Saturday, January 26, 2008

Earth Science Skin Care

As I've mentioned before, I am a skin care junkie. My new obsession--in addition to finding products that are effective and affordable and simple--is skin care with ingredients that won't harm my skin. I think I may have fulfilled all my requirements with the Earth Science skin care.

Although "earth science" conjures up thoughts of geology and oceanography, it's also an apt name for a line of skin care that incorporates natural ingredients, environmentally safe products with NO ANIMAL TESTING at down to earth prices! Earth Science features face, body, hair, anti-aging and men products free of irritants, soaps, petroleum, toxins, heavy metals, artificial colors, animal ingredients or parabens. That's what you WON'T find in Earth Science products--what you WILL find is high quality ingredients such as sea kelp, avocado oil, gingko biloba, green tea, ginseng, papaya enzymes, bamboo oil and other effective natural ingredients. The Earth Science motto is "Extraordinary results come from extraordinary ingredients" and checking the product labels, you can see the ingredients are impressive.

I happened upon the Face line at Longs Drugstore. I liked the simple packaging with the bright and inviting colors. I bought the A-D-E Creamy Cleanser, Aloe Vera Complexion Toner and Freshener and Almond Aloe Moisturizer. The cleanser is definitely creamy--but it effectively cleanses my skin without stripping it. It leaves it feeling soothed and soft. I love the faintly herbal medicinal smell, too! I follow up with the Aloe Vera Toner which also is non-drying. But my very favorite product is the Almond Aloe Moisturizer. It hydrates my skin without leaving a greasy film. And it has helped calm and protect an patch of skin that has this weird flaky rashy thing going on. Seriously, this has helped improve my skin immensely.

I've also checked out the Azulene Eye Treatment which, as its name suggests, contains azulene which is a German blue chamomile that helps fight puffiness and dark circles. It's very emollient, but sinks into the skin easily. The Papaya Glycolic Skin Peel is a mask that, like the A-D-E Creamy Cleanser, has a slightly herbal medicinal scent but exfoliates without the usual acid stinging. I also like the A/B Hydroxy Night Rejuvenator which combines alpha and beta hydroxy acids along with anti-oxidants like green tea to smooth and even out your skin.

For people with oily, acne-prone skin, the face line also has a Clarifying Facial Wash and Clarifying Herbal Astringent as well as an Apricot Facial Scrub and Mint Tingle Masque to help keep skin clear and blemish free. Rounding out the Face line is an Herbal Tonic Mist, Apricot Night Creme, Placentagen Eye and Throat Creme, Ginsium-C Skin Lightening Creme and Chamomile and Green Tea Eye Makeup Remover.

I also got the opportunity to test some products from the Anti-aging line. The Beta-Ginseng Whipped Creme Cleanser is a thick, rich cream that foams into a lightly scented gentle lather. It also leaves the skin clean without stripping it dry. A lovely cleanser, although I still prefer the A-D-E Creamy Cleanser overall. The Beta-Ginseng Nutrient Toning Elixir contains beta-carotene, seaweed, vitamin E, wild ginseng, green tea and gingko biloba. It's very soothing and refreshing.

The Beta-Ginseng Hydrating Day Creme incorporates extra moisturizing ingredients squalane and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and protect skin. Very rich and soothing--but I still like the Almond Aloe Moisturizer better. The Anti-aging line also includes a Beta-Ginseng Cellagen Renewal Serum which contains 25% hyaluronic acid to plump up epidermal cells.
In addition, Earth Science has a Body care line which features natural deodorants and body lotions, a Hair care line with a variety of shampoos and conditioners and a Men's line which includes several different shaving products.

In addition to their non-toxic, environmentally friendly ingredients, Earth Science products are friendly to your wallet as well. Most of their products cost less than $10 for a generous sized bottle. You really can't beat that! You can find Earth Science at Longs Drugs, WholeFoods, Wild Oats and online at Earth Essentials.

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