What a great ride it's been! I've been doing this 30 Day Skin Care Challenge using Urban Skin Rx since May 6th and this past Sunday marked day 28. I waited to post this completion post until today because it didn't make sense to post my week 4 results on Monday and then the completion post on Wednesday after the 30 day challenge was officially over.
Here are the photos of my results:
If you followed along with my Instagram stories, I documented the journey daily. You can check out the posts here.
Last week I mentioned that there were still some rough patches under my skin and I wasn't sure if they were more impurities that had been deeply imbedded below the surface trying to work their way out or a new breakout trying to come up due to hormones. Well, they have made their way to the surface and I had a slight explosion on both sides of my face. I believe they were previous blemishes that were really deep beneath the surface because the roughness is now gone and my skin is very smooth (except for the actual blemishes). Funny though, the break out happened in one night and the next morning the blemishes were almost completely healed! There were some slight red marks where the blemishes surfaced but they didn't leave lasting scars (like the one healing on my left cheek that has been there for over 2 months).
I used to have to get facials with expensive additional treatments (microdermabrasion or chemical peels) on a regular basis to keep these breakouts under control and fight looking my full age. My purse was screaming for years! Urban Skin Rx has really helped to change that. I literally see better results using this line twice a day than I saw when I was burning layers of skin off my face and paying a professional upward of $80 per treatment! Now I have more money to spend on margaritas and shoes!
So to wrap it all up, here is the final break down:
1.My skin is glowing all the time now. My skin is no longer oily - it is normal now. I don't even have combination skin, but a consistent dewy and even glow I never dreamed possible.
2. When blemishes pop up, they are gone in about one-two days because the treatments and serums really do a great job handling them start to finish AND they are not leaving scars in their wake. YASSSS!!
3. The fine lines are faded or completely gone. You can't see them on my forehead at all and the ones between my brows that were the deepest and used to leave creases after squinting are pretty much gone. Yes, there are still creases when I squint, but they don't linger anymore. I don't have smile lines anymore. The crows feet are also much lighter. I actually like smiling again and I don't feel like I look like I'm in my mid 40's anymore. CHA-CHING!!
4. My complexion is creamy and even. After the baking sun in Texas during week three, I was a little concerned that the fade would bring back blotches like I get every time my tan starts to fade away but that didn't happen. This has all but eliminated my need for foundation because I'm starting with an even canvas now, not five different shades on my face. In fact, the only time I've worn foundation in the last 2 weeks was the one day in Texas when I was roasting and this past Saturday because I was going to Macfest. Other than that, even when I'm out and about and around tons of people, I feel zero need to cake the makeup on anymore. No more hiding! WOW!
5. The hydration levels are even now too and my skin is firmer and plump. It feels velvety to the touch and it is super soft. I'm having a hard time keeping my hands away from my face because I just want to touch it all the time (which is a huge no no because, breakouts!!!).
I will admit that I have been drinking tons more water and I've all but eliminated other drinks that were filled with unhealthy ingredients too. When I was in the southern heat, we had to really hydrate because of the high temperatures and humidity and I allowed that to become a habit. Also I just started a weight loss challenge that requires far more water intake too. These are most likely contributing factors to the healthy moisture levels in my skin. But you have to be healthy inside before the results show on the outside. Apparently 2018 is my year to get really healthy all around!
Overall, I am very pleased with this brand. I will continue to use it and explore the different products they offer. Next for me will probably be a mask. I love masks. I don't use them often enough because I'm always on the go and haven't always made enough time to care for myself properly. Every fall, I find myself becoming a basic white girl with pumpkin EVERYTHING (it's a thing, I know, I'm weird and I don't even care anymore) so that pumpkin mask they have has been calling my name since I first heard of Urban Skin Rx. That will be the next product that I try.
I will do a follow up post in a few months just to update the regimen because as my skin heals, it is possible I will change the products I am using for continued success. Also, it's good to check back every now and then so progress can be seen.
Thank you for reading along and following this journey. If you have learned anything or want to share any thoughts, please drop a comment below. I would love to hear from you! Thank you Urban Skin Rx for your amazing line and support through this challenge. I am so happy I found you! Thank you to Toya the founder of NaturallyShesDope for introducing me to this amazing brand. You are the reason all this has been possible! You totally rock for that (and so much more lol). ❤️
Do I sound like a broken record yet? I feel like one! But I can't stop talking about it. Urban Skin Rx is amazing and I am so thankful that I found them! The results do not lie. Take a look!
If you're just tuning into my challenge, you can read week 1 here and week 2 here.
As the weeks have progressed, I've updated my regimen a bit. Here are the deets!
1. I no longer take the vitamins because I had an Ulcerative Colitis flare up and had to cut out pretty much everything I could to get it back under control. Mission accomplished but I'm a little scared to take the vitamins again, not because I think they were the culprit but because I don't want to give up the peace my system has finally found or take any chances at all.
2. I ran out of the sample Even Tone Cleansing Bar and replaced it with the Clear Skin Cleansing Bar. I love them both but I think I will return to the Even Tone Cleansing Bar when I have a chance because my face seems a little dry after switching. Perhaps I will use the Clear Skin Cleansing Bar in the mornings and the Even Tone Cleansing Bar in the evenings. I will start experimenting once I have the other bar again. We shall see!
3. My favorite products are the Even Tone Cleansing Bar (gentle and effective cleansing even on my waterproof mascara), the Even Tone Night Treatment (this stuff is AMAZING and I see a real difference when I've used it the night before verses off days), the pH Balance All Skin Toner (so refreshing and it really feels like it is getting deep into my pores), the Super C Brightening Serum (can you say healthy, moisturizing glow without the heavy residue?) and the HydraBalance Instant Moisture Infusion moisturizer. I use the sunblock moisturizer when I am going out without makeup but on days when I am wearing makeup, I don't bother because my foundation has 30 spf in it already and it feels like overkill.
This is the regimen I've pretty much been following every day. As you can see, I'm enjoying the benefits of much clearer and smoother skin. My complexion is more even now and my pores appear to be smaller too. The lines in my forehead are pretty much gone and the creases between my brows no longer linger after I stop squinting. I look years younger and the effects appear to be accumulative.
There is still some slight roughness under the skin on my cheeks (although it is very highly improved and much more difficult to see now). I am not sure if these patches are more impurities that were buried really deep beneath the surface and now they are finally bubbling out or if they are new blemishes just forming due to hormones or whatever caused my acne in the first place. Either way, the Urban Skin Rx line seems to be handling them pretty well. There is no discoloration on these spots like there used to be so they are much less noticeable than these skin wars have been in the past. I was checking out other products they offer and I think I am going to pick up the Clear and Smooth Retexturing Pads because their description addresses exactly this issue. The only reason I haven’t yet is because I don’t want to over do it. Changing products so rapidly can have adverse effects so I am trying to ease into each step now that my skin is adjusting to these products and their ingredients. 🤷🏽♀️
In summary: it's been 3 weeks and I think I'm going to be using these products for a very long time. They work so well. I have one more week to go for this 30 day challenge (technically, 9 days). I am super excited about how well everything has turned out so far. Thank you, Urban Skin Rx! You guys rock!!
prepping for my trip to Texas this week for my son’s graduation from basic training (he is graduating from the US Air Force - another happy dance) and making samples and prepping for the Health Fair I did in Brooklyn on Saturday . Plus, my daughter’s 16th birthday was Wednesday so there were family festivities for that.
And then yesterday (Sunday was day 14 of this challenge), the fam and I did a benefit ride with Barb's Harley Davidson for the Armed Forces. We had to get up and leave the house by 8 am. After the busy week I had, I was DRAGGING. There was no time for makeup at all, I barely had enough time to wash my face, run through the shower, throw on clothes and jump on my trike to ride in the rain (I'll write more on this in another post but needless to say, it was LIT!).
Whew, it has been crazy busy around here! And on days like last Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, my time constraints were severely outweighed by my to do list. That meant, I had to cut out the little things wherever I could to be as efficient as possible. For me, the first thing to go is usually sleep. But next to that was makeup application. That’s a good 20 minutes that can be used elsewhere.
Normally this would have added more stress to my already hectic week. I mean, I was actually planning to go out into the world without any makeup - what if someone saw me looking a hot mess? Blemishes front and center, creases wrinkling my forehead, smile lines that made me wanna punch someone instead of smile, and don’t let the sun hit me and I have to squint. Chile please! But then, as my feet hit the ground running Thursday morning, and I washed my face for the day and examined my skin to figure out what the least possible makeup that I could get away with without completely embarrassing myself would be, I recognized the miracle I have been praying for had actually taken place! My skin was perfect. PERFECT!
It was glowing. My complexion was creamy and even. It felt silky-smooth and velvety at the same time. The blemishes had faded into almost nonexistence (except that one on my left cheek which was a very big and deep scar) and the bumps under the surface were gone. GONE! Hunty!! AND, the creases on my forehead, around my lips and at my temples were noticeably lighter too. I looked 10 years younger.
Urban Skin Rx is a GAME CHANGER!! FOR REAL!!
If it wasn’t actually happening to me... if I had not documented the journey every single day on my Instagram Stories I would think I was full of crap or exaggerating or just being paid to say nice things. But the proof is on my feed and in my blog posts (read week 1 here) and in the photos and literally written all over my face. I have not been paid for my endorsement. A brunch and free samples was the only compensation they offered and get this, they never even asked me to say anything. I effectively challenged the company publicly by doing this 30 day skin care challenge without even consulting them first.
I didn’t mean to be so blatant. It wasn’t until I wrote this post that I actually thought it through - what if it hadn’t worked? What if the blemishes didn’t clear up? What if the scars from years of acne still freckled my cheeks and chin? What if the hyper-pigmentations and uneven skin tone persisted after the challenge? Clearly, I hadn't considered the backlash if these products failed. I mean, come on! No one wants to write a bad review and seeing how this was the first review I'm doing after relaunching my blog! UGH! I need to start thinking before I speak.
But here's the amazing thing... Urban Skin Rx rose to the challenge! And they are closely following the journey too because almost every single day that I post in my stories and tag them, they are commenting and sending DMs asking questions or offering their support as I go through it. How awesome is that? To me, this means this company not only makes an amazing line of skin care products, but they back up their claims by checking in with their customers and foster real relationships with them too. No wonder why they are exploding on social media! They have definitely got the goods! (PS: if you aren't following their Instagram feed, please do! You can thank me later!)
So... I did run those errands and I have been really busy about my life. This month has been wrought with issues but thankfully, my skin care woes have NOT been part of the drama!
Two weeks. That's all it took! In two weeks I went from a stressed out, aging, discolored, oily (I didn't even realize I was oily until everything was brought into balance and the shine is now a glow instead of a greasy oil slick lol) and overall tired pizza face to glowing, radiant, youthful and creamy skin tone and complexion. Wow.
Thank you, Urban Skin Rx. I am excited to see what weeks three and four bring. And I am confident in saying that after all the doctors and other products I have tried that failed, you cut the mustard! I am yours for life! ❤️
I was lucky enough to be introduced to Urban Skin Rx at a brunch they sponsored, hosted by Toya from NaturallyShesDope. About 20 bloggers, influencers and girl bosses met up at the Barcelona Wine Bar in Philly on May 5th to network and learn about the benefits of using this brand and my oh my, were we in for a treat! (Side note: The Barcelona Wine Bar is super good! The food was delicious, the drinks were spectacular and the service was amazing. If you get a chance to go, don't walk, RUN!) After an informative teaching session, we were blessed with goodie bags of trial sizes and a few full sized products from Urban Skin Rx that addressed our personal skin issues.
me with. I suppose fine lines are better than the alternative but... it's whatever.
At the beginning of the week I took some pics of what I was working with. View them right below:
I have been using the Even Tone Cleansing Bar and pH Balancing Toner morning and night, the Super C Brightening Serum and DermShield SPF30 Moisturizer in the mornings and the Clear Complexion Acne Serum and HydraBalance Instant Moisturizer at night. I've also been taking the Even Tone Supplement Vitamins in the morning (they recommend 2 a day but due to dietary restrictions, I am only taking one a day). All of these products are pictured below with their prices and links to them in the Urban Skin Rx online store.
Now for the break down:
How To Use: you wet the exfoliating sponge, lather the bar inside the jar, then gently rub the soapy sponge on your face. You can leave the lather on for a few minutes to give it a chance to really get into your pores and work it's magic.
Does It Deliver? YES!
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
The Scoop: This stuff is AMAZING. It made light work of removing ALL my makeup in one rinse. My skin felt fresh and clean and a little firmer after the very first use. It even took off my waterproof mascara and eyeliner without any effort at all. One thing to watch is that it doesn't get in your eyes when you are swiping across them. It stings a bit, but what soap doesn't burn if it gets into your eyes. I rinsed it away with warm water and the stinging went away without any lasting affect. In my opinion, this is a small price to pay for not having to scrub and scrub to get that stubborn make up off. I'll take 2 please!
refreshed and clean and ready for the next step. I love the cool feeling it leaves behind. It surprised me to see anything on the cotton after applying this because I thought the cleansing bar was really thorough. I think I will be incorporating this toner into my everyday arsenal forever. A+
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 /5
The Scoop: This product is absolutely wonderful! It brought on the glow up like nothing I've used before. Seriously though! It left my skin feeling amazing and looking so hydrated and healthy! I believe this serum will leave an accumulative effect because Vitamin C serums usually do. I can't wait to see how my skin looks after 30 days of using this consistently. I'm using it morning and night and it is worth every single penny of the price. This serum is definitely going to be a staple in my arsenal. A+
neck. Can be used morning and night.
Does It Deliver? YES!
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
The Scoop: Ok, I know you're probably thinking, yea right, three for three? This has to be a fluff piece! But I'm being completely honest here. I love it! For real! I think I've found my new go-to face cream, y'all! This whip is super silky and extremely hydrating. It doesn't clog my pores and it feels heavenly as it slides across the skin. Can I get a "whoop, whoop!!"
The Scoop: So far, I like it. I only use this at night because I don't want to over do it with the strong serums on my slightly sensitive skin. This stuff has 5% Benzoyl Peroxide and the most I've used on my skin before was 2% in a prescription, if memory serves correctly. I will revisit my rating at the end of week two and hopefully then, I will have some results to report.
AND it smells fresh too. BONUS: IT WORKED WELL UNDER MY MAKEUP!!!! I will say that it is slightly heavier than most moisturizers which had me worried it might be clogging my pores but Ihave had not any new breakouts so I'm going to say my fears were unfounded. I'm sold. This will be a summer staple for me whenever I go to the beach. I don't need to use it everyday as I wear foundations that already have SPF in them so using this when I'm wearing makeup is probably overkill. For days when I am not wearing makeup, this is a definite must, but as I've mentioned above, I'm fighting acne and unless I'm being really lazy, I usually have at least foundation on to even out the appearance of blemishes. I know some people have complained that this sunblock made their skin turn ashy gray but that has not been my experience. I did read a comment Urban Skin Rx left on an Instagram post saying they were reformulating this to address that issue so I'll keep a look out for that as well. But for me, for now, I'm happy with this SPF moisturizer as is.
Does It Deliver? Too soon to tell but I am cautiously optimistic.
My Rating: Too soon to tell but again, I am optimistic this stuff works. I will explain below.
The Scoop: So, I think this stuff works and here is why... I used it on day one before bed as directed (on my face and neck). When I woke up the next morning, my skin did have a soft, supple feel and the lines between my eyebrows didn't appear as deep as they normally do. Additionally, when I wrinkled my brows, the lines were there but they didn't stay creased like they normally do. The skin smoothed out much faster. The down side is that my neck was very itchy and red. I couldn't help but to scratch, which of course, lead to irritation. Fair enough. the minute I washed my face and neck, the irritation was completely gone and left nothing behind to remind me of the pesky redness and itch. As it was the only product I put on my neck, I am pretty sure this was the product responsible. Okie dokie.
On day 2, I applied this serum to my face only (avoiding eyes and neck) and when I woke up, the same results were happening on my brows AND the crows feet that are trying to creep in at my temples BUT my neck (which did not have the product on it) did not have any itch or irritation. So I know this stuff is doing something, and I think it's actually doing exactly what it's supposed to do.
I plan to continue using this serum but only at night and only on my face, not my neck. I will be keeping a close eye on it because I don't want to risk damage to my skin. I think with sparing use (only at night or every other day) I will be fine. In my opinion, this will not affect my rating, because the product seems to be doing what it claims to do. I will adjust my application for my personal needs (as everyone SHOULD do when using anything on or in their bodies).
after a week of use!
My Rating: Too soon to tell. I will revisit at the end of the month.
The Scoop: Ok, I have some dietary issues that I do NOT want to upset and any changes like vitamins or supplements have to be closely monitored by my doctor. I am so not trying to have a flair up - no one wants that, trust me. SO, I have been taking one of these a day to be careful and so far, they are gentle on my stomach and I am not experiencing any adverse affects. This is a huge plus because any change to my normal diet (adding vitamins or things known to agitate my condition) can often have an IMMEDIATE affect. This supplement is obviously gentle and like I said above, I feel like I have more energy. That's gotta be the Vitamin C and probably also the detoxing affects too. I'm stoked!
I will continue to take this vitamin supplement for the rest of the month as long as I don't have any side effects and give thoughts on it at the end of the challenge. WHEW THAT WAS A LOT!
Thanks so much for reading and following the challenge. I can't wait to see what next week brings!
Blessings, love bugs! 💋
What can I say? Yesterday was LIT!
I was honored and extremely lucky to score an invite to the Urban Skin RX Influencer Brunch yesterday, hosted by Toya of NaturallyShesDope (if you're wondering, Toya really is a super DOPE chick and so were all the beauties in attendance!) You guys, I had a blast!
We met at the Barcelona Wine Bar for a late brunch. The food was amazing, the drinks were refreshing, the service was outstanding and the company was highly entertaining. We laughed the entire time, sharing our hearts, passion and skin concerns while networking and learning about solutions that Urban Skin RX has developed to handle our various skin situations. Catalina, the company representative was professional, but also a hoot (and beautiful)! She gave us pointers and so much information about how this line can help us to address and fix every issue we suffered from individually and collectively. Personally, I'm dealing with long standing acne that is embedded deep under my skin and fine lines that are trying to wreck my entire denial of being a 40 something year old woman (lol). Y'all, I have hope!
Now, I realize that I don't talk about my skin woes often. I'm really trying to be about more than just outer appearances and it is easier to hide behind my hair (well, it was until I started cutting it off every couple of years, but that's a story for another day). Truth be told, this struggle has been all too real for me for YEARS. While I was lucky to have clear skin through my adolescence and teen years, hunty, when I hit 28, all that changed. The constant battle between hiding the rough skin and bumps, covering up blemishes and fading hyper-pigmentations with expensive spa treatments or caking on pounds of makeup and hiding behind concealers, cover up and more powder on top of that... Let's just say I have truly learned to find my self worth between my ears and behind my rib cage instead of what I was wearing or how I was looking all the time. But what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, right? Character building... yea, mmm-kay. Anyway...
What is Urban Skin RX?
It is a natural skin care brand that caters to melinated skin tones and the dermatological issues we deal with on a daily bases. YASSSS!! We need more companies like this! Check out their website here. If you're having a skin issue, they probably have a solution. I took their skin quiz and it clearly laid out a plan for me to follow. [happy dance!] I can't wait to get started!
They say that in your 40's you inherit the skin you took care of in your 20's. Jesus take the wheel! So I am starting a 30 day challenge today, using this line I've now heard so much about and have fallen in love with. My goals are to try and heal some of the damage done over the years, reduce or possibly reverse early signs of aging as well as clear up this pesky little adult acne problem I've been dealing with for too long. You can follow my 30 Days to Healthy Skin journey on my Instagram page @carlahelene. I'll be posting pics of products I'm using and progress photos throughout the month of May on my Instagram feed and writing weekly about it here on the blog.
What are some ways you take care of your skin these days? Share in the comments below! 💋
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