I am always up for a good challenge, so when UMA Oils asked me if I wanted to participate in their #DareToGoBare campaign, I couldn't say no! As you may be guessing, this challenge involved going barefaced and sharing my skin story on Instagram to encourage women to reveal their natural beauty by sharing a no makeup selfie. Having had imperfect skin for most of my life, I know how hard it can be to go au naturel, but it is something I truly believe should be embraced, especially since we tend to be our own worst critics when it comes to our physical appearance. I wanted to share my UMA routine with you, and let you know that they are hosting a fabulous giveaway you do not want to miss, so keep reading to find out what is up for grabs!
Created by Shrankhla Holecek, UMA Oils was founded on the basis of Ayurvedic practices. Myself not very familiar with the cultural tradition of Ayurveda, or "the science or knowledge of life" which is the traditional medical system in India and is "based on the premise that disease is the natural end result of living out of harmony with our environment," I was very interested about how this translated into beauty rituals (source). UMA's formulas have been shown to greatly improve skin's texture and appearance, from reducing redness and acne to brightening and even visibly diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. I received a handful of UMA Oils which I have been trying out all month long.
UMA's luxury organic oils are extracted from botanicals which are grown on a 100-acre meadow in India and are sustainably grown and harvested, with their blends being a well kept family secret for over 500 years: only 5 people in the world today know the formulas of this line! UMA products are also handcrafted in small batches directly on their Indian organic farm, making it a farm-to-bottle experience. UMA is a woman-run company and is committed to giving back, with a third of their annual profits being reinvested into the local community. Not only that, but they also operate their village's health clinic and provide academic scholarships to local youth.
The UMA Absolute Anti Aging Eye Oil (15 mL, US$105.00) is a wonderful concoction that was created to moisturize and brighten the delicate skin around the eyes. All you need is a couple of drops: use your ring finger to apply and massage onto your upper lids and under your eyes. You can use it both morning and night, and it can even be applied under makeup, as long as you give it time to absorb. Made from a rich blend of geranium oil, frankincense, rose oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus, sandalwood and rosehip oil - just to name a few - the formula is not only wonderful applied topically but also has a deep, uplifting scent. I have been loving how brightening this product is: within a couple of days I noticed my skin looking more supple and illuminated.
The UMA Total Rejuvenation Night Face Oil (30 mL, US$150.00) is basically an overnight repair formula for your skin. If you deal with scarring, hyper pigmentation, sun damage and redness, this blend works to promote faster cell turnover to reveal a more even skin tone and texture. The combination of lemon essential oil, rose oil, chamomile oil, clary sage oil and pomegranate oil, among other luxurious oils, work together to reveal a youthful glow. As I deal with many of the above listed skin problems, this product has been quite the godsend, especially at this time of the year.
The UMA Ultimate Brightening Face Oil (30 mL, US$150.00) is an antioxidant-rich formula that revitalizes and nourishes the skin with powerful ingredients that help minimize inflammation such as rose oil, neroli oil, ylang ylang oil and orange essential oil. The scent is very fresh and citrusy, and I only need 3 drops to cover my face, neck and décolletage. I've been using this formula daily right after cleansing both in the morning and at bedtime, and I love that my face does not feel dry or flaky, which is common for me during the harsh winter months.
The UMA Absolute Anti Aging Body Oil (100 mL, US$90.00) is definitely a luxe treat for your body. I haven't tried many natural body oils, and this one has without a doubt been a welcome addition. If you have stretch marks like I do (aren't those little buggers!), this blend is great to fade them - the key is to apply this oil consistently and daily to see faster results. Body oils can be tricky because you usually cannot just apply them and go, instead you usually have to wait a good 15 minutes to let them fully absorb, which is why I prefer applying mine after showering at night and just wait and chill in my bathrobe before slipping into my PJs so that my skin can take it all in. Standout ingredients include grapefruit, juniper berry, moringa, grapeseed and jojoba oils.
The UMA Ultimate Brightening Face Mask (48 g, US$70.00) is an intensely soothing and detoxifying bentonite clay mask. Formulated with a wide array of extracts including but not limited to saffron, papaya, tomato, cinnamon, almond extract, honey and rose water, this is a great product to apply bi-weekly not only to brighten your skin but also to pull out impurities that are lodged deep inside your pores. Use a thin layer and let it sit for about 10 minutes or until it has stiffened and then rinse with warm water to reveal your refreshed complexion.
As you can see, these products are packaged beautifully in glass containers with floral designs, which I absolutely love! Four of these products I actually received as part of their Ultimate Brightening Discovery Kit* (US$130.00) so they are smaller in size than the individual vials and jars that are sold on their website. I also received a separate sample of their Total Rejuvenation Night Face Oil to try out. These would be perfect for gifting or even travelling as they are all under the carry on weight limit.
- UMA OILS GIVEAWAY -
Spring is fast approaching and flowers are budding in India at the UMA Oils estate! It takes over 1,000 rose petals to make ONE drop of rose oil, which is a staple in UMA's Ultimate Brightening line. It's the perfect time to switch up your skincare routine, so why not achieve that perfect glow you've always wanted? If you're yearning for bright, glowing and dewy skin, enter the UMA Brighten Up Skin Care Giveaway to win a brightening skin care routine fit for royalty. Simply enter your email in the form below (or click here if it isn't loading) to potentially be one of the 3 lucky winners to receive an Ultimate Brightening Discovery Kit valued at US$130. This giveaway ends March 1st, 2017 and is open internationally. Good luck!
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