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11.10.2016

Aging Gracefully with Art of Organics and SkinOwl

If Anthropologie and Birchbox had a love child, it would look a lot like Art of Organics. A monthly box delivered to your doorstep with the best of clean beauty, it was recently named one of 6 Green Beauty Boxes You Should Subscribe To Now by Thoughtfully Magazine, and the accolade is well-deserved.
For $38 a month (including complimentary shipping), you can expect 2-4 products in each box with a combined retail value of at least $85, which means you are getting a steep discount to discover the best and most effective products in the green beauty space. Every box comes beautifully wrapped in eco-friendly packaging and is carefully curated with the intent of creating a meaningful experience. 


November's box GRACE explores what it means to age gracefully and features two full-sized Skinowl products that will help you refine your external appearance and encourage meaningful self-care and develop a more loving relationship with your body. 

Skinowl's founder Annie Tevelin had struggled for years with her skin issues, and after countless visits to dermatologists and money wasted on ineffective products, it inspired her to pursue a certificate in Cosmetic Chemistry from UCLA, which led to SkinOwl. She sees skincare education as a catalyst for total self-care, and her line of fast-acting products are designed to help her clients feel as good as they look. 

SkinOwl Neck+ Concentrate ($68.00 for 4 oz.)
I may devote a lot of time to my skincare routines but I must confess my neck and chest are areas oft-neglected, so I was very excited to see the Neck+ Concentrate included in the box. This superstar serum boasts of an ingredient line-up that includes healing herbs, restorative plant and flower compounds and a unique, proprietary concentrate of ocean minerals, with MSM allowing the active ingredients to penetrate the skin more deeply and thus promoting greater efficiency.
Although this is marketed as a neck product, it works as an all-over moisturizer, and I apply a single pump to my face, neck and décolleteé after I step out of the shower. The clear, odorless product is quickly absorbed and will instantly make your skin tighter, smoother and more supple, so you can bid adieu to your turkey neck! MSM is also supposed to diminish hyperpigmentation and age spots over time as well, although I haven't tested this long enough to attest to that. 
Ingredients: Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Ocean Mineral Complex, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Spriulina Maxima (Spirulina), Chondrus Crispus (Irish Moss), Organic Curcuma Longa (Turmeric), Wildcrafted Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin
If you've been crying over the results of the recent Presidential Election or staying up late binge-watching Netflix like me, you will welcome the Eye+ Concentrate in your routine. This lightweight but highly efficient product will boost and strengthen the delicate skin around your eyes to help you look more awake and alive, without any greasy residue.

The cucumber and aloe will soothe your tired, puffy eyes, while the hyaluronic acid hydrates and plumps the skin with moisture. The peptides in the unique formula also stimulate the product of collagen and restores elasticity and firmness to the skin, and the licorice and MSM help lighten the skin naturally. You really only need to gently dab and massage a little around the eyes or any crease-prone areas on your face, but this is safe to use morning and night and wears well under makeup. 

Ingredients: Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber Distillate), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, LArginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Wildcrafted Vinca Major (Periwinkle), Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin

Anti-aging has become a marketing buzzword for the beauty industry, turning aging into a dirty word and viewing it as the loss of youth instead of the opportunity for growth in character and maturity. To me, aging with grace means embracing the changes in your body that come with the passage of time, learning to accept who you are (and who you are not) and not losing your curiosity and enthusiasm for life. Thank you Art of Organics and Skinowl for inspiring me to love and accept my body as I approach my mid-30s!
P/S: I am incredibly honored to have been chosen as a Clean Beauty Ambassador by Art of Organics, so you can expect regular box reviews on Ni Hao New York!
All the photos in this post are courtesy of Art of Organics.

Good news- you can use code NIHAOCLEANBEAUTY to get 15% off your first box. This box is expected to sell out, so don't wait too long!

* The box in this post was kindly provided for consideration, however all opinions expressed are my own.

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