A Day in the Rosy Life

A day in the rosy life - nighttime rosacea skin care - Rosy Julie BC

Before I became a rosacea blogger and YouTube creator, I was trying a few things to keep my symptoms under control.  That said, since I decided to become a guinea pig who shares all sorts of new products, strategies, treatments and techniques, it completely changed my lifestyle.

I call it “living the Rosy Life”

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Just came in from a walk in -28ºC weather (-18ºF).

If you’ve been watching my videos or reading my blogs, you’ve likely heard me use this term at one point or another.  It’s the positive-sounding term I like to use for the lifestyle I’ve adopted to help keep my symptoms down, my flare-ups rare and brief, and my spirits up.

Rosacea is a complicated skin condition.  Because of that, no single thing can cure it.  As of yet, there is no known cure.  Even if the symptoms go away, they can still return.  The condition is a chronic one.

I went through several stretches of time where that really got me down.  Just knowing that I’d be dealing with the redness, burning, pimples, stinging, itching and occasional patches of dragon skin made me feel ugly, hopeless and judged by others.

Having rosacea and remaining positive

It wasn’t until I became a rosacea blogger that I started seeing things through a more positive light.  Instead of letting it continually beat me down, I accepted that this is a part of me and if there was something out there I could do to make it better, I was going to find it.  So began the days of guinea piggery.

Self-acceptance and opening myself up to patient new attempts to take control has done wonders for avoiding rosacea-related depression for me.

However, despite the fact that I’m trying new products very frequently – either because I’ve purchased them or a company has been generous enough to send them my way – I still maintain an overall Rosy Lifestyle.

As I write these words, I’m taking a bit of a break from product testing.  I like doing that around the holiday season because it gives my skin the chance to reset before I subject it to something new.

What does living the Rosy Life look like for me?  I thought I’d take this opportunity to share it with you, in case it might help to inspire new strategies you can discuss with your doctor or dermatologist to try for yourself.

Mornings: Out of bed, Rosy-Head!

a day in the rosy life - Rosy JulieBC morning windowMy alarm goes off at the exact same time every day, weekend or weekday.  This is because I have adopted very clean sleep hygiene to help keep insomnia at bay. I have an anxiety and panic disorder and am prone to insomnia, so I do what I can to get the rest I need.  Sleep is vital to keeping inflammation and, therefore, rosacea symptoms down (as well as being great for reducing anxiety and being well overall).  More about this topic later.

When I get up in the morning, I drink a small glass of water to start rehydrating after dehydrating during the night. Hydration is vitally important to a healthy body and healthy skin, so I do my best to get it right. Next, I apply a rosacea salve (the SBT Seabuckthorn Soothing Rosacea Salve) to my cheeks.  Its winter right now and even though I always wear a scarf over my face (light or heavy, depending on how cold it is outside), the salve stops my face from getting chapped and windburned. Because of the scarf and my big sunglasses, I don’t need sunscreen too much at this time of the year, though I wear it religiously during the spring, summer and fall.

a day in the rosy life - Rosy JulieBC granola a day in the rosy life - breakfastI eat a breakfast with whole grains, fresh or frozen fruit, nuts, seeds, and a coffee.  My breakfast doesn’t contain any added sugars because they promote inflammation, and that’s not how I want to start my day.  That said, I absolutely love my morning coffee so I allow myself that indulgence, drinking it black.  I do let it cool to the point that it doesn’t produce steam anymore before I drink it since heat is a rosacea trigger for me.

Next, it’s time for a walk.  I walk a neighbour’s dogs every morning with a friend. It’s a brisk half hour walk and as much as I dread it every single morning, I love it once I get going.  I enjoy spending time with the pups, I adore gabbing with my bestest friend in the world, and the exercise is great for reducing inflammation in the body, promoting overall health, burning off some of the bajillion calories I eat every day and giving me energy to face the day.

Once I get home, I wash my eye area and my face and carefully moisturize. I recently did a video about the routine I’m currently following.  If you’re curious about the sample of custom-designed face oil I mention in the video so you can have it tweaked for your own needs, I hope you’ll go check it out!

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After that, I settle in to work until lunchtime. During this period, my fingers work so quickly on the keyboard that I’m surprised they don’t make smoke. I keep the room cool but dress warmly so my face won’t overheat. My mornings typically fly by so fast that I’m nearly convinced I’m being abducted by aliens because what else could explain all that missing time?

Noon already!

I make lunch my main meal of the day.  I love a big lunch with multiple parts. I’ve become quite spoiled since I’ve been working at home.  I worked outside the house at a more traditional job for many years and hated making lunches for the next day.  I rushed through them so they tasted awful.  Now that I have the opportunity to prepare my food, I don’t turn my nose up at it. It’s a privilege I greatly enjoy.

I focus on making sure I eat a lean protein along with something hydrating such as soup (every now and again I make huge batches of hearty veggie soup that I freeze in portions for my lunches), some no-added-sugar whole grain toast and an apple or another piece of fruit.

I’ve been making a point of eating mindfully, so while I may listen to an audio book (I’m currently listening to Book 3 of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, “City of Glass.” I really enjoyed The Infernal Devices series, so this lets me stay within that universe. Yes, I love young adult fiction series), I pay attention to the flavours and textures of the foods I’m eating and the way they make me feel. It sounds silly, but it helps to make meals more enjoyable, I’m less likely to overeat, and it makes it easier for me to identify foods that trigger my rosacea symptoms because it slows things down.

For the rest of the afternoon, it’s back to work for me.  Typing, typing, more typing…

Before dinner, I head out for another walk. Another half hour or so. It’s easy to want to avoid exercise because as soon as  the heart rate rises, so does the colour in my cheeks.  That said, the benefits of exercise for rosacea symptoms greatly outweigh the temporary rosiness. Exercise reduces our overall risk of flushes and lowers inflammation, so it’s more than worth it to keep my body healthy and active.

Being Rosy from dinnertime to bedtime

a day in the rosy life - dinnerI usually have a large but light dinner, such as a huge salad with some form of protein to go with it.  The salad might be cold or warm, depending on my mood and how cold I feel after my walk.  Cold salads still work for me in the wintertime because even though I walk in frigid weather, I go fast and far enough to work up quite a sweat in my giant parka.

After dinner, I drink lots of water and herbal tea (I love rosehips and hibiscus) in the evening to stay hydrated and to enjoy something calming as I work for another few hours.

An hour before bedtime I shut down all devices with screens (computer, phone, tablet) and turn down the room lights to help create a calm atmosphere and promote natural melatonin production.  Like my waking time, I head to bed at the same time every night to make it easier for me to fall asleep. I suffer from regular bouts of insomnia, so every bit of extra help counts.

a day in the rosy life - Rosy JulieBC yogaI unroll my yoga mat and do one of four beginner yoga routines I have on a DVD I just love.  I do the Beginner Yoga DVD from Gaiam with Rodney Yee.  Depending on how I feel in the evening, I do the Beginner, Flexibility, Energy Boosting or Relaxation routine.  Each one is 20 minutes long and I try not to do the same one two days in a row.

I’ve only recently been taking yoga seriously.  I’ve tried it out now and again, but I have been trying to do it in earnest over the last while.  As I write this, I’ve done it for over two straight weeks without a day off (and a secret goal in my head to get to 30 straight days). It has been fantastic for my anxiety and my ability to sleep at night – both great for controlling rosacea – but I’ve also found my body becoming stronger and more flexible already.  This has come with the unexpected benefit that I’m less likely to flush from bending or picking up heavy things! Whoda thunk?!  Once I’m done, the TV is shut off and no more device screens are allowed until the next morning.

After my yoga routine is finished and I roll up my mat I shower, carefully washing my face.  Once I get out and dry off, I do my light therapy with the Dual Care Red and Amber High Power LED from Smarter Lights.

I complete my rosacea skin care routine using the same techniques as my morning routine, only with one main product switch, as I use:

All set for bed, I turn on my (cool mist) humidifier so I don’t dry up and turn to dust during the night.  My place seems to turn into a desert during the night in the winter. I’m not sure how I’d live without the humidifier running. It makes a visible difference to my skin and respiratory health.

I take the time to moisturize the rest of my body, not in any rush, using the time to be calm and take care of myself.  I do this while listening to the audio book again, letting me wind down and become restful before bed. This calm is very good for anxiety control and for a good night of sleep – both great factors in rosacea control.  You might not think that making sure you don’t have dry skin on your feet could help your rosy cheeks, but it’s all a part of living the Rosy Life!

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Those round dealies are the headphones. They slip right inside the headband through an opening in the back.

Feeling all clean and soft, I snuggle down into my bed and listen to my audio book until I fall asleep.  I used to use ear buds overnight, but they kept falling out and getting wrapped all around me.  I was afraid I’d hang myself with them by accident one day. So I invested in a cool fleece headband with earphones slipped inside (they’re easy to pop out to wash the headband).  It’s soft and comfortable, even if I turn on my side.  The earphones don’t squash my ears, letting me listen to the book in comfort overnight. The headband is quite wide, so while I often use it as though I was keeping hair out of my face, I can also use it as a type of sleep mask to keep the room even darker than my blackout curtains allow.

That’s the end of a typical day in the Rosy Life.  It’s amazing how many habits I’ve developed since becoming a rosacea blogger – nearly all of them for the better…nobody’s perfect 😉

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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!

Weeks 11 & 12: Falling in Love with Rocia Rosacea Skin Care and Making Future Plans

Rocia natural rosacea skin care product review

To start, I’d like to apologize for failing to post a blog last week.  I know that being busy really isn’t any excuse, these days, but that’s the reason that it happened, so I would like to say that I’m very sorry to all of my loyal (and my new) readers.

What happened throughout that time?  Thank you for asking!  I fell completely head-over-heels in love with the Rocia natural skin care line for rosacea-prone skin.  As you may remember, back in Week 9, I got going with the cleanser, treatment, and moisturizer from that natural skin care company from Brighton, Ontario, Canada.

Check out “Week 9: Trying a New Natural Rosacea Skin Care System” if you missed it!

I have exchanged a few emails with the (amazing!) customer support at Rocia.ca and it was advised to give the products at least two weeks before I make any decisions with regards to how I feel about them. It’s been just over 2 weeks and I feel nearly as excited as I did when I first discovered red light therapy.

Previous to using this skin care system, the best I had hoped for was to use products that wouldn’t make things any worse.  As long as they just kept my skin feeling healthy and didn’t cause flare-ups, I was happy.  Rocia has taken things to an entirely new level.  These products have actually improved the look of my skin.

I’m still using red light therapy for rosacea, but this natural skin care line just seems to be the ideal complement to that strategy.  I’m not sure if it is because both Rocia products and red light therapy are based on natural concepts and that’s why they work together so well, or if they just both happen to be fantastic methods for their own reasons.  Either way, I would recommend trying both or either of these natural rosacea treatments to anyone who is looking for a way to get the redness, burning, itching, bumps, pimples, stinging, and other symptoms under control.

But enough babbling about how happy I’ve been with the outcome of this product test.  Here’s what I thought of each individual product.

Rocia Organic Olive Oil Cleansing Cake Review

This is the cleanser for rosacea prone and sensitive skin.  It looks like a little round bar of soap, but it is made of just olive oil, water, and mineral salts.

The Good: It cleans the skin very effectively without stripping it and leaving it feeling tight and dry.  It becomes a rich lather which is gentle, instead of foaming which can be harsher on the skin.  It is unfragranced, but the scent is still quite pleasant and fresh (which, as you know if you have ever tried unfragranced products, is a nice change!).

The Bad: Get it in your eyes and it stings like frig.  It’s easy to prevent this by not getting it in your eyes!

Rocia Provar Treatment Lotion Review

This is a product for rosacea prone and reactive sensitive skin that is meant to treat the symptoms of those conditions.  It is made of: distilled water, cetearyl olivate & sorbitan olivate, abies picea (spruce knot) extract, radish root ferment filtrate and propanediol.

The Good: When this gel-like cream is applied to still-damp skin, it feels very smooth and soothing and it absorbs very quickly.  It helped my skin to calm down faster after a shower (my skin is always red after it has been washed) and it felt as though it was providing a barrier between my skin and the air, the elements, and anything else I put on my face after that point.  It performed very well under makeup and didn’t cause my foundation to become slimy or to separate. This was my favourite of Rocia’s rosacea-prone skin care line.

The Bad: For me, there was a learning curve when it came to how much to use.  I over-applied during the first day, leaving my face feeling sticky until I learned that a little bit goes a long way. Technically, this turned out to be good news, because it means that the product lasts way longer!

Rocia Quench Extra Hydration Oil Review

This is a very gentle oil that is applied directly onto the skin, to provide a serious moisture boost.  It is made of: abyssinian seed oil, apricot kernel oil (cold pressed), camellia seed oil (cold pressed), rice bran oil (cold pressed), pomegranate oil and vitamin E.

The Good: This oil was very soft and absorbed quickly into the skin.  It didn’t have an unpleasant smell (it is unfragranced) and it didn’t leave my skin feeling oily.  While I did like this oil for my skin in the summer, using it quite sparingly was the key to getting it right, for me.  When used very lightly, it worked well under makeup and didn’t cause my foundation to split or separate.  I am looking forward to using this product during the winter because it will provide the added moisture that my skin needs during the time of the year that it is the most dry and chapped.

The Bad: It’s very easy to over-apply.  Again, a little bit goes a long way.  I need only 2 drops for my whole face when I wear makeup, and 3 drops for my whole face when I’m not wearing makeup.  In the winter, I will likely apply 4 drops.  Over-applying caused my forehead to brake out a little bit (pimples, not rosacea).  When I figured out how much I should be using, that problem corrected itself very quickly.

The Verdict for the Rocia Natural Rosacea Skin Care Line

I love it.  I will continue to use it and when I run out, I fully intend to replace each of the three products.  I am also considering looking into some of the other products from the brand, too, as they also sell cosmetics.  After using this complete product line, I’m starting to see the benefits of sticking to one brand as they all work with each other very nicely.

Another reason that I’m inclined to check out more of what Rocia has to offer is because their customer service over email was spectacular!  The responses were fast, friendly, professional, and extremely informative.  All of my questions were addressed and advice was provided respectfully and with relevance to me.

To anyone with rosacea symptoms who hasn’t found the right skin care line, or to anyone who is looking to switch products for something more natural, I’d recommend giving Rocia a try based on my own experience. I can’t promise that it will work for you, too.  Everyone’s rosacea is unique.  But it is certainly worth trying out if you’re looking.

Please note: this is an honest and unpaid review.  Rocia has not paid me to say anything about their products. Everything I’ve said is based on what I experienced by using these products. 

What’s Up Next for Me?

I’m currently researching amber light therapy (also called yellow light therapy) as an added treatment to use in conjunction with my red light therapy for rosacea.  I’ve been seeing that a lot of people have been having successes with amber light, too, and I wouldn’t mind getting in on that.

I’m still loving the red light therapy and I won’t be stopping the use of it, but amber reaches a different depth of the skin and may be able to speed up the healing process (and prevent future flare-ups and skin damage) if used together with the red light.  I’m 99% sold on the idea, but I’ll let you know my final decision when I finish my research and when I finish talking to the customer service at Smarter Lights (formerly Light Therapy Options), where I got my Peak 630 LED Red Light Therapy Set.

That’s it for me, for now.  If you have any questions about the products I’ve reviewed, if you’ve had successes with different products, if you’ve tried amber light therapy (or red light therapy), or if you’d like to request that I look into a natural rosacea treatment that you’ve been curious about, please comment, below!

See you next week!

Week 9: Trying a New Natural Rosacea Skin Care System

Rocia natural rosacea skin care

Before I get started with the new natural rosacea skin care products that I will be using as of this morning, I’d just like to give a quick update about the red light therapy.  It’s going great!  My skin is looking better than it has since I first developed rosacea symptoms.

Rocia natural rosacea skin careI have been going through a stretch were it felt as though there was still progress being made but that it had slowed down quite a bit from the amazing results I had during the first few weeks.

But over the last week, it’s been like the red light therapy has had a second wind because my skin is healing up in a way that is visible day by day, again, instead of week by week.  YAY!

Now on to the next great news…

I’m trying out a natural rosacea skin care product line!

The products are from a company called Rocia (pronounced RO-see-ya), and they’re 100% natural, vegan-friendly and gluten-free. I stumbled upon the company (which is from Brighton, Ontario, Canada), when they favourited one of the posts that I made on Twitter (I’m @treat_rosacea, in case you want to follow…and Rocia is @RociaNaturals, in case you’d like to follow them 🙂 ).

I checked out their website and instantly fell in love with their products.  As you know from my previous posts, I don’t choose just any rosacea skin care products that I find.  I do a lot of research into them.  Part of that process involved contacting the Rocia customer service (via email), which was very friendly and professional and answered all of my questions.

I received some great advice about which products to try and they sent me a box that included:

  • The ROCIA organic olive oil cleansing cake (ingredients: saponified organic olive oil, water, and mineral salts).
  • The ROCIA Provar treatment lotion (ingredients: water (distilled), cetearyl olivate (and) sorbitan olivate, abies picea (spruce knot) extract, radish root ferment filtrate, and propanediol).
  • The ROCIA Quench extra hydration oil (ingredients: abyssinian seed oil, apricot kernel oil (cold pressed), camellia seed oil (cold pressed), rice bran oil (cold pressed), pomegranate oil, and vitamin e)

The company’s website explains why they selected each of the ingredients, which is cool.  That information made it a lot easier for me to be able to look them all up and see what I could find out about them in research and in other products and their reviews.

I’m thrilled with what I’ve learned, so far, and I’m excited to give each of these rosacea-prone skin products a try.

The directions that I received via email from Rocia explained that for the best results, I should use only these products for my rosacea skin care for at least two weeks; so that’s what I’m going to do.

Here is the unboxing video that I recorded, to give a bit of a better introduction to the products that I will be using:


I’ll post other videos of the individual products and what I think of using them, and then at the end of 2 weeks, I’ll be sure to create another one that will let me talk about my experience with them all, as a whole system.  I’ll be sure to add a blog post here, too, for more of the juicy details 😉

That’s all for now, but I’ll keep you posted!

Have you tried Rocia natural rosacea skin care products?  Do you swear by a certain rosacea moisturizer, cleanser, or treatment?  Please share in the comments below!