Not gonna lie. Wasn’t expecting the immediate visible results. Blows my mind how effective using this beautiful grooved tool is. The curved side can be used around your cheekbones, jawline and throat, while the comb-like side can break up muscle tension along the sides you neck or your forehead. This ancient detoxifying Bian stone contains over 40 healing trace elements and minerals. Now yes, it does require a small commitment to a brief daily practice, but the results are just as fast as Botox, without the atrophying of facial muscles caused by long-term botox use.
As you essentially foam roll, or in this case, stone roll your skin, you quickly stimulate circulation by loosening up the overstressed tight fascia (the connective mesh-like tissue right below the skin that supports and encapsulates our muscles and organs). This process of firmly rolling the skin drains and detoxifies the lymphatic systemon a cellular level and releases muscle tension, while lengthening the fascia that are preventing optimal circulation. This in turns softens, sculpts and rejuvenates theskin. Think of it as deep healing bodywork for the face. The lymphatic drainage alone that releases those pockets of fluid retention instantly depuffs and lifts your skin, making frown lines disappear. Not exaggerating. It even works wonders for headaches, TMJ and tight neck muscles.
What makes me love the Wildling Empress Stone even more thoughtful is that the system is the well-rounded brainchild of an herbalist, an acupuncturist, and a holistic aesthetician. They have created a delicious Empress Oil and Tonic that pair beautifully with Gua Sha.And lucky for us, their site and Instagram are chock-full of great tutorials on how to use this insanely effective tool.
A great face serum that is truly active and fortifying is the key to great skin. Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum is one of the rare standout ones. With it’s dry oil texture that feels both nutritious and luxe, it delivers instant gratification to your skin and your senses!
There is a very good reason why for years, this has been a truly, madly, deeply beloved cult favorite. First off, it was a trailblazer in clean, non-toxic beauty with 22 highly active, meticulously extracted, organic, wild-crafted, or sustainably harvested ingredients. Their cold-pressed whole plant formula infuses grape seed oil with the purest most natural form of the flower, herb, etc. over the course of an eight week extraction process. Second, this nutrient dense serum-oil hybrid works on all skin types and penetrates the dermis so deeply and effectively with it’s smaller molecules, that it can truly be your one and only product. Granted, I still can’t manage to bench my vitamin C and peptides. I love playing mixologist and switching it up to keep my skin on its toes. But this Active Botanical Serum does cover all the key bases. It is highly anti-inflammatory, nourishing and regenerating. Chock full of ceramides, phytonutrients, fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals, it tackles skin aging, while hormonally balancing the skin.
I love using Vintner’s recommended push and press method. I warm up 5 drops by rubbing my palms together, sneak in some inhales and then push and press the golden hued oil into my skin. In fact, I push and press everything I put on my skin now. Heating up the product and working it in stimulates blood flow, while increasing penetration. And bonus, the intoxicating aromatherapy benefits alone feel like a rejuvenating spa getaway.
In terms of glow and vibrancy, this treatment is like skin resuscitation! Your skin will be smoother, brighter, stronger, decongested and completely balanced.
All ingredients are organic, wild-crafted, or sustainably harvested from the highest quality growers.
*Indicates Certified Organic.
**Indicates organic but non-certified (from family farms that have been producing the oils for generations).
***Indicates wildcrafted from hand-selected partners in Greece, Spain, and Italy.
From Vintner’s Daughter site:
22 Active Ingredients:
Active Botanical Serum includes 22 of the world’s most nutrient-dense, whole botanicals sourced from conscious growers around the globe. It is not enough to assemble the finest ingredients, you must also honor them throughout your process. To ensure that their full spectrum of nutrition is captured in our formula, we spend three weeks meticulously infusing these incredible plants into our already-powerful foundation oils. As a result of this commitment to the very finest quality sourcing and time-honored formulation methods, our potent formula contains 60+ skin-beautifying vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, phytoceramides, aminos, and omega fatty acids for full-spectrum, skin-beautifying nutrition.
• Alfalfa – MEDICAGO SATIVA LEAF
A potent detoxifier with dense phytonutrient content, alfalfa is critical to those seeking profound cellular regeneration.
• Avocado – PERSEA GRATISSIMA OIL
A nutrient-rich oil that profoundly nourishes and moisturizes skin, avocado also contains skin-firming ceramides and free radical-fighting antioxidants.
• Bergamot – CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA PEEL OIL
Prized since ancient times for its antioxidant properties, this oil helps to brighten, calm, and balance sensitive and irritated skin.
• Calendula – CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER
Coveted for centuries for its potent healing and regenerating powers, the deeply hued marigold flower provides incredible antioxidant protection.
• Carrot Seed – DAUCUS CAROTA SATIVA SEED OIL
This supercharged oil is rich in antioxidant vitamin A (as beta-carotene) and is an exceptional at cell regeneration.
• Cypress – CUPRESSUS SEMPERVIRENS LEAF OIL
Cypress has been used since ancient times to reduce redness, calm irritation, and clarify compromised skin.
• Dandelion- TARAXACUM OFFICINALE LEAF
Nutrient-dense dandelion provides potent cellular detoxification and regeneration, critical to a tighter, brighter, more clear complexion.
• Evening Primrose – OENOTHERA BIENNISSEED OIL
A powerful healer and anti-inflammatory, this oil also acts as a serious skin balancer, and is especially beneficial for hormonal skin.
• Frankincense – BOSWELLIA CARTERII OIL
Highly sought-after due to its rare and costly-to-produce status, frankincense increases circulation and is a savior for stressed and troubled skin
• Grape Seed – VITIS VINIFERA SEED OIL
A powerful foundation oil cherished for its multi-correctional activity, our organic grape seed is rich in phytoceramides, vitamins, and antioxidants, which help strengthen and protect skin against free-radical damage.
• Hazelnut – CORYLUS AVELLANA OIL
Another potent foundation oil, hazelnut is rich in linoleic acids which visibly clean and shrink pores. Its small particle size allows our serum to penetrate easily and deliver nutrition deep into dermal layers.
• Jasmine – JASMINUM GRANDIFLORUM FLOWER
As a rare and highly sought-after medicinal oil, jasmine uniquely restores the look of compromised and damaged skin while also strengthening the skin’s protective moisture barrier.
• Lavender – LAVANDULA INTERMEDIA FLOWER
This deeply healing and highly anti-inflammatory flower is particularly helpful for acne-prone skin, thanks to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
• Lemon – CITRUS LIMON PEEL
This botanical has been used for ages to diminish discoloration for visibly brighter and more even, clear-looking skin.
• Neroli – CITRUS AURANTIUM AMARA FLOWER OIL
A cherished aromatic oil, neroli has been prescribed since ancient times for skin as well as spiritual health.
• Nettle – URTICA DIOICA LEAF
This botanical is packed with essential phytonutrients to combat oxidative and environmental stress. It also has more of the elasticity-promoting mineral silica than any other plant—meaning bold strides towards firmer, more resilient skin.
• Rose – ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER OIL
This powerful skin healer and balancer dates back to ancient times – even Cleopatra used it on her skin.
• Rosehip – ROSA CANINASEED OIL
High in antioxidants, linolenic acid, and vitamin A (as beta-carotene), rosehip oil uniquely targets oxidative damage, powerfully repairing, restoring, and brightening skin.
• Rosemary – ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS LEAF
An antimicrobial botanical, rosemary offers powerful assistance in reducing acne, redness, and inflammation.
• Sea Buckthorn – HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES OIL
A deeply nourishing and skin-renewing oil that contains the entire family of omegas: 3, 6, 9, and the rare omega 7.
• Tamanu Tamanu – CALOPHYLLUM TACAMAHACA OIL
Also known as the 30-cure oil, multi-correctional tamanu is prized for its rich fatty acid content, which absorbs easily into the skin and delivers dramatic healing.
• Turmeric – CURCUMA LONGA ROOT OIL
A turbocharged anti-inflammatory, brightener and free radical scavenger, turmeric is a serious skin hero.
Where has Vive Sana Serum Crema been all my life? It’s the first 100% natural, 70%+ organic mineral sunscreen I’ve used that truly is one stop shopping. It is an effective serum, moisturizer and physical UVA and UVB blocker. And it’s thankfully one of the rare, extremely well formulated sunblocks that does not use nano zinc, which is destroying our oceans and marine life.
This ceramide-rich, filler-free sunscreen is as clean and natural as it gets. Usually physical sunscreens require a lot of elbow grease to work into the skin and leave a ghostly cast. Not only does the sunscreen not make your skin white or gray, it blends in quickly and adds deep hydration. And because you can work it in so easily, you’re that much more likely to reapply. I’ve never used a sunscreen that makes my skin actually look better as if I had used a blurring primer. A perfect brightening canvas for make up. The other bonus, no pilling whatsoever. It seems to work seemlesy with all of my other skincare and make up products.
Filled with antioxidants and phytonutrients, including my favorite, collagen-boosting and anti-inflammatory Astaxanthin. Considered to be thousands of times stronger than Vitamin C and E, it improves fine lines and wrinkles, prevents sun-damage, promotes skin-elasticity and cellular repair for glowing resilient skin.
Once again, the only drawback is the very high $75 price point. But the good news is you need very little product and one product adds up to 4: your serum, moisturizer, primer and sunscreen with top notch, non-comedogenic, skin healthy ingredients!
With an SPF of 20, Serum Crema has a glowy finish. If you prefer a matte look, Vive Sana also has the Daily Protezione, another beautiful formulation at $55 with an SPF 30.
Serum Crema mimics skin structure to absorb on contact, sit comfortably on skin, and to assist the natural barrier. Its natural & organic ingredients provide luxuriously sheer, lightly tinted, brightening coverage, upon which you can apply other products.
When To Use It
Serum Crema designed for everyday use, especially at times when you need a lighter feel, moderate moisturization & sun/pollution protection, a potent antioxidant blend & a glowing finish.
This lipid restoring oil may trick you into thinking this product isn’t potent. The deceptively light texture leans towards watery rather than oily, which deepens penetration, rather than coating your skin. After 7 days of consistent use, you’ll be left with glowing, fortified, revived and resilient skin from the inside, without the oil slick.
This thoughtful formulation utilizes processes and and ingredients we don’t normally find in most beauty products. For example, unsaponifiables. Hadn’t come across this term until TWELVE Beauty’s Intelligent Frontier Facial Oil. It literally means cannot be made into soap, which is good news for skin. These healthy natural oils are extracted so purely and contain the most active ingredients of their respective plant oils. From there, they are bonded to alkalizing molecules which make this oil bioavailable, highly nutritious and safe for all skintypes. The lipids in this formulation penetrate the skin deeply to maximize hydration, vitamin penetration and texture.
Why don’t we see this level of quality from all facial oils? The meticulous extraction and efficacy achieved in Twelve is an expensive process. Not to use car terms but this oil, created by cosmetoligist, botanist and pharmacist Dr Pedro Catala, is high performance. Sadly, the price reflects that at $80 for 10ml, but the product is loaded with science not hype.
Now let’s talk about my love for revitalizing and skin softening pollen. This oil adds this superstar to the mix, along with deeply effective hyaluronic acid. Pollen reinvigorates and feeds the skin with amino acids, enzymes, magnesium, zinc and vitamins, while the workhorse hyauronic acid drives it into the dermis to plump and retain hydration.
Also loving the thoughtfulness of TWELVE’s Miron violet glass, to preserve and prevent the light sensitive deterioration of the product. And the smaller 10ml version made for Ayla is great for travel and ensures freshness.
From the site:
TWELVE Beauty has been formulated specifically for:
Sensitive, or delicate, fine textured skin that tends to become dry
Skin prone to flushing from temperature changes (both extreme cold and heat)
Skin exposed to harsh atmospheric elements (wind, sun, cold, pollution) and chemicals (soap, medication)
Skin suffering from stress or hormonal changes including acne
Skin pre-disposed to allergic reactions
Every TWELVE product contains a special blend of four powerful antioxidants and nutrients:
White Genepi extract – protects the skin with anti-oxidant and radical scavenging properties.
Imperatoria leaf extract – has an astrigent action along side strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Mallow Flower extract – a soothing, anti-irritant with gentle moisturising properties.
Butterfly Bush leaf extract – offers anti-oxidant protection against UV.
TWELVE is produced in Spain using state-of-the-art development techniques, a deep knowledge on the use of plants and the finest artisan traditions to result in this luxurious skin care collection.
I can’t talk about the Onerta Plant Stem Cell Peptide Serum without talking about the creator first. Biba is hands down the best esthetician I’ve had! I have followed her from location to location for years and years, until she created her permanent home at BIBA Los Angeles. Her profound love for her craft and deep understanding of skincare has made her a one-of-a-kind. There is no one-size-fits-all approach here. Everything is customized for your skin and what it needs. And with celebrity clients like Emily Blunt, Miley Cyrus, Emma Roberts and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, the secret is out!
Biba’s passion and knowledge are also embedded in her product line! My favorite is the firming and nourishing Onerta Plant Stem Cell Peptide Serum. This sophisticated cocktail is rich with cell-communicating Palmitoyl Tripeptides-5, 38 and cell-protecting Echinacea Plant Stem Cells that help stimulate collagen. And when you add hydration-boosting Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol and skin rejuvenating CoQ10 to the mix, you have perfect skin nutrition. Such a highly effective, multi-tasking warrior product! Skin feels and looks smoother, strengthened and revitalized.
Most Stem Cell and Peptide loaded products tend to be very expensive. Comparatively, Biba’s Serum is reasonable at $80. And like all her products, it’s organic, vegan, cruelty free, non comedogenic, phthalates and sulfate free. This is a winner for all skin types.