Liv + Grace
LIV + GRACE SKINCARE is a true labor of love. Napa Valley’s premier holistic esthetician Cindy O’Brien has spent many years behind the scenes creating the formulas for every product in the line. With a powerful mix of clinically proven and highly effective non-toxic ingredients blended with rich botanicals, LIV+GRACE SKINCARE proves that using clean ingredients doesn’t have to be a sacrifice. To learn more, visit the Liv + Grace brand page here.
As with all of our products, we like to try them out before we list them on the site to make sure that they meet our standards and feel great on our skin. I chatted with Cindy beforehand and told her about my skin and what kind of concerns I have, and she not only put together a sample set for me tailored to my skin type, but she included a note with instructions on how to use each one and the order to apply them in. This is one of the many reasons why I love indie brands! Where else can you get a hand written, appreciative note with personalized instructions from the founder? Anyway, here's an overview of the products I tried.
For both day and night, she recommended that I use Rescue Hydrate. I am constantly battling dry skin and dehydration, so when I told her this she highly recommended it.
The star ingredient is Organic Peruvian Sacha Inchi Oil, a rare precious oil which has one of the highest levels of healing omega 3 (48%), omega 6 (39%) and natural vitamin A + E. It also contains a rich combination of natural phytonutrients proven to be excellent for rejuvenating aging and damaged dry skin. The best part about this oil is that you can use it alone, or combine it with other oils or even add a drop or two to your moisturizer. I concentrated on using this around the tip of my nose, where I can never seem to get rid of the dry skin. There was a noticeable difference after a few uses. This is a great, effective product to use when you have one specific area that needs a little extra TLC.
The product that caught our eye and first made us interested in Liv + Grace is the Goat Milk Hydrator. We've always used and loved goat milk in soaps (see all the goodness from Indie Goat ) but had never tried it in a moisturizer. The texture of GMH is lighter than a cream, but just as hydrating. It absorbs quickly and doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy. It's also perfect for adding a drop or two of your favorite serum, like the Rescue Hydrate. Mix them together in the palm of your hand and apply and you get the benefits of two products in one using only a small amount. There are no added essential oils or fragrances, so it's gentle for sensitive and mature skin.
I also tried out the Super Seed Facial Oil. I can't even explain how nourishing this feels and smells (if you like the natural, earthy smell, which I do because it means quality ingredients - no fragrance necessary!). It has pretty much every beneficial oil known to skin in it, and you can tell when you put it on. Just look through the list of key ingredients below and you'll see how incredibly potent it is for your skin.
Marula Oil - powerhouse of antioxidants; nourishes, hydrates and repairs dry damaged skin; reduces the look of crepey skin and fine lines.Cranberry Seed Oil - excellent source of vitamin E, a natural antioxidant; helps protect against environmental stressors; contains a balance of omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids creating deep hydration and perfect hydration for dry, damaged and aging skin.
Last but not least, we always love a good Vitamin C serum, and this one does not disappoint. The Brightening Anti-Oxidant Vitamin C Serum. It does what every Vitamin C serum does, and then some - firming, tightening, evening skin tone, minimizing dark spots and diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. Check out all the key ingredients and their purposes below.
Stable Vitamin Cs
(fights pollution and UV damage, builds and supports collagen, brightens and strengthens skin, heals breakouts)
*MAGNESIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE
Brighteners and Pigment Inhibitors
*LICORICE ROOT EXTRACT, AZLEIC, MALIC, AND FERULIC ACIDS
*TURMERIC- Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane (and anti-oxidant)
(fights and repairs free radical damage, revitalizes and strengthens skin, slows down skin aging)
*ACAI- Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract
*SWISS APPLE STEM CELL- Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Extract
*RESVERATROL- Strong Anti-Oxidant
*SOPHORA JAPONICA BUD EXTRACT- Rich in Quercetin
(stimulates collagen, improve and soften texture, anti-wrinkle, anti-irritant, skin lightning and increase cellular metabolism)
*FUCUS VESICULOSUS- (Brown Seaweed)
*MACROCYSTIS PYRIFERA EXTRACT- (Antarctic Sea Kelp);
*SPIRULINA- (Blue Green Algae)
*PALMARIA PALMATA EXTRACT- (Dulse or Red Seaweed)
If you're interested in checking out Liv + Grace without committing to full size products, check out The Perfect Pair. A travel size version of Goat Milk Hydrator and Super Seed Oil. This dynamic duo will keep your skin's microbiome healthy and hydrated during any season!