Products I Love: Benshen

So much to say, so little space. Benshen products are unlike any other, and founder Desiree Pais is such an inspiration. A practitioner of Chinese Medicine and an avid Kundalini yogi, Desiree created Benshen after learning how to naturally heal her own auto-immune, chronic fatigue, cystic acne, and hormonal imbalance. As she says, "Benshen, which means Root of the Spirit, celebrates the wisdom which teaches us that real beauty begins when we root our spirits into our bodies and radiate from the inside out."

My darling friend, Rachel, told me about Benshen when I was in the throes of really awful adult acne. Last December I stopped taking hormonal birth control after 9 years, and my body got totally whacked out. I started breaking out like I was 19 again and was so embarrassed. I bought Serums No 1 and No 2 and started to moisturize with only these products, day and night. At first, nothing happened.

Then while traveling in South America I read an incredible post by Desiree, Benshen's creator, and had a realization that my acne was there to teach me to love myself. It was showing me how to accept all parts of myself, exactly as they were. I started a daily affirmation - I love my clear, beautiful skin, began a daily self love meditation, and started treating my body kindly. I ate better and exercised more. No longer was it about looking a certain way. It was an act of self love. An act of gratitude for this miraculous body that I get to inhabit.

Serum No. 1

Serum No. 1

And slowly but surely my skin started to heal. The acne went away, the tiny bumps on my forehead cleared, and with the beautiful, natural healing power of plants, the scars started to disappear. Benshen changed everything for me, and I am so grateful. I am so grateful for these beautiful products made from nature's wisdom to allow people to reflect what's inside on the outside.