over the next few weeks, i'll be replacing my entire skin care line with all-natural products. since my many and recent skin mishaps, i'm totally convinced that the products i once loved, that once served me well for many years, are no longer working for me; in fact, my skin sort of hates them.
in a previous post, i detailed how i've been struggling with my skin; namely tight, painful and extremely dry skin. after slathering on tons of (my current) products, nothing gave me relief until i accidentially stumbled upon an unopened - and forgotten about - bottle of all-natural/certified organic argan oil i received for my birthday. i thought heck, i've been putting so much other shit on my face, why the hell not? and after discontinuing my current products and applying argan oil non-stop for 2 days, my skin did a complete 180. gone is the redness, the irritation, the sensitivity, the red welts, the gross, scaly, hideous dry patches. i woke up after 2 days of using this argan oil with my skin glowing and clear - something i haven't seen since this whole thing started which further confirms my decision to go with all natural products.
and because i'm now a housewife of toronto, i spend a lot of my free time researching all-natural skin products and makeup (it's sort of my new obsession). i found this canadian natural skin care line, exuberance, that had great reviews from every beauty blogger who tested their products and loved them. i found the neroli oil on well.ca and ordered it immediately because it boasted lots of great things about healing senstive, dry, flaky skin and i've been using it every night since i got it. a product review will soon follow.
i also stopped using vaseline on my lips and starting using this all-natural lip balm made by Matter Company that i bought at the spring OOAK show. since i started using it, my lips feel more moisturized and i'm not always applying lip balm like i used to. for sunny days, i use Green Beaver lip protection SPF 15. when i had great success with their sunscreen on my face (read: no adverse reactions), i decided to switch to their protective lip balm as well. other sunscreen lip products either made my lips feel weird and dry or it reacted so badly but not Green Beaver's lip balm. although it needs a bit of warming up because it feels a bit waxy at first, it works - it doesn't make my lips peel, does a very good job of keeping my lips protected and soft and most importantly, doesn't turn my lips white in a crack whore kinda way.
hubs is so awesome at supporting every decision i make that he was thoughtful enough to go on a whim and buy me this facial moisturizer by Green Beaver. i'm very picky with what i apply to my face so instead of returning it, i use it on my hands. how many of us forget to apply sunscreen on our hands yet they're as exposed to the sun as your face (ie. driving and the sun is shining on the tops of your hands.) i certainly don't want sun spots on my hands when i'm 45 so i slather this non-greasy, non-perfume protection before i step into the sun. i really love this company and they're canadian to boot.
my most recent purchase is a bottle of certified organic rosehip oil i got from the health food store. while the argan oil is doing wonders for my skin, users on my trusty makeup board say that rosehip oil is best for deep hydration and great for eczema. it's also non-comedogenic; although the argan oil hasn't given me anything but awesome skin. don't bother spending tons of money on 'brand name' rosehip oil; i got this at healthy planet for $15 (as opposed to $50-60 at some other stores). i'm going to give this a few days and write a review (comparing it to the argan oil) but so far, my skin loves it and it looks awesome.
what all-natural products do you use?