What’s your face wearing these days? We know to avoid packaged facial care and cosmetics that contain “mystery” ingredients, just as we do with foods. Mystery ingredients have unfamiliar and unpronounceable names, or are preservatives, parabens, food coloring, PEG’s, petrochemicals, and other ingredients that don’t promote healthy radiant skin, but instead have harmful characteristics. If you want to check out a favorite product or ingredient, go to Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and access their amazing databases: http://safecosmetics.org/section.php?id=33 and http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ .
Here’s what I’m loving right now: Eminence Organics, especially Stone Crop Cleanser and Hydrating Mist, and Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster Serum. The cleanser is mild and effective, which I use with my Clarisonic – a must-have and so worth the price. I also love the Coconut Cleanser for removing makeup. The eye-makeup remover is organic, safe and soothing. A bit pricy, but worth it. www.eminenceorganics.com
(A side note about pricing. I used to buy Erno Laszlo and Crème de la Mer, so everything on this list is way inexpensive. The money I save lets me purchase more silk and woolen fabric, and lets us travel abroad more often.)
I discovered Super Salve on 2nd Mesa on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. Great for rashes, sunburn, and more. The company also offers Power Repair Vitamin C Solution for collagen repair and brightening. Both at www.supersalve.com and the price is low, the value is high. I’m looking forward to trying their Power Repair Lighten and Brighten when I reorder.
In Sedona, Arizona, I found Body Bliss Desert Dew Facial Serotherapy – a pure face oil that positively glows your skin up a couple notches. I hate lotions – they don’t even appear to be pure and they contain alcohol. This oil works so well, that I tossed all lotions. It’s not greasy, either. Order at 1-800-909-3629 or www.bodybliss.com. They also offer Mountain Arnica body and massage oil in Turquoise Sage. I love this scent. (I also make my own face oil with jojoba oil and essential oils of sea buckthorne berry, lavender, clary sage, and sandalwood.) For makeup, I add a couple drops of Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate to the face oil if I want a bit of coverage for evenings.
Both of these companies were born in the desert. The products are fabulous for sun damage, dark spots, dry, and combination skin.
My go-to “butter” is pure organic shea butter. It’s very thick, and needs to be warmed in your hands before applying to your face and hands or other body parts before bed. It’s widely available online and inexpensive. www.amazon.com
For a petroleum jelly without the petroleum, try Live Clean Non-Petroleum Jelly made with castor oil and beeswax. Use to promote growth of eyelashes and eyebrows. It’s the castor oil that stimulates growth. Use for babies, grandchildren and your husband, too.
Mom’s Stuff is made in Utah by Lee Udall Bennion, an acclaimed artist. She gathers pinion pine pitch and mixes it with natural oils, neem, tea tree, and rosemary oils and concocts a salve that is on a par with Super Salve, but different. I love them both. At http://momsstuffsalve.com/wordpress/
A surprise natural hair product is pure Argan oil from a tree nut that grows in Morocco. What’s marketed as Moroccan Hair Oil is full of “mystery” ingredients and perfumes – read the label. Pure Argan oil is inexpensive – especially if you compare it to conditioners and styling products. I spread a 4-5 drops on my palms and swipe through my hair. It holds the style and conditions my hair – reduces frizz and doesn’t make it oily. I can’t use the scented gels and pastes, but the Argan oil is great. Lots of choices at www.amazon.com
As to makeup, I still wear YSL lipstick (expensive, but fabulous non-shy colors), and since my allergy LDA treatments, can once again easily tolerate mascara and eyeshadow. Since I only wear eye makeup when we go out in the evenings, I figure it’s OK. A person just NEEDS some glamour at night. I figure if I wear healthy products on my face day and night, a bit of glamour a couple evenings a week won’t be so harmful.
Please let me know about your pure and organic solutions to skin care. I’m always trying the next and best. Stay warm, Lucy