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I discovered May Lindstrom in the midst of a terrible breakout and stressful time of my life. I had been 'walking by' her line at my favorite Venice beauty stop, Strange Invisibles, for well over a year before I took the plunge into one of her top-rated products: The Problem Solver. My initial apprehension was at the hefty tag of $100 for a face masque, but it was a time of desperation and the name of the product gave me hope. Plus, the sales associate told me I could get almost 100 uses out of the jar (not sure if that's the case but, promising).
Before I get into my experience with The Problem Solver, one of the defining factors for me in trusting the May Lindstrom line is undoubtedly an interview I watched via The Chalkboard Mag's live stream with May at The Detox Market (watch it here!). I wasn't even there — I watched it online! But May's passion, intelligence and graceful way of explaining skincare as a ritual really stuck with me. She grew up with extremely sensitive skin, to the point of not being able to wash her hands at her friends houses' because the soap would irritate her skin. Growing up in a rural area, she explained that she would experiment with natural ingredients in her backyard, and finally found a system that worked for her. Knowing that the creator of this line has experienced personal skin issues in the past and has a vast knowledge in sourcing ingredients, is extremely comforting to me.
I'll admit, after watching that interview, I literally went out and bought her entire line — that wasn't a pretty credit card statement but I do not regret it for one minute. Plus, if you follow @maylindstromskin on Instagram, she shares incredible deals from time-to-time. For example, one promotion was 'with a purchase of $200+ you receive a free Youth Dew' (that's a $140 serum!). So I bought the Blue Cocoon and facial brush, and received the free serum and deluxe samples they send with every order. May is an incredibly generous person and you can see that through her writing, and her offerings through her business.
Now, let's get down to the products. It's important to note that the line is organic, bio-dynamic, wild crafted, cruelty-free and sustainable.
The Problem Solver
After my first application of The Problem Solver, I was shocked. Firstly, you add about 1 tbsp of the powder with just shy of equal parts water and mix it up in a bowl to 'activate it' until it forms a mousse. It's a ritual (as May likes to say when speaking of her line) that is undeniably luxurious. I bought this in the middle of winter when I not only had pesky breakouts, but dry patches and all of the wonderful skin stuff that comes with cold, dry weather. I immediately felt a warming sensation due to the ingredients like (fancy) clay, cacao, charcoal, cinnamon, turmeric, clove, lavender and much more. My skin immediately felt tighter (not dry), my pores appeared smaller, and dry patches vanished. I KID YOU NOT, the next morning: I woke up to find pesky zits healing and blackheads nearly gone. Not only did this product work wonders after one use, the process felt like a true form of self-care. Mixing up my own masque and watching Narcos for 1 hour = heaven. I will never be without this product. ($100, May Lindstrom)
The Clean Dirt
This product has a similar process as The Problem Solver, you add water and mix it up until it forms a mousse, then apply with the brush. This is more of an exfoliator and brightener, you only leave it on for 2-3 minutes. You can use this as a cleanser or after a cleanser (I personally cleanse first then use this after). It works wonders for acne scars and dull skin with the inclusion of vitamin c. I use this about 2x per week, every time I need a glow. Taking it off and massaging the "dirt" into my skin is my favorite... You can watch me do that here 😉. ($70, May Lindstrom)
The Blue Cocoon
If there was a holy grail of this line, it would be a toss up between The Problem Solver and Blue Cocoon, the 'beauty balm concentrate'. It's a balm that becomes an oil upon contact with the skin. The beautiful color comes from blue tansy, which is scientifically proven to reduce inflammation and ease emotional anxiety. The website describes this as a product that produces "a complexion that is quiet, and a mind that is clear." Applying this in the evening is one of my favorite steps. Having acne-prone, oily skin, you can imagine my apprehension to applying something like this. On the contrary, I have had nothing but quiet skin (with the occasional hormonal disruption) since this balm. I took it on vacation with me and didn't even think about it melting (even though it's an oil), I opened it up and a huge spillage happened - not all of it! - but I didn't waste any, I massaged that goodness into my feet 😂. I woke up with my feet feeling like I was 10 years younger, not kidding!!! And it dries back to it's balm form seamlessly. ($180, May Lindstrom)
The Honey Mud
This smells like you want to eat it. Seriously. It's SO good. You can use it as a cleanser by massaging into damp skin, which increases circulation and leaves my skin feeling super glowy. Or you can use it as a masque to increase hydration, as a mini treatment. The usage of this product as a cleanser is a little counter-intuitive, but it feels super luxurious, like you're giving yourself an at-home facial. You can watch me use it here! ($90, May Lindstrom)
The Youth Dew
OK I know that I keep calling every product here the holy grail, can't-live-without, but this might actually be my #1. The Youth Dew is a serum (feels like an oil) that helps balance oil production in the skin and prevent and/or lessen the appearance of wrinkles with the inclusion of CoEnzyme Q10. There is an ~instant~ glow the second you press the oil into your skin. It's pretty magical. Most importantly, I feel like it is 80% of the reason my acne has subsided. I wake up in the morning with any current breakouts diminishing and absolutely no new ones. It's a miracle in a beautifully designed, luxurious black jar. I mix this with the Blue Cocoon when I'm feeling really dry, or at night. ($140, May Lindstrom)
I also own the Jasmine Garden, which is the botanical face mist, and The Good Stuff, which is the body and hair radiance oil. I splurged on the Jasmine Garden after receiving the sample because I felt like the oil application wasn't complete without it (and it smells like a dream 😇). I really splurged on The Good Stuff, but it smells like an incredible blend of cacao and vanilla and literally ALL THE GOOD STUFF. I only use it on special occasions, as it's definitely pricey, but worth it.
If you've ever struggled with imbalanced skin and are looking for an effective way to heal, I couldn't recommend this line more. Life changing is an understatement.