Monday, August 30, 2010

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub

Company Description
Delight your senses as you smooth your skin with this rich, exfoliating sugar body scrub. Made with luscious coconut and lime extracts and enriched with vitamin C and natural oils to soften.
My Thoughts
When I think of Tree Hut's Shea Sugar Body Scrub, two words immediately come to mind: Mmm! Ahhh! Do those qualify as words?
I certainly hope so but if not, those words would translate as: "This must be what heaven smells like!"
I have been using this brand's body scrub as part of my regular beauty routine for the past few years. I'd came across this wonderful body scrub for the first time perusing the aisles of Walmart's beauty section. At the time, I was a starving student and I'd just moved from California into my new apartment in Washington, D.C. I needed to find something to smooth and exfoliate my skin. My skin had changed while in California and was alot dryer and seemingly duller than normal because of the west coast climate.
The Brazilian Nut "flavor"caught my eye and enticed by it's contents (Key Ingredients: Brazil Nut Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Avocado Oil) & the price (at the time just $4.97), I picked up Tree Hut's body scrub thinking I'd give it go.
From the time I opened the lid and the delicious, sweet & buttery fragrance wafted around in the steamy bathroom, I was in love. I saw more radiant and hydrated, glowing skin from the first use. I believe that it took everything in me not to taste it because it certainly smelled edible.
Tree Hut offers a great variety of fragances in the Shea Sugar Body Scrub--all of which sound absolutely irresistible.

Those which I've already tried and keep in rotation depending on my mood are:
Original Shea
Brazilian Nut
Almond Honey
Coconut Lime

Those that I can't wait to try:

Tahitian Grass
Hawaiin Kukui
I discovered this brand nearly 5 years ago, I felt like I'd struck gold with this one and I definitely must say that I will continue to use it for many years to come.
What else is so sweet about Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrubs?
This is a Paraben-free product and they do not use DM DM Hydantoin. They never test on animals and they use 100% Certified Organic Shea and other naturally derived ingredients.

Recommended Use:
Tree Hut's Shea Sugar Scrub is only intended for external use on the body--it is not to be used on delicate facial skin. Scrub entire body (about 3 or 3 times a week) with the Sugar Scrub to slough off dead skin and reveal radiant, glowing skin.
Price & Rating:
$6.99 for 18oz. (used twice a week, lasts about 4-5 weeks)
5 out of 5 stars

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Ultimate Stretch

During pregnancy, the changes a woman's body encounters are virtually insurmountable. Oftentimes, we are left feeling less like ourselves and it is especially when we look in the mirror that we discover that our post-partum appearances are not quite to the standard of pre-pregnancy. Our body has just endured--literally--the ultimate stretch.

One of the most common worries pregnant women have is the appearance of stretch marks. It is said that some people just have "that type of skin" and will end up with stretch marks and there is nothing that you can do about it.

Well, I beg to differ; Keeping the skin healthy and moisturized seems to be the key. Looking at the women in my family, on my mother's side at least, it would seem that I was DESTINED to have stretch marks on my belly. After all, my mother had them, my aunts had them and essentially there would be nothing that I could do to prevent them or even lessen the appearance of them.

I had already concluded that it'd be a daunting task to fight the inevitable. So, in my desperate and possibly even vain attempt to thwart the appearance of these unsightly scars, I did a little research. It was not long into my search before I was inundated-- coming across all types of creams, ointments, butters and salves with the manufacturers claiming to be the end all that be all for stretch marks.

I was two seconds away from purchasing a number of creams at the same time and becoming a product junkie when I thought to myself: "What did they use back in the day when none of these products EVER existed? Is there a better approach and possibly even a SIMPLER one?"

The answer is yes, yes and yes. Pure, simple and not so expensive: Olive oil. I rubbed my belly up with the oil from this delicious fruit almost obsessively. I used extra virgin olive oil (purchased from my local grocery store) interchangeably with pure unrefined shea butter (purchased from Butters-N-Bars) on a regular basis (that being a few times everyday).

Olive oil is packed with antioxidants including vitamin E helping the skin to maintain it's radiance and more importantly, maintain it's elasticity. Also, rich in antioxidants, proteins and minerals is shea butter. I chose pure and unrefined shea butter because I wanted it unfettered and undiluted. Shea butter at it's best (read: pure/unrefined) actually restores and improves the skin's elasticity. It also relieved the awful itch of my skin being stretched beyond proportion.

The end (5 months post-partum) result: A few faint stretch marks in the hip area but NONE on my belly. Had I known my hips were going to be affected, I would have used the olive oil and shea butter there as well. But now is the time to put the shea butter to the test again; will the shea butter fade these few squiggly lines on my hips? Only time will tell.