Here are eight words I’ll never forget:

“It looks like you got hit with buckshot.”

The person who said to me may as well have actually shot me, it hurt that bad.

So what was this jerk—errrrr, person—talking about? My skin. I had just stepped out of my dermatologist’s office at age 21. My forehead was bleeding because minutes before, the doctor literally lanced open all of my acne lesions to help clear my skin.

Have you finished vomiting? Okay.

As if bleeding liberally from my head weren’t punishment enough, I now had to be assaulted with a horrible simile, no matter how (unfortunately) accurate it may have been.

So yes. I have tangoed with bad skin. Bad, baaaad skin.

And I went down just about every road to treat my acne and bad skin. Lotions. Creams. Prescriptions. Light therapy. Oral medication.

I know what it’s like to be desperate—absolutely desperate—for good skin.

It wasn’t until I learned about whole-body wellness—the impact of diet, exercise, environment, and the potential harm of our often-extensive modern beauty routines—that I could appreciate that good skin is not the result of a string of endless doctor’s appointments, but instead, knowing how to encourage your skin to do what it wants to do naturally–to be balanced, healthy and clear.

Part of what can help get your skin to that state? Good bacteria. Let’s bunt to the scientists for more on the skin’s microbiome:

“The skin is the human body’s largest organ, colonized by a diverse milieu of microorganisms, most of which are harmless or even beneficial to their host. Colonization is driven by the ecology of the skin surface, which is highly variable depending on topographical location, endogenous host factors and exogenous environmental factors. … The development of molecular methods to identify microorganisms has led to an emerging view of the resident skin bacteria as highly diverse and variable. An enhanced understanding of the skin microbiome is necessary to gain insight into microbial involvement in human skin disorders and to enable novel promicrobial and antimicrobial therapeutic approaches for their treatment.”

Normal person speak: Stop attacking the good germs on your skin!

So, what to do to foster the good bacteria on your skin? Try out products that foster and feed the good stuff.

And that’s where Aleavia skin care products come in.

 

Now—lest you be fooled by my overly-technical oversimplification… err, explanation… above of the skin’s microbiome (heh)—let me remind you, obviously I am not a doctor or researcher or scientist, but just someone who has done a little research into what works for her skin. And I found that I like the approach behind Aleavia, as well as the results it imparts when I use their products.

So without further adieu, let’s find out more about the brand from its founder, Kelly Graham.

 

Why prebiotics?

Well, put simply, prebiotics feed the healthy bacteria on your skin. And yes, good bacteria on your skin is a good thing. For so long we have been taught that all germs are bad. Well, it’s just not the case. In fact, sometimes these products can help your skin get back into balance–to the point where it should be, naturally, before it was stripped of its natural protective macrobiotic environment.

How do Aleavia’s products work?

According to Graham:

“Aleavia’s exclusive prebiotic formulas act as an alkaloid- based bio-stimulant that feed a variety of “friendly bacteria” on the skin that we ALL have. Think of Aleavia as your skins daily food source for optimal skin health.

When prebiotics feed the microorganisms, it strengthens the super ecology system on the skin. This results in the body affectively and naturally producing hyaluronic acid, which helps slow the aging process and gives skin a more radiant and youthful appearance.”

What products does the line include?

Cleansers:

Enzymatic Body Cleanse

Lavender Body Cleanse

Purifying Facial Cleanse

Healing Mists:

Clear Facial Mist Acne Remedy

Restore Soothing Mist

Repair Nail Mist

*scroll down on homepage to see products

 

What can Aleavia (maybe) do for you?

Take it away, Kelly!

“By using Aleavia Skin Care products on the face and body, within a period of weeks, the microbial population of those skin areas will dramatically shift. When the body is a less desirable host for skin conditions to manifest, survive and thrive, those skin blemishes and diseases will disappear. We have seen some remarkable results from clients who suffered from rosacea, eczema, acne, psoriasis, fresh scars and burns, and unsightly skin who are now raving about how soft and healthy their skin has become.”

 

So, what do I think about them?

Well, I started using Aleavia products long before I got the chance to review them here. In fact, I’ve been using their body wash pretty consistently for the past two years.

I find it has kept my skin well moisturized (to the extent that I don’t even have to use a moisturizer if I don’t want to), cleans thoroughly with a mild lather, and I haven’t had any dry skin patches to speak of since using it. I don’t have the scientific data to back this up, but I do have my observations, and on the rare occasion when I have used a different body wash (on vacation, when I ran out, etc), I found that my skin was drier and not nearly as supple.

I also really like the idea that this product is leaving behind good stuff on my skin.

Recently I used the prebiotic soothing mist on my body after I got sunburned at the beach, and not only did it immediately soothe my skin, but it also seemed to help make the redness go away faster and develop into a tan quicker.

So, here’s the good part for you! If you’d like to see if these products can help your skin, Aleavia is offering my readers an awesome 20% discount off of ALL their products and kits! Just type in the promo code

Sonni20

at checkout to cash in! Check out their whole lineup right here, and their Instagram account here. And, this article breaks down the deal behind your skin’s microbiome so well and so simply; check it out!

And let me know what you think of the products when you try them!

See you all soon!

Sonni Abatta is an Orlando lifestyle and mom blogger and mom of three. Aleavia kindly sent products for skin care review. All opinions are my own.

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