Proper moisture prevents dry, flaky skin
No matter what your skin type - dry, oily, combination, or acne prone - maintaining a healthy moisture balance is extremely important. Moisture is the first line of defense against fine lines and wrinkles. Read More.
Dry skin not just a location or season issue
Typically, people reach for a moisturizer when they live in a dry climate or when winter rolls around, but dry skin can be an anywhere, anytime issue. It can even be a result of showering too much or using a harsh, oil-stripping soap. We can all benefit from using a daily moisturizer, but equally as important as using one, is finding the right one.
Facial moisturizers are classified as cosmetics, which means there are very few marketing regulations imposed upon companies. Walk through the personal care aisles and you may be tempted to pick a moisturizer boasting argan or coconut oil on its label. While these are great ingredients, it is important to not take them at face value; there could be other not-so-great ingredients lurking in the formula. A quick survey of common moisturizers returned a long list of artificial and potentially toxic ingredients sitting right next to the argan and the coconut oil.
Most preservatives in skincare are toxic
One of those not-so-great, yet commonly used ingredients is Propylene Gylcol, a chemical alcohol that acts as a preservative, humectant (meaning it aids in retaining moisture in the skin), and carrier agent. As a carrier agent, Propylene Gylcol has the ability to alter the skin's pores and work itself deep inside. Companies champion this ingredient because it takes other ingredients with it on its journey in the skin, but depending on the formulation that's not always a great thing. It could be helping introduce potentially toxic ingredients deeper into your skin. Look instead for an ingredient called Propanediol. Look for Propanediol that is plant derived.
Petroleum-based ingredients don’t moisturize
Another moisturizing myth is petroleum-based products. Contrary to popular belief, commonly used mineral oil has no moisturizing properties of its own. It acts as a barrier, creating a protective layer on the outer layer of the skin. This barrier will lock in whatever moisture is underneath, giving off the appearance of moisturized skin, but it will also lock in any dirt, sweat, or bacteria that may exist as well. This barrier will also deter any added moisturizing or beneficial ingredients in your product, or from other products you use, from penetrating into the skin.
Be a better skincare shopper
But how do you find a moisturizer that has enriching qualities without being harmful to your health? Here are some organic skincare tips to help you keep your skin balanced and healthy:
- Look for products with moisture-rich ingredients like Jojoba oil, Almond Oil, Black Seed Oil, Marula Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Camellia Oil, or Argan Oil, like our Carrot Facial Dream Cream, Tinted Moisturizer, Nighttime Antioxidant Serum, or Daytime Antioxidant Serum.
- Avoid products made with mineral oil, as it will keep moisture and other good-for-you ingredients from reaching your skin.
- Avoid products made with alcohols, which can be drying.
- For those with oily skin, don't over exfoliate. Using a toner too often can strip skin of natural oils and cause skin to produce even more oil.
- Check the toxicity of your product by checking out how the Environmental Working Group ranks it. Look for EWG Verified products and download the EWG’s Skin Deep mobile app or visit their website to discover any ingredient of concern.
- Feed your skin from the inside out to keep your skin hydrated. Of course drinking lots of water is a great way to introduce moisture, but eating fruits and veggies can do the trick, too. We start each morning with fresh pressed juice or smoothie, which is a tasty way to pack your system with water and other essential vitamins and minerals.
Dry skin can sneak up unexpectedly, so be proactive keep a moisturizer in your daily routine. Apply a moisturizer each morning before your makeup application, and one after you cleanse at night for optimal results.
Perfect for those with sensitive skin as well as those with dry or aging faces, this sweet-scented, silky cream is full of good-for-you natural ingredients to leave your face nourished and reinvigorated. Plus, the added organic essential oils promote a calming and restful sleep.
Give your skin an extra layer of protection from the harsh, day-to-day elements with Sally B’s Daytime Antioxidant Serum. Packed full of powerful antioxidants like Organic Olive Leaf Extract, Organic Green Tea, and Organic Helichrysum, this lightweight serum absorbs quickly into skin to help prevent free-radical formation and provide all-day moisture. It also helps prevent wrinkles, fine lines, and other skin damage from deep within.
Rejuvenate your skin after a long day with our effective Nighttime Serum, packed full of beneficial anti-aging and restorative, organic ingredients like Vitamin C, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), and Hyaluronic Acid. This lightweight and fast absorbing serum also boasts anti-inflammatory properties to calm skin and help improve its clarity, tone, and texture, all while repairing free-radical damage to prevent wrinkles, fine lines, and other skin damage from deep within.
Sally B’s Skin Yummies’ Peptide Booster Serum is an oil-free moisturizer and so much more. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, Organic Hydrosols, and Pea Peptides, this lightweight, daily-wear serum naturally boosts the skin’s collagen and elastin production to firm skin and minimize the signs of aging. A versatile product, it can be used as a stand-alone moisturizer or as an added peptide booster to your favorite face creams. Either way, it leaves skin revitalized and silky smooth!
Sally B’s Tinted Moisturizer is a daily, lightweight moisturizer that adds a long-lasting, smooth touch of color to the skin. Formulated with organic ingredients and other skin-loving botanicals, this product works to keep skin hydrated, balanced, and nourished. When applied all over, it evens out skin tone and can be worn alone or underneath foundation.