I’ve Launched a Free Rosacea-Focused Magazine!

Rosy JulieBC Magazine - Free Rosacea Information Newsletter

Hi Rosy Friends!  I’ve just released a new free publication called the
Rosy JulieBC Magazine!

Rosy JulieBC Magazine - Free Rosacea InformationI’m super excited about this because it gives me the opportunity to share little tips, reviews, recipes and thoughts that just don’t have a place here in this blog or in my YouTube videos.

I also think it’s a great way to share with you in a way that you can read it wherever you are, and you can refer back to it in case you want to use it as a handy resource – especially when it comes to the tips and recipes!

This free magazine can be viewed on a computer, smartphone or tablet.  You can view it in your browser or you can download the free Issuu app (Android or iOS) and use that if it’s an easier format for you.

This rosacea magazine is free…and always will be.

Rosy JulieBC Magazine - Free Rosacea NewsletterYou can subscribe to Issuu (for free, of course) so you can receive notifications whenever a new issue of the magazine is published.  That’s entirely optional, though.  The entire magazine can be viewed without any registration required. That said, the free membership does help to make sure you don’t miss a new issue if you do find that you’re enjoying the magazine.

My goal is to publish one every month.  Depending on the time it takes to publish each issue and your interest as a reader, I may make it more or less frequent.  I’ll wait and see as time goes by.

Click here for the first issue of the Rosy JulieBC Magazine.

Would you like me to cover a specific topic in an upcoming issue? 

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Please use the comment section below or the following contact form:

More exciting news coming very soon, Rosy Friends.

My rosacea-friendly cookbook is in the last phase of formatting/publishing, and I have a huge Giveaway coming up in just over a week, too!  I’m also trying new skin care that I’m eager to tell you about once I see how it works.

See you soon!

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Celtic Complexion Review: 8 Luxury Artisan Skincare Products Tested on Rosacea (Part 2)

Celtic Complexion Natural Skin Care for Rosacea

click to go back Rosy JulieBCContinued from Celtic Complexion Review: 8 Luxury Artisan Skincare Products Tested on Rosacea (Part 1)

Celtic Complexion Eye Elixir Hydrating Serum

Celtic Complexion Eye ElixirOf all the products I tested, the Celtic Complexion Eye Elixir seemed to feel the most luxurious to me.  I’m not exactly sure why that was.  Everything I tried was beautiful in its own way.  This one just seemed to have that extra something special.

Every feature of this product from the dainty roller-ball bottle to the gorgeous product it contained felt like I was treating myself.  It had that “spa treatment” sensation.

Typical of me, I read the instructions which said to use this product very sparingly and then I went ahead and used too much on my first application.  When the instructions tell you that one little sweep under the eyes is enough, they really mean it! I used this product every night for nearly a month before the teensy little container finally ran out.

It made my skin feel soft and smooth and when I woke up I didn’t have giant blue bags under my eyes. I’d also like to point out that I liked the feeling of the stainless steel ball of the applicator.  It was very cooling under the eye.

Ingredients: Argan oil, squalene oil, avocado oil, rosehip seed oil, carrot seed oil, sea buckthorn oil, evening primrose oil, borage seed oil, essential oils of ylang ylang, lavender, myrrh , rosewood, tangerine, bergamot.

Celtic Complexion Tinted Moisturizer

Celtic Complexion Tinted MoisturizerCeltic Complexion Tinted Moisturizer is a hydrating, natural sunscreen-and-foundation in one.

It comes in two shades: Light and Medium.

Mine said that it provides SPF 22 on it, but the website says it has an SPF 31.  I’m assuming that the formula has upgraded its protection since I tried it last summer.

As much as this can be used as a foundation or a moisturizer with a hint of coverage, I used it as a sunscreen under makeup.  If I was going somewhere that I wanted to look nice but where I’d need to be outside, this became my go-to base layer between my skin and my makeup.  It sat well under makeup and didn’t irritate my skin at all.

The sunscreen was a fantastic bonus. Unlike other sunscreens I’ve tried, this is neither drying nor greasy. This was a fantastic product to have last summer.

Ingredients: 25% zinc oxide, artesian spring water, cert. organic organic jojoba oil, cert organic extra virgin olive oil, organic shea butter, vegetable glycerin, vegetable emulsifying wax, vegetable vitamin e, iron oxide.

Celtic Complexion Organic Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin

Celtic Complexion Organic Sunscreen for Sensitive SkinIf you’ve read some of my other blog posts or if you’ve seen some of my YouTube rants, you’ll know that sunscreen is among the types of product I find most challenging to find for my rosacea-prone skin. All but one of the chemical-based sunscreen products I’ve tried have caused my skin to flare up.

On the natural side of the spectrum, most sunscreens usually leave my skin looking chalky white. However, this is not the case with the Celtic Complexion Organic Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin.

This product provides SPF 32 and is chemical free, cruelty free, fragrance free, and is even reef safe.

This product gives my face a very slight whitening effect, but nothing dramatic.  I can see it if I look at myself very closely in the mirror but not from a “normal” distance.

I absolutely loved this sunscreen for the protection it gives from the sun and for not causing flare-ups.  I like that I need to use only a very small amount, that it doesn’t leave my skin feeling as though it has been buttered and it doesn’t make me feel like I’m melting when I start sweating a bit from being outside in the summer.

I felt like it lasted a long time, so I didn’t need to reapply it every few minutes, which was also quite nice. It didn’t have any fragrance or perfumed scent, which I also appreciated because the last thing I want in the summertime is to be even more appealing to mosquitoes than I already am!

As was the case when I tried the Exfoliant, I re-ordered this one very quickly after having tried it.

Ingredients: 25% zinc oxide, Eldorado Springs Artesian Water, certified organic extra virgin olive oil, certified organic jojoba oil, vegetable glycerin, certified organic shea butter, vegetable emulsifying wax, vegetable vitamin e.

Celtic Complexion Youth Infusion 7 High Potency Serum

Celtic Complexion Youth Infusion 7 High Potency SerumOf all the products I tried from this brand, the Celtic Complexion Youth Infusion 7 Serum was likely the one that left the least impression on me. This isn’t at all to say that it wasn’t a lovely product.  It’s only that I couldn’t quite measure any difference that it made in my skin.

I used it twice per week as a part of my “extra effort” skin care days.  I spread a few drops over my face and neck. The product is certainly luxurious and my skin was definitely moisturized and responded well.  That said, I didn’t notice any difference between when I used this on top of the full skin care cleansing and moisturizing routine and when I didn’t.

Perhaps it was just one step too many for my unique skin type, maybe I had no idea what I was looking for or perhaps this is something that works over time in a protective/rejuvenating way and I didn’t use it long enough or should have photographed my progress to see a difference.

It may also be that I’m not quite far along enough in the anti-aging skin care demographic to truly see the difference this product can make.  To be honest, I’m far more focused on my rosacea than my fine lines.  I may have quite the opposite opinion in five years from now, but at the moment, my main goal is to get the redness under control and keep it that way.

While I feel this is a stunning product, it’s the one I’d be least likely to replace at this point…ask me again in five years!

Ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, carrot seed oil, Indian rose oil, Indian sandalwood oil, frankincense oil, borage seed oil, evening primrose oil, Bulgarian rose oil.

Two Celtic Complexion Products I Haven’t Tried Yet

There are two more products I have but that I haven’t yet tried.  I’m looking forward to testing both of them once I’m finished the current skincare trial I’m undergoing.

The products are the Celtic Complexion the Celtic de Savon Facial Cleansing Bar and the Vida de Fleur Liquid Moisturizer.Celtic Complexion Celtic de Savon Facial Cleansing BarCeltic Complexion Vida de Fleur

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facial Cleansing Bar ingredients: Saponofied oils of olive, palm, shea butter, argan, jojoba, avocado, camellia, goat milk and oatmeal.

Vida de Fleur ingredients: Squalane oil (derived from vegetarian sources), evening primrose oil, jasmine grandiflorum, jasmine sambac.

I’m hoping to test these out in February so watch for my review soon afterward!

Another Celtic Complexion Product I’d Love to Try

At the start of the holiday season, Celtic Complexion had two fantastic sales and during that time, I checked out the Winter Skin Kit, which contains two products I already have (the Vida de Fleur and the Creme) but it also drew the Winter Skin Balm Bar to my attention.

Have you ever kicked yourself for not jumping on the opportunity to try out something great?  Yup, that was me.  It’s also available to purchase on its own in the full-size version.  It looks incredible as it can even be applied on top of makeup to restore hydration during the day.  I can barely wrap my brain around that. Won’t be difficult to guess what I’ll be adding to my next order!

In case you’re curious, the ingredients for the Winter Skin Balm Bar are: Shea butter, jojoba oil, raw organic coconut oil, squalane oil (from vegetarian sources), borage seed oil, evening primrose oil, apricot kernel oil, backhousia citriodora.

Coupon Code Reminder: 30% off your whole order with “roseyjulie

The “fine print”. Using this coupon code during checkout will take 30% off your entire Celtic Complexion order. This coupon code is valid from today until January 20, 2017.  It can be used for every product on the site except the Celtic Jewel.  It can be used to discount your entire order but is not valid with any other offer or coupon.

Please note that this coupon code was offered to me from Celtic Complexion to give you the chance to save money if you want to try the products I have tested. I am not affiliated with Celtic Complexion, I have not been paid to do this review or this blog post and I will not make any money from any purchases through Celtic Complexion or through the use of the coupon code.

About Celtic Complexion

Celtic Complexion is a company founded by Master Esthetician, Jennifer Devlin Waller.  Like me, Jennifer has had rosacea since she was in her 20s.  In fact, it motivated her to become a professional makeup artist as she wanted to be able to effectively cover the redness.

Jennifer worked in the retail cosmetics industry for a decade and, despite the fact that she could try out some of the most expensive luxury skin care lines, she was unable to control and reduce her rosacea symptoms.  In fact, she frequently found that they worsened.

It wasn’t until she spoke with a holistic esthetician that she saw a meaningful difference. She altered her own skin care and lifestyle in favour of a natural, gentle and nourishing one and was astounded by her results.

This led her to launch her own skincare line, which had been her dream since she was in high school.  Now, she formulates and creates each product while she and her husband Steve (Mr. Celtic Complexion) run the company together.

Other Cool Stuff from Celtic Complexion

In my conversation with Jennifer Devlin Waller, she shared some of her exciting upcoming plans with me.  In her own words, here’s what she said:

In 2017, I am venturing beyond great skincare because that’s only one piece of the larger puzzle of how we can slow down aging. I created Anti-Aging University to educate women about how to age naturally and  organically using alternative wisdom that has been used safely for centuries. You will discover mind/body/spirit principles as well as cutting edge diet/tools/supplements/exercises to look your best no matter what your age.

If you’d like to learn more, click here.

Have you tried Celtic Complexion or do you plan to?  Let me know in the comments.  I’d love to hear about it 🙂

As an update, I’m still working on my cookbook.  I’m in the final stretch now.  I’ll let you know when there’s more news! See you soon!

Celtic Complexion Review: 8 Luxury Artisan Skincare Products Tested on Rosacea (Part 1)

Celtic Complexion Natural Skin Care for Rosacea

Celtic Complexion Vegan Natural Rosacea Skin CareI’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions.  It’s not that I’ve been put off by failures to keep them in the past.  To tell you the truth, I’ve never actually made one. I just don’t see the point.  It’s likely because I frequently make new promises to myself and am regularly launching new efforts to make things gradually better in my life. It’s a lifestyle for me. I don’t need a new year to resolve to treat myself better.

Last summer as I was experimenting with new rosacea skin care lines, I came across a brand called Celtic Complexion.  I stumbled across it while I was researching brands that are legitimately high quality and that are not guilty of greenwashing. I spotted an article on a sustainability-focused site called TreeHugger.

I checked out the Celtic Complexion website and contacted Jennifer Devlin Waller, the owner. Before I knew it, I was being sent the “Love Your Skin Travel Kit” as well as a generous sample-size of the company’s Organic Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin.

I’ve reviewed the majority of these products on my YouTube channel, but I’ve wanted to share my thoughts here on the blog. After all, what better time for me to review a huge line of rosacea-friendly, all-natural luxury artisan skin care products than at the start of the year when it feels like everyone is looking for ways to make improvements in their lives?

I contacted Jennifer Devlin Waller to let her know I’d be talking about her products and she sweetened the deal even further. She gave me a special coupon code just for you, Rosy Friends!

Use Coupon Code roseyjulie (until January 20, 2017) and Save 30% on Your Next Celtic Complexion order.

The “fine print”. It can be used for every product on the site except the Celtic Jewel.  It can be used to discount your entire order but is not valid with any other offer or coupon.

Note: This is not a sponsored post. I am not affiliated with Celtic Complexion, and I am not being financially compensated for reviewing the products, sharing the coupon code or providing a link to the website. As you’ll see in the following honest reviews, I’m just a fan of these products and the customer service at this company is amazing enough to let me share some discounts with you.  Enjoy!

Now that you have your Celtic Complexion coupon code, here’s my honest review of the products I’ve tried.  I hope it helps you to decide on the items you might like to test for yourself.

Celtic Complexion Coconut Creme Cleanser

Celtic Complexion - Coconut Creme Cleanser

The Celtic Complexion Coconut Creme Cleanser is a very gentle creamy cleanser with a mild coconutty smell. That said, it is not a “fragranced” product in that it doesn’t contain any chemical perfumes to give it a certain scent. None of the Celtic Complexion products contain that type of ingredient.  Instead, the scent of the product is the natural result of the ingredients it contains (listed below).

I found this to be an excellent day-to day cleanser that never made my skin feel stripped or dry. It washed away what I didn’t want on my skin while leaving the natural balance of natural oils in place. I didn’t find it removed makeup or the brand’s sunscreen efficiently on its own. That said, after contacting Jennifer Devlin Waller, I discovered that cleansing those substances away with coconut or jojoba oil and then following up with the Coconut Creme Cleanser made the process quick and easy.

Ingredients: Organic aloe juice, organic coconut oil, organic green tea extract, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, certyl palmitate, organic olive oil, xanthan gum, palm stearic acid, essential oils of ylang ylang, lavender, rosewood, tangerine and bergamot.

Celtic Complexion Calming Serum

Celtic Complexion - Calming SerumThe Celtic Complexion Calming Serum was easily one of my favourite products from this line. It made an incredible first impression and never let me down.

It is made specifically for people who have rosacea, stressed and/or highly sensitive and reactive skin.  If there was ever proof needed that its creator really knew what she was doing when she created a rosacea-friendly product, this was it.  I found it both soothing and hydrating/nourishing for my skin.  My skin could tolerate it no matter how healthy or reactive/flared-up it happened to be.

In the summer, I found that this was all the hydration my skin required, so I didn’t need to use an additional moisturizer on top, particularly in the daytime. In the winter, I’d combine it with the Creme since I live in a place where it is very, very cold and windy in the wintertime (as I write this, it’s -15ºC/5ºF with a windchill of -23ºC/-9ºF).

I loved the way the Calming Serum worked with my rosacea so much that I stopped using on my whole face and started using it exclusively on my rosacea-prone skin because I wanted to make it last longer!

Ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, German chamomile oil, neroli oil, lavender oil, evening primrose oil, borage seed oil.

Celtic Complexion Creme

Celtic Complexion CremeThe Celtic Complexion Creme is a beautiful and rich moisturizer.  As is the case with all the brand’s products, a little goes a very long way.  It’s a good idea to pay attention to the directions when using this product if you want to get it right.

I was a bit overzealous when I first tried it and practically buttered my face with it.  After I re-read the directions, I realized that I didn’t need nearly as much.  I first used this product in the summer. At that time, it was a bit heavy for the daytime, but it was nice at night.

I deliberately saved some to try in the winter, knowing that my skin needs much heavier products when it’s cold out.  I was right.  It’s perfect for winter.  According to Jennifer Devlin Waller, it’s easily one of her top selling products for wintertime.

Ingredients: Vitellaria paradoxa (cert org shea butter), Cocos nucifera (cert org raw coconut) oil, Simmondsia chenensis (cert org jojoba) oil, vegetable glycerin, Daucus carota (cert org carrot) seed oil, Santalum spicatum (cert org sandalwood) oil, Vanilla planifolia (cert org vanilla) extract, Citrus paradisi (grapefruit) seed oil, Melaleuca alternifoli (tea tree) oil.

Celtic Complexion Gentle Creme Exfoliant

Celtic Complexion Gentle Creme ExfoliantThe Celtic Complexion Gentle Creme Exfoliant was likely the most surprising product.  I’d previously had such bad luck with exfoliating products that I’d given up on them entirely.

Since I stopped using products with plastic micro beads, I’ve previously found all-natural scrubs and exfoliating products to be too harsh.  I’d tried products with ground walnut shells or even ground watermelon seeds but they were too hard on my skin.  Same for chemical exfoliants.

When I used the Gentle Creme Exfoliant, I fell in love with it.  It has jojoba beads, which I use very, very gently on my rosacea-prone skin.  The product directions clearly state that it shouldn’t be used during a flare-up, so I’ve avoided doing that.  It leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed without feeling hot or irritated.  I do find my skin is slightly more pink after use, but that fades out very quickly.  It isn’t any more pink than it would be if I just washed it as usual. This was one of the first products I re-ordered from Celtic Complexion after giving it a try.

Ingredients: Organic aloe vera juice, organic coconut oil, organic rooibos tea extract, emulsifying wax, vegetable glycerin, organic olive oil, palm stearic acid, jojoba beads, organic jojoba oil, avocado oil, witch hazel, vitamin E, xanthan gum, black willow bark, rosemary extract, neem oil, essential oils of ylang ylang, lavender, rosewood, tangerine and bergamot.

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Starting 2017 with a Rosacea-Friendly Spa Evening at Home

Rosacea Spa Skin Care Products - Rosy JulieBC

Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is treating you well.  So far, I’m doing my best to make sure that it’s kind to me by keeping a positive attitude and placing a greater focus on my health – including my rosacea.

To that end, I decided to spend the evening of New Year’s Day on several areas that I’d been neglecting over the holidays at the end of 2016:

  • overall skin care,
  • proper hydration,
  • rosacea trigger avoidance
  • relaxation and stress reduction.

Every year I promise to take better care of myself during the holidays.  Every year – including last year – I stress out, dehydrate, eat way too many cookies, and fall back to only the most basic skin care (staying clean and avoiding drying up like a raisin).

On January 1, I started fresh with a home spa day

Sugar Scrub No Micro Beads Rosy JulieBCIf you have rosacea, sensitive and/or reactive skin, then you likely know that a home spa day can be rather challenging.  After all, it’s not as though we can hop into a hot bath, scrub the heck out of dry areas and sip away at a good glass of red wine.

Sure, we could do that, but only if we want to spend the following hours/days/weeks with burning hot, dry, tight, itchy, glowing-red skin.  Fun, right?  Not exactly worth that glass of pinot noir.

This year, I came up with a plan.  I designed the perfect home spa experience for myself.  I liked it so much that I thought I’d share it with you, including everything from the steps I took to the products I used.

Please note that this is not a sponsored blog post.  All the products I discuss were purchased with my own money (or I received them as Christmas presents) and none of the brands have paid for this mention. I just thought I’d point that out since many articles online are sponsored or are part of affiliate programs meant to sell products. Full disclosure: this post is not an ad for any brand or product.

My rosacea-friendly home spa strategy

  1. Home Spa Rosy JulieBCClean linens and towels – Before getting started, I put fresh sheets on my bed and fresh towels in the bathroom.  After all, if I was going to truly pamper my skin, I wanted to use only fresh, clean linens to dry off and to sleep afterward. I use soap nuts to make sure there aren’t any irritating chemicals on any of my fabrics.
  2. Clean bathtub – Despite the fact that I’d already cleaned my bathroom a couple of days beforehand, I gave my bathtub a quick wash. I used a cleaning liquid I’d made with the same soap nuts I use to wash my laundry (super quick and easy to do).  At other times, I’ve used dish soap to quickly clean the bathtub. I never use bathroom cleaner before taking a bath.  There is no way I want to soak in that stuff.  I don’t ever fool myself into thinking I’ve rinsed it all away.
  3. Clean hair – With a fresh spa environment, I washed my hair.  I’ve been using SBT Seabuckthorn’s Lavender Shampoo, particularly when I wash my hair at night.  I focus on my scalp, gently massaging it in and breathing in the calming scent of the real lavender oil in the natural, vegan chemical fragrance-free and cruelty-free ingredients.  After taking my time massaging that in (I’m always gentle with my scalp), I rinsed it away with warm – not hot – water.
  4. Conditioned hair – I followed the shampoo with the SBT Seabuckthorn Lavender Conditioner.  I massaged that into my scalp.  I work gently but press down quite hard, particularly with my thumbs. This feels incredible, but it also encourages circulation to the scalp for healthy skin and hair. I also run the conditioner through the length of my hair to give it some much-needed moisture.  My hair is very long, very thick and very, very dry. I wrapped my hair into a bun on my head and clipped it into place to let the conditioner sink in.
  5. Bath time – I ran a warm – not hot – bath.  I didn’t add any products to the water because I was going to be using a couple of products during the bath, so my skin would have enough to contend with during that time.  It didn’t need unnecessary extras. For the first few minutes of the bath, I just relaxed and watched a bit of a show on Netflix on my tablet. This relaxing time is important for unwinding and giving the skin time to soften in the water. Throughout this time, I was sipping water. Keeping hydrated during a bath is a great way to get great results.
  6. Wash time – To wash my body, I used the Evening Primrose Oil bar from The Soap Works.  I like that product because it is all natural, made the old-school way, unfragranced (though it smells great because of the ingredients) and my skin absolutely loves it. It doesn’t strip away moisture.  Instead, it reduces inflammation and hydrates, adding a moisture layer to my skin.
  7. Exfoliation – I haven’t used many exfoliating products since I cut out all products containing plastic micro-beads.  Recently, I found a product from a company called Organik Botanik Australia. It was the Chamomile and Coconut Oil Sugar Body Scrub.  The box I bought came with 3 packets of what looked like slightly pink large sugar crystals. No plastic micro-beads. I needed only half of a packet to do my arms, legs, back and upper chest. Not bad! I saved the rest in a little glass jar.
    To use it, you just rub the sugary crystals onto wet skin.  I loved this product. it gently exfoliated but left a soft layer of coconut oil behind.  That felt great on my skin and softened the bath water at the same time.  The sugar crystals simply dissolved in the water, so it didn’t leave grit at the bottom of the tub like plastic micro-beads do. Even a day later as I write this blog post, my skin is sooo soft from this much-needed exfoliation.
  8. Shave – I figured that if I was going to get the most out of my fresh bed sheets, I may as well shave haha.  Anyone else love that smooth-leg feeling on sheets, or am I just a weirdo?  I recently bought a 5-blade Gillette Venus Embrace for Sensitive Skin. It’s the best razor I’ve ever used.  It’s crazy-expensive, but I’d buy it again on sale.
  9. Cool shower for skin health Rosy JulieBCRinse time – All relaxed, clean and smooth, it was time to rinse. I pulled the tub plug and turned the shower on cool to rinse the conditioner out of my hair.  Cool or even cold water is great for rinsing conditioner away because it seals the hair shaft, trapping the moisture inside. Thirty seconds of cool rinsing after a warm bath or shower is also good for your skin and even your immune system!
  10. Hair oil – Since my hair is very dry, I take care to protect it and keep frizz under control at the same time. I use a product from a brand called Pure.  It is simply coconut oil with a touch of essential oil.  I warm a bit of it in my palm and run it through the lower half of the length of my hair.  This hydrates, holds my curls together and protects the ends.
  11. Hair wrap – After towel-drying my hair, I wrapped it in a top knot with a fabric “tube” my sister got me for Christmas.  I love these things.  It’s a tube of slightly stretchy fabric that can be worn as a headband, kerchief, beanie, or in dozens of other ways. After a bath, I use it as a breathable top-knot cover, helping to keep my damp hair out of the way until I’m ready to deal with it. I then add a terrycloth headband to keep any of those little baby hairs out of the way for when I wash my face.
  12. Skin oil – I once tested an argan oil product on my face and found that I broke out in pimples.  However, I love using it on my neck and upper chest.  I don’t get pimples there, and it helps to protect my skin against premature aging.  I feel that the neck doesn’t get enough attention but it’s one of the first places to show signs of aging.  I’m working hard to delay that as much as possible.  The product I used was New Age Beauty’s Argan Facial Oil.
  13. Body moisturizing – I try to moisturize the rest of my body as quickly as I can after a bath or shower.  You start losing natural moisture within 30 seconds of stepping out of the water so it’s a good idea to work quickly.  I used SBT Seabuckthorn’s Body Cream.  I love the stuff.  It’s on the pricey side but it’s my favourite one, so I use it sparingly and alternate it with other body lotions.  I use this one when I’m really treating myself. If I could afford it, I’d buy this cream by the gallon and would use it exclusively.
  14. Face exfoliation – This is a step I take only if I’m not experiencing a rosacea flare-up.  I use the Celtic Complexion Creme Exfoliant (I’ll be sharing a review of a whole line of products from this brand’s products very soon).  I use a small amount on damp skin and use a very gentle circular motion on my skin. I focus on the parts of my face that don’t have rosacea symptoms, but I do go over the rosacea-prone areas very lightly, too. This product was developed by a rosacea sufferer who really understands what this skin condition needs from skin care, and I absolutely love it. I rinsed this product away with my hands and cool water and patted dry.
  15. Face cleansing – Next, I gave my face a deeper cleanse while leaving the natural protective oil barrier in place.  For this, I use the Face Addition Soft Cleanser.  I massage it into dry skin (cleansing on dry skin took some getting used to at first.  Now it feels completely natural). Then, I used a damp and very soft face brush to gently rinse the cleanser away. I just bought the Joe Fresh face brush and while it’s soft, I found that several of the bristles fell out, and I wasn’t impressed with it.  I’ll likely replace it with a better one soon. During a rosacea flare-up, it’s better to simply use fingertips and no brush.
  16. Face pH balance replacement – The next step was to cool my face and re-balance its pH levels with the Face Addiction Soft Tonic.  When I first tested the Face Addiction Soft line, I didn’t think the Tonic did anything.  I re-purchased everything except the Tonic…less than a month later, I re-ordered the Tonic, too.  It makes a big difference.
  17. Light therapy – With a clean face, I sat down under my Dual Care (red and amber light) and the Pure Green light from Smarter Lights. I do both sides of my face with both lights.  Each side of my face gets 2 minutes of each light.
  18. Facial treatment – I’m currently testing out a treatment and moisturizing product from Alon Labs, the Rewind Facial Lotion.  If I stay inside during the winter, it’s moisturizing enough during the daytime.  At night or if I head out into the cold winter wind, I tend to add another layer of moisture on top. It’s a surprising product that offers moisturizing without feeling even slightly heavy. It’s so light I always think my skin will be horribly flaky but that’s not the case. I’ll be doing a complete review on this product likely in February.
  19. Facial moisturizing – to give the skin on my face – which is naturally very dry – an extra moisture boost at night, I use the Face Addiction Soft Cream.  My skin adores this cream. It’s rich and hydrating without being slimy or sticky. On Wednesday and Saturday nights, I follow this with the Face Addiction Hydrate Mask, but since January 1 was a Sunday, I’d already done the mask the night before, so I left it at the cream.  That said, I have started using a cool little tool from e.l.f. It’s called the Facial Massager.  It’s a little tool with rounded spikes that I gently roll over my face without pressing down at all. It promotes healthier circulation and encourages moisturizers to be absorbed.  Since I otherwise “tap” moisturizers into my skin with my fingertips, this tool makes the process more efficient. (note: as I was looking up the name of that tool, I noticed that e.l.f. has a facial cleansing brush.  I might try that one instead of my Joe Fresh one).
  20. Tooth brushing – I think we all know how to do this one.  Just wanted to point out that I didn’t skip it and this is where it landed in my spa evening 😉
  21. Lip exfoliation – I discovered the wonders of lip scrubs this year. Used on a regular basis, I can gently keep my lips from getting super dry with those horrible peeling picks.  I used the Beauty Treats Lip Scrub (in Almond Creme), which is gentle as well as cruelty-free. I rinsed that away after a brief lip scrubbing.
  22. Lip moisturizing – I used my favourite lip moisturizing product, the SBT Seabuckthorn Lip Balm.  It looks and works just like a lip balm stick, but as soon as it applies, it becomes a luxurious lip oil that provides deep moisture.
  23. Foot exfoliating – Since I walk dogs every day, if I’m not careful, I could get foot calluses so thick that I’d get taller over time.  To prevent having to buy specialty shoes, I use a Ped Egg, which is a weird little cheaply-made tool that does a shockingly good job at keeping feet soft, especially when it’s used weekly.
  24. Toenail polish – A new year means a new toenail polish colour.  I nearly never use nail polish on my fingernails because it weakens and yellows my nails.  I’d rather just keep my fingernails healthy and clean.  My toes are another story.  I love the look of clean, cared-for feet with a fun colour on the toenails. This time, I used a Sally Hanson Hard as Nails polish.  It’s a deep cherry pink colour with a hint of glitter (but not actual sparkles, which I don’t like because they make it hard to remove). I used 2 coats.
  25. Foot moisturizing – Once the nail polish dried, I applied the SBT Seabuckthorn Heal to Toe Soothing Salve for feet.  It feels great to massage into feet and I love the various oils it contains to moisturize while simultaneously prevent the growth of bacteria and other foot evils through ingredients such as tea tree oil.  Once that was applied, I put on my trusty pineapple-print footy socks.  That keeps the salve on my feet instead of all over my carpet…ew.
  26. Hand moisturizing – When my hands are done treating the rest of my body to all my various home spa products, it’s time for them to be moisturized.  I use the SBT Seabuckthorn Hand Cream. It’s quite thick but  absorbs surprisingly quickly. When I first tried it, I thought it would leave my hands greasy, but I was happy to discover that this was not the case. When I use it at night, my hands are super-soft the next morning.
  27. Cuticle and nail oil – I love taking good care of my nails, so beyond moisturizing with a cream, I also add a cuticle and nail oil. I usually like using a product with vitamin E and sweet almond oil.  The last time I needed to buy it, the store was out of stock of my usual product, so I purchased the Witchcraft Almond Oil for Nails & Cuticles. It works nicely, but I don’t like its fragrance. That’s my only complaint about it. I dab it onto each nail and massage it into each nail and cuticle.  The next morning, my nails look healthier.  They don’t dry out and peel as easily.

After that, I take my hair down from the headband and topknot, and I head to bed.  What a relaxing way to spend an evening! It was a great way to start the year. I hope I’ll keep this habit up on occasion.  It would be good for my skin and keeping my anxiety disorder under control, for that matter.

I also hope this step-by-step description of my sensitive skin and rosacea home spa strategy helps you out, too!  After all, we can all use extra tips for taking care of ourselves.  Don’t forget to sip water the whole time!

Have you promised yourself to be better about your health and rosacea skin care this year?  If so, please use the comments and let me know your plan or resolution. I can’t wait to find out.  As much as I love sharing my own strategies, I like to read yours, too!

I’ll be posting again very soon. I will be reviewing the Celtic Complexion line of products, the Alon Labs Rewind Lotion, and I have several big things in the works to share with you in 2017.  See you soon!

My Ongoing Rosacea Busting Journey

Rosy JulieBC

Hi Rosy Friends!  I’m so glad to be back to tell you all the things I’ve been doing over the last while to overcome/beat/hide/understand rosacea.  If you’ve been following me on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, then you know I’ve been up to quite a lot. If you’ve been following me exclusively on this blog, then clearly I owe you an apology!

My hope is that by making this a big-fat juicy post about everything I’ve been up to in living the Rosy Life, you’ll forgive me 😉

I’m not sure where to start, so instead of overthinking, I’m just going to dive in.  Here’s what I’ve been doing to take control over my rosacea.

I’m a member of the National Rosacea Society!

Rosy JulieBC Member of the National Rosacea Society
My National Rosacea Society membership kit

If you have rosacea and you haven’t visited the National Rosacea Society website yet, then that should be your next stop (after reading this post, subscribing to this blog and bookmarking the link, of course haha).

The National Rosacea Society is a registered charity that provides rosacea patients as well as doctors with a huge amount of information about the condition.  It includes everything from the very basics (what it is, what the symptoms are, etc), to guidance about treating it, covering its symptoms, and it even conducts studies regarding its impact on our lives, comorbidity (other conditions associated with it) and other important research.

I’m proud to be a member of such a fantastic organization and I’m looking forward to taking part in upcoming studies and doing my part to further the understanding of rosacea.

I launched the Rosy Life Kit

The Rosy Life Kit is a lifestyle box I created and curated to include products you’ve seen me review, test and love on my YouTube channel.  It was my opportunity to share the experience of some of my very favourites with you.

I absolutely loved the entire experience of coming up with the kit and sharing it with you.  It was far better than I could ever have expected. I launched it in one video and your enthusiasm was overwhelming!  I’ve never had to ship so many packages at one time before. Thank you!

When I first had the idea to share the products I’ve found to be the best for my own rosacea-friendly lifestyle, I talked to some of the companies from whom I’d purchased my very favourite products.

There were lots of different things inside this lifestyle box.  Some were skin care, others were sun protection, some were accessories, one was a very special surprise gift from me to you. All were sensitive/reactive skin-friendly and they’re all things I’ve reviewed in the past and have continued to use and adore. Valued at $50, I sold them at a fraction of that cost. The companies I spoke to were fantastic and supportive. That experience alone was inspiring.  Since I paid for it all with my own money – and I’m a writer, so I’m not exactly swimming in cash – I put only a small number of Rosy Life Kit boxes together.

After only one launch video, they were nearly all gone!  I didn’t even get the chance to mention them here on my blog (until now), and I barely even spoke about them on Facebook and Twitter.  Holy cow! I’d expected to have to give them all to friends and family as Christmas presents haha. I’m thrilled that so many people were interested in testing out what I’d tried and liked.

I do have a very small number left because I deliberately stopped talking about them completely.  Canada Post looked like it was going to go on strike this summer, and I didn’t want to sell boxes to people they’d have to wait weeks or months to receive.  As it turns out, there was no strike, so if you want a Rosy Life Kit, now’s your chance because once they’re gone, they’re gone.  They’re extremely limited edition, and I’m almost out of them.

I tested a huge number of rosacea skin care products

SBT Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha
My order of two cans of SBT Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha

This summer was a huge time for me to test out a ton of rosacea skin care products, makeup products and other concoctions to apply to the skin or consume in order to treat, heal or hide rosacea symptoms.

I fell in love with SBT Seabuckthorn’s new Wellness Matcha and made up a ton of recipes out of it.  They include everything from beverages to vegan ice cream and even mini-cheesecakes, each using this glorious powder.

I was swept off my feet by Celtic Complexion and its full line of different skin care products that are all safe for rosacea sufferers (full blog about these coming soon), including a sunscreen and (drum roll please) a facial scrub!  It’s been years since I’ve been able to use an exfoliating product! The Calming Serum is also unlike anything I’ve experienced before and is more than likley the best product I’ve ever applied to a rosacea flare-up.

I still haven’t got the hang of Substance natural sunscreen because I get white stuff on everything when I use it, but it was well worth the try.

I was also flattered to be sent two of the Cover Girl Katy Kat products just before they hit the shelves – the Katy Kat Eye mascara and the Katy Kat Matte lipstick.  Both were a ton of fun to test out.

I tried the super-affordable RubyLux Light Therapy bulbs

At the start of the summer,  a Rosy Friend asked me if I’d tried the RubyLux light therapy bulbs because they were unbelievably affordable and she wanted to know if they worked.  I confessed that I’d never even heard of them so I couldn’t tell her about any personal experience about them

Then it dawned on me.  Why wouldn’t I try these bulbs to help out my Rosy Friends?  After all, if these could work as effective light therapy for rosacea, it could be much more affordable than the methods I’d previously been using.

I contacted the owner of the company and she (VERY generously) offered me the products for free if I’d pay for the shipping.  That was unexpected and absolutely wonderful of her. I was more than happy to cover the shipping and soon I had a Rubylux All Red, RubyLux All Yellow and RubyLux All Blue bulb to test.

These bulbs were great (full blog about them coming soon)!  I wouldn’t say they’re appropriate for the type of use I’d need to put them through simply because they’d take too long to treat my whole face.  However, I can’t think  of a better way to test out light therapy in an inexpensive way to see if your skin will react well to it. It’s the perfect option for a patch test.  The RubyLux light bulbs are also a fantastic travel form of light therapy if you’d rather leave a more expensive device at home.

I’m starting a new rosacea light therapy experiment

After having such fantastic luck with red light therapy for rosacea and amber light therapy, too, I’ve taken it upon myself to test green light therapy.  Unlike when I tested the Dual Care light therapy on my rosacea, back when it was just a prototype (though it has since become a successful and popular treatment for rosacea if my understanding is correct), I’m doing this experiment all on my own.

I already have a green light therapy bulb because I was using it indirectly for anxiety and insomnia issues about a year ago.  After doing a bit of research and talking to a lot of rosacea sufferers, I started to wonder if green light might have some benefits for the rosacea condition, too.  My hope is that it will help to cool down the sensation of red light therapy for rosacea (though I don’t have much of a problem with that, I’ve heard some other people do) and that it will help me with some of the lasting “permanent” redness on my face that just never goes away.

I started on September 10 and plan to do it every day for three months.  Wish me luck!

I created a rosacea product review database

Rosy JulieBC Rosacea Product Review Database
My new rosacea product review database – new products are being added all the time.

After wanting to take on something like this for a very long time, I’ve finally created a rosacea product review database.  Several people have asked me to create a list of products I’ve tried, but every time I attempted to get one started, it just seemed too daunting.  It wasn’t something that could fit on this website.

Instead, I created a sister site for this blog: https://rosyjuliebc.com/

It’s still a work in progress but I’ve added around 30 or more products, so far.  The goal is to add every product I’ve ever tried and reviewed or discussed, regardless of whether I liked it or not. At the new site, I talk about what it is, where you can get it, what the claims are, what I said about it in my review (including text and/or video) and an ingredients list, where appropriate.

My goal in creating that site is to make it easier for you to look through all the products I’ve tried so it might be easier for you to find something that is appropriate for your own unique rosacea symptoms.

Just because something worked for me, it doesn’t mean it will work for you.  Just because something didn’t work for me, it doesn’t mean it won’t work for you.  But at least there is finally one place to be able to discover it all at once.  I’ve broken it down into skin care, makeup and lifestyle products with sub-categories to make things easier to find.  There is also a search feature  in case you have something specific in mind that you’d like to find.

I’m continually adding to the site since I’ve now tried well over a hundred products. It will take some time, but  I’m populating it as quickly as I can because I think this type of resource is sorely needed online.  I’m thrilled to be able to provide it!

Rosy JulieBCPHEW!

That’s just a fragment of what’s been going on over the last while.  I’ll try to keep blogging much more frequently so my updates won’t be long enough to make your eyes burn from now on.

I’m looking forward to future posts that will give my full review of the many Celtic Complexion products I tried, of all the different colors of affordable RubyLux lights, and of my amazing new red-amber and green light therapy for rosacea experiment!

So much is going on right now, and I’m very excited to share it with you. Until then, I hope I’ve shared enough with you to be helpful in your own efforts to combat rosacea symptoms and live the Rosy Life.

See you soon!

 

What I Eat in a Day – Rosacea Trigger-Free (for me)

Rosacea Diet - Breakfast Ingredients

Hi Rosy Friends! A while back, I shared my intention to keep up an anti-inflammatory diet to try to help to keep my rosacea symptoms under control.  While I haven’t been super-rigid about keeping that up, I do make conscious food choices with anti-inflammatory foods in mind and have also made a concerted effort to reduce my intake of added sugars (not the natural stuff found in fruit, but the added stuff to sweeten products).

The result has been a lot of improvements in my skin but also in the way I feel overall, which I wasn’t expecting.  I’m someone who has always had a “sensitive stomach,” but as long as I’ve been following this “rosacea diet” (which really isn’t a rosacea diet as much as just healthful eating), I’ve found digestion to be a lot friendlier, too.

While I could write a virtual novel about how I check ingredients, research foods online and am careful to avoid my rosacea triggers, I thought it might be fun to just show you what I eat in a day.  So yesterday I tracked every food I ate and I took pictures…cuz pictures are fun 😉

Here’s what I ate yesterday to keep my rosacea symptoms under control

Breakfast

  • two kinds of granola cereal mixed together
  • chia seeds
  • a banana
  • blueberry kefir (I usually use plain but the plain stuff at the grocery store was too close to its expiry date for me to want to buy it).
  • coffee (black)
  • water
Rosacea Diet - Breakfast Ingredients
Breakfast Ingredients
Rosacea Diet - Breakfast Prepared
Breakfast (Clearly I need to learn more about food photography)

Lunch

  • natural, unsalted almonds
  • sprouted grain oat bread
  • fresh tomato
  • royal gala apple
  • ground black pepper
  • ground turmeric
  • water
Rosacea Diet - Lunch Ingredients
Lunch Ingredients

 

Rosacea Diet - Lunch Prepared
My lunch – a tomato and turmeric sandwich with almonds and an apple

Dinner

  • salmon (skin-on)
  • chopped fresh kale
  • white mushrooms
  • beets
  • black beans
  • red pepper
  • olive oil
  • water
Rosacea Diet - Dinner Ingredients
Dinner ingredients (forgot to lay them out, so here they are in the pan)
Rosacea Diet - Dinner Prepared
Dinner (this looked way yummier in person. Plating isn’t my forté)

I tracked everything in a nutrition tracker to show you what the whole thing looked like for a day.  (click the chart to make it bigger and easier to see)

June 20 2016 Meals
Rosacea Trigger-free, nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory, low-added-sugar foods

So that’s what I ate yesterday.  It’s certainly not any kind of formal rosacea diet, but it’s working very well for me.  It keeps my symptoms down, my energy up, and it makes me feel very healthy.

What type of food do you find is best for keeping your rosacea symptoms under control?  I’d love to know.  Please share in the comments!

I’ve Switched to Soap Nuts Natural Laundry Detergent

Soap Nuts - Natural Laundry Detergent for sensitive skin

Soap Nuts - Natural Laundry Detergent for sensitive skinHi Rosy Friends! A few months ago, I discovered that my laundry detergent was making my rosacea symptoms worse. I’m not sure why – among all the things I’ve been doing to minimize the impact of triggers – I never did much with laundry detergent.

After all, if you’ve been reading these posts for a while, then you know that I shared a full-on rant about the fact that I felt my sleeping habits were making the situation worse.  True, I suffer from the occasional bout of insomnia.  Then again, it’s also true that my social anxiety disorder tends to make it difficult for me to fall asleep at the best of times.

Still, what seemed to be the most problematic was that, despite valiant efforts to change my ways, I seem to be incapable of keeping my face off my pillow.  I’ve tried building a virtual pillow-fort to force myself to sleep on my back, but my unconscious self has inevitably employing unparalleled military strategy and has crumbled the fort walls in what I can only imagine was a dramatic assault.  In the morning, no matter how hard I’d tried to prevent it, I’d wake to find my cheek smushed against the pillow.

That side of my face has always been slightly worse than the other, which has made me think that my sleeping habits could be to blame.  Naturally, I have my doubts that pressing my cheek against a piece of fabric for several hours in a row could be good for my skin.  I have been changing my pillow case every day to try to avoid sleeping on the hair care products, skin care products and any other ickies added to it the previous night.

Near the end of March, it occurred to me that the detergent used to clean that fabric – my pillow case – could also be playing a role in the irritation of my skin.

Laundry detergent and I have never been friends.

I’ve always struggled with laundry detergent.  Over the years, I’ve tried to choose products that were “eco-friendly” or that were labeled as being “hypoallergenic.”  I also reduced my fabric softener use to the point that it was really nothing more of a drizzle per load.  Still, the entire time my machines were running, I’d find myself sneezing, and my skin was perpetually itchy.

When I finally pieced together the potential connection between the detergent – not just the fabrics – and my skin irritation, I started looking for a truly effective alternative.  Enter soap nuts.

I first heard of them on the Dragon’s Den TV show so I looked up that company and found their website.  They had a contact email address so I wrote to them and asked them a few questions.  I didn’t receive a reply.  So I did a bit of online searching to see if I could find another company that sold them.

That’s when I stumbled upon Earth’s Berries. Not only did they sell soap nuts, but they were relatively local!  I emailed them and quickly received a friendly email that answered all my questions.  They even offered to send me a free sample of the product so I could test it against my reactive skin/rosacea before purchasing a larger package.  Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity.

The day it arrived, I was so excited that I did an “unboxing”/first impression video on my Rosy JulieBC YouTube channel.  A few days later, I did all my laundry using Earth’s Berries soap nuts for the first time. Naturally, I had to do a video about that, too.

Once I tried soap nuts, I knew I was done with conventional laundry detergent.

That sounds like a line from a very bad commercial, but it’s true! One week’s worth of laundry was all it took to sell me on soap nuts for life.  I can’t believe it took me this long to discover natural laundry detergent.

Before I tell you what I like about them, I’d just like to say that this blog post is not sponsored, paid for, or otherwise swayed by Earth’s Berries or any other company for that matter.  This is my honest opinion about using soap nuts as a natural laundry detergent.

That said, here’s what sold me on soap nuts right away:

  • Despite the fact that they have a tangy, not-too-pleasant smell in the package, when you use them in your laundry, they’re completely scent-free.
  • They have amazing odour-fighting.  Since they’re not fragranced, they have nothing to cover up any odors that could be left behind in the laundry.  After a thorough sniff-testing of everything I washed that week (don’t use your imagination, please just trust me when I say I was thorough), I was very confident that there were no odours left behind.  Not even in socks I wore after putting on fragranced foot lotion or clothes I wore to exercise!
  • They clean very effectively. The soap nuts aren’t just odour-busters. They gave everything I washed a very effective cleaning. I do my laundry in cold water, so I followed those instructions (on the package) very carefully.  It takes an extra 1-to-2-minute step to wash in cold than it does to use them in warm water laundry, but I like using cold water for the eco-friendliness (not to mention the savings on my electricity bill).  Even in cold water, my sheets, towels and clothes all came out just as clean as they would have using Tide, Arm & Hammer, Purex or any of the other liquid laundry detergents I’d been using until I stumbled on Earth’s Berries.
  • They make fabrics SOFT! Even when I was using the recommended amount of fabric softener, my laundry didn’t come out as soft as it is now because of soap nuts.  Everything is so snuggly now!
  • They’re environmentally friendly.  It takes 5 whole (or 10 half) soap nuts to do a large load of laundry.  That said, they can be reused around 4 times without losing effectiveness.  The tiny sample bag gave me 16 loads! After they’re used up, they’re compostable!

Recently, I’ve discovered that I can get more out of soap nuts than just clean laundry.

Other uses I’ve discovered for soap nuts…

A few weeks ago, I was watching the Earth’s Berries YouTube channel when I saw a video they’d made about using soap nuts to make a liquid all-purpose cleaner.  Naturally, I whipped out my sauce pan and boiled up some of the soap nuts in water (by this point, I’d already ordered a larger bag of the product so I had lots to spare).

Not only is the liquid great for surfaces like my kitchen counter – which I’d really rather keep free of scary chemicals – but it’s fantastic for floors and pretty much any other surface I want to wash, too.

I even discovered that it’s the perfect solution for washing my makeup brushes.  Though I do use disposable sponges for makeup application, there are many times when a brush is the only way to go (plus I hate throwing out a lot of foam sponges!).  I always wash my brushes when I’m done with them because I don’t want bacteria to grow on them, only to re-apply it to my face!

Previously, I’ve used dish soap, hand soap and even the bar soap I use to wash in the shower.  I gave up on chemical-based brush cleaners a while back when I suspected that it was causing irritation.  Now, soap nut cleaning liquid does the trick.

Here’s the video I made about how I do that:

The difference this has made in reducing skin irritation from laundry detergent and makeup brush cleaner has been incredible.  No more sneezing while I do my laundry, no more guilt about what chemicals I’m sending into the local water supply, no more itchy, inflamed skin from waking up with my face mashed into my pillow. Pretty sweet results from a little dried berry!

Have you found that your laundry detergent makes a difference to your skin irritation or rosacea symptoms? Have you tried soap nuts or anything else that you’ve found effective? Please let me know in the comments!

I’ve already been taking notes for my next blog post.  I hope I’ll have it ready soon, too!