I’ll just say it: I don’t really subscribe to a holistic approach to . . . well, anything. When it comes to my beauty routine, let’s just say I’m more Kim Kardashian than Kourtney Kardashian, or more WebMD than Goop. So when I was asked to test some “energy transforming” beauty products that promise to “raise my vibes” for a week, my first thought was that maybe I was the wrong one. person for the job. Yet, because healing crystals do not hurt anyone, I decided to give it a try.
Before embarking on my “energy shift” journey, I had to make sure I had the right products on hand. That meant eliminating all my medical-grade skincare and swapping it out for natural products claiming to have an effect on your energy levels. After doing some research, I was surprised to learn that there are many options out there. Who knew that by simply washing your face, you could essentially alter your entire mood? The real question was: would it actually work?
To start, I replaced my typical scent with Mind Energy by The Nue Co. ($95), which is a unisex scent meant to boost your focus and mental energy. It’s not like anything I usually wear; it has a peppery, earthy scent, a far cry from the floral smells I usually look for.
For the rest of my beauty routine, I boiled it all down to a few key products: I swapped out my normal cleanser for Aavrani Purifying Oil Cleanser ($36), a facial cleanser meant to purify and heal. the skin. Instead of my normal serums, I opted to use only Ascension 4.22 Healing Serum ($65), a “frequency-charged” formula meant to hydrate, prevent breakouts, even skin tone, and protect your energy. The brand claims that the serum has been vibrationally charged at the 7.83 Hz frequency, aka the Earth frequency, which is meant to heal and calm the body.
At this point, my skeptical and skeptical senses were definitely twitching, but I decided to keep going. As for moisturizer, I opted for the Monastery Flora Botanical Cream Serum ($140), a plant-rich moisturizing formula made with phytosterols, intended to reduce transepidermal water loss. Next, I needed an SPF, so I opted for Cellular Protection Sunscreen from The Organic Pharmacy ($69), a physical sunscreen made with aloe vera, shea butter, and vitamin E, as well as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to protect against the harmful effects of the sun. rays. (There’s nothing “vibration-boosting” about the SPF specifically, but I needed it in my routine, and it’s about as natural as it gets.)
As for what I put inside my body, I’m already a pescatarian, but I’ve chosen to try and eat mostly vegetarian for the week. I also added the Elix Daily Harmony supplement ($38) — an organic blend of hormone-balancing herbs that promise to help reduce the effects of stress and anxiety — to my daily morning tea.
For the whole week, I cut out all my regular beauty products, tried to eat as healthy as possible, and only used products that were supposed to have a positive effect on my daily routine.
It may have been a placebo effect (I’m just keeping it with you), but by the end of the week, I definitely felt like I was starting to notice a difference. I found myself looking forward to morning, when I would mix my Daily Harmony with my tea, because I felt myself getting more energized immediately afterwards.
I also got into the habit of keeping my bottle of Mind Energy perfume right next to my desk, and I held the bottle to my nose and inhaled it whenever I needed a little pick-me-up. The smell definitely stuck with me, even though it wasn’t a smell I normally attracted to. As for my skin, I have no idea if my products were really changing my energy, but my skin was pretty glowing and I definitely had no breakouts with the new products I was testing.
The moment I realized that Something was working was when my boyfriend told me that I seemed in good spirits all week. I’m naturally quite a negative person (I didn’t get the nickname “Renegative” for no reason), so the fact that someone close to me noticed the change in my mood definitely made me believe.
As to whether I will adopt this routine full time, my answer is . . . somehow. I don’t plan on tossing any of my clinical skin care products anytime soon, but I will definitely be adding a few of these products to my daily lineup. Although I don’t think the Mind Energy scent will become my new signature scent, it has earned a permanent place on my desk, where I can reach and spray it whenever I hit my mid-afternoon slump. .
I also plan to continue taking the Daily Harmony supplement as it has integrated well into my routine and I feel a difference when I take it. As for my skincare routine, Monastery Cream Serum has left my skin super shiny, so I will definitely continue to use it in conjunction with my regular moisturizer. While this experience hasn’t completely changed my opinion of holistic beauty, I’m definitely more open to it.
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