Clean Skincare for Women - February Spotlight
Updated: Apr 2, 2021
I was always confused about the order I should be using my skincare products. In general, after cleansing, I would recommend going from the thinnest to thickest in terms of product consistency.
I learned from Tata Harper, a pioneer in natural luxury skincare that face oils should be applied LAST after moisturizer. I've read conflicting theories on the topic, so I'm glad she cleared that up.
As I mentioned in my earlier blog post: Clean Skincare for Women - January Spotlight, oils by definition are not "hydrating" which is a common misconception. Oils are great for delivering vitamins, nutrients and anti-aging, but they do not moisturize.
You need to trap water in the skin with moisturizer first then an oil can help lock it in and retain moisture. Oil can penetrate anything but other things cannot always penetrate oil, due to the size of the molecules.
With that said, below is my February Spotlight of clean skincare products and brands that have been in my current rotation!
Youth To The People
Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask .... The ultimate hydrating radiance boost! This overnight mask deeply hydrates, plumps and brightens with powerful, antioxidant rich superberries and THD ascorbate, the latest clinically proven form of Vitamin C. This formula helps target dullness and uneven skin tone for brighter, more radiant skin.
T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum ... An AHA/BHA lightweight night serum that resurfaces congested skin by lifting away dead skin cells to visibly improve skin tone, texture, fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. Skin type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily. Skincare concerns: Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Pores, Dullness and Uneven Texture. This serum is vegan, cruelty free and free of essential oils, silicones, and fragrance.
C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum .... A potent and lightweight vitamin C day serum packed with antioxidants, nutrients, and fruit enzymes to visibly firm, brighten, and improve signs of photoaging. Skin type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily. Skin care concerns: Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Dullness and Uneven Texture, and Loss of Firmness and Elasticity.
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The Fix Face Potion .... Contains these botanical superpowers: usnea, elderflower, amla, cannabinoid, prickly pear and amalaki seed oil. Add a pea-size amount to hand, apply to forehead, chin, cheeks, and neck, spread evenly. Use morning + night.
What are all these botanicals? Well.....
Usnea - a powerful antimicrobial herb effective against the bacteria that causes acne and promotes rapid cellular healing. Has a tonifying effect on immune function while inhibiting bacterial overgrowth.
Elderflower - this ancient sacred tree its flowers encourages the body to release toxins, highly anti-inflammatory, rich in vitamins, flavonoids and quercetin, and antioxidants a free radical fighter against the sun and environmental toxins. The astringent qualities are helpful in refining the complexion, retexturizing, and reducing the appearance of pores.
Cannabinoid also known as Broad Spectrum zero THC hemp-extracted CBD oil - contains a broad range of chemical compounds. High in antioxidants and adaptogenic capacity. Having profound impacts on our nervous system and inflammatory actions, this creates a positive effect on the aging process by stabilizing metabolic function.
Amalaki - a highly revered in Ayurvedic medicine also known as indian gooseberry extremely high in Vit C with 3000 mg per fruit, considered a nutritive tonic and rejuvenative herb, highly anti-inflammatory known as a rasayana rebuilds and maintains tissues.
Prickly Pear - this oil extremely high in Vit E one of the highest forms known in nature, also vastly rich in Vit K known to reduce the appearance of under-eye circles. An antioxidant powerhouse with a high percentage of unsaturated fatty acids. This assists in adding moisture to the collagen in your skin and tighten pores.
Eminence Organic Skin Care
Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist .... A natural retinol alternative. This mist deeply hydrates the skin using an energizing blend of coconut water and fragrant neroli oil. Infused with green apple stem cell technology, this face toner leaves skin looking tighter, softer and smoother. Nut-free. Skin type: Mature Skin, Acne-Prone Skin, Sensitive Skin, Combination Skin, Dry Skin, Normal Skin, Oily Skin. Skin care concerns: Aging Skin, Sun Damage, Hyperpigmentation, Free Radical Damage, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Loss of Firmness, Dark Spots.
Dr. Jacobs Naturals
Lavender Pure Castile Face and Body Wash is made with moisture enhancing aloe vera and Vitamin E. Crafted with lavender essential oils, which are known for purifying the body and relieving stress. Made with antioxidant rich olive and coconut oil (never palm oil), this natural Castile soap has the ability to moisturize, while keeping your skin hydrated all day with no oily residue. Besides Lavender, this pure castile liquid soap comes in a variety of other scents like: Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Rose, She Butter, Honey and Citrus.
Sea Salt Soap .... Inspired by simple Swedish style, made in America. This fresh-smelling Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap creates soft suds for bathing or shaving, while embedded salt flakes provide gentle exfoliation. Mineral-rich sea salts are an age-old tonic for softening and moisturizing the skin. Free of parabens, sulfates, silicones and EDTA.
Elta MD Skincare
PM Therapy (facial moisturizer) .... repairs and restores elasticity and vitality.
UV Daily Broad Spectrum SPF 40 (facial sunscreen) .... sheer and lightweight, contains hyaluronic acid, transparent zinc oxide and provides UVA/UVB protection. Skin type: Combination and post procedure skin.
Christie Kidd, PA-C Dermatology
Rinse with water then cleanse with 2-3 pumps of Christie Kidd's Clean cleanser. She says when you cleanse your face to only use your hands (no Clarisonic), and get all up in your hairline. When you cleanse your face, your hairline should be pretty drenched in soap. Otherwise make-up will live along your hairline and cause those nasty breakouts. Never use a towel to dry your face. The skin on your face is extremely delicate and towels are rough. You can use a soft towel to dry the dripping water around your jawline, but the rest of your face should air dry.
Essential Face Wipes .... Clean, exfoliate, soothe and hydrate on the go! I keep these in my glove compartment of my car. The wipes come in 20 individually wrapped packages so you can even toss a few in your bag. These bamboo wipes are perfect for after a hike, the gym or a makeup free day to keep your skin hydrated!
Luminous Dewy Skin Mist .... the super-fine sprayer only takes two to three spritzes for your whole face. Use right before applying makeup for flawless application and a dewy, glowing look. Take it with you for easy touch-ups on the go to refresh skin and give it an extra glow! You can also mist it over makeup to replenish moisture and prevent caking. It won't disturb makeup, so you can use it anytime, anywhere. Skin type: Normal, Combination, Dry and Sensitive. Skin care concerns: Dullness, Dryness, Fine lines and Wrinkles. As if I needed another reason to love Tatcha, they are a beauty brand that gives back. Every Tatcha purchase you make supports girls’ education around the world. Tatcha is proud to partner with Room to Read to transform girls’ futures.
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