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New Favorite: Galen Labs Skin Care


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I know that I fall in love with something-or-other on a near daily basis (that is my job, after all), but I’m telling you that I have a new capital-L Love.

One of my new year’s resolutions is to continue the greening of my beauty closet at home. Whether I’m eventually 100% all safe and natural, or I just remain conscious of the load I’m putting on my body (and thus be more measured in my decisions), there’s always room for improvement.

I’ve been using a combination of Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash and Dermalogica Skin Smoothing cream for ages. I think I stuck with the face wash so long because a) it was really cheap and b) because I thought I needed the salicylic acid for blemishes. I think I was wrong!

Enter the latest green/safe products rocking my world: Galen Labs XII Elements Cleansing Milk and Shea Oil.

I’ve been using the ultra-gentle, super nourishing cleansing milk (which is recommended for dry, or ack!, aging skin) for a few weeks now and I have no more (and maybe a little less) trouble with blemishes. (I’m about to test out the Shea Cleansing Cream, which is recommended for all skin types—I’ll keep you posted.) And when I finish washing my face, I don’t feel like it’s going to crack off and shatter into a million dry little pieces. It feels plumped up, not unlike after you have a major facial. Then I’ve been patting in shea oil for my moisturizer. It’s taking care of my dry skin in a serious way. I’m fully on the oil bandwagon.

Another bonus: My makeup even looks better! But the best part is that even when I’m not wearing makeup, my skin looks smoother, more hydrated, and more even-toned.

I’m also a huge fan of the Neroli Hydrosol, which I usually spritz on at night before I go to bed.

What a luxury—for a totally reasonable price: Just $32 for the cleansing cream, $20 for the shea oil, and $12 for the hydrosol. Plus, you’re buying local, safe, and natural. How can you pass that up?

Available at Nature of Beauty and on Galen's website.

Do you have any beauty/health/style resolutions for 2011? Let’s discuss.

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