advanced skin care nutrition

Howdy! Today I want to share my skin care nutrition secret with you all! Many may not realize I have battled with acne for years. I never had acne as a teen, so when it began as a young adult, it was a surprise. I have struggled to have a clear (or even semi-clear) complexion ever since.

Confession: my skin and complexion is my biggest physical insecurity. So, over the last eight years or so, I have tried nearly every possible remedy to help.

My acne is typically hormone induced by my “special female hormones” or stress. A large portion of my acne is deep, cystic acne that can not be expressed or relieved easily (if at all). So, the acne is not only ugly but painful. Over the years I have tried everything from Proactive, to Philosophy, to Cetaphil, to prescriptions and regimens recommended by various dermatologists. Nothing has worked. The only thing that even helped was regular microdermabrasion facials, hydra facials, oxygen facials, and derma-planing facials. Now, I love and enjoy a good facial. I also love the health benefits and aid it would give to my skin. However, I personally do not have the time, nor the money, to go get these kinds of facials multiple times a month. There was a time I was spending nearly $400-600 a month on my skin in facial treatments and skin care regimens, just to keep it semi-clear from a massive outbreak. And, even then, I was too embarrassed by my skin to be seen by people without make-up.

I’ve used Jane Iredale makeup for years after it was recommended to me by a dermatologist and a few estheticians. I LOVE Jane Iredale make-up. It’s a make-up that actually does not irritate my skin. I plan to share more about Jane’s make-up in the near future. But for now, back to skin care nutrition. I heard about a new supplement line that Jane Iredale came out with while I was still breastfeeding my daughter. It had awesome reviews, and offered (offers still) a 14 week, 100%, money back guarantee if one is not pleased with the product. Naturally, the appeal of being able to try this product with the assurance I could get my money back if it didn’t work got me hooked on the idea. However, it was not recommended to use the supplement lines while breastfeeding. Because of this, I decided to wait until I was done breastfeeding to give it a try.

Fast forward a year, I’m done with my over two years of breastfeeding, and remember I had wanted to try Jane’s skin care supplement line. By this point, her company had come out with further supplement products and there were many more reviews to go off. It’s clearly stated this product is not intended to treat cystic acne, however, it would still help the overall health and quality of my skin. So, I took the plunge and purchased the Skin Accumax and Skin Omegas. There are two additional skin care supplements I hope to try in the future.

There are so many things about this product I love. First and foremost, Jane’s products are natural. They are not tested on animals. They are manufactured in the UK to certified Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) regulations (the UK typically has higher safety and regulatory standards for cosmetic manufacturing than the US); additionally, they are registered with the FDA.

“All supplements manufactured by ANP are produced in cGMP certified facilities. These facilities have been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (UK) and are FDA registered.”

Now, I am not vegan, however, Jane’s products are also gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan. The supplements do not contain any genetically modified organisms (GMOs), synthetic colorants, or synthetic flavors. Here is a breakdown of the two supplements I take:

skin accumax   |   Accumax is a patented formula of vitamins A, C, and E plus diindolylmethane (DIM) that work together to deliver maximum results for problem skin. The serving size is two capsules, twice a day, for a total of four capsules a day. Here are the ingredients in Skin Accumax:

Vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate)
Amount Per Serving: 1,333 IU
% Daily Value: 27%

Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)
Amount Per Serving: 20 mg
% Daily Value: 33%

Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl succinate)
Amount Per Serving: 14.5 IU
% Daily Value: 48%

Diindolylmethane (a compound identified in broccoli)
Amount Per Serving: 37.5 mg
% Daily Value: +

Phosphatidylcholine
Amount Per Serving: 9mg
Daily Value: +

+Daily Value not established.
Other ingredients: tricalcium phosphate, corn starch, silica, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide, sugar, gum arabic, hypromellose

skin omegas   |   Omegas are made from premium, purified Omega-3 fish oil and Omega-6 primrose oil. Omegas help maintain the skin and a healthy lipid layer to create a smooth and luminous complexion. The serving size is two capsules a day. They can be taken together once a day, or separately twice a day. Here are the ingredients in Skin Omegas:

Vitamin A
Amount Per Serving: 120mcg RAE**
% Daily Value: 13%^

Omega 6-fatty acids
GLA (gamma linoleic acid)
Amount Per Serving: 50mg
Daily Value: +

Omega 3-fatty acids
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)
Amount Per Serving: 356mg
Daily Value: +
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
Amount Per Serving: 238mg
Daily Value: +

+- Daily Value not established
^ – Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
**RAE stands for Retinol Activity Equivalents. This is a unit of measurement associated with Vitamin A.
Other Ingredients: fish oil, evening primrose oil (seeds), gelatin, glycerine, d-alpha-tocopherol (preservative), dl-alpha-tocopherol (preservative), sunflower oil
Contains: fish (anchovy, swai, tilapia)

I have been using these products for over four months now. My skin is still far from perfect. I still have, and get acne. However, for the first time in nearly a decade, I feel comfortable enough with my complexion to be seen by people without make-up. These supplements have changed my skin. They have even changed the overall kind of acne I have. Where I used to have multiple blemishes of deep cystic acne, I may only have one (if any at all). The acne I do get now tends to be small, can be expressed easier, and heals faster. I feel beyond relieved to have found a product that has made this level of improvement in my skin, especially without having to take more prescription drugs to do so. I am hopeful my skin with continue to improve and heal so I will be able to proceed with further treatments in the future to aid the scaring my acne has left behind. For me, Jane Iredale’s Advanced Skin Care Nutrition has been worth the investment of time and money.

xoxo, alli

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