So right before the holidays, I was lucky enough to be treated to the most amazing organic facial at Organics Farm to Skin in Westport. The facial was done using May Lindstrom's ultra-luxurious, all-organic products. If you haven’t heard of May Lindstrom (and before this facial, I hadn’t either), here are a few things you should know. May started the line when she was pregnant with her second child and had a hard time finding skincare that she felt was healthy for her and baby. Her mission was to create a skincare line that was free of everything, and I mean everything bad, it's even gluten-free and vegan.
People say, "Don’t judge a book by its cover," but I totally judge skincare by its packaging. This brand might just have my favorite packaging. Everything comes in glass bottles or pots, and the gold writing against the black background makes it seem like it should be in some super chic Parisian spa. Now that I am pregnant, I have to be extra cautious about what I put on my skin but also don’t want to sacrifice results that my skincare should provide.
Now, we go onto the facial―ah, I’m relaxed just thinking about it. Everything was individualized to exactly what my skin needed at that moment, which I loved. I can honestly say it was so relaxing that I fell asleep. The warming hand mitts and the lip mask were nice little touches that went a long way. I highly recommend trying any of the treatments at Organics Farm to Skin if you are a mama-to-be or just really into keeping your skincare green. They are so knowledgeable about all the products that every time I go there. I feel like I walk away with a skin education. They sent me home with a few weeks' worth of products, and I have been using them ever since. Here are my favorites from the May Lindstrom line:
The Blue Cacoon: This is probably my favorite product from this line. The deep blue beauty balm immediately turns into oil when it comes into contact with skin and is just as luxurious as the container it comes in. I know the price tag isn’t cheap, but a little goes a long way, and I can’t stress that enough. This product alone is getting me through the freezing winter we have and the havoc it wreaks on my skin from running outside when it's 5 degrees. The smell and even the color have an instant calming effect. I always find my husband sneaking for some of it for his own.
The Problem Solver: Since I can’t use Drunken Elephant Baby Facial while I am pregnant (sigh), this mask has taken its place. It's a powder that, when mixed with water, activates the ingredients that causes it to bubble. I think it smells like tequila, but that could also be my pregnant self, longing for a margarita. The mask is intended to detoxify and repair blemishes while stimulating microcirculation. It feels really warm on the skin at first, which I love, because it makes me feel like its working. Disclaimer: it does sting a little, but hang in there; it gets better.
The Honey Mud: This can be used as an everyday cleanser or a mask, depending on what you need.
The Youth Dew: This is May’s version of serum; it has an oil-like consistency. They claim that it's packed with antioxidants to plump, protect, and hydrate the skin. I felt like it gave me a really nice glow and kept me hydrated.
Jasmine Beauty Mist: I am a huge fan of face mists. I use them before I moisturize, when I finish my makeup, and even throughout the day, just to give my skin a little pick-me-up. This particular one has the most amazing scent, which makes me want to use it even more. Think a garden in Europe in the summer.
Full disclosure, I am still unsure about organic skin care products. Do I know they are better for me and for baby? Yes, absolutely. But I don’t find that they make a huge difference changing what I want to change. I think they keep things healthy, hydrated, and free of blemishes. But I am not sold yet that they are fixing those fine lines and lightening up those sunspots. I think everything in moderation is good and, like I said before, I don’t force myself to be all organic (it's a lot of pressure). Adding a few products in here and there is good for me. This line is a great place to start. All products are available at Organachs Farm to Skin or through their website. The links are below.