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The Benefits of Charcoal Soap









Have you tried charcoal soap?

I recently tried it and let me tell you this….. I would have no problem landing on Santa’s naughty list if he would be willing to drop bars of charcoal soap in lieu of lumps of charcoal into my stocking.

Seriously! Who knew that something so simple and pure could make my skin feel so good??!!

Before I share the brand I tried and why I love it so much, I want to share some of the benefits of washing your face with charcoal soap.


* Treats oily skin

Charcoal soap removes dirt and excess oil from your skin.

* Provides flawless skin

Charcoal soap controls facial oil and draws impurities that builds up in pores and removes dead cells.

* Treats acne

It removes toxins and skin impurities which helps in the treatment of acne. It may also clear facial marks resulting from acne.

* Reduces pore size

Charcoal soap extracts dirt and grime. It also treats clogged pores and reduces their size.

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* Makes skin tighter and firmer

Charcoal has the ability to make the skin firmer and tighter.

* Suitable for all skin types

Charcoal soap is suitable for every skin type. While it extracts the excessive oil from oily skin, it moisturizes and nourishes dry skin. It is also suitable for sensitive skin. It treats skin allergies and redness on the face.

* Prevents premature aging

It helps to rid your face of wrinkles and fine lines, preventing your skin from looking old, dull, and tired.

* Treats psoriasis and eczema

Charcoal soap is effective for the treatment of dry, cracked skin.











My experience

My daughter has been using charcoal soap on her face for a couple of weeks and I have used it for a week.  I have psoriasis, while my daughter has eczema and acne.  We will post a before and after review of the product we choose to try in a few weeks.  But for now we can share the following: Our skin has never felt softer! My daughter’s face isn’t red like it has been from her severe acne.

Our product of choice

There are many charcoal soaps to choose from.  But I didn’t want to try just any brand…. I wanted to make sure the soap I purchased was pure and natural.  That is why I chose the Charcoal Facial Bar from Earthley.  Their soap is made with whole plant-based ingredients to cleanse gently.

You won’t find unpronounceable ingredients in this bar of soap.  Instead you will find: Olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, coconut milk, mango butter, castor oil, and activated charcoal. It is available with a spearmint scent or unscented. Spearmint scent has spearmint essential oil.  I chose the unscented and love it!! Not sure if it is just my daughter and I who haven’t noticed any odor with the unscented or if it truly has no scent. I was worried about what the natural scent would be like and turns out I had nothing to worry about.

Another thing I love about this product is how quickly it lathers up and how easily it washes off of my face.  My daughter and I both agree that our skin feels cleaner, tighter, and smoother than ever before.  We can’t wait to see how it looks with continued use.  Click here to try it yourself!


Have you tried charcoal soap?  What was your experience with it and what brand did you use?

Click here to learn more about the Charcoal Facial Bar from Earthley and give it a try!

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure anything.


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Swimsuits & Shifting Focus

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I pay too much attention to wanting to be thinner and feeling sad I can’t drop any weight. I should be thankful I can move it and do some cool activities!!”

This is a quote from a friend who hikes, does triathlons, skis, and has a blast playing actively with her kids. Yet, she was feeling sad that the number on the scale wasn’t going down and that she wasn’t thinner. I think most women share her frustration. I know I do. Our bodies do amazing things, yet we’re unsatisfied with them because they aren’t smaller. Because they jiggle. Because they have stretch marks, lumps, rolls, or loose skin. Because they don’t look like they used to. Because they don’t look like that actress or that other mom who always looks cute. I hear this from women over and over, of all different ages and levels of fitness. I’m sure men have the same struggles.

So, how do we shift our focus? First, strive to appreciate what our bodies can do. By re-training ourselves to focus on body functionality, we can regain a more balanced perspective toward our bodies. Even if you can’t go up the stairs without getting winded or have to use a wheelchair, your body still does amazing things. Your smile lightens the hearts of those around you; your arms give comforting hugs. When we make an intentional effort to appreciate what our body can do, the aesthetics matter less. Also, continue to challenge yourself to see what your body can do, which will grow your self-confidence AND body confidence.

Re-frame your thoughts. When you shimmy into that swimsuit to play with your kids, think, “We’re going to have so much fun today!”, instead of, “Ugh, my huge thighs are so ugly!!”. This is a struggle for me every time I put on my swimsuit, but I’m always glad that I chose to join in the fun, instead of letting my negative thoughts and self-consciousness get in the way. It’s hard to choose to have a positive frame of mind, but it makes a huge difference. When you notice that “mama belly” that just won’t go away, think, “WOW, what a gift that I got to carry in there.” Also, recognize that some things are simply genetic, natural, or unavoidable with age. Saggy skin, stretch marks, cellulite, some lumps… These are just part of life; while they may be somewhat improved by various things, acceptance is key. You don’t have to be perfectly happy with every aspect of your body. However, you can still be respectful and appreciative of your body, grateful for the amazing gift that it is, no matter how it changes as you age and/or deal with health struggles.

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Remember that people you see on TV, in ads, and on social media are generally airbrushed, filtered, photoshopped, covered in make-up, and posed in the best lighting and angles. Many of those folks have teams of people that get them ready, exercise for hours a day, have personal chefs to provide healthy meals, and/or are just genetically blessed with flawless skin and a certain body type. 

Consider taking a break from the scale. If you just can’t stop thinking about that number, stop weighing yourself for a while. Focus on how you feel (physically and mentally), striving to take good care of your mental and physical health, and appreciating what your body does for you every day.

That reminds me… Another thing you can do to help shift your focus is to take good care of your body with regular movement, eat mostly healthy food, tend to medical and mental health issues, get adequate sleep, and don’t forget to use it for FUN. Maybe you can’t burn up the dance floor like you used to, but your dancing days don’t have to be over, even if you have to groove while seated on a chair.

Finally, choose your influences carefully. If the media you consume or the people you hang out with tank your body image, adjust accordingly. Redirect your friend when they start criticizing their body (or someone else’s). Limit your time with them if they are consistently spewing negativity. Stop reading that airbrushed “health” magazine. Surround yourself with people and influences that build others up and put you in a positive frame of mind.

Your body is amazing. How will you thank it? What will you do to shift your focus?

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DermaWand Review

DermaWand Review


*Disclosure.  Although I have received this product to review, all thoughts and experiences are mine and were in no way influenced by the company.  This post contains affiliate links.

If you haven’t heard of DermaWand, it is a device that claims it can make you look years younger without chemicals or having surgery. Soon after I turned 49 I was given the opportunity to try DermaWand.  While I am not against plastic surgery, I have had too many complications from past surgeries related to my chronic illnesses that I refuse to ever go under the knife unless it is to save my life and the last thing I want to risk is side effects from Botox.  However, I also don’t want to enter my 50’s looking older than I am.  When asked to try DermaWand I figured why not!!

What does DermaWand do?

DermaWand is an electrical device that uses the same technology as the big radio frequency machines that doctors and medical specialists use for treatments to help manage the signs of premature aging, except with a lower amplitude that’s perfect for everyday use. It produces younger looking skin by stimulating your skin while also delivering thermal energy and enriched oxygen.


Is it easy to use?

YES!!! As someone who has multiple chronic illnesses the last thing I wanted to do was add something more to my daily routine.  I panicked when I read that the kit came with exercise instructions.  I thought what the heck did I get myself into!!!  My fears were put to rest after I read the instruction booklet.  The exercises are actually different ways to move the device around your face to achieve better results and to help you tackle problem areas.  Applying the treatment to my face takes no longer than giving my teeth a good brushing.  Some days I may spend more time focusing on problem areas, but for the most part I am done within minutes.  It has been easy to add to my morning and bedtime routines.

Does it hurt?

DermaWand recommends starting at the lowest level on the dial and working your way up.  While it didn’t hurt my skin the first time I applied it to my skin, I did experience a slight stinging sensation for a little while after application in a few areas.  By my third day of using it I stopped feeling any discomfort and a week later I was ready and able to start increasing the intensity of my treatments.  Fast forward a month and I am using my DermaWand on the highest setting with the exception to the area around my eyes and above my lips. For those areas I turn it down to level 3.

Does it work?

Yes!!! I am thrilled with my results and can’t wait to see how much more the appearance of my skin improves the longer I use it.  While I use it on my entire face, I have been giving my neck extra attention.  In the before and after photo below you can see how loose and wrinkled the skin under my chin and neck were before using DermaWand.  In the after picture you can clearly see how much tighter and smoother my skin is just after one month of use.  Another perk of using this device has been winning the battle with pesky blackheads.  I had a few stubborn blackheads that disappeared after a couple of treatments.  I love how tight and smooth my skin is becoming.  In fact I love it so much that I am no longer worried about leaving the house without foundation on. Most days the only thing I apply after my moisturizer is my color correcting crème.


How much does it cost?

The cost varies depending on which kit you choose and whether you want to make payments.

Through the DermaWand website you can just pay a processing fee of $14.95 and then not have to make a payment for 30 days.  Approximately 30 days after receiving it your credit card will be charged $39.95, the first of three payments and a shipping fee of $19.95.  Total cost to you $154.75.  This kit includes one DermaWand device, cosmetic bag, instructional DVD, beauty guide, preface treatment, hydra support, hydra infusion, and skin mist. Save 10% with promo code DWYT7.

DermaWand is also available on Amazon where you have two options to choose from.


Option 1 includes: Dermawand, Beauty Guide, and their Exclusive Pre-Face Treatment for *$89.99 with free Amazon Prime shipping.  You can also save 10% when you enter code ANYKIT10 at checkout.  Click here to order this kit.

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Option 2 includes: DermaWand, Bag, Instruction Guide, Preface, Hydra Infusion, Skin Mist, Eye Recovery, Skin Quench for $139.99 plus free shipping with Amazon Prime.  Save 10%  when you enter code ANYKIT10 at checkout or get it for $89.99  instead with a $50 Gift Card given to you  instantly upon approval for the Amazon Rewards Visa Card.  Click here to order this option.

*Prices and discounts may change at anytime

You won’t be disappointed no matter which option you choose.  DermaWand can be used with their face products or any of your favorite brands.

Do not use DermaWand if you suffer from rosacea or excessive broken capillaries.
Do not use DermaWand if you have a pacemaker or other electrical medical device. If you are not sure, consult your physician.
If you are pregnant, or if you suspect that you are pregnant, we recommend you postpone use of your DermaWand.
DermaWand makes no claims to diagnose, mitigate, treat or correct specific skin disorders or diseases. DermaWand is for cosmetic use only.



What I Put On My Face Is As Important As What I Put In My Body.

What I put on my face is as important as what I put in my body.

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In case you missed it, a few weeks ago my daughter and I received a box full of wonderful products to try from Juice Beauty.  Click here to watch the video of us opening our box to see all the products we will be talking about in the upcoming weeks.  Last week I reviewed Juice Beauty’ Lip Cream and this week I am reviewing a handful of the skincare products I have been using for the past two weeks.

In the past five years I have become more conscience of what I put in my body.  More recently I have also started paying more attention to what I put on it too! Did you know that your skin absorbs 60% of what you put on it??!! Seeing and feeling how different I feel in regards to my chronic illnesses when I limit the amount of chemicals going in and on my body motivates me to continue finding products that will enhance my life.  This led me to Juice Beauty.  They use organic ingredients in all of there skincare products and makeup.  In addition their products are vegan and no animal testing is performed.  I know, I know, that all sounds good but how does it work? Will it perform as well as my chemical laced skincare and makeup products?

In this post I will be covering the Anti-Wrinkle Solutions Kit  and STEM CELLULAR 2-in-1 Cleanser.

Juice week 1

This before and after is from one week of using the 2in1 cleanser and anti wrinkle solutions kit daily.

STEM CELLULAR 2-in-1 Cleanser

The cleanser is light and doesn’t have an overpowering fragrance.  Very little is needed when I apply it to a damp face.  It washes off with no effort and leaves my face feeling squeaky clean. Within minutes my face is ready for me to apply moisturizer.

Anti-Wrinkle Solutions Kit

The kit contains three products. STEM CELLULAR™ Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum,
STEM CELLULAR™ Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer, and STEM CELLULAR™ Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment. I apply all three products minutes after cleansing with the 2in1 cleanser every morning and night.  One reason I love this line is how quickly the products absorb into my skin.  I don’t have to wait to apply makeup or worry about my pillow soaking up more of my lotion than my face.  In less than five minutes my face is ready for me to apply my daily war paint.  Some moisturizers leave my face feeling greasy for hours and could never be used during the day.  I am able to use the wrinkle solutions kit night and day without any issues.  The best part of using this product is seeing the results.  After two weeks I not only see a difference, but I feel it too.  My face is smoother, tighter, and softer than ever before.

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In my week 2 picture the only makeup I am wearing is STEM CELLULAR CC Cream, eyeliner, and mascara.  The wrinkle kit and 2in1 cleanser never sting or make my face burn, something that I haven’t been able to say about many of the products I have used in the past.  My skin feels fresh and never like it has a blanket of product on it.


If you want to feel good about what you are putting on your skin and look good too, you need to try the products from Juice Beauty.  Your skin will thank you!

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