Revisiting Products + JR Nutrient Day Cream

Highlighters are generally the way to go if you want glowy skin right? True, there’s nothing more lovely than that perfect, pearly glow. However, well-moisturized and healthy, prepped skin can give you a dewy/luminous look without the use of highlighters. I’ve already shared glimpses of my skincare routines and tips on how to form them, one of the most important being to incorporate both oil and water-based moisture. It takes time and understanding to tailor the perfect routine for yourself, but now I’ll share a product which I believe gives you glow without any sort of effort at all.

This brings me to the Nutrient Day Cream by Josh Rosebrook. I have to admit I greatly underestimated this product- after trying samples of it in the past, I wrote it off almost completely. I felt like most of Josh’s line was simply not formulated for my oily skin type. At the time, this was true. I decided to delve more into his line quite recently, as my skin has since healed and improved, and I am very satisfied.

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Notice that I said I decided to try this product out after my skin improved – although my skin also has more room to and continues to improve, this brings me to an important note. Our skin is constantly changing throughout the day due to internal and external conditions, as well as due to the products we are slathering on it and the way we are treating it. Overall, however, if you tend towards dry skin, you can say your skin is dry and go for heavier moisturizers right? Same idea applies to those with oily skin, we tend to avoid heavier ingredients such as beeswax. We have an idea of what to put on our skin or avoid in order to prevent negative reactions, yet we also jump to certain products far too quickly before we may be ready. We have to consider that our skin needs to heal before it can be properly treated for certain issues. Take this tip from Josh Rosebrook from his blog:

[…A] misstep in treating problem skin is not addressing what kind of treatment, actives or constituents skin needs FIRST. Skin first has to be in a balanced state to RECEIVE nutrients and antioxidants. Skin must be balanced and healthy BEFORE it can accept nourishment and additional supplementation.”

Unless we are helping our skin out with what it needs to be healthy internally and externally, we shouldn’t focus on becoming obsessed with the alleged benefits and promises of different products. Sometimes it’s better to leave your skin alone and let it recover on its own, or to use certain products such as Potentci from moss to aid in its support and recovery. If you’re breaking out, for example, it may be the case of a weakened skin barrier and targeted serums for let’s say, lightening your acne scars or improving your wrinkles, should not be a predominant concern. In my own case from a few years prior, I needed to focus on helping my skin to strengthen its barrier before becoming fixated with healing certain imperfections such as my scars. The more fancy ingredients and benefits (even when I didn’t fully understand what the ingredients did or when I didn’t need to care about those benefits), the better for me to pile on my skin with. When I was mixing multiple oils day and night for my form of moisture years ago and my skin was extremely oily and damaged (from over-exfoliation and peels), a lot of products that I chose for my skin were completely wrong. I would be following trends or cult products instead of truly following my own needs, which in effect would sabotage my skin and its natural healing processes. In addition, I didn’t realize that some of these products weren’t actually the problem, but instead it was the condition of my skin. I believed that Josh Rosebrook products, for example, were not for my skin type – the Tinted Moisturizer felt too greasy for my already super oily, imbalanced skin. In reality, my skin wasn’t getting along with certain products because it was so messed up! Now this doesn’t mean all of his products work for me, or all will benefit my skin, but it does mean certain products have the potential to. I still won’t use products which rely on coconut oil, because I still have an oily skin type, and it still causes me to break out! You have to be smart about what you choose, whether it’s for your first time or it’s your second attempt. This is why, as I have learned what to use and become more intuitive with my skin, I am re-using certain products which didn’t suit me before and am now assessing whether these products will actually work with my now healthier skin. For these cases, I like to start out with travel sizes, hence the smaller size of the Tinted Day Cream shown in the images.

I decided to go for the tinted product as the color looked similar to my skin. Mind you, this is not like a tinted moisturizer at all you guys, it’s more like a moisturizer that gives you serious glow, and in this way, makes you look more flawless. I can’t explain it but it gives the effect of more even skin tone, and dewy, glowy skin without really covering your skin with any pigment. If I opt to not wear makeup, this is a must-have product. If I also opt to wear make-up, again this is a must-have product. Of course my skin has been looking so much better with my selected routine, minimal cleansing, and products such as Potentci in my arsenal, so my skin already appears pretty good. Not perfect like I wish, but something I’m happy with. This state of my skin improves the appearance of makeup as well when I do decide to wear it, because no matter what foundation you use, you can’t 100% cover up unhealthy skin. Yet even with a routine well-suited to my skin’s needs and its improving appearance, I find that using this product gives me a healthy glow that no other product does. It’s a total triple threat- sunscreen, moisturizer, and glow-inducing primer all in one. I use one pump of the product (you can use more but I find that one is perfect for me), and it feels wonderful on my skin. It’s quite rich, easily absorbed, and feels lightweight at the same time. At this point in time where I have more balanced skin, I can fully say my skin benefits from this product, whereas before it could not.

One of the reasons I appreciate Earthwise Beauty’s products so much is their use of Aloe Vera over water as their base. In that fashion, the first ingredient of this product is Aloe Vera juice. Full of additional antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients, this product has herbal extracts and plant oils to help nourish and repair your skin. It even contains cayenne, which is stated in the product description to have skin clearing antioxidants and serve as a catalyst to increase the effectiveness of the other included herbs. When I think “spices” in skincare, I tend to think of them as synonymous to May Lindstrom, which may be silly, but one can’t deny her products utilize them so much and so well. It’s also not an ingredient those with sensitive skin want to hear, yet this product is well suited for even that. Josh is an expert in putting together synergistic ingredients- in short, he knows what he’s doing and it shows in his products.

I’ve only really made it my mission to wear sunscreen on my face every day quite recently (since this year began). I am so pleased I can find a multi-functional, non-toxic product that can aid me in my goal.  And yet, what about Farizad’s Veil? I love both of these multi-functional sunscreen products, and in fact at times mix in the veil powder with a pump of the JR moisturizer and foundation. They have different forms and thus different applications, yet both have a place on my shelf. For now I am tending towards using the JR moisturizer every day, while also occasionaly sprinkling the powder for additional benefits and spf. If I chose to forego the cream, I will mix the powder with an oil-based foundation or a balm such as Tigress instead. I love having different options, particularly different forms of a product (i.e. powder versus cream), because it gives you so much more versatility in deciding what is better for different cases. For example, when I know I’m going to be hiking or sweating, the powder is preferential because it helps keep me matte and will last longer.

I highly recommend trying this product out for yourself- start with the travel size if you’re unsure! The tinted version is $10 more expensive than the standard version, however I personally prefer it since I want that slight, extra aid in evening my skin tone. For 1 fl oz, the tinted product costs $55 and for 2 fl oz it costs $95. Not cheap, but considering it’s also a sunscreen and a primer and that you need only one pump in your morning routine, it’s a multi-functional item that will last. The tint definitely provides very minimal coverage, however as stated before, the healthy glow and effect you get on your skin is what really helps its appearance regardless of the lack of coverage coverage- I just like that extra, tiny boost from the tint for myself. Thus, you won’t go wrong with either choice.

Ingredients: Active Ingredient: 12% Non Nano, Uncoated, Micronized Zinc Oxide

*Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, *Shea Butter, *Evening Primrose Oil, *Hemp Seed Oil, *Jojoba Oil, *Borage Seed Oil, *Almond Oil, *Grape Seed Oil, *Sesame Oil, *Sea Buckthorn Oil, †Broccoli Oil, *Calendula, *Bilberry, *Chamomile, *Burdock, *Rosemary, *Fennel, *Dandelion, *Rose Hips, *Catnip, *Chickweed, *Neem Leaf, *Skullcap, *Ginkgo, *Linden Flower, *Hawthorn Berry, *Green Tea, *Flax, *Nettle, *Sage, *Marshmallow Root, *Cayenne, *Ginseng, *Peppermint, *St. John’s Wort, *Alfalfa, *Vitamin E, ‡Candelilla Wax, *Guar Gum, *Gum Arabic, §Xanthan Gum, §Potassium Sorbate, Mica, *Benzoin Resin.

{* CERTIFIED ORGANIC / † ORGANIC / ‡ WILDCRAFTED / § NON-GMO PLANT SOURCED }