Tuesday, November 23, 2010

All-Natural Product of the Week: Befine Night Cream

In my ninth month of pregnancy, I am fighting the urge to slather redness-reducing products rich in retinol all over my face for the sake of my unborn baby. I have been SO good this entire pregnancy, switching out my favorite daily moisturizer, Mark For Goodness Face With SPF 30, for a paraben-free alternative from Physicians Formula that has SPF 50 (a bit excessive maybe) AND is tinted, so I can cover up the blemishes brought on by my pregnancy hormones!

But as the seasons change, I find it's necessary for a night cream, and the best all-natural one I've found is this one from Befine, which has rice bran proteins that promise to aid in the formation of collagen and improve elasticity, as well as rice bran oil, which is rich in vitamin E (a great scar/redness reducer) and cocoa, which contains caffeine for increased circulation and a naturally rosier complexion. The formula is light and fragrance-free; the only question is where to purchase. You can pay full price at the Befine Web site for $30, or you could shop around on Amazon, or check out a local discount retailer. I found the stuff at the Cosmetics Market for less than $10, but be warned, what's on their shelves was usually in a warehouse or on someone else's shelf first, so use it right away in case it's close to expiring!

And if anyone knows of a good paraben-free retinol cream, please suggest in the comments section.

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