Review: Codex Beauty

Good evening dear goddess!

Yesterday I posted some information about making good choices when it comes to buying products to add to your skincare routine. Today I would love to share with you a few that I feel fit the mold for exactly the type of products people should be buying for their skin.

I received these two select products complementary through a reviewing site called Influenster. My job was to test them out, and then create a few posts and reviews about them so consumers can get a better idea of what they would be purchasing. I am not getting paid for these reviews, I just feel that they were such beautiful products in terms of their ingredients and sustainability that I felt that it would be nice to share them on here with you!

As I had never heard of Codex Beauty before, as soon as I received an email that I was going to be receiving a box with some of their products to review, the esthetician in me immediately hopped onto the website to learn a bit more about the line and what types of ingredients I would be getting within the products themselves.

Their site states that “Codex Beauty is a collective of global skin care brands built on science, natural ingredients, plant-based preservatives, pharmaceutical-grade processes, safety and efficacy trials, sustainability, and consumer transparency.” (Sounds like my kind of line!)

I found out the company was founded by Barbara Paldus, a highly accomplished scientist, and that the Bia line specifically was created by a woman named Tracy Ryan, who is a trained herbalist and horticulturist from Ireland. I have come to realize when science and nature combine, many times it is a winning combination for skincare and I feel these fierce goddesses really hit it out of the park with this line!

So without further adieu, below are my video reviews on the two products I have received. I hope that if you like what you hear and are searching for some new products to introduce into your skincare routine that you would consider Codex Beauty.

Click here to see my review of The Bia Exfoliating Wash by Codex Beauty
Click here to see my review of The Bia Skin Superfood Moisturizer

Establishing good skincare habits in your daily life is just one more way to practice self care, which is so important in our wellness journey. For your Seed For Growth exercise tonight I would like you to write about your favorite self care ritual that you do. What about it brings you so much joy and how do you feel after completing it?

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it gave you a bit of insight into this amazing line. Have a happy Sunday night!

Stay healthy, be positive, be well,

Charissa

Clean products=Happy Skin

Happy Saturday goddess!

I hope this week proved to be a positive one for you on your wellness journey. Were there any new routines you may have taken up this week? I bring up that question because today I would like to discuss a routine that is very important to me, and that is the development of a good skincare regimen. As an esthetician, I love to educate people on the importance of daily skincare practices as our skin is our largest organ after all!

When starting a routine, it’s important to personalize your experience by picking out products that are going to address any concerns you may have with your skin, and create positive, healthy changes to it as well. The problem is there are so many products out there where do you even start?

I personally, like to start with the ingredients. Many people may have different opinions on what types of products are best when it comes to skincare, but I feel that the most beneficial ones out there are going to be the products that feed and nourish the skin through natural, organic ingredients free of synthetics, parabens, or other harsh chemicals and preservatives. You would be surprised by how many “high quality” products are filled with these types of ingredients. Not only can they create inflammation, irritation, and imbalance in the skin, but some are even known carcinogens! Does that sounds like something you would want on your body? No? Me neither.

I think it’s important to treat the outside of your body the same way you want to treat the inside, by making healthy choices, especially since the skin can absorb up to 60% of what you put on it. This is why it’s so it’s important to always keep ingredients in mind when choosing new products to use. I am a skincare junkie so when looking for a new product line to try I like to begin by looking for certain certifications printed on the packaging. Just a few that I try to be on the lookout for are:

Eco Certification is one of the most respected and recognized organic certifications when it comes to skincare and is often very hard to get. This certifies the product is environmentally friendly with a green make-up. Everything is tested from the packaging, to the manufacturing process, to the soil used in the growth of the ingredients.

Like Eco Cert, USDA Organic also tests soil quality, the use of additives and making sure that no pesticides or synthetics are used within the creation of the product. They also test for organic packaging as well. This certification is given if the product meets all U.S. federal guidelines in these categories, much like USDA approved food does.

The leaping bunny certification means a product is cruelty free. There are many types of cruelty free certifications out there but this one is one of the best because the product is free from animal testing throughout the entire development process from start to finish.

A vegan certification means that your product is entirely plant based, and does not contain any animal bi-products, honey or pollen from bees, or silks or dyes from insects.

Non GMO project certification means that your product does not contain any genetically modified ingredients.

There are more certifications out there that are very important as well but those ones are some of my favorites. When a product has multiple of those symbols on the back, you know you are getting a high quality product, as some of these certifications are very in depth in their testing and may take years to get.

Aside from the certifications, it’s also important to think about the areas that you want to focus on when it comes to your skin. Are you dry and dehydrated? You’ll want to be on the lookout for ingredients that add hydration and moisturization back to the skin, such as hyaluronic acid or marshmallow root. Are you sensitive? Ingredients like calendula, chamomile, and lavender are known soothers. Do you have acneic skin? Something clarifiying might be good like rosemary or neroli. If you’re addressing aging skin, rosehip oil or vitamin c can be great for rejuvenation.

These are the questions you want to be asking yourself so that you aren’t wasting your time or money on products that aren’t suited for your skin type. If you’re going out shopping for skincare, make sure that you take advantage of the opportunity to chat with the salesperson working that day. Chances are they know their stuff, and may even be an esthetician as well. Don’t be afraid to discuss with them your skincare concerns so that they may better assist you and give you that awesome skincare recommendation!

If you decide to buy online instead, I always recommend to buy directly through the brands official website. Usually they will have it set up entirely by skin concern to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for. Also look for the ingredients list, which most brands will present at full disclosure so that you know exactly what you would be putting on your skin.

Well, dear goddess, I hope that I was able to help shed a little light on how to pick products when trying to establish a good skincare routine. I would like to talk about my own routine but I will save that for another post. Tomorrow I will be posting two product reviews that I did for a line I was introduced to recently. I feel they are SO beneficial for the skin and I am excited to share them with all of you!

For your Seed For Growth exercise tonight I would like you to write down what you do and use for your skincare routine. Is there anything you would change about it or something you would like to add to it? Do you feel that your products are giving you the results you would like? If not, maybe now is the perfect time for a little change! Onward and upward!

Stay Healthy, be positive, be well,

Charissa