Want healthy, glowing skin from using pure and simple ingredients? Say hello to your new best friends: water-free products.
While good ol’ H20 is extremely hydrating when we drink it, it's not ideal when it comes to skin care. Which raises the question, why is it often the first ingredient in conventional skin care products? Not surprisingly, the answer is because it's cheap.
To increase profits, companies create water-based products with only small amounts of the beneficial oils we see listed on the package. And when you combine water and oil, you get an inherently unstable product that actually attracts bacteria and mold, so chemical preservatives become a necessity. So in addition to seriously diluted ingredients, we have preservatives that actually harm our systems.
Hmm. That doesn't sound ideal.
Fortunately, there's a glorious solution: pure, natural, oil-based skin care.
“What!?” says the girl with oily skin. Keep reading, and I promise you’ll want to give natural oils a try.
Pure oils like coconut oil, shea butter, mango butter, hemp, and more contain high amounts of vitamins, fatty acids, and antioxidants that are both extremely moisturizing and healing to the skin.
They help soothe and heal a variety of skin conditions, protect the skin from environmental damage, and aid in cell regeneration. Plus, oils like hemp seed and marula absorb super-fast, are naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and actually help to balance the skin's oil production over time, making them ideal for acne-prone skin.
So how do you choose which oil to use? Fortunately, you don’t have to; blends provide a more powerful treatment than one oil alone, due to the wider range of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. But if you do want a more targeted approach, here are a couple of common skin issues and the oil to treat them with.
- Oily or acne-prone skin: Look for products with marula or hempseed oil, as they both absorb super-fast, are naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and actually help to balance the skin's oil production over time.
- Dry skin or eczema: Mango butter is even more moisturizing than shea due to its extra-high fatty-acid content. (That’s not to say shea butter isn’t amazing, though — it’s one of the most healing oils.)
And when you’re perusing the shelves for some new water-free skin care products, here are a few things to remember:
1. Water-free skin care is super-concentrated.
Just a tiny dab packs a seriously nourishing punch. You actually get more product, it lasts longer, and you get high-quality ingredients, not a water-based chemical concoction.
2. Oil quality makes a difference.
You only get the amazing benefits of natural oils when they’re fresh and unrefined. When choosing a product, opt for brands that pay close attention to ingredients and production processes.
3. Expiration dates are a good thing.
Nothing natural lasts forever! A one-year or so expiration date means you're holding something fresh and pure that, just like those organic veggies in your fridge, naturally loses its vitality and nutrients over time.
4. Explore small, artisanal brands.
There are a lot of indie brands out there making amazing products. Many of the smaller companies put a ton of care into sourcing super-pure ingredients, use sustainable packaging, and hand-make small batches. You can find many superior options online that you won’t find in stores.
I wish you beautiful, healthy, and glowing skin … naturally.
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