Coming straight out of Portland, it's so nice to see an all natural organic skincare line take some roots in an industry that is full of chemicals, marketing gimmicks, and false promises. These products are one of those true hand-crafted bottles of that are sure to nourish your skin.
I've always had great skin, it is naturally oily giving me a little bit of a "glow" without any highlight products that they have now. Shortly After I turned 30, I got a sudden rash breakout on my forehead. Immediately I went to the doctor who said it was "probably stress" and prescribed me a cortisol cream which I used religiously that entire week. Cortisol is a steroid hormone, in the glucocorticoid class of hormones and basically is the worst thing you can put on your skin. Cortisol temporary suppresses the outbreaks, however, your body builds immunity and comes back ten times stronger. This cream made my rashes not only come back but come back with a vengeance, I was devastated.
Over the next two years I went to three dermatologists, all of them had different diagnosis from rosacea to dermatitis to allergies. I've had to take anti-bacterial medication, topical creams (which I refused to take after my cortisol disaster) and tried to avoid certain foods in hopes of figuring out if it was an allergy. None of these diagnostics were truly 100% correct as my symptoms didn't match up perfectly so I still don't really know what happened. Maybe soon IBM Watson will be able to give me diagnostics but last year I chose to quit all medication, cold turkey.
I started using only organic skincare lines and really try not to overwhelm my skin too much with product. I use ZO Medical now for my cleansers, go to a local Medi Spa once a month for a facial, and that seems to keep my skin happy. I also use Finacea cream which helped me A LOT in my outbreak recovery. Finacea has Azelaic acid helps the skin to renew itself more quickly and therefore reduces pimple and blackhead formation. It also helps to kill the bacteria that cause acne. It took about 3 months to get completely clear and now I use it only for those moments when I do get outbreaks. I love this cream but it is a prescription so I try to use it only when necessary.
Back to the point of this blog post, organic skincare lines don't get the credit that they need. Sephora is full of skin products but the more choices they have the more problems stays the same. A lot of high end lines use fillers and synthetics to keep costs low and revenue high. Read the labels on the products, how many of them are filled with words you can't pronounce? Chances are, if it's synthetic, it will block your pores.
This post is a review of a wonderful organic line out of Portland started by girlboss Jasmine Tran. Growing up in Vietnam, Jasmine Tran watched her mother cook nourishing meals every day from scratch, adding fresh herbs from the garden. Inspired by this experience, Jasmine incorporated her passion for nature and wellness into her work creating organic skincare products. Each Essance formula contains a cornucopia of nutrient-rich ingredients, including some that soothe the skin and reduce inflammation, such as aloe vera, vitamin E and jojoba oil, and others that heal and restore, such as argan oil, rosehip oil and sea buckthorn oil. All Essance products are completely vegan, biodegradable, and free from fillers, petroleum, and parabens; only reusable and recyclable packaging is used.
To learn more about Essance line you can visit their website www.essanceskincare.com. Go on and give it a try, you won't regret it!
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