Finding a Safe and Effective Moisturizer March 04 2015, 1 Comment
It's been some time since I dove in to email you all about skincare in depth. Today I wanted to break down the importance of moisturizing. One of the questions I get most frequently is how to achieve the glowing, beautiful skin that everyone wants, with and without makeup. I want to drive home the fact that your moisturizer is one of your most important products in your skincare regimen. Yes, toners, face washes, masks, and other products are important as well-but nothing like your moisturizer. Many of the skincare issues we face are a result of using the wrong moisturizer, or not using moisturizer at all. Often times people with oily and acne prone skin avoid using moisturizer, or specific types of moisturizers, which results in their skin being more oily, and that oil blended with dirt and bacteria (which our skin always comes in to contact with), can result in more acne. People with dry or irritated skin often times don't have the right moisturizer, which can result in more irritated skin, and a "dull" look to the skin. Finding the right moisturizer can be confusing and intimidating when we don't know where to start. A good moisturizer will work to minimize redness, balance the tone in your skin, protect your skin, give you that glow, prevent aging, heal scaring and dark marks, and prevent and heal breakouts.
First off, I would like to tell you what to avoid when you are searching for a moisturizer.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
These are SCARY ingredients that you really don't want in your skincare. Many of these ingredients have been added to skincare products to make the products more "user friendly." Meaning, many act as preservatives so the products last longer and won't mold. Or some of these ingredients are used to change the texture and consistency of products. Many of these ingredients are exactly why I started Sweet Face, because what I wanted to provide, more than anything else, products that could be affordable to a large number of people and still be SAFE. A lot of these ingredients have later been associated with cancer, among many other illnesses. So when you are looking for moisturizers be aware of these ingredients. Yes the skincare may not melt in heat, they may feel interesting, or smell nice, or do something cool (like foam up), but it's important to weigh the pros and cons of what you want in a product. I am here to tell you that to achieve beautiful, clear, glowing skin, you absolutely do NOT need these ingredients in your products. You need to be very careful when you are shopping for skincare, and don't allow yourself to be fooled by packaging. Many products sell themselves as natural skincare in their brand marketing, packaging, and store fronts, but most are not all natural. This is not to say that these companies are not all providing good products, but you need to pay the most attention to the ingredients more than the packaging or marketing.
What do you want in a moisturizer?
So what do you want in a moisturizer? For dry/irritated skin types, you want a moisturizer with minimal ingredients. Something that has very gentle essentials oils (if any), with emphasis on carrier oils and butters that will target your irritation. For combination to oily skin types you want a pure moisturizer that contains essentials oils that will target acne and breakouts. One thing I notice a lot is most moisturizers contain more water than anything else in their moisturizer. So what happens is the moisturizing ingredients you really want are diluted with water so you don't have a pure product. Whats more-is when water is added to products this means that preservatives have to be added, since water creates mold. So you want to be careful when you purchase products with more water than any other ingredient in the product-not only does it mean that the moisturizer is not pure, it also means that preservatives had to be added to maintain the product. Sweet Face moisturizers do not contain water, and so they are 100% pure, which means you are paying for a pure product, and not one cut with cheaper ingredients to fill the jar. It also means that the moisturizers are going to be much thicker and heavier than ones you might be used to. This means you have to use a smaller amount for daily wear.
The Super Skincare Tip I wanted to share with you all is that you can use Sweet Face moisturizers as a night time "mask", if you will. This means you can apply a heavier amount at night to wake up with that GLOW. I have made a video that you can view by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qjqNH-h5nw or down below about this tip.
I also have another video where I explain the importance of moisturizing and you can view that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxUMNTEJd0U
Most importantly, I want you all to be safe. You do not have to use Sweet Face products, but take the time to search for products that will keep you and your family safe. It seems like the further we progress in technology, the less we know about a lot of products that are coming out now, and what will happen in the future if we continue using them. The FDA is not protecting us from these dangerous ingredients so we have to protect ourselves. If you do not want to shop at sweet face, please check out a natural food store and go to their beauty section. You may be able to speak to someone there about a safe product you can use. Stay safe! If you do want to shop at sweet face, you can shop by going to www.shopsweetfacebyrocio.com and use the code "thankyou15" for 15% off your entire order!