Organic Beauty Series: Part Three – Moisturizers

Organic Beauty Series
Part One – Cleansers
Part Two – Toners & Astringents
Part Four – Tips & Treatments

An important part of our daily skin regimes is moisturizing. It’s an opportunity to hydrate the skin while nourishing it with vitamins and compounds that heal, regenerate, and bring balance to our skin cells.

When it comes to home-made organic moisturizers, I like to go to the very basics – ingredients that are common in conventional beauty products but without the added preservatives, stabilizers, and other chemicals that interfere with not only our skin health, but overall heath as well. There are two basic types that I use: pure aloe vera and oils.

When switching over to an organic, home-made moisturizer that uses oil, its important to be mindful of how your skin feels after washing as well as after you apply your moisturizer – and always keep in mind that a little bit goes a very long way on the skin. If your skin feels a bit tight, you probably need a little bit more moisture in your regime. However, your skin should never be greasy after you apply; if it is, you’re using too much.

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BASE MOISTURIZERS

Aloe Vera is a wonderful non-irritating gel-like liquid that moisturizes without any grease and is perfect for sensitive, oily, and acne-prone skin types – I recommend it as a daily moisturizer for those with oily and acne-prone skin.  It helps to soothe skin after shaving, healing small cuts and preventing razor burn. It’s anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties make it effective for managing acne; it stimulates new cell growth – part of what makes it so effective for sun burns. It’s content of anti-oxidants and anti-aging properties helps to prevent scarring, fade stretch marks, and can improve skin firmness. In Ayurvedic medicine it is also used to heal chronic skin problems such as eczema.

Grapeseed oil is my favourite oil to use in beauty products. It absorbs quickly, glides on easily, and will not irritate skin making it generally safe for even the most sensitive skin types. There are two types of grapeseed oil in stores: food grade and cosmetic grade. I always choose a high-quality organic food grade oil that I would choose to use in cooking, because our skin is our largest organ that can absorb chemicals and other harmful substances and deserves the very best! It is also noncomedogenic, which means it won’t clog pores, making it an effective moisturizer for acne-prone skin – although I use it as a treatment oil rather than a daily facial moisturizer. I do, however, love grapeseed oil as a daily body moisturizer – especially after shaving or right out of the shower. It has mild anti-septic and astringent qualities that repair skin, tighten, and tone.

Olive oil is a powerful moisturizer that is best used for very dry skin. It is rich in healthy vitamins and compounds that nourish skin and fight aging. As with grapeseed oil, I always choose the a grade organic extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil that I would also cook with.

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ADDITIONAL OILS
Rather than  using the following oils directly on the skin, I like to add these additional oils into the above base oils in ratios appropriate to your skin needs and concerns.

Tea Tree oil is an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory oil that helps control oil and acne.

Argan oil is a very moisturizing oil with a  high concentration of vitamin E and fatty acids and a pleasant tropical aroma.

Black Currant oil is an oil high in fatty acids with anti-inflammatory properties that make it great for repairing skin and treating conditions like eczema.

Chamomile oil is wonderful for sensitive skin – however, note that organic chamomile is commonly grown alongside weeds and other allergens, so test a small amount on your skin first if you think you may have a reaction. It is anti-inflammatory and soothes redness and irritation, making it good for rosacea, bug bites, and rashes.

Rose Hip oil contains powerful anti-oxidants and fatty acids that repair skin and heal scarring, and is effective at managing acne. It increases new cell growth, can increase elasticity, and is good for aging skin.

If you’d like a personalized suggestion of an oil combination for your particular skin type or issue, please send me an e-mail or leave a comment!

Recommended products based on skin type:

OILY SKIN
– aloe vera
– grapeseed oil
– tea tree oil
– chamomile oil
– rose hip oil

COMBINATION SKIN
– aloe vera
– grapeseed oil
– tea tree oil
– chamomile oil
– rose hip oil

SENSITIVE SKIN
– aloe vera
– grapeseed oil
– tea tree oil
– chamomile oil
– rose hip oil

DRY SKIN
– aloe vera
– grapeseed oil
– olive oil
– tea tree oil
– chamomile oil
– rose hip oil
– argan oil
– black currant oil

AGING SKIN
– aloe vera
– grapeseed oil
– olive oil
– tea tree oil
– chamomile oil
– rose hip oil
– argan oil
– black currant oil

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