It’s time again for a Vitacost haul. I do a haul every four to six weeks to buy products that I can’t find locally or that are available at a better price on Vitacost.com. This haul was focused on snacks and skin care, particularly products that would minimize scars from my recent foot and leg surgery.
I’d heard a lot about Enjoy Life crunchy gluten-free chocolate cookies. I’ve already tested them and they’re thin but good. I’ll definitely buy them again. They’re $3.58 a box. I also got two packs of Justin’s dark chocolate and peanut butter cups. These are delish and only cost $1.13 a piece. Way cheaper than my local store. I got a large bag of Enjoy Life Not Nuts Seed and Fruit mix.
This trail mix is nut free, so it’s great for those with allergies. I got the Beach Bash mix which has sunflower kernels, pineapple, apricots, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds. $3.49 a bag.
I purchased a bag of Sahale pomegranate vanilla flavored cashews for $4.99. I will only buy these from Vitacost because if I buy them at the local store, I will purchase and inhale them daily. So it’s a special treat.
Now, let’s talk about skincare. My focus is to try to heal my surgery incisions with as little scarring as possible. These are all natural products which I’ve used in some form in the past.
Nubian products are fabulous. They’re available at stores nationwide. I always keep a container of Nubian Shea Butter infused with coconut and papaya in the house. It costs $9.79 and it’s totally worth it. The minute you moisturize your skin with this, you will be addicted. I bought the matching body wash for $8.19.
I needed some Vitamin E to put on my incision wounds. There were several pricey brands, but this was the only one that was 100 percent Vitamin E oil. It was $3.19 for a small bottle.
I have used Jason’s Aloe Vera lotion for years. This lotion is 70 percent aloe vera. It keeps my skin soft and helps dimish scars. $6.69 a bottle.
I grew up with a live aloe vera plant in our house. Whenever we got a boo boo, we just cut off a piece and rubbed the inside of the plant on the wound. It worked every time. As an adult, I buy a 32 Fl oz jar of aloe vera gel. This gel can be used as a dietary supplement or on the skin and hair. It does wonders. If you have thin hair, rub some aloe vera in and watch it get thicker. This huge bottle is only $6.29. It’s important to keep the aloe vera gel in the refrigerator to keep it from going rancid.
I got a great deal on these Vitamin D3 gel capsules. I paid 3.89 for a bottle of 100 gel caps and $1.95 for the second bottle. I started using these capsules a few years ago when I had a Vitamin D deficiency. Now, my D level is perfect.
I want to share two more products with you. I didn’t but them from Vitacost, but you can find them at any health food store or drug store.
I swear by cocoa butter for scar prevention. My favorite brand is Now. As you can see, the cocoa butter is solid…really solid. I microwave it for one minute and check the consistency and then for another thirty seconds if needed. Don’t overdo it like you can see I did and melted the container. Pure cocoa butter smells yummy and is excellent for diminishing scars. It’s also great for the face and body. You can find the Now cocoa butter brand in most health food stores for about $9.00.
Lastly, I’ve been using Bio-Oil which improves the appearance of scars, uneven skin tones, and stretch marks. It has Vitamin A & E, lavender oil, chamomile oil in it. I’ve been using this product for a while, and I’ve seen a significant improvement in old scars. You can get it online for about eight bucks. I bought mine at Walgreens for $11. Yeah, I was robbed. I should also mention that Bio-Oil may have some ingredients that could negatively impact sensitive skin. Research the product and decide if it’s worth giving it a try.
So that’s it for my Vitacost and more haul. Have you used any of the products I listed? If not, what are some of your favorite skin care products?