Looking for an all-natural treatment for dry skin and hair? I love Organic Apricot Kernel Oil by Renewalize!

Organic Apricot OilLately, I’ve discovered the power of oil in my daily beauty routine — I like Lavender to gently ease me to sleep, Peppermint in the shower to invigorate me for the day, and LAVO cleansing oil to remove makeup. It’s been something of a revelation, since as a teen and young adult I considered oil the enemy!

The latest oil I’ve tried is Organic Apricot Kernel Oil by Renewalize. Although I love apricots, I never realized that the oil (derived from cold pressed apricot kernels) is rich in Vitamins A and E, along with the essential fatty acid Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA).

Who knew? I just thought apricots tasted delicious!

But after some research, I learned that those vitamins and fatty acids are actually incredibly powerful moisturizing and healing agents for both the skin and hair.

According to WebMD, when applied topically, Vitamin A can be used to treat a host of skin conditions, from acne, eczema, and psoriasis, to plain old dry skin.

And, Vitamin E is effective as an anti-aging tool. In fact, Vitamin E is such a powerful healing agent, it’s often used to protect skin against the effects of the damaging chemicals used in chemotherapy!

Since I am becoming something of an oil “expert,” I was excited to try the Organic Apricot Kernel Oil. What I found was that it is fast absorbing and reasonably non-greasy, so it massages directly into skin very well. Dry patches on elbows, knees and heels are a thing of the past! I found it particularly effective to camouflage the parched, peeling skin I had after a recent, mild sunburn.

I also tried a few drops in the bath for all-over moisturizing. I think that the slightly nutty aroma is pleasant, but you can also add other fragrances to the oil, using it as both a moisturizer and a delivery system.

In addition to use on skin, I learned that Organic Apricot Kernel Oil is also wonderful for hair. Apply a few drops (trust me, a few is all you need) to wet hair. Comb through well. Style as usual. You’ll see silkier, smoother hair the very first time you try it. And, it even helps restore shine to damaged and chemically treated hair (a major plus for me!).

Organic Apricot Kernel Oil by Renewalize retails for $18.99.

If you’ve become an oil convert like I have, you’ll want to visit Renewalize for a wide variety of carrier oils like Rosehip, Jojoba, Sweet Almond, and Avocado, as well as essential oils like Peppermint, plus many more. Every oil the company sells is certified organic by Quality Assurance International and adheres to strict USDA standards.

DISCLAIMER: I received a sample of the Organic Apricot Kernel Oil by Renewalize from Tomoson in order to fully test the product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

PHOTO: Used with permission by Renewalize.

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Get gorgeous with an eb5 Intense Moisture Anti-Aging Cream GIVEAWAY!

EB5 Intense Moisture CremeAfter trying hundreds of skincare products, I’ve come to the conclusion that there truly is no “magic cure” for wrinkles and aging skin. But, there are three simple steps that women can take to really improve the look of skin at any age.

  1. Remember to wear sunblock every day, summer and winter. This is crucial to prevent further sun damage.
  2. Drink plenty of water. Plain old H2O is good for your entire body, but is especially helpful for maintaining youthful looking skin.
  3. Consistently use a nourishing night cream. Nighttime is the perfect opportunity to use a cream that’s heavier and much more hydrating than one for used every day under makeup.

Since I hit a milestone birthday last year, I have been working hard to consistently do all three. The sunblock is easy, since many daytime wrinkle creams already contain it. And, drinking water is simple if I load up a pitcher first thing in the morning as my “goal.” But, I have a tendency to forget night cream if I am very tired (which, unfortunately, is often!).

According to The Beauty Magazine, however, “Overnight, skin can become seriously dehydrated… even a little dehydration can interfere with skin’s rebuilding and repairing process, so skin is sabotaged by dryness right when we need it to be performing at its peak…”

When I read that, I knew I needed to get more serious about my nighttime routine!

One cream that I’ve discovered recently that is ultra-hydrating, deeply nourishing and restorative is eb5 Intense Moisture Anti-Aging Cream. Although not specifically touted as a “night cream” (it can be worn during the day, as well), I find that the dense, rich, sunscreen-free cream is perfect for nighttime use.

eb5 contains a patented blend of wrinkle-reducing Vitamin A, free-radical fighting Vitamin E, strengthening Vitamin B, moisture-encouraging Oat Flour, and soothing Comfrey Root. This unique combination of ingredients fights the signs of aging that are the result of too much sun, environmental damage like smoking, and exposure to everyday pollution. This type of extrinsic aging shows up as thickening of the outer layer of skin, unsightly freckles and sun spots, and exaggerated loss of collagen and elastin. The result is skin that looks rough, uneven, and wrinkled. In a word… old.

I have been using the eb5 Intense Moisture Anti-Aging Cream religiously every night for over a week and already I’ve seen a great improvement in my skin. When I awake in the morning, my skin looks fresher and plumper, with far less noticeable wrinkles around my eyes. Even the “pillow lines” I usually have are greatly diminished!

eb5 Intense Moisture Anti-Aging Cream is just one of the many fabulous skincare products from eb5 Skincare. Based in Portland, Oregon, eb5 Skincare is a family-owned business that dates back to 1904, when pharmacist Samuel Heldfond began creating life-changing remedies for the customers of his apothecary.

In the 1960’s, his son Robert studied Vitamins E and B and their effect on skin. He included extracts and oils, and advanced pharmaceutical-influenced ingredients, all chosen because of their ability to treat skin. He patented the formula, calling it the original 5-in-1 facial cream and it quickly became the go-to wrinkle cream choice for women of all ages.

Today, eb5 treatments are still based on clinical science. From favorites like Facial Treatment, to Vitamin C Serum Concentrate to Collagen Treatment Serum, all eb5 products are designed to treat fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and increase firmness and skin tone.

Now, one lucky Susan Said…WHAT?! reader can win their own eb5 Intense Moisture Anti-Aging Cream. This giveaway is available for readers in the CONTINENTAL USA, aged 18+. Odds are determined by the number of entries received. Retail $19.99. Giveaway ends 5-20-2015.

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Hats off to Spring at the Winterthur Point-to-Point Steeplechase!

Hat's off to the Winterthur Point-to-Point Steeplechase!


The Kentucky Derby may be over, but Spring offers a host of other fabulous events that simply must include a stunning hat. For example, today I am headed off to the 37th annual Winterthur Point-to-Point Steeplechase armed with an overstuffed wicker picnic basket, plenty of sunscreen, and (of course) a gorgeous new hat.

Each year, choosing a hat for Point-to-Point is a difficult decision, so I usually select the perfect hat before I find a dress. And this year, I will be sporting a beautiful natural straw hat with a brim sooooo wide, I actually had to pin one side up in order to see properly!

Above are a few of my other top choices. From wide brimmed straw hats like mine, to fanciful floral creations, to British-inspired fascinators (hybrid hat-headbands) the options are endless.

Hats off to Spring!

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