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Sjal Skincare Samples Mini Reviews

Sjal Skincare is a fairly new luxury skincare company whose samples were sent to me for review.

I was pretty intrigued by this company because their goal in offering skincare products is to “…encompass luxury, cosmeceuticals and spirituality…”

They incorporate “an eastern infusion of precious minerals and gemstones” such as gold, silver, ruby and amethyst which they claim will provide many benefits to the skin including “skin clarity, cellular productivity, and micro-circulation.”

Light Cellular Renewal Creme; $155

This cream includes a blend of licorice, oligo- and penta-peptides and bisabol in order to even out skin tone, promote cellular renewal, and fight photo aging (sun damage).

I really like the consistency of this cream; it is very light and absorbs right away. That being said, I didn’t observe any of these effects really. It may be because I had one tiny sample foil and the effects increase over time with continued use; I’m not sure. To me, this is just a nicely made cream that any skin type would be okay to use. It is gentle, has a subtle and pleasant scent, and it didn’t cause any breakouts.

Other than that no other effects could be observed except maybe a slightly more even tone.

This is certainly a luxury at $255 so, if you have the cash to spare, it may be worth a try, but if not, I would pass on this.

I wish I had been able to try a larger size in this because trying a small foil of a product like this just seems useless to observe effects which are likely seen over time.

That being said, it is a really nice cream, but as for the effects, I can’t attest to it as I was not able to test this for a long enough period of time.

Check it out – here!

Eye Contour Creme; $175

This eye cream is meant to reduce puffiness, fatty deposits, wrinkles and dark circles.

This is a really nice eye cream. Although I didn’t see any of the anti wrinkle effects, it is gentle enough to be used on any skin type. I often experience little whiteheads or breakouts whenever I try eye creams, but this one was really calming and didn’t irritate my skin at all and for that, I think it’s pretty note worthy.

Other than that, it did reduce puffiness a big and hydrated my under eyes pretty well.

Over time, I think I would’ve seen the wrinkle and fatty deposit effects, though I am not really sure what fatty deposit even means in terms of my under eyes?

If you know, by all means, please let me know in the comments!

Check it out – here!

Liquid Vitamin Lift Serum 1; $255 

This was my favorite product from Sjal Skincare!

It feels a lot like putting really hydrating water on your skin because this serum is SO light, but it’s super hydrating at the same time.

It feels really nice to put on, it has a transparent sort of blue tint to it (which I just thought was entertaining), and nice subtle scent that seems familiar, but I can’t quite place it.

It certainly felt like it had a lifting effect to it and it was very hydrating and brightening.

Out of all these super luxe products, this is the only one that I would seriously consider dropping $255 for.

It really feels quite effective.

If you have buckets of cash, I highly recommend this one!

A little bit goes a long long way given the consistency and it definitely seems to live up to its claims.

Check it out – here!

Perfecting Mask; $150 

This face mask is meant to lift, firm, calm, hydrate, regenerate and minimize pores in the skin.

It includes botanical plants and herbs as well as silk proteins, healing oils and other elements.

This mask is not your typical face mask.

I didn’t sense any clay in this mask at all; in fact, it has more of a gel consistency and a blue tint to it.

It goes on pretty transparent, again a little goes a long way, and it seems to work pretty well.

It calmed some redness I had going on midway through the week and did seem to be firming to the skin.

I’m not sure if it helped repair DNA or improve cell turnover, but my skin appeared a lot brighter and clearer after using this mask.

All in all, it’s a decent face mask, but I feel I would’ve gotten more results over time.

Again, if you have the cash to spare, check it out.

Check it out – here!

Check out the entire Sjal Skincare line – here!

Have any of you ever tried Sjal Skincare?

Any thoughts on using precious metals and gemstones in skincare?

Let me know in the comments!

I’d love to hear your take on this!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the free samples that were sent to me from Sjal Skincare to review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

7 Essential Skin Supplements of Youth & Vitality According to “The Water Secret” by Dr. Howard Murad

Happy Friday Everyone!

I’m looking forward to honoring the US soldiers in my life this weekend and BBQ, of course!

(If you’re confused, this weekend is Memorial Day in USA when we honor the past and current military)

If you’ve been following me then you’ll know that I have recently begun reading The Water Secret:The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger by Dr. Howard Murad of Murad Skincare (Read my initial article about it here! or check out this awesome smoothie recipe from the book here!). As I’ve been reading along, I’ve been dutifully taking notes for myself and I thought, why not share some of the goods?

That being said, Dr. Murad gives some really helpful and knowledgeable advice on which supplements are the most important in looking and feeling your best. As someone who is pretty vitamin-obsessed, there were 2 that even I have been missing from my diet!

Check out the List:

  • Daily Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement. Dr. Murad advises to select a formula that “includes at the major vitamins, minerals and trace minerals”, but he recommends that those who are postmenopausal opt for iron-free formulas. These are everywhere, but I’d opt for a more natural multivitamin type like these from NOW, New Chapter, or another brand that offers many vitamins from natural sources as opposed to synthetic ones. Vitacost.com has a lot of affordable options.
  • Antioxidant Supplement Formula. These antioxidants are, he says, most important to look for in the formula: Vitamins A, C, & E, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Citrus Bioflavonoids, Green Tea Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Goji Berry Extract, Poria Cocos, Milk Thistle, N-acetyl cysteine, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Yellow Dock Root, Quercetin, Curcumin AKA Turmeric, Ginkgo Biloba, Selenium, and Coenzyme Q10. He also says not to try and count the milligrams of your intake, but instead to just focus on getting as many of these as possible. As opposed to trying to ingest a million and one pills, I recommend picking one or two of your favorites or otherwise, there are a LOT of antioxidant blends that include many of these in one capsule. Easier to swallow, right? I am NOT a fan of gulping down a crap load of pills. Hints of awful.
  • High Potency B Complex Supplement. He recommends you pick one of these up that includes “all 8 Essential B Vitamins – B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B6 (Pyridoxine), B9 (Folic Acid), B12 (Cyanocobalamin), and B7 (Biotin)”. These are really important for energy. They even have B vitamin complexes that come in chewable form and actually taste okay if you’re not the pill swallowing type, which I’m not. These really help me feel energized in the morning and throughout the day. I find when I pass on taking them on any given day, I feel much more sluggish and slow than I would if I had taken them so they definitely make a huge difference for me!
  • Essential Fatty Acid Supplement. This supplement is important and needs to provide omega-3 fatty acids. He says this may be any any various form: “fish oil, flaxseed oil, or ground flaxseeds added to food or in capsule form.” He says a good vegetarian option is to add a “micro-algae-derived DHA supplement” to their diets. This supplement should involve at least 500mg of Omega-3. In order to get my omegas, I take 2 fish oil capsules daily, but I also eat a lot of fish because I know that when my body gets it from a natural food source, it’s always better absorbed than taking a pill. You can avoid the whole fish taste burping experience, which is totally gross speaking from experience here, by taking them on an empty stomach.
  • Lecithin Supplement (2,000 mg). This supplement is one that I was definitely missing in my diet, but I easily found granules at my local health food store. You can find this in powder, capsule or granular form. He advises that 1 tablespoon daily is enough if you opt for powder or granules. I like to add the granules to my shakes and smoothies; it’s pretty tasteless so it doesn’t bother me. 1 Tbs= 1,725 mg Lecithin.
  • Glucosamine Supplement. Personally, I’d never heard of this supplement before reading this book. I was all, gluco- what? And the kicker is, after reading about it, it’s one of the more important supplements because glucosamine is one of the building blocks that are needed to repair connective tissues throughout your body, that have sustained damage.
  • Calcium Supplement for Bone Health (w/Vitamin D- 1,000-1,500 mg). This is especially important as we currently get way below the needed amount for optimum health. Dr Murad advises to get a calcium supplement with at least 1,000 mg of vitamin D included or otherwise to ingest a separate vitamin D supplement with that amount to get the necessary amount.

Dr. Murad recommends some really great supplements and I have already noticed a big difference in taking them. Other supplements I recommend for those who have specific issues they are concerned with or those in a specific age group that may also have some benefit.

Wild Yam or Evening Primrose. This is beneficial for women who are menopausal or perimenopausal or those suffering from hormonal imbalance. You may also benefit from this if you take it during your time of the month for mood stability or if you get a lot of hormonal acne breakouts.

Licorice Root Extract. I really love this extract. It helped me get over a cough really quickly and especially helps with the throat bronchial irritation that is often felt when you’re sick. When I have a cough, I just add it to my tea with some manuka honey and echicacea; it works really well. Aside from that, licorice root, on general term, is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is a big part in the cause of many diseases and illnesses. I really enjoy including this as I feel it tempers any inflammation going on in my system that may be harmful. According to my nursing friend, it’s also beneficial for fighting ulcers!

Disclaimer: Please note that this is for informational purposes only. What has been helpful for me may not necessarily be good for you. Please consult a physician before taking any supplements if you are unsure whether or not they are right for you.

What supplements do you take daily?

Are there any in particular that you have found beneficial?

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