Saturday, 1 August 2015

Prepping My Body For Summer Exposure, with InstaNatural*

Although I haven't left the house much this summer and I'm always wearing stuff which covers me thoroughly from head to toe, there's always a chance that one day another human might want to see me naked and / or I might be able to afford a holiday; where I'd wear bikinis and bask in the sand and sun like a massive lizard. 


If either of those two [unlikely] scenarios were to occur however, I'd be pretty screwed as my obsession with bourbon biscuits means that I've put on about 3000 stone in ten months. My hips definitely don't lie and my love for blueberry muffins has got a little bit out of control.


You may have read on my blog a couple of months ago that I've tried InstaNatural's stuff before and thought it was pretty good. You can check out my experience with their scar gel here. I thought the product was fab and I also majorly appreciated their natural ingredients in helping benefit the appearance of my skin.

So when they offered me a chance to try out a couple more of their products, I was game as a badger. Especially as the products on offer were ones which my poor, bourbon enhanced body would benefit from - focussing on stretchmark / scar reduction and cellulite. Keep reading to see how I got on.





InstaNatural Cellulite Cream*, on offer for £23.95 at the moment

What InstaNatural say:

"Contains Retinol, Caffeine & Vitamin C - Our potent blend of Retinol, Caffeine & Vitamin C helps visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite and dimples. It is the best firming cream for men and women looking to tighten, tone and improve the skin on their thighs, buttocks, arms and stomach.

Provides Superior Hydration - With Organic Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil and Organic Jojoba Oil, our Cellulite Cream provides maximum moisture and hydration to increase elasticity and achieve softer and smoother skin tone.

Powered by Antioxidants - Green Tea, Vitamin E and Vitamin C work together to deliver powerful anti-aging benefits for more youthful skin. These nutrients contain antioxidants that help promote healthier skin.

Large 5 oz Bottle for Best Value - Each bottle is made in the USA and contains an incredible 5 oz of Cellulite Cream so you get the most bang for your buck. Our moisturizing body firming lotion glides on easily and effectively to last a longer time for continual results.

Manufacturer Guarantee - InstaNatural backs their products with Lifetime Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee, no matter where you buy our products. If you are not satisfied, simply contact us and get a full refund."

*copy taken from their Amazon product page

What I say:

I was a little dubious to how effective this would be at first [can anything really banish the orange peel thigh effect?] but being honest, my skin definitely does feel firmer for having used this product for the last couple of weeks. I don't have really bad cellulite like, I'd just like to firm up - and by using this, the areas which offended me the most definitely feel smoother and in better shape. Which is bloody brilliant, in my books.

I won't lie, it's not worked instant miracles - but the areas where I felt it was more pronounced have definitely started to firm up and look less obv. It smells like oranges and mixed spices [a bit like that aftershave that men wear sometimes, Old Spice ... which sounds pure mental, but is actually a very refreshing, invigorating fragrance] - and has a lovely, almost grainy consistency; which is fab to apply to the skin. I'll definitely keep up using this, cos if the results continue like they started, my skin will soon be [hopefully] firm as hell.





InstaNatural Stretch Mark and Scar Cream*, on offer for £23.95 at the moment

What InstaNatural say:

"DIMINISHES APPEARANCE OF EXISTING STRETCH MARKS & SCARS - Reduce current "tiger strips" and scars with our powerful cream that will heal the skin to fade away those reddish-blue stripes on the body. Helps restore skin tone and texture for a more even appearance.

PREVENT NEW ONES FROM FORMING - Not only can you fade away current blemishes with this powerful cream, but also you can prevent new ones from forming. This prevention cream strengthens and protects against future marks, and makes it harder for the skin to stretch beyond its limit.

POWERFUL & NOURISHING HYDRATION - Our body cream moisturizer is full of natural and organic ingredients - such as Vitamin C, Cocoa Butter, Rosehip Oil, & Mango Butter - that provide unsurpassed hydration and moisture to nourish your skin. Use all over the body, even hands and feet, to get softer, suppler skin.

FOR MEN & WOMEN - Stretch marks are a common occurrence on both men and women. For women, more than half will accumulate them during pregnancy, most likely on their tummies and stomachs. Our topical cream is perfect to use whether it is during pregnancy or after birth. For men, apply it on common trouble spots, such as the abdomen, chest, arms and shoulders.

MANUFACTURER GUARANTEE - InstaNatural backs their products with a Lifetime Money Back Guarantee, no matter where you buy our product."

*copy taken from their Amazon product page

What I say: 

This stuff is really good, yeno. My stretched out skin feels softer, smoother and more hydrated - plus the odd little stretchmarks I have here and there are legit SO much less visible. I've applied this over scars too - and I feel like it's really improved the appearance of so many areas of my body that I'd previously just look at and shudder.

It smells really lovely and applies really nicely; it pretty much melts into the skin, meaning that you only need to apply a small blob of this for it to go a long way. Its fragrance will also remind me of Summer 2015 forever - you know, how you associate certain smells with certain memories? That. Lovely and fresh. 


Conclusion 


I've really enjoyed trying these two products out; they smell fab, are packed full of natural goodness and my skin is definitely feeling firmer and more alive than it's done in a long time. I will continue using these products as part of my daily routine for a long time to come.

The best thing which has come out of these two products however, is something that they don't state on the packet. 

I believe that I have seen an improvement to my skin's appearance in a fairly short span of time using these bad boys. And for that, I'm really grateful. But the main thing I've taken from this experience, is how much more body confident I feel as an end result of trying these out.

I've been rubbing these creams into my 'problem areas' and scars everyday, twice a day - which has in turn made me face my fears and actually look at my body and the areas I've felt unhappy with. At first, I was pretty horrified with what I saw, I've never been that confident with my body - but after the first week or so, I started to realise 'maybe I'm not so grim after all.' Looking at my 'problem areas' and scars has made me accept them more - and it's made me feel a lot more confident in getting myself into a bikini and into the eyes of the general public this summer.

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Have you tried any of InstaNatural's products? What are your best tips for body confidence?



*This post contains items I was sent to review by InstaNatural. However, all thoughts are my own - I'd never lie or mislead you guys, as it ain't big and it ain't clever!
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