May 232015
 

Buying A Juicer - Choices & Recommendations - www.RadianceCentral.com

Since 2009, I’ve been hosting monthly online Juice Fasting Programs. Juicers is one topic that comes up a lot! As you already know, there’s a lot to choose from – different prices, different machines, and I would say each juicer has it’s strengths and weaknesses.

When shopping for a juicer, it can get confusing, even overwhelming. There’s so many to choose from, especially if you are new to juicing.

In today’s article and video, I talk about my own experience of using different juicers over the last two decades, what I’ve used and what I recommend. I also explain the different types of juicers available, how they work, what they are best used for, and the pros and cons of each type of juicer. At the end of the article I also go over some of the questions you need to ask yourself before buying a juicer, and what to ask a sales person, so you clearly know what you’re looking for, and if what you are potentially buying really suits your needs.

If you are buying your first juicer

If you are new to juicing, and thinking about trying out juicing, one thing I recommend is looking into buying a used juicer. Surprisingly, you can find a top quality juicer for very little money, and you can potentially save hundreds of dollars!

It’s amazing how many people sell their juicers, and many of these juicers have never been used, or have been used just a handful of times. You can easily find used, lightly used, and discounted juicers on eBay, Craig’s List, local classifieds, and garage sales.

I recommend people buy used juicers when they are first starting out with juicing to make sure they will really use the juicer, and that it’s a worthwhile investment. How many kitchen appliances do people buy and never use? Plenty!

If you decide to buy a brand new juicer, and you’re completely new to juicing (and you aren’t 100% sure juicing is for you), you can always start off with buying a cheaper, inexpensive juicer, and later upgrade to a better quality one. This way you can get started, and later on you’ll have a better idea what type of juicer will best suit your needs.

The juicers I have used over the years

I started juicing about 20 years ago. At the time a friend of mine had given me his juicer he barely used. It was a cheap centrifugal juicer that worked ok. I ended up using the juicer for almost ten years until one of the parts broke, and it was too old to replace.

Even though it wasn’t the best juicer in the world, because I was using it almost every day, I learned the optimal way to use the machine and juice my fruits and vegetables. I learned what it was good at juicing, and what it wasn’t good at juicing. Over time, I also learned the best ways to prepare and cut-up my fruits and vegetables, and how to feed them into the machine to yield the most juice.

I have to say, since it was the first juicer I personally owned, I didn’t have anything to compare it to, and as long as it could produce juice, I was happy.

Then one day one of the parts broke, and I couldn’t replace it. Since I had been using the juicer for almost a decade, and using it almost every day, I knew I needed to get a new juicer. For me, a juicer is an essential appliance I don’t want to live without. At the time, I was also excited to upgrade my juicer as well!

I decided to buy a Champion Juicer. My mother had a Champion Juicer, and as a child she made juice with it. I had very fond memories of her juicer and I trusted how durable the machine is. What I liked about the Champion was it was a solid machine, I could juice large volumes of juice without it getting clogged up (great for juice fasting), easy clean-up, and the mouth of the juicer was large that I didn’t have to cut everything up into small pieces. A Champion Juicer is a masticating juicer, in my opinion, a step up form a centrifugal juicer.

What I didn’t like about the Champion Juicer was it didn’t juice greens very well. It’s not to say it couldn’t juice greens, it just wasn’t as efficient as other high quality juicers. It was better than a centrifugal juicer, but not the best. And like the centrifugal juicer, I couldn’t juice wheatgrass with it. (In recent years Champion has made a greens attachment that you can attach to the machine to be able to juice greens, but back when I had that juicer, that part wasn’t available).

I also found that the juicer could heat up quite easily, especially if I was juicing large volumes of juice at a time (more than a quart/litre).

I used my Champion Juicer for five years until I moved to Bali, Indonesia, from Montreal, Canada. When I moved overseas, I didn’t bring anything with me, so I had to purchase a new juicer.

The new juicer I bought was an Hurom Slow Juicer, which I have been using for the past 5 years. I’ve been really happy with the Hurom. Like the Champion Juicer, it’s a masticating juicer, but unlike the Champion, it can juice leafy greens, herbs, sprouts, and wheatgrass, and the machine never heats up when making large volumes of juice.

The Hurom Slow Juicer is also the most efficient at extracting the juice from fruits and vegetables out of all the juicers I have used and owned, thus far. You can tell how efficient a juicer is by the pulp that comes out of the juicer after extracting the juice. If the pulp is still wet, that means the juicer hasn’t extracted as much juice as it could. If it’s dry, that means the juicer has done a good job!

I will say the Hurom Slow Juicer makes great juice, but the machine itself isn’t as solid or durable like the Champion Juicer. The parts are much smaller, so it involves a little more effort to clean the juicer after using it. Also the mouth/feed of the juicer is smaller, narrower, so I do have to cut the fruits, vegetables, and greens into smaller pieces, and the juicer can get clogged or jammed easily.

Personally,  I don’t mind the extra time and effort I have to put in to get a good quality juice, for me it’s worth it!

As you can see over the last 20 years, I’ve upgraded my juicers a few times. Most juicers are made to last a long time, and the higher the quality juicer you buy, the more likely they offer warrantees, replacement parts, and servicing.

Over the years I have definitely learned a lot about juicers, how they work, which ones are good for what, and the things you need to be aware of before buying a juicer. Below I’ve outlined everything you need to know, and what to ask when purchasing a juicer.

Knowing your options – the different types of juicers

Before purchasing a juicer, it’s important to know what your options are and the different types of machines available.

There are four different types of juicers:

  • Centrifugal Juicers
  • Masticating Juicers (single auger)
  • Triturating Juicers (twin gear)
  • Press (Hydraulic or Commercial)

Centrifugal Juicers:

These juicers are usually lower in cost. How the juicer works is in the centre of the juicer is a basket that is made out of a fine mesh screen and small blades or teeth on the inside of the basket/screen. When turned on, the basket spins at a high speed and the fruits and vegetables fed into the machine are shredded up and pushed through the screen to extract and separate the juice from the pulp/fiber.

Recommended centrifugal juicer brands: Breville, Jack Lalanne

Pros:

  • Lower cost juicer.
  • Simple to use, clean, and easy to put together.
  • Good as a starter juicer.
  • Good at juicing carrots, beets, apples, pears, pineapple, melons, cucumbers, cabbage, celery, etc.

Cons:

  • Not always the most efficient at extracting all the juice from fruits and vegetables (depending on the machine, pulp can be quite wet after juicing).
  • Some machines can clog up easily if juicing large quantities.
  • Not good at juicing greens, herbs, sprouts, or soft fruit (mangos, papaya, peaches, apricot).
  • Can’t juice wheatgrass.
  • Can’t make nut butters.

 

Masticating Juicers:

These are mid-high end juicers. How the machine works is there’s a large auger in the centre of machine that as it turns – it twists, shreds, and breaks down the fiber of the fruits and vegetables, and presses the juice out through a screen. Some machines are designed that the auger rotates or spins at a high speed (like a Champion Juicer), or at a lower speed (like a Hurom Slow Juicer or Omega Vert). The slower the auger moves, the less air passing through, and therefore the less friction and oxidation, which means, less potential heating of the machine, and less loss of nutrients in the juice.

Recommended masticating juicer brands: Hurom Slow Juicer, Omega VRTChampion

Pros:

  • More efficient at extracting juice than the centrifugal juicers.
  • Machine can usually make nut butters.
  • Replacement parts and servicing are easily available.
  • Can juice most fruits and vegetables.

Cons:

  • More expensive than a centrifugal juicer.
  • Not all machines can juice greens very well.
  • Some machines can’t juice wheatgrass at all.

 

Triturating Juicers (Twin Gear Juicers)

The twin gear juicers are high end juicers, and best known for juicing green leafy vegetables and wheatgrass efficiently. How the machine works is the fruits and vegetables pass in between two small rotating gears which are breaking down the fibres and pressing the juice through a screen. This is a slower juicer, which prevents heating and oxidation of the juices, which in turn preserves the nutritional value of the juices.

Triturating / Twin Gear juicer brands: Green Star, Super Angel

Pros:

  • Most efficient at extracting juice from green leafy vegetables and wheatgrass.
  • Replacement parts and servicing are easily available.
  • Slower at extracting juice, therefore less oxidation and retains nutritional content of the juiced fruits and vegetables.
  • Can make nut butters.
  • Can juice most fruits, vegetables, and greens.

Cons:

  • Expensive.
  • Must cut fruits and vegetable into smaller pieces to juice.
  • Slower at extracting juice than other types of juicers.
  • Machines are made with smaller parts, therefore more difficult to clean.
  • Known to not juice soft fruit so well.

 

Press Juicers (Hydraulic or Commercial Press)

If you’ve got a few thousand dollars to spend on a juicer, you can get a hydraulic or commercial press juicer! Out of all the juicers on the market, this type of juicer will extract the most juice out of the fruits, vegetables, and greens, and ensure that nothing is heated up, oxidized, or losing it’s nutritional value. How these types of machines work is the fruits and vegetables are cut up, and the juice is extracted through an actual press.

Recommended press juicer brand: Norwalk Juicer

Pros:

  • Highest quality juice extractors on the market.
  • Makes commercial quality juices.
  • Most efficient at extracting juice from fruits, vegetables, and greens without oxidation.
  • Replacement parts and servicing are easily available.
  • Some machines have lifetime warrantees.
  • Can juice all fruits, vegetables, and greens.

Cons:

  • Expensive.
  • Can be difficult to use, and slow to extract juice.
  • Machines can be time-consuming to set-up and clean.

 

Know what you are looking for

Now that you know all the different types of juicers available, there’s a few other things that are important to know before selecting a juicer to buy: it’s best to know what you’ll be using the juicer for, how often you’ll be using the machine, how much juice you’ll want to be making, will help you decide what juicer will best suit your needs.

Ask Yourself:

What kind of juices will you be making?

Knowing what kinds of juices you’ll be making, and what you’ll most likely be juicing, will help you figure out which juicer is the best for you. Some people only like green juices and want to be juicing wheatgrass regularly – if that’s the case for you, you have to make sure the juicer is good at extracting juice from greens and wheatgrass (like a Green Star, Super Angel, Hurom Slow JuicerOmega Vrt). Others don’t care so much for greens, and rather be drinking more vegetable and carrot juice, and therefore a centrifugal juicer or masticating juicer would be a better option.

How often and how much juice will you be making?

You need to ask yourself how often you’ll be juicing, and how much of a clean-up are you willing to do? Some people can’t be bothered with much of a clean up, and therefore they are better off getting a machine that is known to be easy to clean. For others, it might not matter if they need to spend an extra 5 minutes cleaning up, they want a good machine. Knowing how you are in the kitchen will ensure you buy a machine that is appropriate for your routine, and ensure that you enjoy juicing and you’ll use the machine regularly.

Will you ever be doing juice fasting?

If you plan to do juice fasting, you’ll need a machine that you can easily make a large quantity of juice with, that won’t clog up, or need to be cleaned out after making just 1-2 cups of juice. Masticating juicers are usually the best for making large quantities of juice. Twin gear juicers can make large quantities, but it might take longer to make. Centrifugal juicers can easily clog-up, and might need to be cleaned out while making larger quantities of juice.

What’s your budget? Short term, long term?

As I described in my own experience with juicing over the last two decades, I started off with a cheap juicer that was given to me, and over the years I upgraded. If you are on a tight budget, perhaps better to buy a cheaper juicer now, and upgrade later. If you’re not on a budget, but unsure if you want to be investing so much money in a juicer, you too can buy a cheaper juicer now, and upgrade later. You can also just buy a super awesome juicer now, take great care of it, and hopefully never have to upgrade or buy a new juicer again! Whatever works for you!

 

When buying a juicer, questions to ask the sales person:

– On a scale of 0-10, how good is the juicer?

– What is the warrantee? For how long? Can replacement parts be purchased if something breaks? If needed, can the machine be serviced?

– Can it juice green leafy vegetables?

– Can it juice wheatgrass?

– Can it juice soft fruit like apricots, mangos and papaya?

– Can it make nut butters?

– How easy is it to clean?

– Does it make juice fairly fast or slow?

– Can large quantities of juice be easily made at one time (more than a litre/quart)?

– Does the juicer clog up, or get jammed easily?

– How efficient is it at extracting juice? (is the pulp wet or dry?)

– Does the fruits, vegetables, and greens need to be prepared in a special way before putting them in the juicer (does everything need to be cut up into tiny pieces, or can large pieces be juiced?)

– Is the machine durable?

– On average, how long will this juicer last?

– Is this the best juicer for my budget?

 

 And one last thing…

When you’ve decided on a juicer, before buying it, do an internet search of the brand and model. Nowadays there’s so many consumer reviews on the internet. This can also help to narrow down your search, and enable you to purchase the right machine for your needs.

Watch today’s video below to learn more about juicers, my own experience over the last 20 years using and buying different juicers, and a more thorough explanation of the different juicers available.

Want a FREE Juice & Smoothies eBook, CLICK HERE to download now!

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May 142015
 

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe - www.RadianceCentral.com

Celebrating my 200th Video on Radiance Central!

Today is my 200th video on Radiance Central!!! We’ve got to celebrate! I’ve put together my favourite Chocolate Covered Strawberries recipe (it’s really decadent, so I’m warning you now!), plus a 10% discount on all items here at Radiance Central, and below is also a selection of the 10 most popular videos from the last hundred I did!

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Enjoy 10% discount on everything at Radiance Central!

As a thank you for all your support over the years, I’m offering you a 10% discount on all products and services at Radiance Central until midnight, May 15, 2015 (EST). 

Get a 10% discount on:

— SALE ends midnight, Friday, May 15, 2015, (EST)!!!

Simply use the Coupon Code: 200VIDEOS when you’re checking-out to get your 10% discount.

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10 Most Popular Videos

Before we get into my Decadent Chocolate Covered Strawberries recipe, I’ve compiled the 10 most popular videos from the last hundred videos I did (Click on the links below to watch the videos!)

How Do I Deal With Toxic People?
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Asian Green Salad With Mango Dressing Recipe
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Why Soak Nuts & Seeds + Demo Showing How
3

How To Make Coconut Oil (It’s so EASY!)
4

Quinoa Lentil Salad Recipe
5

Is Life Stressing You Out?
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I’m Not A Morning Person, But This Works!
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Healing Ginger Epsom Salt Bath Recipe
8

Living Libations Skin Care Product Review​
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1 Month Of Drinking 3 Litres Of Water Daily, My Results!
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Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe-www.RadianceCentral.com

Natasha’s Decadent Chocolate Cover Strawberries Recipe

2 pints of Strawberries
1/4 cup Cacao Powder
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Butter (grass fed, organic) or Coconut Oil

Directions:
1- Line a plate or tray with parchment paper.
2- Mix cacao powder, maple syrup, and butter/coconut oil in a bowl (make sure the butter or coconut oil is soft before mixing).
3- Dip the fresh strawberries in the chocolate sauce and place on the lined plate or tray.
4- Refrigerate for at least 30-60 minutes before serving (the longer it’s in the fridge, the better!)
5- Enjoy!

See the recipe demo on today’s video below!


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May 122015
 

Weight Loss Pressure - Tips & Ideas To LOse Weight Easily - www.RadianceCentral.com

Is Pressure Getting In Your Way To Lose Weight?

Some people thrive under pressure, and some people crumble. Myself, I tend to crumble! I always thought pressure could be a good thing, it could give me the added push to get things done and quickly, but in fact I repeatedly find myself feeling paralyzed and anxious when under pressure, and sometimes I feel defeated by the very things I set out to do.

As a health coach, I also see this with some of the clients I work with. When it comes down to diet changes and weight loss goals, some excel when they have goals and deadlines, and the pressure invigorates them. But for others, the moment pressure sets in, they find themselves procrastinating and even sabotaging every effort they make.

If you have health and diet goals you’re working towards, it’s important to know how you respond to your goals. Does a goal start off as an exciting goal, and then turns into pressure, and is that pressure constructive? Does having specific goals and deadlines propel you forward, or does it overwhelm you? Does pressure turn into motivation and creative energy for you, or does it create anxiety and stress?

Knowing how you respond to pressure can help you establish an effective strategy to actually achieve your goals. Too many times I see this one important step overlooked, and people try to go about achieving their goals all the wrong way, over and over again.

My story: I lost 30 pounds by going on a “pressure-less” diet! 

A few years ago I lost 30 pounds (see my blog post/video on how I lost 30 pounds here). I had been struggling for years to lose weight, and the more I tried to lose weight, the more I gained! The pressure I was putting on myself to lose weight was worse than the weight itself, and it was only until I surrendered to the weight loss, did I start losing weight.

When I say surrender, this doesn’t mean giving-up. It means letting go of pushing myself too hard, letting go of the pressure, letting go of high expectations and trying to control everything.

For years I went about trying to lose weight by setting out diet goals, rules of what I could eat, how much, and I had weekly weight loss targets. Sometimes these goals were so high and difficult, I wonder if anyone could reach them. I certainly didn’t! In fact, having such goals just made me more anxious, more stressed, and more unhappy – all of which made me want to eat even more.

I realized that my problem wasn’t the food, it was the pressure I was putting on myself that would make me want to sabotage all my efforts. I had to work on the pressure, not my diet. And that’s what I did. I re-worked my weight loss strategy to make it the most “pressure-less” weight loss plan. Instead of putting myself on a super restrictive diet, I made one goal, to lose 0-1 pounds a month. My only guideline was even if I didn’t lose that one pound that month, I had to make sure I didn’t gain any more weight. Easy!

From that “pressure-less” diet plan of losing 0-1 pound a month, I lost 30 pounds in about a year and a half. And, I’ve kept it off for about 4 years now. It was easy weight loss as well because I eliminated the very things that was causing me anxiety and stress, and in turn, the root cause for me to overeat. There were even many months where I lost even more weight than planned, and I met my weight loss goal much faster than I expected.

Is pressure standing in your way?

  • Have you been working on goals and getting no where?
  • Do you find the harder you try, the further you get from achieving your goals?
  • Do you have all the best intentions, but find yourself procrastinating or sabotaging yourself?
  • Do you keep putting off your goals, making excuses?
  • Have you been working on the same goal for over 6-12 months and haven’t gotten any where?

If you answered “yes” to any or all these questions, perhaps pressure is standing your way. I have to say, I always thought I did well under pressure, but I’ve come to realize that most of the time I don’t. By knowing this, I’m now able to achieve many of my goals more efficiently, not only my health and diet goals, but also goals having to do with my career, work, family, relationships, finances, etc. This doesn’t mean I go about getting things done passively, it means that I organize my approach to get things done with less perceived pressure, and I make an effort to keep stress to a minimum.

How to decrease the pressure to achieve your goals

If you know that pressure just turns into overwhelm, and it’s the last thing that will help you achieve your goals, then the next step is to re-work your strategy to make it as pressure-less as possible, but still effective enough to reach your goals.

Here’s a few things I recommend:

  • Making doable and easily-to-accomplish goals. Small steps yield big results. When you can accomplish one task, it’s much easier to accomplish the next. Not only will you get things done, but simultaneously it will build your excitement and confidence as you set things in motion.
  • Get organized. Un-needed stress comes from being disorganized and not knowing what you are doing, or having a plan. If you have been working on a goal for a while, and not getting anywhere, ask yourself if there are certain details you’ve over looked, or wasn’t organized with? If so, get organized!
  • Give yourself time. Nowadays everyone wants a quick fix, and this is the problem. In the long-run, slow deliberate action will get you where you want to go quicker and with less mistakes and accidents than rushing around, trying to accomplish things too fast. If you don’t do well under-pressure, you probably don’t do well doing things under high speed either. If you are well organized, there’s no need to rush, rest assured, you’ll get to where you want to go.
  • Stay focused on what you’re accomplishing now. Stay focused on the task at hand, don’t get ahead of yourself. No need to remind yourself how much more needs to get done. If it’s not constructive, why go there?
  • Acknowledge what you are doing right. With every step you take in the direction towards your goal, acknowledge it, celebrate every victory. This will only empower you more!

Watch today’s video below for more on alleviating the pressure to reach your goals.


Need help with your diet? Natasha offers personalized diet, health, and lifestyle coaching! To get more information, and make an appointment, CLICK HERE!

 

May 082015
 

Can Tea Boost Your Metabolism? - www.RadianceCentral.com

We hear all the time that tea can boost your metabolism, but is it true, and should you start drinking it? Is this the miracle beverage if you’re trying to lose weight?

Can tea boost metabolism?

Certain teas like green tea, white tea, black tea, pu-erh tea, oolong tea, etc., can raise your metabolism, just like eating certain spices like chilis can also raise your metabolism. But if you look into the research and studies, the amount of extra calories you burn from consuming these teas are very little, like an extra 10 or 20 extra calories, maybe 30.

In order to have a calorie deficit to lose weight, you need to be burning a few hundred calories a day to lose weight, not 10-20 calories. So even though the tea might boost your metabolism slightly, by itself it won’t have a significant effect on your weight.

What will boost your metabolism?

The only thing I believe has the best impact on your metabolism, by boosting it, and keeping it strong (especially as you age), is exercise and building muscle. The more fit you are, the stronger your metabolism will be. If you build muscle, and maintain the muscle as you age, this will help keep your metabolism strong.

Other ways tea can help you lose weight:

Even though I don’t think tea will do all that much for your metabolism, I do believe tea can be used as a weight loss aid.

Tea can boost your exercise performance

Drinking tea (green tea, white tea, black tea, pu-erh tea, oolong tea, etc.) before exercise can give you an energy boost for a more vigorous workout. The more vigorous your workout, the more calories and fat you will burn. The caffeine in tea will give you an energy boost. If you’re trying to lose weight, and you’re exercising regularly, perhaps try and have a cup of plain tea 30-60 minutes before working out to see if it improves your workout and endurance.

If you drink coffee or espresso before you workout, try tea instead! I think tea is a much better alternative to coffee because the antioxidants in the tea, especially green tea, can counter free radical damage from exercise, and the minerals in tea can aid in recovery as well. Coffee tends to be quite acidic and inflammatory, two reasons why you’d want to avoid it if you’re exercising regularly.

Try drinking a cup of tea 30-60 minutes before you exercise and see how it goes. Make sure it’s a plain tea, no sugar added!

Tea can be used as an appetite suppressant

Caffeine is widely known to be an appetite suppressant. That’s the active ingredients in most diet pills. Drinking one or two cups of plain tea a day, can in fact help to decease your appetite.

Tea is a good alternative to a snack. Not only can it bring your appetite down, it’s also calorie-free (when consumed plain), and can have nutritional benefits as well from the antioxidants and minerals. Like any other caffeinated beverage, make sure not to drink too much, or too late in the day because you don’t want the caffeine interfering with your sleep, or making you jittery or anxious!

In conjunction with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and drinking moderate amounts; tea can very well be part of your weight loss arsenal. Just make sure to use it as an additional weight loss tool, and not rely on it as a miracle drink!

Watch today’s video below for more on my opinion of tea, metabolism, and weight loss.


Need help with your diet? Natasha offers personalized diet, health, and lifestyle coaching! To get more information, and make an appointment, CLICK HERE!

 

May 062015
 

Sun Love - Annmarie Gianni Skin Care Product Review - www.RadianceCentral.com

Annmarie Gianni Skin Care – SUN LOVE Sun Protection Review

I am super excited to do this product review of Annmarie Gianni Skin Care sunscreen: Sun Love

Being a fair-skined Canadian living in Bali, Indonesia, I’m constantly looking for a non-toxic, safe sunscreen that I can wear regularly, and doesn’t leave me with a thick, white, oily cast.

If you’ve tried any of the non-toxic sunscreens known as “physical sunscreens” available these days, you probably know what I’m talking about. These mineral-based sunscreens (made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) rest on the surface of the skin to block UVA and UVB rays from penetrating the skin. They do a great job protecting the skin, but unfortunately, majority of these sunscreens feel awful to wear. They are heavy, oily, not very breathable, sometimes chalky, and for some people like me, they can cause terrible pimples, breakouts, even rashes and hives.

Because my skin can react so badly to sunscreens, I normally dread wearing them, and in fact for many years I went without wearing any sunscreen (I’m sure I’ve mentioned this many times on my blog before!). Here in Bali, I used to organize my days that I wouldn’t go outside between 9am-3pm, so I wouldn’t have to wear sunscreen or get burned. But after giving birth to my daughter Luna Ray, my whole schedule changed, and we’re regularly going outside during peak sun hours.

So I needed to find a solution, and fast. I don’t mind wearing the heavy sunscreens at the beach, because even though they might not look good, they do work, and they are safe. But during the day when I’m walking around or going places, I need a sunscreen that isn’t visible, that isn’t irritating my skin, that’s definitely not giving me pimples, and is protecting me from getting burnt and from sun damage. Living in Indonesia, we’re right near the equator, the sun is STRONG! And let’s just say I’ve tried MANY sunscreens, both physical sunscreens and even at times, chemical sunscreens, and unfortunately majority don’t react well with my skin.

I have to say, when I received a sample of Sun Love by Annmarie Gianni Skin Care, I fell in love instantly! Words can’t express the relief of finally finding a sunscreen that is good quality, safe, non-toxic, and most importantly looks and feels good on my skin!!!

What’s even better is Sun Love is coming from a brand that isn’t playing around. We know there’s a lot of “green washing” out there, brands and product lines that claim their products are non-toxic and all natural, and they’re not, there’s hidden chemicals and toxic ingredients in the preservatives and formulas. Annmarie Gianni Skin Care does their homework to ensure all their products are natural and made with the highest quality ingredients. I love this because I can trust what I am buying from them, and everything has been made with the utmost care. If you followed Annmarie and her husband Kevin Gianni on Renegade Health, you know that everything they do and stand for is with honesty and integrity.

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What I love about Sun Love:

Non-oily, non-greasy, and extremely light weight

I was surprised how light weight this sunscreen is, which makes it comfortable to wear, and perfect for summer weather as well. No one wants a heavy sunscreen on their face, especially when it’s hot out, right?!

I was even more delighted that it’s not oily, in fact I would say the consistency of the sunscreen is more like a gel. I have oily/combination skin that is also maturing and acne-prone, and I’ve tried wearing the Sun Love on both clean bare skin, and also with a moisturizer and eye cream underneath. I have to say I prefer wearing a moisturizer and eye cream underneath because I have fine lines around my eyes, and the moisturizer and eye cream fills them in and make it’s easier to apply the Sun Love sunscreen on top. I find without the moisturizer and eye cream underneath, my skin feels a little tight with just the Sun Love, and my winkles are more visible.

I have to say that I really like that Sun Love is just a sunscreen, and not a two-in-one sunscreen and moisturizer because this allows me to pick and choose what moisturizer, serum or oil I want to wear underneath it. My skin texture does changes from day to day, sometimes I need more hydration or moisture than other days, and when I travel to different places that have different climates and temperatures, I can adjust the moisture levels accordingly, and still use the sunscreen on top.

Can even be re-applied throughout the day without weighing on my skin

Sun Love is super light-weight. I would say it’s one of the most light weight sunscreens I’ve tried!

One thing that a lot of people over look with sunscreen is it needs to be re-applied throughout the day. Both physical and chemical sunscreens need to be re-applied every 2-3 hours. The problem with so many sunscreens is the first layer is heavy enough, the last thing you want to do is reapply another heavy layer! But with Sun Love, it’s light enough that applying a second or third layer throughout the day won’t weigh your skin down, or feel too heavy, or too built up. This is really important, especially if you wear sunscreen regularly, you don’t want to be wearing something that makes you feel like your skin is suffocating, or overly coated with products.

It’s tinted, perfectly blends into my skin, and absolutely no chalky residue!

What actually got me interested in Sun Love was it was tinted. That was the selling point for me to want to try it. I’ve tried so many white, non-toxic sunscreens, I can predict the results! That’s a given. Anyone who’s tried most mineral-based white sunscreens knows that it will sit on the surface of your skin, and give you either a chalky white cast or a thick oily white cast, and one way or another, you can’t avoid the whiteness of that stuff. And the white sunscreen is fine for the beach, I have no problem with that, but walking around in my daily life, there’s no way I’m walking around with that heavy stuff all over my face!

So I was excited to try Sun Love out. I have to admit that when I received the sample, and opened the little jar I was nervous about the shade. My skin tone is fair, with yellow undertones, and this one looked to have a more rose or pink undertone. Luckily, it blends into the skin perfectly. Even though it appears to be tinted, it’s definitely not heavily pigmented like a foundation or make-up, and therefore even though in the jar it doesn’t seem to match my skin tone, once applied, it’s blends right in.

Sun Love is 18% Zinc Oxide. Zinc is always better for acne prone skin!

The active ingredients in Sun Love is zinc oxide, which I’m happy about. Out of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide which is used in physical, non-toxic sunscreens, zinc oxide is always the better ingredient for acne prone skin, and offers full broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays. I know for some people with acne, zinc can actually help them heal their skin. For myself, I do prefer zinc oxide over titanium dioxide in a sunscreen, and I tend not to break out from it.

One thing to mention about Sun Love, is it’s not SPF rated. It is 18% zinc oxide, which is a good coverage, but if you are wondering what that translates to SPF-wise, and why there is no SPF rating, read Annmarie Gianni’s explanation here.

It’s a perfect coverage for day to day activities

Sun Love is not waterproof or water resistant. I actually like this! If it was waterproof or water resistant than the formula would automatically be different, it would probably become a heavier, greasier sunscreen like the others on the market.

Personally, I prefer having one sunscreen I use for my day to day life, and another that is just used for the beach, exercising outdoors, or those time where I know I need extra sun protection due to spending more time than usual outdoors and under direct sunlight. I see no reason to be wearing heavy waterproof sunscreen when I’m just running errands, and therefore I much rather have a non-water proof lightweight option, and I’m so grateful to find Sun Love!

Annmarie Gianni has a full natural, non-toxic skin care line, try her sample kits!

Along with Sun Love, Annmarie Gianni has a full natural skin care line and they offer 3 different sample kits to try as well! I’m currently trying them out, and loving them (full review to come!). I love that they offer these sample kits so you can try a combination of their products to see how well your skin responds to them! Each sample kit comes with a $10 coupon, so if you decide on buying full size products, you get a nice discount too!

For more info and to buy Annmarie Gianni Skin Care – Sun Love, click here!

For more info and to buy Annmarie Gianni Skin Care – Sample Kits, click here!

I can’t wait to buy a full size bottle of Sun Love! 

To see my video review of Sun Love by Annmarie Gianni Skin Care, click on the video below.

Have you tried any products from Annmarie Gianni’s Skin Care line? If so, which ones?!!(let me know in the comments below!)


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