adds a boost of hydration for those who need it most.

Let’s get down to the products.

belif True Cream Aqua Bomb

belif True Cream Aqua Bomb

This is the product that offers 70% more hydration. It is lightweight and is a water-based gel-cream with a key ingredient of Lady’s Mantle. Lady’s Mantle has been used since the Middles Ages for stomach issued. Yeah, I know. A very different use than for the skin. It in addition to tea and a few other ingredients were used in baths to helps irritated skin. Basically used as an astringent with a high tannin that, according to verilymag.com, “fight against bacterial infections (i.e., acne) and also act as an antioxidant against free radicals that cause cell damage.” You can find it in Witch Hazel. One of my favorite products for acne treatment, thanks to my brother for telling me about Witch Hazel when I was 15 and suffering acne. I use it to this day. Lady’s Mantle helps to minimize the appearance of pores. I use this product for my T-zome area of my face. It’s drier there but the product is good for oily skinned people as well. I like having a smoother feeling nose and it helps it to not look flaky.

BENEFITS
• Instantly cools skin
• Lightweight formula
• Free from mineral oils
• Keeps skin looking smooth, healthy and supple
• Dermatologist-tested
• No parabens, sulfates or phthalates
• Clinically proven to increase skin’s hydration levels by 70%

You can also use it as a primer for your makeup.

belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

belif True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

Now, I admit that both the names and the appearance of either one of the True Cream Bombs get me a bit confused and I do wish Avon would make one a slightly different color so as to be a bit easier to differentiate. Nonetheless, this moisturizer keeps your skin moisturized for 26 hours after application but also can be used as a 10-minute face mask that you can wipe off a bit off to add extra moisture when needed. It’s key ingredient, different from Lady’s Mantle, is Comfrey Leaf. When used by itself it is good for wounds and sprains. Just like Lady’s it was also originally used for stomach issues. I think I am seeing a connection here. Only it did more harm than good. So as the story goes in early apothecary. Since at particular amounts, I would not suggest it be used on broken skin. Please don’t. It can be dangerous. And honestly, I don’t think it is good to use products on broken skin, to begin with, that aren’t meant for healing like what is found in antibiotic ointment. Avon’s products only use just the right amount to help skin, roughly 5% from what I can tell.

BENEFITS
• No parabens, sulfates or phthalates
• Free from mineral oils
• Clinically proven to provide the skin with 26 hours of intense hydration
• Leaves skin feeling smooth, supple and nourished
• Helps improve elasticity
• Helps hydrate and detoxify skin
• Lightweight, whipped, cushiony cream

Good for normal, dry, and sensitive skin.

Belif Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser

As of late, this, along with Veilment Natural Spa Black Rose Body Scrub and Cleanser, is one of my favorite products! I first tried it when I got the travel pack of belief products in a cute water droplet-shaped carrier. Formulated with amino acids and glycerin-based cleansing agents, it gently removes makeup and impurities without stripping skin of moisture. Great for all skin types. My face felt nice after using it. It was cooled off. Clean. Didn’t feel too dry like how body bar soap does when you use it (you aren’t supposed to but sometimes when you have nothing else. . .) and my face felt light. Clean. What I like most is that I only have to use it twice a day. In the morning and before bed. I can’t stand being awake with icky skin, nor can I stand going to bed with skin not clean from the day’s occurrences. I feel gross both ways. Just as with the Aqua bomb, it’s key ingredient is Lady’s Mantle. No introduction or explanation needed here.

BENEFITS
• Jelly-to-foam cleanser
• Same explosive burst of hydration as True Cream Aqua Bomb
• Amino acids and glycerin-based cleansing agents
• Gently remove makeup and impurities without stripping skin of moisture
• Ideal for dry and uneven skin (though I have combo-oily skin and had wonderful results)
• Paraben and sulfate-free
• 97% of women felt it was gentle when cleansing based on a consumer perception study

Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb

I use this as well. I know I am only 38 (eek 40 right around the corner!) but I do get dark circles under my eyes. This adds moisture and my eyes look happier and with the added moisture my eyes look more supple. If that is a decent word to use for the under-eye area. Not puffy like when I have been crying a river over a movie that made my heartstrings break. But supple. This lightweight, refreshing eye cream cools on contact and helps keep the eye area resilient and smooth for crease-free makeup application. Great for dryness around eyes. Though, as said, I only have dry skin in the T-Zone area of my face. I have no idea what it is like to have dry under eyes but it sounds uncomfortable.

The key ingredient for this wonderful product is Pennywort (Tiger Grass). It is a Korean swamp-dwelling herb. It isn’t just for Korean beauty products. Estee Lauder has also been known to use this ingredient as well. paulaschoice.com gave me some interesting information about the benefits of this ingredient. It has, “active compounds, including madecassoside, which serves as an antioxidant. Centella asiatica itself also has been shown to have potent antioxidant properties and to be a rich source of amino acids, and there’s additional research showing that it’s a good hydrating ingredient to soothe upset or compromised skin.” It seems to also help with sun damage. There are a few people I would suggest this too as they do have sun damage. For me, I liked how it helped my dark circles.

BENEFITS
• Cools on contact
• Helps keep eye area resilient and smooth
• Good for dryness, fine lines and wrinkles
• Provides eye area with 26 hours of moisture based on a clinical study
• Free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic dyes and fragrances

We also have a few other products that I have not yet tried out but I will mention them because they sound wonderful and shouldn’t be bypassed.

belif x VDL Aqua Bomb Glow Water Cream

belif x VDL Aqua Bomb Glow water Cream

Prepping the skin for makeup is a must. You have the wash and serums and a few other steps. This you use after serum and moisturizer and follow with SPF. belif and VDL (another line I looooove) come together to make more great product babies. It preps your face with moisture and hydration. It is easily absorbed into the skin with its creamy texture and has crushed pearl to add a reflective glow just as with some primers we have. Visibly evens skin tone and is free from mineral oils, fragrances, and dyes being that is is water-based and vegan. Has Lady’s Mantle.

belif x VDL Glow Moist Fix & Mist

belif x VDL Glow Moist Fix and Mist

Makeup isn’t ready until you use a setting spray. I am still using the Avon True Color Setting Spray. I haven’t run out just yet but still plan on buying this. I have this weird comfort of how setting spray feels with it is misting on my face. It’s like a tiny sprinkler and I love that feeling. This 2-in-1 spray both primes and sets the makeup. It is non-greasy and non-sticky and dries quick. Great for those with oily skin (hey you have my attention) and who want to control their T-Zone. Just like with the water cream it is free from mineral oils, fragrances, and dyes.

belif X VDL Glow Moist Primer

Not that I meant to put this after the setting spray, it just happened as I was writing down the list in my notebook, you do need a primer. Used after the water cream or by its self. Makeup will be griped on and better-staying power when you use this especially if you have oily skin. I do have a small issue with makeup still coming off just a tiny bit even when I use a primer. Just a smidge. Free from mineral oils, fragrances, dyes, is water-based and vegan.

Limited Edition belif Aqua Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set and Limited Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set

Limited Edition belif Aqua Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set
Limited Edition belif Aqua Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set
Limited Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set
Limited Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set

This box set includes:
• The True Cream Aqua Bomb, 2.5 fl. oz.
• Moisturizing Bomb powder, 8 pods, each, .005 oz. net wt.
• Mixing Spatula

A powder? For your skin? Yes, you mix it in with a touch of the cream and use it on the face. The powder is freeze-dried pure hyaluronic acid. USe 2-3 of the container with some of the cream, mix and apply as an overnight mask. Suggested use is two times a week so the 8 pods are good for a whole month. There is also a Limited Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set that also has the cream and powder and tiny mixing spatula that is used in the same way.

Bundles

What wouldn’t make a line more perfect than a bundle of products? That’s right we have those, too. There are two to choose from: the Limited-Edition belif Aqua Bomb Tumbler Set and the Limited-Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb Tumbler Set. We had the Belif Travel Kit which is no longer available but you can buy the travel sizes of the cream individually. You just won’t get the cute travel carrier for them all. Such a shame. It is so cute. Still, the tumbler sets come with a tumbler that reminds you each time you use it to take care of your skin and to stay hydrated by drinking water. If you need to add a flavor to it, I see no harm. I do it just to make the day more interesting though I don’t mind water unflavored.

Limited-Edition belif Aqua Bomb Tumbler Set
Limited-Edition belif Aqua Bomb Tumbler Set
Limited-Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb Tumbler Set
Limited-Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb Tumbler Set

Be sure to shop my page here and keep hydrated this summer and throughout the whole year. And check out my Beauty and Skin Facebook group for daily beauty and skin tips. At this point in the time of June 2020, it is still new. But feel free to add any of your beauty and skincare tips to the wall so you can share your suggestions with others. You may just be helping someone out. Stay safe and hydrated.

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[2021 Update] 9 Espira Products by Avon Worth Your Best Health

[2021 Update] 9 Espira Products by Avon Worth Your Best Health

Updated for 2021 with more information to be added. Note that Espira is being rebranded to re:tune by Avon but I still want people to be able to find this blog post with the tag Espira especially since it’s been popular already this new year.

January 2, 2021 update: Our Espira line was rather popular and now it is being re-branded as ‘re:tune’ by Avon. It is part of our re-launch of the brand for beauty from the inside out. Many of the products are the same. There are a few new items. As for anything leaving, well, I will be honest in saying that as of now, I am now sure. But I will update this page ASAP. Because many reps are wanting to keep the protein and powdered greens. We also want the vitamins back. Keep an eye on this page for updates. Until then, you can still order the Espira products right now. New ones and rebranded ones will be available on January 6, 2021.

In 2018 Avon released a new health line called Espira. geared toward helping you be at your best every day. After all, Avon is now more than simply embracing your external beauty (initially it was financial independence). In an article by prnewswire.com Scott white Avon chief executive officer had a lot to say about the products when they came out such as, “We are very proud to enter this critical category with highly innovative high performing line of products that is unlike any other on the market today.” If you were wondering where the name of Espira came from, Betty palm president of social selling for Avon says, “The name is spirit derived from the words aspire and inspire – born out of a desire to help people feel and look their best. The inspiration for Espira came directly from our representatives as they lead busy lives as moms, nurtures, caregivers, volunteers, community members – and CEOs of their households and Avon businesses. Our goal is to develop products that would support them and their customers in living healthier and more productive lives.”

There are many benefits to living healthier and taking the time to do so. I realize that this is not easy for many. Though one small thing can make a big difference.

You could name off a list of ways that living healthier is a great thing, but I will stick with four.

  1. A Healthy Weight
  2. Better Sleep and Higher Energy
  3. Improved State of Mind
  4. Prevention of Disease and Injury

A few years ago, before I began selling Avon again, I decided to improve my own health. Much of it for personal reasons. I happen to be thin and have always been thin and I never liked being thin. There were and still are misconceptions about being thin. For one, I get asked if I have the body of a child and am sometimes mistaken for one. I already look 20 years younger than I am and no, that isn’t always a good thing. I am not even 50 yet. Being thin which doesn’t help matters. I have been asked if I have an eating disorder. No. I have never been diagnosed with an eating disorder, though for a time in high school I think depression may have been the root cause of my looking thin. I do have a fast metabolism that has slowly started to not be as fast since I hit 30. Also, I have a few other issues that have plagued my body and again, this never helped. The lowest I have ever been I think was 96 lbs. That was a LONG time ago. I had something going on that was never fully established but has since not been an issue. Three years ago, again going back to before I was a rep, I began a small journey to gain weight and be healthier. I was 112 at the time. And given my height, I was actually at the low end of a healthy weight. I gained 24 pounds in four months, roughly. I was very happy. Then I got busy with other things and that part of my health went to the wayside but I managed to maintain my weight for over two years. I once gained an extra 5 pounds because I had to take meds for the back issues I have. I get spasms so bad I can’t breathe or sleep laying down. I can’t move at all. It is not fun. Then two years ago I was told that for whatever reason, my back was going weak. Which I thought odd because in taking care of a special needs child 24/7 and lifting and bending and what have you, I used my back a lot! I went into physical therapy and began doing core exercises. Then college started just last year and my mind went elsewhere. I lost all the weight I had gained within a semester. Luckily my back hasn’t had trouble though my right hip has. Again, I decided to get back into it. But it took me until the beginning of April of this year to do it. I had planned to start the beginning of March. I couldn’t get back to the gym due to corona. That’s when I decided to use Daily Burn and use MyFitnessPal. I have always planned my monthly meals and prepped them every four days. In the last two months, I have gained 3 pounds. I told myself to take it slow because that way I can ensure I keep up the routine of being healthy. I have had trouble with sleep but I do have mixed insomnia. Luckily that has been going well. I also wanted to use some of Avon’s wellness products to get back on track and to let you, the customer, the reader, the curious to know about it. I know that being healthy can help with much of the matters I face on a regular basis.

The Espira line originally included vitamins for men, women, men and women over 50, and kids as well as an energy pack. All of which are no longer available. What products we still have are (some will be re-branded):

  • Espira am protect
  • Espira hunger pack
  • Espira hydration supplement
  • Espira ideal cleanse
  • Espira metabolism boost
  • Espira plant power protein (vanilla and chocolate flavored)
  • Espira power greens and
  • Espira restful sleep

Let’s look at each product a bit more closely.

  • AM Protect – this product helps with hair skin and nails water balance immunity UV exposure protection and eyesight using vitamins and minerals consisting of vitamin C niacin biotin calcium and sodium just to name a few. It also has a list of herbs in it two of which I would like to mention. One being horsetail which prevents edema (water retention) in lutein the eye vitamin that prevents vision loss and cataracts.
  • Hunger Block (now re:tune Hunger Block) – For those trying to cut back on how much they eat one of the best ways to do that is to fill full already. Fiber is one good ingredient in doing that. Fiber expands in the presence of liquids. Also, it takes longer to digest. The hunger pack has glucomannan and rice flour. Glucomannan is water-soluble and absorbs 50% of its weight. Each capsule has 1 gram of glucomannan along with other ingredients like rice flour. Directions say to take two capsules with eight ounces of water before a meal. It is best to stick with the recommended 8 ounces of water to prevent choking and also this helps with the absorption of water with the fiber. healthline.com has a wonderful bar graph, please click the link to see it, showing how effective this ingredient is in preventing hunger. Using three variants of glucomannan over a five-week trial.
  • Espira Hydration (Now re:tune Hydration, Berry Flavor Only)– Many of us don’t drink enough water. Then for many of us, we drink enough water but need electrolytes. Electrolytes can be thought to be most commonly used for two reasons: during workouts and when we are sick with vomiting and/or diarrhea. But to be honest we need them for regular functions as well. How much depends on our activity level or if we are sick. Espira hydration gives enough to use at least every day. It has electrolytes zinc vitamins B&C and antioxidants. The re-brand will only be in berry flavor as it was our most popular flavor.
  • Espira Ideal Cleanse (now re:tune Ideal Cleanse)– This cleanse is for three days and meant to aid in your digestive system and metabolism re-boost. Cleansing the system means removing anything that may disrupt the body’s ability to function properly. Loading and Constipation are two of the symptoms you may have before taking this. By removing toxins, you improve the digestive process. This is not a detox. Detox eliminates unhealthy foods only and a cleanse can do that along with help in curbing cravings I’m getting rid of other nasties at the body. Other benefits include an energy boost and an improved mental and emotional level of health. the am capsules have apple fiber dandelion and horsetail as well as antioxidants inflammation blood sugar control reducing cholesterol and blood pressure as well as promoting a healthy liver. I haven’t mentioned the benefits of horsetail in Espira AM protect. The PM capsules also have fiber but the kind that helps eliminate waste. Not to make you feel full. As well as calcium and magnesium and Aloe Vera powder which can help lower blood sugar and is a natural laxative.
  • Espira Metabolism Boost (Now re:tune Metabolsim Boost) – Many look for ways to boost their metabolism so that they can lose weight period two things are very good at doing that. Green tea and caffeine. Espira metabolism boost has both plus guaran (which has antioxidant properties such as caffeine, theobromine, tannins, saponins, and catechins), and cocoa beans.
Before and After
Metabolism Boost

Caffeine is well known to help give a boost in burning calories and adding a bit of oomph to energy in the morning. It does still help, and it can also blunt appetite by just a bit.

Green tea in an article entitled ‘7 Foods that Naturally Speed Up Your Metabolism‘ by Self (the magazine) shows that consuming green tea can burn 70 to 100 calories per day because of the effect of anti-oxidants to the tea and 24 ounces of green tea is said to help. This pill has 667 milligrams of green tea powder which is equal to 2 cups of tea and 190 milligrams of caffeine which is equal to 2 cups of caffeine per serving.

  • Espira Plant Protein – Many people Think meat when I think protein. But plants can have some protein as well. Espira protein has sources of protein from sprouted quinoa amaranth yellow peas and globe artichokes. Each serving is 21 grams of protein. It is only 120 calories per serving and provides all the essential amino acids as whey protein and has fruit enzymes that make it easy to digest. The product is free of the allergens: dairy, soy, peanuts and tree nuts, is gluten-free and vegan. I like it because it isn’t overly sweet and doesn’t have a weird bitter or bland taste to it as many other protein products can have. I have also tried other plant proteins that are rather grainy. This is not grainy at all and blends in well with any fluid. Even water. Water usually makes protein powder taste weird, but I like how this can go in a blender bottle and mix just fine. It can get a bit foamy in an actual blender. But that is okay with me.
  • Espira Power Greens – Not everyone likes veggies and though I enjoy them I may not eat as much as i should. Low in calories and so is this product. Greens and superfoods as well as vitamins and minerals that you come to expect in vegetables. There are a few fruits in there as well one of them being Apple. It also has dairy-free live probiotics. I can attest that this is helped my digestion a tremendous amount. It isn’t the best tasting, but I have found that it’s better and soymilk. I tried it in different fluids and recommend it mixed with soymilk. Unless you are allergic or unable to have that particular ingredient.
  • Espira Restful Sleep (now re:tune Restful Sleep)- Next time talking about how we don’t consume enough water or veggies we also have sleep issues. This supplement is a non-habit-forming period to help you relax it has melatonin hops chamomile and passionflower. I’d like to discuss passionflower for just a second. I feel it is a lesser-known supplement for nighttime rest period I happen to have several boxes of passionflower tea in my cupboard that my mom gave me I am slowly going through it.
before and after
Rebrand of Restful Sleep

Passionflower boosts gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in your brain and because of this, the brain starts to slow down and helps you relax and fall asleep. It helps with those racing thoughts at the end of the night.

  • Espira PM Restore – Just like with Espira AM Protect, the Espira PM Restore has ingredients meant to be beneficial to everything on the outside. it has antioxidants and Bioactive Collagen Peptides stimulate your body’s natural mechanism for building new collagen for younger, firmer, healthier-looking skin. I recently learned more about collagen peptides and while many take collagen to make their skin look younger, it has other benefits as well. great for skin hydration, skin elasticity, healthy joints and bones as well as good for your hair skin and nails. Your muscles and ligaments get benefits as well. Because as we age, our bodies produce less and less of its own collagen. Yes, we make collagen. At age 25 is when the amount begins to decline. Depending on our lifestyles, we may lose it quicker than others. Also, if you are looking to gainmore muscle mass, this can help. Now, don’t expect it to make you into Arnold Swarzennegger. It doesn’t work like that but in a study noted by PUB Med and found in an online article by healthline.com, “In one study, 27 frail men took 15 grams of collagen while participating in an exercise program daily for 12 weeks. Compared with men who exercised but did not take collagen, they gained significantly more muscle mass and strength“. Espira PM RRestore only has 2.5 grams of collagen so it may not be enough to build muscle mass. Though I suggest Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. It has 20 grams of collagen per serving. A great addition to Avon’s Espira products if you are interested. I take it in my coffee each morning. Avon Espira Pm Restore is also a powder that you can mix into a liquid of your choice. I recommend anything similar to water.

Please note that † These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult your physician upon planning taking any supplements.

I hope this has been of some use to you and that you take the chance to visit my online store and get some of these great products yourself. I would love to know if you already take any and comment about them below. Have you had any health concerns that you have tackled this year so far? Is it going okay? It can be hard for anyone. Especially when our support system may be small like mine. Just remember that no matter how small you start; it is something and it counts. Baby steps. Stay safe out there world, we may not be in the same boats but we can still be here for one another.

New Items!!

re:tune Hair, Skin and Nails

Now, I normally take a chewable because I already take pill form of meds for other things and hate pills. Though this is crushable, I would also have to add it to a smoothie. But, I am generally in a rush and prefer chewables.

Antioxidants and nutritional building blocks to promote a healthy response to UV exposure while helping build healthy hair, skin and nails.

BENEFITS
• Clinically demonstrated to enhance skin firmness and luminance
• Provides structural support for building hair, skin and nails
• Visibly reduces skin redness after UV exposure
• Gluten-free
• 60 tablets
• Vegetarian
• Non-GMO
• No artificial colors
• No artificial flavors
• No preservatives

TO USE
Take 2 tablets in the morning.

Re:tune Inner Beauty Collagen Booster

Now, this product I am interested in because I already take a collagen supplement by Vital Proteins that is vegan and I mix it into my coffee every morning. I started because I read about it helping my nails as I am trying to grow them out to help not pull out eyelashes (trichotillomania). Now, I don’t know how much collagen this has in it whereas I know how much is in my current brand. I do know that the older you get, the less you body makes of collagen. This is also why 20-year-olds look youthful with plump round faces. I have mentioned how young I look to people. This is not why I use it. But others want to supplement it for that reason, others for health benefits. Collagen has a lot more to it than benefiting your youthful looking skin. It can also help your joints and muscles. But it is best known for your skin. I promise to have a product review of this one.

Supports healthy collagen production for firmer-looking skin.

A powdered mix of marine collagen peptides to promote toned, radiant skin.

BENEFITS
• Contains Naticol, clinically proven to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and wrinkles and improve skin elasticity
• Visible improvements in skin firmness & brightness in 12 weeks
• Contains Naticol®, an ingredient that visibly improves skin hydration significantly after 6 weeks
• Unflavored powdered mix that can be added to hot or cold beverages
• 30 Servings
• Non-GMO
• No artificial colors
• No artificial flavors
• No preservatives
• Gluten free

TO USE
Add one scoop (2.5 g) to any beverage of your choice. Stir until smooth or use a shaker cup.

Warning: Consult your physician prior to taking this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition.

I hope that you enjoyed this update. I plan on updating it as the ingredients become available. Remember that most new products wont be available until January 6, 2021.