African Botanics & Marula

Recently, I’ve been introduced to African Botanics, a South African luxury skincare brand that utilizes active, nourishing ingredients, sustainable sources, and molecular science to create the beautiful and potent products that also feel and look like a treat to use. It probably shouldn’t be, but packaging and aesthetics are a big deal to me when I buy beauty and skincare products! I want it to look nice while sitting in my shower!

In June I bought the Pure Marula Oil ($100) and the Marula Regenerating Body Hydro-Serum ($95) as a first entry into the brand, and honestly, I’m impressed so far. For those who don’t know, marula comes from the marula fruit tree, which is native to southern Africa. It’s light in texture but rich in moisture, antioxidants, and fatty acids. I’ve been using the Pure Marula Oil daily after a hyaluronic moisturizer and it gives a slight sheen to my (dry) skin but absorbs lightning fast and never feels greasy. My skin feels so soft and supple after I apply it! It also layers beautifully under my matte foundation. I haven’t tried it with more dewy foundation formulas, though.

The Marula Regenerating Body Hydro-Serum is a clear gel formula that you apply to damp skin. It’s deeply hydrating and helps with firming and tightening the skin. I usually use it at night, as it has quite a noticeable minty scent and I don’t want it to interfere with my daily fragrance. It leaves kind of a tacky feeling on skin but once you layer your moisturizer over the top, that disappears. My skin feels tingly and somehow hot and cold after I apply it. It’s a weird but pleasant sensation and it dissipates after about fifteen minutes. After using it for the last couple of months, my skin is much more supple, soft, and healthy-looking.

After using these products for the last couple of months I’m looking forward to trying more from African Botanics! Have you tried anything from this brand? If so, what’s your favorite product?

Little Changes

Happy New Year!

Guys, I’m not going to promise myself to eat clean twenty-four seven, to run every day, or to never think another negative thought. But I am going to promise myself to make small, incremental changes. Changes that are sustainable and palatable. Changes that I may struggle with a bit in the beginning but won’t make me want to rip my hair out.

 

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Adding more nutrition into my day is one of the changes I’ll be implementing this year. More fiber, less sugar, more greens. The Super Elixir and the Nourishing Protein, both by Welleco is my preferred way to do all of that in less than five minutes during the day. I add two teaspoons of the Super Elixir to coconut water, shake, and drink. And whenever I want a quick, healthy snack I add a scoop of the Nourishing Protein to almond milk, shake, and drink. It couldn’t be easier. And that’s the only way I’m guaranteed to stick with something.

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What are some of the little ways you keep yourself energetic and healthy? Any tricks and tips to lose old habits and form newer, productive ones? Let me know in the comments!