I adore when celebrities give us a glimpse of products they’re loving.  Some of them are very generous with sharing some of their #notsponsored favorites.  Karrueche Tran is a favorite on this blog because (1.) she’s really into her skin and beauty routine and (2.) she shares what snapshots of the products she loves.

The other day, she shared a simple image of a product with no caption.  As usual, I took a screen shot.  After taking the screenshot, I did something I’ve never done before.  I immediately went online and purchased without even researching any reviews.
Luckily for me, I found a sample size to try.  The product is not cheap so I wanted to test it out for minimal investment.  Also, the sample is perfect for travel.  A few days later, the mask arrived.  At this point, I still hadn’t researched reviews so I had no idea what to expect.

Farmacy’s Honey Potion behaves much differently than your typical honey mask.  I’ve masked with pure honey before and loved it! This face mask is nothing masking with honey alone.  When you visually inspect the mask, it has the look, texture, and thickness of golden honey.  The best way to describe the consistency is like a gooey (luxurious) balm.

But once the product touches the skin, magic starts to happen.  During application, the mask quickly transforms into a rich cream.  Moments later, you start to feel a warming sensation on your skin as the mask begins to activate.  You heard me right, this is a warming mask that stimulates the skin upon application.

Some of the hero ingredients include honey (of course), royal jelly, and echinacea which is rich in antioxidants.  They also source the honey from bees who pollinate echinacea plants.  Studies have found that echinacea is effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles in as little as 1 month of use.   Basically, this mask is not only hydrating but has potent anti-aging benefits as well.

So far I’ve used the mask twice.  I’ll share my thoughts by first starting with the drawbacks.  Honey potion is marketed as a hydrating mask.  I’ll be honest with you, it’s not all that hydrating.  Honestly, using plain honey (or better yet, manuka honey) on my face produced superior hydration.  I’d describe this more as a nourishing mask. 

Even though it’s didn’t deliver with regards to its promise to hydrate the skin, I still love this mask and here’s why.  With most masks, you apply then wait patiently and passively to finally rinse it off.  With Honey Potion, you are expected to actively participate in the masking experience by massaging the skin while you wait.  THIS IS THE PERFECT MASSAGE MASK.  Your fingers easily glide over the skin without feeling sticky.  The more you massage, you more you engage the warming sensation.  The warming sensation is so valuable because that means that blood flow is being directed to the face.

This precious blood flow to the face is worth its weight in gold.  I believe that younger skin receives more circulation to the face than mature skin.  It’s part of the reason why younger skin has a certain glow while mature skin appears flat and lackluster. With Honey Potion, you manually promote facial blood flow via massage while enjoying a little extra help from the product itself.

NO OTHER FACE MASK PRODUCT IN MY ARSENAL DOES THIS.

For that reason, I absolutely adore this mask and plan on investing in the full size. I also believe this is one of those products that provide cumulative benefits with consistent use.  I say this because that has my experience from only using Honey Potion two times.  Once I get the full size, I plan on using it regularly while executing a full facial massage routine.

I adore when celebrities give us a glimpse of products they’re loving.  Some of them are very generous with sharing some of their #notsponsored favorites.  Karrueche Tran is a favorite on this blog because (1.) she’s really into her skin and beauty routine and (2.) she shares what snapshots of the products she loves.

The other day, she shared a simple image of a product with no caption.  As usual, I took a screen shot.  After taking the screenshot, I did something I’ve never done before.  I immediately went online and purchased without even researching any reviews.
Luckily for me, I found a sample size to try.  The product is not cheap so I wanted to test it out for minimal investment.  Also, the sample is perfect for travel.  A few days later, the mask arrived.  At this point, I still hadn’t researched reviews so I had no idea what to expect.

Farmacy’s Honey Potion behaves much differently than your typical honey mask.  I’ve masked with pure honey before and loved it! This face mask is nothing masking with honey alone.  When you visually inspect the mask, it has the look, texture, and thickness of golden honey.  The best way to describe the consistency is like a gooey (luxurious) balm.

But once the product touches the skin, magic starts to happen.  During application, the mask quickly transforms into a rich cream.  Moments later, you start to feel a warming sensation on your skin as the mask begins to activate.  You heard me right, this is a warming mask that stimulates the skin upon application.

Some of the hero ingredients include honey (of course), royal jelly, and echinacea which is rich in antioxidants.  They also source the honey from bees who pollinate echinacea plants.  Studies have found that echinacea is effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles in as little as 1 month of use.   Basically, this mask is not only hydrating but has potent anti-aging benefits as well.

So far I’ve used the mask twice.  I’ll share my thoughts by first starting with the drawbacks.  Honey potion is marketed as a hydrating mask.  I’ll be honest with you, it’s not all that hydrating.  Honestly, using plain honey (or better yet, manuka honey) on my face produced superior hydration.  I’d describe this more as a nourishing mask. 

Even though it’s didn’t deliver with regards to its promise to hydrate the skin, I still love this mask and here’s why.  With most masks, you apply then wait patiently and passively to finally rinse it off.  With Honey Potion, you are expected to actively participate in the masking experience by massaging the skin while you wait.  THIS IS THE PERFECT MASSAGE MASK.  Your fingers easily glide over the skin without feeling sticky.  The more you massage, you more you engage the warming sensation.  The warming sensation is so valuable because that means that blood flow is being directed to the face.

This precious blood flow to the face is worth its weight in gold.  I believe that younger skin receives more circulation to the face than mature skin.  It’s part of the reason why younger skin has a certain glow while mature skin appears flat and lackluster. With Honey Potion, you manually promote facial blood flow via massage while enjoying a little extra help from the product itself.

NO OTHER FACE MASK PRODUCT IN MY ARSENAL DOES THIS.

For that reason, I absolutely adore this mask and plan on investing in the full size. I also believe this is one of those products that provide cumulative benefits with consistent use.  I say this because that has my experience from only using Honey Potion two times.  Once I get the full size, I plan on using it regularly while executing a full facial massage routine.

Several years ago, I was instructed by my facialist to stop using a towel to dry my face after cleansing.   She didn’t go into detail as to why I should switch up this part of my routine but I took her advice.  Over time, I found myself going back my old ways out of convenience.

Now I’m ready to ditch the towel for good.  Because I’m convinced of the undeniable benefits.
The first, most obvious reason why you should seriously reconsider towel drying your face is because of the dangers lurking deep within the fibers of your towel.  Apparently, towels make the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.  What’s the point of buying specialty cleansers only to wipe your skin with a bacteria-laden towel? This makes no sense.  Especially if you’re dealing with skin conditions affected by bacteria (like acne).

The answer is to give up drying our faces with towels altogether.  But what should we do instead? 
Glad you asked. 
We’ve got options ladies.  Here are some of my recommendations for how to complete the cleansing process without grabbing a towel.
Leave the skin damp.  I watched a video where a skin expert proclaimed that applying beauty products on dry skin was futile.  Basically, the skin isn’t primed to receive the goodness of your products in its dry state.  We’ve all experienced the difference after applying hydrating oils or lotions on wet/damp skin versus dry.   The same applies to the face.  As the water absorbs into the skin, it carries the skin enhancing product with it.  Sometimes, applying lotions on wet skin can be tricky so it’s best to work it into damp skin versus wet.
My post cleansing strategy sometimes includes the use of facial tools designed to be used on wet skin.  For instance, my microcurrent rollers work beautifully with moisture because water helps conduct the electrical current deep into the layers of the skin.  This is exactly what we want to happen when using microcurrent tools.

I also find myself reaching for my Ultrasonic pore scrubber. That thing was designed for use on wet skin so it’s perfect to use post-cleansing.  As a matter of fact, the scrubber does a magnificent job of drying the skin.  Using the scrubber only takes only a minute or so and is a pro at removing congestion just below the skin’s surface.

The last option I offer you is a little more consuming but may be worth it.  In Korea, the women never use a towel to dry their face. Instead, they opt to dry their skin by conducting a mini facial massage.  I’ll post a video demonstration below so you can try it for yourself.

I love the idea of executing a facial massage to help dry the skin because it promotes blood flow to the skin’s surface. Blood flow brings nutrition to the cells and the appearance of health to the skin’s surface.  Not to mention how massage keeps the skin firm and toned.  Plus, your face will still be damp which will allow for the absorption of serums.  Compare that with drying your skin with a scratchy, bacteria-riddled towel.

There’s no comparison.

I’m a compulsive snacker.  When I’m bored, I’ll reach for whatever’s available.  Typically that means something sugary and devoid of nutrition.  But now I’m thinking about spring skin goals and I’ve made the conscious decision snack on foods that’ll feed my skin from within.

I’m trying to keep everything easy & effortless. So basically, I plan to keep snack options around that I can feast on knowing that they’ll bring me closer to my skin goals.  Here’s the list I’ve compiled so far.


Goji Berries: Vitamin C, Protein, Amino Acids.
First and foremost, I’m stocking up on goji berries.  There are a myriad of reasons why goji berries top my list of snacks that’ll feed my skin.  First, these berries are loaded with vitamin C, trace minerals, and antioxidants.  A lot of fruits have similar qualities but goji berries are one of the few fruits with a high protein and high amino acid content. You know what that means? Because they’re rich in protein and amino acids, goji berries could classify as a healthy hair snack.  Also, the protein content helps make it a satisfying snack that helps curb my hunger. What I love most about goji berries is that they’re not too sweet like dried cranberries or raisins.  This probably means that they don’t spike my blood sugar as much their dried fruit counterparts.

Honestly, if you aren’t hip to the goodness of the amazing goji berry, it’s time that you’re finally let in on the secret.

Japanese Sweet Potatoes: Hyaluronic Acid
Another of my healthy skin snacks is the wonderful Japanese sweet potato. They’re cheap and highly nutritious. And compared to your typical sweet potato, they have fewer carbs and lower calories. These sweet potatoes supply our skin with valuable hyaluronic acid.  To refresh your memory, hyaluronic acid provides internal lubrication for the skin and body.  The more of it we have, the more “moisturized” we become.  There are a million serums on the market with this necessary ingredient.  Yes, I’ll continue to slather HA serums on every day but if I can give my body direct access to HA via my diet, why not?

Also, I’ve enjoyed these potatoes in the past and they are very filling.  Perfect if you want a mid-day snack but want to save all of your calories for dinner.

Sunflower Seeds: Vitamin E
I don’t take a vitamin E supplement. But I probably should because vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant.  The alternative is to up my vitamin E intake via my snack options.  This will be pretty easy because I love munching on almonds, sunflower seeds, olives and such.  I just have to keep more of it around.

Dark Chocolate: Flavonoids, Antioxidants
When my sweet tooth kicks in, my secret weapon is 85% pure dark chocolate.  Enjoying a piece of dark chocolate feels like a treat but I’m also rewarding myself with skin loving flavanoids. From a healthy skin standpoint, we already know that the active ingredient in pure chocolate has a positive influence on the skin’s elastin.  A high-quality piece of dark chocolate satisfies our sweet tooth but isn’t obnoxiously sweet.  It’s great for when you’re trying to retrain your taste buds away from sugary snacks.  The higher the percentage of dark chocolate, the better.

Seaweed Sheets: Vitamins & Minerals
Another snack that I plan to have laying around are crispy seaweed sheets.  Not only do I love the way they taste, but I appreciate the fact that they contain vitmain C, A, E, calcium, and B vitamins.  They also have a lot of sodium which means that I have to increase my water intake.
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We’ve already established that sometimes our body will trick us into eating when we’re actually hungry.  So I’m making a conscious effort to drink liquids that support glowing, beautiful skin.  I’m pretty much going to focus on consuming several cups of green tea + bamboo tea on a daily basis.  I’ve also reinstituted chlorophyll water to help facilitate detoxing from the inside out.

This is the list I came up with after a quick brainstorm session. If these foods aren’t your cup of tea, feel free to come up with your own roster of nutritionally dense snacks that contribute to your overall beauty goals.  Again, the purpose is to achieve our ideal outcome with as little effort as possible.  Eating nutritious foods that we love is the epitmone of effortless. Let’s keep plenty of these healthy snacks around so we can feed our skin a little bit each and every day.

The other day, an image flashed across my Instagram stories that I immediately screen grabbed.  It featured Kayla Nicole, the fiance of NFL superstar, Travis Kelce.  One thing about this woman is that she has amazing skin.  In most of her stories, she’s either sporting no makeup or ultra-natural makeup looks.

Thankfully, I happened to be on Instagram the day that she revealed her number one skin secret.
Instead of displaying her everyday products, she featured her ultimate skin enhancing beverage.  Kayla proclaimed that beet juice is her #1 skin care favorite.  After capturing the image, I began my research.  I needed to know exactly why beet juice was so beneficial to the skin.

The first and most obvious quality about beet juice is its deep reddish-violet color.  We know that fruits and veggies with rich color are loaded with antioxidants.  Beets are no exception.  They contain ascorbic acid (vitamin C), carotenoids + flavonoids (both are phytonutrients), and betalains (antioxidants).  The betalains are not only antioxidant-rich, they also have superb anti-inflammatory properties.

Anything anti-inflammatory is amazing for the skin.  Why? Because it helps combat acne flare-ups which are the manifestation of inflammation on the skin’s surface. When you research the benefits of beets for the skin, the first thing that pops up is how great it works to combat and prevent acne breakouts.  I found several instances where folks claimed that beet juice helped clear their acne.

I also stumbled on a study that determined that beet juice had greater antioxidant power than other well-known vegetable juices like tomato, carrot, orange or pineapple.  It ranked higher than 22 other fruits/veggies.  The only fruit studied that surpassed beets in their antioxidant power were pomegranates.  Pomegranates are great but can be a bit pricey when they aren’t in season.  Good thing beets are fairly affordable and available year round.

Best of all, beets yield a high amount of juice so it’s easy to enjoy shots of beet juice at home.  Or I might grab these premade organic beet juices available on Amazon.

By the way, the study I referred to earlier showed that beet juice as an array of beneficial properties beyond that of beautiful skin like heart protection and cognitive (brain function) enhancement, just to name a few. So even if your skin is fine, beet juice can protect our skin cells from free radicals while keeping our bodies younger longer.

 I didn’t even touch on the blood flow benefits of drinking beets.  When we talk about anti-aging and promoting a youthful glow, enhanced blood flow HAS to be a part of the conversations.

I’m running out and buying a bunch of organic beets today.  I’m not a huge fan of beets but knowing what I know now, I’ll make sure to get them in my diet on a regular basis.   If you decide to start juicing beets, don’t throw out the leaves & stems because those are chock full of nutrition as well.

Let’s all thank Kayla for reminding us of this amazing, skin enhancing, superfood.

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