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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Defend Your Skin

Try Imbibe Skincare's “desert born” products

Posted By on April 16, 2015, 9:00 AM

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Even though the clock has sprung forward, your skin could still be in a state of distress from air pollutants. Just because winter is behind us does not mean we no longer have inversions or air pollutants that damage the skin. If you are concerned about the air you breathe and live in, it makes sense to use skin-care products that do not contain chemicals. Get educated, because many of the pollutants and chemicals we try to avoid are found in grocery and drug store skin-care products.

My motto: If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t use the product.

Imbibe Skincare (, Instagram: imbibeskincare) is a handmade, all-natural skin-care line from two Utah originals, Audrey Smith and Alicia Overton. Smith studied with a Chinese herbalist for four years in Philadelphia, where she cataloged and learned to combine more than 400 different herbs. She was making tinctures to improve her skin and her health when she decided to take the leap and form an enviro-conscious company based in Southern Utah. Its motto, “desert born,” means that the flowers and herbs grow in the Southern Utah desert in a natural state—not in a greenhouse and not sprayed with insecticides. Imbibe does not cut down the plants and flowers it uses, but instead takes petals or small cuts so that the living plant can continue to grow. Each formula is hand-crafted by these Utah women and packaged in amber glass bottles (glass preserves the formulas and does not leach toxins as plastics are known to do).

On Friday, April 17, from 6 to 9 p.m., you can meet Audrey Smith and her Imbibe Skincare products at the Kappus & Kidd Urban Retail Therapy Show at High Life Salon & Dry Bar, Broadway Park Lofts, 360 W. 300 South. Also on tap is Satya Apparel from Laura Kappus (I love this Greek human), and Heidi Kidd Jewelry. It’s Gallery Stroll night and springtime.

Time to Imbibe!


Three Faves:

Tonic Healing Skin Toner: $24 Mist onto face a few times a day to combat dry skin. Great for after-sun exposure. Contains dandelions, organic aloe vera and wild raw honey

Bright Eyes Hydrating Eye Cream: $48 No, I wasn’t punched in the eye—my Sicilian genetics gifted me with puffy, black & blue under-eyes. This cream contains wasabi, avocado, carrot seeds and rosewood oil, and works better than anything I’ve tried. Within days, I noticed brightening and tightening.

Body Polish, Desert Sand Therapy Skin Polish: $34 Unlike most polishes that are gritty and sandy, this one is creamy and gentle enough to use on your face. Exfoliate dead skin cells with red mineral sand from the Southern Utah desert. Contains yucca and raw honey.

Shop Girl Tip:
If you are concerned about Utah pollution, you can track it online. View the air-pollution forecast, current air-quality conditions and trends, and the air-quality index at and at Follow Utah Physicians for Healthy Environment and Breathe Utah on Facebook for updates on what we can do in our city to help improve air quality for all citizens.

Follow Christa on Twitter @ChristaZaro and on Instagram @phillytoslc.

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