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Link Love: Rise and Shine

I’m an early riser. I haven’t always been a morning person, but for the past several years, I’ve simply just been unable to sleep in. It started with a desire to get in an hour or two of writing or researching or brainstorming or reading before heading to the office. Now, I feel like I’ve discovered the most beautiful part of the day—those lovely, quiet morning hours in which I can read, sip on my morning cup of coffee, and yes, do a little work—but mostly just gently enter a new day.

My morning habit means I rarely stay up super-late anymore, but I can’t imagine my life without my calming, meditative morning hours—which is why I love the lead story in today’s Link Love Friday post: 8 Ways to Wake Up Happy, from Prevention.

Here are the other things I’ve been reading+enjoying lately. Happy almost weekend! —Aleigh

More information on the dairy + sugar = acne debate.

There were definitely some news-to-me items on this list of 20 things you didn’t know you could recycle.

From MindBodyGreen, 8 things you should always buy.

CV Skinlabs has launched a new campaign to help get their gentle, natural products into cancer treatment centers and hospitals. I always love hearing about how natural skincare companies come to be—Britta’s story is really inspiring.

(Image via Victoria Nevland)

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Beauty Obsession: CV Skinlabs

I don’t frequently have issues with dry skin (except maybe on my feet). But this time of year my skin is definitely at its driest, and I find myself slathering on an extra-soothing facial moisturizer at night, a more generous amount of body oil post-shower or bath, and taking extra care of my lips so they don’t become chapped or parched (the horror!).

There are two new-to-me products that have been helpful in this year’s Operation Stay Moisturized that I want to share with you. Both are from CV Skinlabs*, Britta Aragon’s line of soothing products—the entire line is good for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

What I tried: Calming Moisture, $49 and Restorative Skin Balm, $26

First impressions: I went for the Restorative Skin Balm first. It’s very emollient and instantly soothing, perfect for dry skin on feet, elbows, and knees—but with CV Skinlabs signature blend of turmeric, bisabolol and reishi mushroom, plus carnauba and beeswax, it’s also a great healing salve for cuts and scrapes. Just put a dab on your skin and top with a bandage! I’ve also used it on my lips, on a stubborn patch of dry skin on my palm, and on my ankles. And I’m pretty sure there are many more uses for me to discover.

What caught me by surprise: I tend to shy away from using products on my face that are meant for dry skin, since my face tends to be on the oily side, which made me a little nervous about testing out CV Skinlabs’ Calming Moisture. But I’ve been surprised by how my skin responds to this product. It’s strong enough to be a good option for skin that’s raw or healing from a chemical peel, but it’s also gentle enough to moisturize my skin without causing breakouts or leaving my skin looking dull.

Bonus: Lately I’ve been wondering if it’s time for me to start thinking seriously about adding some anti-aging products to my routine (wrinkles, boo!), but finding a product like this that’s lightly moisturizing and contains ingredients like beta glucan, which helps promote collagen production, has made me re-think my need for a dedicated anti-aging product in favor of multi-taskers like these two.

Have you tried anything from the CV Skinlabs line? What do you look for in a moisturizer this time of year? —Aleigh

*These products were sent to me for review, but I only write about cosmetics I think are truly worthy of being shared with you. View my full disclosure here, and my review policy here.

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