In my last post i addressed skincare hacks and ingredients that get great publicity but are in fact bad for the skin, so before you feel totally confused and don’t know what to be putting on your skin, let me tell you what your skin loves.
No matter what skin type you have the skin loves being moisturized. Night time is the best time to oil up rather than day time as some oils are phototoxic and do not react well to sunlight. Some oils however are comedogenic and clog the pores causing breakouts, some comedogenic oils to avoid include olive oil, cocoa butter and shea butter however a persons tolerance to comedogenic oils can vary. Some non comedogenic oils i recommend are Glycerine and Bio-Oil available at most pharmacies or of course online.
Glycerine is a humectant meaning it’s great at retaining moisture in the skin, its anti aging and great at hydrating your skin leaving it glowing and soft, its natural and cruelty free and so natural its even edible. Bio-oil is part of beauty without cruelty international and does not test on animals which is fantastic. This products is famously known for helping reduce the appearance of stretchmarks however it also fights aging, skin irritation, dehydration, uneven skin tone and can help get rid of marks left behind from breakouts, the product does however contain lavender which is an irritant to the skin.
I’ve heard some people with oily skin say they wouldn’t go near skincare products that contained oil. First off like i previously mentioned if you deprive your skin of oils it will produce more, but it’s also to important to realize that oil free products don’t penetrate the skin effectively, remember those experiments in science class when you’d have oil and water in a dish and the oil floats on top and the two don’t mix? well the skin naturally produces oils (called sebum) so if you put water or silicone based products on top they can’t get past the oil layer that is on top thus a lot of oil free products don’t do very much.
Water is alkaline and the skin is slightly acidic so after washing you face it’s a good idea to balance the PH of your skin and take it back to its naturally somewhat acidic PH. Toner is a great way to do this, however i found a lot of toners contain alcohol and leave the skin feeling dry, tight and irritated. The more natural the better with skincare so i recommend rose water, just avoid the eye area when using this.
Even in not very sunny Ireland sun cream is so important. Sun cream is great at preventing aging and maintaining moisture in the skin. It’s important that the sun cream you use fights against both UVA and UVB rays and is water resistant with an SPF of 20+. UVA rays cause ageing while UVB rays cause burning. Not just any sun cream will do however, there are active ingredients that help prevent the effects of the sun and not all sun creams contain these shockingly enough. Ingredients to look for according to a professor of dermatology David J. Leffell are Ecamsule, Zinc oxide, Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, Titanium dioxide. If you have sensitive skin or are using the sun cream on a child Titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are more agreeable with the skin. (Sun cream does not have to contain all these ingredients one or more will do).
A lot of spot treatments are full of chemicals, very harsh on the skin and rarely work. Dragons blood however is a natural remedy and ancient medicine, it is the resin from the dracaena species of plant and has many uses, it is edible (this can vary based on the preparation the product – read the label) you can dilute it and consume as a supplement, if you have cuts or wounds it doubles the healing time when placed on the effected area and it can also help get rid of spots effectively. The one i use is 100% croton lechleri extract and cruelty free but ingredients can vary as the product is derived from an entire species of plant. Sudocrem is also a more gentle effective spot treatment however I’m hesitant to recommend it as i found it very hard to find a definitive answer to whether or not this is tested on animals.
Face and body wash.
I have finally came to the end of my search for a face and body wash, this surprisingly was the most difficult product for me to find a cruelty free, kind to the skin alternative. Dr. Bronner’s castile soap is the full package it is organic, fair trade, cruelty free and vegan and made from quality ingredients that are beneficial for the skin. You must dilute this before use as it is highly concentrated and avoid the eye area, the bottle will last you a very long time. The product is also multipurpose you can use it for laundry, cleaning floors or a shampoo the list goes on. I bought the rose hemp version however I would recommend the unscented version for babies however as fragrences can irritate the skin. Dr Bronner’s castile soap does not contain sodium laureth sulfate (SLS) thank the lord. It proved difficult to find a face/body wash that is SLS free and i’ve finally found one that i like.
Remove your makeup.
Coconut oil, it’s that simple. Rub on with your fingertips and wipe if it a wet cotton circle or cloth then follow up by washing your face.
Skincare isn’t about having ‘perfect skin’ or abusing your skin with products because you want to change it, it’s about being kind to your skin, our skin is our biggest organ its important to treat it with love.