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  • How To Shape Up Your Skin For The Holidays
    Because now is the best time to plan for party-ready skin. Panicking the night before a big event? Asking for trouble…

    We know it’s only November, but Thanksgiving is imminent and December is officially party time. And to be honest, last-minute skincare miracles are all well and good, but when you go into panic mode and overload your skin with lasers, peels, scrubs and potent skincare all at once your skin will repay you not by looking glowing and gorgeous, but with the exact opposite – redness, rawness, inflammation and irritation. Now, we don’t like to be presumptuous, but we don’t reckon any of those are high on your party skin wish list. Are we right or are we right?

    So, if your skin is feeling a bit drab right now, a long-term party prep regime is exactly what you need to set your skin up for success. And don’t worry, you don’t need to spend hours preening your face every morning and every night. Just a few extra minutes here and there will make the world of difference. Then when those invites start pouring in, you will be 100 percent ready.

    Now, let’s get started, shall we? The countdown is on…

    Party Skin Prep Tip #1: Get Your Daily Fix Of Vitamin C

    You might have noticed we’re major fans of vitamin C. Our whole brand was born from our Vitamin C Facial Serum and since its launch in 2013 it’s grown to be America’s highest-rated serum with over 50,000 five-star reviews on Amazon (and counting!). Not that we like to brag, but… OK, we do, just a little bit.

    One of the most important ingredients for strong, radiant, healthy skin, vitamin C is an absolute must in the run up to the party season. Not on board yet? Then now’s the time to start reaping its countless benefits (which you can read about right here). Do a patch test first (so important!), then apply your serum to dry, clean skin before moisturizing for the best results. This is so all those active ingredients can get straight into your skin, exactly where it’s needed, rather than sitting on top of your moisturizer, fighting to get through.

    We recommend applying our Vitamin C Facial Serum every day for the best results. If you’re new to vitamin C, however, and have sensitive skin, start by using it just two or three times a week to ensure your skin has time to get used to it. Then you can build up to daily, maybe even twice daily if your skin can tolerate it.

    Party Skin Prep Tip #2: Drink Plenty Of Water

    Let’s get one thing straight, there’s very little research to prove that drinking oceans of water directly hydrates your skin. Yes, dehydrated skin lacks water, but there’s no proof that what you drink goes straight to your skin. In fact, your skin is probably the last organ to benefit from water consumption because other organs are far more important and will always get preferential treatment.

    This being said, constant dehydration thanks to very little water and way too many sugary, boozy cocktails will do nothing for the state of your skin, highlighting lines and wrinkles and making them look deeper and more pronounced. So, there’s that.

    The truth is, water is essential for your overall health, driving your kidneys, brain and literally every single cell and organ to function properly. And when your body is hydrated and on top form, your skin reaps the benefits. So, the answer is simple. Start drinking plenty of water and eating water-rich foods now to get your body in the best possible place before you starting hitting the red wine and egg nog every night. Keep a bottle of water on your desk, another by your bed and don’t dismiss decaffeinated teas and fresh juices – these all go a long way to keeping you hydrated.

    But remember, the best to hydrate your skin is through moisturizing every morning and night with a blend of humectants, emollients and/or occlusives. Try our Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer which covers all those bases nicely.

    Party Skin Prep Tip #3: Enjoy Some Regular Facial Pampering

    Rather than diving head first into pre-party panic mode, applying a mask the night before and scrubbing your face the day of, introduce your facial treatments weekly – starting now. Depending on the products you choose and the concerns you’re trying to address, nailing down a weekly pampering routine will help gradually balance sebum, hydrate your skin, calm redness and reduce breakouts. Whereas overloading your skin all at once in a bid to transform it overnight is more likely to irritate your skin and make matters worse.

    You have been warned.

    We suggest a weekly face mask, using clay or charcoal based products to detox your skin and prepare it for the party season. You could also use this time to steam your face (unless you suffer with redness, eczema or rosacea) to help boost circulation, soften your skin and loosen trapped oil and bacteria.

    Finally, don’t forget to exfoliate at least once a week to increase cell turnover and get your glow on. You could even do this two or three times a week if your skin isn’t too sensitive. And good news, this is easy with our Ocean Minerals Super Toner which contains one of the best exfoliating ingredients, glycolic acid, and can be spritzed over cleansed skin in just a few seconds. Done.

    Party Skin Prep Tip #4: Apply A Retinol Treatment Two Or Three Times A Week

    Oh retinol, how we love thee. A literal BFF to your skin, retinol is a topical form of vitamin A and it has so many benefits, we’ve started to lose count. It works by ‘communicating’ with your skin on a deep, cellular level to increase collagen production, stimulate blood flow, repair connective tissue and boost your antioxidant defense system. The result? Healthier, glowy skin with fewer visible lines, wrinkles, breakouts and dark spots.

    The one small issue is that retinol’s amazing skin-regenerating powers are also its downfall. Due to its strength, it can be too much for some people’s skin, causing redness, dryness and irritation if not used wisely. But this doesn’t mean you should be put off. Instead, be smart and build it slowly into your regime. First off, do a patch test to test for any adverse reactions. If, after 48 hours, your skin is OK, proceed with caution. Apply a small amount of Retinol Facial Serum to clean, dry skin just once a week until your skin acclimates. Then, after a few weeks, you can build up to two, three, maybe even six or seven times a week depending on your skin's level of toleration. Just remember to listen to your skin and adjust accordingly.

    Retinol takes a while to show true results, so be patient because the most visible benefits won’t be visible until around the six week mark. But hey, that’s perfect timing for party o’clock!

    Party Skin Prep Tip #5: Don’t Forget The Rest Of Your Body

    Your body may be covered up for the next month or so, but come party season, you’re likely to show a bit of cleavage or maybe a shoulder here or there. So, don’t be too slack with your bodycare routine.

    Exfoliate two or three times in the shower, using a pH-balanced scrub or a loofah, and take extra care over your delicate décolletage area. Do you suffer with body breakouts? Then try using our detoxifying Charcoal Clarifying Cleanser on problem areas – it's pretty awesome, even if we do say so ourselves! 

    The skin on your body gets drier and itchier during fall and winter as the climate gets colder, windier and less humid, so avoid showering or bathing in scorching hot water as this strips your skin of lipids making it dry, dehydrated and susceptible to irritation. After cleansing and gently towel-drying your body, make sure to moisturize from head-to-toe while your skin is still damp. This will help lock in vital moisture and keep your skin soft and smooth all winter long.

    Include all this into your weekly routine and we guarantee, by the holidays, your skin will be good to glow. No last-minute panic treatments necessary.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Cupid’s Secret Recipe to Perfect Valentine’s Day Skin

    Valentine’s Day was fast approaching. People around the world were making plans to impress their would-be sweethearts and surprise their significant others with something lovely.

    But the one soul who was supposed to be the busiest of all leaned back in a recliner and stared at the clouds above. Cupid was hopelessly out of ideas.

    Simply put, the God of Desire had grown bored of his job. He felt like he had tried every trick in the books to make people fall in love. What fun was there in repeating the same old routine over and over again?

    None at all, Cupid thought with a heavy sigh. He let his head flop to the side and found himself staring into a gold-rimmed mirror that floated around in his abode.

    He ran his eyes over his golden locks, before stopping to examine his own, divinely sculpted face. The youthful, flawless skin that mortals couldn’t help but love…

    Valentines Day

    Achieving A Divinely Smooth Skin

    Suddenly, Cupid leapt up. How could he have been so blind to the obvious? If he were to give people a skin as perfect as his own, they couldn’t help but fall head over heels for each other!

    But how could he do such a thing?

    Cupid rushed to his work desk and started making plans. Naturally, he would have to infuse his famous arrows with something that would make their target’s skin immaculately desirable. 

    But no ordinary love potion would do. Cupid deduced that only the most powerful concoction could work. Something that was prepared from the very core elements of Valentine’s Day — flowers, chocolate, and opposites.

    Flowers for Valentine’s Day

    The harbinger of love started with the easiest element: flowers. To begin with, there was no more classic a flower for Valentine’s Day than roses. And so, he TruSkin Rose Water Tonerproduced from his inventory of incredible ingredients a bottle of TruSkin Rose Water Toner.

    With more than a dozen roses in a single bottle, it was the perfect starting point for gently hydrating and refreshing anyone’s skin. “And the key word here is ‘anyone,’” thought Cupid, as he knew the Rose Water was perfect for any skin type.

    He added a few drops of the Rose Water into a small golden mixing pot before moving onto his next ingredient. It had to be something that would fight signs of aging around the eyes and was packed with floral extracts, including sunflower, evening primrose, rosehip, geranium, and honeysuckle. Something like TruSkin Anti-Aging Eye Cream.

    TruSkin Tea Tree Super Serum

    With the eye area taken care of, Cupid then required something to defy aging on the entire face, and to unclog pores and soothe irritated skin. He knew just what to use — TruSkin Tea Tree Clear Skin Super Serum contained just the right mix of tea tree, rosehip, lavender, geranium, and ylang ylang extracts for his purposes.

    The floral bouquet in his mixing pot was almost complete, but Cupid felt it still needed something more. That’s when it hit him — he could add just a bit of TruSkin Vitamin C Facial Cleanser. It’s floral ingredients, like rosehip oil, would clear anybody’s skin and make it look irresistibly healthy.

    The Sweetest Chocolate

    With all the flower-based ingredients in place, Cupid turned his attention to chocolate. He pondered for a moment about what to do, before adding a bit more TruSkin Eye Cream into the mix.

    After all, it did contain organic cocoa butter. Cupid had no doubt that it would help moisturize the fragile skin around the eye area, giving whomever his arrows hit the perfect lids to bat their eyelashes with.

    But to truly get the power of cocoa butter into his creation, Cupid needed something else. His mixture required a secret ingredient no one had ever seen before.

    He quickly checked around to make sure no cherubs or any other curious beings were in sight. Then, from a hidden stash he pulled out a container of TruSkin Vitamin C Night Cream.

    No mortal soul had ever seen such a cream before — they weren’t quite ready for it yet. But it contained the organic cocoa butter Cupid needed. Combined with Vitamin C, rosehip oil, and organic aloe leaf juice, it was just the thing to moisturize and nourish the skin overnight so that those stung by Cupid’s arrows would look just as radiant the next morning as they had on Valentine’s Day.

    Attractive Opposites

    With the Night Cream added to the mixture it was time for Cupid to include the final element – opposites. Everyone knows that opposites attract, so it was onlyTruSkin Day/Night Duo Serums natural for Cupid to incorporate such a thing into his concoction.

    He began by dividing his mixture into two different containers. He then grabbed the two bottles of TruSkin Day/Night Duo Serums.

    Into the first container he added the Vitamin C Day Serum. Its Vitamins C and E, together with Hyaluronic Acid, would protect people’s skin and prevent it from being damaged by environmental factors and UV light.

    To the second container went the Retinol Night Serum. Cupid knew that its Green Tea extracts and Retinol would soothe the skin and support collagen production. After all, who could resist a soft, youthful skin?

    Off to Spread the Love

    Finally, Cupid’s work was done. He reveled in the moment, admiring his skin-reinforcing love potions. Creating them had been such an obvious idea that he couldn’t believe he’d never thought of it.

    There was only one more thing left for Cupid to do. He fetched his quiver and divided his arrows into two bundles – one he dipped into the first mixture, and the other into the second. 

    The skin-reviving potions were so powerful that even the magical wood of Cupid’s arrow shafts smoothed out perfectly. The God of Desire smiled to himself, imagining just how amazingly it would work on lovebirds all around the world.

    Cupid hung his quiver next to his famed bow and returned to his recliner. He sat back down, but not to mope around. This time, he was all giddy and couldn’t wait for Valentine’s Day to come.

    DISCLAIMER: TruSkin recommends always using our products according to label instructions. Cupid might have the divine powers to mix them into one magical lotion, but we mortals should use skincare products one at a time.

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  • The Best, Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers For The Holidays
    Fed up with buying candy, socks and other stocking stuffers you know your friends and family don’t really want? Yeah, we imagine they’re equally as fed up receiving them;) So, this year, step up your gifting game with some skincare treats they’ll love.

    We’ve rounded up ten TruSkin favorites that are guaranteed to go down a storm this holiday season…

    1. C Plus Super Serum

    Bursting with skincare’s finest and hardest-working ingredients, this anti-aging serum is a real gem for all skin types. Not only does it smell awesome thanks to pink grapefruit, lavender and ylang ylang essential oils, but the combination of 20 percent vitamin C and retinol are super-charged to fight dark spots and other signs of aging. The perfect gift for your BFF. We're calling it.

    2. Daily Facial Rose Water Toner

    A gorgeous, skin refreshing boost for everyone you love, this 100 percent pure rose water spray calms sensitive skin, hydrates dry skin, balances combination skin and soothes inflamed or acne-prone skin. Is there anything it can’t do? Not really. In fact, we recommend you employ the ‘one for them, one for me’ rule on this one. 

     

    3. Vitamin C Serum

    With over 45,000 reviews on Amazon, this top-of-the-class serum is formulated with what we truly believe is the best form of topical vitamin C – sodium ascorbyl phosphate (SAP). Less irritating than other forms of vitamin C, SAP has the unique ability to fight free radicals and brighten the skin. It's a real saviour for anyone who cares about the quality of their complexion. So, that’ll be everyone on your shopping list then (*adds five to cart).

    4. Retinol Moisturizer

    We can’t think of a single skincare ingredient that’s loved more by derms, skincare experts and beauty editors alike. Not one. Seen as the gold-standard of anti-aging ingredients, retinol is a must for anyone concerned about the effects of Father Time on their skin. It also plays like a dream when combined with hyaluronic acid in this clever little moisturizer. A great one for folks concerned about the 'w' word. That's wrinkles, btw.

    5. Hyaluronic Acid Serum

    Speaking of hyaluronic acid, our HA serum will bring joy to the skin of anyone on your holiday gift list. How so? Because hyaluronic acid is especially fabulous in the winter when skin is crying out for extra hydration. We combine it with vitamins C and E, plus organic jojoba oil to help seal all that moisture into your skin. Winner.

    Everyone loves a fabulous face wash and Vitamin C Daily Facial Cleanser is exactly that – with (jingle) bells on. Formulated with 15 percent vitamin C to brighten and protect as it cleanses, as well as natural plant extracts and rosehip oil, it’ll help take skin from blah to beautiful in no time.
    This potent serum is a real TruSkin favorite and is a must-buy for anyone concerned about annoying skin breakouts. It’s powered by two of the most effective ingredients for treating problematic skin ­– tea tree essential oil and salicylic acid – but good news: it won’t cause dryness thanks to hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. It’s a veritable Christmas miracle.

    8. Retinol Serum

    Surprisingly gentle, our Retinol Serum is a great shout for any discerning skincare fan. We blend retinol with glycerin, green tea, vitamin E and HA for one heckuva treatment that’s ideal for targeting the visible signs of aging including discolorations, poor texture, dryness, lines and wrinkles.

     

    9. Eye Cream

    With masks concealing most of our faces these days, the skin around the eyes is even more important than ever. Help friends and family look after theirs with our deeply moisturizing Eye Cream which helps take care of tired dry skin and unwanted lines around the eyes. After all, who doesn’t love a good eye cream?

    10. Niacinamide Facial Serum

    Say hello to the newest member of our TruSkin family, Niacinamide Facial Serum. Famed for its ability to smooth, brighten, balance and clarify the skin (although the list is so much longer than that) niacinamide is way gentler than many other active ingredients, so it's a real gem for sensitive skin types. We’re pretty excited about this new launch and it's going in every single one of our stockings. Our own included.

    TruSkin Niacinamide B3 Facial Serum

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Three Wicked Witches: A Halloween Tale of Witchcraft and Skincare

    It is the spookiest time of the year, which means it’s also time to tell scary stories. Gather around, and listen to this harrowing tale of witchcraft.

    Near a small town in the countryside, there lived in a forest cave a coven of witches. They were the three Wicked Witches of the Woods, and they were known throughout the land for their hideous appearances.

    There was the Wrinkly Witch, whose skin was marred all around with deep, terrible wrinkles and lines; the Withered Witch who had a complexion so dry she looked like she was covered with old worn leather; and the Waxy Witch, with skin so oily that people ran screaming at the mere sight of her.

    It was the night of Halloween, and the witches wanted to go and wreak mischief on the small town. There was just one problem - although they were wickedly proud of their terrible looks, it was clear already from afar that they were witches.

    What could they do to sneak into the town without alarming the unsuspecting townsfolk, they pondered. Then, the Waxy Witch came up with a dastardly plan!

    “Let’s brew a magical ointment in our cauldron that will give us the fairest skin in the land! Then we can waltz into the town without anyone stopping us,” she suggested. What a wicked, witchy scheme it was. And so, with an eerie cackle, the witches got to work.

    They conjured hellfire under their cauldron, and began to consider the ingredients they should add to their brew. But a spell of such power required more than the usual newt’s eye and bat’s bladder.

    Witch

    A Dark Wash And Deep Black Seas

    Charcoal Cleanser

    For the first ingredient, the Withered Witch pulled out an ominous, black bottle of TruSkin Charcoal Face Wash.

    “This cleanser, black as the darkest night, contains reishi mushrooms, coconut charcoal, and astragalus root extract,” the Withered Witch explained to her sisters as she emptied the bottle into the cauldron. “It will absorb all impurities and clear the gunk from our pores. Our skin will be as fresh as a spring rain!”

    Ocean Mineral Daily Facial Super Toner

    All three shuddered at the thought of anything so clean, but these were the sacrifices they needed to make for their wicked plots.

    The Waxy Witch, determined to not be outdone by her friend, went to dig through her chests and bags. She rummaged through troll nail clippings and snake tongues until she triumphantly held up an old, dusty container of TruSkin Ocean ineral Daily Face Super Toner.

    “Yes, yes!” she cackled. “The minerals from the deepest, darkest ocean in this concoction will help all the other potions we’ll use absorb into our skins. It’s packed with other natural, herbal ingredients too that will give us a… Ugh, bright, healthy complexion, like marshmallow and witch hazel extract.”

    “That’s my favorite kind of hazel!” said the Withered Witch, clapping with excitement as the Super Toner was added to the cauldron.

    A Serum to Beat the Rest

    TruSkin Tea Tree Super Serum

    Watching her sisters work, the Wrinkly Witch tapped her foot in deep thought. She wondered what she could add to their brew that could help them bring about the most terrifying Halloween the townspeople had ever known.

    Then it hit her! Another witch had ages ago gifted her some TruSkin Tea Tree Clear Skin Serum. She rushed to her cabinet of magical implements and returned with the eerily blue bottle that seemed to almost glow in the dark cave.

    “Oh, this is the most powerful, concentrated serum we’ve ever used,” she hissed with malicious glee.

    “Even better than toad’s venom serum?” the Waxy Witch asked.

    “Much better! Its anti-aging tea tree extracts and salicylic acid will smooth out even my hideously lovely wrinkles and lines,” the Wrinkly Witch said with a sinister laugh. She poured the serum into the cauldron and turned to the Withered Witch.

    “Now we’ll need something to moisten our skin. Your face is so dry that anyone with eyes would know you’re a witch from miles away!”

    Cauldron

    Perfecting the Spell

    TruSkin Retinol MoisturizerPeptide Eye GelThe Withered Witch flashed all of her three teeth in a mischievous grin and pulled out a tube of TruSkin Retinol Moisturizer.

    “Way ahead of you, sister,” she said as she squeezed the tube that was as green as her face. “This lotion holds vitamins, botanical acids, and shea butter that will moisturize even my withered skin!”

    The three wicked witches stared at their brew as it bubbled in the cauldron. It looked nice and evil, but they couldn’t help thinking that something was missing from the perfect witchy skincare recipe.

    Suddenly, the Waxy Witch got an idea. She went back to a chest and produced from it another black container.

    “Our eyes are all puffy and there are dark bags hanging under them. This TruSkin Eye Gel should take care of that,” she declared.

    “Yes, I’ve heard of it,” said the Wrinkly Witch, nodding as the gel was added to the cauldron. “Anyone using it will get smooth, bright eyes with no dark circles around them. It must be the botanical amino acids and cucumber hydrosol contained in the gel. It’s awfully un-witchy!”

    witches cauldron

    What Wicked Witchcraft!

    Finally, the witches’ terrible concoction was complete! All they needed to do was to speak the magical words to activate the brew. Evil laughter echoed in the cave as they recited the spell:

    “Cauldron bubble and bring trouble
    Upon the town and make it double!
    Licorice root and horsetail plant,
    Will our witchy skins enchant!
    Oils of herbs and flowers too,
    All have been added in our brew.
    Give us smooth skin and eyes so bright,
    Make us pretty this Halloween night!”

    With the spell cast upon the brew, they grabbed handfuls of the bewitched lotion and smeared it onto their faces. Like magic, the witches’ dry and terrible faces transformed into flawless visages!

    “Look at me!” exclaimed the Waxy Witch, gazing at herself in a smudged mirror. “Not a drop of oil on my face. I’m hideous!”

    “And my skin feels so fine and smooth,” the Withered Witch moaned, running her fingers down her cheeks. “What have we done? This is awful! Will we stay like this forever? We’ll be laughing stocks with all our fellow witches!”

    Vitamin C Brightening Cleanser

    “Worry not, sisters. I still have an ace up my sleeve!” the Wrinkly Witch, now without a line on her skin, said confidently. And indeed, from her sleeve she pulled out a bottle of TruSkin Vitamin C Face Cleanser.

    “This gently foaming cleanser will remove even the thickest make-up lickety-split! Once we’re done scaring the townspeople senseless, we’ll have our old witchy faces back.”

    And so, as shadows of bats flapped across the full moon leering in the black sky, the witches stole off into the night. What terrible tricks they played on that small town near the woods on that Halloween! But that, my friends, is a whole other story.

    DISCLAIMER: Unless you’re a wicked witch casting ominous spells, don’t pile on skincare products like you’re throwing them in a cauldron. TruSkin highly recommends always using our products according to label instructions.

     

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  • A Scallywag’s Guide to Perfect Pirate Skin

    Avast! Ye be reading the log of dread pirate captain Abraham Carver, who be known across all the seven seas as “Fancyhide”. If ye be a landlubber, begone with ye; but if ye be a fellow pirate, read on for the secret to me greatest treasure.

    I soon be sailing for a destination better not mentioned. But know ye, that the seas where I’m headed be treacherous. So, I be scrawling this note to be buried with me most precious effects, so they will not be lost to Davy Jones’ locker.

    Me crew be thinking this chest holds gold and jewels. But nay, in it I store me beloved skincare products. Why, did ye think I be called Abraham Fancyhide for nothing? Harrr!

    There be many a lotion and ointment here, but four be important above all. If yer one of ‘em scurvy dogs who knows not how to use them, let me tell ye how a real pirate captain takes care of his skin.

    The Precious, Precious Silver

    First thing I do every morning bell be cleansing me face. If ye got nothing but sea water, then that must do for ye. But if ye can mix something in it, mayhaps some charcoal from a scorched English galleon, it be all the better!

    After me face be clean, I reach for me toner. Using a toner be important, for it removes impurities, like scrubbing barnacles off the side off yer ship. Impurities or barnacles, send both to the depths.

    For toning, I use TruSkin Daily Super Toner. It exfoliates me skin and leaves it clean, like the barnacle scrubber I mentioned. But there be more to this tonic than just that.

    Ye might think that silver be only good for plundering off Spanish ships and spending in the inns of Tortuga. But ye be wrong, says I! There be much more to the shiny stuff than that!

    The colloidal silver in me toner soothes me skin and reduces the effects of environmental stress. That be many a fancy word, so let me put it simply for ye - the silver repairs me skin from the harm of the cruel seas like a shipwright fixes the holes in me ship’s hull.

    Since ye and I be pirates, we both know that ocean water has many a beneficial mineral. But jumping in the sea be not so smart - though the sharks would surely love yer for it, arrr!

    Not to fret, though, for the Super Toner be loaded with ocean minerals. It lets me feel the splash of ocean water on me face without me having to walk the plank.

    Vitamins for Scurvy and Skin

    After I’ve applied me toner, it be time to use a serum. And nay, this be not like those serums the witches on far islands swamps be brewing.

    Y’see, as much I love the sea spray, ocean water be salty. Add to that the constant sun in the high seas, and ye will find yer fancy skin drying up fast.

    Using a serum helps me rehydrate me skin. Serums be finer and absorb faster than moisturizers. I be told that it be because them molley-cules in serums be much smaller.

    As me serum, I be using TruSkin Vitamin C Serum. I knew this be the right one for me as soon as I heard its name. What pirate could resist vitamin C?

    Scurvy be ever yer enemy when sailing the seas, and some vitamin C from a sip of lime juice (mixed with some grog, to be sure) be keeping the terrible sickness at bay. But there be even more to the vitamin.

    The Caribbean sun be a harsh mistress, blazing down on ye all the time. Vitamin C helps protect me skin against sun damage, and repairs what damage already be done.

    Pirate Ship

    But not only that, this serum contains plenty of aloe, which be well known for soothing yer skin. Aloe be growing in Arabia, not in the middle of the sea, so it be a rare commodity to come by.

    For this, I be always keeping me serum under lock and key. Keelhaul the dog who be trying to steal me precious aloe!

    Under Me Eyepatch

    Next in me skincare routine, I be reaching for me TruSkin Eye Gel. If ye be a pirate, ye will love grog. And if ye love grog, there be nights when ye drink a whole barrel! Harr harr!

    But alas, in the morning, ye may be regretting yer decisions when ye wake with puffy and bloodshot eyes. All that saltwater and flying fish getting in me ol’ peepers nay be helping either, nor sweating under an eyepatch.

    Lucky me then, that I pillaged me Eye Gel from the daughter of the mayor of Port Royal! Ye need only apply a dollop the size of a pearl - like the ones I’ve adorned me cutlass with - on yer fingertip and dab it under yer eyes.

    But if ye be having a hook instead of fingers like me, don’t ye worry. The back curve of yer hook works just as well.

    A doctor on Hispaniola told me that this gel contains “plant stem cells and peptides”. I be not exactly sure what they be, but I assume they come from plant stems. In any case, the doctor told me they be good for ye, to be sure!

    Moisturize and It’s Anchors Aweigh!

    Just like a pirate ship be nay complete without a Jolly Roger up the mast, yer skincare routine be nay complete without a moisturizer. Here I only trust TruSkin Vitamin C Moisturizer.

    Need I repeat meself about all the good vitamin C does for ye? The more of it I can smear on me skin, the better, I figures.

    This moisturizer holds many a natural ingredient, too. I read on the label scrawlings that there be green tea, sunflower, and dandelion in it, and many more.

    My previous first mate once laughed at me for liking all ‘em flowers. So I made him walk the plank! All these things be smelling good and tasting good, and that’s why they must be good for yer skin too, says I!

    There also be shea butter in me moisturizer. The shea nut be growing in deepest Africa, and so its butter be hard to come by in the Caribbean, but it be worth it. It protects me fine skin from the rays of the sun and the burn of the blowing winds in the high seas.

    It also pleases me that I can apply makeup over this moisturizer. Like many a pirate, I wear kohl to protect me eyes from the sun’s evil glare. The Vitamin C Moisturizer gives me no problem at all, lest I would’ve already thrown the whole tube overboard.

    So, now ye be in the know of the secret to me greatest treasure - me flawless skin! If ye be reading me scrawlings here, it means I sank to the sea on me latest dangerous adventure. Or maybe I found a bonnie lass who convinced me to give up me pirating ways, harrr!

    Whatever the case, may these instructions serve ye well. Abide by them, and mayhaps ye be the next one to bear the title Fancyhide!

    With me best regards,

    Abraham “Fancyhide” Carver

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