I do not like skincare. So why in the blast would I be writing a skincare review? Because as much as a do not like facial skincare, Trim Healthy Naturals has swooped in and converted me not only into a user, but a fan.
It all started when I was on the brink of turning 30.
I don’t like facial skincare. It’s just not my gig. I hate the unknown.
The unknown of chemicals.
The unknown of bacteria.
The unknown of if a product is going to make me breakout.
The unknown of how long I can handle the price tag.
The unknown of changing my routine.
However, I turned 30.
For me it was traumatizing.
It made me take a real look at my skin for the first time ever.
There were lines that were not there 10 years ago, there were freckles that were not there 10 years ago, there were scares from acne, and oh my there were even wrinkles.
Goodness gracious I turned into an old lady overnight.
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Researching Natural Skin Care
My age traumatized self-turned to some research and after hours of listening to podcasts, reading articles, and thinking through my 30-year-old skin, I resolved to do a month of a good skincare routine with the company Trim Healthy Naturals.
Read on for the information I found during my month-long skincare adventure and my honest review on Trim Healthy Naturals.
I’m a skincare virgin. So, I don’t have all the answers, nor do I want all the answers, but I have discovered some pretty stellar resources and I’ve navigated this tundra of skincare after that magical number 30.
What Does the Bible Say?
I would be remiss if I didn’t dive into what the bible says about beauty and where our beauty lies. Now if you're expecting me to say that our beauty lies on the inside, then you are wrong. It’s true, scriptures like 1 Peter 3:3-4:
“Do not let your adorning be external--the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear-- but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.”
Yet, there’s something more, something more significant than just inward beauty. You see, when we put on Christ, and we take his identity and name we also take on the beauty that he offers. The gospel rather than our appearance should make up the true beauty of our hearts.
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.” Colossians 2:9-10
Take a moment and let that sink in. We have been brought to fullness in Christ. Our fullness is not found in our beauty, skin, weight, or anything else than Christ! Amen.
Starting with Natural Skincare
For years now, I have perfected the natural products that are in my natural toolbox. Deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, makeup, and lotion are routines that don’t cause immediate panic. I have found and made products that suit my personal natural standards. Facial skincare, however, still makes my toes curl and my stomach lurch as I even think about wadding into that turmoil sea of knowledge.
When I started on my facial skincare journey, I only had two things in my tool kit. I had been using homemade chamomile lotion and homemade buckthorn oil. Although those two products have been wonderful for nourishing my skin, they truly have done nothing for my face. I highly recommend them as a safe and natural way to moisturize skin and combat postpartum stretch marks. Reducing lines in my face, wrinkles, and acne has not been their forte’.
Which is another reason I turned to Trim Healthy Naturals. They have done their research on what is best for your skin and what plant-based ingredients are going to yield the best result.
Podcasts on Natural Skincare
I’m a podcast junkie, so I knew there had to be resources to help me on this journey, and I was right! Here are some from Trim Healthy Mama and others that helped me understand a define what natural facial skincare was. If you are also a skincare virgin, then start with the first one because I really think it helps introduce many products and theories that are helpful.
- Cultivating the Lovely – Ep 119 “Beauty and Skincare Deep Dive with MacKenzie and Rebekah”
- 10 Things to Tell You – Ep 13 “Skincare & Makeup Favorites with Jamie Golden”
- Trim Healthy Mama Podcast
- Ep 96 “Your Endocannibinoid System What you Need to Know”
- Ep 97 “Hemp, A Wonder Healing Plant…Not A Drug, CBD Oil, Park 2
- Ep 119 “Hemp & Your Family, Stuff you Need to Know
Approaching Hemp from a biblical and Christian perspective is quite important to me. Trim Healthy Mama is not only an amazing weight loss solution that has blessed me tremendously, but it also specializes in terrific facial and skin products through Trim Healthy Naturals.
Over the last couple of years, they launched a Hemp Formula, and my entire family has been richly blessed by the effects. If you want to learn more about the research of hemp products, I recommend you listen to the Endocannabinoid System podcast above. It’s fascinating research that changed the way I thought about Hemp.
Using Discernment with Natural Products
I am a big skeptic of natural products. You cannot convince me by your words alone that a product is ‘natural’ and clean. Too many times, I committed to a natural deodorant or lotion and suffered the consequences of breakouts, only to find out as I researched the ingredients that it was defiantly less than stellar. Natural does not necessarily mean good.
A few years ago, a fellow crunchy friend introduced me to an app called Think Dirty. Think Dirty is a massive database that allows you to scan products and evaluate the ingredients used. This is not the ‘end all’ answer to checking how natural and safe a product is, but it is a starting place for checking products and evaluating if it meets your specific standards.
Double-check each product by evaluating:
- The organic or natural certification
- The honesty of the company
- The ingredient listings
Standards in Natural Skin Care
Don’t believe everything you hear. There are NO specific requirements that make a product ‘natural’. Not to mention everyone’s definition of ‘natural’ is different.
I specifically want products that are plant-based with simple ingredients. Others might be okay with a natural product having some parabens due to their personal convictions. Still, others may navigate towards more scientific products that help with their specific skincare conditions.
Your convictions are necessary to define, they are uniquely yours, embrace them. Yours will probably be different than mine, but here are mine to get your thinking along the right lines.
Standards for my skincare:
- Reputable company. Preferably smaller.
- Less than 20 ingredients preferred
- Plant Based, but not exclusively plant ingredients.
- Paraben Free
- A website in which I can research their company and ingredients.
Things I am okay compromising on
- An organic certification
- Synthetic ingredients (if balanced)
The Results of a Skin Care Virgin
Using the above resources led me to several products that I am now using. But the big question is, do I see a difference with using Trim Healthy Naturals?
A resounding YES.
In one month of modifying my facial skincare routine, I have seen marked differences in my 30-year-old skin. It may not be as evident as some of the before and after pictures, we see plastered on the internet, but this is real. One of the things that have amazed me the most is that the scars I received from chickenpox when I was a pre-teen are fading away. How has it taken me over 20 years to take care of my skin?
Trim Healthy Naturals Products
Here are the products that I began to use with Trim Healthy Naturals. They have many other products, but these are the ones that I started using to heal and nourish my skin.
Facial Products that I'm using
- Trim Healthy Mama Chillax CBD Lotion, or Extra Mild when I'm pregnant
- Trim Healthy Mama The Fountain Cream
- Trim healthy Mama Facial Exfoliator The Spunj
- Homemade Sea Buckthorn and Face Serum
As an alternative to The Spunj I also really like the Tao facial scrubber. I specifically like that it uses UV-C light to sanitize the brush.
Morning – Wash Face, and moisturizer with Trim Healthy Naturals, The Fountain Cream or my CBD lotion.
Evening - Rub the face with Buckthorn Beauty Serum, exfoliate with the Spunj, use a hot water terry cloth, and lay over the face to open pores, finish by applying Chillax CBD Lotion.
I personally believe the biggest difference I have seen in my skin is due to the Trim Healthy Mama Chillax CBD Cream. It is extremely relaxing and combined with the oil cleanse, I've never felt or seen a bigger difference.
Make up Products that I am Using
Trim Healthy Mama also has a line of products called "Made", which is their much-anticipated makeup line. I have been using this line of products for about 4 months. Their liquid foundation has been unlike anything else that I have ever tried. I was able to match my skin tone right away and blended superbly.
Other Make-up products:
My Honest Review of Trim Healthy Naturals
Disclaimer: I am not being compensated by Trim Healthy Mama for this review. I just honestly love their products.
I am a huge fan of Trim Healthy Naturals' philosophy on skincare and all that they represent. They pride themselves on using 100% natural ingredients and disclosure their ingredient list completely. There are minimum ingredients present in each product.
What I enjoy most is that these products are infused with actual herbs. Although essential oils are still a popular way to put herbs into products, there can be a plethora of problems with essential oils because they are unregulated. These products go right to the source and get their herbal and food-based products right from the source.
One item that has always confused me is exfoliation. My skin has never responded well to exfoliation and with frustration, I have given up many products over the years. The Spunj completely changed that and if I had to attribute my skincare success to anything, it would be this and my CBD cream. The Spunj is made from one of my favorite food products called the Konjac plant. It exfoliates gently and detoxifies.
I have been using the oil cleanse method with my Spunj. You use oil or cream and apply it to your face first. Then with your warmly wet Spunj you massage it into your skin. Get a cloth that has the warmest water possible and place it over your face. This opens the pores. Repeat the process until your face is completely clean from the oil or lotion. At the end reapply your favorite moisturizing lotion.
The first time I did the oil cleaning method I told my husband how different my skin felt. I had never in all my years felt my face feel so moisturized or clean.
The THM Chillax cream, again, is my absolute favorite skincare product I have found so far. You can watch the creators describe the benefits here. It truly is a remarkable product that they have put a lot of time, energy, and research into. I was skeptical of the relaxing benefits, but I am no longer a skeptic! CBD penetrates my skin and heals the imbalance that has always existed in my uneven skin.
Confessions of a Skin Care Virgin
I’ve enjoyed my skincare month more than I anticipated. It’s slowly becoming a routine that I am enjoying immensely. Go figure! My stomach lurched every time I thought of taking care of my facial skincare a few months ago! With appropriate research and time, I was able to formulate a gentle, cost-effective way of treating the skin that works for me.
Use these resources to guide you if you are also a skincare virgin and let me know how it goes as you take a deep dive into the skincare world!