I have pretty terrible skin. I thought I’d open up this post with some brutal honesty. I’m that nearly-30-year-old that is still struggling to achieve clear, perfect skin. Teenagers have got nothing on me – I’ve been working toward this dream for 15 years. FIFTEEN YEARS. (Ugh, suddenly feeling old.) Basically now I just try to contain it – aka not make my skin any worse and hope for the best. But there are a few things I have discovered that make my skin worse (with the claims that it will get oh-so-amazingly-magically-ready-for-TV-clear!) and that’s anything with harsh chemicals in it. And I’m not using the word “chemicals” in the Food Babe way – there are specifics: benzoyl peroxide, alpha hydroxy acid, salicylic acid. And it’s actu
ally a bit of a challenge to find a facial cleanser that doesn’t have one of those or another anti-aging or anti-acne agent in it.
So when Block Island Organics contacted me to ask if I’d like to try their cleanser, night cream, and sunscreen I was more than thrilled! Also this is a a family-owned startup business and everything is made in the USA – which I love! And lucky for you, the lovelies at Block Island Organics have a discount code for my readers – 15% off your purchase! (Please note, it is not combinable with other offers.) Just enter the code: sarahr at check out – hurry, it expires June 14th!
Purifying Facial Cleanser – $17.99
I really like this cleanser – there’s no heavy scent, it’s very gentle, it takes off my make-up, and it doesn’t irritate my skin at all. It’s a tiny bit drying for me, so I only use it at night which works out perfectly with my skincare routine. I think that for someone with less sensitive skin than me, it could definitely be a twice daily cleanser.
Organic Revitalizing Night Cream – $26.99
I actually use it as my daytime moisturizer instead – it really moisturizes my skin without being too heavy or greasy, and without adding oil to my already oily skin. I’ve also struggled with moisturizers – it’s hard to find one that balances out my combination skin – but so far, I’ve been using this in the morning and it hasn’t irritated my skin and has really left it so soft all day. Again, it doesn’t have as strong scent and a little goes a long way.
Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 – $17.99
Okay, this is my favorite product. I love it so much I had to track down what bag it was in so I could take pictures! I hate the feeling of greasy sunscreen, and it often breaks out my skin and causes a rash. This doesn’t feel like sunscreen at all – which is amazing! It absorbs immediately, and there is absolutely no fragrance. I often forget I even put it on. It’s also lightly moisturizing with ingredients like aloe vera and coconut oil in it. I’ve been using this regularly for my morning walks and the only thing I will note, it does leave a very slight white tint due to it being a Zinc based sunscreen. I barely notice it and frankly would rather have a white tint than greasy, smelly sunscreen on anyway! I’ve also used it on my face (which is always terrifying) and it’s not irritating whatsoever.
And as you can see from my picture I’ve been a bit busy wedding crafting – coffee filter flowers! I can’t stop making them – I was thinking of doing tutorial post coming soon. Also, if you entered the Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden giveaway I’ll be choosing a winner very soon!