Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Here, let me roll these tiny needles across your face. Yes, please.

Disclaimer: The following review contains affiliate links. I received product and/or compensation in exchange for this post.

Bad skin has plagued me for most of my life. From the time I was a preteen until I was in my 40s, I had zits. Zits and zits and zits. Perhaps it's why I still cringe when I hear the word "pimple." Hate that word.

By the time I was in my 50s, my skin cleared up, but by then, wrinkles replaced the zits. Not fair! A couple of years ago, as I entered into menopause, I started to experience the sandpaper effect of aging skin. Good grief.

Bottom line, I've never liked my skin. Until recently. 

Several months ago, someone contacted me about doing a review of a skincare product I'd never heard of. The Banish dermaroller is something unlike anything I've ever seen, tried, or even wanted to try. But I decided to go for it. Couldn't hurt, right? Well, maybe a little bit.

You see, the dermaroller is made up of tiny little surgical needles. What it does is it uses your own body's defense system to build collagen in the skin. At my age, my skin is starting to sag due to the loss of collagen. By rolling the needles across my skin, microscopic punctures are created, causing damage to the skin. Yes, I said I am purposefully damaging my skin. Why? Because my skin, in order to protect itself, then creates more collagen, firming up my formerly sagging skin. Make sense? Of course, I don't just allow my skin to be damaged without offering a solution. Banish has a natural Vitamin C serum that helps rebuild collagen and elastin fibers. The results? After using the dermaroller every other week for the past few months, my skin is firmer and many of my wrinkles have nearly disappeared. I use the Vitamin C serum nearly every night, which I'm sure is helping.

This past week, as I mentioned in Tuesday's blog post, I've been dealing with a shiitake mushroom rash. While I can use a steroid cream on my body, I cannot use it on my face. I've been so happy to be able to use the Banish Aloe Vera serum to heal the facial rash. It's worked wonders.

So how much do I love the Banish line of products I received to review? A whole lot! Especially because, for the first time in my entire life, I received a compliment on my skin. A friend stopped over one morning following a night when I used the dermaroller. When I opened the door, she smiled and said, "Wow. Your skin looks beautiful. It's glowing." That's when I knew I was sold on this product, and I think you will be, too, if you give it a try. 

An aside here -- you'd probably love to see before and after pics. But I'm simply not comfortable being seen without makeup. It's something I'm working on, but not yet ready to expose myself to the world that way. Sorry.

Using organic plant sourced ingredients, Banish has created its skincare line to be both gentle and effective. They're even eco-conscious when it comes to packaging and they do NOT use cheap fillers in their products. AND they never test on animals.

Their main purpose seems to be to banish scars, but for me, scars weren't an issue. Loss of collagen was. So, you see it's not just for older women like me. Banish is also perfect for anyone who wants smoother, clearer skin. There's lots of information on their website about the purpose of each of their products. They even have a body roller to get rid of scarring in other places other than your face.

There are serums and masques and scrubs and even all natural Eau de Rose for those of us who have ditched the perfumes and colognes but still like to smell pretty.

The products are not cheap, but Banish has all sorts of deals going on. And, compared to the cost of other treatments, it's actually quite a good deal.

I encourage you to check out their website and the wide variety of products they have to offer. And if you decide to purchase something by using this link, you'll even help out Green Grandma and put a little money in my pocket. It's a win/win for both of us!

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