Travel: A Facial SkinCare Kit with Symbiome

This post is sponsored by Symbiome, a new skincare company on the block, using 100% natural ingredients in the most minimal way possible to deliver maximal results.

It used to be that when I traveled, I packed nary a skincare product and relied heavily on those supplied by the AirBNB or hotel that we were staying at. However, at my most recent adventure, a new skincare company, Symbiome, offered to send me off with their jetsetter kit called The Journey. Packaged in tiny quantities, I was easily able to stash it in a TSA approved Ziplock bag and bring it with me to Iceland. Considering the tiny bottles, I was sure that it wouldn’t last me the ten days abroad. To my surprise, I had enough to bring back and now that I am packing for a trip to Spain next week, I find myself placing it in my suitcase once again.

This kit is the perfect kit for minimalists wishing to carry on a facial skincare routine en route. The Journey kit from Symbiome includes the Reset Cleanser, The One Moisturizer, and the post-biomic oil called Recharge002. The balanced collection keeps my skin clear, hydrated, and glowing as if I hadn’t just spent fifteen hours in a dry, air-conditioned aircraft. Allow me to momentarily dissect its contents.

The cleanser comes in a plastic pump bottle and is in foam form. 2-3 pumps is enough and I massage it on for about ten seconds. It is extremely gentle on the skin, washes off quite easily. It easily removes the SPF sunscreen I wear, as well as my mascara, without needing makeup remover. It leaves my skin feeling fresh, and it smells good to boot – fresh, herbal and invigorating.

The moisturizer is thick in consistency. It is very rich, but does not leave a heavy feel to my face. A little bit goes a long way. It’s calming to put on, smelling of milky vanilla, and I seal it with the oil which supposedly bolsters collagen production. That’s good for me, since I don’t take my collagen daily supplements while traveling. It also improves skin tone and texture. I feel a firmness in my skin after having used it. Lastly, Symbiome boasts its soothing abilities for sun-exposed skin, something I could certainly use after a day of hiking in the mountains and traipsing in the city. The oil feels crisp, and I use about 3-4 drops administered to my palms prior to pressing it onto my face and neck. If you’d like to make the set last longer, the moisturizer and the oil can be used separately, depending on your needs.

These are definitely minimalist essentials for someone on the go. I liked this new company’s products, and would highly recommend The Journey set to anyone wishing to travel this summer.

Note: Mike and I also carried along this Arrival travel set from Aesop, and shared it on our ten-day trip in Iceland. It was enough for two. This is an affiliate link and will help support this space as I earn commission everytime someone makes a purchase with this link. As always, thank you for supporting companies that support this blog.

Combating Tired Eyes with True Botanicals Eye Cream

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We returned from our Iceland adventure almost two weeks now (eek! Where does the time go?). I am only barely able to say that our sleep cycles have regressed to their normal states. For a while there I felt like our rythm will remain out of sync forever, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I keep telling folks how my brain and body seemed to be moving at a slower pace than those around me, and my days seemed to last much longer than when I first left. Perhaps it has something to do with the 24/7 sunlight commonly experienced in the northern hemisphere. If that is the case, I fear what life would feel like in 24/7 darkness.

Regardless, I’ve had my fair share of sleep these last two weeks. At first, I found myself naturally waking up at 5:30 in the morning and falling asleep at 9 pm. This sleep pattern was much preferred to my now ‘normalized’ schedule, since it gave me a few hours of “me-time” each day before the actual beginning. Unfortunately, it did not last long. I threw myself into work, playing catch-up as well as adding a few dog-sitting duties and family events that eventually had me feeling the manic American pace once again. “Can we please go back to Iceland?” I keep begging my husband.

One thing that has been on my side, however, is True Botanical’s Resurrection Radiance Eye Cream! They gifted me a sample of the stuff and it arrived a few days before I trotted off to Iceland. I was so happy to find it sitting in my bathroom drawer, ready for me and my recovery. I didn’t really know what to expect, having never used eye cream before. I have always had dark circles under my eyes, for which I blame my late nights during my endless college career. This brightening eye cream has been amazing at reducing the darkness around my eyes, immediately making me look younger than the 25-year-old fallacy I’ve been living. What surprised me, though, was the reduction in fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes. I have always been a smiler (no surprise there!), as well as extremely facially expressive. There is no shortage of dynamic crow’s feet mischievously appearing every time I laugh. After using this eye cream for only two weeks, I’ve noticed a tightness in my skin that’s as new as my love for Iceland. I am really happy with the results from this eye cream so far!

So what exactly is in this eye cream that lends it magical properties? True Botanicals is a company that prides themselves in using natural ingredients and avoiding all the synthetics that one typically finds in the beauty industry. This eye cream contains no silicones, waxes, or shimmers that would fake results. It’s the real deal. Instead, its main component is a moisture retentive bioactive compound from the Resurrection Plant, known for its resilience to harsh environments. This compound plumps up our eyes and adds moisture to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Meanwhile, tree bark extract reduces the darkness around our eyes. Otherwise known as Terminalia Arijuna, this extract is Ecocert and COSMOS certified. It also won The Best Active Ingredient Gold Award in 2019. There is also coffee and licorice (which depuffs the eye area and adds brightness) as well as tumeric (which calms the skin for a smoother look).

I find myself using this eye cream each morning and each night. It takes very little to discover results – smaller than a pea size amount. I can see this tiny jar lasting many months. I have never really noticed before how important it is to hydrate the eye area. It’s a section of my face that I typically avoid, mostly because of my fear of getting beauty goop in my eyes. For those who were wondering, my skin is generally dry and extremely sensitive to harsh chemicals. That’s why I trust True Botanicals products. This Olivia-Wilde-sponsored company uses only the best natural ingredients to support my skin. They have never steered me wrong.

Far from being frilly, I still have room in my life to fall in love with T.B. Their RENEW facial cleanser coupled with their Pure Radiance Oil is a great, minimalist daily skin routine that checks all the boxes without buying an overwhelming amount of products. And it comes at a discounted price when purchased as a set. My mom swears by the Vitamin C Booster, and she adds that to her moisturizer each day. I also love carrying around their Nutrient Mist in my purse. It is a god-send when I travel, as airplanes somehow manage to cause dry skin and oily outbreaks at the same time. I gift Nutrient Mist to all my girlfriends, and during holiday season, it is my number one recommended stocking stuffer! Lastly, the Pure Radiance Sugar Exfoliating Body Scrub is a luxurious gift to oneself. I loved using it over the winter season as it made each shower feel like a spa day.

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Body Love with Sugar Scrubs

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In my home, I try to surround myself with objects that act as reminders of care. A candle sitting on the kitchen shelf, a blanket strewn on the couch, hand lotion in my clutch … all of these things add value to my day to day and are strategically placed so that I have a visual aide reminding me to slow down from my over-zealous lifestyle. I am innately bad at making time for myself, which is probably why I spend so much time talking about its importance. But I have found that the system that works for me requires adding small doses of magic in forgotten corners so that I come upon them in my living and am prompted to make use of said magic.

One of the tiny overindulgences that I’ve been obsessed about this holiday season is a jar of bathroom goodness – a new exfoliating sugar body scrub made by True Botanicals. They have outdone themselves with this one! It delivers all the necessary ingredients for everything nice. A blend of natural, nourishing elements – organic sugar, sandalwood, rich camellia, jojoba oils, and kaolin clay – come together in this masque for the limbs. I absolutely relish the stuff, especially after an especially trying yoga workout, or a long day at the bakery or dental office. It provides just the right amount of body love.

The sugar’s roughness sloughs away all that dry, winter skin cells, leaving behind a velvety smooth complexion. I take a handful of the stuff and massage it straight onto the skin in slow circles. The scrub is enriched with emollient essential fatty acids, which nourishes and supports the skin barrier function. Plus, my skin never feels stripped after a shower. When I rinse off with warm water, the scrub simply melts away as a warm and woodsy scent wafts upwards.

Using True Botanical’s sugar scrub is like having a spa day, in the comforts of my own home. I keep the glass jar on the tub sill of my bathroom. I’m not one to have many products in the shower, typically keeping only a bottle of shampoo and a bar of soap. However, the addition of this small simple amber reminder has made all the difference to the quality of my baths. I had originally meant to keep it there for special occasions but have found myself reaching for it daily. Honestly, prior this, my showers were quite rushed, just another task that I needed to check off on my to-do list. However, since placing the scrub in the tub, I have been taking longer baths, slower, and with more intention.

True Botanical’s Exfoliating Sugar Scrub sells for only $38, and it has been three weeks and I am about halfway done with the jar. It is vegan, cruelty free, certified non-toxic and sustainably made. It is packaged in a beautiful amber glass jar which can be reused as a container for cotton balls and the like once the scrub runs out, which I’ll pretend to be never.

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My Updated Winter Skin Care Routine with True Botanicals

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The dry winter months in deserty California can be especially harsh on the skin. That’s why I have decided to update my skin care routine, switching my go-to summer products (such as this True Botanicals Renew Nutrient Mist) with a different set that’s meant to hydrate and renew any dermal dryness blues that come my way this season.

This year, my arsenal consists of True Botanical’s You Make Me Glow Skin Care Kit, which includes their Renew Nourishing Cleanser, the Renew Pure Radiance Oil, and a new moonstone facial roller that has been the first tool I have ever used on my skin.

One of the reasons why I love this kit is because it supports my minimalist and simple lifestyle. All of the products come in tiny amber glass packaging that fits neatly in my drawers under the sink. They are esthetic to look at, as well as practical in size. Additionally, there are only three steps that form the routine, which makes it easy for me to follow and eliminates the chances of decision fatigue. I don’t like having too many options and I also don’t like having too many steps, so this kit is just right. Since I have a shortage of knowledge when it comes to skin care, it was nice to have a brand that I could trust to curate my regimen. It is the PERFECT kit for a minimalist like myself who wants a simple process of ordering a routine online and then moving on with the more exciting life stuff.

About the Trio

The Renew Nourishing Cleanser is a gentle milky solution that delivers nutrients to my skin without drying it out. I simply wash my face with warm water, massage the cleanser into my skin, and rinse thoroughly. It leaves my skin moist, unlike other cleansers that strip the skin of its natural oils completely.

After patting my skin dry, I apply three drops of the Renew Pure Radiance Oil onto my face. I usually put the drops of oil right onto my skin using the syringe provided without allowing the applier to touch my skin. I then pat the oil into my skin and let the moonstone roller help me apply it.

How to Use A Facial Roller

Since it is my first time using a facial roller, I had to first learn the motions. There are two sides to the roller which allows me to massage all the areas of my face . I have learned that treating half of the face at a time is very important in skin rolling. Every motion starts at the midline and goes outward towards the hairline. Each section should be rolled three to five times before proceeding to the next section.

I start at the neck and roll up and down a few times. Then I start at the chin at the midline and roll outwards toward the hairline. I do that moving up my cheek, including my lip and nasolabial fold. I flip to the smaller stone when rolling under my eye going carefully from the bridge of my nose to my temple. I trace the big end over my eyebrows towards the temple too. Then I stroke upwards from the eyebrows to my hairline. Finally, I do long strokes from the top of the midline down to my clavicle.

What Does A Facial Roller Do?

It moves fluids from all the parts of your face to areas in the body that can process these fluids best. This is why the facial roller has been said to reduce puffiness, especially around the eyes. It also helps with product absorption. As I use the roller, I am also massaging the Renew Pure Radiance oil into my skin. After the treatment, I notice that my skin isn’t extremely oily, but rather, quite hydrated and nourished. Lastly, it just feels really good. I have tried keeping the facial roller in the fridge like other bloggers have suggested to have cooling effects on the skin, but I have to say that using it at room temperature is my preferred method.

It has been one week since switching my regimen and I have confidence that this will keep my skin feeling nourished, contoured and hydrated all winter long. I am looking forward to avoiding chalky, withered, parched skin this year and carrying that summer glow with me through this cold and harsh season.

The You Make Me Glow Skin Care Gift is the perfect gift for yourself or those who light you up from the inside. True Botanicals begins their Black Friday deal early this year, and starting today, you can use the code TRUEVIP to get early access to their sale and receive 20% OFF the entire site! The sale runs through the weekend and opens to the general public tomorrow but why not get a head start on that wish list? They have a well curated selection in their Holiday Shop for both you and your loved ones which makes holiday gifting extremely easy and stress-free!

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