These natural skincare products will keep your skin radiant and glowing all year round.
Ever feel like you left your glowing skin back in summer? Winter is pretty harsh on our largest organ. Wind, bitter cold and drier air suck the moisture out of our skin—especially from our ever so sensitive faces. If you are wondering what to do about your parched, irritated winter skin, read on.
Typical moisturizers contain some pretty nasty chemicals
Many drugstore favorites contain artificial chemical fillers—like parabens, artificial fragrances and dyes and chemical agents—that pump out as liquid, sink into your thirsty pores and solidify. While this creates the appearance of firm, moisturized skin, it actually acts as a barrier for free air flow between your porous skin surface, which, for some people, can lead to ingrown hairs, contact dermatitis and/or acne.
Be sure to check the labels on your lotion bottle to see if it contains any of the following.
This class of chemicals, including methylparaben, proplyparaben, isoproplyparaben and isobutylparaben, are used as preservatives and anti-bacterial found in many kinds of lotions. Unfortunately, they are known endocrine disruptors that lead to hormonal imbalances, and in some studies, even breast cancer. By some estimates, parabens lurk in 90% of personal care products. Luckily, they are always listed on ingredient labels, so they are easy enough to avoid. Look for the suffix “paraben,” and then gently place that product back on the shelf.
Because artificial fragrances are never described my manufacturers, you never know exactly what composes that fruit cocktail or fresh spring scent in your lotion. That’s because the term is designed to keep them a secret. They are at best irritants, but at worst, can be a cocktail of carcinogens, allergens and endocrine disruptors. When you can, opt for fragrance free products to show your skin the love it deserves.
In lotions, this is typically found as diethyl phthalate, and this group of chemicals are another bunch of endocrine disruptors. Unfortunately, they sometimes go unlisted, because they may be added to fragrances and be included in ‘secret proprietary formulas.’ Another reason to avoid artificial fragrances.
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) is commonly used as a thickener in lotion, but it’s typically contaminated with ethylene oxide, a known carcinogen and one of the effective ingredients in Mustard Gas. You read that right: typical lotions can contain the same ingredients as Mustard Gas.
"You read that right: typical lotions can contain the same ingredients as Mustard Gas."
The International Journal of Toxicology also reported it to be contaminated with heavy metals like lead or respiratory irritants like 1,4-Dioxane. Even worse, PEG disrupts your skin’s natural ability to retain moisture, kick-starting an endless cycle of reaching for the same moisturizer that is irritating and drying out your skin.
Propylene glycol (PG)
This chemical byproduct of petroleum refining is as commonly found in antifreeze, floor wax and paint, as it is in moisturizers, foundation and lipstick. A known skin irritant, it acts as a sort of skin surface shield, preventing moisture from entering your pores, while simultaneously drawing moisture up from the lower levels of your skin. In this way, rather than hydrate, it actually contributes to extra dryness over time.
Look for moisturizers with all-natural ingredients
Luckily, Mother Nature has provided us with a myriad of rich, moisturizing ingredients that will keep our skin looking bright and fresh even on the grimmest of winter days. Keep an eye out for organic, all-natural lotions that include ingredients like:
Shea butter: This will smooth away fine lines and wrinkles and brings renewed life to dull skin.
Marula: Just a few drops of this powerful oil contain myriad nourishing nutrients, phenolic compounds, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids Omega 9 – oleic and Omega 6 – linoleic.
Argan: Also known as “liquid gold,” hydrating argan oil contains a super concentrate of Vitamin E and fatty acids that are easily absorbable by thirsty skin.
Jojoba: A mild yet effective oil, jojoba is hydrating for dry faces and reduces bacterial inflammation. It so closely resembles naturally produced sebum that it helps regulate the body’s rate of production, which makes it an effective agent in combating stubborn acne breakouts.
Vitamin E: Found in many natural oils, vitamin E is a wonderful skin aid, as it smoothes away fine lines and wrinkles, treats redness and brings renewed life to dull skin.
Aloe Vera: Aloe is not just for summer. Chock full of antioxidants, enzymes and Vitamins A and C, aloe vera is a perfect soothing relief for parched skin.
Calendula: Healing, hydrating calendula works to spur up collagen production, increases bloodflow, and encourages smooth, even-toned skin.
Organic moisturizers that we recommend
The good news is that natural skincare is not naturally more expensive. In fact, you may find that many of the all-natural, eco-friendly moisturizing products on the DoneGood market are more cost-effective than your conventional go-to. While you’re here, check out our three current favorites. These lotions contain all-natural moisturizers like shea and cocoa butter, Jojoba oil and calendula, which will banish those scaly winter patches to seasons past.
We like Babo Botanical’s Miracle Moisturizing Face Cream for it’s miraculous ability to deliver a heavy dose of hydration without leaving skin feeling greasy or oily. Perfect for sensitive skin types or those experiencing rough patches or eczema, this cream features shea and cocoa butters, colloidal oatmeal and organic calendula. It’ll leave your face feeling full and fresh, without causing breakouts or irritating skin.
Hyaluronic acid is trending right now, and for good reason. Its name is misleading – rather than eroding anything, hyaluronic acid actually pulls moisture from the air and holds water to help keep skin plump and hydrated. This helps further protect skin by increasing skin cell production – resulting in smoother, more resilient skin cells. NOTO’s Moisture Riser Cream features hyaluronic acid along with a powerful line-up of vitamin-rich natural moisturizers including: Blue Tansy, Marula, Rose Geranium, Clary Sage and more to keep your face dewy as a spring morning.
To round out your routine, consider adding a serum or oil into your daily routine. This extra step follows cleansing and precedes your day or nighttime moisturizer, and offers an extra long-lasting benefit as it stays on your skin all day (or night) long. Consider Teadora’s Copaíba Essential Oil. Boasting the same anti-inflammatory active ingredient as CBD, this oil also contains potent acne and blemish fighting ingredients. Patting a few drops on at night can help restore and lock in moisture for a quenching overnight solution.
NOTO’s Deep Serum is another deeply nourishing option. With Marula oil that contains spot-fighting Vitamin C, moisturizing Vitamin E, amino acids and Omega 6, this powerhouse solution also features nine other skin tightening, hydrating and wrinkle-reducing ingredients that will keep your skin looking sunny no matter the season!
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